Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Alli's bag ll

Ally's bag ll, originally uploaded by soja.

My sister heavily hinted she wanted another bag for Christmas... she had spilt curry over the last one....

This hasn't reached her yet, I was running late, I was a little stumped, but came up with this design. I'm pleased with how it works with the fabric, and with the details. It was my first time making this type of strap. I now love my new sewing machine even more - I didn't have any problem at all sewing through all the multiple layers.

I quilted the outer fabric onto Quilter's dream green batting, then cut this to make the bag (I had drawn the outline of the bag onto the fabric first to place the birds where I wanted them).

I interfaced the lining and strap (fusible woven) and, following the advice at U-handbag, I interfaced and doubled interfaced parts of the zippered inner pocket (fusible non-woven) - it made a huge difference! I got a much better result than usual.

The plastic d-rings and buckles I bought ages ago from a great ebay seller, scapms75 - the first order went missing in the post and he immediately sent me a replacement free of charge as soon as I contaced him to follow up the order.

The fabric is from Ikea - mid-weight cotton lining and furnishing/decor weight outer fabric.

The bag is huge! I made it expandable by sewing poppers on the bottom corners. When the bag is unexpanded the lining folds up inside to make a central divider. It's still pretty big though... However, since I made the last bag, my sister has a new job in a new location, I know that she takes a packed lunch to work now, and she is opften between our parents' house and her boyfriend's flat, so wanted it big enough to carry a fair bit of stuff this time!

Hope she likes it!

Friday, 25 December 2009

Happy Christmas!

Lucky's new ball, originally uploaded by soja.

It's warmed up here and we are all snug and well fed. Hope everyone else is having a good Christmas and taking care in the bad weather.

Just a short clip to thank my friend for Lucky's Christmas present, he obviously loves it!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Amanda, Lucky and Jaffa x x x

Music: La Cocaleca by Bobby Capo.

Monday, 14 December 2009

Peacock Quilt dimensions

I was asked for the dimensions and amount of fabric used for this quilt... and I've been meaning to post for a week, life just needs a lot of attention sometimes. Roll on the Christmas holidays, work busy and busy with stuff I can't post about.

The finished quilt is approximately 36 x 39"/91 x 99 cm.
For the front I used 28x 5" charm squares from the Moda sorbet collection and under a metre/yard of beige cotton (55"/140cm wide from Ikea).

I had already used some of the cotton for a previous project, but you would need to cut three 5" wide strips to cut 28 x 5" squares, with fabric to spare. I used these squares and the charms squares to make the blocks. I paired a beige square with a print square, drew a diagonal line from one corner to the other, sewed two lines 1/4" from each side of the line, chain pieced and then cut each square pair along the diagonal line into two blocks. I pieced the blocks together, in pairs and then pairs again.

I then cut four strips to make the borders - about 8" wide and attached these and voila - one quilt! Hope this helps someone.

Monday, 7 December 2009

Mum's quilt out for a walk

Mum's quilt, showing back, originally uploaded by soja.

OK, I felt somewhat self-conscious spreading this quilt over a park bench, with cars whizzing by... this will be the last picture of this quilt. I think this is as big a picture as I can get.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Another quilt finished

I love the peacocks on this print! The fabric is a moda collection called Sorbet, designed for them by Sentimental Studios. The beige fabric is from Ikea. In the end I used two different stripes for the binding that I had got online from Barcelona.

Listed on Etsy - I've just sold the pinwheel quilt, I'm so happy that it is going to go to a home and be used. :-) I'm feeling quite soppy and sentimental over these quilts - in a good way. :-)

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Furry helper....

Mum's quilt finished!, originally uploaded by soja.

See last post...... :-)

Mum's quilt finished!

Mum's quilt finished!, originally uploaded by soja.

It's bright, but I think it all works together.

Can't find anywhere to spread it out to get a picture - without furry helpers.....