Sausage Dog Fun

Hello everyone,

I can now share something that I made for my daughter for Christmas. She’s been wanting a sausage dog for along the bottom of the door for a while. I came across this pattern and just had to make one.

He’s got lovely ears…

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…and a proper stand up tail.

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He was very easy to put together. I made my own slight alterations to the pattern instructions regarding the construction methods for the gusset under his chin and attaching the ears. 

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You might recognise the shiny fabric. I’ve finally chopped up a sari that my daughter brought for me from India.

IMG_20161216_115921855I think he looks very smart in his shiny coat. He’s stuffed quite firmly in the head and tail. I also bought him a collar with red flashing LEDs but haven’t got a photo of him wearing it. He’s very well behaved and has taken up residence along the back of the sofa. It’s too draughty down by the door 🙂

Doctor Who’s Tardis

Hello everyone,

I’m sorry I’ve been away for so long. I’m not able to spend much time at the sewing machine or the laptop at the moment so I’ve been concentrating on hand sewing which you can see on my other blog. It’s so much easier to pick up and put down a hand stitched project when you only have a few odd minutes to spare here and there.

Anyway, a few weeks ago, I was browsing the internet for inspiration for future projects, as you do, and I found this free pattern. I’m not a particular fan of Doctor Who but one of my friends enjoys the programme and I was looking for a small project to keep me out of trouble. So, I made my own version of the pattern and this is how it turned out.

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I had wanted to make a mug rug initially but it sort of grew into a mini quilt, suitable for a wall-hanging or table topper or whatever my friend decides to do with it. I added some personal touches by embroidering the white text onto black evenweave and also printed the door notice and the St. John Ambulance logo onto fabric before the final piecing took place. Here’s a close up.

IMG_20160407_132135903 I finished off with some blue metallic thread window panes and door details. You may notice the mistake in the text on the door. Well, technically it isn’t a mistake. I found out all sorts of information about the various versions of the tardis from here. You will see that the words I’ve used did actually appear on one version of the tardis prop.

Anyway, I had lots of fun making this and my friend is really happy with it too. That makes me smile 🙂

 

F2F Blocks for October and December

Hello everyone,

I thought it would be nice to share the blocks I made for Miss October and Miss December in the F2F block swap organised by Kate and Sue. We are having a lot of fun choosing fabrics and making blocks for each other.

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Here the blocks I made for Lynn, Miss October. I was only supposed to make three but one of them turned out slightly larger than the required 12 inches square finished size so I thought Lynn would like it anyway, to do with as she pleases. Lynn requested turquoise, grey and a hint of coral pink. The puppy block was inspired by Dog Gone Cute over at Sew Fresh Quilts. Their block is rectangular but with a bit of squared paper and some jiggery pokery, I managed to make a square one. I promptly threw away my pattern (I was never going to need another puppy block) and then I was informed by Kate that my parcel to Lynn was missing!! In fact, one of the other participant’s parcels had also failed to arrive. Thankfully, they both eventually showed up back at our own addresses so we could send them on their way again. I was so sad to hear that they were missing in transit but then ELATED when they reappeared on my doormat. You really have no idea how pleased I was. I was happy dancing all around the supermarket car park!! The moral of that story is….don’t read your email while you are out shopping.

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November was my turn to receive blocks and you’ve seen those in my previous posts 🙂 Then it was Christina’s turn, Miss December. Here are her turquoise and grey blocks. Those colours are such a popular choice in this swap. Christina doesn’t have a blog but I know she has received her parcel so it’s OK to share photos here now.

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 Next up is Emmely, Miss January. I’ve posted her green blocks today and I’ll show you when she confirms receipt of her parcel.

Best wishes to everyone for 2016 🙂

The Loyal Union Sampler Block 4/121

Hi everyone,

Here is the fourth block of The Loyal Union Sampler from the book by Jennifer Chiaverini. It’s amazing what you can do with 45 tiny bits of fabric when you try. 

This block is called Anneke’s Choice.

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The angles were the most challenging yet but this is my first attempt and I’m sticking with it. There are no curved pieces but I sometimes look at it and see curves, especially from a distance. The finished block will be 6 inches square when sewn into the final quilt.

I hope you’ve all had a lovely crafty day 🙂

Avis x

Loyal Union Sampler Block 2/121

Hi everyone,

There hasn’t been much time to sew during the last few days but I did complete the second block of the Loyal Union Sampler from the book by Jennifer Chiaverini. This one is called Abigail’s Swing.

It was a real challenge for me. I haven’t sewn Y seams before and the tiny pieces were very fiddly to work with in the machine. Are Y seams easier to sew by hand I wonder? Anyway, it isn’t perfect but I’m happy with my first effort. I might re-do this one when my skills improve as I make other blocks.

The block is 6.5 inches square and will be 6 inches square when sewn into the quilt.

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It’s time to make a cuppa and read some of your lovely blogs now 🙂

Avis x

Loyal Union Sampler Block 1/121

Hello everyone,

I’ve finally sewn together the first block of the Loyal Union Sampler from the book by Jennifer Chiaverini. It’s called Abel’s Favorite.

I had some difficulty with the way the seams were pressed and decided there was no way I could think of to make it better than this. I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

The block measures 6.5 inches square so it’ll be 6 inches square when sewn into the finished quilt.

Abel's Favorite

I hope you are all well and getting plenty of time to craft 🙂

Avis x

The Loyal Union Sampler – A New Challenge

Good morning everyone,

It’s time to embark on a new project. My sister bought me this gorgeous book from my wish list for my birthday last month. I’m sure many of you will already have this book and some may have even started to make the quilt. Have any my readers finished this quilt?…..I wonder.

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I read through the short introduction and decided on my colour scheme (which may change). This quilt is made up of 121 traditional blocks using a mixture of techniques. I’m looking forward to trying them all.

The first block is called Abel’s Favorite (US spelling) and I’ve got all of the little units made up. I followed the instructions to the letter and pressed all seams in the suggested directions but there is still going to be some bulk around the beaks of the flying geese. Here they are waiting to be put together. I hope I can make a reasonable job of it.

CIMG4068The finished block will be 6 x 6 inches so some of these pieces are very small and fiddly but that’s all part of the challenge I suppose. Friends and family have already told me that I’m mad for embarking on this project. My sister had no idea I intended to make the whole quilt when she bought the book. However, this is going to challenge me on so many levels and at the moment I’m up for it.

Wish me luck. I’ll probably need it!

Avis x

Another Year Over!

Hi everyone, Happy New Year to you all!

Hasn’t the year flown by? I hope you found lots of time for crafting and that you now have several finished projects to show for it. I did a lot more hand stitching in 2014 than patchwork and quilting, not by choice, just that it was easier to pick up and put down hand sewing when I had spare time.

At the beginning of 2014 I launched the Chicken Run which is still going after a whole year! I have to thank you all for your support with that. There are now lots of handmade chickens all over the world. Also, a larger SAL group on my other blog has been formed for crafters wanting to finish a variety of projects. It started with only two of us, Claire and me, and now we are ten strong!

It’s been a very tough year for me in many respects and crafting has kept me motivated. There have been several occasions when I have been sent to the sewing room by my OH because he had decided it was time I had a break LOL. He was always right. It did me good to have a sewing break now and again.

Thanks to all of you who have liked, commented, emailed and read my posts last year. It’s always lovely to hear from you and even if you don’t comment, I know you are visiting the blogs.

Here are some photos of my completed projects from 2014. If you want to read the original posts click here and then click on the photo of the project you want to read about.

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Here’s to a wonderful crafty New Year for all of us!

Avis x

It’s time to make Christmas Decorations

Good evening everyone,

You may remember that I started making Christmas decorations early last year.

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I’ve finally got around to putting a photo tutorial together for this one. All you need is two small pieces of fabric, a button, ribbon, thread and a needle. I made mine on the Green Mean Sewing Machine but you could make some by hand if you wish.

Cut one circle of about eight inches diameter from each of two contrasting fabrics. I drew around a pan lid but you could use a small plate etc.

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 Pin right sides together.

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Sew a quarter inch seam around the edge, leaving about two inches open for turning.

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Turn inside out and smooth the edges with a pen or other blunt instrument.

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My opening is at the top of this photo.

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Turn the raw edges of the opening to the inside and hand sew to close it. Then top stitch one quarter of an inch all the way around the edge.

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 Fold in half.

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Fold in half again. Finger press the folds at the very edges of the circle. You will need the positions of the folds for the next steps.

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Sew through the fold positions from front to back close to the edge.

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Sew through a couple of times to secure it. Don’t break the thread.

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Re-fold, if necessary, to find the next stitch point.

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Now sew through the right fold from front to back.

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Pull the thread until the right hand side meets the previous stitches. Secure with a couple of stitches. Don’t break the thread.

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Now sew through the left fold from front to back.

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Pull the thread so it comes together like this.

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Secure with a couple of stitches. Don’t break the thread. Flatten the back to make a square with the four petals standing up.

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Open out one of the petals.

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 Turn it to the back.

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Tidy it up. Repeat with the other three petals.

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You’re almost there…

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Sew a button to the centre and add some pretty ribbon to the top for hanging then you are done.

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Off you go and make a few for your Christmas trees now. Has anyone been Christmas shopping yet?

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial Smile

Avis x

Pretty little zipper pouch

Hi everyone,

Just popping in to say hello and show you what I’ve been up to lately. Not nearly enough in the crafting department I’m afraid!

Anyway, after using the batik fabrics on my last project, I remembered that I had a few scraps of other batiks in my stash. I haven’t had time to tackle a quilt top but found a lovely tutorial for this zipper pouch and I couldn’t resist making it.

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I used different fabrics on the front and back. From the other side it looks like this.

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The main fabric here isn’t a batik but it matches very well.  The inset fabric is my favourite Moda Bella solids which are available in my shop.

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It is also fully lined with white Moda Bella Solids.

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Did you spot the pretty lace? Well, that belonged to my late Aunt Edith so it is probably from the 1960’s. It would have been left over from one of the bridesmaid’s dresses that she used to make. If you’d like to make this bag, pop over to Pattydoo where you will find the pattern and a fab tutorial. I know I’ll make many more bags using this pattern so thank you very much to Ina for sharing Smile.

I’ve also just finished stitching a card for my daughter’s birthday which you can see over on my other blog Sewing Beside the Sea. It would be nice to see you over there!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend,

Avis x

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