Saturday, 19 January 2013

Scrappy goodness

Here are my scrap packs that I am hoping to do a swap with another modern quilter in the UK. My fabrics are from all over the place, some bought here and others from the Continent. Here's a chance to pick up some unusual fabrics (and get rid of some fabrics you are fed up looking at - isn't it funny how some fabric no matter how much you use it seems to never end and with others there is never enough!)

Scraps really do pile up but it can be boring having lots the same. There are loads of projects that use up all those scraps. The latest one is scrappy trip around the world on quiltville.

As you can see each pack contains mostly small scraps. Some as big as 10" by 15" but none as large as a FQ. This is all I am looking for too. I will take a mix of anything down to about 5" square or 2.5" strips. Happy to take any colours but really looking for colour on colour for my Oh Fransson Toyko Subway map quilt as opposed to busy prints (as you can see I have enough of those already!). 

These piles weigh about 200 grams and can be posted for just £1.10 (incl p&p 2nd class) so it really is a good way to extend your fabric range for the smallest amount of outlay.

I also have these bags of really small scraps that could be used for card making, covering buttons or ticker taping, that I would be willing to swap for say 1 FQ or a couple of smaller scraps.

Hope to hear from some of you soon. Just comment on this post or email me.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

The big reveal

Now that all the wrapping has ripped open, I can reveal everything I have been working on over the past few weeks in time for Christmas presents.

First up is the much talked about, the one you have all been waiting for: Mr Humpty Dumpty!

Thanks to ikatbag for providing the pattern. He is so cute.

His legs and arms are on poppers so he comes apart just like in the story. Unfortunately I think I traumatised my nephew the first time I showed him this. However within minutes he was being thrown about the room to inflict more damage! I love his big smile and his sticking plaster.

For my sister-in-law, I made up another Buttercup bag and added a matching purse which would just fit an iphone to stop scratches against keys.

I used a thick black material for the exterior of the bag with a pink pin stripe thread running right through it. I think the results are really good. It is perfect for an evening bag and the weight worked well.

The last present is more of a traditional style of patchwork but it suited the receiver of the gift and that is the important thing. It is placemats for a kitchen table with a little runner for the middle.

I finished them by doing a meander all over with a gold thread.

They turned out pretty nice.

So that was my handmade Christmas. Hope you enjoyed yours.

I have a few other finishes to show but have not got a pic yet. And although you wouldn't know it by the quality of the pictures, I got a new camera which I am grappling with understanding. Hopefully more posts soon.