Friday, 21 June 2013

So what's been going on around here?

Mainly birthday present sewing.......

 A notebook cover for Carole at work, who loves lists (like me!)

And I fell in love with Moira's rose in bloom cushion that she got in a swap, so was keen to have a go myself.  I was slightly disappointed with this, because, although I loved making it, it just doesn't look like a rose to me.....  not sure whether it was my colour choices, or the shapes or what.  Anyway, it nearly hit the bin and wasn't given, but in the end I did give it to Sue, my manager and friend of many years, so I really do hope she likes it.

The back........

Then there was an apron for Tracy.....  thanks Moira for the loan of your pattern. (I will return it when I see you).  It's difficult to see the pattern of the fabric, but it's small star fish, and as Tracy lives by the sea this seemed appropriate.

Big bow (that was bow not bum!)

And it's fully reversible, with orange circles on the other side (good for days when it's tomato sauce for tea!!!)

I am hoping to help Tracy make one of these herself to enter in her local horticultural show when we have our week together in August.

Another birthday hat, for Ollie who is three. Modelled by Eden..... (some days I could almost eat her up she is soooooo cute at the moment - please could she stay like this forever, and not grow into a grumpy five year old?)

After all the present making I actually got an evening to crack on with my weekender bag....  my first attempt at cording, not too bad.  Made a hundred times easier by the fact that my 'stitching it together' mates pointed out that I do in fact own a zipper foot for my machine (all these years I've had one sitting in a drawer and didn't know).  I also made an internal zippy pocket in the outside pocket (if that makes sense)

It's definitely a slow work in progress.

I could have done with it finished this weekend, as (shock horror) I am actually going somewhere for the weekend!  Well to drop my kids off at Mum and Dad's so I can nip to Wembley Stadium to see The Killers, The Gaslight Anthem and James tomorrow night.

Wooo hoooo the excitement is mounting



Friday, 7 June 2013

Getting ahead with the Bee blocks

It's been all about the bee blocks so far this month.....

I like to do them straight away, so I can feel happy doing other sewing the rest of the month without feeling the guilt of having 'commitments' to left sew.  But this month I am more organised than most (no idea why).

So here they are:-

First is this drunken log cabin for Lynz miss June for the hipbees.  I really loved making this one.

Granny square for Heather in the stash bee.  Hadn't done anything like this before, so we keen to have a go..........

And two blocks for Bee Blessed. Nice and quick and easy, and very effective blocks, this will be a lovely quilt.

Then I whipped up a zippy pouch for Danny and her TRAC charity

And popped one of Jude's daughters cute little cup cakes on the zip (helped to hide the terrible zip ends)

In other news.............  It's our town fair tomorrow.  This is THE local event, everyone will be there, and I am helping to organise the Great Bingham Bake off.  So I am up to my eyes in different coloured icing sugar, cup cakes, voting slips and more cakes!

Look at the concentration...... 

These are the children's entries for the decorate a cup cake competition.

Have a lovely weekend whatever you get up to


Sunday, 2 June 2013

A day late for Fresh Sewing day

Sorry to be a day late.....

Here's what I have been doing in May.

This month I have been making children's hats for birthday presents....

I made a journal cover and pouch for another friend's birthday, bunting for a four year old's bedroom, and my stash bee blocks.

But my big finish was my Pippi Quilt.

I gave it to Hope for her 5th birthday, and can happily say that she loves it.