Wednesday, 18 March 2015

New beginnings for 2015

It's been way too long, but here I am, back again!

Although I haven't been blogging there's been plenty of crafting going on and I'll be showing you more of my makes soon!

Lets begin with a new skill for me, freehand machine embroidery. My sewing machine hasn't been right for a while and I decided to spend my leftover Christmas money on a new one. I chose the EJ09 from Tesco and I'm really pleased with it! For a budget machine (£60) it has a good variety of stitches and is so much better than my poor old Brother. One thing to point out is that the product description says it has a drop in bobbin, but it doesn't! I guessed that from the picture, but I wouldn't want other crafters to be disappointed.

With a new machine, I wanted to learn something new and freehand machine embroidery caught my eye. I bought a darning foot, put my darning plate on the machine and all that was left to do was decide on a design. I wanted to make something for my husbands birthday, preferably frog or cat related.

A trip to the library provided me with the answer, but not in the section you might expect. I was looking for books for my daughter and found Oi Frog by Kes Gray (It's not just good inspiration, it's also a funny book!)

I grabbed my washable pen, sketched out the design and after a quick practise run, I was ready to go. It takes a bit of getting used to and I'll use a smaller hoop next time, but I think I'm hooked already! I love the scribbled look and it came together quickly.

Here's the finished picture (please excuse the terrible photo!):




He loved it, but wasn't quite as interested to hear all about machine embroidery.

One new skill learnt for 2015. Now what can I embroider next?                                                              

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Seahorse paper pieced pattern

I love it when I get the chance to test other bloggers paper pieced patterns! You get to try out patterns that you might not normally make and be introduced to some great new designers.

So when I saw a tester call on Sewing with Squeak I volunteered straight away. I've been a follower of Angela's blog for a while and I'm jealous of her talents! She is a quilter, cross stitcher and dressmaker, and I especially love her Dachshund quilt she made last year from the 'Dare to be Square' book. She chose some great fabrics and it makes me want to get my copy off the bookshelf!

Anyway, back to the pattern. It was well produced without too many tiny pieces and came together smoothly, so I would recommend it to any crafters out there! Of course I had to use my seam ripper a few times as usual. I can see this block making a fabulous quilt, with lots of different seahorses in bold colours.

My daughter helped me choose the fabrics, so I suppose I'd better make something for her, maybe a cushion?


I really should remember to iron my blocks before I take pictures! 

Head over to Angela's Craftsy shop to buy the seahorse pattern and make sure you check out some of the other testers creations on her blog, there's an amazing unicorn!

She's on the look out for more testers soon, in case you're interested.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Lizzie Kate cross stitch chart giveaway on Heather's Stitching Story!

Although I don't own any yet, I must admit to being a fan of Lizzie Kate cross stitch designs. I'm sure there's plenty more fans out there as well.

I've just entered a giveaway to win some of the charts on Heather's Stitching Story blog and I had to spread the news! 

I hope you go and enter yourself and have a look around her blog at the same time, she's completed some great projects.

Good luck!

Friday, 4 April 2014

A tale of two tigers

I know it's been a while and I have no idea where the time has gone! 

I've been busy crafting so I will have lots to show you, but I wanted to start with two hats. My daughter loves tigers, so I decided to make her a tiger hat for Christmas. Luckily I found a stripey top for 50p at a charity shop and used this free pattern and tutorial from Sergerpepper

This is what I ended up with:


It didn't go quite right and ended up being too big, but she LOVED it! Which was great during the winter, but we've had a few warm days now and she refuses to wear any other hat! As she's a pale redhead, she must wear a hat, so I had to come up with a plan.

What was the only thing that might make her choose to wear a sun hat? Well it had to be a tiger sun hat of course!

I found an old white cotton sheet, painted some stripes on it and used this free pattern for a basic bucket hat from Oliver and S.

With added ears and felt features, this is the result:


I only finished it tonight so the lucky girl hasn't seen it yet, but I hope she's going to love it as much the first hat! 

Which is your favourite?

Sunday, 1 September 2013

And Sew On - My August block completed!

I don't know where August went, but luckily I managed to get my block done for the And Sew On BOM over at Quiet Play. Its been a great series so far and there's only 1 left!



This block 'I like big stash' has to be my favourite yet, I really enjoyed picking what my fabric piles should be. I wish my craft cupboard was that neat! It came together quite quickly and I was pleased with the result, until my daughter managed to get her soggy apple fingers on it! It's left a dark stain on the fabric of the door, so I'm not sure what to do about that yet. Apart from that it's great!

I'm a lot more confident with paper piecing now and found myself using pins a lot less to secure fabric. Not always the best thing to do, but it is a bit quicker!

Thanks Kristy for a great series, I hope you're planning the next one!


Sunday, 4 August 2013

A busy weekend of Paper Piecing!

I feel rather ashamed this weekend. I was trying my hardest to get my July block finished for Quiet Plays And Sew On project, but I didn't finish in time. Not that it really matters, but I set myself a challenge to do them all on time, so it's annoying! I blame my daughter for not having long enough naps.... the hot weather...... I could give a lot of excuses, but ultimately I failed!

Anyway, here it is:



I'm rather pleased with it, although there were quite a lot of small pieces in the rotary cutter, it came together quite nicely and it almost lines up!. 

It took me ages to decide what fabric to use in my quilt square, but I found this cute elephant and the perfect orange fabric to surround it. Of course I got to the last side of orange and discovered I didn't have enough fabric so had to join 2 bits. What is crafting without mistakes though? Who wants something homemade to look too perfect?! That's what I keep telling myself anyway.

I also found the time to complete 2 other paper pieced blocks for Kristy at Quiet Play. She asked for testers for her new little houses patterns and I was quick to put up my hand! 



These blocks came together very easily and I didn't have any problems with them. I did decide to add curtains and blinds, just to use a different pattern fabric and make them more homely. Now to find some buttons for door knobs. I can see myself making the other houses when they become available as my daughter loves pointing out different houses at the moment and her wall needs some more cool 'Mummy art'!

Just to let you know that I have already printed out the And Sew On August pattern already, now I just need to chose some fabrics! 

I WAS in time to link up to Kristys Paper Piecing Party this weekend. Have a fun week!





Sunday, 7 July 2013

Mace Windu gets the paper piecing treatment!

When Kristy at Quiet Play asked for pattern testers for her new range of Lego Star Wars blocks, I was the first to stick my hand up! Any excuse for some paper piecing fun! She asked me to try out the Mace Windu block and I must admit I had to google the name as although I've seen the films, I don't know all the characters. The most difficult part was finding fabric the right colour for his face, but eventually I think I found the right one.



The block came together very easily, probably getting a bald character helped! I'm pleased with the results, but I haven't decided how to do his face yet. When I googled the lego character, there seemed to be 2 different facial expressions - normal lego features or really angry and a bit wrinkly. I wanted to link up to Kristy's paper piecing party so he'll have to wait a bit for a face!

My nephew has just got into Lego Star Wars, so I think I may be trying out a few more of the blocks, but which one next? Head over to Kristy's Craftsy store to get some of her great patterns for free including C3PO and Princess Leia.

May the crafty force be with you!