Saturday, 16 April 2016

Hearts and Flowers

This quilt was made as a Block of the Month quilt challenge at our local group. Each month we got another instalment and paid a £1 for the pattern. The money collected became the prize money for 1st, 2nd and 3rd voted for by fellow quilters - aka quilters choice, at the AGM. Sadly mine did not win, but all the quilts were amazingly different and gorgeous.

I choose very pretty colours - not my usual colour choice at all. I enjoyed working with this range though and it made me realise how much I like white/cream for backgrounds.

 You can see here  how I have adapted this pattern

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Patchwork Rucksack

I had been wanting to make a rucksack for daily use to work, I found this pattern and really liked it. I had some Lecien fabrics that would work wonderfully.  To make the bag a little waterproof I put in an extra layer of shower curtain between the top fabric and the batting. It makes a bit of a  crinkly noise but has worked well.
 I am not sure if it is how I have placed the handles or the design of the bag, but the balance isn't quite right, it always wants to topple forward when held by the handles

Patchwork Upholstery

I bought this sofa  before our conservatory was finished, it comes with a story about delivery but I shall not go into that just now.  It's a Multiyork sofa and purchased from a big auction site. I always intended to cover it and was delighted to see that it had fully removable covers, However, I was not brave enough to take this apart and make a pattern.

So when a friend started giving me scraps of fabric from her curtain making business I kept a few. The stash grew and I soon had enough to cover the sofa. I made loose covers, one for the back and one for the seat. I used my overlocker and just sewed pieces together.  Once a few were together to make a bigger piece I laid this against the sofa and made a pattern pretty much freehand. It has worked really well, and as you can see Indie like it too!

Part one: the back

 Part two: the whole thing