Over on Craftster, craft swaps are a very popular pastime with strict rules as to sending deadlines and how many swaps may be joined and/or run, to avoid people becoming overwhelmed. For those who want to dodge the expense of postage, or have too many on-going swaps, or are just plain curious, there is the Fake Swap Craftalong thread. You add a post stating your intention to fake-join a current swap, aim to craft your items according to the guidelines and deadline for the real swap and post the results on the fake swap thread for all to admire. The “rules” for this thread are much more forgiving than the real swaps are! Because I’m still a fairly new member and haven’t joined any real swaps, I was ineligible to join the Quilt Block Swap, so I decided to fake-join it with my Star Baby and Birds and Bees quilts, which I completed in very good time. I also fake-joined the Frugal Living swap, which encourages participants to craft items only from their stash or other already-owned items, and with an eye to aiding frugal living for the recipient. With that in mind, and after considering my growing pile of scraps and off-cuts, I declared I would make some scrappy draught excluders for the house, since I have enough usable scraps to decorate the outside and enough unusable scraps (and thread nests and scraps of batting) to stuff at least one excluder!
Unfortunately, life and a new baby then happened and I’ve missed the original deadline by a country mile. However, we could really do with some draught excluders about the house so I am determined to make them anyway. My other motivation for making them is to test out the vintage electric Singer sewing machine we had serviced recently. It’s a solid, if elderly, machine with a nice smooth action and this could be the perfect project to try it on, since it doesn’t matter vastly if it makes a mess (though I hope it doesn’t). I’m also planning to try a quilt-as-you-go method to piece my scraps onto a backing of calico and wadding, and use some of the plastic sheet left over from the changing mat to make a water-resistant base. Or I might use the plastic to make an inner stuffed structure and use the quilted sections to make a removable, washable cover. I haven’t quite decided yet! But this is likely to be what I’ll do at Quilt Club on Friday, if I can get the basic structure and materials sorted out in time.
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. Continue reading Creative Oozings #21 – Joining the Japan Fan Club
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. Continue reading Creative Oozings #20 – A Crafting Holiday: The Birds and the Bees
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. Continue reading Creative Oozings #19 – A Crafting Holiday: Star Baby Quilt
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…)
Continue reading Creative Oozings #18 – All Change Here
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!
Below are some sneak peeks of things I’ve made over the last couple of months; I’ll add links to the specific posts as I write them.
Continue reading Creative Oozings #17 – A Busy Couple of Months
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!
Continue reading Creative Oozings #16 – A Splash of Sun
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:
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!
Continue reading Creative Oozings #15 – Coin Stack, Heart Attack and Retail Therapy
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).
Pretty 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!