Monday, January 16, 2017

It's a Dog's life....


My little dog's bed was looking rather worse for wear....


so off to the Op Shop I went and got this brand new fake leather suitcase for the princely sum of $5.00



I chopped the top off and glued up the sides that were loose after said top was chopped off....


.... as soon as it was made up in she hopped...

Such a cool retro dogs bed.... she and I both love it!


... and yes, she has her own quilt ...
(made by 7 year old widget who adores her)

I am still doing my Dutch Treat blocks... some weeks I get none done, and some I get 2 done...


... this is where I am up to so far..... I like the look.  This is about 1/4 of the blocks.... a bit of a way to go still!



For Christmas Hubz and I put a $15 budget on our gifts for each other - we don't really need much but it's still nice to get a gift.

I spent a few nights stitching up this motive - he was there but he is so used to me stitching he doesn't ask all the time what I am up to....

Hubz brews his own beer - and a jolly good drop it is too....



I didn't finish my stitchery in time for Christmas (I did wrap a silly mug for him)

but this T shirt has now been made up..... he wears it with great pride!!! haha


... my gift was this little box.... which of course I have managed to find treasures to fill it up with....


Righto, Gotto Go - Monday morning chores to be done.  I hope you have a lovely week


Friday, January 13, 2017

The colour purple......


I mentioned before that I am joining in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge hosted by SoScrappy.  January is the colour purple.

Firstly I made up my purple scrappy basket ....


using my made up no waste quilt as you go method which I shared HERE ......

Anybody can join in to the Scrap Challenge and there is a link up HERE where it's fun to go for inspiration.

And on Tuesday I met with my Tuesday girlfriends Lyn and Christine and we started making our scrappy houses on our little vintage sewing machines....



They are pretty cute and don't take too long to sew (once you have cut out fiddly little pieces)


Here is my practice batik basket together with my new purple basket and the vintage sewing machine in my newly shabbied up bookcase....


So the bookcase used to look like this.....

We inherited the bookcase with the house but the pine with holes in it wasn't quite the look I wanted with my white cupboards


.... and at the weekend (in spite of hours of eye fluttering Hubz insisted I would get a lot more fulfillment if I did my project myself instead of him doing it!!!)

I shaked and stirred and wished it was a cocktail, but at least Poldark was there with me....



..... and here we are..... I know it's supposed to be Shabby Chic but I think I left out the chic....

... but that's the job done, I like it better than the pine brown it was and it holds my stuff just fine....


The Tuesday girls turned up with gifties the first week back......

I love the Christmas tree pincushion - with the pins being baubles and filled with sawdust which gives it a lovely weight.  It is now living with the other pincushions ..... The bottle is a home made liqueur which I tell you is just delicious, and I have a treat of it some evenings..... it's a medicinal draught to help me sleep .....


How fun.....

Righto, Gotto Go ...... now I know my fabric baskets work well I want to have the backing and wadding cut ready for next month  when we get told the new colour....


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

QAYG fabric basket tutorial


I do love to join in sewing with others and my Tuesday sewing friends and I like to do a joint project too....

On Michelle's blog she wrote about a Rainbow Scrap Challenge she is doing -  which is hosted by SoScrappy.  

Anyways, since we all have scraps and I don't like throwing ANY fabric out --- and us Tuesday girls needed a new machine sewing project (Dutch Treat is ongoing hand work) this seems a perfect opportunity to work on my scraps and get them in some sort of order....

This is how I keep them at the moment....


My plan is to make baskets for the different colour scraps - use some up and store the rest!  

There are several fabric basket patterns on the net but I wanted to do a Quilt As You Go  in one piece and couldn't find what I wanted so I adapted.  Now there may well be something similar around  and far better but I thought I would include how I did my  NO waste QAYG scrap fabric basket.

First I wanted to make a single piece of quilted fabric out of scraps (for this experimental basket I used batik scraps) and used THIS tutorial by Elizabeth Hartman at Oh Franson.  My finished size of the rectangle was 17" x 23" so I cut my backing a couple of inches longer and wider and the wadding the correct size.  Then quilted the patches over using Elizabeth's method.


When all the pieces were added I trimmed it all to 17 x 23"


... like this....


Fold the work in half lenthways and cut out corners 3 1/2" x 4" (the 3 1/2" being from the folded base up.  Cut carefully around the corner and keep these pieces aside.

And sew the sides together (right sides facing) (I used an overlocker for this)  

You end up with something that resembles a quilted pair of nickers without any elastic!!


Fold the corners lining up the half length fold line with the side seam and sew the boxing seam...


... and that gives you the basket shape....


Here are the pieces that were cut out the base 


Now fold them in half lengthways and sew the seam .. then turn through (this was the most difficult part as they are a bit bulky but just fiddle around ....


Find the side seams of your bag and pin these short lengths to make handles.  I put them about 1/2" on either side of the seam....  Baste them in place.



Make enough binding to comfortably fit around the bag... I did the length plus 4".  Sew it down on the inside of the basket...


Then turn over and sew the binding down..... (of course you can do this by hand)


As you can see this method shows the seams inside.....


.. but it's perfect for what I want ....


The basket has ended up sort of 7 - 8 " square (I say sort of because some sides are 7" and some are 8".  Not perfect but fine for me....


... Hmmmmmm - my overlockers sits in an old plastic cover - it could do with a QAYG cover sometime..... 


So I used up some scraps and I am also using up some of my lovely threads left over from quilt projects (not enough to use for a big project)


For the linings I am using left overs from backings (so officially scraps too!!!) .... sometimes I need to join them...


and I have a couple of linings (also made from scraps)  and the wadding scraps .... 

my first newly made UFO in the bag to make one colour per month...



SoScrappy gives more information about it HERE if you are interested...  basically she chooses a colour and you choose what you want to make with it..... 

Righto, Gotto Go.... this months colour is PURPLE and I need to go and sort out my scraps and see what I can find.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

UFO finish .....


The best thing about going through my drawers I realise that there are sometimes projects that don't really need a huge amount of work.....

This QAYG whole quilt is one of them...... and now it's done and I love it....


The main photo is a good reflection of the colour - I used a mottled light blue for the top and a plain light blue for the back.

These close up pictures don't show the colour well and the trapunto sometimes looks like it is receding and not puffy..... but it still gives an idea of the work involved....











This was all quilted on a small domestic sewing machine - so I'd like to encourage anyone wanting to do some Free Motion Quilting.  Go for it and you don't need a big machine - just the hopping foot and some patience.  Smaller pieces are much easier when learning - make placemats, mug rugs, bags etc - or put together a quilt like this.

Righto, Gotto Go.... I want to go and stroke my quilt!!! 


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