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1  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.
2  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

3  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.
4  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.
5  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!
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Mug rugs with iron-on vinyl on: February 24, 2016 02:52:55 PM
I've been curious about iron-on vinyl for ages, and I had a few QST units kicking about from a test for one of the Quilt Block Swap blocks (they turned up too small to use), so I decided to use them to test out a couple of things: 1) How the vinyl looks on fabric with a metallic finish and 2) how well vinyl can be applied to already-quilted fabric.

Turns out, it is reasonably successful at both of those things:

I quilted the 4" blocks with some simple straight-line quilting and used some matching charm squares as the backing, and I'm quite pleased with how they came out.  To make them double-sided, I put vinyl on both sides before binding with some scraps of black and gold spotty fabric left over from something else.

And now I have a nice wee set of coasters to use in my craft room and stop me getting mug rings on every available flat surface!  Smiley

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Wall hanging + cushion on: February 02, 2016 03:40:48 AM
I agreed to do a craft swap with a sweet lady I know from an online game I play.  She sent me some absolutely stunning beaded bracelets, and in return I have made her a wall hanging and a bonus cushion cover because I've been a bit slow and the bracelets really are gorgeous!  Smiley

The hanging is 48" long and 13" wide and the cushion cover, which is made from the leftovers, is 16" square.  I really hope she'll like them, I'll be posting them off ASAP!

These are the bracelets she sent me:

See?  Beautiful!  Cheesy
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Science! baby quilt on: November 22, 2015 06:51:02 AM
A good friend of mine who lives in Germany had her first baby a couple of weeks ago.  I already had a selection of fabrics pulled to make him a quilt, so the email announcing his birth was a good kick up the bum to get cracking!

My friend likes blue and studied chemistry and her husband is an engineer, so I went for as much of a science theme as I could manage.  These are two of my favourite prints in the quilt:

It's backed with a snazzy chevron print; hopefully it'll be a while before he's old enough to mind that it's got pink in it!

It was an interesting quilt to assemble since I've never done such a random placement before.  To help me, I drew a guideline layout on graph paper first before cutting anything and then laid it out on the floor and juggled bits until I was happy (one day.... one day I *will* have a design wall!).  Because of the layout there were some partial seams, but I managed to avoid piecing myself into a corner thank goodness.

(Why yes, the carpet *is* hideous!  Hopefully we'll be leaving it far behind in a week's time...)
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Origami Crane Cushion on: November 22, 2015 06:40:56 AM

I wanted to teach myself how to do paper piecing and I'd seen an image of an origami crane that I really liked, so I decided to turn a modified version into a pattern.  To my surprise, it actually worked!  (Albeit with quite a lot of swearing and unpicking because I kept lining things up wrong, lol!)  As I'm on a bit of a cushion/small project kick right now, I decided to turn it into a cushion for myself.  The back is a simple envelope affair with some nice chunky wood buttons I got from a local haberdashery.

I did matchstick quilting on the background around the crane and then just picked out some of the postcard shapes on the fabric in the corners:

It lives on my bed and is great for when I want to sit up and read a book!  Cheesy

If anyone is interested, I will see if I can make the pattern available once I've figured out how to get all the separate pdfs into one file!  I've also done a smaller version that finishes at 8" (the one above finishes at 12").  No one is interested.  Oh well.
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Frozen cushion on: October 20, 2015 08:50:24 AM
This is the third cushion I made recently ( the first two are here) as a Christmas present for my cousin's little girl.  She loves a bit of Frozen, so I did an applique of Elsa doing her thing, with some swirly bits that I doodled in Inkscape.

As with the other two cushions, I made the main panel 16" finished and then added 2" borders for a total finished size of 20".  All the fabric on the front is sparkly in some way, although it's really hard to tell!  I used variegated teal thread to hold Elsa in place and frosty metallic thread around the swirls.

The quilting of this was harder because I didn't want to just do an all-over pattern.  I started by quilting around Elsa and the swirls in matching thread, adding extra quilted swirls wherever looked good at the time, then built up the ground with wavy lines of light blue rayon.  The area around Elsa had me stumped for a bit because it needed quilting but I didn't want to swamp the magic-y swirls, but in trying a few ideas and suggestions I ended up with diagonal, wavy swirl shapes, which seemed the best choice.  (Once I got over the fact that my white rayon was mysteriously STUPIDLY HARD to quilt with, unlike the blue stuff.  Huh)

And here she is all finished and ready to grace a young lady's bed:

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