Creative Oozings #21 – Joining the Japan Fan Club

When I entered the Pembrokeshire Country Show, at pretty much the last possible minute, I had more ideas than actual finished articles.  I knew I wanted to do the two baby quilts for the patchwork quilt class, and had high hopes of finishing off mum’s door curtain and making up a new bag to enter into the patchwork items class, so I paid for two entries for each class and set to.Japanese fans Continue reading

Creative Oozings #20 – A Crafting Holiday: The Birds and the Bees

While I was travelling in 2012/13, I stayed with my cousin and his family in Australia for a month.  They were very good to me and I had a lot of fun helping with their little daughter Chloe, who was about one year old at the time.  As a way to say thank you, I decided that I would try and make a quilt for Chloe as a Christmas present (not that quilts are much needed in Australia at Christmas, but it could also be an excellent beach/picnic rug and might come in useful when they travel to the ‘States to see family there!).  Again, I decided to impose the deadline of entry into the Pembrokeshire County Show to make me get on and finish the quilt.Sunny fat quarters Continue reading

Creative Oozings #19 – A Crafting Holiday: Star Baby Quilt

I love batik fabrics, and had collected quite a few batik fat quarters with no specific plan for what to do with them.  With my sister’s baby due at the end of August, I decided to use my batik pretties to make a quilt for the new baby.  The advantage of my batik collection is that it isn’t particularly male or female oriented; a bonus because the gender of the baby was going to be a surprise!  To make sure I actually got on and finished it in good time, I also planned to enter it into the Pembrokeshire County Show.  I took a week “off” from editing to concentrate on finishing this quilt and the Birds and Bees quilt.  (I had hopes of making some other things too, but underestimated how much work even two smallish quilts would be for a comparative quilting novice!)

I’d taken a great fancy to the Sparkle Punch quilt on the Oh Fransson blog, and thought it would look very well with a vibrant selection of batiks.  I bought a few more fabrics to round out my colour palette, and decided on the size of my squares to make up the stars.star_layout Continue reading

Creative Oozings #18 – All Change Here

Ok, less of the bad puns. With the impending birth of a new niece or nephew, I’d decided to make some quilty bits and bobs for the new arrival.  I’d already come up with a vague plan for a quilt, but while browsing through the Moda Bakeshop I saw the beautiful changing mat in this post.  Having helped out with my best friend’s small children, I can appreciate how useful these things are, so I decided to make one similar for my sister and her husband (and the new baby!).  My local fabric shop had just got in some very pretty seashell/beach themed fabric, too, which I thought would be perfect to use, especially as they live near the sea!  And hopefully not too girly, since my brother-in-law will be expected to make use of it too!  (Not sure I completely succeeded there, but at least it’s not covered in flowers…)
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Creative Oozings #17 – A Busy Couple of Months

Long time, no post.  Not because I haven’t been doing things, more because I’ve not stopped doing things.  August and September have seen several completed quilty bits, several shows of varying sizes, and a new member of the family, among other things.  It’s not been dull!

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Creative Oozings #16 – A Splash of Sun

I’m a member on Craftster, and while browsing around on there the other day, I spotted the Challenge Section for the first time and the upcoming challege – 100 things – caught my eye.  Some time ago, I’d been reading the blog over on Oh Fransson and had admired her Postage Stamp tutorial.  100 things, I decided, could *definitely* be 100 squares of fabric!

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Creative Oozings #15 – Coin Stack, Heart Attack and Retail Therapy

So it’s been a while, but I haven’t been completely idle!  I’ve been away and then busy with work, but I have squeezed a few crafty things in here and there.  Below is the little coin stack top I made:

Coin stack

I bought a big budget pack of charm squares and some marble charm squares and made this up quite quickly (for me!)  It was originally going to be a quillow, but in the end I decided that it was fine as a regular quilt.  I’m annoyed that my “coins” don’t line up exactly, but it’s quite fun anyway.  I have some red starry fleece to back it with, I just need to get on and baste and quilt it.  It’s a good size for a baby quilt at ~ 36″ by 48″, and people keep having babies at me at the moment so it seems a good idea to make up some appropriate quilts!  I don’t really hold with gender stereotyping of colours, but this does feel more like a boy’s quilt than a girl’s quilt.  Mind you, depends on the child!

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Creative Oozings #14 – Easter Presents

What do you do when you’re house/dog-sitting for a fortnight?  Spend it sewing, of course.  I’d intended to make some progress on some of my many on-going projects, but ended up making the blue messenger bag as a birthday present for my cousin’s wife and a table runner for my aunt instead (which I only finished binding about half an hour before they got back from their holiday).

Blue messenger bagEaster table runnerPretty chuffed with how they came out.  Especially the letter on the bag, which I’ve never done before and made up as I went.  Apart from not being central (aaaaaaaargh, how did I manage that?!), it looks like an A and I’m very glad she doesn’t have a name that starts with something difficult, like a B or a Q!