Wednesday, 17 July 2013

A New Quilt

I am doing very well at crafting from stash. I don't think I've bought anything for a project for...oh wait, I got that yarn in Japan. Well I haven't bought any fabric for a long time. Not that I've managed to make much of a dent in what I have considering I've been doing a lot of projects that only need small amounts. I was put off starting another quilt because I didn't know what to do with it afterwards but I decided to go ahead on the basis of the build-it-they-will-come philosophy. A recipient will turn up.
kevin costner

So I am going with a zig zag quilt.
4 Zig Zag Quilts
I have always liked them but I have never liked sewing triangles. Actually, I don't really like them at all. Except as Laughing Cow.
Eight Laughing Cows
Then I found a tutorial for making the zigs without triangles, using rectangles instead. So...
Fabric stash
This isn't all my fabric. It is just the fat quarters that fitted into little colour families. Having chosen to stripe coloured with white I started cutting.
Stack of cut fabric
So far I've sewn 3 stripes worth of blocks.
Squares
I'm using up the larger scraps and also making an in road on a lot of fat quarters. Still leaves lots for other projects though!

Monday, 15 July 2013

Hops and Swaps

Usually I am quite content to send off whatever I have made for a hop - safe in the knowledge I'll be getting something good back again. With the Triple Zip Purse Swap though I *really* want to keep this, even though I know I'll be getting one in the post.
Triple Zip Purse Front
The free pattern calls for simple cuts of fabric in a single pattern but I wanted to try a quilt as you go technique I'd seen online and this seemed like a good opportunity. I love how it has turned out!
Triple Zip Purse Back
It is perfect for scraps which I seem to have a vast amount of. I want to start another one now but I must wait until I get my one first.

The second purse I've finished didn't have to be a purse but I thought it suitable for my Partner in the Super Swaps 7 Swap where you needed to make a surprise item using embellishments. From my Partner's comments and favourites I have come up with this.
Embellishment purse
She likes birds too.
Embellishment purse 2
A few extra made it onto the lining.
Inside of purse

Then finally I made a Mug Rug for the Modern Scrappy Swap. This used my Partner's requested colours and again took inspiration from her favourites.
Front of mug rug
I rather like these, having originally thought them a bit stupid. It is essentially a big coaster with room for a few biscuits next to the mug. Those american crafters - always thinking. I've started making another using the same design but different colours for my Psychiatrist. I haven't seen him for about 2 years now (no need - I'm as sane as I get) but he likes updates from his old patients and it struck me he'd like one.

Having met the requirements for these swap I decided to sign up for the Hexie Bloghop in August. They are very clever the way they make use of Pinterest - not that I need much encouragement. One of the Boards they suggested following had this pattern which combines diamonds with hexagons.
I am very taken with it. I do love EPP and all I need to decide now is what to make with the resulting fabric. I did wonder - perhaps a skirt?

Don't forget all those craft books on ebay - still time to grab a bargain.

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