Thursday, 19 January 2017

Patchwork Update #6

I sewed a few rows together last night until it got too hot in my sewing room and I went back to reading another of the Lee Child 'Jack Reacher' books. I've got 5.5 books to go...

This is the final of the 5 book fabrics and I think the beige plain fabric works well with the brown tones. Only a few more rows to stitch and then I can learn to do the back of the doona covers. 
Happy Stitching,

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Provence Market #17 and Patchwork Update #5

Yesterday, I had a medical test at hospital which meant I got the rest of the day off work - yay... I sewed and sewed and got all the strips sewed and cut ready for final putting together tonight and tomorrow! Yay. That's the fifth doona top almost done. Once I sew a few rows together, I'll take some pictures. All I've got on the table at the moment is 126 squares ready to be sewn together.

I've got to get to the fabric store and make some more purchases as I want to make a grocery bag holder and I found a very simple pattern for one here. Every time I look somewhere, I see something else I want to make... it's getting ridiculous.
I also got a bit more of the Provence Market kit done which is coming along nicely...
Happy Stitching,

Monday, 16 January 2017

Provence Market #16

I finished off the fourth patchwork doona cover top (the red one) over the weekend, so I thought I better do some more work on Provence Market before my other projects take over. I had already done the brown building in the centre (but I don't think I had shared a photo of it with you yet) so I only got the yellow bit up the centre done yesterday. It was nice to pick it up again.
Happy Stitching,

Friday, 13 January 2017

Patchwork Update #4

I've finished my third patchwork doona top - woo hoo! Only 1 and a half to go then the last one (combination of all colours) will be done separately. I am so pleased with how they're turning out and can't wait to finish them off and get them on my beds. It's the blue one I've finished but there's no new photo as it looks the same as the last post, just a little bigger.

And I know, I'm crazy, but I've just volunteered to do a third Christmas stocking this year as I've just found out another staff member is due for a baby in July. Busy busy times ahead!

Yesterday I received a parcel of lots of goodies...
Dimensions Gold Collection Christmas Sled Stocking 
Dimensions Gold Collection Holy Night Stocking 

And some Christmas card packs that were discounted. I'd like to do them for my work colleagues for next Christmas, but we'll see...

I've ordered the third Christmas Stocking already so that should arrived in a couple of weeks. Now I just have to finish off the tops of my doona covers and then decide which stocking to start first! Lucky Christmas is still 11.5 months away! It looks like Provence Market will be put on the back burner for a little while, or maybe I'll just do it when we're at the holiday house until I get the 'must-do' stockings done.
Happy Stitching,

Monday, 9 January 2017

Patchwork Update #3

I had a very productive day with the sewing machine today...

I sewed together all the strips I cut at my craft day last week which means I'm ⅔ through the red doona cover. I also sewed more blue strips which means I'm ⅔ of the way through that one as well. And I finished off the quilting stitching on the Christmas tablecloth so that is ready to have the red binding stitched around the edges, but I have to wait until I catch up with my friend Judith again so I can get a lesson on how to do it properly. I am super excited about it and can't wait for Christmas 2017 so I can use it! I've decided I'm going to make placemats out of the other Christmas fabric sets I purchased at the same time so Christmas 2017 will look great at our place!

Here are some closeups of the blue and red doona covers so far. I would have loved to do the blue one with a plain blue fabric, but there just wasn't one in the right shade of blue when we purchased them at the wholesale show (much cheaper that way!) so we decided to use the beige of the book pages instead and it looks fine. The final book fabric (not yet pictured) will also use the beige plain fabric.

Last day of holidays for me tomorrow, so I'm planning to enjoy it with the sewing machine again. I've set my alarm for 6.30am so I can get practice at waking up on time (then I'll roll over and go back to sleep one more time!). I'm going to struggle to stay awake at work given I've been having naps morning and afternoon on the couch!

I had a long list of jobs I wanted to do over the holiday break, and I haven't done even half of them - I'm not worried though, they'll still be there next holidays. I might try to get some more of them done tomorrow so I don't feel guilty about wasting enjoying my holiday time.

I have been re-reading the Lee Child Jack Reacher series - my favourite author and character. I'm almost half way through with 7.5 read and 10.5 to go (I am missing 2 of the series). Since I haven't read them for a number of years, they are like reading them for the first time again as I have only been able to remember a few little things about each story. I like them just as much the second time around...
Happy Stitching,

Friday, 6 January 2017

Patchwork Update #2

Today I had a craft day with my friends, Judith and Tracy. It was fantastic as they are both experienced patchwork/quilters and they helped me decide what to do with the Christmas block patchwork I had put together with a pack of Christmas fabrics I bought before Christmas. I'm going to turn it into a tablecloth/centrepiece but there's still a bit of work to be done before it is finished. I have to say, patchworking is way more involved than I thought it was - I thought you just sewed a few seams and there it was, but there's the ironing, stretching, pinning, matching, attaching backing, sewing bits again and so on... It's a lot more work than I thought and makes me appreciate the fancier patchworks I've seen.

So, after 9 hours of crafting today (time just flew by!), I sewed 3 sections of borders (plain, red and plain again) and attached some thin padding and a backing sheet. Now I just need to sew a few seams to firm up the backing and then I can cut off the excess and sew the red edging on. I'm pretty pleased with the results of today and can't wait to see it all finished off... The red material matches exactly and really pops - the effect isn't the same in the photo unfortunately. The red blocks in the corners came about because I cut the edges too short, but I love the effect they create so I'm claiming they were intentional all along! It will look fantastic on the Christmas table next year. I've got some matching reds with gold, silver and white patterns so I might make some placements out of those to match in nicely.

I'm still working on my third book material patchwork doona cover, and since I forgot to take it with me to my crafting day, I've cut out plenty of strips for the next one as well. Now that I know more about what I'm doing, they are coming together quite quickly.

So many crafting projects to do, so little time to do them... 😉

I've only got 4 more days of holidays left so I'm going to have plenty of stuff leftover to work on after work each night.
Happy Stitching,

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Patchwork Update

Hi Everyone,

I hope your New Years was a good one - we spent it doggy-sitting Clarence with loud gentile music playing and thankfully, he wasn't distracted or upset by the fireworks at all. And even better, the neighbours, who usually have small fireworks and let them off down the street, didn't have any after midnight, so once we put Clarence to bed, we didn't have to worry about him any more. It was one of the most relaxing NYE's we've had for a long time.
[For those who don't know, Clarence is our 15yr old Golden Retriever - he's not a fan of fireworks, like most dogs].

I haven't done much on the Provence Market for a while. I've been busy with my patch working project - 6 single bed doona covers. I've done the tops of 2 and started on my third today. Now that I know what I'm doing, they are getting quicker to do. I'm super pleased with the results and can't wait to meet up with my friend, Judith, on Friday to sew the backs on. We'll be having a craft day so I'm sure there will be lots of progress on both our various projects.
The book pattern fabric I'm using is from Spoonflower and is called: Spellbooks. There are 4 colour variations, plus another that is called Bookstorm. I've got all 5 fabrics with a matching plain fabric and since I need to make 6 doona covers, the 6th one will be a mix'n'match of all the fabrics. The patchwork pattern I'm using is a simple brick pattern.

I'll post more pics when I've done some more blocks in each colour. I chose the book pattern because I am a librarian and I thought it was a nice tie-in to what I do and what I like to do. I've got plans for my second and third patchworking projects, but I'm finishing these doona covers before I get too far with those just yet. My new sewing machine is a dream to use and now that the needle position has been sorted, all the blocks are square and everything is fitting together very easily. It has been a joy to do so far and I can see myself getting more and more into patchwork in the future.
Back to the machine and more squares...
Happy Stitching,