Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Saturday, 4 December 2010
I painted this MDF board though, and stuck on little paper houses, with button door handles, for a stall at the school fair - people paid to choose a house and one of the houses represented a prize. I was also asked to make a cake for the 'Guess the number of sweets on the cake' stand. it turned out to be a hefty old cake... 12 eggs, 24oz flour etc... and in case anyone is wondering - I put 381 sweets on it!
Saturday, 20 November 2010
Monday, 1 November 2010
Thursday, 28 October 2010
Monday, 25 October 2010
I have been having fun making little odds and ends for the stall I've been asked to do, in November.
A little bag with an applique house. (I was trying out a new way of appliqueing - where you make a kind of pillow with the shapes and a backing lining, then slit the lining and turn it right-way-out, before hand sewing the shape into place.) I've also been making Wheat Pillows (that you heat up in a microwave and use like a hot water bottle.) I sew some whole wheat into a lining, then make a cover with a velcro fastening.
Thursday, 21 October 2010
I got a chance to use my new Sizzix/Tim Holtz leaf die cutter though, and I quite like how it turned out. (Glitter chipboard is always a good thing!)
Sunday, 17 October 2010
The challenge at Papertake Weekly is '3 of a kind' - to use 3 of something on your card. I just used 3 elements - the Cuttlebug 'Seeing Spots' embossed background, Cricut dinosaurs from the Paper Doll Dress up cartridge, and the names cut from the Cricut Base Camp cartridge.
Sunday, 10 October 2010
Thursday, 7 October 2010
(Can you tell that I am not a 'roll the quilt up all nice and neatly whilst quilting-type-person'?? I do try, but it always ends up in a massive mess.)
Friday, 1 October 2010
Wednesday, 29 September 2010
Thursday, 23 September 2010
Two nights ago though, I started a new quilt. I had designed a house square for the first quilt I made, and I think it was my favourite square, so I decided to just make loads of houses and take it from there. I'll probably add lots of colourful pieced borders, bright hand quilting, buttons, appliqued trees, flowers & birds etc...
I had a wonderful evening - happily pulling out tonnes of bits of fabric and sewing willy nilly - no measuring or careful cutting whatsoever - fun!!
I just roughly cut the house elements,
Sew into sections,
Sew together and square off.
More of my Happy Houses... Harry picking out his favourite house so far.
Monday, 20 September 2010
Iron interfacing onto the back of one of the fabric pieces, and put the fabric pieces right-sides together, then pin.
Sew round edges, leaving an opening at a short end. Turn right side out.
Iron the seams out flat, before pulling the whole thing into shape and ironing properly. (This just makes neater edges, and stops the seams from pulling inwards, when you iron the whole thing.)
Fold up the front, and iron. Decide how much of the pencil/felt-tip you want to have sticking out. Put 2 lengths of ribbon in the opening, for tie closes (or you might want matching fabric ties, or just one bit of fabric coming out with velcro on. I was just going for quick, here!)
Open out, pin ribbon in place, and sew all the way round the whole thing.