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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Kawaii NetBook cover on: May 19, 2011 02:38:48 PM
I was browsing ebay a couple of days ago and I found the most amazingly sickeningly cute fabric I'd ever seen. Ever.
The listing said it was for one fq, but as over here people's idea of a fq and how large it should be varies so much, I didn't have a clue how big it would be or what I could use it for. I bought it anyway at the bargain price of 90p Cheesy When it arrived I immediately looked at my NetBook and thought - I HAVE to make a cover out of this.

Its basically just a mini quilt, made to fit. I didn't use a pattern, but it's so simple you can see what I did with it. I machine sewed two kawaii fabric-batting-fleece sandwiches. I then made my own bias binding with some more kawaii fabric, and hand sewed it to the top edges of both of my 'sandwiches' (which worked out surprisingly well since it was late and I could NOT be bothered to iron it. I'm surprised it worked out as straight as it did).
I then sewed my sandwiches together by hand, outside pieces facing each other. Then came the fun bit Cheesy I made two satchel straps, (or what I call satchel straps, that must be completely wrong) sewed them together right sides together. I left a little opening, pulled them out the right way, pressed them with my hand (still could not be bothered ironing so late) and top stitched them both. I then made my first attempts at button holes, attached the straps, sewed some very shiny gold buttons on that I 'borrowed' from my mum's stash and et voila! 90 pence NetBook case, thats reeeeally really soft and squidgy, and fits a placemat inside perfectly so that when I'm sat with the NetBook on my lap, it doubles up as a lap table.
Hope you like Cheesy

Finished product;

Gorgeous buttons I found;

The fleece I lined it with;

My first buttonhole, and the dodgy top stitching to match Cheesy cannot top stitch in circles!!

Snug as a bug in a rug. Also doubles up as family sleeping bag for borrowers.

C&C welcome as I'm thinking of bashing a few of these out as Christmas presents Smiley
Sara x
2  COOKING / Dessert / White Chocolate frosted Cupcakes on: April 17, 2011 02:35:12 PM
So, last weekend it was quite rainy and my four year old was incredibly bored. Solution - baking! We made the cupcake from a victoria sponge mix, added chocolate powder to half the mixture so we had 2 kinds of cupcakes. Then we made the frosting from butter icing, and added melted white chocolate and pink food colouring. We baked the cupcakes in pretty cases, and after piping the icing, we added different sprinkles.
Alex & I hope you like them, we certainly did.

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Blue quilt for Ollie (pic heavy) on: April 12, 2011 05:28:02 AM

I have been working on my first quilt since starting to collect cotton fabrics for it at the end of February this year. I'm really happy with how it's turned out and I'm pretty sure little Oliver is happy with his cuddly new blanket  Cheesy
I pretty much winged this, apart from the help I received on the Quilting: Discussion and Questions board from Eowynt and anaximander Smiley

I cut 10x10 squares (first with scissors then I caved and bought a rotary cutter - well worth it!), and I started by sewing rows of 3 squares, then sewing 3 of those together to make a 3x3 square, and then sewing those together to make 3x9 blocks. I made enough of these for the size of the quilt, sewed them all together and then bought fleece to edge and back it with. I used ready made binding for the edges and found tutorials on Youtube to show me how to incorporate mitered corners in the edging and binding. To quilt it I just did a simple stitch in the ditch every 3 squares, and then I sewed between the patchwork and the border. I used the sewing machine to piece the patchwork and to make my quilt sandwich, then handstitched the binding. I've spent about 30 hours on this project, all in all. I'm not only a novice quilter but this is the 3rd, and biggest sewing project I've done, and probably the first project I've actually completed  Roll Eyes Hope you like the end product, C&C welcome.

Patchwork closeup

Backing & Binding

Somewhat pointy mitered corners

The new owner Smiley
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / My first Quilting project.. on: February 23, 2011 05:26:12 PM
Hello everyone!
I'm new here and this project kind of just fell into my lap. I have made various things for my 4 year old son in the past, including his favourite teddy, Monkey George, who was as big as my boy when I knitted him and he's still a permanent feature in his bed.

I'm almost a complete novice when it comes to quilting - my only experience was making a patchwork frog from 25 10cm squares when I was 14. I've got to the point where I have a bunch of different baby blue dotty, starry, stripey, gingham and a selection of Cath Kidston fabrics, all sqaured and ready (i stuck with 10cm squares, and yet I don't know why) and now, quite honestly, I'm stuck.

This project is for quilt and possibly a bumper and pillowcase for my 10 week old son's new cot. It's a small traditional cot, and as I'm a beginner I thought I'd keep the pattern simple and just do rows of squares in a traditional, easy, patchwork style. I grasp the basics of the patchwork but once I get past this stage and onto the actual quilting, I'd really appreciate some advice, keeping in mind I'm a complete newbie to this and I have no idea how to start.

This isn't just a Q&A post, I'll update and maintain it with regular updates of my first attempt at 'winging it' on my first project. Thank you for looking, and I hope I can gain some friends here along the way Smiley

Sara x
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