Saturday, February 28, 2009

Floral Bowl

In the box of sewing goodies I was give at Christmas time from Amy & Ben, was a plastic template with instructions and a sheet of stiffening gluey stuff.

Today I thought I'd make my first ever bowl and for that matter its the first one have I seen, full stop.

So many first for me and I think I'm doing a pretty darn good job at them too.

Going to make a few of these in Christmas tones for Amy as Christmas is going to be at her place. She & Ben are going to have a full on Christmas lunch and decorations. So I can't resist and will add a few home made items.

I think these would be good to give to people who have everything, with nuts or homemade biscuits in them as gifts.

Off to play in the craft room....... again.

Your only limited by your imagination.

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Bag Two.

I found making this bag was so much easier as I knew what I was doing and where pieces went. Started it late yesterday afternoon and had it completed by 10.30 last night. This project ate into my knitting hours as I usually knit at night.

Very please I thought to have the pink roses center on the handles too.

Still need to sew up the opening in the lining and thinking about some thing on the pink.... not sure yet....have to wait and see.

Anyway I am becoming hooked on these bags, was looking at other styles in my magazines, last night when I went to bed.

Your only limited by your imagination.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Butterfly Bag Finished.

Boy oh boy, I am stoked, tired, proud, chuffed, thrilled, tired, excited...did I mention tired?

The butterfly bag is finished and all it needs is a press-stud and it's ready to go to its new owner.

Took a bit to work out the bottom and then it clicked..a box bottom. I gave SewDeb a call and read the instructions to her and I was right.

On the afternoon Deb & I had some sewing time together in Jan, Deb had quickly shown me what and how to do one of those.

Very pleased with my first box bottom.

Now for the unveiling............

Drum roll..........brbrbrrrbbbrrrr

All finished and I am just pleased as punch on how the whole bag has turned out. The lady who I made the bag for is a butterfly freak. Her house if full of butterfly this and butterfly that. Didn't see any bags when I was last at her place and so I am hoping this is a first for her.

The patch work material was picked to go with the brightly coloured butterfly's. Yellow for the sun, blue for the sky and flowers for their nectar. The gray matches the lining and the stripes for a rainbow. Pink to match the flowers and pink butterfly's.

Used the butterfly and lining material for the handles.

This was the most annoying part as I had the handles sew on wrong and when I turned the bag in or is that out, the right handles were inside the guts of the bag.

So I unpicked that part of the sewing outside in good light.

Rang Deb (again) and she explained to me, how to do the handles. The instructions for this part wasn't clear enough for me. More so because I am only new at this craft. I am thinking that people who write these projects, maybe think people who make them, know all the tricks.

Inside lining.... a beautiful soft gray with dots.

So there you have it, my butterfly bag.

Thanks everyone for your kind words and encouragement on my journey with this bag.

Special thanks to Deb, who listened as I read instructions over the phone and in turn, explaining me how to do it. You can now rest knowing the phone won't be ringing as often.......for a while at least.

Your only limited by your imagination.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Testing My Brain.

This bag has my brain being tested over and over. Unlike my knitting I just say...."Yep I love this item, I'll knit that". Not a problem with the knitting as I have over 30 years of experience behind me.

I can vaguely remember some of the mistakes I made when learning to knit. My Nanna couldn't understand why each row my stitches doubled. Turned out I was wrapping my yarn around the needle twice. I was in Year 7 at the time.

Getting back to sewing......

I'm finding that sometimes I feel like I am so outside my safety box.

Take these strips for example. I needed 6 X 2 inch tubes and using my head, paper/pencil & calculator I came up with a bit left over. Then in the middle of the night I thought the 2 left over inches was for the 1/4 in seam allowance. Happy with the answer I went back to sleep.

But this afternoon, after working it out...... that doesn't work out and the 2 inches isn't enough to add the 1/4 seam allowances. So I figured, it's like when you pull something apart and you have a screw left over. That 2 inches is my screw in this project.

After removing a seam of thread on the allocated sides of the tubes, I then sewed the 3 strips together and pressed the seams in the correct direction.

That part was finished.

What were all the left over bits of material for???

To save getting confused I did the following.

Labels are great.......

I then read the next stage of the instructions and I put a piece of material here and a piece there. Hummed and harred, drank some skinny coke, did some lunch dishes, pinned more material in another spot........... light came on.......someone was home......

I'm not a robot after all (feel like that with knitting sometimes, as I am so comfortable and know my way round a pattern). I still need to think with these sewing instructions. Need to re-read them and nut out what I need to understand.

I am human.........

Your only limited by your imagination.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Bag Has Been Started.

This afternoon I started the butterfly bag. With so much material for this area and for that part, I thought a good place to start in with the top bit.

The strips were sewn together and then made into a cylinder.

I have still to cut the cylinder into ex amount of strips.

I am so nervous about cutting the cylinder up and so hope I do it right. I'll leave this job until tomorrow afternoon.

Your only limited by your imagination.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Butterfly Bag

In Australian Country Threads Vol 8 No 10 I was taken with this bag. Today I started to get the materials ready for this project. But with a difference.

In an earlier posting I told you about the gift for a lady, who gave me a pile of pure wool yarn for nothing.

I spent what seemed like a short time (turned out to be ages) picking out matching material for the top part of the bag. I have no idea where the day has gone and the washing machine is still washing the first load for the day. Whole day seemed to stop once the material draws were opened.

Once the materials were picked to go with the 3 I bought special for this bag. It was time to measure and cut everything out.

I don't usually plug a product but I am going to here.

When I first started to collect my sewing tools in December 08, I bought the "Sullivan's" rotary cutter on the right. Having never seen or used one before I was thinking I needed to learn how to cut with it. Seemed to spend a lot of time cutting and running the blade over the material I wanted to cut.

When my sister called in for a couple of hours back earlier in the year, SewDeb said to me about my rotary cutter. After using it Deb said she preferred her's and thought mine wasn't as good. Deb was worried about saying something in case I didn't find her cutter as good as what she said it was.

Deb didn't have to worry, as I haven't looked back since buying the rotary cutter on the left. Yes it's dearer than the "Sullivan's" but its worth every cent.

I think I'd still be cutting this material if I didn't use the KAI 5045 cutter.

All cut out and ready to be put together. Don't think I have forgotten any material.

Now I'll just take each sentence as it comes. Not stress out and panic. This is going to be my most challenging sewing project yet.

The butterfly material is replacing the embroidery part of the original pattern.

I'm really excited about doing the bag for this lady. She's a real butterfly nut and I am sure this bag will be well received into her collection.

Your only limited by your imagination.

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Magazine Is Taken

Thanks to people who emailed my privately about the magazine I had up for offer.

It has found a home.

If I get doubles in the future I will pop them up here.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Saying Thank You

I was given a bag of pure wool to knit something up with from my step mum's sister. To say thank you, I am going to turn the above material into a bag for her.

The spotty gray will be the lining and the butterflies and pink will be on the outside. Well this is the plan at the moment.

Stay tuned.

Your only limited by your imagination.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Why The Cats Get A Quilt.

With the "12 month embroidery round robin 2009" I am learning to make different blocks and get back in touch with the hand embroidery side of things.

I have posted 2 photos of trial blocks to show you how I am going with the" split nine patch".

As you can see its not very good and I posted this photo over on the sewing forum asking for directions on where I could improve for the second try.

Lots of good advice was given......

My second try at the same block. This one will be put aside for the cat's quilt.

Now I am ready to sew the swap block and then post onto the next person in line to make a block for this quilt.

Thanks SusanM...your magazine will be posted to you next week. Enjoy.

Your only limited by your imagination.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Needs A Home

I doubled up on this mag and would love to pass it on.

If you would like this me and I'll post if to my expense.

I'll not post your address on the comment'll be deleted once I have addressed the envelope.

First in...first serve.

Your only limited by your imagination.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Christmas Starting Early

First of about 15 home made Christmas cards I am making this year. Tired of buying the same cards every year. Christmas has become so commercialized and I am feeling the need to bring back that personal family touch.

At night I sit and do these little cross stitches while the TV is on. Not sure how I'll work it once the cooler weather comes back, as I always knit at night.

I am using the Christmas themes from the book I won last month. Very excited about this project.

Your only limited by your imagination.

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Toilet Roll Holder

Amy wanted a toilet roll holder for their house. Spent a while today making this up for them.

I couldn't find lace the width I wanted, so I joined two pieces together. Two mtre lengths sewn together with some ribbon over the center join, will get you enough to store 2 rolls of paper.

Used a glue gun to hold the flowers in place.

The template I used was my own 16 plus year old loo roll holder. Having the new one next to ours, showed me how tired ours is. Time for a new one and this time round, I can make it and not pay someone else to make it for me.

The ring at the top is a curtain ring with lace hand sewn in place.

Your only limited by your imagination.

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Gone Tropic

Due to being house bound again with the heat, I made Pat & I a couple of tropical pillow cases. The first one took longer and the second one was much easier.

It helped folding the material over when cutting. Made for an easier job. That's lucky on the left, my cat. She and Pat were having an afternoon rest with the heat pounding at the door.

Yesterday I finished off the 'paper bag swap" and will be posted off this week to my swap partner.

Your only limited by your imagination.

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