Thursday, 21 March 2019

World Book Day

There is a chance that World Book Day may be my least favourite day of the year. It's a test for parents to find a costume... and of course Mia didn't pick out a character that appears in the Asda selection of fancy dress outfits, did she. No. She decided to be a nameless character from a book called Ten Little Superheroes. If you're unfamiliar with the series this comes from, and you have kids up to maybe 6 or 7 years old, then you need to hunt these books out because they are brilliant: we started with Ten Little Pirates and progressed to Ten Little Dinosaurs. Then Ten Little Princesses, Ten Little Monsters, Ten Little Elves and finally Ten Little Superheroes. And then the World Book Day book this year was Ten Little Bookworms. We are crossing our fingers there will be more in the series, as these are a firm favourite at bedtime.

So as I said, Mia picked the superhero above. I have to confess I'm quite proud of her - no princesses (though it would have been easier), no pink (well not much), and something that no-one else was likely to have. It was International Women's Day the next day and I couldn't help but think that I am raising two very strong (in the best sense) women (God help us... and their little brother).

But of course, this was not a costume that was available in the shops, so I had to make it. Thank goodness for Ebay and cheap T-Shirts. And for the Elsa cape we had in the dressing up box. The tunic was pretty easy - the centre pink belt was cut from a second T-Shirt and helped pull in the over-sized adult T-shirt... didn't quite get it on her waist but never mind...


But the crowning glory was the mask! Of course her superhero didn't just have a basic mask. Oh no. Her superhero had a whole hat... I found a tutorial online for making fleece hats, and just extended the length so it had a long back and I was able to cut away the front for eye-holes.

We added turquoise leggings and sparkly turquoise sequin trainers and ta-dah! All that effort, a pretty good likeness and because she had picked someone so obscure, nobody appreciated it! Ha ha!

And of course, Jess had to get involved too.... I found a witch costume in the dressing up box, and shoved a cuddly cat at her - the witch from Room on the Broom!

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Geo Diamonds EPP

Another new start.... whoops. And it's more EPP! The Geo Diamond pattern was designed by @naomialicec and she is running it as a block of the month, sending out pre-cut papers each month for a year. Each month's block is the same so I won't post about it on the blog every month.

I've picked blue, green and orange as my colour scheme - I had to try really hard to avoid pink, but the finished quilt will be for Joshua eventually. The greens are both Kona: Pear and Leprechaun. The orange is Art Gallery (thanks, Naomi) and the blues will be from my stash - so far I've used Constellations by Lizzy House, Blossom (Riley Blake - my new favourite blender), and Sprinkle (Cotton and Steel), but these will change each month as I have a few others to swap in.

The repeat patterns you can get with multiple blocks are brilliant, so go and check it out!

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Coming Home [Month 2]

Well I'm still on track and I've completed month 2 of Sarah Fielke's Coming Home quilt.

This month was the star points and the appliqued star in a circle. I broke out the applique paper again and thoroughly enjoyed the applique process. I'm also really pleased with how neat it looks. And all that practice will hopefully pay off next month as it's going to be all about the applique when we fill in those corners!

Friday, 1 March 2019

February Furtle

It's been quite the month! Having three kids seems to suit me. So far at least. I have loads of energy, the house is tidy and I'm sewing. Joshua is napping, and generally a happy, laid back baby, and the girls have accepted that he won't be going back in Mummy's tummy!

I finally finished Joshua's quilt; I completed the top of my Ice Cream Soda quilt ready for quilting; I made two more rainbow cushions for birthday gifts; I finished the long running Architextures and Botanics quilt; I finished my two-sided Hidden Agenda in Tula Pink fabrics and low volume. I finally bought a hoop to frame the owl embroidery I did back in January. And I started an embroidery.... more on that later this month as it deserves its own blog post.

I started a new quilt: the Cherish pattern and papers from Tales of Cloth, paired with Tabby Road by Tula Pink; I made a couple of blocks for the Summer Sampler 2018, I started the Coming Home quilt; made a few more Lisa the Unicorn blocks; kept going with my Mandolin quilt (and prepped a load more); kept up to date with the Sharks Dinner block of the month and pulled out the Down the Rabbit Hole quilt to make a start on the applique.

Linking up with Archie the Wonder Dog for this month's furtle.

Archie The Wonder Dog

Ice Cream Soda

It has been a while since I talked about the Ice Cream Soda quilt on my blog, so here's a bit of a recap This was the block of the month programme from Tales of Cloth back in 2017. I didn't keep up but I did keep going. Even though I didn't touch it for the majority of my pregnancy, towards the end, it became my project of choice. I powered through the last ten blocks and the half blocks and I actually enjoyed joining all the blocks together- something I had honestly not been looking forward to.

I think one of the reasons I really enjoyed this quilt, was because there was no plan, all fabrics were up for grabs and it was mindless sewing as the blocks were simple and quick to put together. (I am on the hunt for a new quilt pattern that ticks those boxes).

The borders are the only machine pieced part of this quilt. And they were objectionable. I don't recall the last time I had to use the seam ripper as much and I have no idea why it caused me so much bother. But I'm glad I did the extra work of adding two borders as the dark grey really frames the piecing.

Let the hand quilting begin!

Joshua's Quilt [A Finish]

When Mia and Jess were born, they both had quilt waiting for them. Joshua wasn't so lucky. Part of the reason was that we didn't find out for certain that we were expecting a boy until very late in the pregnancy, and then I couldn't find a pattern I liked or fabric I liked. Eventually I hit on a quit kit on Craftsy in one of their own brand fabric ranges. I took a risk. It's easy to take a risk when you can buy all the fabric for a quilt, including backing and binding, and postage from the US for under £50! I just didn't ever get to making it.

A few weeks back I dug out the fabric. The kit came with a fat quarter bundle and I was suprised to see that it included 18 fat quarters when I only needed 15. So the three lowest volume ones ended up in my stash - less practical with a vommy baby! But even more surprisingly, it also came with a cheater panel.

The pattern was great - I layered up the fat quarters and cut them four at a time. It took me just two days worth of nap-time to piece 92 half-square triangles and put them all together into a finished quilt top. Took a while to baste it up and then a couple of hours to quilt it.

Back to that cheater panel.... before Jess was born I bought some minky to make one of those nest cushions for a baby. I didn't make it and didn't miss it. It just so happened to be a good match to the fabrics. So I put the two together. I had plenty of fabric for binding, because it was a one-yard minimum cut, so both got bound in the light grey. So very quickly Joshua had two quilts. And I think he likes them!

I really struggled to capture the colours. That last photo is probably closest...

This is a Finish Along finish. You can find my original list here.

Two More Rainbow Cushions

At the end of January I finished my Alison Glass rainbow triangles cushion. It was much admired, as I mentioned at the time. And it just so happens that both my mum and my mother-in-law have February birthdays, so I pulled out all my Alison Glass fabrics. It turns out I have quite a collection... I may have added a few as well. I started cutting triangles for two more cushions.

Rather than hand piece, this time the cushions are machine pieced. Machine quilted. Machine finished. As these cushions were rather unplanned, the backs are a bit of a scratch job.

I used the grey Diatom print for my Mum's - it's lighter, and she likes light. For Linda's, I pulled out all the dark Stitch fabric I had left - in multiple pieces. It would appear it has come from two different sources as they are slightly different colours.... I decided to use the leftover triangles (all of which were pink and orange), to make a definitive break between the two fabrics and you can't tell they are different, and it's actually my favourite cushion back of the three - I wish I'd done the same on my own!

So that's two unplanned finished - they barely even appeared on the WIP list!