Thursday, 29 January 2009

New fabric, new bags and quilt progress

Look at this yummy fabric! I bought it from a french seller on ebay. There are 3 fat quarters of the blue chicken fabric; 2 each of the small chicken panels and one each of the large panels. What can I make with them though! I might just keep getting them out to look at.
This was from the same seller. It is a lovely, thick, tapestry weave fabric. I know exactly what I'm going to do with it though. It's going to be a cushion cover for my lounge!

Two green bags made as a special order for a friend: the dark green one was fabric rescued from a charity shop, and the lighter green is recycled, vintage Laura Ashley.

Progress on Mother in Laws quilt. I just need to add the fleece backing now! It's looking very pretty.

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Aga Top Pads & New Patchwork

When a friend talked about top pads for her new aga, I had to have a go! All these pieces of chicken fabric in my stash have been crying out for a kitcheny make! These are the first ones to go into the Folksy shop. I love this fabric in soft greens and creams with it's pretty chicken and egg design. I've used the insulbright wadding inside so they are good and heat resistent. And keeping to the recycled theme, the reverse is plain cream recycled cotton and the binding is hand made from recycled fabric.
My husband was moderately impressed with my last quilted fleece and commisioned one for his mother. I have to say I am impressed, he isn't normally known for inspirational gift ideas, but this is definitely one of his better ideas. So I chose some pretty soft greens and lilacs that I think (hope) Mum will love. I've also sourced a lovely soft lilac fleece for the reverse. I tried the colours in several different patterns, but finally settled on this one. Just need some border fabric now!

Monday, 5 January 2009

Purple Rain Tote Bag

I love the colours in this bag - plum with touches of red, mustard and green.
I only had enough fabric to make two, and used up the surplus chintz to put a couple of appliqued leaves on the fronts and backs. I don't know why, but the colours reminded me of a wet autumn - hence the name!

I have loads of this slub silk/polyester fabric, and it makes a lovely bag lining.

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Happy New Year! (and finished quilt)

First of all, let me wish everyone who has visited this blog and all my lovely customers, a very happy and proepeous New Year! Thank you for all your encouragement over the last year - I've thoroughly enjoyed myself and hope you have enjoyed the things I've made!

I really put my new sewing machine to the test yesterday! I finally managed to finish my quilt. It is a bit of a cheats quilt - machine pieced and backed with fleece rather than wadding and a backing. But I wanted something soft and cosy as a throw for my newly decorated lounge

I used the bag method to attach the cloth to the fleece, sewed the two pieces right side together then turned them right way out; top stitched the edges, then quilted a large pattern. I'm very pleased with it, it is thick and warm and I love the colours, they are so me!