After my quilt finish I needed a quick and easy one-evening make. I’d bought this lovely tea cup fabric in the online destash and it just screamed ‘make me into a tea cosy’!! So I did. I used a lovely simple pattern by Messy Jesse
It ended up a bit snug on my tea pot as my fabrics crept about a bit with quilting. I’d recommend cutting out your rectangles a bit bigger than you need then trimming down after quilting. I used Shards from Cut out and Keep for the binding and lining and I quilted it with a turquoise Aurifil thread.
I’ve been up to other sewing but also doing lots of prep for a sewing weekend away in a few days with my very favourite sewing buddies!
Oh and my tea pot collection, I think I need some more tea cosies!
About a month ago after a fabric-buying blow out, I felt I needed to cleanse my overindulgent side and pledged to join fabriholics anonymous a group of sewists and bloggers who are fasting from fabric purchases.
So now it’s confession time. My husband has just returned from a work trip to New York and mentioned before he left (knowing full-well that I was fasting, naughty!) that he’d have time to pick up some fabric for me.
The opportunity to buy so cheaply from the USA, shipping & customs-free was too good to pass up!
I found this great little etsy shop called Pins & Needles
They very kindly organised a custom listing for me and my husband just went and picked up the big bag of gorgeousness! He also bought me a beautiful Japanese dressmaking book and the ladies at PIns & Needles put in a little bundle of surprise fat quarters.
I did think about putting it all away until July in an attempt to redeem myself but I think it’s a bit late for that!
I still hold true to my pledge to use what I have from my stash and I won’t be going out of my way to buy fabric for any specific projects unless I can use what I have. I just have a bit more to choose from now!
My low volume quilt is finished. My 4th ever quilt but a first in lots of ways.
First time I have crated my own layout (apart from the blocks); First time using 80/20 batting; first time doing mitred borders; first pieced backing; first time doing curvy quilting; first time hand stitching on the binding.
It’s been lots of experimental fun and I totally love it! The sun came out today so I whipped outside for some photos. I only got a few before a big black cloud rolled back over . It’s now having the crinkle treatment in the washing machine.
I am enjoying making some good progress on my low volume quilt. It’s the first time I’ve put together a quilt top layout myself and not followed a pattern or tutorial. Though what I ended up with didn’t always match the plan in my head. Like having to re-attach more sashing so I could do mitred borders. I wasn’t hugely annoyed about this as I was happy that the process was teaching me lots rather than the result being perfect. This is the finished quilt top:
I was planning for it to be a bit bigger but when I added more borders it just looked too much, so I’ve gone for a slightly useless size!
I had some trouble when I starred quilting. Lots of puckers and scrunching up. I unpicked about a mile of stitching and re-basted it.
It was much better after that but I concluded it was a combination of things:
Getting used to my new machines walking foot, which doesn’t like going fast at all. Going fast results in really uneven stitches. A thicker-fluffier batting than I’ve used before, which had a tendency to scrunch up. I solved this by lowering the feed dogs a notch but then this made it harder to control the quilt.
As my husband said: it wouldn’t be a proper quilt without a bit if heartache!
The rest of it has been great and I’ve really enjoyed seeing the cosy quilt texture appear. It’s a magical transformation; my favourite bit! I’ve even tried out some wavy quilting.
Some finished photos soon I hope or when the sun finally comes out!
So last night was the very crazy Instagram UK fabric de-stash party.
For those who don’t know this where lots of sewing enthusiasts and fabric hoarders have a clear out and sell what they don’t want via Instagram.
There were some fabulous things up for grabs and the excitement was immense.
Yes, I went a little crazy and today feels a bit like ‘the morning after the night before’; As the paypal invoices roll into my in-box I’m struggling to remember what I bought…and no, I didn’t even sell anything to fund this shopping spree!
So lying in bed last night feeling a tad guilty, I decided that I really do have enough fabric to last me the rest of the year, or at least the next 6 months, so I’m going to sign myself up to Fabriholics Anonymous, a group of self confessed fabric buyers and hoarders. I’m committing to 6 months from today, so here are my goals and my commitment.
- To use the fabric I already have.
- Finish projects I’ve started without distraction by shifting to other new beautiful fabric.
- Stop buying fabric.
- Save the money I would have spent
FABRIC FAST RULES:
1) No fabric purchases for 6 months beginning January 1, 2014. (20th January for me!)
2) At 6 months re-evaluate status and decide whether to keep going for full year. Evaluation July 1, 2014.
3) Create a UFO list and complete them!
- Backing: purchasing a backing to finish a quilt top is permissible. However, attempting to use fabric in your possession for a backing is preferable.
- Books and Magazine purchases are allowed as they are not fabric. Notions acceptable too.
- Swap Mama Fabric: if hosting a swap you are permitted to by fabric to execute swap duties, but you may not join a swap simply for the sake of being able to buy fabric!
- Quilts for Publication: if you are making a quilt for a publication and need certain fabric to execute it correctly then that is a major exception – who can blame you?There you go, I think it will be great. I have tons of lovely fabric and I’m really excited about using it!
Blog posts really are like busses but I just had to share this lovely post Mary wrote about my even lovelier birthday presents.
Some good friends of ours recently had their second baby and of course I jumped at the chance to sew them something. After a bit of head scratching I decided on something decorative. I’d seen some lovely ideas for embroidery hoops in this months Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine.
With my new found skill of paper piecing I opted to make this cute little owl which I found the pattern for on craftsy.
He was a little fiddly in places (especially those feet!) and certainly stretched my skills! Getting the back tidy involved lots of double sided tape, not really my cup of tea but I persisted! I re-sized the pattern a bit smaller but needn’t have as he fitted fine. Leaving it bigger would have made it easier!
I was totally thrilled with him and really wanted to keep him. I’d love to make more. I think they’d make great Christmas gifts.
Since my last post I’ve had my birthday and now I am the ripe old age of 40!! I had a lovely day and was thoroughly spoilt!
I seem to have started the new year with loads of quilt plans. One of them involving all these low volume charms which I got in a swap at the end of last year.
Over joyed at the prospect of minimal cutting (you know how I love cutting!) i set straight to work turning them into these blocks.
I made two extra blocks from my own scraps so now I have 9. Not enough for a quit in its own right but the start of one.
I recently had the luck on winning a Kate Spain Sunnyside jelly roll in a giveaway. A lot of the strips will make perfect low volume sashing. So I’m plotting and planning what to do…pencil paper stylie. This is the first quilt I’ve planned with out proper instructions. I hope it all works!
I didn’t set out to do lots of homemade gifts this year but somehow this happened.
I was very glad to see each of these opened over Christmas and it made me very happy to see how much they were appreciated.
There is something about the post- Christmas lull (after sitting in my backside eating for a couple of days ) and the prospect of the new year, that makes me what to have a clear out.
I’ve been mulling over changing my sewing space around for a while. I moved into the 3rd bedroom about a year ago. I thought having a designated sewing room would be wonderful but it’s not been all I’d hoped. Not enough room to cut on a table – so that usually happens on the floor, then I trip over the cutting mat going between my machine and the ironing board ! Also being upstairs has meant I’m reluctant to go up there in the evenings when my husband is downstairs. We do sometimes like to spend time together!
So I’ve made use of this lovely cupboard which used to be in my granny’s kitchen and until today housed all the kids craft stuff. The craft dept isn’t what it used to be now they are older. So no, i don’t really need an extensive stock of play doh anymore. Sad but true.
It was chaos for a few hours but it’s all swapped over now and we have a office/homework desk upstairs and I have a sewing space in the dining room. We threw lots of stuff out. I even have a pile of fabric to go (back) to the charity shop.
I’ll stop rambling and show you some photos.
the fun bit….