Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Smells nice around here!

Some small gifts I made yesterday, to give to some friends. I have a food dehydrator, and I LOVE it when the oranges slices are done!

Saturday, 4 December 2010

A Snow Card

In keeping with the snowy week we've just had, here is a snowy card - on dark blue sparkly cardstock, to go along with the 'Blue' challenge at Cute Card Thursday.

Bits and Bobs

I've been pretty busy lately, and not had much chance to quilt or make cards.
I painted this MDF board though, and stuck on little paper houses, with button door handles, for a stall at the school fair - people paid to choose a house and one of the houses represented a prize. I was also asked to make a cake for the 'Guess the number of sweets on the cake' stand. it turned out to be a hefty old cake... 12 eggs, 24oz flour etc... and in case anyone is wondering - I put 381 sweets on it!
Also, on Tuesday morning I got to see our charity quilts all together for the first time. Here they are with some of my quiting friends from church.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

More Bunting & A New Machine!

My brother and sis-in-law bought a new house a while ago, and my niece's room has a bright red carpet, which they won't be changing for a while, so I made some bunting to match it, and tie in some softer shades at the same time. I sent it as a present in a muslin bag which I embellished.
I did my little craft stall last week too (forgot to take any pictures...) I didn't get round to making lots of things for it, but made well over £100, and had a few other orders. I was quite happy with that, and enjoyed myself!
Also last week, my old sewing machine sewed it's last stitch, and I bought a Husqvarna 850. Haven't had much time to make anything with it yet, but I can already tell it is sewing in a whole new league!

Monday, 1 November 2010

Birthday Card

I used the sketch from Card Patterns for this card, and a QuicKutz rainbow die, that I bought on eBay from America last week.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Charity Quilts Finished

I finished off the second of the charity quilts today... I wasn't sure what to do for the quilting, and ended up with a flower at each junction, and (not very) straight lines joining them all up.
My two little models, Tom and Harry.
Both the quilts together.
I have not loved making these quilts, but I do hope that they will bring some cheer to the elderly Alzheimers patients, to who's home we at church are donating them, plus several other quilts.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Fab 5, and some other bits...

Just had a nice surprise, and seen that I am in the Fab 5 over at 2 Sketches 4 You! (a card making challenge blog.) It was for my pink & blue Christmas card.

I have been having fun making little odds and ends for the stall I've been asked to do, in November.
A little bag with an applique house. (I was trying out a new way of appliqueing - where you make a kind of pillow with the shapes and a backing lining, then slit the lining and turn it right-way-out, before hand sewing the shape into place.) I've also been making Wheat Pillows (that you heat up in a microwave and use like a hot water bottle.) I sew some whole wheat into a lining, then make a cover with a velcro fastening.
I'm waiting for some lavender to arrive (from eBay) before I make any more, so I can do wheat and lavender bags. I'll have to experiment a bit with the quantities.
While I was sewing today, Harry asked me to make him a boat. Not the neatest-ly sewn thing in the world, but to his design, and he is very happy with it. I've made plenty more things - will have to take more pics sometime.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Happy Birthday Trev

Another yucky boy's card... (I'm not saying my brother-in-law Trev is yucky - I just don't like doing male cards!)
This card uses the sketch from CPS.

Christmas Card

I really enjoyed making this card for the 2 Sketches 4 You challenge... lots of inking, and stitches, and glitter...

Autumn Birthday Card

A card for my Father-in-law... a double challenge for me - 1) using Autumn colours, for the Shabby Tea Room blog challenge, and 2) doing a male card!
I got a chance to use my new Sizzix/Tim Holtz leaf die cutter though, and I quite like how it turned out. (Glitter chipboard is always a good thing!)

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Birthday cards

Harry went to a double party yesterday, and so I made these simple cards for him to take.
The challenge at Papertake Weekly is '3 of a kind' - to use 3 of something on your card. I just used 3 elements - the Cuttlebug 'Seeing Spots' embossed background, Cricut dinosaurs from the Paper Doll Dress up cartridge, and the names cut from the Cricut Base Camp cartridge.

Thank You Rafael's Mum!

I had a lovely surprise in the post this week. Rafael's Mum (Marguerite) blogged a little while ago about a quilt being made for a terminally ill friend of a friend, and some of us made blocks for the quilt. Anyway, she kindly picked out of a hat one of us to receive some material from her, and that was me! Here are some of the blocks that were made, including my two. The fabrics I was given are gorgeous!! Many thanks again, Marguerite!

Sunday, 10 October 2010

A couple of scrappy quilts

The first is one of the charity quilts which I finished last night (kindly modelled for me by Harry), and the second is my little hand-sewn hexigan quilt, which is very slowly growing...
I'm not happy with the colour mix in this one yet - I don't have enough of the right colour fabrics - need to get hold of some more true yellows/royal blues, at least.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Quilting in the sun

I had an unexpected morning at home today. I was meant to be at an organisational meeting for our church women's group, of which I am on the presidency, but two of my kids were off school ill. They were pretty happy reading, so I got on with pinning and quilting one of the charity quilts I am working on. I thought the colours just looked so nice in the sunshine.
(Can you tell that I am not a 'roll the quilt up all nice and neatly whilst quilting-type-person'?? I do try, but it always ends up in a massive mess.)

Friday, 1 October 2010

A card at long last...

Time to make a card before I forget how!! I did stare at the blank card for quite some time at first... (Been too busy quilting to paper craft!)
The challenge at DCM is to theme the card on Opal, so my card is mainly milky coloured, with green.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Charity Quilt Tops

Well we had our charity quilt day at church yesterday. There were some wonderful ones made, and the two I was responsible for turned out better than I was fearing. For total scraps, not too bad!

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Happy Houses

I've been asked to do a stall at a Christmas fayre - I have a vague vision of some handmade cards, and sewn things, and the other day I actually made a start... one padded heart. Hopefully I will get round to making some more things soon.

Two nights ago though, I started a new quilt. I had designed a house square for the first quilt I made, and I think it was my favourite square, so I decided to just make loads of houses and take it from there. I'll probably add lots of colourful pieced borders, bright hand quilting, buttons, appliqued trees, flowers & birds etc...
I had a wonderful evening - happily pulling out tonnes of bits of fabric and sewing willy nilly - no measuring or careful cutting whatsoever - fun!!

I just roughly cut the house elements,

Sew into sections,
Straighten edges,
Sew together and square off.
More of my Happy Houses... Harry picking out his favourite house so far.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Felt-tip roll Tutorial

Well - 'tutorial' sounds a bit grand... I was itching to just make something quick, and saw a picture in my book (this one) of a pencil/felt-tip roll, but I wanted a simpler version (and to be honest, I was lost 10 seconds into reading the instructions - I do better with pictures), so came up with this:

Cut 2 pieces of fabic & 1 piece of iron-on interfacing all to the same size. (Mine were about 25'' x 13'' - I just laid out my felt-tips and roughly guessed how big I wanted it.)
Iron interfacing onto the back of one of the fabric pieces, and put the fabric pieces right-sides together, then pin.

Sew round edges, leaving an opening at a short end. Turn right side out.

Iron the seams out flat, before pulling the whole thing into shape and ironing properly. (This just makes neater edges, and stops the seams from pulling inwards, when you iron the whole thing.)

Fold up the front, and iron. Decide how much of the pencil/felt-tip you want to have sticking out. Put 2 lengths of ribbon in the opening, for tie closes (or you might want matching fabric ties, or just one bit of fabric coming out with velcro on. I was just going for quick, here!)

Open out, pin ribbon in place, and sew all the way round the whole thing.
(This really is no work of art... I'm using up fabric I don't like much, and not sewing especially carefully! I don't think my 4 year old will mind too much. I may make some more attractive ones later on as gifts though!)

Work out roughly were you want the pockets to be, and mark them with pins. (Just try putting in your pencils etc. to see how wide. My pockets were 1.5'' wide, but that's for Berol felt-tips which are quite fat.)

Then sew up and down the rows, making pockets. Just sew across when you get to the top or the bottom of each row, so that all the pockets are made continuously.
Sew a straight line along the bottom of the pockets - sewing over the stitches already there from when you made the pockets. This will ensure all your pencils/felt-tips will sit at the same height as each other.
All done! I think my youngest will be quite happy with it when he gets in from school!
The one in the book is very pretty, and involves sewing a rainbow of fabrics into strips, for each pocket, and has a bit different construction.
I am happy though, because I got my 'making something' itch scratched!
I would love to see any that anyone else makes!