Friday, 3 May 2019

A Bear Necessity

Our son and his family moved in to their new home just before Christmas (one week before our new grandson arrived!!) and have been settling in ever since.

One of their first moves was to install a bookshelf and comfortable chair in the bedroom of our 2yr old grandson. He loves his story time and has a great memory for his favourite books so skipping pages is never an option :)

Comfort is, therefore, a high priority when settling down with a book pile before bedtime, so when I came across a pattern for a Bear cushion in a recent Bustle and Sew magazine I knew that it would be the perfect addition to that reading corner.

It was really straightforward to make, the cushion itself is made with grey fleece with white, black and pink felt for the nose and ears. The pattern used grey felt for the cushion body but I thought that fleece would make a more comfortable cushion so went with that instead.

The details of the nose and eyes are embroidered on. I could have used buttons for the eyes, which would have been better from a size point of view but thought that embroidered eyes were better for safety.

I delivered the cushion a couple of weeks ago when we went down to visit and I am delighted to say that it was a hit!

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Reflections in the rain

Today is the reveal day for the Endeavourers Quilt Group, where we unveil our makes for the quarterly theme. The theme for this quarter was "Raindrops keep falling on my head" which doesn't immediately bring quilts to mind you have to admit!

My piece for the reveal is entitled "Reflections in the rain", it is quilted, beaded and appliqued slubbed silk joined in 4 pieces to create a 3-D raindrop.

When I started to think about this project I remembered seeing these amazing felted teardrops several years ago at a textile art exhibition in Riga, so they were the inspiration for my project. I knew that I wanted to make a 3-D piece for the theme so experimented with shapes to create the raindrop that I wanted.

The prototype that I stitched was definitely more raindrop shaped than the final piece, but as they say "finished is better than perfect!"

I used the instructions in this book for the appliqued heads and it seemed to work well.

Fabrics are coated with Mod Podge before cutting, which gives them a nearly plastic feel and made cutting out intricate shapes like the Japanese lady's head above much easier than it would otherwise have been!

I added small seed beads to the ends of the radiating machine quilted lines to replicate more raindrops

and layered my coated heads across the base of the raindrop before stitching them down with invisible thread.

As ever there were lots of challenges throughout the making of this piece, but also, as ever, I thoroughly enjoyed creating "Reflections in the Rain" for this quarters Endeavourers Challenge.

To check out the wonderful projects that my fellow Endeavourers have produced for this quarter's challenge head on over to the Endeavourers blog and prepare to be amazed :)

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Bookworm beginnings

We have been on our travels again this month, and although you would think that would mean my New to Me's are not sewing related for a change they are!

Our first port of call on our travels was to Bath and rather fortunately the house that we had rented was only 10 minutes away from the American Museum & Gardens! Although I have been in the area several times since our son and daughter-in-law moved to Bristol a couple of years ago, I had never managed to find an opportunity to visit. Being so close this time though it would have been rude not to :)

The Museum is known for its' quilt displays and happily for me there was a new exhibition on of Kaffe Fassett quilts. The quilts, which are featured in this book, were all his interpretations of quilts in the Museum collection and both the original inspiration and the modern interpretation were displayed. I did take photos of some of the quilts but cannot find them so you will just have to take my word for it that they were all, both old and new, amazing! The exhibition continues until November 3rd so if you are in the area before then it is definitely worth a visit.

You will not be surprised, I am sure, to know that the book found it's way into my shopping bag :)

A book that I have had for a while is the inspiration for my second New to Me this month, Crafted Applique by Lara Buccella.

The method in the book involves coating the back of fabric in Mod Podge and cutting out the applique shapes when the coating has dried. Apparently the resulting raw edge applique will not fray! I can't attest to that as so far I have only coated and cut the fabric, but it certainly does make life easier when you are cutting out intricate shapes.

So those are my New to Me's this month now it is over to you to share your attempts at something new in April. As always the link party will remain open until the end of the month so if you have been sitting on that fence about trying something new consider this your nudge to jump off and dive right in! Encouragement is good too so check out our linkers and applaud their efforts :)

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