Wednesday, January 20, 2010

2010 January Sewing Challenge - Something for me

As I am trying to take part in as many of the 2010 challenges that I can, I thought that I would give the January challenge a go. It was 'something for me'. This challenge could have many interpretations. On one hand - all of the sewing that I do, is generally for me. I may not be the recipient of most of the things I make - I make them for my own satisfaction. So for me, this challenge - posed a challenge. What could I make for me?
I have made handbags for myself - I did not feel that this was a challenge. There was no point in making something for me to wear, for the sheer fact that I knew that I would not wear it. What could I make that would be challenging and something for me.

I was blog surfing the other day and I came across this blog. The quilt I fell in love with from the minute I saw it. I thought that that was the perfect thing for me to make. How hard could it be. Firstly, Lou (blogger) talked about a disappearing 9-patch - I wasnt sure what that was - time for Google and a few tutorials later I was on my way.

The fabrics that Lou used in her quilt are some of my most favourite fabrics to date - however, rather than using the whole of the Sandi Henderson Ginger Blossom range, I thought that I would add some of my other favourites - which included Amy Butler, Tanya Wheelan, Joel Dewberry and Erin McMorris

What have I learnt by this experience.

I am not good at having WIP's - I am someone that once I start a project I have to finish it and I cannot concerntrate on anything else. This quilt I started last Friday and finished it on Tuesday night. I had planned to get everything done apart from the binding and take it away with us on holidays to hand sew - but I had to finish it off - I couldnt wait that long.

I have found out that I am not that accurate. Even though I measure and carefully cut everything out - I must be missing something somewhere, because I am a little wonkier than I want to be - and pieces do not match up. I am sure that this will come with practice - time will tell.

I have also found that quilting (like all sewing) is soothing - Mat can't believe that I could sit at the machine for hours on end sewing little pieces of fabric together.

I am proud of what I have achieved, and I am glad that used this challenge to push myself to do something that I would have thought were beyond my capabilities.

So thankyou Lou for the inspiration. I love your quilt, but I love mine too!

January 2010 sewing challenge - 'something for me' DONE!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Rusty art

I have always considered myself a bit of an artist - well that is what I told my mum so that she would let me do 3 unit art for my HSC. I have no ability for painting or drawing, but I do love anything arty.

A couple of years ago, I stumbled across Porters Paint rust paint. I knew from the first time that I saw it, I had to have it. My dream was to have a feature wall in the house of this paint.

I got my wish when I painted our bedroom in our old house. I was in love - but the practicalities of this paint meant that the chances of actually being able to paint over this wall when you got sick of it, were pretty low - solution to the problem: sell the house and let the new owners deal with it.

I still love the rust paint and wanted to use it in our new house, but didnt want it on the wall. So I bought some cheap large canvases and with a simple two step process and the possibilities are endless.

First step is applying the metal paint. It is a black paint that looks a bit like sludge and has metal filings in it. Paint this in any haphazard way that you want - it does not matter. After this paint dries, you add the rust medium - it will start rusting before your eyes. The great thing about this, is you control the rust! Add a little, it rusts a little, add alot and it rusts a whole lot more. Add some water and you get intense orange rust!

The paint is not cheap. A litre of it with the rusting medium will cost you about $100.00 - but the litre did last our old bedroom wall and 2 large canvases - so it does go a long way.

However, with no artistic talent, you can get some great individual canvases - that look like that have taken a lot more effort and creativity than they did.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Animal Alphabet

With just over 15 weeks until the arrival of our little boy, I am continuing to sew for him. Ella was born in December, so there was no need for a pram/capsual quilt for her, but with our little boy due at the end of April, temperatures will be a little lower.

I was at one of my favourite quilting stores last week after an OB appointment. There was a jelly roll of boy fabric, which did not catch my eye, but the lady who worked there suggested this Moda Animal Alphabet panel.

The panel is perfect as it already had all of the squares on it (saves cutting time) and the size that I wanted to make it, it would be pretty quick.

Yesterday I got to work. What is great, is that I only used half of the panel - so that is $6.30 ($12.60 for the full panel) and the white quilters cotton was left over from another project. I got the navy back panel from the Op Shop. It was $1.00 for 2 metres. For the batting (as I had run out of the cotton batting that I would normally use) I used the blankets that the hospital wraps your baby in when it is first born. I picked up these from the Op Shop for $1.00 each. They are perfect size for this quilt.

Its not perfect, but I love it! (and it should keep my little boy nice and warm)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

I feel the need.... The need for.....SEWING!

With the purchase of my new machine, I have been like a woman possessed. I have been sewing up a storm. I will have to blog all of the things that I have made, but I thought, first I would post the dress that I made for Ella.

I am loving dresses for Ella this summer. Last summer Ella was not walking and she wore only shorts, this summer the shorts have taken a back seat to girly dresses. I am not a dress wearer myself, but even I have bought a couple of maxi-dresses to fit in the growing bump.

A week ago I made a purple dress using the Lil Blue Boo: Border Fabric Sundress tutorial. It was such an easy dress to make, but what drew me to the dress in the first place was the fabric that was used.

I have loved the Michael Miller Jungle Jam fabric for a long time, but did not know what to make with it. When I saw the fabric that was used in the tutorial, I knew I had to get it. (OK, it is a little different to the Michael Miller that was in the tutorial, but basically the same thing)

When I was accidently shopping for fabric in the week, I found the fabric and I had to have it. That night, it was quickly cut out ready for Ella to have her sleep the next day.

I must say that I am in love with this dress. Ella went out on New Years day and got quite a few compliments. Now I have to decide what to do with the rest of the fabric.