Sunday, February 24, 2013

February Block of the Month and another bag...

It seems that I like to wait until the very last minute to create my blocks for the "And Sew On" Block of the Month project at Quiet Play.

The Block for February is called 'You Little Ripper' and includes a paper-pieced seam ripper. I have to say, since I am still all new to paper-piecing and so far have only done 2 stars and well, the first BOM for January, I was struggling with this one a tiny bit. My seam ripper came to good use on this one. Strangely all the seams toward the white fabric are aligning perfectly, but not the seams on the actual squares of the fabrics. Granted I trimmed my block slightly before taking the pictures, but I didn't have any big differences in the pieces, just 2 mm max here and there, what am I doing wrong? LOL!

 But then again, obviously the pattern tells you that a seam ripper is needed on the sewn piece that is shown,  so I suppose it's not that bad after all and I'm proud of it, the blades of the seam ripper were easier to sew than I thought.

Also I added a bit of personal touch. Next to using the same fabrics that I used for the first block, I decided to use a certain piece of fabric for the handle of the seam ripper, so now it's got buttons on it.

Here are my two blocks together:

I honestly can't wait for the next block! 

Oh and since the first little clutch bag was so popular, I got another order asking for the same bag, just with different features, so here goes the sparkly evening clutch that now has a new home with my most treasured customer in Finland.

Until next time!
xx Lia

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A Starry Tote for Project Quilting

It's that time once again and this week's Project Quilting challenge is called 'Wish Upon A Star'.

I decided to make a tote bag for this challenge, simply because my mum really wanted a tote bag, althought she wanted one of those that The Green Bag Lady was giving away for Valentine's Day. I tried to win one, but wasn't so lucky. So this will have to do ;)

I paper-pieced the star following a pattern that I found online. Let's say I should've pieced the parts together differently cause the way the pattern asked for it, it created a lot of bulk and was a struggle to sew the last part to the other parts, time I would do this differently. 

There's only one in the process picture - I tend to get carried away once I start - but mum loves her new shopping bag! 

Until next time,
xx Lia

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Monthly Book Challenge...February...

This month I was struggling to decide what I wanted to do for the Monthly Book Challenge over at Heart of Charnwood, so I kept pushing and pushing the idea and thought I would just grab one of the books in my stack of sewing books and find something, but then I got a request for a small evening clutch bag which kind of saved the day - and therefore also this months entry to the challenge.

It's probably a bit boring since it comes from the exact same book that I made something from last month, but at least it's once again something from a book pattern, even though another bag. That being said, I have about 5 books with bag patterns ;)

So here goes this month's entry for the Book Challenge, the bag called Pauline according to the book.

And with posting these pictures on Facebook, I also got a request to make this same bag, just with other fabrics, so you can expect a couple more pics in the future.

Hope you like :)

Until next time!
xx Lia

Friday, February 8, 2013

Project Quilting and this weeks work...

This weeks challenge of Project Quilting is called "Annie's Vision". To create your challenge piece you're asked to be inspired by the art of Annie Young, who has lost her vision and is now painting solely from her memory. If you don't know her art, and she's not got many followers yet, make sure to check out her blog. Her paintings are full of colour and my favourites are especially her lovely flower paintings.

That's the reason why I picked her Sunflower painting "Confetti Susan" as my favourite. All the flowers of Annie's paintings really fit into my plan to use my Dresden ruler for this weeks challenge and create my first  ever Dresden plates. For the non-quilters reading this, Dresden plates are flower shapes and there's a special ruler  to cut the fabric with to create the petals that are then sewn together. 

I have only made one in-the-process picture where the parts are all sewn up already, but I'm sure it wasn't the last time I used my Dresden template, because making this sunflower was so much fun. I can't believe I've had this ruler for almost 2 years now and never used it before! Crazy!

So my challenge piece for this week turned out to be a mug rug. Or maybe you even want to call it a little mini-quilt. It could probably changed into a wall-hanging, but I didn't add corners on the back, a mug-rug it is then ;)

I also used batiks once again. I really love them, and the brown fabric worked really well to substitute for sunflower seeds in my opinion. 

That's one project I can scratch off my list for this week. 

Another current big project is to stash up my Dawanda Shop, which means I made piles of Egg and Apple Potholders this week. And when I say piles, I mean it:

Next up planned are red and yellow apples, then possible toadstool mushrooms, and maybe some Easter stuff. Which I probably should get working on, seeing how Easter is already next month :-/
And then I have Angie's Monthly Book Challenge over at Heart of Charnwood, that I still want to enter and also Kristy's paper-pieced Block of the Month on her blog at Quiet Play. I suppose I will be busy for a while, as there are other projects I have lined up added to that lol.

Until next time,
xx Lia

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