Jacks’ Portrait

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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I showed it to Jacke and his friend Ollie, They think it´s kind of ok 🙂

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Christmas Tree Runner

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.

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Then I added the tulle on top, this is a very fine tulle with fine gold glitter.20191026_151604

Free motioned crazy patterns on top of each section of the trees and stippled the background.

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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 🙂

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Wishing all a blessed happy Christmas!

Refurbished desk

I´ve been quite busy lately, finishing up a few projects, one of them was refinishing an old desk we have. It´s really a very plain ugly little thing, but because we don´t use it that much, I didn´t want to spend money on buying a new desk. Most of the time we take the PC to the sofa or dining room table and use it there, I don´t know why, maybe we just want to be near everyone else and not alone in what we call the office/music/ironing room, or maybe every-one is scared they´ll be asked to do the ironing  😉

Well, the so-called office/music/ironing room also has the piano in it, which is blackish, so I chose a granite chalk paint from Rust-Oleum for the desk. It took 3 coats on top, a light sanding, waxed the whole thing for durability, bought a new knob for the drawer, and there it was, all done!

Here is a photo of the desk upside down, I forgot to take a foto of it before I began 🙂

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Here it is finished, the bin basket I spray painted with some leftover grey spray paint I had, it was blue before.

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Ok, I admit, I didn´t sand the desk before I began, so now the grain is visible in some places, and it kind of looks like it was painted white before the granite color, and then distressed, But I sure don´t mind the effect, I got the distressed look without having to put in the extra work 😉

Here is a view of the room, it´s still a work in progress, it has the bookcase in wood veneer, but I´ve decided I won´t paint that, I´ll gift it and get a bookcase I saw at IKEA, which I really like.

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I´m, also finishing up a quilted wall hanging, which will hang above the piano, and a small wooden magazine rack to store my music sheets, so stay tuned……

Table Runner

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 QuiltsHere 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.

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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.

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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.

Thanks for the visit, have a great day!

 

Happy Jelly Roll Quilt

Well, I finally finished the jelly roll quilt that I started ages ago! It´s the biggest quilt I´ve made so far, it´s for my granddaughter’s bed which is a single bed, but I want the quilt to reach the floor on either side, so it´s quite big. My behind the scenes helpers had a bit of a problem in holding up the quilt properly, and there was a fair amount of moaning and complaining going on 😀

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Initially, I bought a roll of  Heather Bailey – Nicey Jane collection, but then I had to buy another roll to finish the quilt, but I still have loads of strips left over to make matching cushions or whatever, I haven’t decided it.

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The backing is a plain cotton bed sheet. I needed to cut down on the cost of fabric and the work in having to piece the fabric to the size of the quilt top, so a sheet was the answer for me, bought a king size sheet and trimmed it to size.

The binding is a lime colored Kona solid. The quilting is straight lines on the white background, I didn’t quilt the jelly roll strips, because I want it to pop out a bit.

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I´m quite pleased with how it turned out, the colors are bright and airy, and will make for a happy room.

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Beach Bag

With Spring around the corner, thoughts of hot summer days, lazy afternoons at the beach etc, have started to creep into mind, so I made a beach bag!

 My daughter Megan saw a beach bag that she liked last summer, but it was a tad expensive, so I told her I would make one. I really just wanted an excuse to make something new, useful and creative, because lets face it after purchasing all the bag making essentials, it probably cost more…….. but that’s crafting!………. why buy it for less when you can make it for more 🙂

 The main fabric is from Ikea, I bought it quite a while back because I really liked the pattern, and I think it looks quite pretty as a beach bag, then I added the green fabric at the bottom and the green pom-poms on top, I made 2 pockets and 2 loops on either side, so she can clip her keys, to them.

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Well Megan likes it and will soon be parading it up and down the beach 😉

 I´m so bored with this horrible winter weather that we are having, and can´t wait for summer! How about you?

Ellie Applique

Apparently, nowadays children are getting a whole lot of homework at a very early age. Ever since my 10 month old granddaughter started nursery school 2 months ago, she has been given homework to do, and because she really doesn’t like doing homework, her mum and dad have had to do it!

Well last week, she was told she had to make a fabric block with Love as the theme, so I was roped in to do my bit, actually I was thrilled, I have been wanting to try applique for ages but hadn´t had a clear idea of what I wanted to do, so here was my chance. We chose to make an elephant with hearts, so printed an elephant from clip art and I made the block.

Ok, it´s not perfect, I still need loads of practice on my appliqueing skills 🙂 but I loved making it, so it was a well named theme, the Love theme!

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Thanks for stopping by, Have a LOVELY day!

 

 

African Urban Chic …cont.

Well I finally finished my African Urban Chic quilt 😉. It took me so long, because I recently became a granny! Yep I´m all Granified! And so baby gazing and cuddling all take up chunks of time 😍

Anyway, in the last post ( HERE ) I was looking for fabric to make the borders,  I finally decided on black, a printed cream fabric and an orangey binding.

On this quilt I did straight line quilting, I had never done so many quilting lines before!…… and I can tell you….. it takes a while…. Much longer than what I thought it would take!

And I learnt something else too….. my straight-line quilting made some of my blocks look crooked! All these blocks that were all nice and straight….. started to look a little wonkey! So, at first I had a little melt down, even punished the quilt by putting it down in a corner! Then while looking at  quilting sites, I found some straight line quilts, where you could plainly see crooked blocks….. I kid you not! Some fellow quilters were actually quite proud of the crooked look, so I immediately jumped on That band wagon, forgave the quilt and resumed the straight-line quilting.

So there you have it. All finished and I love it!

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Jack helped out with the pegs.

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While Oscar helped by holding it up on his head.

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Think I´ll go sit in the sun and do some quilt gazing 🙂

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What do you think, was I right to forgive it for going a little wonkey on me?

 

 

Baby Cosmetic Bag

A friend of mine made a lovely cosmetic bag, so I asked her to show me how she did it, and made one for baby, it will come in useful to keep the baby toiletries when mom and baby visit granny 🙂

I wanted the bag to be biggish, so I cut strips of alternating fabrics, 7 cm x 20cm (including the 1 cm seams on either side)

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Top stitched the sides of the panels.

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After I had ironed on the fusible batting, I joined the animated panels by sewing them together on the top and bottom edge, so the orange fabric just peeps out between the animated panels.

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I then added an orange panels to the top, and finished up the cosmetic bag.

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A great tutorial on  how to line and attach a zipper to a cosmetic bag can be found here –  http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/crafts/how-to-sew-a-lined-makeup-bag

Then just to make it cuter I added a few odds and ends, a little zip-puller, a bow at the front and knotted accessory at the top edges 😉

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So now baby has her very own cosmetic bag! I love the way it all just came together so prettily. hope you like it too 🙂

Newbie

Well as anyone can see, just by looking at my blog, it is painfully obvious, that I have never blogged before! It´s taken me forever to figure out the basics of WordPress, and because my time is pretty limited, what with work, home and now the sewing thing 🙂  spending hours on the PC has been a little frustrating.

However, I will persevere and become a blogger, even as I continue to scream and pound the keyboard of my poor old PC.

Of course I´m coming pretty late to the game, after all everyone is already a blogger! little kids are bloggers!! I actually read an article the other day, stating that in the near future to apply for a job, having a blog will be an asset, so that a potential employer can see what type of person you really are…. Really…. well I think that’s pretty nuts, …. but oh well… just in case… I have decided to join up and create a blog even if I do go nuts doing it 🙂

But honestly I think blogging has done wonders for many, not only for those who blog but also for those that search blogs for info etc. and hopefully I too, will add my small contribution to the blogging world and in the process enrich myself.

Happy blogging!