I'm a bit giddy today because tomorrow I'm holding my first Pop-Up Shop at Deepdale Community Centre, Boston Spa! It's been a busy week sorting out fabrics, threads, and all sorts of quilts it's and pieces. I've been playing with techie stuff too- a new electronic till, credit card reader, and I set up a new Facebook page (www.facebook.com/CottonCocktails) all exciting stuff.
Here are some of the fabrics I have in stock:
See my website for more details. It's going to be fun!
Well I'm back at last! I just got out of the habit of blogging but I will try to do better and post more often than every six months!
I have a few small projects to share starting with the little purse and glasses case above. I'm demonstrating how to make these at the Bernina Club in Leeds (MKC Services) this week. A while ago Linda brought a purse she had made to one of my classes and I was so impressed I had to sew one myself!
I ordered a couple of kits from U-Handbag and this was my first attempt:
I was thrilled with this as it was really easy! Lisa Lam's instructions and easy to follow although I did amend it a little so that I could quilt the purse. This is the 'Carton Clutch' kit which includes all the bits and pieces needed to make two purses except the fabric glue which I also bought from U-Handbag.. I bought the refill kit (without fabrics) because I have enough fabric to make about a million of these! Glueing the purse into the frame was far less tricky than I'd imagined.
I found several tutorials on how to draft your own pattern for purse frames and followed Guthrie and Garni's instructions to make the pattern for this simple one which is so quick and easy to make and uses very little fabric:
They could get seriously addictive!
I also found I could order 'Flex Frames' from one of my wholesale suppliers so adapted these instructions from Make.Life.Beautiful. to stitch a specs case in some gorgeous linen from my stash.
Guess what everyone is getting for Christmas this year!
Earlier this week I finished a little bag decorated with a stencil design.
I used a stencil by Crafters Workshop and some beautiful Stewart Gill 'Byzantia' fabric paints. It was fun and quick to do and the paint has a lovely shine. I used some Osnaberg fabric I dyed with a little Dylon machine dye in grey as the main fabric. I free motion quilted round the flowers very simply.
The bag pattern is from a book I bought recently:
The bag sits beautifully on it's base. It measures 12" across and 13" to the top of the handle when standing up and it's just the right size to hold my knitting or other small project:
I'm planning to make another larger version and next time I'll place the stencilling a little higher up.
Happy (belated) New Year! I have been promising myself that I will blog more frequently in 2013 but as this is my first post of this year my resolution has not all got off to a good start! Never mind - onwards and upwards!
I have been sewing this week in between starting off my students on their new projects. Today I went to my local group's sew-in and layered up three quilt tops. The first, in the photo above is made with a new irresistible fabric range 'Dino Roars' by Michael Miller which arrived from the suppliers just before Christmas. I'm making this up as kits so have put a simple design together measuring about 40" by 40" as a sample. I've backed this with the lovely plaid form the range which I'll also use for the binding.
I have several quilt tops which I made for class samples last year and pulled one of those out to layer and quilt:
The photo doesn't do this justice but it's made with Moda Ruby in a very straightforward modern log cabin design. Quilting this should be quick as I can just use straight lines diagonally across the blocks without any marking.
Last but not least is my version of 'Shattered' from the pattern in the book 'Quilting Modern' by Jaquie Gering and Katie Pedersen:
There'll be a lot more quilting on this one because I'll be echo quilting inside all the light grey areas but I can't wait to get started. I pieced the back of this one:
I love it! Perhaps I shouldn't have used the solid black though - it shows up every stray thread and dog hair!
I also did some sewing this afternoon. I have a pile of Drunkards Path units cut out for one of my classes and am steadily working through it. I cut them on my Accuquilt Go and they stitch together beautifully and it saved so much time cutting them. I'll take some photos of my progress with this one during the week and share them with you another day.
I did draw up a timetable for each week as an incentive to fit in more stitching this year so I'll be trying to stick to it now thing are settling into a routine. Part of that is to make one small fabric gift each week to put away for suitable occasions. Hopefully this will also get me blogging about that every week too. Watch this space!
Merry Christmas everyone! It's a bit frosty here this morning so my Christmas panel is quite appropriate!.
We'll be opening presents with our son this morning and then visiting our Daughter and Son-in-Law tomorrow for a family meal with more gifts to exchange. Even the dogs love this time of year as they get to help with the unwrapping and have new toys and treats.
My goodness it's a long time since I've posted on my blog! I can't really explain how I go out of the habit of blogging but I have been busy and somehow never got round to taking photos of my projects to share....until now. This last weekend I treated myself to a short break from work and spent time at a workshop where I was a student rather than the teacher! QuiltSue taught a workshop for Tuesday Quilters based on the Stepping Stones quilt from her book Pick Four. It was just what I needed - a day of easy sewing just for fun!
I chose colours which are unusual for me - pastel shades of pink and mint green from the lovely Riley Blake 'Willow' range. The quilt design is perhaps not as striking as in the bolder colours most people were using but I love it anyway. Sue decided it was reminiscent of sugared almonds and she's quite right!
It's not easy to photograph pastels but here's a shot of the quilt top so far. I made 18 nine patch blocks then cut them in quarters (disappearing nine patch) so the quilt is 7 blocks by 10. That's just a bit bigger than the quilt in Sue's book. It needs a couple of borders before I layer and quilt it but it was very quick to put together and will make a lovely single bed sized quilt.
I must take some more photos to share a few other quilt tops I've made in recent weeks. The WIPs seem to be piling up now and I will have to spend half term week on getting them quilted and finished. I will try to stay in touch more regularly too!
This week I've been hopping from project to project getting too easily distracted and as usual spending far too much time surfing the internet. The one thing I managed to finish was this very simple quilted bag.
I'll be teaching a bag making workshop in August and wanted to simplify the pattern and instructions as much as possible to make it suitable for anyone pretty new to sewing and quilting. It is very simply quilted with a walking foot in wavy lines, and lined with simple pockets on the inside. It's quite roomy at about 18" by 14" and very light. I managed to cut it all from two half metres of fabrics although I'd prefer the handles to be just a touch longer to slip over my shoulder more easily.
Still, it'll be perfect for trips to fabric shops and the shows coming up - the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham and the Great Northern Quilt Show in Harrogate!
Here's the reason I haven't posted in a while - my beautiful daughter's wedding! I was very busy in June making her wedding dress, shopping for an outfit and all the other preparations. It was worth it. The wedding day was wonderful! Even the weather was good and the sun and blue sky appeared right on cue for the photos. I don't really have any others to show you yet as we won't get access to the official photos until next week when the happy couple return from their honeymoon.
Since the wedding on June 30th I've been chilling out watching tennis, reading, and decluttering a couple of cupboards. Sewing the dress has got me back into dressmaking and I've spent a few happy hours browsing my stash of dressmaking fabrics and patterns and I have started a new blouse for myself.
I am planning on making lots of quilts over the summer and finishing some UFOs. With the appalling weather we're having here I don't think I'll be venturing outside as much as usual this summer so there should be plenty of time for sewing!