Thursday, 7 May 2015

Latest Sewing

It might seem like I've just been out sightseeing in recent weeks but in fact the sewing machine is out and has been putting itself about.

The quilt top I found complete but neglected a few weeks back has been quilted, backed and bound and is ready to go off for the Hands2Help Charity Drive.
Yellow Quilt
Initially I just stitched in the ditch (tech term referring to using invisible thread on the front and something that blends with the backing on the back to sew along key seams evenly over the quilt so as to ensure your sandwich of front, batting and backing is securely held together at regular intervals) and then sat back and gave it a good stare intending to quilt it further. Those are my cat pj bottoms and cat slippers you can see in the photo - good staring clothes. In fact after a week of staring I concluded it was good as is. Any more quilting would have detracted from the pleasing uneveness of the hand stitching so I added a yellow binding...
Yellow Quilt Binding
...(the edging on the quilt) and now it just awaits a label (to say who made it and when) before it gets posted to Layers of Hope. From the Hands2Help website (link in left sidebar):
Quilting 911’s mission is to enhance the lives of 911 Telecommunications Operators (911 Dispatchers) and their families during times of illness, disaster, loss and tragedy by inspiring hope, faith and optimism with a quilt of warmth and comfort in order to make a positive influence in the lives of those who make a difference everyday, one quilt and one stitch at a time.
So that's good.

Then a certain best friend of Pooch's. who is a dedicated Superdry addict (brand of clothes) and who had voiced regret at their not doing a baby range, and who is expecting his second son to arrive any day now, is soon to be in receipt of this.
Superdry Baby Grow Front
Superdry Baby Grow Back
It is made from a second hand Superdry t-shirt and is my first time using popper tape. I used this free pattern which does not include seam allowance but even a non-mother like me can see the neck is too wide. I'd definitely change that if I made it again, plus I added feet to the pattern. The pattern is in german but I used an online translator - if you've sewn a bit before it's pretty obvious what is happening.

Then, I've been making a batch of One Hour Baskets. It's a free pattern and very easy. This one went off to a friend in London for her birthday.
These two are made from some of the rescued upholstery samples I picked up when I went here.
One Hour Baskets
I've also made two others but no photos yet.

I also found time (still no job) to make the basic mini quilt for the #handpiecedmini swap on Instagram.
EPP Handpiecedmini Swap
I do love the hexagons. There is hand stitching to be done on this but it is coming along nicely. In the background you can see some nine-patch blocks in flower fabrics (I was doing a pile of craft-ironing). I came across these when I was unpacking the things I had stored with my Mum but not taken to Japan. It occurred to me that I could use these to make my own proper contribution to Hands2Help (I don;t count the one I just finished off). That meant that my plan to make a Drunkard's Path quilt which I talked about in this post went out the window, at least for now. Which is a shame considering my major achievement:
First successful curve sewn
All thanks to my Craftsy Sewing With Curves course. Ah well, the knowledge won't go to waste.

That, apart from my finished EPP Feels Like Spring Pouch which I sent off without photographing (doh), is it. Except for one secret project which I started putting together yesterday. These are the fabrics.
Palette for Secret Project
It's not something I've done before so is very fun and I am quite excited to see how it will turn out!

Pooch just found out yesterday that he has to do a work trip back to London for a week, leaving on Friday! The jetset schedule of the super-technical. At $2k per ticket I won't be joining him so I'll be home alone to craft up a storm. Expect more finished objects soon!


Carol said...

Lots of sewing going on at your that yellow quilt!

ThreeOldKeys said...

It's fun to see so many finished projects, especially using rescued fabrics!

And it's also fun scrolling through your blog.

Scrappy quilter said...

What a great quilt.

Sarah Craig said...

What a fabulous H2H quilt! I love the colors in it, and I think you made the right choice with the quilting. And all the other pretty things you've made - amazing! Thanks so much for participating in the Challenge this year!

Carol E. said...

Wow, your sewing talents are many and varied. I love the yellow quilt.. so happy!

tink's mom said...

What a bright and cheery quilt for H2H. It will surely warm the heart of someone who needs it.

Karen said...

This is a very cheerful quilt. Awesome H2H quilt.

Sue Daurio said...

What a bright and cheery quilt, love it.

Quiltingranny said...

The quilt for the 911 operators is absolutely amazing and bright and cheerful and I want you to know, I will be including its story to the new owner when the need arises.
I love your projects! Thank you Alex, for seeing a blessing in a pile of scrap!

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