Monday, August 21, 2017

Flowering Snowball

 There was some very late night, last minute sewing last week so this could go into my exhibition. I'd put it off because I had no idea how to quilt it. In the end I went for a simple grid and I think it was a good choice. I found the perfect backing in my stash (some Monaluna octopi) and I used the dark grey that I used for the little squares in the centre of each block for the the binding.
I really love this block and I am so glad I bought these templates. There are so many different ways to choose fabrics and make secondary patterns. I'm sure I'll be making another one in the future.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Modern Quilts Exhibition

If you are anywhere near Bridgetown drop into Bridgetown Pottery-Restaurant. My quilts are hanging until the beginning of October and the food is amazing (I had the best potato soup I've ever, ever had the other day). Open Thurs-Sat.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Birch Skater Dress

I picked up some of the Birch Jersey last time I was in Spotlight. I'm not a huge fan of the jersey they normally sell in there, but I've read good things about the Birch jersey and thought I would try it. 
It is a little more substantial than other jerseys, a bit thicker and warmer, so perfect for a winter dress.
I used the Kitschy Coo Skater Dress which I've made a few times before. It is a quick and easy sew. The fabric is lovely to sew, it does not roll at all so you can get away with not pinning. The fabric does 'crack' a bit when stretching but after ironing the neckline and sleeves it looks ok. These photos were taken before I washed the fabric. I have since washed it and it washed quite well. I'd sew with this again and I'll definitely have a look at what other Birch jerseys they have next time I'm in there.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Paper Pieced Mini Quilt

After making this little paper pieced tree quilt I thought about other simple things I could turn into paper pieced blocks. I started with the apple. It took a couple of goes until I got it right and then before I knew it I had designed an entire mini quilt. I definitely took inspiration for the designs and the colours used from 60s and 70s craft books and the story books I remember from my childhood. The fabrics are Kona Cottons and I used white aurifil for piecing and quilting. 
I really loved every part of making this quilt. It's not often I want to remake a quilt as soon as I finish one, but I have plans for at least one more version of this and hopefully I can get time soon to write a pattern for it. 

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

Vintage Craft Books

I've been busy cleaning and sorting my sewing room so I can actually get to everything in here, especially my book shelf. I pulled out all my vintage embroidery and stitchery books. So much inspiration in each of these. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Block Printing Fabric

I've been playing around with my stamps on fabric. Not quite sure what I'll use them for yet, but they are ready for when inspiration strikes. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Change and Rebranding - Kate Henderson Quilts

At the start of the year I made the decision to change by business name over to Kate Henderson Quilts. It wasn't a hard decision, it perfectly describes what I do. With a name change I really needed a new logo. Lucky I know an excellent graphic designer (Jeff at Bridgetown Design and Print). 
Here it is!
Jeff also designed these fantastic business cards with quilt blocks on the back.
Eva has been busy designing new quilts with them. 

I'm updating my quilt patterns and making new ones and they should be available soon!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Paper Pieced Trees

I'd originally planned to carve a tree or leaf stamp the other day. I was sketching ideas when I decided to draft a paper piecing pattern instead. I had a quick google for EQ7 tutorials, found this one and had this is what I came up with. A winter tree.
And then an autumn tree.
And then a little tree mini quilt of Cotton and Steel fabrics.
I love how a new obsession with rubber stamp carving has led to me expanding my quilting and designing skills.

Friday, July 14, 2017

More Carved Stamps

I think I'm slightly obsessed. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Little Flower Cushion

And another thing finished. A cushion appliqu├ęd with little paper pieced flowers. The backing has been in my stash for ages waiting for the right project (I think it might be Kokka).
So now I can start a new paper piecing project!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Everglade Cushion

I'm trying to finish some of the WIPs in my sewing room. (It's getting a little crowded in here). So I turned my Everglade mini quilt into a cushion. (Pattern is Everglade by Carolyn Friedlander).
I just wanted it finished so I didn't even worry about batting and quilting. I just made some piping from the same fabric I used for the batting, followed the tutorial for the backing from Sew Mama Sew and it was done! Onto the next WIP.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Carving Rubber Stamps

It's been a while since I caved a stamp and did some printing, but I recently dug through the cupboard and found my supplies to have another go. I bought a new journal and found some space in my sewing room to keep everything out so when I have an idea I can try it out.
I carved some very simple quilt blocks so I can stamp out some mini quilts.

I think these stamps would be fun to play around with on tea towels.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Flowering Snowball

I've been planning to try a flowering snowball quilt for a while, but I couldn't quite decide on colours or fabric placement. this is where Electric Quilt is really helpful. I finally decided on some bright solids.
This was a very fun quilt to make. I don't think I'm finished with this block, there are far too many options I want to try!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Stylearc Besharl

I think I bought the Besharl jacket pattern the day I saw it. It is very similar to a RTW jacket that I have worn and worn. Plus it has pockets - always a winner. I used fabric I bought on special from Textile Traders last year. It is a knit fabric, kind of like ponte with a bit of stretch.
It was very quick and easy to make and the pieces went together perfectly. I think I see at least one more of these in my future. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Dutch Label Review

I've never been good at labelling my quilts, but this year I've been thinking it would be nice to have something small on the back of my quilts saying who made them. I'd seen lovely labels around the blogosphere from The Dutch Label Shop so when the lovely Abby contacted me a while ago asking if I wanted to try them I said yes!
The website is really easy to navigate and it is really easy to play around and design different labels. You can choose from basic woven labels (which is what I did) or adding your own logo to the labels. They also do care labels, hang tags and stock labels - so it's a bit of a one stop shop if you are making and selling clothing. 
You can choose from quite a large range of sizes, colours, fonts and symbols if you opt for the basic woven labels - so they are not really basic at all. 
 I hand sewed these onto the backs of my quilts. I think they are the medium size which aren't too small on the back of a quilt and won't be too big on clothes. They are also fairly soft for labels and aren't itchy like some labels I have used in the past on clothes. I really like these labels and I'm glad I am finally labelling my quilts. 
If you would like to try some labels for yourself the Dutch Label Shop are offering a 15% discount for the next 30 days - enter the code twolittlebanshees15 at the checkout.

Full Disclosure: I received the labels from The Dutch Label Shop free of charge. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hey Mr DJ

I have a love/hate relationship with foundation paper piecing. It does not come naturally too me and I spend a lot of time unpicking and redoing. There has been tears as I have sewn blocks, but I think this is why I love it so much. There is such a sense of achievement when I do finally finish a block. 
As soon as I saw Molli Sparkle's Hey Mr DJ block I knew I needed to make it for one of my music obsessed girls. She never asks me to sew her much, but she really wants a quilt out of these blocks. 
This is my test block (yes there were mistakes - the navy fabric was going the wrong way in some parts and I made myself redo those pieces). I love it. Grace loves it. We are just negotiating colour and fabric choices.