Friday, 4 March 2016

Unselfish Sewing - Mothers Day Presents

Hello Everyone,

I do love a good meme picture!

How are we all? I hear there is snow up North - we are basking in (cold) sunshine today, I just hope this carries on all weekend!

I am going to the Knitting and Stitching Show tomorrow with a group of lovely ladies from The Foldline London Meet Up thread and I am really looking forward to it! I went last year and said I would only go with friends next time so that's what I am doing :):):)

Anyway, this is a pretty quick boring post but I wanted to share a bit of an update of what I have been up to.

My last post that I was making my Mums Mothers Day present...and here they are (in unfinished photos)

Three cushion covers and a couple of fabric baskets. So easy to make! 

The cushions are 45cm squares of fabric with a zip in the middle - these 3 cushions took less than half an hour to cut and sew  - none of the edges were finished as they won't be washed much and was a decent seam allowance so I wasn't that bothered!

For the baskets I started by following this tutorial found through Pinterest (the best website ever!) but I didn't want to cut any bias binding as I am lazy and didn't have much fancy fabric left (but mainly I am lazy) so I made 5 interfaced lined squares of my fancy fabric and sewed them together as the tutorial suggests, I then joined another 5 together as before out of my lining fabric but left a gap in one of the side seams. I sewed the two boxes right sides together around the top edge (this was a little tricky to keep straight lines) so it looked like a weird cuboid type structure. I then turned everything around and pushed it through itself (through the side seam gap) so it was right side out, pushed the lining into the interfaced box, sewed the side seam gap up and pressed the hell out of it! This all took about 1 hour to make 3 boxes and my Mum was very impressed!

A quick update on my Collette Laurel Quest - I have one cut and semi sewn together, I am just inserting sleeves and still got the neck binding to put on.
It is sat in my new UFO basket which I have on display to give me some motivation.

And A Hexie Update...

Back in August (eeeshk) I said I wanted to make myself a hexagon quilt...well I am still going, I decided against using a fabric up to 5 times and have decided just once per fabric. This was always going to be a slow project, but blimey it really is! I have bought a few cheapo 5 inch pre-cut fabric bundles and I am nearly through them and will be moving on to buying some charm packs. It is really hard to buy these packs with no repeating patterns in them but I have found some online (and maybe find more at the Knitting and Stitching show tomorrow!). 

I have about 120 sewn up now...I thought this was a lot and then I used this amazing quilt calculator and realised just how wrong I was!

Image captured from CD Designs website 
 Still over 600 to go...

The charm packs I want to buy will be more colour coordinated I think and hopefully start to bring the colours together.

Also, after all this hard work I think I am going to invest in getting this professionally long arm quilted as I don't think my machine will handle it all that well. A quick google search told me this should be about £200 - but at my current rate this will not be finished until after 2020 so no big rush! 

Well, this post turned out to be longer than I expected...sorry!

If you have managed to read all this, thank you!

Speak soon, hopefully with some actual clothes to show you! That would make a change huh?

Kristy xxx


  1. Thanks for the fabric basket idea, I can see what will be happening to some of my scraps- maybe I could even do patchwork baskets.
    As for the number of shapes you need to make a quilt, I too have just found out how many it takes to make a covering. I'm making a granny square blanket from left over wool- only I found out you need to have squares from wool that knits to the same sort of tension and it takes way more than you think so now I am buying wool to add to the number of squares instead of just using up the yarn that I had.

    1. The are definitely good scrap busters, and baskets always come in handy.
      hmmm....couldn't you just make sure the squares are the same size once blocked then sew them together? I know nothing about knitting (or is this crochet?!) so I may be completely wrong!


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