Monday, 5 January 2015

A Linden Sweatshirt for me

Well hello everybody and a very happy New Year to you all. How about some sewing? I am pretty much starting the New Year as I finished the old one which is by sewing and what better past time is there (apart from photography).

Long time readers will know by now that I have developed a fondness for double gauze. In 2013 I made myself a Tova from a Nani Iro double gauze cloth and in 2014 I made myself a Shearwater Kaftan also from a gorgeous piece of double gauze and these past days I have made myself a Linden Sweatshirt from the most sumptuous dark indigo Nani Iro double gauze.  I love this fabric because it is so soft and light and breathable and is simply the best thing to wear on a warm summers evening. It is fairly thick but lets the air through and is perfect for humid climates. I know our summers are short but I love wearing my double gauze casuals then and as I am going to a warm place soon I needed of course a new one.

So meet the latest edtion to my growing collection:

The Linden Sweatshirt pattern  is from Grainline Studios and is a fairly new. I was delighted when I spotted it because I love raglan sleeves. They are just the most flattering. The pattern is easy to follow (I downloaded the digital version) and the sweatshirt was done in less than two hours.

The pattern itself is designed to use knitts which is the obvious choice for a sweatshirt. This forced me to make a few small changes for the double gauze. I zickzacked all edges as double gauze does fray and used a biased strip for the neck binding. And I obviously did not add any ribbing to the arms and hem.

I bought this fantastic double gauze with the wonderful name 'Nuance in Muji Viol' at the Village Haberdashery and I saw that Annie recently announced in her newsletter that she ordered he entire Cotton&Steele double gauze 'Bespoke' collection which will arrive in January.  Annie also has the Linden Sweatshirt paper pattern in stock for those who don't want to puzzle it together from the digital version (it can be a drag....).

I think the next project I will attempt with double gauze are short Summer PJs and maybe another Sweatshirt ?

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Camera bags

I bought my nephew for Christmas a small point-and shoot camera because he developed an interest in photography and that obviously pleases me no end. When we were in holiday in October he kept using my sister's SLR but most images he took look rather out-of-focus and cropped at odd angels because the camera is just to heavy for a six year old to hold steady !

To go along with the camera I thought I use my Echino camera print to make him a padded drawstring bag. And while I was at it I made myself one to for my smaller camera. I use 'needlefelt' for padding and whilst it certainly doesn't prevent damage from a fall, it still provides better cushioning than any of the Veline fleece products.

And with that I wish all my wonderful followers and readers a very merry Christmas and New Year. I will be back in January for a sneak peak but then in holiday for a couple of weeks.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Red and White projects

I thought I share a few more of my own photos of the red and white quilt projects with you that I made for issue of 16 of Love Patchwork & Quilting. They feel so christmassy and are just right for now.

The front in all its glory. The continuous circle starts in the middle of this square quilt.

And I couldn't just put on a normal back but had to make something pieced too and as so soften I am tempted to say I like the back even better than the front.

The binding is white and red and adds a little fun to it all.

I also have new labels I now sew into the binding. These are stitched and have writing on both sides.

I love how it folds and drapes.

And a little sausage roll to finish up.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Logcabin variations in Love Patchwok & Quilting issue 16

For issue 16 of Love Patchwork & Quilting I made three red and white projects; a courthouse step quilt, a half log-cabin cushion and a mini log-cabin pincushion.

The log-cabin quilt block is a wonderful pattern with almost infinite possibilities and the projects I have made are only a few examples. Red and white together are always spectacular because of the crisp contrast. I quilted in red and white thread in a continuous circle.

The cushion features a half log cabin block and is also quilted with two different thread colours and finally a pin cushion is the most popular log-cabin variation.

Other projects in this issue that I have caught my eye are Lynn's striking hexagon quilt that features the front page.

I just love that she uses a really dark colour for sashing - blacks or almost blacks are not used enough in quilting. And another red and white project with a Scandinavian feel to it from Jo Avery which is just define and would work so well together with my quilt.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Twin quilts - a pair of finished quilts

The twin quilts my neighbors commissioned from me are finished and I think might already be on the way to their new owners.

The brief was to make twin quilts that are the same but different. So I used the same fabric (almost all from the 1st Cotton & Steel collection) but arranged them a little different for each quilt and my customer wanted the name of each of the girls embroidered on them. I think this is a really nice touch and will make them special for the little girls.

I quite enjoyed making these two little beauties and quilted with variegated threads  along the seam lines and added a few in between.

I love this colour combination with the pinks and yellows/mustard thrown in between. The dark blues add contrast and focus.

I added a spotty binding to each of them but again differentiated here and chose a yellow and a turquoise one.

The backs are solids with a little pieced strip of left over fabric to compliment the fronts.

So cute....

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Winter Carnival is here

Issue 15 of Love Patchwork & Quilting signals the start of a series of three solids only quilts made by me. The first one is a Kaleidoscope quilt for which I used the new Kona Cotton colours and plenty of older ones.

The quilt is paper pieced and suitable for beginners and is a great opportunity to use your fabric scraps.

Those new Kona Colours are wonderful and I had a lot of fun pairing them with other contrasting colours to produce a real carnival of colours.

This quilt features about 80 different colours of which most are bright and a few more sedate that make the riotous ones pop out even more.

I quilted in my customary continuous circle quilting technique that I have sewn a lot again lately. It really is a never ending love affaire.

Next week I will show you a few more quilts from other designers (I don't have a copy of the mag yet as I managed to let my own subscription run out....great, isn't it)

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

And another Shearwater Kaftan

Only this time it isn't for me but for David, no that is actually not quite right, it is for Dashwood Studios. David asked me a few months back whether I would like to make something with their new collection "September Blue" that debuted in July.

I was delighted to be asked but didn't fancy making a quilt and suggested an item of clothing. And that is how the second Shearwater Kaftan came about. The first one was made from a gorgeous double gauze.

The fabric was wonderful to work with and I loved sewing it (again !). Admittedly it has been ready some months and I don't know how it happened but I forgot to blog about it (shame on me). I sent it off and forgot all about it until had a look through some pictures.

This is such a lovely and easy pattern and I am sure it won't be the last kaftan I have made.