Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Travel pouch

The lockers at my local skating rink always seem to be out of order!
And one is not allowed to take a hand bag on ice, so I really needed a small travel pouch type of bag which I can hang around my neck and hide under my coat. It should hold the essentials like keys, money and credit card and phone. In my extensive collection of pouches there was nothing like this -  so it was about time I finally made one for myself.
This size (6 x 7.5 inches) is perfect for what I need it for.

This was the prototype - too small and the strap was just too short for me.
My daughter has already accuired it, so it will be well used.
Both for comparison.

Have a great day, Tx

Monday, 28 January 2013

Scrappy Trip Along quilt ready!

And I love it!
It turned out better than expected and this size worked well for a throw - 24 x 12 inch blocks.
Nobody around to hold the quilt, so the tv had to do, hence a little wonky here!

Aqua stripes binding - it was a toss between this one and a black and white stripes.

First sun rays in a whole week, so had to quickly pin the quilt onto a Roman blind...like stained glass.
I am ready to start another scrappy quilt, but I think I will adjust the size a little and cut the strips 2.75 inches to make the quilt 6 inches wider and 9 inches longer without having to make additional blocks...yes, lazy quilter..
Ps. the original mail with credit links is here!

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

On the ScrappyTripAlong bandwagon...

Well, how could one resist! This is a great quilt design & technique and I am glad to report that my quilt top turned out to be one of my all time favourites - I'm a very happy camper!
If you are not familiar with the #scrappytripalong quilt, please have a look here and here!

It's a start - fabric selection.  I was trying to use each fabric only once (all of it is not in the picture!), but as I needed 210 it was a bit of a struggle to find matching fabrics, so I have repeated some, but only a handful.  It's a totally scrappy quilt, but I wanted it to be modern, hence didn't use any other type of fabrics.
One block cut and arranged.  The unpicking of the strips can be slightly confusing.
My best tip would be: cut 5 strips and then unpick the tube before cutting the 6th strip.  Trim the 6th strip straight, as it will almost certainly be wonky!  Then use the 6th strip as a guide - it is the first one in the picture.  The next tube strip will be unpicked in between the 1st and 2nd squares from the top where the yellow arrow is. All of this will make sense after you have looked at the instructions in the link at the beginning...

This picture shows the 6th strip which is opened from the tube.
Where possible I cut the strips 18" long rather than 16".

All cut up, arranged, pinned and ready to stitch!


The hassle factor was the abutting of the seam allowances - although carefully pressed according to instructions,
all of my seams did not slot to opposite sides, but luckily most did.
 24 blocks = 4 across and 6 down. 120cm x 180cm (48" x 72") perfect size for snuggling under on the sofa.
I will back this with cream micro fleece - quilting to be decided later.
These are night time pictures, hence a little dark.


Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Quilt fabric give-away

Free fabric - you need to check out this!
In January there is "2 metres of your choice of fabric" give-away at Tikki Patckwork.
The link to sign up for the lucky draw is here: http://www.tikkilondon.com/00FabricMain.htm

Fingers crossed!
T x

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Happy New Year

We escaped the downpour in England for a few days to Paris and had a fantastic time...so much gorgeousness to take in...
Happy New Year Tx
Beads, beads, beads


Japanese dinner

First time I tried the Iphone Blogger app to upload these - didn't work very well and took literally forever! Hence the size of the pictures...