Sunday, 28 September 2014

Sassy Cats blue

After spending most of this year trying to get a blue version of my Sassy Cats blocks finished, the end is near. With work, family,  and just life, it is sometimes had for one to do what ones wants to do. I want to create these beautiful quilts, and at any one time I have three or four projects on the go.
So all I have left to do is the two borders,  backing and quilting.  I know it sounds like a lot, but believe me that is the easy part.

 Sassy Cats embroidery patterns are from BFC Creations.
 Vicki's Creations designed the blocks.

 I like the way the 4 patch makes little mini 4 patches on the back of the blocks.  I always try to make this work on the back as it makes it flatter for sewing.

 I really like these cats. Think I will also make some place mats.

The finished lap quilt will be approximately 55" square. 
I'm very happy with it.  When I am finished l will go back to finishing the pink Sassy Cats quilt.

Happy sewing

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Caravan Block

Continuing from last week's blog, I have completed my van sewing machine cover. You may remember I was watching a live youtube feed from Simply Colorful FibreCast,  and the presenter Lynn was making a vintage caravan block.  After making the block,  I thought it was perfect for a cover for my machine that I keep in our van.

 After the first block I added the two ends and the other side. 

Next I added the roof in two parts to allow the carrying handle of the machine.  I used a thin synthetic wadding and a plain yellow fabric backing to make a flat net of 3 van.

 And here we are. The finished cover. Next time I would make the stairs different and I would also outline the windows in white. 

I have owned this little Elna since about 1986. I bought it from my friend Rhonda. It has been the best machine -only does straight and zigzag,  but it has served me well. 

Prior to the Elna I used my grandmother's old Singer machine that now belongs to my Aunty Margaret.

So, tomorrow I'm back to Sassy Cats. 

Happy sewing

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Unexpected Find

In my haste to leave work on Friday,  I left my USB behind. All my work for the weekend was on that USB!  So,  this left me with little work to do this weekend. Lucky it is near the end of the term and I had already updated my class blog last week, and most work this week is planned and on the USB.

Anyway, yesterday morning as I was leisurely going through Twitter I came across a tweet that said something like 50 minutes until the start of a van block.  Mmmm interested! I clicked the link which took me to youtube.  WOW. Not only is this live broadcast at 10 am Australia time it was really interesting. I'll be checking it out next Saturday as well.

Simply Colorful FibreCast

So, Lynn, the presenter, was making a caravan block. Well I have been wanting to make a caravan block for ages ....... and as I had no weekend work with me .... so guess what I did?

The first thing Lynn suggested was to find some clipart of caravans. I found these four.

 I chose this one, and sort of following Lynn's video, started to put the block together.

I acquired a bag of fabric and was lucky enough to discover what looks like hand died fabrics.  I had already used some on Christmas gifts that I'm making and thought one would be perfect for a caravan.

After finishing the van, rather than putting it in a block,  I thought I would make it into a cover for my van sewing machine.

So off I go to finish.  Then back to Sassy Cats.

Happy Sewing