Saturday, November 20, 2021

I finally made a Roscoe Blouse! I think I might be the last sewer to do so and of course I'm wondering why I waited so long.
There's not much to say about this pattern that hasn't already been said. I made a size smaller than I measured because, I'd read there was a lot of room in it (and I'm glad I did), and followed the pattern exactly as written. 
I used fabric from The Block Prints on Etsy which I bought a couple of years ago. It has the perfect drape for this pattern. 
I'm really happy with it and need to search the stash for some voile to make another one!




 

Tuesday, November 09, 2021

Style Arc Joan Top

The start of the sewing summer - a Style Arc Joan Top. I used a voile from the stash which I think came from Tessuti a couple of years ago.
I made it straight from the pattern, using the size I normally use, and it fits really well. The only think I'd change is to add a couple of cm to the length (or I might just make a pair of slightly high waisted pants to wear with it).


 

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Merchant and Mills Ellsworth Shirt

I made it without any modifications, just to test it out. The only modification I would make, if I made it again, would be to add an inch to the length, especially at the front. I was between sizes so I decided to size down as it is so roomy, and I am glad I did.
There is not much else to say. The instructions are good, I love all the linen from Potter & Co, and I found the perfect green buttons in my stash. I definitely recommend making one.



 

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Autumn Daisy - a foundation paper pieced pattern

Introducing my latest foundation paper pieced pattern - the Autumn Daisy!
The pattern includes templates for two finished sizes - 8"x8" and 10"x10".
You can find the pattern in my shop
I made 9 of the daisies using Ruby Star Society fabric to make this sweet little quilt. 

A single block would be great as a pot holder or used to make a pouch. 
 It's such a fun pattern to make and works equally well in solids or prints.  



Friday, June 11, 2021

Tulips and Hearts Paper Pieced Patterns

While finishing off my latest foundation paper pieced block pattern (a flower - coming soon, hopefully tomorrow!) I realised I had never blogged by heart or tulip patterns. 
So here they are!
A lovely heart block, in several different sizes - 6"x6", 8"x*' and 6"x8". 
You can find the pattern for sale in my shop


A Tulip block in two sizes - 4"x6" and 6"x8". Find the pattern here. 


 

Friday, May 21, 2021

Fibonacci quilt

As a Science teacher I love the idea of quilts with links to Maths and Science. This Mini quilt is based on the Fibonacci sequence. 
This was a fun project - I used scraps of solids and kept adding blocks until it felt like a decent size. 
I'm definitely a convert to spray basting after quilting this quilt. So much quicker when you don't have to remove safety pins and so many less wrinkles. 
I think this might be oft hang in my Science Lab for a while!

 

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Spray Basting Quilts

I've always pin basted my quilts, and it's always been my least favourite part of the quilting process. So instead of continually whinging about it I thought I should try spray basting. 

Best decision. So much easier and my quilt tops are so much smoother. 

I've been spraying outside and then bringing the pieces in to the living room on the wooden floor to 'stick' the batting, backing and quilt top together. A quilt ruler is really handy to smooth out any wrinkles, then it just needs a quick iron and it's ready to quilt! 


I haven't quite finished the daisy quilt yet, but I've quilted the Fibonacci quilt below. It was so nice to just quilt without stopping all the time to take pins out, which always made my lines go quite wonky. 

 I've yet to do a really big quilt, but I think I am a convert!