A blog about quilts'n stuff

A blog about quilts'n stuff

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

A laptop bag with a pocket

I have a lot of catching up to do with you, so here's one of my makes during the summer.

My youngest daughter has a laptop and the case that was very much worn. So she needed a new one, would I make her one? She would also need to have room for the battery charger and other 'stuff'.
I decided to make it a quilt-as-you-go project: very easy. I pieced different sized pieces of fabric  together on a piece of batting and then cut it to the size of her lap top.

You can see the 'stuff'  ...
I also attached a key holder, which you can detach from the bag: handy!
The inside is minky left overs from a quilt (the beast) : nice and soft.
It doesn't have a closure/zipper of fastener, because she always puts it in her huge handbag anyway.

inside
back


front
She's very happy with it and then, so am I.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Block of the month September for ESTB

This year I'm kicking off in the Euro Siblings Together Bee!
All instructions for my block can be found here.
But as that block is all in green and cream and I'd like to receive them in whites and/or neutrals + light & dark (er) blues, here's my version of this 12" block

What you need:
4 light blue pieces of fabric measuring 3.5" x 6.5"
4 dark blue pieces of fabric measuring 3.5" x 6.5"
16 white/neutral 3.5" squares (of fabric)


Sew each square to a blue strip and not like me (above) just on one end ...
I was halfway here.
I have a special request: please sew twice:

  1. from corner to corner
  2. the other sewing line half an inch to the left or right, towards the bit you'll be cutting off. This will give you (or me) an extra 16 squares of 2" (1.5" finished).
Would you like to send them to me too?
Don't worry about their size: I have a fabulous Block-o-lock template of 2" and I will cut them all to size.

And I like watching/listening to my favorite quiz during (boring) work ...
(in case you're wondering, it's Pointless).

Please iron to the dark blue side but not to the light blue side. Otherwise the pieces will not nest together at the next sewing step:
dark blue: iron seam to the dark
light blue: iron to the white/neutral

Here I'm cutting that extra half square triangle off


Here they are all together: seems a pity to waste them even though they're small. If you'll send them all (192 squares0)to me I can either use them on the back or start on another Siblings Together quilt. 

And this is my block all sew together, finishing at 12.5" exactly!
The only thing to watch when sewing these together, is the placing of the blues so they'll match.

I'm not a fast sewer and it took me about 90 minutes to make this block (I have all sorts of distractions).

Hope you'll have fun making them.
I'm looking forward to receiving your blocks!

Friday, 29 August 2014

No migraines and sewing

The last months I have done more sewing, because I've been feeling a lot better!
Since a month I have different medication, no extra pills: THE pill.
I've learned that my migraines are caused by a dip in the estrogen level in my body. This level drops 3 times a month. With the pill the estrogen levels stay the same; after 21 days I have to stick a special band aid on my back which emits estrogen. I'm really hoping it stays as good as it has been this first month!!

In the mean time I have been able to sew!
A baby quilt for Jens which is giving me a hard time just ironing it!
I think I'll just quit the diagonal lines: in the ditch and in between those).
The pattern can be found here
The fabrics are nearly all from Backstitch: Hurricane Sea bundle and I might have added some other greens.



Added at a later date (29th August):
One of the side effects of the pill is that your blood is thicker.
Unfortunately I noticed this at the end of June because I had difficulty breathing and was taken to hospital (in an ambulance!) with a lung embolism. After 3 days I could go home.
I'm fine now and have no more difficulties breathing (at all) and stopped taking the pill, of course.

I still haven't finished this quilt, though.
Oh well ...





Monday, 2 June 2014

Can I still squeeze in ...

Why do I want to join Lynne's Fresh Sewing Day?
Because I have 2 more finishes to show you; well all right, for the new bees I'll show them all from this year/month.

First up is In the land of Grey & Pink made for my Hedy's babygirl Lisa.


Next is present for my dear friend Bea who wanted a piano runner for her birthday. Made with a fat8th bundle of Oakshott Ruby's which are never as good on any picture as they are in reality!
I gave the left overs to my mum who wants to make a table runner out of them.


And then the last one: my value quilt, my happy colours quilt.
I made for a lady in our street who had a baby boy (last year!) and he could crawl very quickly by now ...




Pattern by Malka Dubrawski "Strips and Bricks" , fabrics from my stash, size after washing was (I've written it down somewhere but can't find it now) about 47"x52"
The quilting on all these quilts is very simple because I have an arm who does not abide to my wishes!! We're making compromises from time to time.


I hope you like them as much as I do. But now, what next?
As if I didn't have 15 projects on the go. Dûh! Does Dolly Parton sleep on her back?

I'm a little stuck on this one: I want to make a cheery orange quilt, but this might be too much ...
Blocks are by CluckCluckSew : easy bow tie blocks

Advice badly needed!!


And if you've read this far, there's one more thing:
I want to wish you a very good week, sewing and otherwise!

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

In the land of Grey and Pink

Does anybody remember that album by Caravan? Does anybody remember Caravan?


Very 70's music with lots of vague lyrics: who lives in a land of grey and pink?

Now I know: Lisa does!

She's my friend Hedy's daughter, born two months too early and very healthy!
Hedy requested a quilt in those colours as Lisa's room is full of grey and bits of pink.
This is what I came up with and I was so glad Hedy loves it!

















This is my first finish of the year!! 
(Maybe even of 2 years)

The back is a beautiful batik, perhaps you can see the straight line quilting in chevrons too.
This was not so hard to quilt as it's only a small one.

The greys are from a grey and white jelly roll by Moda, no idea what it's called. The pinks are from 5 fat quarters.
The pattern is from the book by Pam & Nicky Lintott (Jelly roll quilts) even though it's everywhere on the web.

As I'm so much more on Instagram lately thanks to Helen, I've added an Instagram button right next to the Pinterest and Flickr buttons. Have a look!!

Hope you'll have finishes too and lots of lovely sunshine!


Monday, 14 April 2014

A silly entry?


Yes, I'm back with something silly
Sometimes you I did it again: I entered a sort of competition to win tea with a celebrity!

It's of course David, the policeman from the Great British Sewing Bee.
Now I couldn't sleep this morning because I kept thinking of all the arrangements I would have to make if I'd win! Drive down there by care I suppose.
A pity though, because David lives in Surrey, which is closer to the continent than Wales.
Hope I don't win!

But you can!
Go to Abakhans Facebook page, like it and share this message!
(There's a lot of information to be found on sewing, fabrics and lots of tutorials here.)

Good luck to you!!

Monday, 3 February 2014

What to choose?



At the moment there are so many wonderful quilt alongs going on.

Economy QA
I was so tempted by Rita RedPepper to make these wonderful Economy blocks which finish at 5.5"; tutorial here
Amandajean Crazymom also stepped in and made a bigger block which finishes at 8.625", tute here.
And I also heard Katy imagingermonkey stepped in to make an even bigger block which finishes at 12", tute here.
I also found more size options at 'athousandneedles' if you'd like to start with a 2.5" or 5" center.
I'm tempted to step in with Amandajean, but I don't have the time (so many WiPs) and I tried one block
(used a purple non-cotton something = wrong)


At Craftbuds there's one going on: if you make something before February 14 you could win great prizes. The block is from the book 'Modern Bee, 13 quilts to make with friends' by Lindsay Conner
A tutorial is here and this block is really versatile. Take a look at what others made of it!
This looks like a very fast and easy quilt, which is what I love.

This is what Darcy of www.moderncozy.com made
The last one I found and want to share with you is the Mod Olives QA by Jenny of sewkindofwonderful. Start of the QA was February 1 and it'll continue for 6 weeks.
For me this would be a bit of a challenge (sewing curves) but not impossible. I love this block!
Tutorial here.

This picture is from Jenny's blog

In the meantime I know exactly what to choose: my WiPs are killing me (not really).
I've got 2 waiting to be basted & quilted, one I will make of the Craftbuds pattern in grey and pink.

Here's what I'm working on at the moment (tutorial here) :
picture from the scrapbook blog
I'll show you mine once it's pieced together.

Have a great time sewing or otherwise!