Monday, 31 October 2011

Echino Patchwork Purse

I finished a few things over the weekend. This little clasp was provided free with Mollie Makes magazine. I used the tutorial on U-Handbag and replaced the fabric with this wonderful Echino Patchwork print that Nikki who blogs at Sew Quine very generously supplied when I won her birthday giveaway.
I also needed to finish this mug rug for a friend's birthday - 2 weeks ago! but I have never quilted or bound anything before - so this was my first attempt, no practice or tension check, I just got on with it and this was the result. I was trying to do "an apple for teacher" as she is a deputy head.  I think the front is Spring/Summer and the back Autumn/Winter.


Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Embroidered Penguin Book Cover

Having read a post over on Lily's Quilts Blog about her Penguin Book quilt I remembered this book cover that I made a friend last Christmas. Karen is a very talented interior designer, who has a pasion for Penguin Books, and her Blog is full of artistic and colour inspiration. I didn't have a pattern I just made it up as I went along and as I didn't know how to print on fabric, I embroidered all the words and the little penguin.

Sorry to publish this twice but the pictures never seem to load......anyone know a blog on how to blog?

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Shabby Chic Union Jack Quilt

Shabby Chic Union Jack by Lily's Quilt

When I saw the pattern for this quilt I thought it would be an easy option for my second quilt top - I say top as I haven't yet quilted the first one I made. The pattern is over in the Moda Bake Shop and it is by Lynne of Lily's Quilts. Don't be put off by the fact that you need 8 charm packs, as you only use half of each pack. I went for a more shabby version as I used some scraps donated to the quilt group I go to.
It is a very well written pattern and it involves sewing the overlapping scraps on to newspaper cut to the correct size. I liked this as the seam allowance didn't matter too much and where I had a few holes after I had peeled off the newspaper - I just covered them over with more scraps.
Here are some of the scraps sewn on the paper. All the edges are pinking sheard, wish I had a pinking blade for my cutter as it would have been a lot easier!

I love the colours and Mr ID says he would like one too as it reminds him of a flag made out of scraps during the war. This one is being given away to a very deserving lady who needs a little happiness in her life...and some hugs too. So I am now collecting red, white and blue may be a while before I make the second one.

The pictures have been taken using an App called Instagram - makes them look "cool" quickly, but changes the colours.