Jan 21, 2013

No longer scraps

Like most fabric hoarders, I have a plastic box that I keep my fabric scraps in.  It seemed pretty full and I thought I might even be able to make a small lap quilt with it all until I decided to sort them in to their respective colour groups.  Funnily, there was really not a lot there in the end.  I pieced what I had into slabs and once trimmed I only had enough for a couple of pillows.  It's strange how bulky fabric looks all loose and curled up in a tangle and how much you really need for a quilt.  I also now know I have a lot of blue fabric and wish I had more yellow and green.  I never seem to buy a lot green fabric

So, two quilted scrappy pillows were made with the little bits of leftovers I loved to keep.

I even added the Christmas trees that would never end up anywhere else.

It has an envelope back complete with bound edge.  Backing fabric is Denyse Schmidt from Spotlight.

I love this little owl.

And this little black machine.  She's the 1957 Singer 99k that I spoke about in my last post.  She's mostly all cleaned up.  Can you tell what she's missing?

Apart from the foot pedal and power cord which were to ugly to photograph, she's missing her spool pin.  I've been using a bamboo chopstick instead.  Her chrome bobbin plate is pretty damaged from the salty air of the Sunshine Coast and the lid locks are broken but I'll still love her.  I now have all three sizes: the 201k, the 99k and the 222k.  Not one does a zig zag.  I think I may now have enough.

We're on our last week of the school holidays here and the weather is still so hot and humid.  The big guy  has spent way too much time with something computerised in his hand these holidays and I can't wait for him to start using his brain again at school.  He's even refusing to read out loud (that's going to change next week!).  The little guy is just a bit grumpy.

Well, the scrap box is next to empty (except for some greys and blacks), and it's going to take a while to get it full again I think.  My bed quilt is still just a folded up quilt top waiting for some backing.  I've decided to go to IKEA one day once school is back on to buy a cheap flat sheet to back it with.  Anything else seems a waste if you know what I mean.

Brief details for the pillow if you're interested:

Quilted top 20 x 20 inches
Cut two rectangles 15 x 20 inches - bind one, hem the other
Overlap and sew together
Bind the lot the usual way!

Jan 12, 2013

It's a New Year

It's almost been a month since I last blogged.  You guys missed our crazy Christmas, my birthday, the big kid's seventh birthday, a stay up the coast and a lot of lazing about at home with the air conditioner on.  Sorry - it has been busy.

I did do a bit of sewing but I forgot to photograph a lot of it (it was mostly grocery bags anyway).  Hot weather makes me l-a-z-y .  I did make this pencil case for the big guy.  He's in GRADE 2!!! how did that happen so quickly?

And finished off this mini quilt now destined for my brother-in-law's sister who is soon to give birth to a little girl.

I also adopted a little black Singer 99k on my holidays and spent a few days cleaning her up (I love that bit).  I'm going to have to take some photos as I didn't even think to do it at the time.  Holiday brain maybe?

Ooh, and I got a worm farm for my birthday (by request).  Actually it's a worm cafe.  It makes worm tea you see.  Those little wrigglers aren't eating a whole lot at the moment (we may have over done it with the scraps this week) and I've been a bit worried about them with all this heat as they can die easily.  They should be eating most of our daily scraps in about six months time if they are happy and multiply quickly.  It's already making plenty of the liquid 'tea' fertilizer so I'm pretty happy.

So, hello to 2013.  I hope I can continue with lots of sewing, spend lots of time with my family and finally stop biting my nails.  A 39 year old should be able to do that right? (and maybe finally sell all those baby quilts too instead of giving them away to anyone I encounter having a baby).