Sunday, October 25, 2009

A secret worth celebrating

I am whispering this as I write and touching wood at the same time so I don't jinx myself... for those of you who know Miss B you know her story, for those of you who don't I am not going to elaborate except to say she has had an uphill battle all her life and is tube fed. So here is my revolutionary secret-

Miss B has had no overnight feed for one whole week now.

There!! How clever is my chicken?

Sunday Stash #12

Here is some oh-so-sweet japanese fabric- lots of bunnies and bears and the odd cat and dog thrown in.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sunday Stash #11

This is the Zimmerman fabric that made up Mr Rabbit's torso. It's a beautiful lightweight cotton voile, great for kiddies clothes.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Mr B.Rabbit

Meet Mr B. Rabbit, he is the first toy I have made for The Toy Society...

Isn't he handsome in an original only-a-mother-could-love-him sort of way??? This is him on the park bench where he is hoping to find a friend...

As his creator I became quite attached to Mr Rabbit, and was a little sad to hang his "please take me home" sign around his neck- I could see the look of betrayal flicker across his eyes...

On a practical note, his tail was a yoyo- so easy to make!!! The fabrics were from all over the place- Zimmerman, japanese, urban chicks, Prints Charming etc etc.

By the time I went past the park this afternoon he had gone- bye bye Mr Rabbit, I hope you found a good home!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A babe (and a star!) is born

Today has been a day of high nerves and excitement. My little sis had her first baby- a beautiful boy named Samson. This post has piles of photos in it because I can finally show you what I have been working on for 6 months- Sam's quilt! It is a star quilt, the pattern used from the first Material Obsession book.

The fabrics used were from the Lecien Folklore range, Moda Arcadia and Urban Chicks. It took some time finding appropriate colour matches.

As you can see, there was LOTS of fussy cutting. I only made the centre of the quilt and bound it to make it baby size. I didn't know what the sex of her baby was so I used muted blues and aubergine and made it pretty. This quilt has been my baby- after only a year of quilting I had no idea how hard a star was, but it was well worth the effort. I learnt how to quilt on my machine and did stitch in the ditch and stippling myself!

Amy (my sis) was happy with the pressie (it was hard to give to her!) and Sam had a lovely snuggle under there. As my sister has just arrived home (yes, she gave birth 5 hours ago) she wasn't in a photo op moment but I will get some of her with little Sam.

Welcome to the world little one. Brigi can't wait to give you a kiss!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sunday Stash #10

Some beautiful paint by numbers birds care of the lovely Kate...

Thursday, October 8, 2009

October Beehive

Below is the block for my October beehive for Belinda. It is HUGE for a quilt block- 18.5" square. It was so rewarding making a large block, I think because it looks like you've done so much! I loved the fabrics, it was pretty easy for me to work on. Next is a 9.5" square with the leftovers...

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Sunday Stash #9

This is a fabric that I have had for a while in my stash, I just can't bear to think of cutting it up but feel it's wasted sitting in my stash and should be loved. It's a Nani Iro double gauze designed by Naomi Ito. The front piece of gauze is a "soft black", and the backing is a taupe colour, making the overall look a lovely sludgy black floral.

Miss B wanted me to let you know she was not in the mood for posing today (believe me, we tried!) and so the finished dress made from the Japanese seersucker is displayed by her "mirror girl" on her wardrobe door instead... she has a Sale of the Century hand waving pose happening don't you think?

I have a confession to make- I don't "do" facings unless I absolutely have to and so I used a navy bias binding to finish off the neck, sleeves and even the hem. I think it gives some definition to the dress and it suit's Miss B's colourings. While it didn't come up too clearly the button is from my stash, a little lime coloured apple.

TTFN, Bec x