Friday, November 30, 2007

Workshop with Jan Hassard

The photo we were given for the workshop.

Last Saturday I spent the day at a workshop with my regular quilting group, with Jan Hassard, who comes from Bath.

It was very enjoyable, not only because I didn't have any home duty, but also because of all the creativity involved.

We had a long list of fabric to bring, I had 2 bags full, because I always worry that I won't have the right one, and I didn't cut anything beforehand, just to make sure I was doing the right thing with the right colours.

Later in the day it proved to have been the right choice as several friends were saying they wished they had chosen different fabrics,...

The units are made with 2 squares sewn together 1/4"on each side of the diagonal, to make 2 half square triangles. You then add a triangle on each side of one square to build a bigger triangle, which is itself sewn with another fabric triangle.
You need to assemble 16 units to make one block, and the blocks put together make a secondary pattern.
Jan Hassard had brought a few quilts which were all wonderful. She told us a bit about her teaching and the groups she attends, and then finally it was time to start....the day went very fast indeed, and at the end I still wanted to work, and in fact did a bit more at home later.

I will now continue to make the blocks until I get enough for a single bed quilt for daughter number 2.
It goes quickly as I do a lot of chain work, to make many blocks in one go. The cutting takes some time.

And I might run out of fabric as I am using all my batiks, but they look wonderfull, and they must be used at some point. Maybe it will reduce my stash if I resist buying some more.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Chloe's quilt

This is my daughter's quilt. Very beautiful, very big, it took me a long time to make.

All the blocks are on point, with corner and side triangles.

I didn't follow a pattern, just made the blocks one by one, I had to draw them to size most of the time, and they are all different.

My daughter had told me she wanted it blue, but by the time I had finished it she wanted her bedroom painted in pink. We changed the color of the wall, but not the quilt. She is still very proud of her quilt.

I have put a photo of the work in progress, spread on a double bed, to give you a better idea of the size, as we took the other photos in the garden when the weather was still nice, and the light good.

There are some stars and some japanese folded patchwork.

The centre was bigger than planned and I had to change my
sashing. That's why it is a single sashing around the centre block, and triple around the other blocks. That way it worked, and it's even more original !

Some baskets...

Som hawaian applique, all turned under by hand.

Some bow tie blocks making a secondary pattern, some tumbling blocks.

And a round block.

I will stop here as I have trouble inserting more photos, ... if you really miss the others, send me a message and I will include them in a new post.

I hope you enjoyed this post and will feel encouraged to try a new project, search for different blocks, and challenges.

I have certainly learnt a lot trying to overcome some difficulties, and when I look at it I really feel it was worth the effort.

Oh, and it was all quilted by myself on my sewing machine, with some free machine quilting that doesn't show on the photos.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Covered measuring tapes

Surfing on the french web I saw these measuring tapes covered in different fashions. Apparently you can do the shape of a house, or whatever takes your fancy. I wasn't that brave yet, and just covered mine with quilted fabric.

I copied the shape on paper, to become my pattern. And then cut the fabric with seam allowances, and the wadding without seam allowances. Of course everything is stitched by hand.

I think I will do another one for me soon.

The beige one with a flower will be my Christmas present that we exchange in my quilting group. It is a challenge to find something every year as it has to be very cheap, no more than £3.00.

The pink one is for my daughter.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Sashiko cushion

Tada! is my new cushion.

Done very quickly thanks to a kit from Olympus with the sashiko stitches drawn on blue fabric. Although looking at the catalogue the model I made doesn't appear, you would find other very nice projects.

And so I bought in Malvern last year the marked fabric, some sashiko needles and thread. I stitched quickly, plus a zip and you have a new cushion cover.

It was nice to have some hand sewing to do, in the car or at home.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Tiny doll

I found this little doll explained on the blog Croix Patch 74, it is in French but the photos are great to explain. It is a small project, by the size and the time it takes, and very enjoyable.
There seems to be 2 versions, one with a point to the bottom, and the other with the point folded to the centre. You choose.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

New, very pink, bag

Daughter number 2 wanted a bag inspired by the cover of a book. She is the one who really loves things handmade by Mum, as you can see with the scarf I made last year.

I think the book is "Making vintage bags: 20 Original Sewing Patterns for Vintage Bags and Purses" by Emma Brennan". We just took inspiration from the photo.

She chose the fabric, we went in town together to buy a few bits, et voila...

The bag is lined and closes with a pink zip at the top.
It was fast and fun to make.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Atelier rouge - progress

I have made some progress on my blocks for the atelier rouge, started by Pascale in France. We have a deadline now of finishing by the middle of December. I am not sure I will make it.

I added the sky with the bird nests and the satellite dish over the houses.

I completely changed another block, just kept the size the same.

Instead of a traditional village, I chose to do an african village. It was fun to do, although I first had to find a design for the house.

I have started working on the central block, the earth.

I have decided to change the blocks left to be done, maybe not all of them though.

So wait and see...

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Mug purse

I needed a present for a friend's birthday, and rather than running to the shops with no idea of what to buy, I prefered to make her something.

I have been sorting out my magazines and had cut out this picture of a purse in the shape of a mug. I copied the idea and took photos all the way through so you can make one too.

I first made a paper pattern of the size I wanted. Big enough to get your fingers to the bottom, but small enough to take in a bag.

I cut my front fabric and wadding roughly to that size, and the two sides of the lining. Then I cut the shape for the bottom, plus fabric, lining and wadding.

My zip is in a matching colour, blue here, to keep the theme of the china fabric.

Cut 2 squares of fabric and 1 wadding for the handle.

I started sewing with the zip. With your special foot, or by moving the needle on the sewing machine to one side, sew the zip to the top of both sides in the front fabric.

Then sew the lining to the inside of your purse, you should be on the same sewing line.

For the handle, sew the outside line of your pattern on the wadding and 2 squares of fabric right sides together, cut around with your seam allowance, and finish by hand. You will have cut the wadding next to the sewing line, and on the pattern line, before closing the handle.

The next stage is to insert the handle on the side and close the sides of the purse (but not the lining).

Check that the position of the handle is pleasing, insert the wadding on the wrong side of the purse, the top touching the seam for the zip, pin. Then put the fabric right sides together and sew from 1/4 inch at the bottom to the zip. On each side.

Cut the wadding along the sewing line to reduce the bulk.

Then sew the lining right sides together, but leave 1"gap on one side to allow for the turning of the purse at the end.

With the purse wrong side out, sew the bottom (fabric and wadding) to the purse. Check by turning to the right side that everything is in place. Then do the same with the lining and sew the bottom of the lining.

Nearly finished.

Turn your purse to the right side, slip stitch the opening inside closed.

I found I needed something else so sewed 1/4" from the zip at the top to create a little ridge. It brought the height of my mug down, making it easier to use, and gave a better shape.

This photo was taken before.

The last touch is the little tea bag hanging from the top. Attach a piece of ribbon to the zip pull, and sew a square of fabric to remind of a tea bag.

Bravo, you have made your first mug purse.

I think I will have to make another one. They are really cute and they can have so many use.