Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Scrappy boy's eye spy quilt

Just before Christmas, Julie from Jewell's Quilting quilted three tops for me...some that had been waiting to be completed for yonks (an official unit of measure! 😜)

So I got the binding on the Eye Spy Quilt that I made earlier in the year to decrease my scraps. Making it a finish for this Quarters Finish-a-long! Woo hoo!

Helpfully held up by Sunshine Boy who tells me (between whinging) that he's get quite an expert at the gig! 

I was determined to use fabric from my stash for the binding so I picked this two tone blue chevron...and then had to try match stripes...I was quite proud of how I did, actually!

I machined the binding on, which I never seem to do very successfully, but I was in a rush. Think I'll go back to the longer process of hand sewing next time.

Anyway, hope you're having a good week.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Christmas flew past

Ooops, life got so busy around Christmas that my blog got a little forgotten.

Anyway I hope you had a lovely Christmas period, celebrating with family and friends.

I always have great intentions of sewing heaps of things for Christmas but when I actually get to December I remember I am delusional if I think I have extra time to sew during Christmas parties, end of year things etc etc.

However, I was determined I was going to get AT LEAST ONE THING DONE!!

So I made a couple of little dresses for two nieces from patterns I picked up at Lifeline.

I have decided that buying 2nd hand patterns are the way to go....they cost me 50 cents and were already cut out! Bonus!

Obviously a little girl in the 1970's had a dress made from this fabric, as it was still tacked to the pocket pattern piece! ha ha

I had bought some Liberty prints on sale so I added some soft chambray to make this...
(could really have done with an iron before the photo!)

Little self-covered buttons. Fiddly but cute...

And for the even smaller niece, a simple smock from a Liberty print and some spotty premade bias binding from Spotlight...

So its back to the grind tomorrow after 10 days at the beach with family. Unfortunately it was not really "beach weather" but nice to catch up with family as all my siblings (I am one of 5) and their families were there for at least a bit of the time. Lovely for the cousins to catch up and I enjoyed catching up on some summer reading (highly recommend Kate Morton's latest, The Lakehouse)

I hope 2016 has started well for you and you're having a great week.