Monday, 20 April 2015

Dolly Plum has lots of fun

My little boy got the chicken pox and he got it bad. He was polka dots all over and his poor little face had more spots than face left by the end. He put up with them quite bravely and after finding a blister where no little boy should have a blister I decided he needed a treat for being so brave.
He is a massive ben and holly fan, as are we all in this household. We recently saw the Dolly Plum episode and I was itching to make one and also wanted to give myself a challenge to help wake me up from the winter hibernations. I found a really useful tutorial on making dolls which I used as a basis for construction and then just winged it. If you want those excellent instructions from make it love it then hop over here.
Ta Dah!

How I customised and put it together I've popped below for future reference.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Lovely cup

Moo "why you putting tea in your lovely cup?"

Me "because it makes me happy"

Moo "oh. You do it by yourself? When daddy in work?"

Me "I did it with daddy while you were staying with granny and grampy"

Moo "aw that's beautiful "

Friday, 3 April 2015

Rainbow snuggles

I made this quilt top ages ago. It sat about waiting to be quilted. I finally grabbed some free time and quilted it onto an unused fleece baby blanket. I love the colours

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Square it up!

The quilt made for my dad involved a chess board design with 32 appliqued squares representing things and people he loves. That was a lot of squares to design and sew so in the interests of self preservation I delegated and sent some down to my sister to do!

As usual we had left ourselves a tight time margin and I was so glad I pulled it off! Would you like a tour of some of my squares?

Some of my squares were felt appliqué.

This one was commemorating my grans ability to mistake salt for sugar in her apple pies

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Followed by my dads love of scrabble. Individually embroidered felt squares sewn onto the backing fabric.

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Most of my squares were based round my usual fabric applique.

The Welsh Rugby Union logo for my dads love of rugby and my husbands choice of design to try and establish his reputation as my dad’s chess nemesis! This design was actually based on a photo of a tattoo he found on the internet. I just printed it out, scaled and traced it. In order to get the flow of the ribbon right a wrapped one ribbon length around the felt piece before sewing down. A bit of iron on hem tape helped a lot here to stabilise the ribbon.

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This square represented my dads love of music and is the opening bars of the trombone section of the Jupiter from Holtz Planets. The music staves were sewn on and then the notes drawn on in fabric pen. Unfortunately I forgot to let my disappearing ink disappear before setting the fabric pen with a hot iron so I have these purple marks in it. With more patience and time I would have embroidered the notes but time was marching on!

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A goldfinch

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Here you can see some of my creation process. My brother penned the drawing and I just traced the elements and transferred it to fabric.


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The childhood caravan design used the same process. A quick Sketch on paper and then trace and divide the elements. A little thought is needed to determine the order in which you layer the elements up but other than that the pictures can build quite easily.

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A cockerel, a welsh dragon, a bloody billhook (family story – don’t ask!), a fish, a square for ,mum and dads wedding dad and a long tradition of letter writing. Phew! It’s a marathon writing about them imagine how busy our machines were making them!

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My son was represented by his hand print which only just fitted!

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The swimmer shows how the elements of a design layer up to make the whole picture.

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I am quite proud of this trombone square as I find embroidery rather tedious"!! I found a sketch of a trombonist I liked and copied it over line by line using a fabric marker.

I then backstitched the design in crochet cotton. My disappearing fabric marker kept disappearing too quickly though. It would have been a lot more accurate if I had used ordinary biro or pencil to copy the design. You can see the comparison below.




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I also did some flowers in fabric applique.

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All in all I’m proud of this one due to the sheer time and effort everyone put in. I’d estimate that each square took about 40-60 minutes. I then spent about a day piecing, quilting and binding it – oh and about an hour to work out how to tie a pretty ribbon on the final parcel!!!

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Monday, 8 September 2014

A Collaborative Quilt

My Dad turned 60 at the end of this month and we decided he needed a quilt. The theme was based around his love for chess and we turned the chess pieces into things and people he loves. It was a true family effort with my mum contributing ideas, my brother designs and my sister was drafted in to complete as many squares as she could (despite also incubating a baby). Here’s how it turned out. There will be a round up of some of my square designs later. Enjoy xx

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