December 20, 2013

November 20, 2013

Stitching in colour: A POTC a month (November)

I decided to show only the ones I have made. So here goes:

November: White + Red

I wanted to create a swirl but didn't succeed. Meh.

November 08, 2013

Stitching in colour: Designer Mystery BOM - 06

This is awfully late. While I did start block 06 of the BOM three weeks ago, I couldn't keep at it and left it unfinished for two weeks. Too much grey, maybe? It certainly has that in common with the current weather.

So much fabric is left in the package! It almost looks like I didn't use any. I am debating wether or not to sew all the blocks a second time or to use the beautiful fabric for other projects.

Block 06 is appropriatley named Town Square and was designed by Kate Spain. My imagination shows me a park in the middle surrounded by little shops on the main street.

I hope the next blocks will be more colourful again. And if not, I decided to make them so. No one needs that much grey!

November 07, 2013

Stitching in colour: A POTC a month (October)

Though it's November already, I didn't receive the POTC for October until yesterday. My swap partner simply forgot. She had sewn it in her summer vacation and put it away and out of her mind. The wait was well worth it though, look:

I've waited to receive this POTC before showing the one I sent out in October. I didn't want to do two separate posts. So here it is:

October: Yellow + Red

I already received the block for November, but haven't even started on mine. So well, we wait again. Ha.

October 17, 2013

Challenge time: 06 - Purple, version 1

As you might have guessed from the layout of this blog, purple is my favourite colour. It's strange that I loved yellow as a kid and ended up loving the colour opposite of it in the colour wheel during my adult life. I love purple so much, people identify this colour with me and tease me about it. But I don't care, it's just so pretty.

The following clutch was made for me, therefore:

This is called the Necessary Clutch Wallet and the pattern was designed by Janelle of Emmaline Bags. I was doing a test run of the pattern to get to know the tricks and little pitfalls as I am planning to do sew such a clutch as a present. And while I'm at it, while not make one for myself? So, purple it had to be and I had just the right fabric for this. It's from Japan, so I can't read brand nor name. But hey, it's pretty, do I need to know more?

The clutch ended up being too chubby because the interfacing I used was to thick. It was also hard to attach the inner parts to the outside because of it. I will definitely change to something else when sewing this again.

Lots and lots of pockets and card slits! And don't forget the zipper pocket for coins or the like. First time I've sewn a zipper, by the way. It doesn't look too bad, does it?

Do I even need that many pockets? Haha! I am debating whether or not to tweak the instructions next time to have less. I would have liked the card slit pockets being made of more than one fabric as well. Hm, I see some experimenting coming my way.

Folding the card slits was a bit tricky. I'm showing you the pretty side here. The other one ended up slighltly askew.

Having the lock sit there is pretty, but wow! That was the hardest part for me. I blame my scissors!

I plan on doing more purple for the challenge (yes, I still need more purple in my life), so come back soon!

October 15, 2013

Stitching in colour: Tablecloth for autumn

Since my swap partner has received the autumn tablecloth, I can happily show you some pictures of it. And I took lots! Haha.

As I've said before in the sneak peak, the theme of the swap was autumn. First I thought of doing something pumpkin-inspired, but switched to doing colourful leaves very soon. I'm so glad I did! See for yourself:


After drawing up a sketch of what I wanted the tablecloth to look like, I started digging through my stash for some fabric to use. When my searching fingers came across the Paisley Jungle collection by Kaffe Fassett (of which I own a fat quarter for each colour), I knew I had a match made in heaven.


The fun part for this project was the quilting. I recently aquired a ditch quilting foot for my sewing machine and knew I had to try it out on the leaves. I was amazed how great it works and the result is fabulous:



I didn't stop there however. Something was still missing. So I added some free motion quilting through the middle axes, trying to add some sort of wind swirls and little leaves blown away by them.



The yellow and orange version of the Paisley Jungle collection had been used in some of my other projects before, so I didn't have much left by the time I was looking for binding fabric. Happily, by adding some of the red version, I could gather enough for a scrappy binding:

Here are some more pictures of the finished tablecloth. I could have taken a bazillion more, I really like what I came up with.

First time I'm showing off my label! I had them recently made and I try to add them to projects that don't stay within my home.

I hope you like this tablecloth just as much as I do!

October 14, 2013

Challenge time: Update

If you wondered where the next post to the challenge is... I wonder, too. Nah, of course I know why there's nothing new.

First thing, I am way too much into sewing right now to do much else in my spare time. And while I always look out for sewing projects to fit into the challenge, there are only so many that do and the suitable topic might not be here yet.

Second thing, my nails are letting me down. I hate them short, so when I broke off a nail two weeks ago, I decided to wait until it grows back before taking any pictures. Only to break another nail the week after... and another just two days ago! ARGH! It seems I have to cut them all down to avoid further breakage. Bummer.

And last thing, I haven't racked my brain lately on how to incorporate anything else into the challenge. Maybe I should get into that more and bake some cupcakes or some. Anyone hungry?

I hope to continue you soon, so keep your eyes peeled.

October 13, 2013

Stitching in colour: Designer Mystery BOM - 05

Block number 05 was finished about an hour ago. Since the sun is still up and I can take decent pictures, why not post them right away? So here they are:

This is the first block using the grey polka dot fabric from the collection. Sitting right to the cream polka dot one, it seems a bit boring. The complete block isn't, though:

Block 05 is called Cherry Sundae and was designed by Barb Adams and Alma Allen. I wouldn't mind sipping one while staring at the beautiful block.

Sewing gets easier for me and is also more fun. Especially when almost all the tips meet. The only thing I didn't like was matching the two flying geese with the pointy edges facing one another- I pressed the seams the wrong way and ended up having too many layers of fabric. Oh well, another lesson learned.

See you soon for the next block!

October 08, 2013

Stitching in colour: Designer Mystery BOM - 04

I've finished block 04 a few days ago but the weather was too dull for taking the final picture. Anyway, we got lucky today and had some sunshine, so here we go:

From what I could gather so far, many of the fabrics in the Vintage Modern collection are used in this BOM. So it's not just the same 5-6 fabrics in each block but different ones. I really like that.

I've used the fast flying geese method again, but else I didn't tweak the instructions any further. I'd call this a very easy block.

Easy and really beautiful! I think it might be the twin of block 03. The name of block 04 is Breezy Afternoon and it was designed by Aneela Hoey.

That 1/4 inch seam walking foot really pays off! The triangle tips are just perfect. I'm proud of this one.

As with number 03, this block is shorter than 01+02. I suppose it's because of the new walking foot. If the rest turns out smaller as well, I will redo 01+02. But first, let's go ahead with block 05.

October 05, 2013

Stitching in colour: A POTC a month (September)

I've received the September POTC a few days ago, but didn't get to take a picture of it until now. So here you go:

Prettay! I'm excited to get the next one!

October 03, 2013

Stitching in colour: Autumn sneak peak

This is a small glimpse of a tablecloth I have sewn to fit into the theme of Autumn:

It's for another swap I'm participating in (gives me excuses to sew *haha*). Even though it's finished already, I can't show full pictures until my swap partner has received it. But I promise to share lots of pictures, then!

September 30, 2013

Stitching in colour: A POTC for me

As mentioned here, I am participating in a POTC swap. While I am waiting to receive the block for September, I have sewn one for myself:

I am planning to add a few blocks of my own to the ones I'm receiving from others to achieve the desired size of the finished piece. Not that I know that size right now *haha*.

September 29, 2013

Stitching in colour: Designer Mystery BOM - 03

I am bit late on Block 03. There were too many other things to sew in the last couple of days. I'll show you some of them later. But for now, we're admiring the next installment of the FQS Designer Mystery BOM:

I tried to keep from doing real flying geese with the first two blocks. But as this results in way too many bulky seams, I thought I shouldn't shy away again.

I've used the fast and "no waste" method to sew the flying geese. Though it's only useful if you need four identical flying geese (or any amount of elements divisible by four). One of the many instructions for this method can be found here.

The block is called Weather Vane and was designed by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson. Looks like this vane is promising beautiful weather.

This time, working on the block was much easier because I've got myself a 1/4 inch seam walking foot for my sewing machine. The centre square is my favourite part! Such an amazing fabric! *sigh*

The fabrics for Block number 04 are already cut, so see you soon!

September 24, 2013

Colour fingerprints: Gem

This is just a quick post to show you one of my all time favourite nail polishes: Nubar Gem!

Neutral-ish rose colour with pretty holographic sparkles! Love!

I wore this for a job interview thinking it's not too loud but not too dull either. And as application was a breeze, it's easily put on for some instant self-confidence.

September 23, 2013

Stitching in colour: Geisha bag

Instead of working on the Designer BOM, I had to come up with a quick birthday present for a friend. My first idea was to sew a turtle since she loves them and even got one as a pet. Unfortunately, the pattern I liked was not easy to come by. So I decided to sew a bag for her instead to use in her upcoming vacation.

I took the inspiration for this bag out of a German Magazin called Lena's Patchwork - Trendige Taschen. The original bag was created by Beate Pöhlmann (would love a link but couldn't find one). As is usual with me, I skipped a few details and added others.

There's one detail I couldn't forego though, no matter what: The cute japanese doll in a circle on top of the flap. Luckily for me, I had just the right fabric for this in my stash!

This tiny inside pocket was my touch...

... as was the magnetic closure.

Showing off the bright colours in sunlight, because I can!

I'm happy to report that my friend liked her bag and will put it to good use during her trip. I hope you like it, too.

September 15, 2013

Stitching in colour: A POTC a month (July - September)

Note: Due to a little blog accident, I had to rewrite this post.

I'm part of a swap group to exchange a hand sewn block each month. We're twelve members, so the swap will go on for a year. The pattern to sew is the pattern of the cross - or POTC for short. To make sure the blocks match each other, we decided on a template size beforehand. Each participant picks two colours and the swap partner sews a POTC accordingly, picking the fabric from their own stash.

This are the blocks I've sewn so far:

July: Orange + Grey

August: Orange + Grey

September: Blue + Green

And this are the ones that were sewn for me:



I'm still waiting to receive the POTC for September. But as I haven't sent out yet, I shouldn't be the one complaining.

September 14, 2013

Stitching in colour: Designer Mystery BOM - 02

I don't really have a schedule to sew the BOM, as there is no need for me to finish it by a certain date. But I thought it would be nice to try to sew a block each week. So here goes number 02.

As I did with block 01, I decided to tweak the instructions a bit. But as I'm not yet used to working with inch measurements, I discalculated and wasted fabric while cutting. Then, I discovered that the dots on the cream background fabric aren't perpendicular and wasted even more trying to cope with that. In the end, I still had enough fabric to sew the block, but if I was to start over, I would have to steal the background fabric from other blocks.

I've put the remaining fabric back in the plastic bag. As you can see above, lots of green and the other colours left, but cream seems to be gone.

This block is called Mint Julep and was designed by Lisa Bongean. According to the dictionary, Julep is some kind of drink?! Well, I don't know if the design goes with the name, but I think it looks lovely!

Yay for bulky seams! No pressing in the world will get this edge to lay flat.

Off to enjoy some sunny time today, winter will be here soon enough!