Sunday, 23 February 2014

Lilipopo Glasses Case & EPP Diamonds

I must be getting old as just before Christmas I needed my first pair of reading/sewing glasses. They needed a nice case so I used the tutorial over on Lilipopo's blog. She has some lovely embroidery patterns and they are a style that I find she lives in Cornwall.
I used a tiny, tiny scrap of Liberty fabric for her dress and as Sarah is encouraging us to put our scraps to work this year then I am linking up at the end of the month.
I'm also just in time to link up with Amy, who is hosting TGIFF this week. I hoped to have this finished by Friday but had a bit of the sniffles that I brought back from our Valentine trip to Bristol.

Tim's Valentines card was found in a charity shop while hunting for vintage sheets. It's like a simplified game of Beetle.

Although I have loads of WIP's .... I seem to have started another one! I didn't feel like concentrating on much last week and as my very thoughtful friend Karen had bought me this for Christmas I had another look through it. I love the travel quilt idea as we are always off out and about in Libby our little campervan, blogged at LibertyBlueVan.

They are 2" diamonds and stitch up quite quickly. I've completed 3, but cut and basted quite a few more.

Though these all look coordinated, as I've used the remains of a Moda Scrap Bag, I think the rest will be quite scrappy. I don't have many scraps, as some of you know, I've been swapping, buying, begging and borrowing scraps from everyone...can you borrow scraps??? I'm not sure. Anyway it's a great project as you can see below the selvedge gets turned under and the maths geek in me worked out that the minimum strip width, to give 1/4 inch seam, is 2.23".... Do you remember SOHCAHTOA?

Years ago I found these in a charity shop and they are great for fussy cutting.

Jessica also has a link up on her blog, Lifeunderquilts for how many stars are finished My Total = 3

FairyFace Designs

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Kokeshi Doll

Le Challenge - The Rising Sun

When reading through the inspiration for Le Challenge I thought that I'd use the perfect piece of fabric that was in the Goody Bag from FQR London last year. It was a small piece of lovely Art Gallery fabric which reminded me of a kimono.
I used the pattern from Homespun Magazine issue 15.1 for the little Kokeshi Doll. The pattern had 3 strung on a string, but I only had enough fabric for one.

I used a different fabric to line her sleeves. Each of the dolls has a different hair style, but this was my favourite. She is only 6 inches tall but has a big personality!

The pattern is available in the Melly and Me shop and includes a cuddle size mama Kokeshi.

I would have loved to make something from this Japanese book that I got at the Cowslip Workshop Christmas fair for £1 ... But it will be more of a long term project as it's quite complicated. I googled the isbn number and eventually found out that this type of Japanese reversible patchwork is called Orinuno. I will have a go at it as it is all done by hand and so it will be a good portable project for me.

Linking up with Le Challenge ... Why don't you pop over and check out what Lucy and Nat have made, as well as the other links.
Also linking with the Slow Bloggers as I'm averaging less than one a month at the moment as Instagram seems so much quicker, but I appreciate that not everyone is on IG. Also I can't leave links on IG either.
Moira is hosting the Slow Bloggers this month.