Saturday, June 30, 2012

HST Blocks

I was feeling like giving the bag making a rest for a bit and decided to buy some fabrics to match up with some of my stash and make some blocks. Sounds easy enough but not for me. Choosing fabrics is so difficult. I just can't visualize how it will look when sewn up. Then there was the problem of which block to make. I haven't done a lot of quilting in the past so anything I tried would have been pretty new to me. After many hours of searching I decided on some HST blocks. I made three and then got fed up and moved on to some UFO's. More about those in a while.

Here are my fabric choices.

There was white also which isn't in the photo and here is what I made with some of the fabrics.

Each block measures 12" x 12" and was thinking of making a quilt for my bed but I know that is just not going to happen. My attention span is too short so I may have to settle for a table runner. LOLLL I don't know where I'll go from here so they'll get put to one side for the moment while I finish off some other projects. I'm sure something will come to me eventually just like the Dresden plate blocks I made back in November 2011. LOLLL Yes it took me that long to figure it out. LOLLL

These are the blocks I made back then using scraps I had.

Sorry about the quality of the photos. Back then I had to use my cell phone because I didn't have the nice camera I have now.

Well finally today I took the first block and made a table topper with it.

I took this photo this evening so it could be better. Tomorrow I want to tackle the other Dresden block then I'll take photos in natural light. Hopefully they'll come out better.

This is the fabric I used for the back

And lastly today we had rain YAYYYYYY!!! after some very hot and humid days. Unfortunately it won't last long so I'm enjoying it for the moment. Seems like I'm not the only one. I caught a shot of the dove that belongs to our neighbour, he was giving himself a nice clean. Made me want to run out into the garden with my soap and shampoo. LOLLLLL

One more picture. This was taken from my daughters bedroom.

Aren't they just beautiful.

~ Maria ~

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bow Pleats Bag Pattern Giveaway

I'm back to give you details of the giveaway but first I want to say thanks to Samantha at

for having me as one of her bag testers.

This was a fun bag to make. Not difficult and you can change it to suit your needs. Maybe extra pockets or put in a zipper closure like I did. The pattern has a magnetic button closure. It's up to you. I chose a normal strap but in the pattern you can choose to do an adjustable strap if you wish.
If you want to put a zipper closure into your bag opening like I did you can use this tutorial

 I find it's the easiest for me to do and can be used on most bags.

 Please NOTE that Samanthas bag pattern does NOT give instructions for the insertion of a zipper like mine.

Here is my Bow Pleats Bag.

I used home deco fabrics for mine which helped to make it stiffer. If you go to the link at the top of this post you will be able to see the bags that Samantha made. Really cute. You get a really different look with different fabrics so can be used during the day or for an evening out.

Ok about the give away. Starting from today all you have to do is leave a comment here, anything you like, I don't want to make it difficult for you.LOLLL

 On  SUNDAY 1st JULY  I will pick a winner using Random Organizer. Check back here after that date to see if you are the lucky winner. I will pass on your name and email to Samantha and she will send you your free pattern. In the meantime if you can't wait to see if you are the winner you can visit Samanthas Etsy at this link

and she is offering a 15% discount to all my lovely followers and readers, all you need is this code: BOWPLEAT15 to get your discount.

Best of luck to all of you and looking forward to your comments.

**Nearly forgot make sure you leave your NAME and EMAIL if you are on no reply otherwise you may miss out. Some of you also haven't enabled your profile so I can't get in touch with you if you should win.**


~ Maria ~

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Giveaway

I'm really excited to post about a giveaway. It's a bag pattern that I tested out recently. No you haven't seen it yet because I haven't posted photos of it but those will come soon.
My computer died on me the day before yesterday and am waiting for it to be fixed. I think I may have lost some files but hopefully the most important ones will be saved, my bag pattern files. LOLLL. I'm using my son's computer at the moment which he set up for me in my sewing room. Thanks son, shame he's not into bag making. Not a bag file in sight LOLLL, Ummmmmm maybe I should start a special bag file for him. LOLL
 As soon as I get my computer back I'll post more details about the giveaway and also photos of the test bag. For the moment though I'll keep you in suspense a little longer.
Keep checking back so you don't miss out.

~ Maria ~

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The K.I.S.S Clutch

I'm sure you're wondering what on earth is a K.I.S.S clutch. Well it's a new design by ChrisW Design that I had the pleasure of testing. K.I.S.S is the acronym for 'Keep It Simple, Silly' and was chosen by Monica, another tester. We had fun choosing names.
Here's my version of the K.I.S.S clutch.
I chose to do mine in Home Deco fabrics. I added a flower, that I made, to my clutch because I didn't have the metal ring that was the right size and it changed the look of the clutch completely which just goes to show how you can vary patterns to give them a completely different look.
The pattern is really easy. Possibly good for a beginner.
Ok here it is.

My first one.

This is my second one. On this one I did FMQ ( free motion quilting)

I've still to finish my third one but will post photos as soon as I'm finished. Take a look at Christine's clutch's and see how the different uses of fabric can change the look. Hers are really fun. 

Here's the link where you can see them and maybe even buy a pattern. Although it's a simple one the pattern is still as detailed as her more difficult ones so anyone could make this one.

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Maria ~

Monday, June 11, 2012

To wash or not to wash. To iron or not to iron, that is the question.

I've seen this question asked so many times. I never bothered in the past. It's so nice to make a bag when the fabric is still new from the shop and hasn't been washed BUT there can be problems with some fabrics.

I soon discovered that when using fabrics other than quilting cottons it's a good idea to do both.
About a month ago I purchased some Home Deco fabrics which I promptly washed but forgot to iron. Today I took one of those pieces of fabric to make a clutch cut it out and proceeded to iron it before adding my fusible interfacing and look what happened.

Yes it shrunk. LOLLLL
After ironing the whole piece it ended up smaller than the original one in the photo below.

I had to scrap the lot and go iron my fabric before cutting out the pieces again. So my advice is wash and iron any fabric that you suspect doesn't have much cotton in it. There is nothing worse than making up a nice bag and then have it shrink when you wash it.
I'll post photos of my clutch that I made with this fabric in the next couple of days.

~ Maria ~

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Harvest Time

Ok this post has nothing what so ever to do with sewing but I was so excited this morning I had to post about it.
Back on 26th April after my Bella Bag post I showed you a photo of my runner bean seedlings. They had just sprouted in pots. Well I planted  them out into the garden and they grew and grew until finally I had my first crop three days ago. Every morning I find more to pick. I also planted cucumbers and for some reason they decided to flower like crazy but produced no cucumbers. Well this morning I found one ready for picking and four others hiding in the foliage which should be ready in a couple of days.

Ok, I know it's not exactly enough to be self sufficient but it's a fun hobby when I'm not sewing and I can tell you there's no better taste than beans picked from your own garden that have not been sprayed with anything artificial.

~ Maria ~

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Eve Clutch

Remember the black clutch with the gray gathered panel in the center I tested for Christine. Well I've just seen photos posted on her blog of the one clutch made up in three different fabrics that she's made. One of them has even been made without the gathered center panel.  Amazing how one clutch could have so many different looks.
Here's the link. Take a look they are gorgeous.

~ Maria ~