Saturday, 4 May 2013

Dabbling with dressmaking

As a Christmas present for my twin neices, I thought I'd try my hand at a bit of dress making.  I've not done much in this area, but thought I'd give it a go.

I bought a pattern with this very idea in mind at the Knit and Stitch show in 2011 (a long while ago, I know!) and found some beautiful fabric in my local sewing shop.

I'm pretty pleased with the results - what do you think?


What with this, and the Great British Sewing Bee, I feel inspired to do a bit more!

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

It's been quite a long time!

My goodness, where has the time gone?  It's been so long since I've posted anything, I've almost forgotten how to do it!

Well, since we last spoke I've got myself a new job.  I left my job of 12 years to join a prep school to run their brand new performing arts centre.  It was a huge decision, but I can't tell you how much I love it.

I've also been busy on the crafting front.

I've made quite a few cards:











Two of which were for my boy's birthdays.  Sam turned 8 and Isaac 5, within 5 days of each other.





 I've also been busy on the stitching front with a few celebration pictures and door plates:

 


plus bunting and other gifts

 



I've also managed to finish Sam's quilt and embarked on a couple of others.  Pictures of these will follow in my next post.

Happy stitching......I'm off to watch the Great British Sewing Bee



Saturday, 4 August 2012

A Scottish Challenge

I was recently presented with a challenge from my lovely neighbour - to make a gift for a baby boy born in Edinburgh.  Her pre-requisite for a design was that it had to be Scottish related - "perhaps an image of Edinburgh castle" and have longevity, i.e. not a 'babyish' design.

Well I knew from the outset that the Edinburgh Castle idea would be very challenging unless I could incorporate an outline of the castle into the design.


I looked at lots of images and decided this wasn't the route to take - I needed to find another Scottish image that would lend itself to a baby gift.

Instead of trying to think of the image I would use, I needed to think of it from another angle and firstly make a decision on the kind of gift I would make, as this may well lend inspiration to the ultimate design.  Thinking about the longevity request, I decided that a door nameplate would be the way to go, rather than a picture as this would probably be on the child's door for a number of years.

Then I started to think about things that are synonymous with Scotland - thistles, haggis, Loch Ness Monster, kilts???

No, none of these would work.

A bit more thinking and bingo......SPORT!  Sport and boys are always a winner, so a quick discussion with my neighbour uncovered that family in mind are big rugby fans.  I had my solution.

Google is a wonderful thing - I looked at various images of Scottish rugby and found the Scottish Rugby emblem....that will do nicely!  This picture gave me the design to use:


And this one gave me the shape that I would use.



From there I was on a roll.  I printed the image onto fabric and made the background felt to fit the image. Then I stitched around the image to give it a quilted effect.  I happened to have exactly the right colour cotton in my stash to match the blue in the image and added Archie's name above it.  

Et voila.........


My neighbour seemed very pleased, and it was delivered by hand by her son during his summer holiday trip to see them.  

Welcome to the world Archie!

Sunday, 24 June 2012

40 Years Young

It's my husband's 40th birthday tomorrow.  Finally we arrive at the day when he can no longer take the mickey out of me for being 40 already.  

It happens every year.  We are essentially the same age, but my birthday is in March and for the three months in between our big days, I don't hear the end of it.  I've taken to using the come back "at least I don't have any grey hairs yet!"

I have a lovely 'suprise' day planned, both of us have the day off work and the children are at school. I'm looking forward to it.

Obviously, I had to make him a special card.  I've taken some scrapbooking inspiration for it this year.  I'm becoming a bit of a scrapbooking blog addict - particularly
www.shimelle.com (whom I'm very excited to be hearing present at the London bloggers meet up on Tuesday). Her video tutorials are great.  But, I haven't actually got the courage up to attempt yet.  So this was my chance!  

W
hat do you think?



He likes cooking, so I'm really pleased with the recipe idea I 'cooked' up (I can hear you groan at my poor joke). The papers and embellishments I used were from Echo Park's 'A Walk in the Park' kit, Doodlebugs 'boys only' and some plain cardstock in matching colours.  The 'take one' header is mounted on pop dots, so stand out from the page - another tip I got from Shimelle!

I found an old photo taken on the day he was born which was perfect for this project, it photocopied reasonably well - it's from back in the day when there was no digital photography......would you believe it!  The other photo of him
is  digital and was taken on a Beaver Scout bell boating trip at Longridge in Marlow. He was with my little boy, but I had to sadly edit him out in this instance - sorry Sam, but here's the full photo to make up for it.  



Sam was very excited that day, not only did he really enjoy the boating, but he met his hero Steve Backshall while they were out on the river!

Happy birthday Math - I hope you really enjoy your day


Love

Jenn

Monday, 23 April 2012

Progressing: My Boy's Quilt

It's taken a while, but I've now finished all the blocks for Sam's quilt.

He has very definite views on how he wants it.

All round this way, like this:



And definitely not with a dark border, like this - although I thought this looked quite good.


But no, definitely not.

Hoping I'll be able to sew all the blocks together tonight, but then will come the tricky task of deciding what fabric to border it with.

Will keep you 'posted'!

Friday, 3 February 2012

A quilt for my boy

My eldest little boy has been nagging me to make him a quilt.....yes, nagging!

You can't believe how happy that has made me.

He picked out a fat quarter that I already had in my stash that he really liked. It's turquoise with circles on it


And so we selected a range of spotty fabrics to go with it

  
And then he chose the style he wanted - the Quartered Log Cabin from one of my favourite books Block Party  (take a look at the link, it's a great book and there's even a video here about it)


And so now it's a work in progress (a WIP), with four blocks complete

Thursday, 26 January 2012

A Keepsake Xmas Pressie

I really do have the quilting bug.  So, for Christmas 2011 I decided I would make my my a keepsake quilt. 

I used the Moda Freebird charm pack for the centres of the squares, which I made into a disappearing 9 patch.  I then framed them with white and picked out one of the accented colours in the squares with a non-fussy fabric to border it all - which I naturally purchased, along with the backing fabric and binding, from my favourite shop in Rochester, Hometown!


I trialled some free motion quilting fpr the middle of the squares, which turned out rather well



For the back I used a horizontal panel including all the fabric colours from the front.....this is becoming a trademark

 


And then embroidered a special note to my mum down the side


I'm rather pleased with it!

Next quilt on the horizon is one for my little boy, who has actually requested one, and chosen the fabric!