Monday, June 26, 2017

Dutch Label Review

I've never been good at labelling my quilts, but this year I've been thinking it would be nice to have something small on the back of my quilts saying who made them. I'd seen lovely labels around the blogosphere from The Dutch Label Shop so when the lovely Abby contacted me a while ago asking if I wanted to try them I said yes!
The website is really easy to navigate and it is really easy to play around and design different labels. You can choose from basic woven labels (which is what I did) or adding your own logo to the labels. They also do care labels, hang tags and stock labels - so it's a bit of a one stop shop if you are making and selling clothing. 
You can choose from quite a large range of sizes, colours, fonts and symbols if you opt for the basic woven labels - so they are not really basic at all. 
 I hand sewed these onto the backs of my quilts. I think they are the medium size which aren't too small on the back of a quilt and won't be too big on clothes. They are also fairly soft for labels and aren't itchy like some labels I have used in the past on clothes. I really like these labels and I'm glad I am finally labelling my quilts. 
If you would like to try some labels for yourself the Dutch Label Shop are offering a 15% discount for the next 30 days - enter the code twolittlebanshees15 at the checkout.

Full Disclosure: I received the labels from The Dutch Label Shop free of charge. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hey Mr DJ

I have a love/hate relationship with foundation paper piecing. It does not come naturally too me and I spend a lot of time unpicking and redoing. There has been tears as I have sewn blocks, but I think this is why I love it so much. There is such a sense of achievement when I do finally finish a block. 
As soon as I saw Molli Sparkle's Hey Mr DJ block I knew I needed to make it for one of my music obsessed girls. She never asks me to sew her much, but she really wants a quilt out of these blocks. 
This is my test block (yes there were mistakes - the navy fabric was going the wrong way in some parts and I made myself redo those pieces). I love it. Grace loves it. We are just negotiating colour and fabric choices.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Outback Wife Tunic

This tunic I made last year is worn a lot (once a week at the moment). As soon as I saw this beautiful Barkcloth by Cathi of Gertrude Made (the line is Outback Wife by Ella Blue if you are searching online for it) I knew I needed another one. It has lovely drape and was nice to sew. I hope they have more barkcloth in the works, it is great for dresses and skirts and I'm sure the remnants will end up in a quilt soon.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Blue and Green

I've never understood the saying 'blue and green should never be seen'. My Mum rarely wears anything but blue and green so I grew up seeing that colour combination all the time and it is one of my favourites.
I added a few greys to my stack of fabrics and made some quarter circle blocks, rectangles and triangles and randomly arranged them. 
Some times it is just fun to sew and see what you end up with. 

Monday, May 08, 2017

Cotton Rose

There is one thing better than a weekend away at the beach - a weekend away at the beach with a visit to a fantastic quilt shop! I snuck away on Saturday for a quick visit to Cotton Rose. It was so great to meet Tanya (so friendly, helpful and lovely), and I could have bought every fabric in there. Definitely worth a visit if you are anywhere in the south west. 
 I was a little bit excited to see my books as you walk in the door!


Friday, May 05, 2017

Fancy Hen

A present for a friend, because who doesn't need a chicken pillow.
A really fun project and such a well written pattern. 
Pattern - Fancy Hen by Ella Austin.


Friday, April 21, 2017

The Big Book of Strip Quilts

Just out from Martingale is The Big Book of Strip Quilts. You'll find a few of my quilt patterns inside including Ocean Waves!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Ottobre Overall Dress

Milly is a big fan of the overall dress. She has one she wears all the time so when the latest Ottobre (1/2017) arrived with a great overall dress pattern in I asked if she wanted another one (or two). Of course she did. This one is made from some stretchy denim from the stash. I think it might have come from Textile Traders.  
I used scraps of quilting cotton for the binding and pocket facing and some press studs from Spotlight instead of buttons. They weren't hard to put on, but they don't feel good quality and I wouldn't want to be opening and closing them much. I think I'll use buttons on the next one. It was all top stitched with Gutermann top stitching thread. 
As usual the Ottobre instructions did not make total sense as I read through them, but I followed each step and it worked out pretty well. I might alter the order a couple of things were done next time and shorten the length of the straps (the extra length is hidden inside) but it is a great pattern. I have quite a stack of Ottobre patterns and each year I think I should stop the subscription but it's hard to find good patterns for the 12 year olds and Ottobre is one of the few places the girls find things they want to wear. 
The fabric for the next one is already on the cutting table in the 'to make' pile. 


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Greyhaven Hat #2

Greyhaven Hat in Madelinetosh DK. I could knit with this yarn all day. 


Monday, April 17, 2017

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Spring Flower Mini Quilt

A little appliqué.

And a little improv piecing.
To make a little flower.


Friday, April 14, 2017

Modern Clamshell Mini Quilt

One of my goals for this year was to make some time each week to go through my notebooks and try some of the things I've sketched in them. 
This is the Creative Grids Circle Savvy ruler. Once you work out the maths and which lines you need (hint - make them with washi tape) it is easy to use. 
I joined my quarter circles to make clamshells.

And then arranged my 16 clamshells to make this mini quilt.
Working with only solid fabrics is a change from what I normally do and part of me wishes I added in just a teeny bit of patterned fabric into at least one of the clamshells.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Inflorescence Shawl

A new shawl just in time for the cooler weather.  The Inflorescence Shawl by Jen Lucas from Sock Yarn Shawls. All the details on Ravelry.  


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Simplicity 2246 #2

Another Simplicity 2246 for Mum. Mum's favourite colours are blue and green so this Liberty lawn from my stash was perfect. The great thing about sewing a pattern for the second time is you have all the fitting issues sorted so it is quite relaxing. She has picked fabric for one more so a little more relaxing sewing is coming up.


Saturday, April 08, 2017

Improv Mini Quilts

I made an improv wall hanging for my Mum a few years ago and have always meant to make a few more for our house. So much fun and quite relaxing to make. 
The first two are made from quilting cotton most of which came from our wonderful local quilting shop Sew Gentle Era. 

For this one I incorporated some scraps of barkcloth, left overs from a tunic I made last year and some Kaufman chambray. The chambray was so nice to sew with and I think I need to use it on more quilts.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Everglade Mini Quilt

I've finished my Everglade blocks. I'm not sure if it will end up as a mini quilt or a big pillow. I loved sewing these blocks and I'm already onto my next appliqué project!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Spotty Shirt for Olive

A new spotty shirt for Olive. 
I've had this Japanese sewing book (ISBN 9784579112890) for years, but don't think I have ever got around to making anything from it, despite little post it notes on several pages. 
The fabric was in my stash, I'm pretty sure it came from the Spotlight sale table one day for only a couple of dollars a meter.  Big decision but I went with the whale buttons.
It was the perfect combination. Now to make the pants to go with it.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

On The Go Backpack

I think this might be the perfect kids backpack! Its the On The Go Backpack by Heather Bailey, which I bought after seeing it in Heather's booth at Quilt Market last May. 
Eva chose the fabrics (this is where having a large stash is very useful) and I whipped it up while she was at school one day. The instructions were very clear it went together perfectly. She loves it, it was used immediately, and think a couple the other girls might want one. If you want to make a backpack I highly recommend this pattern!