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1  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
2  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...)
3  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.
4  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:

5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Minecraft cushions (lotsa pix) on: October 20, 2015 08:40:12 AM
I made cushions for my cousin's three kids as a Christmas present.  Here are the ones I made for the two boys, who are big Minecraft fans.  Smiley  The availability of a decent variety of solids completely sucks where I live, so I used Bali Pop strips to get the range of colours, though I admit it worked a lot better for the Creeper than it did for the Blaze.

To make them a decent size, I added a 2" border all around (brings the finished size to 20" square), and for the quilting I did a sort of viney thing on the Creeper and flames on the Blaze.

I'm quite pleased with the backs, too, and am almost sad they won't be seen much, lol!

And finally here are the finished items:

The backs are a simple envelope+buttons affair:

I got lucky at my favourite haberdashery stall when I found they had some nice big buttons that came in just the colours I wanted to go with the three cushions.  Smiley
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Squishy alphabet blocks on: September 05, 2015 12:11:34 PM
My niece turned one yesterday.  I made her six alphabet/number blocks as a present.  Smiley

I used cotton patchwork fabrics from my stash and ordered six 5" foam cubes from an online supplier (I was impressed - the foam felt nice and was cut really neatly and accurately.)  Letters and numbers were made from left-over scraps and fused onto 5.5" squares with bondaweb, then secured with machined satin stitch all the way round in three coordinating colours of thread, then I used assorted decorative stitches on my sewing machine to decorate around each letter or number - no face has the same design on it.  Smiley  Assembling the blocks was quite easy (just had to remember to start and stop 1/4" in from the edges), and the last edges were finished by hand.

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby Plus, aka Bird of a Feather on: August 05, 2015 02:22:07 PM
I thought I'd posted this already, but apparently not!  Smiley  I made this baby quilt for my cousin's third child, who was born on Good Friday.  The baby's gender was a surprise, but I was quite relieved when she proved to be a girl - I think it ended up being quite a girly quilt.

Backed with That Number Fabric from Ikea, bound with left-overs from the top.

I had fun with my bird fabrics!

And here it is with its "sibling" quilts, hopefully all to be delivered on this weekend.  Smiley
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Wedding quilt "commission" on: August 04, 2015 05:29:18 AM
What do you get when you combine a quilt commission and a failed house move?


Given pretty much all of it was done while staying with relatives for three weeks, I'm pretty darn pleased with the outcome.  Thank everything sacred that I didn't put my sewing machine and quilting essentials in store!  It was mostly quilted with straight lines or a serpentine pre-programmed stitch, but the cream borders were crying out for a bit of FMQ, so I obliged with a sort of free-form vine pattern.

The binding isn't finished in the photos, but I promise it is now!  *puts hand on heart*  I'm just waiting for my shiny new quilt labels to arrive from Spoonflower so I can label this sucker, then it can go off to a new home.  Smiley  *mops brow*

For the curious, the full story of what happened is here.
9  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!
10  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
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