Monday 24 June 2013

Stupid planes.

Armed Forces Day in Carrickfergus.

I just have to tell you about the Red Arrows.
They flew over Carrickfergus on Saturday for Armed Forces Day.
I'm not usually into planes and metal things with engines... more of a bird, hedgehog, patchwork kind of a girl.
But they were amazing.
The noise and speed and grace... I felt emotional watching them.

Enough about stupid planes.

I made this yesterday. A pencil case/makeup bag.
It's about 8 inches by 6 inches, or slightly bigger.

Really chuffed with it, especially as it took less than an hour to make and the zip was easy peasy to do.
There was glue involved.
I am going to make a hundred more.

The project is free on Craftsy, and the tutor is Kristin Link.

Go to the Craftsy website
and type in zipper pouch in the search option.

There are a few free sewing classes available.
And actually on this same free tutorial there is a reversible tote project.


Sunday 16 June 2013

Thinking about making.

It's been about 3 weeks since I posted last.
But I haven't really been doing any sewing.
Blame the sun that came and stayed a surprisingly long time, then went away again. Far away.
Then there's the allotment. I have been there a lot pulling up weeds and planting stuff.
And the flaffing about, cleaning, talking to the chickens, reading (during the day!!),walking the dogs. Doing all the things that fill a day, but when you look back at your day you wonder what you've actually done.

I have read 3 books in the last few weeks.
Recommend Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn.

This is where I am with Beth's quilt. I think I am going to put some white sashing between each block and then applique a circle in the centre of each pinwheel.

I have also been making some circles. These are coming to France on holiday for a bit of hand applique.
Onto what I don't quite know yet.

Maybe something like this on a plain background, with machine quilting in spirals.
A cushion?
Or bag?

I also want to start work on a series of bird inspired pieces. 
Or coastal? Which would also include birds.
Feeling inspired.

My friend Joanne, from Dojo Designs, gave me this beautiful trinket as a thank you for the three bags I made for her daughter and two friends.
I absolutely love it.
The slate is about 3 inches in height.
Made by Tracey Beattie at Crafty Coast.

And look at this piece of wonderfulness.
This little sheep was made and given to me by Jenny.
Jenny is the mum of Evan, a gorgeous baby in work. 
She distracts me all day because she's into sewing and knitting and dress making.

So he stands on my dash board chewing the cud with the tortoise my son bought for me in France.

So even though not much sewing, lots of craft and making, and thinking about making.