Saturday, 19 April 2014

My sewing bag

I decided I needed a sewing bag for when I get together with the girls on our Monday sewing days. After looking through plenty of mag's & books I decided to do the one pictured below,"Sewing Notions Bag by Rhonda Thornley"  from Patchwork & Stitching magazine Vol 14 No 1. Well my version anyway. - This is a work in progress along with many other projects.

As you can see the pictures on the bag were created by an embroidering machine. I don't have one of those so I drew them free hand,

Once I had drawn them onto my material,(sorry no picture, I forgot to take one) I coloured then with Derwent pencils and sealed with Plaid textile medium

 These are now ready to be stitched.
I am going on holiday in the next couple of days for 4-5 weeks, so will have plenty of relax time to do stitching.(maybe)
I now have plenty of stitching to do, with these 3 pic's and 6 Fireman Sam pic's so I should keep out of mischief.  I will take lots of pictures of my adventures over the next 5 weeks & I will up date my blog as soon as I return home.
So Please keep looking in to see my progress on all my projects.
Happy stitching Ladies.

Quilt for my Sister's Grandchild - Lennon

This quilt is a work in progress. Lennon loves fireman Sam so I thought I would make him a quilt he would love.

I down loaded the free pictures from Fireman Sam Colouring pages from the internet website. Then enlarged them to fit my 6 1/2in blocks.

The 2 pictures below are the first I downloaded and resized.
They are on my light box my lovely husband made, ready for tracing.


I reversed this picture so I could have then facing inwards for when I assemble

Next was the fire truck

I then down loaded 3 more pictures.    Fireman Sam climbing a ladder

Fireman Sam holding the fire hose

Fireman Sam's Dog

All pictures traced and ready for colouring and stitching

These are the pencils I used to colour the drawings, this technique I learned doing one of Helen Stubbing's Colourque' projects (that's still a work in progress)

Once I coloured the drawings I sealed with 'Plaid textile medium'

I then added a red spot & black spot boarder, this was so I could hold them better in my hoop for embroidering

I then decided I needed a bigger picture for the quilt, so I enlarged the next picture 2 x A4 paper

This picture I decided to Applique.
He is now ready for stitching.

I am going away for 4-5 weeks on a biking / camping trip so will be taking these with me. Not sure how much I will get done, but at least I will have some stitching with me for when I am relaxing.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Quilt for my Sister's grand Child Authur

I have 2 Sisters who live in the UK, I have only seen them twice in over 30 years. I have missed my Niece's & Nephew's growing up and now they are having children. Time just passing by so quickly.
My older sister Pamela now as 2 Grandchildren Lennon 3 years & Arthur 4 months. I have decided to make a quilt for the grand children something they can have as a keepsake & to remember they have family over here in Australia.
This is the quilt I have made for Arthur. I made the pattern up as I went along, I don't think it turned out too bad.
On the top row I did 2 patch blocks & in the centre I embroidered this Bear.
The next row I did one patch block with 2 embroidered ducks either side. The ducks I reversed to face inwards
Next row was two patch blocks with Arthurs name & date in the centre
The last row I did one patch block with 2 embroidered bears either side.
As you can see on the finished quilt, I quilted each block slightly different & finished the quilt with a blue & white boarder.



Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Making a Bag - Gift for a Dear Friend

So a pattern in a Country Threads magazine Vol 13 No.4 for a lovely patchwork bag designed by Leeanne Pitman.

I made 2 bags - one like this which I gave to my lovely daughter in-law for her birthday. I didn't take a photo of that but it did turn out lovely.

The second bag I made I changed slightly: I used a different panel front & inserted pockets on the inside.           
I used this favorite saying my friend loves as the front Panel

I inserted pockets on the back of the bag liner

The view from the back of the bag

The view from the front 

The finished project - well nearly finished I just have to hand stitch the binding .
I think the bag turned out very well - I'm sure my friend will like it.

Been Busy

Hi everyone,
 I know it's been a while but I promise I have been busy creating, I just need to get into the habit of posting my creations for you all to see.

Made a Dress. I just wanted a couple of simple dresses I could wear through summer & winter. I find it difficult when shopping for clothes to getting them to fit properly. I'm not large by any means but very different at the top of my body as to the bottom. This dress is a simple pattern from Kwik & Easy : K387. I have altered it slightly for my comfort. the pattern as a bit more flair & I prefer more fitted. I also added a belt to the back & lined the dress instead of interfacing

This is just waiting for me to hem the dress, like many projects of mine I can take a while to finish the last step.
The back of the dress, looks better once pressed, I still have too hem it and hand sew the arm hole edge. This is where I turned it right side out once attaching to the petticoat liner.
I made 3 of these, they are very comfortable in the heat and will be good with skivvy & leggings for winter.