Sunday, 28 August 2011

Pottering about!

Today was one of those days when I had the urge to try out a couple of ideas I've been thinking about.
For the first trial I ironed a piece of fabric to a piece of freezer paper, the size of a computer paper. I used Microsoft  Word and printed labels in different colours. After removing the freezer paper I cut the piece of fabric into strips, then turned the long edges over and stitched them down. Now they are ready to be cut into individual labels.
Label folded then sewn into the binding.

For the second batch I ironed a piece of fabric to a piece of  paper backed fusible web, again, the size of a computer paper. This time I spray starched the fabric first, to make it less "floppy". With this method there's no need to turn the edges under.
Ironed on and then stitched around. 

I then played around with a couple of ideas for - do I dare to say it - Christmas cards. As I have to make around 100  pieces I thought I better get my act together, so at least I know what I'm going to do and gather all the materials needed. 

I hope you are enjoying your Sunday.

Vreni x

Saturday, 20 August 2011

What I have been doing this week!

While rummaging in my UFO baskets I came across a few things I had forgotten about completely. I don't go there too often; guilt, you see!

I found a couple of "orphan" blocks, leftovers from this quilt:

This is what became of them:

a couple of humble pot holder!

 Another thing I found while digging through those baskets was a bag full of fabric strips. I cut them from scarps a couple of years ago, I think I was still living in China at the time. As my scrap basket was quite full again, I cut some more and started to sew them into blocks. This is how far I got. I still have heaps of strips left, so I will continue with making blocks until I have enough for a decent size quilt.

I'm not yet sure how I will set the blocks. I will have to play around with them a bit, I think!

I continued with quilting my little "art quilt". It does improve with lots and lots of quilting, don't you agree?
Also, if you happen to go to the Weekly Themed Quilt contest here, you'll find a quilt of mine; Marianne's Garden. Voting is open until Sunday... hint hint... ;)


Sunday, 7 August 2011

A stab in the dark!

I've been admiring modern quilts, which seem to pop up everywhere. I really wanted to try my hand on making one too. As I have absolutely no formal or even informal art education, it really is a stab in the dark. For the colours I took my inspiration from this roll of binding.

First I made a pattern (I know, it looks like a five year old's drawing)

then I cut out all the fabric pieces

and this is how it looks sewn together. There were quite a number of Y-seams which was a learning experience on its own.

I'm going to quilt it with some embroidery floss to give it a some texture. Depending on how it turns out, I might use it for  "Another Little Quilt Swap 6" which I have signed up for again.

And as is my wont, I had to play with the leftover scraps. Although it's made completely randomly, I think I might like this one better. "Not my cup of tea" was DH comment after I showed him. Oh well, it's good to try something new and out of one's comfort zone, don't you agree?

Have a good week ahead!