First published on Woolymoss.comThis “Heart of Hearts” felt appliqué cushion has joined the ranks as a finished project. I first purchased this kit by Michaela Smith during my visit to Yarndale last year. The kit was of good quality English Felt. I hand stitched the whole cushion cover using mainly blanket stitch. Most of the individual squares were made whilst I was on a cruise in December. It was an ideal travel project as it was broken down into small manageable pieces.
I wasn’t too pleased with how I worked the Felt squares together at the corners. This is where the buttons come in as I used them to disguise the untidy corners. So onwards we go! Bring on the next project! Maybe I should continue to work through my pile of un finished objects.
One of the projects that we made during our cruise craft classes was a Bucket Bag. A bucket bag is defined by its shape (AKA bucket!) but lends its self to hand sewing. It would have been really good if we could have taken sewing machines but 20 machines would have well exceeded out baggage limit! So it was hand sewing and away we went. There is something very therapeutic about the rhythm of hand sewing and all those who took part enjoyed it.
We had worked hard to prepare the fabrics and templates before we went on the cruise. This made the project quite do able within the environment of a ship and the time limits. The secret of the success of this bag is to make the oval base the correct size for the bag sides without having to gather or pleat. There was a choice of textiles with the spots or stripes being very popular. There was the option to make a tote bag, to add appliqué and or a pocket. The bags were lined with a contrasting fabric and finished with rope style handles.
It was a surprise and a delight to see the ladies enthusiasm and imagination. Every finished bag was lovely, different and amazing. I took a great delight in sharing knowledge. There were a few ladies who had NEVER stitched and some experts. We all discussed, helped and learned from each other. Most of all we had fun and friendship.
I’ve been fortunate to be given a couple of fabric sample books which were being thrown out. I have great plans for using the fabric and wallpaper samples once I have worked out how to dismantle them!
The fabrics are fabulous and the wallpaper luxurious. If anyone has any ideas how to use them I would love to hear from you.
Here are some of the thoughts flitting around my head:
fabric: patchwork, tote bags, covered note books and/or files, rag doll, bunting, make up purse, stuffed hearts, appliqué, cushion, pin cushion ??
wallpaper: pages for books, covering for writing books, pockets for inside files, envelopes, bunting, appliquedécoupage??
It’s all good fun and I will let you know what wonderful creations are turned out.
Confession time…… I have only competed one quilt in my whole life! There! I’ve said it and got it off my chest! This is IT!
I made this quilt at Liberty Bell in Chester. It was a “Block of the month” and I made it about three years ago. I actually worked very hard to finish it for my Mums Christmas present that year (see I work better under pressure). Mum was delighted with the quilt but asked me to take it home as it might get stolen. Not true. She does live in a care home and is paranoid about someone taking her stuff, which they won’t. Anyway I’ve ended up with her gift and love it.
I made this quilt using a lot of appliqué , some embroidery and plenty of patience. It was my first attempt at machine quilting and it shows. The quilt is titled “Autumn House” and is typically American themed with pumpkins, birds and lovely crooked houses. It is backed using a contrasting sprig fabric. I always like to use 100% cotton fabric and threads.
I promise to finish another nearly done quilt this year. It’s probably a good job that I couldn’t start yet another quilt that Liberty Bell are advertising at the moment. I already have other calls on my time but maybe, just maybe. Stay in touch to find out what happens.
The shawl mentioned in the previous post was a great sucess on Christmas Day. My Mum was very pleased, even if I’m not sure that she will remember to wear it! Christmas was good in my part of the World and I hope that it was in yours also.
I can now show you the cushion that I made for my little Sis. The fabric was purchased from a craft show and I was advised to wash it before sewing because of potential shrinkage. I was amazed at the amount of dressing or starch that did come out of it when washed. It was purchased as “shabby chic” fabric and indeed ended up as very “shabby chic” if not just “shabby rag”! Because of this I chose to quilt the cushion using a backing of quality batting. This worked and I am pleased with the end result.
I made two nine patch quilts to which I appliqued hearts and flowers. I used contrast threads to give the cushion a country, simple look. I machine quilted in the ditch and a little around each patch to give it some body.I also attatched a border of a contrasting lace frill using a tiny red Cross stitch which is very effective. I also added pretty buttons to the flower centres. Over all, after a disappointing start, I am very pleased with the outcome, and more importantly so is Sis
My lovely bag is no longer a UFO (unfinished object) but is completed and ready to use! Yippee!
You might remember that I bought this kit when I was on holiday in Tintagel, Cornwall. The bucket bag kit was designed and sold by Dee-Anne at http://www.dee-Anne-textile-artist-painter.com. The instructions were clear and easily understood, there was ample fabric and some freedom of design. I particularly enjoyed the appliqué which I enhanced with beads. This kit was especially good because I learnt a new technique, covered piping which I’ve never attempted before. I am pleased with the end result and intend to take it away with me this week end.
This bag makes a great souvenir of my holiday and the best thing is it didn’t languish too long in my stash of “Ill make it sometime” projects. This, hopefully, will be the start of finishing more UFOs!
This is possibly one of the few times that you will catch me with an iron in my hands. Other than the odd emergency I DO NOT iron! I purposely choose clothes that do not require ironing wherever possible. However, quilting and sewing is the one time when I do work out how to plug an iron in and where I’ve left the ironing board. There is nothing more pleasing than a neatly pressed seam when constructing a quilt. This picture is of a workshop that I carried out on “appliqué my way” at my local quilting group. In fact this particular quilt is one of the few that I have actually finished. As mentioned some time ago I intended to declare 2014 the year of the completed UFOs (Unfinished Objects) time will tell but I will let you know.