Thursday, 23 March 2017

Spring Makes

Hello everyone! It's been a month or two since I last posted, and spring is thankfully here!


New makes this last month include neck scarves that double as headbands and a couple of new cushions. I couldn't resist making Logan his own neckerchief!

The LOVE cushion with crochet letters is already in my Etsy Shop here and the Tilda floral cushion will be heading in there soon.

Soon to be listed in my Etsy Shop are lots of pretty lavender filled hearts pictured below -  made from vintage embroidered linens, antique floral linens and cottons, and linen hearts with applique roses. They are all filled with a heavenly scented lavender from Provence.

Also going into my shop are some more linen glasses cases. 
I only have two left at the moment, both in a pretty duck egg polka dot Rose and Hubble linen, lined with natural linen, but I shall be making more of the pretty floral and polka dot linens that I have made in the past which have now all sold.

I also have a charcoal grey polka dot linen tea cosy lined in red and white stripes with a heart applique going in to the shop, and a couple more planned.

Hope all is well with everyone, take care xx

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Pieced and Quilted

Just a quick post to share my latest makes, and to share a quick way of making a cushion back using an old shirt!

After a bit of a break from creative sewing last year, except for a few commissions, I've finally got back into sewing again and realise how much I've missed it.

Last year I pieced together this triangles cushion front and hand quilted it, but then never found time to make it into a cushion.

I've now finished it using an old work shirt as a back. 

I love to use this method as it is both a good way of getting more use out of a shirt no longer fit to be worn, and for making a quick cushion back without the fuss and bother making buttonholes (which I hate) or having to cut out fabric to make an envelope closure.

How to Use an old Shirt to make a Cushion Back
Lay out an old (but washed and ironed) shirt and cut along the side and shoulder seams to separate the shirt front. (Remove breast pocket if it has one)

Using your finished cushion front as a pattern, place it carefully onto the shirt front making sure the button closure is placed centrally, and check the buttons /buttonholes are not where you will cut.

Once you are happy with your placement, pin the cushion front to the shirt and cut around it. 

Now place the cushion front and shirt back right sides together, making sure to undo two or three buttons to allow for turning it the right way round once sewn up, then stitch together around all four sides. 

Trim seam to within 1/4" of stitching and neaten off either with zig zag stitch, pinking shears or using an overlocker.

Turn cushion cover to the the right side and press.

Job done!

I also used this method of cushion back for another cushion which goes well with this one. 

This one is made from vintage linen and vintage lace.

Both of these cushions will be heading into my Etsy Shop this week.

At the weekend I added some pockets to a reversible apron I made for my Mum a couple of years ago.

Before, without pockets.......

 And with pockets.....a large one on the floral side....

.......and a smaller, double pocket on the patchwork side

The double pocket came about by chance. Attaching a long pocket like the one on the reverse would have covered up a lot of the patchwork design, and having already sewn up the double sided rectangle I just folded it in half, then dropped it down an inch, then attached it to the apron stitching down two sides and the bottom leaving both top sides free. 

Voila! A double pocket.

I made another one of these reversible patchwork aprons for my daughter.

One side is a pretty strawberry print on a white background with a contrast waist band and ties in a little red polka dot fabric.

The other side is the strawberry fabric striped with the red polka dots fabric.

Hopefully the weather is finally warming up now. 

I came across this photo yesterday of daffodils in my garden flowering at about this time, on 10 February 2014, but I cannot even see the buds yet this year, so Spring is well behind at the moment compared to past years.

Also from the past, I came across these sweet photos of our Toy Poodle Logan with our beloved Bessie whom we lost a couple of years ago.  A bit fuzzy, but so cute lying next to each other and acting in unison with first their sleepy heads up, and then heads down!

 heads up.....

and heads down!

 playing in the sun

Cat in a pot!

We do miss our Bessie!

Thank you for all your comments on my last post, it is lovely to hear from you and I'm trying to visit your blogs too.

Have a good week everyone!

Monday, 23 January 2017

Chilly Days

As I raise the blinds and open the curtains revealing yet another frosted white winter scene, I so long for the warmer days of Spring.

The hoar frosts are beautiful to look at with the skeletal branches of trees and shrubs beautifully draped in a silvery white rime, but I am tired of scraping thick ice off the car, slipping in the icy lanes as I walk the dog, trudging through the fields and orchards on iced mud. The pond we pass in the orchard is thickly covered with ice, and we've discovered the fun of skimming stones across the frozen water to see how far they slide and to try to break the ice with them (as yet unachieved!)

It took an age to break the ice on the small fish pond in our garden at the weekend (strong man hubby had to take over) as it was strange to see the fish swimming below the thick ice, seemingly happy enough, but I thought being trapped beneath ice couldn't be good for them.

At the moment life is busy and I seem to be out all the time when I long to be cosied up in the warm house. Today is a rare day at home and I'm taking the opportunity to write a blog post as I was shocked to see I haven't posted since the summer!

I had a few commissions in the run up to Christmas including making this bunting and a piped cushion for a nursery.

The pretty little floral fabric is a Liberty lawn. It is left over from the sashes of the bridesmaids dresses of the person for whom I was making the items. She wanted it to be incorporated into the bunting and cushion with yellows and pinks.

I've made a few little lavender hearts and sachets......

And I've been doing a bit of crocheting too on these cold nights

I've just finished joining these granny squares together for a cushion front and loving the little pops of colour! Used up some yarn from my stash in some favourite colours so it was an economical and guilt-free project. The next project is already on the go, but I mustn't neglect to actually finish this by putting a back on it or it'll end up in the ever growing pile of unfinished projects!

This is the next project already started!

I'm looking forward to catching up with you all over the next few weeks, and here's
wishing you all a very belated Happy New Year!