Tuesday, 10 July 2018

One Block Wonder - OBW

I have been trying out several block and pattern types over recent months to work out how they go together - using cheap offcut fabrics so I can know what I'm doing when I'm ready to use my good fabrics.

This one is called a One Block Wonder - it looks very effective, but is in fact very easy to put together.

1. Select a fabric with a repeating pattern.

2. Cut the fabric into the repeating sections and layer 6 strips on top of each other, lining up the pattern exactly.
3. Cut those strips into 3.5" strips, then cut those into 60 degree triangles. I divided the width of the repeating pattern into 3, and got 3.5" but this measurement will depend on your repeating pattern width; your triangles may be larger or smaller - it's up to you.
4. Take each pile of 6 triangles, and arrange into hexagons in a pattern you like. Play around with their placement.

 5. Stick the rows of triangles together with masking tape to keep their order.

 6. Sew the triangle together, pressing seams open.

 7. Sew the rows of triangles together, lining up the points if possible. The seams here will be quite thick, so take it easy!

8. Sew a border onto your quilt top and finish with batting and backing.
I'm still working on the backing and quilting of this one and will have some more pics soon...
The colours really pop!

Happy Stitching & Sewing,

Monday, 9 July 2018

The Cross-Stitching & Patchworking Librarian

Hi Everyone,

You may have noticed I've changed the name of my blog as I now have a new obsession that I want to record... patchwork! I will always love cross-stitch, so it will make an appearance here again, but at the moment I am totally obsessed with patchwork and quilting, and it's all I can think about. I hope to share a few of my projects and hope you'll join me.

Below are just a few of the starting projects I have attempted in recent months and I hope my projects from now on will get a little more advanced as my skill level improves.

Christmas Placemat

 Single bed doona cover (made in 6 colour variations)

 Disappearing nine-patch practice blocks

 Cushion covers for my theological library

Happy Stitching & Sewing,

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Mother's Day

For Mother's Day this year, I told my Mum I'd make her a table runner in her chioce of fabrics. She had some placemats with matching fabric napkins, and since she doesn't use the napkins, she gave me those to make a table runner to match the placemats. I did a double-sided table runner so she can have 2 looks. I like the top one best. My Mum seemed pretty happy with them too which is what I was hoping for.
Happy Stitching,

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Disappearing Nine Patch

This is my first attempt at a 'disappearing nine patch'. I love the difficulty of how it presents, but it is in fact so easy to do! I tried it out using these fat quarters from Aldi (Australia) who had a  special of 6 fat quarters for just over $6. Usually fat quarters about that price for 1 so it was too good a bargain to pass up so I could practice a few things. I would do it a little differently next time, but as a first try, I am really pleased with it. I have some backing material so I will finish it off into a little cot blanket and probably donate it to my church to use in their child-care centre.

I have a few other sets of fabric to try out some other different designson. I am so hooked on this patchwork thing - it has really taken a hold!

Happy Stitching,

Friday, 27 April 2018

I'm back!

Hi Everyone,

I know it has been ages since I last blogged... and there are plenty of reasons why but I won't bore you with them now. Thanks for staying connected and waiting me out!

I have become obsessed with patchwork and it is my new craft of choice! Here are a few things I have made recently (and now gifted so I can show you):
This one is a wall hanging quilt using the logo of the College where I work. It is hanging on the wall in my library. 

This is the finished product of the Stack of Critters stocking stitched for my friend Judith's second grandson, Torvald. I really like the backing fabric I got from a closing down fabric store a few months ago. It really pops.

 These two small bags were what I made for my nieces' birthdays. One niece is into pink and dancing so the dancing pink fabric was perfect and the other niece is into purple and gymnastics so the girl doing cartwheels was a perfect fabric find. I hope they liked them as much as I enjoyed making them.

This oriental silk bag is something I made for my sister's birthday. It has handy pockets and is easy to carry over your shoulder. I made myself one and use it all the time.

I have also made a few other things but they haven't been given yet, so you'll have to wait and see for those...

We recently also went on a 2 week European River Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam and while there, I managed to locate little fabric stores in many of the towns. I now have a number of metres of fabric from the trip that I hope to make into a number of special things.

These are the fabrics I bought and whatever I make will remind me of a fantastic holiday! I'm hoping to learn English Paper Piecing on the weekend as I'm thinking of a design using that technique for one set of the fabrics above...
Happy Stitching,

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Stack of Critters Stocking #16

Yay - it is finished, except for the outline of the stocking which I will do in white so it is not noticeable. Then I can go looking for a backing fabric and sew it together. I am very happy with how it has turned out and it was a super easy stocking to stitch - lots of fun.
Now, what to do next?

Happy Stitching,

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Stack of Critters Stocking #15

Well, as far as an update goes, this isn't really one as I haven't touched the stocking for a couple of weeks. I've been working on my secret sewing project and it is coming along fantastically. Unfortunately, I can't post any pics yet in case the person it is for sees this. It will be worth the wait, I assure you.

On news related to the Stack of Critters stocking - the baby it is for has been born, early at 33 weeks. He is making good progress but will be in hospital for some time yet so if you can spare a prayer, please pray for his continued improvement. His name is Torvald.

Happy Stitching,