Archive for the 'Sewing' Category

Sewing on Saturday

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

Today I whipped up a little Scotty Dog for the big sister of the twins for whom I sewed the blankets with initials.

Each square was 4cm (1.6in) big including seam allowance, or about 3cm (1.2in) finished.

I included two fussy-cut squares of the fabric that I used for the blankets – see the pirate crab and the parrot?

Twin Sewing Project

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

I finished the second of two baby blanket today, for the twins of a friend that were born in December. M is the boy, L the girl. How did you guess?

Smartphone Case

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

A small project I sewed last night.

100% cotton fabrics and batting.

The flap is closed with velcro.

As usual, I used the Pfaff 230 from 1955 that I got from my grandma.

Patchwork & Quilt Inspiration

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

I follow a lot of quilting and patchwork blogs via RSS. Moda Bake Shop has a lot of free tutorials, working mostly with pre-cuts. Today they posted a list of the 15 most popular posts in 2015. My farourites from the list are the Gooseberry Star Patch Quilt (rated easy) by Peta Peace and the Scrappy Irish Chain Quilt (medium) by Karin Vail. The instructions call for the use of layer cakes or jelly rolls (which you can look up at weights and measures), but you can use yardage as well and do the cutting yourself.

Gooseberry Star Patch Quilt on Moda Bakeshop

Patchwork with a 3D Element

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Today’s Friday Tutorial at the Cutting Table (Missouri Quilt Star Company) is The One Seam Flying Geese Quilt. Here’s the video. I like that the Flying Geese are three-dimensional, so to speak, which would certainly add some interest to a wall hanging.

This reminded me of this Textured Quilt Sampler from Sewn Up – Teresa Down Under which combines 25 different sewn textures like pintucks, pleats, gathers, shirring, smocking etc. This was posted three years ago, but today I finally took a closer look at Teresa’s weblog and discovered 41 fabric manipulation tutorials, which also includes a textured four-patch quilt tutorial.

I might have to make a wall hanging like this for our open-plan living-dining-kitchen area, which has a slight echo because of the high ceilings and wood/tile floors.