Thursday, December 18, 2014

Summer Holiday Sewing

In the hols I plan to:

1   Get more of Lucy's Meow quilt done ... maybe even finished. No, that's too ambitious given I don't enjoy making all the half square triangles in this quilt. (I probably should have thought of that before I started it.)

2   Work on this cool quilt. I have had the fabric and pattern stashed away for a few months.

3   I would love also to get this one started. It's from Jane Brocket's The Gentle Art of Quiltmaking.

Mocha the neighbour's cat has been my cat friend this week - sleeping all over the washing I should have put away when I brought it in off the line rather than dumping it on the spare bed! 

Lucy the Cat has been sick and to the vet four times in six days. Blood tests, anti nausea injection, anti-inflammatory injection, x-rays and four teeth extractions later ... she is returning to her normal self, although the pharyngitis (on top of the 'feline oral resorptive lesions' issue) means her meow is still a bit croaky. Hopefully, that's it now until her annual warrant of fitness in March.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Moda Modern Building Block #1

Being the sewing nerd that I am, I spent my first day of the summer/Christmas school hols working on block one. There are maybe half a dozen of us from our Monday Modern group who have chosen to work on this quilt in a block of the month kind of way for 2015. At our final gathering of the year last week, we chose our first block ... block one.

I didn't quite realise how big it would be until I had to cut a square of the background at 19.25". I didn't have a piece big enough so had to buy more of that. Decided to buy lots more of the grey and white dot because a) I might use it as the background fabric in this quilt and b) I like it. The other fabrics came from the stash and that's how I plan to make this quilt - from the stash with maybe a blue and green theme.

It was interesting working with no instructions other than the picture provided in the cards. I am not sure a complete amateur would cope. I often made just one part of the block at a time to make sure I had cut and sewed it correctly.

I was most unsure about the size of the green triangles as they kind of overlap around the inner square of navy and white as you can best see in pic two. But in the official diagram you can see there is a bit of space between the inner square and the outer triangles.

Anyway, it was a good one to start with. It measure 35 x 36" and I think it would would make a lovely baby quilt on its own!

It's blowing an absolute easterly/northerly gale again today so no chance of outside photos as it may blow right off into the Tasman Sea. And just checking the met service for the wind direction, I see a severe thunderstorm watch has been put in place until 10 pm. Roll on Summer! Given it is rubbish weather, I might whip up one or two of the tiny 6" blocks from yesterday's off cuts.

PS Did the maths to see how big this quilt is going to be as I can't visualise inches. Turns out it's going to be 213 x 243cm when it's finished. Holy moly!

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Circle Game is Done

Almost 12 months later the top of The Circle Game is done. The 68 semi-circles have been hand sewn on.

I have enjoyed it. but am glad it's done so I can move on to something else.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Small Work in Progress

I have recently joined a new 'team' at school and they have Christmas traditions including Secret Santa gifts. My person wears a lot of black so I thought the cushion I made her should be black and then I put grey on the back because grey goes with everything and is pretty harmless in case the black is too black.

I am just waiting for the inner to arrive!

If your computer has smell-o-vision, you will be loving these roses. They have a bad habit of sending big runners out over the fence towards the neighbour's house, so I thought I better do some cutting back in the weekend. I open the door after work and the whole house smells rosy.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Monday Modern Christmas

Being somewhat satisfied with my 'soft and stable' bag making exploits, I decided to make a regular tote bag as a gift for our Monday Modern Christmas celebration.

I used dark grey linen and grey elephant fabric I won from Stitchbird during the year. I lined it with white and red spotty fabric (and I still have quite a bit left, so it will continue to appear in projects). I like the combo a lot.

I even remembered to put a handmade tag in it before I sewed up the side seam.

I would be quite happy to keep this bag myself. That's always a good sign.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Circles and Flowers

The Circle Game is still going. But is very close to being done - the top at least. I am working on the final border of semi-circles. It will be done by Christmas!

And because I like hand-sewing, I recently purchased this book from Book Depository.

I am not into piecing bits of cake or boats or make up, but I do like flowers. And there are several pages of flower patterns. While they have the potential to be very old-school sampler-ish, I think the fabrics used in these pics make them much more modern, very pretty and very cool. 

I might have a go at some of these in the up-coming Christmas/summer hols.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Bag Making with 'Soft and Stable'

I purchased some 'soft and stable' a few weeks ago with Adrienne's bag tutorial in mind. The weeks have flown by and still no bag. However, I visited Designer Textiles' Outlet in Otara again in the weekend and found some fabric and handle making supplies. In fact I started by finding the webbing/tape for the handles before the fabric. They have a huge selection of webbing/tape and some as cheap as 50 cents a metre. (And if you - Aucklanders - are ever after lace or elastic or other trims, I don't think you can go wrong by starting there.)

Anyway, after accidentally cutting the wrong corner off the first bag it ended up a bit shorter than I planned ... but you might never know by just looking at it.


Since I had a piece of 'soft and stable' left, I made a second bag. The annoying thing is that the piece/pack of 'soft and stable' I bought is too short for two deeper bags, so the second bag is as long as the 'soft and stable' that was left over from the first bag.


I like the clash of red and pink, and I may or may not in the near future also own a skirt from the navy flower diamond fabric. I will never wear the skirt and use the bag at the same time, however.

So yes, they stand up with 'soft and stable' and I suppose it might make them a little more rugged, but I am not sure I love the padded-ness of the bags I have made. It's good to try these things though.

I was pleased to finally find a use for the original 1960s central heating control boxes which are in every room in really clever places like the middle of the only wall without windows. What were they thinking?

Lucy the Cat and I competed for the sewing chair. Every time I got up, she jumped up on to it. Eventually she ended up on the ironing board (because I put her there out of the way) and then I wonder why my newly washed and ironed clothes have cat fur on them!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Geese for Modern Monday

Our Modern Monday block lotto this month is a flock of geese in sort of aqua-green-blue.

It's a paper-pieced pattern. I don't think I have done any paper-piecing since last year. And I didn't enjoy this pattern at all! I think it looks nice, but this is version #2 because the first one had hideously mis-matched points all over the show so it went in the bin. And in places this one is just over 12.25" rather than 12.5" - which I know will work out in the seam allowance - but it was a fiddly pain all the same and not a block I will ever sew again.