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Spring Sewing

Come spring in Christchurch, specially in Hagley Park , Daffodils ,Hyacinths , Cherry Blossoms, Kowhai,  Magnolias, against the bright clear blue sky , together with   brand new green leaves on  the trees,  put on a spectacular show for all to enjoy.DSC_0393DSC_0425.JPGDSC_0428The flowers, sunshine and the bird songs does something to the mind and automatically uplifts the spirits.

I was in the mood for tidying up my messy craft corner.As I was cleaning, I realised that I had  posted about this very special  bag only on Instagram.This space being place to record all the things I make, I decided this bag had to be on the blog. DSC_0123First of all,it was the fabric name ‘Makers’ by Cori Danitini  that caught my attention and then of course, the print  was too hard to pass by.DSC_0128I decided to make a reversible bag using a picture I saw on Pinterest, as reference. Since I used the entire panel for the pattern, I only used the panel size as the size of the bag and kind of made up as I went along. I also used the panel for lining so that it would be truly reversible.DSC_0131I also referred to Ayumi’s Reversible patchwork bag pattern for attaching the drawstring casing.

The beads I got in India, came in handy for adding finishing touches to the cord.

The sweet print and pattern came together so well and quickly became a personal favourite finish.

The flowers , birds and the general magic of witnessing the earth come alive in a myriad of colours, cast a spell on me and I had to do something to celebrate the promise of warmer days in the air.

I tried the same pattern I made for the previous bag but this time with fusible interfacing. It did not turn out exactly as I envisioned it. Will keep trying though.

The bag and the tulips that grew in spite  my negligence  of my garden ,had to be documented and hence they are here.DSC_0346

The Putitputi pouch collection  was inspired by the desire to bring all the delightful elements of spring into the craft space.

Putiputi by the way, means flowers in the Maori language  These pouches were well received and I was thrilled with the positive feedback I got on them too.

Of the two people who bought from this collection, one of them has received her package and was extremely happy while the other unexpectedly  has not yet received hers thanks to NZ post. Fingers crossed it will reach her soon. I can’t wait to hear what she has to say  about her bag.

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The other couple of projects I made were commissioned by a lovely lady from church. She wanted two baby blankets  in blue for friends who were both expecting baby boys. Her other brief was  something that will not be available in the regular baby sections of stores.

I decided to go with my ever favourite woodland theme for both.

For the first quilt I went with a simple squares and it measures 30″ x 35 ”

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For this quilt, I used the Fast Four -Patch Pattern from Diary of a Quilter

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In my hurry  to pack and give it to her, I forgot to take pictures of the backing. Both the quilts are backed with dimpled minky fabric.

It completely made my day to  see the happy smiles on her face and hear her say that it was hard for her to choose which one to give her favourite friend .

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Mod -Cot Quilt

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canva-photo-editor-11.pngIt’s been ages since I made a proper quilt. .

I set out to draft my own pattern  with my own measurements from a picture I had saved on my iPad .Not sure from where .It was more of a  ‘making as  I go  along ‘ kind of  project and  I struggled with it. I did not know  what size would make a big enough quilt for a baby.

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Then I saw the mod cot quilt pattern for sale on the instagram account of one of my favourite online fabric store stitchbird.co.nz. .Since it looked very similar to the quilt I was trying to make, I decided to purchase the pattern.

Having the instructions on hand, really did help.

I used the fabric I had recently purchased with the fabric that Shanna gave me.These are all free Spirit fabrics, one is Tula Pink and the other I forget. I was surprised that the colours all from the old and new fabric went together so well.

Along with the pattern,Lori also sent me the cutting layout on a fat quarter which was so helpful.

The blocks were fairly quick to put together. It was after I put the blocks together I realised that I did not have enough fabric for backing. or for binding. canva-photo-editor (4)

I resisted the temptation to use a Minky  fabric as  backing, like I did for previous baby quilts I ‘d made.

Ordered a metre of fabric for the backing, as I have only fat quarters in my stash . In my hurry to finish the quilt quickly, I did not read the pattern that  said I needed 1.5 metres for the backing . So I had to improvise and make a pieced backing. A first for me.

dsc_0072.jpgI put it  aside a bit,  looked at ideas on Pinterest , most of the ideas I saw were too advanced for me and then finally, it clicked, I just cut the one metre cloth into two equal parts and cut two other co-ordinating fat quarters to add in-between.

I wanted to do the self binding for this quilt but when I did the straight row quilting, I somehow messed up. I did not think of looking up for tutorials on You tube.So went for the bias  binding. IMG_0652

I did remember some of the lessons I learnt earlier in my quilt workshop in Kuwait about how to do the mitred corners.  I machined sewed the binding too. Another first.I would have liked a better finishcanva-photo-editor-8.png

I tied and hid the knots, washed in the washer and its ready to go now.
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Strip Quilt

I finished the quilt top I was making.it took me a couple of days to finish it.

I’m still trying to decide how I want to finish it.

In the meantime I went back to knitting the cowl I started working on a while back

This is a pattern I had in mind and am extremely pleased it’s working out well. The yarn I’m using is Malabrigo Rios in Lotus that I’m recycled from another abandoned project.

Daylight savings has kicked in and we are trying to getting used to it now that we have to wake up in the morning.

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Spring projects

The landscape in Spring  is truly a visual treat;,flowers blooming everywhere,birds chirping,bees buzzing…. the skeletal trees sprouting tender green leaves.Its truly a sight to behold  the earth come alive with vibrant colour and vivacity after seeming dead and dry all Winter.

 Seeing the Spring fairy happily prancing about touching every tree and grass and bulb with a colour spangled magic wand, fills me with hope. Things that appear hopeless outside still has hope within and everything will turn out ok in the end after all !

As much as I dislike Winter, it makes me appreciate Spring and the change of seasons more than ever .

A friend gave me a few Kowhai seedlings, until then I had not paid close attention to these gorgeous yellow flowers or that it’s nectar is much sought after by birds!

With the arrival of spring, I have been gravitating towards sewing.It started with me making a baby snuggle blanket with some lovely woodland fabric I had got earlier in the year.

backed it with fleece and it does not have any batting .

After I finished my purple zippered pouch, I decided to seize the fact that there was purple thread on the machine and finish up the drawstring pouch that I had set aside when I ran out of purple thread on my bobbin halfway through the making of the pouch

 

J made a request for  a quilt , with fabric that I loved. He didn’t want the traditional man quilt. Still I didn’t want him to have something he didn’t like at all  so we choose fabric that we both liked Of all the fabric we saw on the Stitchbird website, the Vintage Picnic was the fabric we liked.

I decided to follow the basic jelly roll beginners quilt top by Melanie k ham. Worked up quickly and this is what I have finished so far

I’m just loving it! The splash of colours in my surroundings and in my works in progress.

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Keeping Promises

Right after I took my beginners quilt workshop back in 2006 , I promised both my boys a quilt each. I took them fabric shopping with very little knowledge of quilting fabric myself .Let them choose what they wanted. They did.M , being little bug that he is , bugged me till he got his quilt and only then let me off the proverbial hook. A on the other hand, my patient patient baby, would mention in the passing that he was waiting for his quilt now and then.And me being the uncrowned queen of procrastination kept put it off and off.

I told him ,beginning of this year, I would first finish his quilt and only then do anything else. Sadly I did not feel inspired at all to work on it. Finally, guilt ridden , I promised him that I would definitely make it before we left to India for our annual vacation.

Some of you might remember I was  working on the pinwheels a few weeks back.Then we had terrible dust.Apart from making everyone depressed, it also brings with it allergies. So the pinwheels  and the sewing  machine were left  unattended. With just a couple of days left for our trip, I was again struck by guilt pangs , what kind of a mother would I be, if I could not keep promises? made specially to a very patient accommodating child? So I got into a quilt making frenzy and completed his quilt just in time to take with us to India tomorrow. The aches all over my body ,a very stiff neck (from start to finish- piecing ,quilting etc all in a day and half)are nothing compared to the  relief at finally being able to cross this quilt off my list.  I’m not joking when I say its like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

I used this tute to make the pinwheels. I’m in love this method. I used 61/2” squares .Previously I had planned to make just a squares quilts and  cut 61/2 “ squares.When I  chanced upon this tutorial,I decided to use the same squares for the blocks. I loved how easy it was, not to mention my fascination with the pinwheel blocks

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It also seemed to capture A’s fun loving, carefree and happy personality………….plus I wanted to make up for the wait by doing something more than just a basic square quilt.The fabric in the quilt were all chosen by him. Some of them are not even quilting fabric but I kept them because he chose them.They all represent his fascinations ;bikes, football, music, Cars the movie, dogs,his one time fascination with fire and fire engines .

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I did have a skateboard flannel for the backing, but decided to go with the bikes as I figured flannel might be too hot for him.

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I used warm and natural  low loft  needled cotton  no pre wash necessary batting which I absolutely adore and think is the best I have worked with so far. I  guess that it made quilting that much more  manageable and easier for me. This is the first  big solo quilt that I’ve made.I had help for the one I made M from my teacher.

After piecing them,and attaching the border, I  stitched in the ditch with the quilt top across  the border and the pinwheels  .This is basically what I did.

I thought I will be cured of my pinwheel addiction after this quilt, but the fact is I’ve fallen deeper into pinwheel pit and oh I totally get that quilt blessing “may your bobbins be always full “ now Winking smilewhat I don’t get however is ,when I could finish this quilt in such a short time, why o why did I take so long to get to it earlier?

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Pinwheel table runner

I finished my table runner that I’ve been working on last year.The reason I took so long to finish it was , I could not decide between machine stitching the binding and hand sewing.Finally I settled on hand sewing and decided to finish it off. It did not take more than half an hour to finish it. And to think I waited soooo long to just get done with it! wip 2011

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It was helpful that the quilting instructions were given in the pattern. I stitched in the ditch around the pinwheels. And did stippling around the floral border.

The finishing instructions were not given for the runner.So I had to figure that out myself.  The instructions here at Idaho Quilter were helpful .While I am happy with the border , the binding I’ m not happy about.I should have done a 21/2” strip instead of the  2” strip I did.

I just wanted to share this video I found on You Tube  that was very helpful in burying those pesky knots.

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WIPS : Baby Blanket,Table Runner

I have now started this baby blanket_ Deneen’s Bubble Blanket.

It is working up fast  even though I am using a single yarn of King Cole Baby 059/62142. I love how soft and light it is right now.  I only hope the yarn I have is enough to make a decent size

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There ‘s a KAL for February Lady Sweater at SAARC Ravelry and I’ve joined in it too.DSCN1488

I’ve since frogged it after I  noticed the holes I ‘d made at the M1 . I ‘m going to cast on again

While we are on the topic of knitting let me just show you this adorable  little charm I got for my cell phone.

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The runner is coming along nicely

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I like  the smaller print than the bigger print  shown in the  book .Its amazing how fast sewing goes

 

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Woodland Quilt

This week I managed to finish the woodland quilt .

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I am not one to plan projects meticulously. I just dive right in  without much thought , frantically splash about and  finally heave a sigh of relief when I reach the shore;thankful that I did not sink in somewhere!

That s pretty much how this little Woodland quilt came into being too. The Doodle Stitch along looked appealing, I jumped in.

Someone said , they’d finish it into a mini quilt.Good Idea I thought and decided to do that too.Someone else said 6” inch squares, so I started out cutting six inch squares and then stitching on my little motifs…… you get the drift?

WhenI finished all the motifs, I still wanted to finish them into a mini quilt . I really really like mini wall quilts.I wanted to add a little something of my own to it and kept thinking that I would do a mini nine patch block between those motif squares for colour.

Then I got a brainwave that a pinwheel would  add to the whimsical element of the motifs.

With my rather pathetic math skills some of the  pinwheels  ended up with  some corner points cut off.  I chose not to get too stressed about it and think of it as a learning experience.

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When the piecing part was done, I couldn’t decide on  the quilting part . I simply did  a bit of free motion and a bit of straight stitching.

For the binding I tried machine stitching the binding  this time,with two lovely tutorials from Leah Day. I am still not able to decide if I like it or not . Its quick that’s for sure. I tried a new way of making hanging loops from here  too.

With  each quilt, I try a new technique, so that I can find one that I am comfortable with and works for me. With each quilt I get a little more confident with my sewing machine.

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The Live and Learn Quilt

IMG_0541This quilt  is a  panel that I got with the idea of making a quilt for my little nephew ,who is very fond of George the Monkey.Super excited that I got the perfect backing  fabric too, I went and shopped for batting at the local store. I decided to use the envelop method , to save time with binding the quilt.

Only after I started actually stitching did I find out that I had made several mistakes. For one,  I had got only one meter of the backing material when I should have gotten at least half a meter more.

Then the batting turned out to be too bulky for a beginner like me to handle.

Finally when it came to quilting too, I tried to quilt around the animals which did not quite work out well,  that I had to rip out the entire thing .

By then , this little quilt had too many mistakes to be given as a gift. So I decided to practice my free motion quilting on it .

And this was the last panel the shop keeper had.So I could not go and make another of the same one with the lessons I had learnt with this one.

M had been pleading to give it to him right from the time I started making this quilt, and now that it was not fit to be given away to anyone, I let him have it.The happy little camper with his new play quilt.IMG_0539

The back of the quilt. Isn’t it a perfect match for the front panel?

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Although my heart bleeds at the thought of wasting this lovely little panel,and backing,

I ‘ve learnt quite a few valuable lessons with this quilt and hence I  call it my live and learn quilt 🙂