Thursday, 4 March 2010

Cupcakes and hearts

I've now completed my stitchery that I started in Nicky's class, once it's made up into a cushion I'll upload a photo.

My sister asked me to make a cushion for her little girl.  It's 20" square and covered in cupcakes.  This is actually not the one she had, I'd originally decided to make half the cupcakes with spotty bottoms and flower tops, and half to have flower bottoms and spotty tops.  When they were laid out on the white, it looked too cluttered.  My sister decided she like the flower bottoms and spotty tops.  This one, as you can see, has spotty bottoms and flower tops and a great big cherry on top.  It's for sale at £40 if you'd like it.

The next photo is a gingham heart on cream linen/cotton union.  It's 12" square and costs £12.50.

Next is mother's Mother Day gift, it's a good job she doesn't have a computer, or she'd know what she's getting. 


Monday, 8 February 2010

Stitchery with Nicky

My friend Nicky makes amazing quilts and cushions and all sorts of wonderful things incorporating stitchery.  She's just had a one-woman exhibition at Quilters Haven show-casing all her lovely quilts and cushions.  Here's a few links to more of Nicky's wonderful stitchery Christmas cushion ~ Couch companion ~ Cushions ~ Stitchery quilt .

So as you can see, she is very, very good at stitchery, you won't find any wobbly lines on Nicky's stitching, unlike my little lady above.  The design I choose was originally designed to be made into a little stuffed lady which could be filled with lavender but I've decided to make her into a little cushion.  I'll finish the stitching this evening, it's quite addictive.  It's simple to do, the three main stitches being back-stitch, lazy-daisy and french knots, and it's good to have something small in the evening when you're watching (or listening) to the telly.  I think I need a lot more practise to get lovely flowing lines like Nicky's.


Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Memory quilts aren't just for children

I've met a lady called Jane Hamerton, she makes personlised towels, and loves sewing just as much as I do.  A few years ago she made this wonderful quilt top, but never finished putting the layers together.  Over the last few weeks, I have quilted and bound it for her.

Memory quilts aren't just for children.  When I returned the quilt, Jane was overwhelmed by how many memories the materials held for her.  She pointed out an old skirt and other material she'd used to cover a chair.  It wasn't just memories from the material either, she remembered the time, the place and the people she was with when she made the quilt.  To me, this is everything a quilt should be, made from material no longer needed for it's original purpose and holding special memories from a time gone by.

I'm really pleased Jane liked how I'd finished the quilt for her.  It's good that it can now be used in all it's glory and not hidden in a box.


Sunday, 10 January 2010

Log cabin tablecloth

Here's the tablecloth I've made for my mother-in-law.  I delivered it this morning and she was very pleased with it, and put it on her table straight away.  The photo's don't do it justice.  The table is in a small bay, and catches the light, brightening the room.

Detail of the quilting.

The cloth is 54" square, six by six blocks of 9" log cabin. Just thought - I haven't got a photo of the backing material, it matched perfectly, small lilac flowers on a yellow background.  I used the backing fabric to bind aswell.  The quilitng we kept fairly simple, sitched in the ditch between the main blocks, and then using varigated thread, straight stitching horizontal and vertical over the logs.  The centre squares we left unquilted.

I've just pinned out another quilt, which I want to quilt and bind by Wednesday.


Wednesday, 2 December 2009

It's all packed and ready to go.  Teddy's quilt is finished and awaiting delivery.  I hope Sophie is pleased with it.  I think it's turned out really well, but then I made it so I'm biased.

This has been a pleasure to work on.  I love the little teddy fabric in the corners.  The photos were printed on 'Miracle Fabric Sheet's and 'EQ Printables' in sepia to mix in well with the blocks.  The photos are not supposed to be the focus point, rather that you have to look for them as your eyes move around the quilt.  What do you think?

Next I have to finish the tablecloth-quilt for my MIL.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Here are some photos of the commission I'm working on, the top is pieced, I love the teddy fabric in the cornerblocks of the border.  I have one line of the dedication block for the back to complete, and then this week it will be layed together with the wadding and backing and quilted.  The design is quite busy, so I will quilt in the ditch.  It looks lovely in the flesh.


Thursday, 22 October 2009

Bags, bags

I tried making a couple of bags last week and I was pleased with how they turned out.

I've made shopping bags in the past, but not proper handbags.  I was rummaging through some material and found a piece of canvas and a lovely piece of broiderie anglais (I'm sure that's spelt incorrectly).  When I put one against the other it just looked right and there was enough to make a small bag.  I was so pleased I then made the tweed one above it.

They are both lined in a dark brown striped fabric, the tweed one has been sold at market, and I have an order to make a similar one.  Unfortunately I only had enough of that particular tweed fabric to make one bag.  But I've got plenty more of similar tweed, so watch this space for more bags.

Even more amazing is the fact that my windows are relatively clean!