Faery Houses

Hi!

I thought I’d show you all a little quilting project I’m working on.

I bought this kit at the 2011 Craft & Quilt Fair in Sydney and I’m making it for my friends’ little baby and will eventually turn it into a cushion when it’s finished. I’m enjoying it a great deal, especially the fusible webbing for the applique as I have never used it before or done applique either when I think about it. This is how much I’ve got done so far:

It came with assembly instructions and all the fabric for the quilt top, but I needed to find all the embroidery threads i’d be using as well as having to supply my own fusible webbing (which i’ve not used before so was unsure which kind would be best and the kit instructions don’t have any recommendations either) So I went with a light weight webbing as all the pieces are being embroidered onto the backing fabric. It’s pretty cute so far 🙂

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Little people quilts

My post today is one thats been a draft for a while simply some of the pictures were trapped on my small point and shoot camera which i dropped on the hardwood floor and kinda mangled, so I was unable to get the pictures of the memory card as the camera wouldn’t turn on and I didn’t have any other compatible card reading device on hand. It’s about the quit projects that got me interested in sewing after not doing much of it since i was 20.

I’v e made 2 quilts since I started sewing, both of them for my little nieces. so they have been cot sized ones and they were both made using squares and rectangles to make up the quilt blocks. Pretty simple really but they were useful to me as I learned how to use a rotary cutter as well as how to make templates and how to make sure seams line up too.

The first quilt was made from a kit for a Peter Rabbit quilt, so all i had to do was follow the instructions and cut accurately. I had a small mishap with one of the strips and didn’t realise until i’d cut the whole strip up only to find that the rectangles were too small! so I had to track down some more of the fabric. Lucky for me the kit had the number of the store where it came from on it (I bought it at the craft and quilt fair) so i called them and they were able to send me some more fabric as well as a backing fabric too.

I deviated from the instruction in that I didn’t add the prairie points to the quilt, instead I added a ruffle as I thought it was cuter.

The second quilt I designed myself after my sister and I saw a really cute fabric panel at the quilt show, so I picked a complementary fabric at the same time as I bought the panel which was fine. When i went to make the quilt I realised I had underestimated the amount of fabric I would need, so i went looking for more of the fabric form the series but couldn’t find any. So I improvised and went to spotlight and found some plain fabric that would suit the panel and border fabric.

This quilt was made from squares and sashing strips with rectangular border fabric and bias binding strips made from the same fabric as the backing. In the end i was really pleased with it even though I had to alter my plans a few times.

Both of the quilts were quilted with in the ditch quilting as that’s all I feel comfortable with at the moment but I eventually hope I’ll be able to give something a bit fancier a try at some point in the future most likely on a quilt i’m making for myself so it won’t matter so much if I mess it up a little.

Has anyone else got some craft technique they hope to try?

Inspiring Sewing Projects

I haven’t been doing much in the way of crafts for the last little while, but I have been coming across different projects that have gotten me quite inspired and wanting to get back into doing more sewing 🙂

  • The Circle Skirt Sew Along being hosted by Casey at  Elegant Musings whose button is also on my sidebar as I am taking part in this sew along. It will be my first project that involves a zipper!

  • Jane Austen’s Sewing Box : Craft Projects & Stories from Jane Austen’s Novels by Jennifer Forrest. This book is one I found at the library and found it really interesting. It looks at the role sewing played in the lives of women in the Regency period in which Jane Austen lived and gives you quite a few projects which were common for the time period with supply lists and instructions for you to have a try of. I’m especially wanting to make the huswife and the workbag as they look really sweet.

  • A wall hanging kit I got at the Craft and Quilt fair called Hidden secrets No.3 by Anne Gadsby Designs  which I promised to do for a friend, it would also be my first time trying fussy cutting for a quilt project too.
  • I’d really like to make the Beatrix Potter skirt from Sense and Sensibility patterns range as well as a Button necklace from the button necklace crochet pattern (even though it’s not really a sewing project I still want to add it here)
  • I also realised that I have quite a lot of fabric bits/pieces/fat quarters/leftovers in my blanket chest that would make some very nice little quilts/hangings/cushions/table mats…. so hopefully i’ll see something to help me use up some of my stash 😀

I wouldn’t call this a to do list as that would make all these wonderful projects sound like chores and I don’t feel they are. Hopefully I will be able to make some progress through this Project Catalogue and get some of the finished items up here on the blog. Does anyone else have any projects they want to put into their own Project Catalogue?