November 08, 2013

Stitching in colour: Designer Mystery BOM - 06

This is awfully late. While I did start block 06 of the BOM three weeks ago, I couldn't keep at it and left it unfinished for two weeks. Too much grey, maybe? It certainly has that in common with the current weather.



So much fabric is left in the package! It almost looks like I didn't use any. I am debating wether or not to sew all the blocks a second time or to use the beautiful fabric for other projects.



Block 06 is appropriatley named Town Square and was designed by Kate Spain. My imagination shows me a park in the middle surrounded by little shops on the main street.



I hope the next blocks will be more colourful again. And if not, I decided to make them so. No one needs that much grey!

November 07, 2013

Stitching in colour: A POTC a month (October)

Though it's November already, I didn't receive the POTC for October until yesterday. My swap partner simply forgot. She had sewn it in her summer vacation and put it away and out of her mind. The wait was well worth it though, look:



I've waited to receive this POTC before showing the one I sent out in October. I didn't want to do two separate posts. So here it is:



October: Yellow + Red

I already received the block for November, but haven't even started on mine. So well, we wait again. Ha.

October 17, 2013

Challenge time: 06 - Purple, version 1

As you might have guessed from the layout of this blog, purple is my favourite colour. It's strange that I loved yellow as a kid and ended up loving the colour opposite of it in the colour wheel during my adult life. I love purple so much, people identify this colour with me and tease me about it. But I don't care, it's just so pretty.

The following clutch was made for me, therefore:



This is called the Necessary Clutch Wallet and the pattern was designed by Janelle of Emmaline Bags. I was doing a test run of the pattern to get to know the tricks and little pitfalls as I am planning to do sew such a clutch as a present. And while I'm at it, while not make one for myself? So, purple it had to be and I had just the right fabric for this. It's from Japan, so I can't read brand nor name. But hey, it's pretty, do I need to know more?



The clutch ended up being too chubby because the interfacing I used was to thick. It was also hard to attach the inner parts to the outside because of it. I will definitely change to something else when sewing this again.



Lots and lots of pockets and card slits! And don't forget the zipper pocket for coins or the like. First time I've sewn a zipper, by the way. It doesn't look too bad, does it?



Do I even need that many pockets? Haha! I am debating whether or not to tweak the instructions next time to have less. I would have liked the card slit pockets being made of more than one fabric as well. Hm, I see some experimenting coming my way.



Folding the card slits was a bit tricky. I'm showing you the pretty side here. The other one ended up slighltly askew.



Having the lock sit there is pretty, but wow! That was the hardest part for me. I blame my scissors!

I plan on doing more purple for the challenge (yes, I still need more purple in my life), so come back soon!

October 15, 2013

Stitching in colour: Tablecloth for autumn

Since my swap partner has received the autumn tablecloth, I can happily show you some pictures of it. And I took lots! Haha.

As I've said before in the sneak peak, the theme of the swap was autumn. First I thought of doing something pumpkin-inspired, but switched to doing colourful leaves very soon. I'm so glad I did! See for yourself:


(front)

After drawing up a sketch of what I wanted the tablecloth to look like, I started digging through my stash for some fabric to use. When my searching fingers came across the Paisley Jungle collection by Kaffe Fassett (of which I own a fat quarter for each colour), I knew I had a match made in heaven.


(back)

The fun part for this project was the quilting. I recently aquired a ditch quilting foot for my sewing machine and knew I had to try it out on the leaves. I was amazed how great it works and the result is fabulous:


(front)


(back)

I didn't stop there however. Something was still missing. So I added some free motion quilting through the middle axes, trying to add some sort of wind swirls and little leaves blown away by them.


(front)


(back)

The yellow and orange version of the Paisley Jungle collection had been used in some of my other projects before, so I didn't have much left by the time I was looking for binding fabric. Happily, by adding some of the red version, I could gather enough for a scrappy binding:



Here are some more pictures of the finished tablecloth. I could have taken a bazillion more, I really like what I came up with.







First time I'm showing off my label! I had them recently made and I try to add them to projects that don't stay within my home.

I hope you like this tablecloth just as much as I do!

October 14, 2013

Challenge time: Update

If you wondered where the next post to the challenge is... I wonder, too. Nah, of course I know why there's nothing new.

First thing, I am way too much into sewing right now to do much else in my spare time. And while I always look out for sewing projects to fit into the challenge, there are only so many that do and the suitable topic might not be here yet.

Second thing, my nails are letting me down. I hate them short, so when I broke off a nail two weeks ago, I decided to wait until it grows back before taking any pictures. Only to break another nail the week after... and another just two days ago! ARGH! It seems I have to cut them all down to avoid further breakage. Bummer.

And last thing, I haven't racked my brain lately on how to incorporate anything else into the challenge. Maybe I should get into that more and bake some cupcakes or some. Anyone hungry?

I hope to continue you soon, so keep your eyes peeled.

October 13, 2013

Stitching in colour: Designer Mystery BOM - 05

Block number 05 was finished about an hour ago. Since the sun is still up and I can take decent pictures, why not post them right away? So here they are:



This is the first block using the grey polka dot fabric from the collection. Sitting right to the cream polka dot one, it seems a bit boring. The complete block isn't, though:



Block 05 is called Cherry Sundae and was designed by Barb Adams and Alma Allen. I wouldn't mind sipping one while staring at the beautiful block.



Sewing gets easier for me and is also more fun. Especially when almost all the tips meet. The only thing I didn't like was matching the two flying geese with the pointy edges facing one another- I pressed the seams the wrong way and ended up having too many layers of fabric. Oh well, another lesson learned.

See you soon for the next block!

October 08, 2013

Stitching in colour: Designer Mystery BOM - 04

I've finished block 04 a few days ago but the weather was too dull for taking the final picture. Anyway, we got lucky today and had some sunshine, so here we go:



From what I could gather so far, many of the fabrics in the Vintage Modern collection are used in this BOM. So it's not just the same 5-6 fabrics in each block but different ones. I really like that.



I've used the fast flying geese method again, but else I didn't tweak the instructions any further. I'd call this a very easy block.



Easy and really beautiful! I think it might be the twin of block 03. The name of block 04 is Breezy Afternoon and it was designed by Aneela Hoey.



That 1/4 inch seam walking foot really pays off! The triangle tips are just perfect. I'm proud of this one.

As with number 03, this block is shorter than 01+02. I suppose it's because of the new walking foot. If the rest turns out smaller as well, I will redo 01+02. But first, let's go ahead with block 05.

October 05, 2013

Stitching in colour: A POTC a month (September)

I've received the September POTC a few days ago, but didn't get to take a picture of it until now. So here you go:



Prettay! I'm excited to get the next one!