During this New year’s festive season we were on lockdown because of the corona virus. Basically we weren’t allowed out of our home town, and from 13.00 to 06.00 we had to stay at home.
So this seemed like the ideal opportunity to make a toy. Why not, I had nothing better to do! I downloaded the Dapper Dachshund pattern from the Tilda site. I love tilda fabrics, the only problem I had, was that I didn’t have enough to make the little doggie, and I wasn’t allowed to go to the neighbouring town to buy some, so I had to use what I had at home, sorry Tilda..
I think this is the first time I ever made a stuffed toy, but it come out all right, of course with the pattern it’s dead easy to make. I added a ribbon collar and semi precious stone to make her a little more dapper.
Well there you have it! A fun cute project that looks adorable. Its new home will be in my granddaughter’s /guest room here at nana’s house 🙂
lately I´ve been making fun stuff, yep, no stressing about making life like fabric portraits or being acclaimed as the number 1 fabric artist in the world, Nope! it´s been all about being cool, trying new stuff, spending more money on craft stuff, buying stuff I already had, but forgotten I had, you know, just cruising along 🙂
So here is one of my fun projects. The pattern Here is from Pam Holland, who in my book is a world acclaimed fabric artist, she is truly brilliant. I had great fun drawing and colouring fabric, and the colours are so vibrant, it really is such a fun and gorgeous project.
My other project is a coloured and thread painted fabric Panel. Now that winter has arrived, we light a fire in the fireplace every night, it´s set up to heat the radiators in the house, the problem with this, is that sometimes before it gets going it can smoke a bit, and I didn’t want my precious Rhino quilt Here to get grey and grubby from the smoke, and I wouldn’t be able to wash it. So I decided to cover it with a panel, that took minimal effort and after winter I can take it off and wash it, and my rhino will reappear fresh as a daisy in the springtime again.
I have meters of this panel batik, so I cut some of it, and had some fun with it.
So now in the evenings I don´t see my Rhino, but I do get to look up at my fun panel.
And to top it all, my aunt who is a retired seamstress gave me her treadle sewing machine. Well my mom asked her if she would sell it, because she wanted to give it to me as a present, but my aunt offered it, so mom took it to a sewing machine professional who tuned it up etc. I am so happy with it, it sews like a dream. It´s a Portuguese model called Oliva, from the 1940s, they don´t make them anymore.
It still has the original manual, isn´t that great!
This machine is just brilliant and I am having loads of fun with it.
I have delved into the scary world of fabric face portraiture, and I found it really daunting 😲 The best part of course was all the planning in my head, and buying the fabric, after that it was all about feeling lost and frustrated, why do I do this to myself!! And then of course because I work full time and then it´s cooking dinner, keeping house and all the boring stuff we have to do, I only get to work on my projects on weekends and even then, not all weekends and only a few hours at a time. So, the projects tend to drag on and on to the point where I get fed up with looking at the same project for ever, and then declare it finished, even if it needs more tweaking. That’s kind of what happened here, but also because I was scared that if I carried on, I would mess it all up.
I read up on some of the techniques used, which consists mainly of making a pattern for each piece of fabric and using fusible, but I don´t like to use fusible on art quilts and I´m not much of a pattern maker, I prefer to just glue the pieces down with craft glue, so that I can change my mind at any time, spray some water on it and peel it off. So basically I´m just winging it as I go along I never do any real prep work, just sort of dive in and start doing.
Anyway, here is the outcome of my first attempt at making people. My model of course is my gorgeous granddaughter Isabella, I have certainly not done her justice but she loves the portrait anyway, tells everyone that it´s her 😀
I won´t bore you with details of how I made it, there are plenty of sites and videos of people far better equipped than I who explain how to go about making a portrait quilt, I´ll just leave you with a few photos of mine.
It´s also thanks to my daughter Andi who pointed out that the features needed more definition, that I allowed myself to lose some of the fear and go bolder.
I must also add that I posted a photo on an art quilt page on FB and a lady commented on all the things I should do to make it better, I must say that although I really appreciated all the constructive criticism, I didn´t do any of it 😀 Once I consider something finished, it´s finished. I will try to do better on the next one, and yes, even though this is hard, I´m making another one very soon, so stay tuned 🙂
And to end today´s blog here is a far better image of Isabella.
During this lockdown period, I´ve been quite busy making a fabric Rhino collage, but I also took a few breaks from this very ongoing project and made a table runner and 4 blocks that will eventually be a small wall hanging.
The table runner is made up of 4 flower blocks, the pattern is from Julie Cefalu at The Crafty Quilter, Here who very graciously shared it as a free pattern. I think it´s ever so cute and now sits on my center table.
The 4 blocks are from Jacquelynne Steves´ happy little things BOM from last year, Here I made the blocks smaller though and fussy cut the centers. I still want to add sashing before I quilt and bind. Looking forward to having this tiny quilt hanging on my wall.
Oooh and I almost forgot that as a fun project I decorated a roof tile, painted, added Windows, door, flower pots, dog and cat, and of course roof tiles 🙂
This was so fun, now it hangs outside my front door.
Well, I´m off to work on my mammoth Rhino collage, thanks for popping by, have a great day!
I had so much of the jelly roll fabric that I used for the Happy Jelly roll Quilt , that I made a lap quilt for myself, this time however I made it using pinwheel blocks. That´s the wonderful thing about HST, they are so versatile and can make so many different types of blocks.
This one came together quite quickly, and I only wavy quilted along the horizontal, vertical and diagonals lines of the blocks.
During this very professional photo shoot 😉 Ollie insisted on photo bombing each photo, good thing too, as it adds some interest to the photo.
And of course, Oscar, as usual, got a bit jealous and also rushed to be in one of the photos.
Now my new quilt hangs on the quilt ladder in the lounge.
I finally found the courage to venture into the world of art quilts. After a lot of procrastination, such as tiding the workspace a few times, dusting the sewing machine a bunch of times…I just sort of dived in without the due attention that it merited. I wanted to start with a portrait quilt of one of my dogs, however, I didn’t choose the best photo for either, I just picked a photo randomly without the notion of which pose etc. might be the best for a textile rendering….. Lesson number 1 has been learnt. Jack´s pose in this photo is not the best, it has a lot of depth, which makes it harder to portray.
I actually began the Portrait of my other dog Oscar first, because he´s a shaggy brown dog and so I thought it would be easier, but then I put him aside and started Jack because I couldn’t stop thinking about how I was going to portray a totally white short-haired dog, and I always like to get the difficult stuff over with first.
This is a quick summary of how I did it. I took the photo, enlarged it to an A4 (page size) and then using a lightbox traced the major outlines and shadow lines to another paper, then took that to our local copy store and had them enlarge it. Using a sharpie I traced the enlarged image to a thin muslin type fabric. ….Lesson number 2, ……use a waterproof sharpie because when I changed my mind about a piece of fabric and had to squirt water to loosen the glue, the ink smudged all over the muslin and the fabric pieces, and on light coloured fabric that is definitely a no no.
The interesting part comes next, which is choosing bits of fabric, cutting it, gluing it, and thereby creating the image. I spent quite a bit of time reading Susan Carlson´s blog Here she´s such a fantastic teacher.
The background was particularly difficult for me, I just didn’t know what to do., I messed around a bit, changed my mind a bunch of times, and eventually just settled for what you see here, red squares portraying the floor, and a different upper fabric. The red part is covered with red tulle and the upper part with black tulle, I stipple quilted with matching thread.
I also made the background to big… lesson number 3, …..know which size the finished work should be, so I don´t waste time and fabric. I bought a canvas from the local store and attached the quilt to it by folding over the sides and stapling it to the back, so it´s nicely stretched.
And there you have it, all done!
I showed it to Jacke and his friend Ollie, They think it´s kind of ok 🙂
So, I´ve been wanting to sew with tulle, or netting if you prefer for quite a while, and since Christmas is here, I thought it might be a good time to join the 2, Christmas and tulle.
I saw this cute table runner from Addy Lou Creates here, so I made a version of that pattern, 3 different fabrics for each tree.
Then I added the tulle on top, this is a very fine tulle with fine gold glitter.
Free motioned crazy patterns on top of each section of the trees and stippled the background.
I don´t know quite what I was thinking when I decided to add the stripes in the middle if I had a redo, I wouldn’t do that at all, but oh well, now it´s done. I found that the tulle does mute the colours of the fabric quite a bit, but is actually far easier to work with than I expected.
So now it´s Christmas time, and I have a new table runner to display 🙂
As promised in my last post, I finally hung up my latest quilt. The proof is, of course, the usual bad photos presented here 🙂
The pattern is Five Smalls Crib Quilt by Kacia Hosmer, I bought it from Modern patchwork. It was just what I was looking for, simple yet striking! I just made mine wider and shortened the length.
Every quilt I´ve made so far has taught me something, this one taught me that when using just 2 tones, every little mistake is glaringly obvious, there are no patterns or shades of colour to distract the eye, ….nope… every square that is not exactly pieced, jumps up and hits you in the eyeball! But it´s all a learning curve, next time I´ll know to be more precise in my seams and cutting.
I absolutely love it, it´s one of my favorites so far.
This weekend I finished a new table runner. Initially, I was going to make it with Dresden triangles. I got the idea from Mama love Quilts, Here I cut and sewed the 2 rows, however, once I had finished sewing them together, I hated the way it looked.
I wanted the runner to have an ethnic feel to it, but because I had chosen so many busy fabrics, it was just too overwhelming.
Here is a photo of one of the rows, before I cut it in half.
Not wanting to scrap the whole project, I decided to cut one of the rows in half, flip them around and sew white borders around and in between. For the binding I used one of the fabrics, the orange-green with the yellow flowers, this fabric is a batik from Mozambique. The quilting is straight narrow lines, still my favorite method of quilting.
I am actually very happy with the result, it´s colourful and bright, with the ethnic touch I was looking for.
Not quite sure what I am going to do with the leftover row, I might just cut it into smallish squares add some solids and make placemats, but right now I have a few other projects in hand so that will have to wait.
It´s been a while since I´ve been here, it´s been kind of hectic, I’ve basically finished up a few projects and started others, so I have a few WIP – works in progress.
Here is one of my finished projects, matching pillows for the quilt I made for my granddaughter, you can see it Here.
I really enjoyed making these pillows, I used leftover blocks and scraps, made them into pillow covers with binding around them, I think the binding gives it a great finished look.
I also had some unfinished blocks from the Tulip parade wall hanging Here, that had been on my design wall forever, so my daughter the other day suggested that I incorporate them into bright pillowcases for her. So I went ahead and used plain red fabric for the background and finished up 2 cushion covers in a jiffy, and here they are.
Thanks for listening to my Pillow talk 😉 have a great day!