Friday, 21 March 2014

Finish seven of 2014


 Finish seven? Well I sort of forgot to blog about the other three finishes. I would but two are in the laundry basket.
 And well one still needs to have the lining slip stitched to the zip, so technically not finished.

This skirt however is finished. I love the birds. I bought the fabric on a whim at Lady sew and Sew and luckily daughter 1 loves it. I used Simplicity pattern 1723. I decided to line the skirt because white can be a bit see through. 
My daughters used to love to model new outfits but they seem to be going through a phase of not wanting to be in photos. 


I am also making something for myself. Actually it's almost finished but need help with the fitting. I am wondering if maybe I need a dummy for my birthday this year... Must discuss with husband.

Seeing as the weather is so lovely at the moment I hope to have finishes 4 and 5 washed and photographed by the end of the weekend.

Lots of love
Fx

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Nine patch made by a nine year old.

 This morning my nine year old daughter finished her last nine patch block and decided on her final layout.
By lunch she had sewn the blocks into rows and then the rows into the quilt top. She was helped by me with pining but she did all the sewing herself. She did find it quite tricky to girl handle the quilt top through the sewing machine without impaling herself on the pins. However she persevered and managed.

It's 1.22m by 1.53m, so taller than her. She would like it a little larger, so we are going to add borders. A lovely polka dot has been chosen; not from the stash but dear husband said it was outside my self imposed fabric buying ban. Love that he was enabling my fabric habit.

I am not sure if Daughter will be cutting the border, she is fine with scissors not sure I trust with the rotary cutter yet. The aim is to get it finished before Monday and maybe show the needlecraft teacher. She hasn't decided on that yet. Maybe it needs to be quilted first.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday - Triangles

Hello from a very wet Oxfordshire. Thankfully we are not flooded but many are. I have however found out that the putty in the dining room window leaks. Not sure how I will fix that but I will worry about that when it doesn't pour with rain.
 Last week I could finally start on a new project. Husband chose these fabrics for himself at the fat quarter shop. They were in a fat quarter stack called Garden for Olivia. I can't that stack anymore online but they do still have the fabrics.
 The grey batik check was also chosen by the husband. The pictures aren't too clear.
 The colours do look better in real life. But I have to make do with torrential rain and the design floor, so this is the best it's going to get.
 In the mean time the youngest daughter (nine years old) has decided to make her own quilt.
 I let her have free reign of my fabrics. Well all right almost. Fabrics that were sorted into projects have been banned.
She did all the cutting herself and the sewing and pressing. Not so much the pinning. The pins keep going in wonky into the fabric. She forgets to take the pins out and then hits them with the needle. One sewing machine needle and several pins have been lost this way. I now pin for her. The machine doesn't mind when the pins are straight.

I am linking to Freshly pieced. Hope you all stay safe and dry.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Shirt of my back

 I have a Friday finish with photos. I can't find my camera. The eldest borrowed it to take pictures of some toys she wants me to sell on ebay (hurrah more cupboard space for fabric). These pictures are taken using my i-phone. I apologise for the poor quality.

I have finally finished the scrappy trip quilt top. All up cycled shirts from my dad. It's been christened "the shirt of my back" quilt.

 It's 60" by 90"  It had to be folded double because I didn't want to risk it hanging on the muddy grass.
I hope to find my camera again and to take some decent pictures when it's not

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Finishes two and three

The constant battle to keep up with my daughters' growth spurts is not easy. Remember how I wasn't going to buy anymore fabric in 2014 well that plan went out the window. I had to buy fabric for these two tops because I had no fabric they liked. It was on sale at Lady Sew and Sew
 I used Simplicity pattern 1532. Now the picture looks a lot like PJ's. But that is a minor detail. I had to recreate a favourite top from H&M that really wasn't going to fit anymore. The daughter was optimistic, she thought at age ten she would still be able to fit in size 7year old. (It might be helpful at this point to show you a picture of the old top but I forgot to photograph it.)


The daughter that will be the recipient of the orange top insisted on pockets. EVERYTHING should have pockets. This is what she believes. Luckily her school agrees and the pinafores have pockets, the blouses have a breast pocket and the coat has no less than five, yes you heard that right FIVE, pockets. The pattern doesn't have pockets, so I fabricated a patch pocket. In my opinion it's too large. Daughter is over the moon with it though. The client is happy, so that is all that counts. 

Maybe if we are lucky and they are in a good mood they will model for me.


Friday, 10 January 2014

Fabric Friday

I had hoped to have a Friday Finish. Alas it is not going to happen.

I did finish something this week but that was on Tuesday.

Are these owls cute or what? This basket has gone to live with a friend. I hope she likes it. The colours don't come out well on this picture but it has been bad weather here all week. 

The reason why I didn't finish anything is because of the weather. You may have heard on the news that Oxfordshire is flooded. Thankfully we are not affected. We live on higher ground. Some of the routes to work and school round here have been closed though. This has meant more traffic. It took me three hours on one day to drop the girls at school. I hope the flooding will pass soon. 

I do adore alliteration though so I give you: 
Fabric Friday. 

I was a good girl last year and used up lots of fabric. 2013 was the year of the one in one out, so these fabrics were allowed. 
Rowan fabrics in red. I love red but it also scares me and I don't often use it. I am going to use the aqua fabric with these reds. I just need to finish the scrappy trip quilt and then I can start on this one.

Maybe next week? I only have 16 more scrappy trip blocks to make. Probably not. I also need to make two blouses. It seems that my daughters don't just outgrow one item, they outgrow their whole wardrobe. Who would have thought? 

Have a good weekend. 

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday-scrappy trip.

I have made some progress today. I made seven blocks today. I am worried that I am getting scrappy tripped out. After my first scrappy trip quilt I thought I could make loads more scrappy trip quilts. It was quick easy, used up lots of stash. Now I am not so sure. I like this one but it is such slow going. Maybe it's all the blue. Maybe it's that thought that I am only half way through. I will carry on. I hate UFO's.

Sometimes playing with lay outs inspires me to do more. I must get on and do some more.

I am linking to Freshly pieced WIP Wednesday.