I have finally finished this arm chair sewing caddy. My husband hates it when I drop my needle or scissors down the side of the sofa whilst sewing and so having this caddy beside me will hopefully stop me doing this.
I looked on Pinterest for ideas of what style to make and I used some fat quarters I bought from Joann many years ago on holiday in Florida. I’m pretty pleased with it. I think I will make a thread catcher to go with it, which will perhaps attach to the front of it.
I started a very exciting small sewing project this week, which I will probably get finished tomorrow, so I should be posting again very soon!
I had an urge to dig into my stash this weekend and do a spot of sewing. I’ve never made one of these cathedral window pincushions, which are very popular, so I thought I’d have a go.
The fabrics were fat quarters that I bought in JoAnn‘s many, many years ago on a holiday to Florida. It was nice to finally use a little bit of them.
I have to say I did find it a little tricky. The inserts under the curves kept slipping, but I got there in the end and I’m pleased with how it turned out.
I made up my Japanese rice bag the weekend before last, using the kit I bought at the quilt show. I love it, although I don’t know what I’ll use it for 🙂
I thought I would share a couple of small sewing projects that I have completed this past week.
First of all was this Lil Red doll made from a Moda Fabrics panel. Lil Red is a new collection of fabrics featuring Little Red Riding Hood.
The panel includes the doll, her shirt and cape, quilt, pillow and Mr Wolf.
She was very quick to make and I enjoyed myself!
The second thing I made this week was a tote shopping bag which folds into a pouch.
This was a pattern my Mum devised a few years ago and I thought I would make a new bag using some of the new Aria fabric by Kate Spain. I love this fabric range and was dying to make something with it.
I love Moda’s Candy Packs – they are mini charm packs containing 42 2.5″ squares. I find it very hard to resist slipping one or two into my stash every time we get a new set in at the shop.
I’ve used them to make a couple of different cushions in the past – one using the Sunnyside collection and one using Aspen Frost. However I had a spare Mistletoe Lane mini charm pack which the designer, Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs, gave me and I’ve been wondering what to do with it. I didn’t want to make another cushion.
Then I came across a mini quilt which Anne Sutton had made with a Mistletoe Lane mini charm, as part of the Moda Love Blog Tour. This tour saw all the Moda fabric designers make something using the same quilt pattern and using either a layer cake, charm pack or mini charm. I just loved how it looked, so as the weather forecast was awful for this weekend and my husband was out with the boys on Friday night, I borrowed a sewing machine from work (my own is in storage in preparation for our house move) and got started.
This is the basic pattern – some half square triangles mixed with whole squares and obviously the larger the precut, the larger the quilt.
It’s been quite a while since I did some quilting and it was nice to be able to complete the whole thing in the weekend. I still can’t get my machine quilting as smooth as I’d like, but I guess I just need to practise more. I must also remember to alter the stitch length to 3.0 as I forgot at first and had to unpick a lot of tiny stitches!
You download the free instruction sheets here on the Moda website.
I make another one with a Canyon mini charm which is more summery 🙂
Last week I found that my to-do list wasn’t too long, so I took the opportunity to grab a few hours at work to make one of this year’s advent calendars from Stof Fabrics.
Rather than the traditional colours, I decided I would make one in the copper colour way to show people just how lovely and effective it is! Stof do some really lovely Christmas fabrics.
I had fun with a little free motion quilting on the top too, trying to follow the swirls 🙂 Think I succeeded ok!
I needed to do a quick sewing project. I just had a urge! I recently came across a free tutorial for a Travel Tissue cover on the Two Brown Birds blog and had to have a go.
The fabrics were in my stash. The aqua coloured one was a free fat quarter with a magazine, Love Patchwork & Quilting or Quilt Now (I can’t remember which), and the red one is one we sell in the shop – part of Makower’s Chicken & Egg collection.
It was dead easy to do and I even overlocked the edges before turning right side out. Check me out!
Might make one for my Mum this weekend 🙂