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
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
Monday, April 17, 2017
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017
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.
And then arranged my 16 clamshells to make this mini quilt.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Saturday, April 08, 2017
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.
Saturday, April 01, 2017
Friday, March 24, 2017
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.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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!
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Another McCalls 6044, this time in a wonderful lawn fabric by Jen Kingwell, from her line Moving On from Moda. It was a dream to sew and I think it will be really nice to wear.
There is not much to say about this pattern I haven't said before. Sewing a tried and true pattern is so relaxing, there is no stress about what size to cut or what modifications to sew. You can just sit and sew.
Sunday, January 29, 2017
My plan is to try some new things this year. First up is some hand appliqué. This is the Everglade pattern by Carolyn Friedlander.