October 20, 2014

Out of hiatus

Sometimes I want to be online, sometimes I don't. Over the last year, the latter was true. Now I'm back.

January 20, 2014

Stitching in colour: A POTC a month (January)

January: Red + White, plus small black patterns

This red and white one worked out much better than the November one!

December 20, 2013

November 20, 2013

Stitching in colour: A POTC a month (November)

I decided to show only the ones I have made. So here goes:

November: White + Red

I wanted to create a swirl but didn't succeed. Meh.

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:


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.


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:



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.



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!