Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Morris Hexathon....Blocks 14, 16 and 17

Three more to do and I'll be caught up with the Hexathon. Number 19 has curves. I have no idea how they are done but I'm sure I'll find out.

14. Canterbury

16. Hammersmith

17. Folly


Linking up with Books and Quilts for........


and....The Needle and Thread Network.


Take care:)

Sunday, September 18, 2016

WellieWisher makes........

I made two outfits for Willa the Wellie Wisher doll belonging to my granddaughter.  

Those of you who are observant will notice it's not Willa modeling the outfits below. It's Camille who lives with grandma. Yes.....grandma bought a Wellie Wisher to fit the clothes on. It's so much easier to have the doll there when you are making doll clothes.

The first outfit is an amalgamation of a free skirt pattern called the Four Seasons Skirt ...the link is at the bottom of this post. I made a few changes in construction because I was using denim but otherwise it turned out very well.

The top is called the Popsicle Top by Pixie Faire on Etsy. It went together very well as her patterns are professionally done. I wish I had made it a bit longer so it covered the elastic in the skirt...next time:) The hat is a pattern from Farmcookies on Etsy.


I'll be honest. I'm not in love with the hat. The lining is the same size as the outside hat so it doesn't settle very well. It's too loose. I've had a think about it and will make it differently next time. I added a lady bug button to the hat brim to match the lady bugs on Willa's wellies.


The second outfit is from a pattern called Love U Bunches Polka Party Dot Dress from Pixie Faire on Etsy. I was impressed with the quality of the pattern. The pieces fit together perfectly. One thing though if you are making doll clothes.... or even cloth dolls...invest in some hemostats. They are invaluable. The top half of the dress is self lined so you have to pull the dress through the narrow shoulders to get it right side out. Not a feat done without such a tool.

This dress was pronounced as being adorable by GD and her mum.
I asked the GD what her favourite colours are. At first she said pink and then very quickly changed her mind. She liked yellow and ...cringe....neon orange. Hmmm. I don't have much in my stash of either of those colours. Rats.

So back to the sewing machine to see what I can devise:)

Here are some free Wellie Wisher patterns that I found on the internet.

Garden Party Dress

Geometry Class Dress

Four Season Skirt

Play Date Pants

Trendy T-shirt 

Take care:) 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Morris Hexathon - Blocks 11, 12 and 13




Today I thought I'd hook up with Hibiscus Stitches for.......


and.... Needlework Tuesday at Books and Quilts 

http://www.heatherpearson.com/2016/09/needlework-tuesday-pokemon-go.html


Well. I'm almost caught up with the Morris Hexathon Challenge.

Three more hexies completed. I didn't do a great job with my points this time.....specially on number 12. Too many teeny tiny bits. The smallest are about 5/8th of an inch each.

Getting the points right on is so hard.

11. Merton Abbey


12. Hampton Court

13. Oxford Rose

I'm also doing something I haven't done in forty years or more. I'm making doll clothes. Yes I know I make dolls but that's different. These are clothes for a doll called Willa. She is a new doll from the makers of American Girl dolls. She is a WellieWisher and she's adorable. My 6 year old granddaughter LOVES her :)

Source

Because the dolls are fairly new on the market there isn't much selection as far as clothes go. The cost is also horrendous. In my humble opinion anyway. So Grandma is making some outfits for Willa. I'll give you a peek once I get a few made.

Take care:)

Friday, September 2, 2016

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine 2018 Contest ........

Just wanted to remind you that the Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine is calling for submissions for their 2018 Calendar.

This time the theme is musicals. Wow the possibilities are amazing.

Here is the link but I also copied the guidelines as well.






Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Morris Hexathon......Blocks 9 and 10

I was behind as I started late but now I have only six more blocks to finish and I will be caught up with the Morris Hexathon. 

It has been an interesting experience. 

As I make each one I'm gaining more insight as to the best technique to get my points to match up. I notice that some quilters put together units and then stitch them together. I found I wasn't as happy with the result. I'm more successful when I add each paper piece unit one at a time. Definitely it's a skill that only comes from lots and lots of practice.

Block 9:  Red Lion


Block 10: Thames Path

Wait til you see block # 12.....some really itty bitty pieces....eeeek!

Today I'm joining up with The Needle & Thread Network. I haven't joined them in a long while but then I've been pretty quiet in the sewing department in the last 12 months.




Come on over and see what my fellow Canadians are up to this week:)

Take care. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Morris Hexathon....Blocks 6, 7 and 8

I'm at the half way mark as the 16th block template was posted on Saturday.

6. South Kensington

7. Avebury Stones

8. Greenwood

I'm also back on TAST...Take A Stitch Tuesday. I've gotten way behind on that but it won't take me long to get caught up.

Here is stitch #29...the Barb Stitch. I did the beaded barb stitch version. It would make a lovely and very easy to do seam treatment for Crazy Quilting.
Take care:)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Morris Hexathon - Block 2, Block 4 and Block 5

Here are a few more blocks for the Morris Hexathon. Slowly catching up.

Block 2 - Crystal Palace

Block 4 - Box Hill

Block 5 - Upton

I think the battery in my camera needs to be recharged:)

Take care.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Morris Hexathon - Block 15 Kelmscott Tile

This was one complicated block. There are 48 tiny diamonds. Each is about 1 5/8 inches long and about 1 inch wide.

Sheesh.

I persevered and finished it.....:)


I have 13 more to do so I can catch up....eeeek.

Take care:)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Adventures in EPP....

I have one more radiation treatment to go!!!!!!


I had seen several mentions lately about a Morris Hexathon. I investigated and found Barbara Brackman's Material Culture blog. 

Barbara is a quilt historian and if you're interested there is quite a lot of interesting reading to be had on her blog. She is the source of the Morris Hexathon. There are to be 26 hexagons and so far 15 templates have been posted.

I'm a total newbie to quilting and English Paper Piecing but I figure you have to start somewhere...right?

Here is the post that introduces the Morris Hexathon.....link. To find the rest of the discussions you can look at the page I created on my menu bar across the top. I called it Morris Hexathon. 

I found 10 fat quarters that are sort of William Morris-ish in my stash. The fabric design is called All About Autumn #2362 by Laurie Godin for Northcott.


Fist off an admission. I should have read the tutorials but as usual I sailed off on my own...sigh. When will I ever learn?

I tried two of the Hexagons...Westminster and Camelot Star.

I totally screwed up on the little end triangles that finish Westminster as you can see. I don't think I should have all that stuff hanging down. It should be much neater. I will unpick those pieces and try again.



Camelot Star looks a bit more like what I think it should turn out to be in the end.



I will now go and read the tutorials ...:)

Take care. 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Crochet a String of Hearts...........

A friend sent me this link to crochet a string of hearts. She thought it might be used for a crazy quilting seam treatment. The video is in Russian but I think it's easy enough to follow.


There is supposedly an English version on their website but I wasn't able to find it but did find some other interesting things:)

She-Ru Knitting and Crochet

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