Sunday, 22 February 2015

Mismatched Placemats

I spent the weekend making these very rough and quick mats...

... some may call them mismatched, but I would prefer to call them personalised :)

They vary from plain...

... to patterned...
 pretty... playful...

OK, confession time...

Yes, it's true that the secondary purpose of these mats is to act as placemats, but the primary purpose is to act as lap mats. That's right, we eat so regularly at the TV that I made these mats to stop hot dinner plates from burning our laps. That's why, instead of worrying what they would look like on a table, I thought to personalise them and make them roughly and quickly.

I made the back fabric bigger than the front fabric and folded the back edges around to the front to act as binding. Inbetween is Insul-Bright to reflect the heat.

The kids are super excited, and have been asking me to make them something hot to eat all day. Being the mean mum that I am, I am making them wait until dinner.

Linking up to:
'MondayMaker' at ayliN-Nilya

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Flash Back #1

I know I deleted my old blog posts, but there are a few little pictures and things that I miss, so I will share them here from time to time as 'Flash Backs'.

I am easily amused, so sometimes I like to come up with silly little things to amuse myself, like this picture...

... my punk rocker girl, riling against the rules of the sewing elite. And what could be more punk-rock-quilter-chick than an Ohio Star wrist band?

Like I said, I am easily amused :)

Linking to:
'Tuesday Archieves' at Vals's Quilting Studio

Friday, 13 February 2015

Step-by-Step Free-Motion Quilting

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to win a copy of Christina Cameli's 'Step-by-Step Free-Motion Quilting' book. It arrived yesterday, all the way from the USA in record time!

I only had a chance to read it for a short time before I went to pick up the kids from school. Once they laid eyes on it, it was quickly commandeered...

... They loved copying some of their favourite patterns and coming up with some of their own. My six-year-old (nearly 7) went first. He called his picture (top right) a 'pattern garden'. My daughter (8) went next - her drawings are bottom left and centre. Then my youngest son (5) said he wanted to create his own patterns (right top and bottom), but he wanted to have the book in front of him while he did it. It's already been inspirational and I haven't even had a chance to use it!

As someone who has never tried free-motion quilting before, I think this is an excellent book. It guides you throught the basics in a caring, easy-going kind of way. Great for beginners, but, with over 80 FMQ designs, I'm sure even advanced quilters would find inspiration in this book. Thanks, Christina, I love it!

Expect to see some free-motion quilting here in the near future! :)