21 July 2017

EPP Hexagon Kindle Cover

I love to read and while I much prefer 'real' books, I do like to load up my kindle for holidays and travelling.  While browsing Pinterest I saw several pictures of patchwork covers and thought I would have a go at making one.

I had a mini charm pack of Kate Spain fabrics that I picked up on sale, they are the perfect size to cover 1" hexagon papers. I carried my tin of hexagons and pieces around with me while visiting friends, and just kept joining hexagons until I had a piece about the size of A4 paper

I enjoyed piecing this and finished it several weeks ago, realising that we leave for France in a couple of days, I thought I better get on with actually making it into something!

I found a scrap of batting in my stash and a cute piece of fabric for the lining

I machine stitched in the ditch down the length of the piece and then trimmed it down to 8" x 13"

added binding all round and folded up the bottom to make a pocket; I stitched on a couple of pieces of velcro to keep it closed

all ready to go en vacances :)

15 July 2017

Daisy Do

The problem with tidying your fabric stash, is that you rediscover all your favourite fabrics and quickly abandon tidying in favour of starting a new quilt, or is that just me? 🤣

I bought this book 'Quilt Lovely' by Jen Kingwell a few months back, I normally like a muted palette but lately I have found myself drawn to these clear happy fabrics that Jen and other Australian designers favour.

I particularly liked the cover quilt 'Daisy Do'

I think it will look fabulous in some of my Liberty fabrics, mixed with others pulled from my stash

 so I bought the acrylic templates

There are templates in the book, but I like these acrylic ones as they are accurate and I can cut a few pieces at a time with my small rotary cutter; a rotating mat makes it really easy to cut these shapes.

I then mark the registration marks on the back of each piece with a pencil. this makes lining up the pieces much easier before you sew.

I like to lay out all the patches wrong side up on a flannel board to make sure they are all there and the right way up! They never look like they will fit together 😀

Linda Franz has an excellent video demonstrating how to stitch these gentle curves, you can find it on YouTube here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcF4jkDVwQo

I have pieced the first block, but my hand piecing skills are very rusty, I think I need a bit more practice

EDITED: I thought it would be fun to link up with a couple of new blogs this week:
Sew, Stitch, Snap & Share
Let's Bee Social
Needle n Thread Thursday