Thursday, 12 July 2018

A beast of a finish!

Today I am hosting the TGIFF link party, so if you are new to the party welcome I hope you enjoy your visit.

My finish for the party has been a long time in the making, I blogged about it nearly a year ago here when the front was finished but then the project hit the proverbial brick wall. There is nothing like a looming deadline for a completed project to concentrate the mind though is there :)



I am always annoyed with myself when I finally getting around to finishing a project that I have been putting off for a long time and find that the actual finishing is fairly quick and very straightforward. Needless to say that is what happened here!

I used this tutorial by Chris Dodsley for the hidden zipper at the back. I have used this technique on several cushion backs now and really like the clean lines and neat finish that it achieves. I also like the pop of colour that I end up with on the back of my normally plain cushion covers. The front fabric is a grey linen and the back is a light grey quilting cotton with the dark purple band for the hidden zip. I am fairly sure that I kept enough of the purple patchwork pieces used in the reverse applique on the front, to make a hidden zipper band but, of course, couldn't find it when I went to make it. I shall probably find it in the next day or so :)



The cushion was originally intended for our eldest son's wife, who loves purple, but as our youngest son has just recently moved into a new flat and he is a big fan of Stag decor then it only seems right to gift it to him instead. He is not the gentlest of users of a handmade cushion so I am hoping that the reverse applique will stand up to the wear and tear. Having said that he has moved in with his lovely girlfriend so I am keeping my fingers crossed that this and any future cushions will fare a bit better under that much more benign feminine influence :)

So, that's my finish for the TGIFF link party, now it is your turn to link up and share your finishes. As ever a bit of encouragement is always welcome so check out your fellow linkers and share some of the celebrations around. Include the TGIFF blog button in your post if you link up so that your followers can check them out too.








Monday, 25 June 2018

And then there were six!

Somewhat surprisingly we have been basking in sunshine in my part of the world recently, not something that the West coast of Scotland is very well known for :)

So it was definitely time to have a go at Brindille and Twig's Banded pants pattern to rustle up some smart new shorts for the gorgeous grandson, who has also been enjoying the summer sunshine. I bought the pattern in April when it first came out, but this was my first attempt at making the shorts.

The gorgeous grandson is not yet 2 but I made the 2 - 3 size as I was worried that the 18 - 24 months size might be too small. (Turns out I was right to make the bigger size as they are not too big at all!)



I rummaged through my knit fabrics and had enough of this blue/black knit to make my first pair. As always with Brindille and Twig the pattern was really straightforward and quick to put together.



So, I had another rummage and discovered that I had enough of the grey and white stripe from an earlier t-shirt for the boy to make another pair of shorts.


Then I came across this great spot knit! I had to be a bit inventive with the cutting on this one so the front has an extra seam up the middle but I was delighted to have eked another pair of shorts out of the remnant.


By now I was on a roll :) I have lots of this plain green knit as the original order from Fabricworm had an ink mark down the middle of the yardage, so they sent me a complete replacement for the original order. As some of the original order was salvageable for these tiny size clothes I ended up with a lot of spare fabric. Can't fault the customer service from Fabricworm I have to say!

Next up another plain from a previous order from Fabricworm. Can you tell that I was having great fun rustling up these little shorts??

Finally a dotty grey with cream ribbing to round off the set!


They should keep the gorgeous grandson smart in the sunshine for a while wouldn't you say, and I didn't even buy any fabric to make them :) Now I need to get cracking on some t-shirts to go with them! Now, that might involve some fabric purchasing because there are just so many great knits around!

So, my New to Me this month is trying out that new pattern from Brindille and Twig, what have you tried out for the first time in June? Regardless of whether it was a roaring success or dismal failure link up to this month's New to Me link party and we can share your pain or celebrate your success!



As always the Link Party will remain open until the end of the month so you still have time to write up that blog post and share your experiences with your fellow bloggers.





Friday, 25 May 2018

All wrapped up

It seems like summer is already here on the West Coast of Scotland, so what better time to try something new than when the sun is shining and all is right with the world? (OK maybe that last bit isn't strictly true, but there are certainly more smiles around here when the sun comes out!)

So, welcome to another New to Me link party from sunny Scotland :)

 This month I went on a very muddy New to Me photo walk!

I unveiled my latest Endeavourers mini quilt, complete with New to Me bead embellishments :)


and I have made my first attempt at machine-wrapped cord.

I first saw this being done at the Paper quilting workshop I attended a few months ago and resolved to have a go at it then. Originally I hoped to add some to my Shoreline embroidery but just never got around to it.
If you are reading this wondering what on earth I am on about, the cords in the demonstration piece from the workshop above were made by stitching over cords several times with a machine zigzag stitch to create a tightly bound shaded cord for embellishment.

My first attempt was definitely not successful but then I dropped the feed dogs!

I started off with a length of bare cord, which I think might have been a bag handle at one time.

Then using these threads alternately in the needle and a light turquoise thread in the bobbin, I stitched up and down the length of the cord with a zigzag stitch. I struggled to pull the cord evenly through the machine, so the colours bunched in places but to my mind that only added to the effect.

As you can see the use of the different colours gives a variegated effect to the finished cord. I hope to use the finished cord in another seaside themed embroidery hence the colour choices.

So that is my New to Me for May, what have you been up to this month? If you have tried something new or been somewhere new then I would love to have you link up and join the party.

As ever the link party will remain open until the end of the month, so if you have tried out something new but not yet blogged about it you still have plenty of time left. Who knows perhaps your something new will inspire a fellow blogger to give a new technique a go?




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