Spreading the word…

of a lovely fabric giveaway at Maureen Cracknells:
http://maureencracknellhandmade.blogspot.de/2013/01/a-new-tutorial-and-rbd-fabric-giveaway.html

Good luck!
Barbara

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What is sewing time? Crochet and Literature!

No sewing time, I actually don’t even have blogging time. It’s The Secret Life of the Bees time.
Why?
I’m preparing for an oral literature exam – I’m the examiner, not the examinee, and it’s an awful lot of work. I still love the book, even after reading it three times, analyzing it from the first to the last page, designing a reading diary for my students, writing a solution for the reading diary and designing an exam about the novel.
I’m deeply into narrative technique, plot devices, characters and role plays. I teach and examine this book for the first time, so I’ve NOTHING to just fetch from a drawer.
Sometimes it’s really hard work to be a teacher, but it’s fun anyway.

I’m doing some hexagon crochet aside, because they are handier in front of the TV and less tiring than hand-sewing hexies. And they’re hexies anyway. 🙂
Pics are coming, and a tutorial – I promise!

Be creative and stay relaxed!

Spreading the word…

… about another great giveaway at Maureen Cracknell’s.
Here’s the link: http://maureencracknellhandmade.blogspot.de/2013/01/a-fabric-giveaway.html

Maureen offers gorgeous giveaways every friday, so it makes sense to be on schedule for her posts.

Good luck and happy sewing,
Barbara

Bag making

My son has got an invitation to a girl’s bithday party. She’ll be five and she loves carrying around her toy animals. So, what’s more useful for a little girl than a pink drawstring bag for transportation?

A while ago I saw Kristin Link’s bagmaking class on Craftsy. The drawstring bag she demonstrated there is really lovely for children and easy to make. I think the class and the platform are really good. Check out the Craftsy class and Kristin’s page, there is lots of instruction, many helpful tutorials and tons of inspiration!

I wanted to make a bag for my son to put in his sports utensils anyway, so I “undertook” making two identical bags.
I took fabrics from my stash, the girls fabric with the fairies is some Riley Blake FQ which I got at a sale, the pink calico is from my stash, I don’t remember the manufacturer, the white fabric with the lily print is Tilda and the purple is a re-purposed skirt (thanks to Bonnie Hunter for the idea!).

 For the boy’s bag I took babyblue yardage, dots and icecream fabric (don’t remember the manufacturer) from my stash, some dots on white from Tilda and a 5″ square from a Lollipop Charm pack by Moda.

The girl’s bag went as planned, for the boy’s bag my son requested some changes and we swapped the blue solid with some orange solid from my scraps that goes well with the dots on the babyblue fabrics.

For the sewing instructions please refer to Craftsy (link is given above).

For the appliqué I used some fusible interfacing. Be careful here, you have to trace the letters mirrored onto the interfacing. Or your trace it rightwise onto the glued (bumpy) side of the interfacing in order to get mirrored letters on the outer side of the interfacing.

Here are the results, two cute bags…

 … of course with my label. 🙂

It took me about an hour to make both bags, including several instances of intensive sewing help from my sons. If you can work without breaks you should be able to finish one bag in about 20 minutes. They’re really fast and easy!

Happy Sewing!

WIP Wednesday

Happy New Year!

Time to share my work in progress! This is a rather picture-heavy post, as I haven’t shared any pictures of this project at all. I just didn’t have time for blogging, I was really happy to have sewing time at all.

My current work in progress is the Helix Quilt from Emily Herrick’s book Geared for Guys (I don’t get money from the FatQuarterShop, it’s just where I bought the book and I’m quite happy with Kimberly’s service). The pattern is really easy to work with, but you have to be really organized when you prepare all the strips first and sew them together afterwards.

I used a grey solid fabric which I got at my local fabric store and the Moda Over The Rainbow batiks.
I used one FQ bundle of Horizon Over The Rainbow and one F8th bundle of Sunrise Over The Horizon and several yards of the solid fabric. So far I have “used” 10 yards of the grey solid, but I can’t tell you yet how many yards I actually needed because I have several smaller pieces left over which I plan to use for matching pillowcases and I haven’t finished piecing the back because I ran out of fabric.

So, the process…
1. Strip cutting and piecing with numbered strip sets
 … tons of strips in order to get 6 panels of strips to have plenty for two identical quilt tops…

2. organize strips as numbered in the pattern
… with a complete block of sticky post-it notes (to me the best way to number and organize sets of fabric)

3. sew the strips together as in the pattern
… and my first mistake: I sewed mirrored! 😦
I don’t understand how this happened, but I started off mirrored and continued mirrored, but then, as both quilt tops are identical, it finally doesn’t matter. It just needed a bit more brain power when it came to finishing the tops.

4. What to do with the left overs? What back do I want?

In the mean time I had seen Elizabeth Hartman‘s instructions for creative quilt backs at Craftsy. It’s a really interesting way to create quilt backs and use up leftover pieces from the quilt top. She inspired me to do some quilt back design with the strips I had left.
So, here’s the pieced block for the quilt back. It’s framed in black solid and I will piece the back with this block, grey solid and a line of black solid through the back and around the block. Pictures will follow as the back in still in planning stage (I ran out of fabric… )

5. All remaining pieces will be pieced into 19″ x 19″ pillow cases, we have 6 of them on our couch. I haven’t decided yet on the final pillow design, I’ll post on that another day.

BTW, I signed up fro the Skill Builder BOM by Pile O’ Fabric. You can see the button on the sidebar. It’s free and it sounds really interesting. Give it a try!

Happy Sewing!