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Bunnies, Bag and Skirt January 17, 2010

Filed under: bag,craft,sewing,skirt,softies — craftymim @ 8:36 pm

I found a cute bag pattern in the Australian Homespun Handbag Special, which I modified from the shown green to my fave blue. I got spoiled with an iPhone this month and the bag ofcourse have a custom made iPhone sized pocket πŸ™‚ Pics of the green version here (scroll to ‘the Prairie satchel’).

A dear friend wore a very nice wrap skirt last i saw her, and when she told me it was made using this pattern I just had to give it a go. It was easy peasy to make, but when I went shopping for fabric I forgot about the contrasting binding and was too impatient not to finish the skirt once I got started, so i guess this is the plain Jane sister.

It was only last night when looking for pics of the bag from the Homespun Magazine that I realised it was the talented Toni that had created both patterns!

Today, a rainy summers day in Melbourne, I managed to do a little gardening and a little sewing. I have made prototypes of bunnies for two of my colleagues who had babies last year. I always make something homemade for my friends, but was not in a space to do it when the littlies arrived.

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Blue Quilt progress, hand quilting half done January 16, 2010

Filed under: craft,Patchwork,sewing,WIP — craftymim @ 8:48 pm

It is taking its time I must admit.

A downturn in my mental health, a wee bit of christmas prep and celebration and an awful lot of suny Melbourne days got in the way me thinks.

I am taking the quilt to work, and work on it in my breaks, I get at least 30 minutes done per shift, and I work 7 days of a fortnight. Should be done by easter πŸ˜‰

Should have viewed the pic before uploading – that is terrible! But now the day light is gone, so cant redo it.

 

Lindas Lunch Bag December 12, 2009

Filed under: Patchwork,sewing — craftymim @ 10:53 pm

I have long been a fan of the simple but multi-uses Jordy bag. Last year I made a medium sized one that I use to carry my lunchboxes to and from work, love the idea of not using plastic bags.Β Tonight I had this sudden urge to make one for my dear friend for christmas. I am hoping I can hide it under her tree for a surprise. Her fave colour is green, who would have guessed πŸ˜‰

 

My crafty space December 11, 2009

Filed under: craft,Patchwork,sewing — craftymim @ 8:21 pm

Is in my spare room.

Much of this year it has been taken over by a double bed and visitors, and since my in laws are invading next week, I am madly trying to finish all the machine work on my blue squares, the rest I can do by hand whilst on the couch conversing πŸ˜‰

More crafty spaces here.

 

Poppy Doll Purchase August 22, 2009

Filed under: sewing — craftymim @ 5:03 pm

Just got myself one of the Poppy Doll patterns from Fiona at hopskipjump.typepad.com. Can’t wait to create something girlie with DD9 who is a mad crafter like her mother. Allready bugging me for a sewing machine of her own. Also think this could be a great pressie for my niece, and friends with new babies. Imagine a pretty pink doll dress with an embroidered initial of the reciever.

I like that idea!Β 

Ordered pattern at 15.45, received it at 15.53 – thats what I call service!!Β 

 

One Quilt, two questions

Filed under: craft,Patchwork,sewing — craftymim @ 4:58 pm

I’ve pieced everything together on the “blue quilt fit for a garden bench”, and added an outside border. I am still not satisfied, that the diamond shape made by the blue squares, is standing out enough. Perhaps my eyes can no longer look at this thing objectively?

We packed up the spare bed today, to make room for my sewing table. We had lots of visitors at the beginning of the year, so my sewing things were tucked away in the cupboard. I have pieced this quilt mainly on the kitchen table, and I just LURVE being in the hub of the home, crafting, with the family busy around me. However, I really don’t like the mess ( I am a messy crafter) nor the fact that everything had to be moved when dinner time came around. So, back to the spare room I moved.

We placed the mattress from the bed up against the wall, in preperation for my friend who have bought the bed, picking it up – and it turned out to be a fab quilt board!

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My first question – to the audience – is: does this pattern/block have a name?

My second question – to my self – is: how am I going to quilt it?

I am contemplating outlining (inlining??) the white zig zag-edged shapes with two rows of stippling 1/4″ apart. I think that would bring out the blue diamonds like I want to.

 

Blue quilt laid out, ready to piece August 13, 2009

Filed under: craft,Patchwork,sewing — craftymim @ 11:20 pm

As I finished pressing the last few seam allowances open, Maddy arranged my squares and took a shot. Hard for nine-year old arms to reach over the centre of the blanket to get a good shot! πŸ™‚

I love the idea that the final stage of the design was completed by her. Our garden quilt.

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The red colored square in the middle has a heart on in. Bloody romantic I am πŸ˜‰