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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Two (Three!)-Zip Hipster on: March 16, 2015 09:30:16 AM
It's my sister's birthday tomorrow.  I made her a bag.

It's a slightly modified version of the Two-Zip Hipster from Dog Under My Desk.  The pattern went together pretty well, despite the fact that I used Ikea furnishing fabric for the outer and the weird selection of interfacings I could find locally rather than all quilting-weight cottons and Pellon, which I don't think exists here.  I did have fun fussy-cutting the outer fabric for the inner and outer pockets.  Smiley

I also made and added a little clip to hold keys:

And an extra zipped pocket on the other side of the lining:

It went a bit wrinkly at the corners, but seems to be ok now the bag's all finished.  Bags can never have too many pockets, to my mind.

I also decided to use webbing for the strap rather than making one from the fabric:

All in all, I'm pretty pleased with it!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Japan Fan Club door curtain on: March 14, 2015 02:23:04 PM
This one's been brewing for over a year, but I was determined to finish it for Mother's Day tomorrow and finally IT. IS. DONE!  Including metallic FMQ, no less!  A good portion of the delay was me trying to get up the courage to start the FMQ, but once I started it all went in a (comparatively) big rush.  Smiley

The backing is from mum's own fabric stash; she doesn't really do much sewing at the moment but seems happy for me to rummage and repurpose.  Smiley
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby Colourful Chevrons on: March 14, 2015 02:11:25 PM
This is a quilt for my cousin's little girl.  It sat on my sewing table as a pile of untrimmed HSTs for ages until I finally got annoyed with it (and myself!); after that, it got finished in a matter of days.

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby Coin Stack quilt on: March 14, 2015 02:08:25 PM
I finally finished this baby quilt for my cousin's little boy.  I had trouble with the quilting and it took me a while to get around to unpicking loopy bits and tidying up and finishing the FMQ.  And then I had to spend ages brushing off all the batting fuzz that spread itself ALL over the black bits.  And the less said about hand-finished black binding sewn with black thread, the better!

5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Reversible table runner on: March 14, 2015 02:03:26 PM
This is the table runner I made for my aunt and uncle.  It was meant to be a Christmas present, but was clearly going to be late so I decided to make the back a bit more summery so they can use it more than once a year.  It ended up being more of an anniversary present.  Smiley

6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Tea cosy on: December 26, 2014 04:50:45 AM
Made this teacosy to go with these for my mum for Christmas.  The elastic needs to be re-done, though - I think I didn't do it right and it wasn't the most amazing elastic, just the first stuff I found that was both wide and long enough...

The design is very loosely based on a tutorial I skim-read and then forgot half of!
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Christmas table set on: December 24, 2014 04:01:50 AM
I finished another thing!  Well, several things actually - I'm totally counting this as seven quilted items for the 14 in '14 thread!  Wink  I made these for my sister and her husband for their first Christmas together as a family with their baby girl.

I'm super-pleased with the quilting on the centre mat - it's a bit wibbly in places but I did almost all of it by eye, so I'm amazed it came out as well as it did; FMQ is not my strong point.  The whole set had to be finished and bound in a huge rush yesterday so I could wrap them up and hand them to my sister (otherwise we're not seeing them until the 26th, which kind of defeats the purpose of having a Christmas table set).  So this is the first time I've done all-machine binding, too.  It went sort of ok, though obviously the back isn't as lovely and tidy as it would be if I'd finished it by hand.  And I did some of it upside down until I figured out what I was doing wrong.  But anyway, I'm learning that non-quilters don't tend to see stuff like that!  XD
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Range hob covers on: December 22, 2014 02:13:57 PM
WOO, I finished something!  Cheesy  And in time for Christmas, too!  ^_^;  This is (part of?) mum's Christmas present this year.

Hopefully the pix will make it clearer what these are.  Smiley  The wadding is a layer of polycotton and a layer of thermally resistant batting (a horrible combination to quilt, I tell you) with some sturdy calico to make the sandwich, and for good measure I backed the lot with some therma-flec fabric (that silvery stuff).  Might seem like over-kill, but these are supposed to sit for long periods of time on a Very Hot Thing and I felt it was better safe than sorry.  Smiley  They're supposed to keep the chromed lids of the Aga from getting scuffed and also to provide a little extra insulation to keep the heat in when the lids are down (not sure how much difference they actually make, but never mind).

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9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Handcrafted items and insurance - NOT business/selling-related! on: September 18, 2014 09:43:49 AM
So in the last week, we've had two(!) extensive leaks through my bedroom ceiling, which both times comprehensively soaked everything in the room and also caused damage to things in the dining room below.  We're in the process of making an insurance claim for the damage, and one of the items that got soaked was the bed quilt I'd made for myself.  Luckily, it seems to have come through its impromptu soakings very well and isn't showing any obvious damage, but it set me to wondering - what do people do when their handcrafted items (of their own work) are damaged?  Do you claim for it?  How do you claim for it?  Cost of materials to remake?  Materials + time to remake?  Or do you just sigh and take it on the chin?  Any thoughts on this would be of interest - it's not something I've ever needed to consider before, and I wondered if others had found themselves in the same boat!  Smiley

(Fun fact:  It is really hard to photograph soaking-wet things in a way that shows their soaking-wet nature....)

(Apologies if this has come up before - I did a search but didn't notice anything other than a lot of threads about business insurance for sellers.)
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Birds and Bees baby quilt on: August 23, 2014 04:13:33 AM
While I was travelling in 2012/13, I ended up staying for a month with my cousin and his family (including his 1yo daughter) in Sydney, Australia.  They were really good to me and I had a wonderful time helping out with little Chloe, so I decided to make her a quilt as a thank-you gift.  She's a very blonde and sunny little girl and her parents are quite modern people, so when I saw some fabrics in bright sunny yellows and crisp fresh greys, I knew they were the perfect choice.  Smiley  The fabrics said they wanted to be triangles (I'm really rather fond of equilateral triangles!), so I set to and made this:

I quilted it in a honeycomb pattern as a reference to one of the fabrics, which has beehives on it.  Because it was the county show last week, I ended up finishing it in time to enter it (it didn't place, though), but I was so busy trying to finish off my entries that I had to ask mum to go on a mercy mission to get the backing and binding fabric!  She made a wonderful choice of this reproduction "vintage" fabric from the V&A collection, which has a lovely cool, slightly textured feel and quilted beautifully.  Now I need to pass it on to my aunt, who's over visiting my other cousin in London, so she can take it back to Aus with her when she goes.  Smiley
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