Monday, July 30, 2012

Godiva Awakes…

Rugby had a very special visitor today…a 20 foot tall Godiva!  She is making the journey over the next week down to London as part of the cultural celebrations for the Olympic Games and will visit Northampton, Milton Keynes, Luton, Hatfield and Waltham Abbey before arriving at Waltham Forest on August 5.

Godiva’s journey to London is being powered by 100 cyclists who will take Godiva and her horse down to London.

We were lucky enough to arrive for the parade just as they were taking her through the gates at Rugby School.  You can really see the sheer size of her when you compare her to the men standing around her feet.

If you want to read more or see the break down of the schedule, then pop over to the official site.  If you are within reach of her route then it is well worth trying to see her.  She is a real piece of art.

There was a tremendous amount of engineering behind her to make her animated and life-like.

From a textile point of view I couldn’t help wonder about the man-handling that had to take place to make her clothing.  Can you imagine having to push all that fabric under the machine!! 

There was quite a bit of detailing on her clothes and I only managed to snap this close-up as she floated by, but the quote is quite fascinating.

“People were quite happy with their jobs and content to put handles on cups all day, I wanted more than to be covered in clay…”

Here she is walking into Coventry…

You can see her departure from Coventry with her 100 cyclists and horse in this video...

Until next time...♥

Friday, July 27, 2012

Just Take 2 Progress

I've really been enjoying the applique blocks from the Just Take 2 quilt and have completed the latest ones.  The challenge with this first one is that it needs to be exactly 6” from tip to tip… and it is :o)  I haven’t trimmed it up yet, but I have taken a ruler to it and I think I’ve got it exactly where it needs it to be.

Next is this Star and Crescent Block.  The original instructions have you applique the large circle, then the little white circle and then finally the star.  I wasn’t sure I could get my star to fit just right, so I opted to applique the star to the white fabric and then cut my circle template for the white fabric to match the diameter of the star.  It worked very effectively and I’m really pleased with the results. 

Now this last block I finished awhile back and cannot recall if I posted about it.  This was almost a cut away Hawaiian style, but I opted to use fusible Floriani Stitch and Wash to draw the design and fuse it to the wrong side of the fabric.  I trimmed the fabric with a 1/4” seam allowance and then needle turned the allowance down as I stitched.  The ridged edge of the stabilizer is just enough to indicate the edge and stops you from turning under too much.  For this type of applique it worked perfectly!

Until next time...♥

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

154

Sometimes the most mindless sewing can add up to being very productive!  I’ve been quite determined recently to tame my scraps and have been making crumb blocks.  Each one is a in a colour family; red/pink, blue, green and pale plains.  So far I’ve make 154 - 4 ½” blocks.  I’m not sure what they will become, but it sure is easier store blocks than it is a mountain of scraps :o)

Until next time...♥

Monday, July 23, 2012

Granny Squares Finish!

I almost forgot to share the pictures I took of the Granny Square Quilt I finished a few weeks ago.  It was finished and packaged up as a gift for my cousin as she has just had a little girl.  I sure hope she likes it as much as I do.  It was a great scrap buster and I can’t wait to make another one.

Of course, I might have to try this version for the next one.

Just think of how many scraps I could use up then!!

Until next time...♥

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Oh Canada!

I saw this video on Poppyprint and had to share it for all my Canadian friends...I can't help wonder if they drank all that beer!  Oh the things people will do for art! :o)



Until next time...♥

Friday, July 20, 2012

Ta-Da!

I did it...I got my new and improved basket holder finished.  This is what it looked like last week and after deconstructing it and measuring it from every angle I’ve made a new insert that is more up to date. :o)

It has been awhile since I’ve made anything 3D, but I quite enjoyed the challenge of working out how the seams would line up and how I could finish all the edges.

I ended up making the middle, the flaps and the end pieces like mini quilts and bound 3 edges of the buttonholed flaps and the green sides.  Then I secured them on the edge with the main body of the liner and bound the whole thing as one.

Then I brought the green sides up and used a ladder stitch to sew the end pieces to the bound edges of the body and that made it 3D.  It worked surprisingly well!  I added a two zipped pockets, one inside and one out for extra storage and used my zips from McZips.  The results are this updated basket…which believe it or not, my daughter wants to claim back!  Hmmph…figures!

Until next time...♥

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

112 in 2012 (#17)..knitters you might want to look away.

Just a quick picture to add to the 112 Challenge

One morning last week this fellow was sitting in the hall blending in quite nicely with the wooden floor when my youngest spied him and a rescue operation began.  Why is it that these things require your attention when you are running late for school and really don’t have time to stop to analyse whether or not it is injured!  Just the same, we did take the time to take a few pictures and I was thrilled to catch one while it was sticking its tongue out.  A bit gross, but yet strangely fascinating!

#45 Fluffy furry or hairy (moth)

Until next time...♥

Monday, July 16, 2012

A Work in Progress… (+winner)

Ages ago I bought this sewing organizer and when I wasn’t looking it got claimed by DD1…well now she’s done with it and it has suddenly reappeared back into my procession.  Looking at it I thought it could be quite useful, but also thought it looked rather tired and that it would be fun to come up with a fresh new version.


So out came the paper, tape measure and calculator…and now as I have a fabulous collection of zips, I thought I might try and incorporate a couple of those too.


I spent an afternoon last week picking out fabrics and then this afternoon I got cutting and tackled sewing in the zips.


I wasn’t bothered about the zipped pockets being lined, so I have sewn 2 fabrics together with a 1/2” seam and left a gap in the middle for the zipper.  I pressed it well and starched it and then carefully sewed the zip in place using a zipper foot.


I left the ends of the zip long and once I was satisfied with the placement I sewed the pockets all the way around to the new quilted insert and then trimmed the excess zip.


I have a bit of hand sewing to do and then I’ll be able to assemble all the pieces.  The end result, if I did all the math right, should be quite functional :o)

One question you might have is how to get the zipper pull onto the zipper.  I find wrapping a bit of masking tape on the end edges gives them that little bit of stability you need when you are threading the zip onto the end.  This tutorial was very helpful.



And now the answer you have all been wanting to know… who’s the winner for the £25 voucher for McZips …it is:… Number 6 and that is Gill!  Congratulations!!


Until next time...♥

Friday, July 13, 2012

McZips Giveaway!

I'd like to introduce you to McZips… a fab Etsy Shop based in Germany that sells zippers in every colour imaginable. Ready made zips are 8” long and if you need anything longer you can buy zippers by the yard with the coordinating zipper pulls.


This week I received a selection of zips from McZips and I was really taken by the vibrancy of the colours as well as the variety of colours.  My daughter and I had a wonderful time laying them all out in rainbow fashion and it gave us a great distraction from the rain! :o)



For me the big plus of McZips is that he is based in Europe... this is a big advantage as it greatly reduces the shipping costs and delivery is quick to the UK!


You might wonder what I’m going to do with all these zips.  Well armed with this pattern I’m going to make a few bags.  I also have another project on the go which I’ll show you next week that has zips too.  I’ll be the most organized girl in town :o)


Now here’s the best part… McZips is offering one of my readers a £25 voucher… just think of the many things you can add zips to!


To enter for your chance to win £25 GBP/$40 voucher for McZips leave a comment and tell me what you would put zips in.  Anyone can enter as long as I have a way of contacting you. (Leave your email address in your comment if you don't have a blogger account.) One entry per person please. I will choose a winner Monday July 16th, 2012! 
Giveaway Closed...Winner to be announced soon :o)
And if you can’t wait to place your order with McZips then make sure you quote “Sew Create It” with your order and get a 10% discount!
Until next time...♥

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Beautiful Film about a Very Special Quilt…

Once again the National Film Board of Canada have produced a beautiful film...they always seem to get it right :o)  This time it's a film about a special quilt.  I know it’s a 12 minutes long, but it is a lovely story.  Make sure you have a tissue handy! :o)



Until next time...♥

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Cure for Insomnia…

Bit of a strange title perhaps, but on this very raining Monday afternoon I found myself settled on the sofa stitching the binding on this quilt while watching Wimbledon.  Between the rhythm of the stitching and the regular hip-pop of the ball on the t.v. plus the darkened room due to the low clouds I soon found myself…

…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz asleep!

I woke just in time to see our favourite British tennis player secure his place in the next round and see the match determining his next opponent.

I should be able to share that finished quilt soon, once I unpicked the wonky stitching that I must have stitched in my sleep and get it washed. :o)

In-between tennis and raindrops I have also been working on more crumb blocks and playing with a new app on my phone called Pudding Camera.  It creates these instagram type pictures!  Pretty cool eh?

Until next time...