December 11, 2014

Stitching in colour: Christmas tablecloth

This is another one of the sewing projects I finished while I was on blogging hiatus. I partook in another swap, this time to exchange Christmas presents made out of fabric. So, these pictures are actually a year old. But the good thing about Christmas: It's happening every year! And since this year's recurrence is close, I thought you might enjoy looking at the tablecloth I made.



The person I made this present for wanted to have something in the usual red, green & white associated with Christmas. Lucky me who had this terribly cute candy charm pack lying 'round.

The collection is called In from the Cold and is by Kate Spain for Moda. I am in love with it! So much, that I got myself another charm pack after finishing this tablecloth, so I could make something out of it for myself .

I am really proud of the binding for this. It looks flawless.

I don't decorate around the house much for Christmas, but a tablecloth on the living room table I might actually do. Too bad I couldn't keep this one, I really liked how it turned out.

Anyone in for a cup of hot chocolate?

November 15, 2014

Stitching in colour: Designer Mystery BOM - 08

It seems the motivation for the FQS Mystery BOM is still going strong. So here is Block 08:

Look at the fabric on the upper right: Red polka dots on primary red! It's almost singeing my eys, it's so bright. Not that I complain though, the weather is still blah!

The design for this block is quite simple as it's made from a lot of half square triangles and some flying geese, all of which were about to be ironed here.

But no matter how simple, the finished block is beautiful. I love the colours on this one! So bright and cheerful! The name of the block tries to get my hungry again - it's Lime Sherbet. The designers are Bonnie Olaveson and Camille Roskelley.

While the tips meet all around, this seam is really bulky and caused a lot of trouble under the needle. It makes me think about the batting for the finished quilt - I should look into something voluminous, so all the bulky seams will vanish in the fluff.

See you soon!

November 08, 2014

Stitching in colour: Designer Mystery BOM - 07

I had to scroll down my blog to check when I posted the last block of the FQS Designer Mystery BOM: It was one year ago, on the very same day. Oh, wow! It didn't feel like that much time.

My inspiration to continue this BOM has reignited while I travelled the USA and found a store that still had bolts of fabric from the Vintage Modern collection, which is used for this BOM. Suddenly, a picture of the finished quilt appeared in my mind, so I bought some of the fabric and made a mental note to get back to sewing! This is block 07:

The block is called Moonlight Serenade and was designed by Sandy Gervais. In the original design, the red dots fabric was used for the star as well. But I decided I wanted more colour, so I stole some green dots fabric from the residue of Block 04.

I really hope my inspiration won't falter again and you'll soon be able to see the next block.

November 07, 2014

Colour fingerprints: November's (not so) dull greys

While I was looking for polish inspiration yesterday, my eyes wandered around the room and stopped at the windows: Blech! The weather outside was grey, dull and foggy. If only there was something to make this less despressing. Hm. Some sparkles, maybe? I think I have just the right polish for this!

This a England's Ascalon with Color Club's Revvvolution on the ring finger. Holographic sparkles make everything better and grey nail polish wearable. As there is no sunlight to be had, well thank you November, this picture was taken in artificial light. I tried my best to capture the purple shift in Ascalon, but it's not really visible. I wish it was as that's the best part.

I hope this makes your November more bearable! See you soon!

November 02, 2014

Stitching in colour: Twister Jack o' Lantern

Three years ago, I thought it would be fun to "celebrate the pumpkin" and have a Halloween party. It was such a blast, that we made it into a tradition. For this year's decoration, I didn't feel like carving a pumpkin, so I sewed one! I guess I am a bit late, but I wanted to share anyway.

Starting with 182 squares of fabric...

... which were laid out and sewn together.

My rotary cutter complained about lack of work, so I got out this charming little twister ruler and started cutting.

Those are 1 1/2 inch squares. Lots of them.

I then sewed the squares together again. This picture showes the back of the finished top. It looks like one giant seam allowance!

And the final mini-quilt. Every finished square is but one inch wide, so the size is 14'' x 15''. I didn't add any quilting because it's supposed to be hung on the wall and doesn't need it. Also, I like the little prints on all the fabrics, quilting over them would be a shame.

The one with the little white leaves or drops is my favourite of the bunch.

I made this Twister Jack from a quilt kit I bought at the 2014 Quilt Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. The pattern is from Need'l Love and the twister ruler is the Itty Bitty Tool from Primitive Gatherings. Even though the result is awesome, I doubt I will use the twister ruler again, soon. Working with it is just so fiddly!

October 21, 2014

Stitching in colour: A beautiful clutch

While I have been neglecting this blog, I still got some projects done. After my trial run here, I made another clutch. This was a present for a friend who was head over heels with the fabric and begged me to make something out of it for her.

I can't blame her, it is beautiful!

Such a perfect colour combination! I could stare at it for hours.

By changing the interfusing, this clutch was not as bulky as my first attempt. Lesson well learned! This made attaching the inner pockets to the sides much easier, too.

For the interior fabrics, I dug through my stash and found a few that complimented the outside well. I never knew I had that much turquoise fabric lying around.

This present has long been given to my friend who proclaimed her undying love for this clutch. I agree with her! If not for the colours not suiting my wardrobe at all, I might have kept it for myself.

October 20, 2014

Out of hiatus

Sometimes I want to be online, sometimes I don't. Over the last year, the latter was true. Now I'm back.

June 25, 2014

Stitching in colour: A POTC a month - conclusion

This swap year has been fun and it was nice to see other people's colour choices put into 24 pieces of fabric. The work needed for one POTC isn't much. The more you make, the easier it gets, too. I still don't like the basting part, probably never will.

This is a picture of all the POTC I have received during the year:

PRETTY! I'm thinking white to combine them. But I'm nowhere close to working on them further, I have to make more POTC myself first.