Monday, April 28, 2008

All The Days Of The Week

There have been hints and suggestions and here it is finally, the days of the week quilt. It started so innocently with the bibs I found while opp shopping/thrifting and ended up as this.

The top went together pretty quickly once I decided on which fabrics to use. It was the first venture into in my little pile of bandana type prints. I even cut a few extra strips and am contemplating breaking into my stash of cowboy fabrics.

Nana's visit went well and we hope to see her again in a few months for little e's birthday.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Time to Stop

I noticed the fridge light first. It wasn't working. Our power was out for some hours this morning. In a sense, it was a relief.

My Nana-in-Law is visiting this afternoon and I really needed to get ready.

The stoppage was planned. We even had a letter about it. I had just forgottten, until the fridge light, that is.

My first thought was to head to a friend's place for the morning. However, I couldn't place my cell phone and couldn't use the land line to call it. One day we really MUST get a phone that isn't portable.

So little e and I stayed home.

I started to think of all the things I couldn't do.

I couldn't start on the cowboy quilt that I've been dreaming about

I couldn't put on another load of washing.

I couldn't bake a cake.

I couldn't check my emails to see if Beth from Sew Mama Sew liked my Tutorial.

I couldn't vacuum

My days are often a flurry of multi tasking. Put the cake in the oven. Put a load of washing on. Do the dishes and going well, it should all finish at the same time. It's like a construction program, with the long lead and long cycle time things getting kicked off first. I feel like I am working smart but in truth, still not getting everything done.

Today I had to stop.

We played on the floor and under the washing line, with pieces of apple and flyaway circulars. It was nice outside.

I sat down with the transistor radio and could hear it for once as it didn't have to compete with the sewing machine. I managed to put together an engagement card for some friends, only two months after buying the card. I even considered getting my knitting out.

In fact, we managed to get a lot done. It is just that it wasn't the usual way.

Now the power is back on. There are some things that I thought I needed to do but really they can still wait. It is time to stop. Nana is coming to see us not the house.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Tutorial - Tool Tape Details on Stretch Fabric

I've had enough of snap fasteners pulling through the fabric when I use them. It seems to happen a lot on children's clothing. This got me thinking and I tried to solve the problem when making some winter tops for little e. The following tutorial below creates a strong snap fastener details that is useful for children's clothes.

The original pattern (Simplicity 4054) called for sewn on snaps. The modified detail replaces them with hammered on snaps with a contrasting strip where ever the snap fasteners are used as seen in this finished top. Don't mistake the contrasting strip for some new fangled decoration. It is holding the snaps and fabric together.

The instructions are colour coded with

Pink – top layer of closure

Turquoise – lower layer of closure

Stripey pieces – trim, cut to 1 ¼“ parallel to the grain

Purple running stitch – fold line

Orange tailor tacks - stud and socket locations

1, Measure trim against opening to span between fold lines. Stitch across ends with right sides together, turn and press.

2, Baste tool tape onto the top piece of the closure, on the top side of the fold. Baste tool tape to the lower layer of the closure, between the fold line and the edge. Note: the tool tape is placed on surface that the prongs of the snap fasteners will be attached to. This reinforces the area of fabric that will have the most strain.

3, Overlock trim to the garment between fold lines.

4, Fold over the ends at the fold line and stitch. Trim corners, turn right way out and press. Topstitch, parallel to the trim edge.

5, Sew along basting lines on tool tape to fasten the outer surface with the folded edge. While hard to make out, this stitching is shown in yellow above. To avoid bunching in the stretch fabric below, create each line of stitching in two sections sewn from outer edge to centre or use a walking foot. Note: these stitching lines reinforce further by holding the outer and folded layers together at the fastener location.

6, Apply snap domes following manufacturers instructions.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Thrifty Goodness – Baby Bundt Improvisation

I had some opp shopping serendipity recently. A set of sunflower moulds that I have already found some use for.

I had been eyeing up the baby bundt cakes in Nigella's How to be a Domestic Goddess. Who really has a set of Baby Bundt Moulds? Surely anything that looks that good, can't really taste so hot? Maybe the icing is hiding something.

Then I saw these silicon moulds at the church sale. There were two and at only 10 cents each I was stoked. While the aren't strictly bundt moulds, the little sunflowers have fiddly petals that look great with icing dribbling over the edges, and most of that top is covered with icing anyway.

It was a friends 30th birthday last week. I had thought about picking some flowers from my mother's place. The roses are in their last flush and the dahlias are looking great. Despite all their glory it felt like cheating to give flowers that I hadn't grown myself so I got to thinking and came up with a box of bundt cakes.

While on the thrifting tangent, the days of the week bibs are finally underway. Miss Saturday has been framed, so to speak.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Fishing From the Trees - link to mobile tutorial

Today we introduced little e to the wonder of mobiles. I saw this fantastic Design Sponge tutorial on Whip Up and just had to try it. There was some extra paper so of course the fish needed bubbles. It was so very quick and as you can see she loves it.

After putting it up in her room she just stared for a while. Then the babbling started. Imagine, seeing things floating through the air for the first time, over your very own bed.

You can see by the disheveled leaves of the magnolia stunt tree, Autumn is under way. It's finally cold enough to get the bulbs in and the buggy makes a glorious crunchy swish noise as we walk through the leaves.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Four patches finished

The Jacob's Ladder is finished. We will be showing them at guild in June so you will just have to wait to see the rest of them.

I am quite pleased with the way this has turned out. I tried to restrict myself to the range of royal colours – rich blues, reds and greens, and not buy any additional fabric for the quilt. While the colours worked out well, I would stick to a monochromatic scheme for making up the blocks next time . If you squint you can see the wave of diagonal bands. I had hoped they would be more obvious.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Almost There

I picked up the four patches quilt a fortnight ago. The binding is done it's just the label to go.

Word has it, not all of the quilts are finished so there won't be a grand unveiling this week. However, stand by for a mini unveiling, when I get the label done.