Posts tagged ‘blue’

May 13, 2012

Embroidery

At the moment I seem to have ‘crafting attention deficit disorder’!.  I just want to try everything and do everything.  One minute it’s sketching, the next it’s jewellery making, then sewing and now embroidery.  I have so many ideas and new things I want to try, just not the hours in the day.  

I’ve been wanting to do embroidery for ages.  I got Aimee Ray’s book Doodle Stitching a couple of years ago and I love the way she uses embroidery to illustrate in a fresh and modern way.  I didn’t follow her patterns but decided to make up my own.  Inspired by the print on a top I had, my idea was to use swirls, hearts, dots and flowers to form the shape of a flying bird.  I drew it out onto paper then copied it onto the fabric (which I backed with iron on interfacing) using carbon paper.  

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Looks vaguely like a bird

I wanted a fairly subtle end result so I decided to use variegated thread in the same colour as the fabric.  Using back stitch, satin stitch, french knots and lazy daisy stitch I worked over the lines I had drawn.  It took me a couple of evenings in front of the telly to finish it off.  

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I hadn’t really thought about what I was going to do with it but I had this frame which didn’t fit something else I made and I think it looks quite good in there.  I need to remember to think these things through before I start them really but I was just too eager to get going!

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I will definitely do more embroidery, I have lots of ideas of what to do, but it might have to wait in the queue behind the other things I’m planning on doing.  Which craft next…?

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November 30, 2011

Presenting my third quilt!!

I introduced this quilt here.  I made it for my sister for her 30th birthday and it is now signed, sealed and delivered so here it is…

(I managed to catch a moment of sun to take some pictures!)

I was very happy with the final result.  I love the mix of colours against the grey solid background.  I think the fabrics stand out really wall in the simple design, which is why I chose the simple design, along with time constraints.  Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of the back (oops).

I quilted it with a simple stitch in the ditch along the horizontal joints.  I haven’t really experimented much with other quilting designs, maybe on the next one!

I love the tones and patterns of these fabrics

This is the third quilt that I’ve made.  The first one was for me, and the second for my mum which I haven’t posted yet but will do soon.

It’s make, make, make here as this weekend I’m having my first craft stall with some of the ladies from sewing group.  It is the first time any of us have tried to sell any of our makes so it will be interesting to see how it goes.  I will post with an update and photos of the fair.

October 5, 2011

New project low-down

Way too long since my last post.  This is due to general business, and not much of the making kind unfortunately.

But anyway, this is my latest project which is currently work in progress.  Here are the essential facts…

What: A quilt

Why: A present for a special person on a special birthday

Size: A lap quilt approx 60″ by 60″

Target finish date: Early November (making it by far my quickest quilt.  Not that hard given that the first one took two years!)

Design: I wanted to do a simple, square design as it suited the person I am giving it to and I figured it will be quickest.  I came across this quilt on a blog that I’ve recently started following and it looked perfect so I am doing something very similar

Fabrics: A mix of blue/greens selected from the vast range at the Quilt Festival.  I really love the patterned fabrics and I went with grey for the background colour because I like grey and thought it would be fresh but not too bright.  Turns out the person I am making it for has just got a new grey sofa, happy coincidence

Grey, blue, green colour palette

 

Progress: I’m just over two weeks in.  I’ve cut all of the squares and have pieced all of the strips.  Not a bad start but I’ve run out of grey fabric (I’m not great at planning these things!), so waiting for a trip to the fabric shop at the weekend

Strips pieced together

 

In the mean time: I’ve done a fair bit of baking, started my next baby blanket and had an amazing, unseasonably warm weekend away with friends.  See below…

Cherry and coconut cakes

 

Strawberry cheesecake muffins

 

Chocolate tiffin in the fridge

 

The state of my kitchen at the end!

 

Beautiful beach in West Wales

Next up date will be sooner (hopefully x)

September 18, 2011

Yay, a finished project

I’ve finished the baby blanket I started a couple of weeks ago, using some of my quilt festival fabric (and some from last year).  Here it is:

I’ve kept it simple using five by six, 5″ squares pieced together for the top and lovely soft polar fleece for the back (with no batting/wadding as the fleece makes it nice and warm anyway).  I found this tutorial from one of my favourite blogs to create a boarder/binding.

Boarder/binding pinned to the fleece backing

It works well but I found it a little fiddly in the corners and found I had to stop after one edge then re-adjust the material to do the next edge.

The corners

I was worried about the fleece stretching if I quilted across it so I did a square 1/2″ in from every other square which worked fine.

I love the snail fabric!

Finished size is approximately 25″ x 30″ so I’m thinking it will be suitable as a pram blanket.  I plan to make more of these with different fabrics, potentially for a craft stall at some point in the future.  Hopefully you will see more here soon.

Lovely fleece back

August 15, 2011

Festival of Quilts 2011

Last weekend was the Festival of Quilts at the Birmingham NEC.  I’ve been to the festival the last three years, the last two with my friend Ayla and we’ve had a great day out.  The quilts on display are amazing; each one a work of art that must have taken goodness knows how many hours.  Here is a selection of some that caught my eye:

 

Miniature snippets of Liberty make up a miniature quilt

 

Great colour in this sunflower quilt

 

A knitted quilt

 

This quilt was made up of hundreds of tiny hexagons of different black and white fabrics!

Of course the other amazing thing about the festival is the shopping! Hundreds of stalls selling beautiful fabrics, yarns, threads and all sorts of other materials.  It’s like being in a sweet shop!

An array of fibres

 

Lots of fat quarters to choose from

 

This was really the focus of our visit; to stock up on materials that you just can’t get locally.  There are some good fabric shops in Cardiff but they tend to focus on dress and soft furnishing fabrics so aren’t great for quilting and craft fabrics.

Here is what I came home with:

A bright selection of fabrics which I plan to make into a baby blanket or two

 

Some blues which will be a gift for a friend

 

And a selection of green/blue/greys for my next quilt project

 

I’m very happy with my purchases; now I just need need to use them!

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