Monday, March 19, 2018

Sewing Storage

I'm always looking for new ways to display quilts and store notions. I love this super wide old clothes airer that can fit three large quilts. The top one is from Strip Savvy and the middle and bottom ones are from Striking Strip Quilts. 
A beautiful vintage Arabia of Finland salt pig I found on eBay is perfect to store Aurifil thread.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Laramie Shirt

I'm slowly going through the girls' wardrobes and seeing what they need for winter. Eva requested a button up shirt and I went with the Laramie Shirt by Hey June patterns. This is a great pattern with a good size range (6-16). I made the 12, which is slightly too big, but it will last a couple winters. I made the classic button up shirt version and used some rayon from Cotton and Steel. 
I enjoyed sewing it and Eva loves it so that is a definite win!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Charlie Caftan

My clothes sewing mojo seems to have been missing for quite a few months. I've made a couple of things, but it seemed like a chore, not an enjoyable hobby. But yesterday I made a Charlie Caftan and really enjoyed the process. I think my clothes sewing mojo might be coming back!
I used a linen blend from Spotlight, that I bought on special, so I wasn't too worried about messing the whole thing up. I sewed the size I measured, but the top is a little large, if I make another one I'll size the top down. I also didn't think too much about the sleeves and just made the big ones, which means they are huge, and a little odd, as the fabric does not drape. I'd definitely make the smaller ones next time. Other than that it went together quickly and easily (the sew along was very helpful with the inset centre panel). I love it, perfect for the warm weather we get in February and March. Now to decide what to sew next. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

A Bright Bunch

A Bright Bunch is in Homespun this month. This was such a fun quilt to make, I used my favourite bright solids  and a white background to make the colours pop! Find a copy on your newsagent now (or digital copies are on zinio).

In other news I cleaned a corner of my sewing room and found the perfect second hand chair for it!

Friday, February 09, 2018

Plums, Plums and More Plums

The plum harvest has been fantastic this year! There's also been a few blackberries we saved as we tried to cut out as much of them as we can (crazy weed around here).
I've made the Plum Cake from the book Twelve by Tessa Kiros. It is delicious with or without cream or ice-cream.
We've eaten so many crumbles. I even  made fruit leather this week. 2/4 kids love it. Which is pretty good for our house.
Last week there was a very rustic plum tart. Not sure I used the best pastry recipe, but you can't go wrong with plums and brown sugar.

Monday, February 05, 2018

Giant Applique Cushion

As I was cleaning up the sewing room a few weeks ago I came across this piece of appliqué I did last year. I didn't really have a plan when I started it, I just wanted to have a go. I cut random shapes and pinned them on randomly so I could practise my appliqué skills. 
On the weekend I found a big cushion insert and thought the appliqué would make a great cover. Perfect for my favourite spot on the verandah!