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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Toddler teepee on: September 02, 2016 11:27:36 AM
My niece is two in a couple of days.  A couple of months ago, my sister mentioned that kids' teepees are all the rage and that little Nia would really love one if I could make it for her.  After some deliberation, I agreed - after all, it was a really good excuse to buy pretty Tula Pink prints from the local fabric shop!  Wink

I'm pretty pleased with it:

For guidance, I roughly followed this tutorial I found online: http://thediymommy.com/sew-a-diy-teepee-play-tent/ However, I found that her measurement of 4" for the point of the teepee was far too small (well, it certainly wasn't going to fit my four 22mm poles!), so I ended up trimming the height of my teepee down a bit so that it was more like 6" wide after hemming.  Next time (if there is one!) I'll listen to my gut instinct and just make it wider to begin with!

I also tried something very new for me when I decided to add a PVC window.  It kind of worked, but I know what I'd do differently next time!

View from the back:

Close-up of the fox circle:

The trim is some amazingly fluffy chenille rickrack braid that I found on a speculative fabric shop trip, and I don't think I could have found anything better, it really goes well with the Tula Pink prints.  Smiley  I used a couple of orange and aqua prints from my stash to make the plant pots and the mini bunting.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Blue Diamonds on: August 16, 2016 12:55:54 PM
I got asked to make a blue/green quilt as a commission; it was delivered last weekend.  Smiley

My cousin and brother-in-law holding it up:

The binding wasn't finished and I had ends to bury, but this is the best "full shot" I have!

On the bed:

Pretty pleased with it, and the recipient seems to be too, more importantly!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Two Liberty tops - aka Get Off My Lawn! on: July 20, 2016 07:01:11 AM
I have a wedding to go to this weekend and a complete loathing of clothes shopping (I am both tall *and* podgy, a lose-lose combo when it comes to off-the-peg clothes), so I decided to make something instead!  *Two* somethings!  Same pattern (by Simplicity), different Liberty Lawn prints, both from stash when I discovered that I had by chance bought exactly enough of each of these for the pattern.  I adore both of these prints and bought them thinking they'd become patchwork, but this works too!  (And there's still scraps left, lol!)

First go:

I'm not a dressmaker, I'm a quilter, and now I remember why!  I don't much like cutting out clothing patterns and I don't like having to cope with not-flat things!  Also, I hadn't really altered the pattern enough so I ended up having to lose a pretty substantial amount of fabric from the two back seams, which was a challenge.  Still, it's wearable now!

Second go:

This one went much more smoothly and swiftly - I adjusted the pattern to better suit my figure and it shows.  I think this'll be the one I wear on the day.

The ribbon tie around the back isn't in the original pattern, but I liked that it helps give me a little more shape and it balances the colour of the front ribbons too.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / "Produce" bags on: May 30, 2016 04:53:29 AM
I had a sudden urge to spend the weekend making bags with some really fun novelty prints I found.  Smiley

I'm going to donate a couple as tombola prizes for a local Riding for the Disabled Association fund-raiser, and keep the other two for myself.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Gotham baby quilt on: May 18, 2016 08:57:46 AM
This is a quilt I made for my cousin's first baby, due any week now!  Because my cousin lives in Bali, Indonesia, and I knew that I was going to be dog-sitting for my aunt while she goes out to be there for the birth, I had to get it done promptly so that I could ask her to take it out there for me!  The design had been sitting on my laptop for some time, but I was quite nervous about starting it because it's quite fiddly and I wasn't sure how to begin.  Turns out, leaving it until the last minute and then piecing the whole thing in a mad rush in the space of about three days did the trick, lol!  Cheesy

The back is some Marvel fabric I found while shopping at the Sewing For Pleasure show in Birmingham:

The whole thing is partly conventionally pieced and partly foundation pieced (mostly anything with a pointy roof), and the bat symbol is machine-appliqued on top.  In the end, I started by piecing a lot of the HSTs for the sky because I wanted to get the gradient looking right before I fitted the buildings in, and this was definitely the right way to do it.  Initially I started with six different grey fabrics for the buildings, but quickly decided I needed more variety and threw in some extras from stash (I honestly didn't realise just how many grey fabrics I owned until now), and I chose to use some metallic fabrics to make the buildings look more sci-fi and city-ish.  It's mostly quilted with organic straight lines (some lines may be more organic than others!), using different shades of grey on the buildings and dark blue on the sky.  The top of the sky went a bit defiantly wrinkly and puckered in a most unmannerly way, but mostly it went really well and I was happy with the overall look.

Random pics:

There are certainly things I'd change if I took leave of my senses and decided to make another of these, but in general I was surprised at how well it went together, given that I alternated between a highly sketchy cutting list and squinting at my laptop during piecing.  Mistakes were made, have no doubt about that!  But it all came together in the end.  Smiley
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Shimmer Weekender on: April 03, 2016 08:47:35 AM
It was my sister's birthday last month and she needed a new overnight bag, so I (perhaps foolishly!) decided to make her one of Amy Butler's (in)famous Weekenders.

My sister's old travel bag was sort of glittery, and I had a bundle of RK's Shimmer 2 to hand, so I used that plus some solid navy for lining/accents.  To make the outer, I used a QYAG method (that was probably my favourite bit!) using the sturdiest canvas I could get at the local fabric shop.  Getting the whole thing together was.... interesting.  I have enough spare canvas to make a second version, but I'm not rushing into it!  D:  This project is going down in my personal history as the one that nearly killed me *and* my poor sewing machine!  But now it's together, I'm fairly proud of it.  Smiley

More piccies:

The other side.

I put iron-on vinyl and bag feet on the bottom to give more protection.

I added pockets inside.  The other side received a zipped pocket.
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Poppy's Flower Garden on: April 03, 2016 04:00:53 AM
This has been on my UFO pile in various stages for quite a while, and finally I got the necessary kick up the bum to get it finished.

It's for a friend's little girl, who just had her birthday, and they're visiting our area this weekend.   It was now or never!  Luckily(?), I've had the batik top pieced for ages, and I'd already folded most of the petal shapes - I just needed wadding and a back and to get it quilted.  In a spirit of desperation experimentation, I grabbed a bit of fleece that I'd bought to back something else that already got finished and covered the whole thing in a FMQ pattern of leaves and flowers and stippling.  I've never actually quilted fleece before!

Even though I spent a bit of time huffing and trying to figure out which side of the fleece was the right side, I think I still managed to get it wrong!  It's still snuggly, though!

Once the top was quilted, I got all my petal shapes and arranged them across the quilted top, then pinned them in place and sewed them down with machine buttonhole stitch.

The flower centres are raw-edge applique circles cut from some jelly roll scraps, and the binding is left-over scraps from a jelly roll that happened to have colours that went with the top and the back.  And... DONE!  Smiley

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Round the World baby quilt on: March 16, 2016 06:44:52 AM
Yay a finish!  Cheesy

It's about 36 x 48" and is going to our neighbour's daughter, who just had her first baby.
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Mother's Day cushion cover on: March 06, 2016 04:14:02 AM
Today is Mothering Sunday in the UK, and I wanted to make some things for mum.  I'd already made a purse, then I started making a postage-stamp patch from some left-over scraps from other projects.  And I liked it so much that a cushion cover just sort of... happened.  Smiley

It finished at ~16" square.  I'm pleased with how the two-colour quilting came out.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / New purse for mum on: March 06, 2016 04:03:11 AM
I decided to make mum a new purse for Mother's Day (which is today here in the UK).  The first effort didn't go very well, but I decided not to be defeated, picked out a new fat quarter of fabric that I thought mum would really like, and had another go:

I kept some of the modifications I made to the original tutorial, like the external zipped pocket:

I took a seam ripper to the fail-purse and rescued the zips, magnetic snap and the interior pockets:

More close-ups of the pockets:

Things to note:  I really need to learn how to do machine binding better.  :s  I was a smidge enthusiastic with the seam allowance on it so the card pockets are quite snug - at least that means no cards slithering out at inappropriate moments!  But otherwise, I'm really pleased with how it came out.  I only wish I'd remembered to add a loop to hold a pen on the crease of the flap - I completely forgot about that bit!
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