29 January 2012

Twoo Hoot: First finished top of 2012

Auditioning binding

To get out of my sewing funk, I went straight to my newest purchase of 3 charm packs of an owl-ey fabric .. all different colours, all different motifs, all the same size.

Usually, I then set about planning and pinning on my design wall to make sure that colour distribution is just so and drive myself crazy in the process. This time, I divided the charms into three piles by value: dark, medium, light and then counted. Drats, some large, some small piles ... so I divvied up the medium and ended up with two similar ones and then paired a light and a dark one each. Making strips of eight charms each, always beginning with light, then dark, then light ... I then attached the strips, one row starting with light, the next with dark. I paid very little attention to which pairs went where, only taking care to not have the same design in the same direction neighbouring each other.

That was way out of my controller comfort zone. But it was fun and fast. Now I am auditioning binding in a bid to avoid looking for backing in my stash ...

27 January 2012

Getting out of my sewing funk

Whenever I finish something, I have a head full of ideas and can't seem to choose the right one to pick up and run with so ...

88 ... 8*8=64 and 88-64=24 - and 24/3=8 so 8 wide and 8+3 tall ...
and 2 left over ...

We shall see! twooo hooot!

19 January 2012

Rainbows in a Bottle

I love the idea of keeping small scraps in jars and then using them in projects like Ticker Tape:

Bottled Rainbows {the button}

17 January 2012

Resolved to sew: Resolution 2012 and a give-away

Ever since I completely failed at my resolution of not buying any fabric during a particular year (I bought even more than usual, so the fail was epic), I have stayed away from NY resolutions for my quilting endeavours. This year however, I will attempt to make as much from stash - and there is a lot of that, believe you me - as I can. There is a vague list in my head of quilts I want to make so let's see if I get around to them:

- quilt for C's bestie mate
- quilt for my bestie mate (her daughter already has two)
- finish my Night on the Tiles in Manchester

Everything else will be a bonus and I will be happy if I get additional projects to the pre-binding stage.

Seeing how I want to mainly work from stash, I might as well attempt to add to it by winning a give-away called "Resolved to Sew 2012 at Very Berry Made. Click on the link to see what is to be had!

8 January 2012

Happy New Year

Christmas has come and gone - and despite the best of intentions, there was minimal crafting to be had this time around. I think I will just have to start earlier in the year ...

2012 has been kicked off with work on UFOs, I finished one top and failed at stippling, thankfully, straight-line quilting is so much more NOW:
On the Design Wall: a quick baby blanket P1020929 P1020930

Another WIP is almost quilted. I had originally chosen too thick a wadding and now had to sandwich etc. the whole thing again. But with the straight-line quilting almost finished, I am quite pleased with the results:
Which idiot picked that thick wadding? P1020931