Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Sending a Little Bit of Happiness

I've got a very good friend, Nadia, who told me about her friend who's soon to be heading to Africa to work on a project building a hospital.  When she was telling me about the project, it sounded so exciting, and I knew that even though I couldn't be there (this time!) I wanted to do something to make a small difference.  

So I had an idea to make some simple, but multicoloured bunting, that can be hung in the hospital and hopefully bring a small bit of comfort to those who stay there.  

Time's tight at the moment, so I knew that if I wanted this to happen, I'd have to draft in reinforcements.  In this case, it was in the form of Nadia, who has never even as much as sewn on a button, let alone made bunting.  So she was on triangle drawing duty, and I was on pinking shears duty.  


We decided that we wanted to make as much bunting as possible in the 2 short mornings that we had, and after thinking we could make 9 metres, we decided to push ourselves and go for a full on 12 metres...that's 48 flags.  We were certainly feeling determined!

Here's Nadia with all 48 ready to be sewn.

That's when she handed over the reins to me; I jumped on my Bernina and sewed like mad, in between trying to keep my 2 year old happy.  I think that was the most challenging bit about this whole project!

Sadly time got the better of us, and on day 2 school pick up came around faster than you can say '3 o'clock.' Luckily I managed to finish the last bit of sewing in the afternoon, and take some photos while the sun was shining.

Don't all those colours look so pretty against the blue skies?  It all looks so calm and peaceful in my garden.  But I just have to share the reality of this photo shoot...

In the absence of Nadia, I had to draft in assistance from the under 5's!!

I can't wait for it to arrive at the hospital in Africa.  I hope to get more specific details about the project soon and share them with you.  The fab thing is Nadia's friend doesn't even know we've made the bunting yet, I hope she can squeeze it into her suitcase!

Thank you for stopping by,

Sarah x

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Sunday, 6 April 2014

A Colourful Life

A few months ago I became the happy owner of one of these...

And this week I purchased one of these...

My quilting life is pretty much complete!

Now I feel really professional, 'consulting' my colour cards before making fabric/thread choices.  Oh it's the little things isn't it, and something only my fellow quilters would understand!

Sarah x

Friday, 4 April 2014

Wee Wander Quilted Cushion

It's a very rare that I get time to sit and do some sewing for 'me', but I am so in love with the Wee Wander Collection by Sarah Jane, that I wanted to use it to make something for myself to keep.  A cushion seemed perfect.  

I made yet more Economy blocks using this tutorial and I think I've said before, I'm completely addicted to them.  I just love how they showcase your very favourite fabrics, and I love the on point square within a square.  They are super fun to make, and by over-sizing the pieces and then trimming back, it's possible to get near perfect blocks every time.

I'm really happy with the back of the cushion too, as I just love all the characters; that tree is beautiful and the deer adorable. 

 Who wouldn't want to sit and play with the animals in fields full of blossom!  

I opted for an envelope back so that I could include some of my hand made fabric buttons.  

And I quilted the front with 1" vertical straight lines, using my favourite Aurifil 50 weight thread, number 2425.  It's such a gorgeous candy pink colour and so much more enjoyable to sew with than my usual grey!  Hopefully the quilting gives it just enough texture without taking away from the characters.   

This cushion indulges all my favourite things.  It's pink, it's quilted, it's vintage, it's whimsical.  And best of all, just this once, it's all mine :-)

Sarah x

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Fresh Sewing Day

March was a fab month for me.  I had so many wonderful experiences, learnt so many new things and had a few makes too, sometimes it's easy to forget just how much you've achieved in 4 weeks. So for the first time in ages, I'm linking up with Fresh Sewing Day to remind myself how busy I've been!

First was the last day of teaching my Beginners Quilting Class.   Here they are hard at work :-)

Shortly after that I attended a 2 day FMQ and Trapunto workshop with the wonderfully talented and inspirational Philippa Naylor.  If you want to see quilts of the highest order, check out her website.  You won't be disappointed.  

Less than a week later it was the Jersey Textile Showcase, and I went to workshops with textile artist Ineke Berlyn, and local textile artist Christine Witham. I made a lovely Lutrador tulip collage with Ineke, and a sunflower with Christine.  It was so much fun turning my hand to new skills, which definitely had a floral theme going on!

I also made 5 Super Hero capes for my daughter's class, which you can read about here.

See my girl in green! 

There's a couple of other makes that I can't share with you yet, but I did have lots of fun making some Amy Butler Economy Blocks...

I've made good progress on my son's Robot Medallion Quilt...

And I've been putting my Wee Wander fabrics by Sarah Jane to good use too...progress update coming soon!

So if I'm feeling exhausted after March, I guess it's no wonder.  Will April be a quieter month?  I wouldn't have thought so!! 

Thank you so much for stopping by,

Sarah x

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Monday, 31 March 2014

Robot Quilt Progress

One of my on going WIPS is a Robot medallion quilt for my son.  You can read all about it here. 

It's been a while since I've had a chance to work on it, so last week I put in the hours and had lots of fun making flying geese for the next border.  I love watching medallion quilts grow :-)

It's ready turning into the completely zany, busy, busy quilt that I want it to be, and hopefully with those sharp angles and lines it's got a robotic feel about it too.

I showed it to my son and his immediate reaction was 'Robots!' at the top of his voice - so I think he likes it.

I'm going to add another plainer border before doing a double row of offset squares...and then...who knows! That's what I love about medallion quilts, you can make it up as you go along.  I'm going to try something new (for me) with the quilting too.  Watch this space.

I'm so excited to finish this one and give it to my cheeky little monkey so he can snuggle under it :-)

Thank you for stopping by,

Sarah x

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 Handmade Harbour

Monday, 24 March 2014

Oh Happy Mail!

I'm so lucky to be in a very fabulous on-line bee, called The Strip Bees.  And in just 4 sleeps time, we are all going to be meeting for the very first time :-))

The wonderful Jennifer has been so very kind and made us all our very own Pants Bag, in preparation for our trip.  We are all meeting at her house and staying for the weekend, so pants will be required!! 

This is what arrived for me the other day...

Isn't it perfect!!!  Thank you so much Jennifer, I love it and I'll have to pack my very best pants especially ;-)

In other news, I've finally got around to some patchwork again, after what seems like weeks of sewing anything but quilts.  Here's some little blocks I made the other day.  

I've gone from being a little bit in love with Amy Butler fabrics to head over heels in love with Amy Butler fabrics.  And making these economy blocks (with 2 added borders) was just so much fun.  

This week I hope to work on my current WIP, the Robot Medallion quilt for my son.  

Can you spy more economy blocks?  I'm a little bit obsessed with them!  Looking forward to sharing more progress soon.

Sarah x

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Superhero (Writing) Capes

This week I was asked by my daughter's teacher if I could make some Superhero Capes, as their topic for this term is Super heroes.  How cool is that?!  The idea behind the capes is that if you want to wear a cape, you have to do some writing.  (Genius idea Mr M). 

As I was making 5, I wanted to keep them super simple, and this is what I came up with.

Five different colours, an appliqué lightening bolt on the back and Velcro straps on the front so that the children can independently put them on and take them off.

I'm pleased to say they were a big hit - so I'm told!  My daughter certainly thinks so - she's the green super hero by the way!

I was delighted that I was asked to make the capes, and they also compliment the Super hero cushion that made for the class a few weeks ago.

My mind is racing with other things I could make.  A super hero quilt for the book corner, some super hero bunting, super hero writing bags...the possibilities are endless.  Oh I wish there were more hours in the day!!

Sarah x