PennyDog Vlog #1 – May 27th 2017

A new thing I’m trying out, sometimes it’s easier and more honest on a one take iPhone video, than an edited, curated blog post….

Maybe I’ll do it once a week if people don’t think this is too weird! Oh and maybe I’ll brush my hair next time…

A finish: A Horse With No Name

Hello…. it’s me…. (read Adele-style)

I’ve had some big things going on that I’ll probably talk about when I have found a solution, but it’s put me off sewing a bit. I’ve been designing a few Spoonflower fabrics since I’ve been selling some designs (!) so I want to build up my library, and I’ve decided to do a weekly vlog too so the first one I filmed today and it will go up tomorrow. This could be a terrible decision but I have no shame anymore.

Anyway The Horse With No Name…

It’s a pretty small quilt and didn’t take me too long to do compared to other pictorial projects. There’s a lot of the Carolyn Friedlander linen in it, plus a silky handkerchief style fabric I was donated by Jackie in the East Midlands Guild a couple of years ago, and some other stash fabrics. It’s always good to use the stash so you can get the new stuff in.

The backing is just a muslin which is heavier than I normally use, and the weird thing is when I washed this quilt, it kind of stained on the back, I think some of the fabrics bled through even though I had colour catchers in the drum. I also did my usual invisible binding.

Size – 33 1/2″ x 56″
Number of blocks – N/A
Time to make – About 16 hours
Fabric – All sorts!
Binding Fabric – More plain muslin, turned to the back.
Threads – Mostly 40wt Aurifil, for it all, but the odd bit of green Isacord made its way in there.
Batting – 100% cotton Quilters Dream Select large scrap from stash.
Quilting- Fur and directional lines to mimic realism.

Please also enjoy this Great Horned Owl, Alberta’s provincial bird and its chicks! They are nesting just near my friend’s house!

Gently getting into WIPs

I have just a few WIPs, one of which is the Quilt Workout applique special, but I’m not sure if I’m quite ready for that size project yet. For the time being, I decided to work on the Blanche barrel bags (larger size) by Swoon Patterns that I cut out for Christmas fairs and didn’t finish. Well, two of them out of four because I need some more premade piping. I made the mistake of glue basting the zipper in when I took them with me to work on at Addie’s (pattern says you can do this, but I don’t recommend it folks!), so I had to unpick the topstitch – which I didn’t like anyway – and wash the top edge.

Here they are all finished!

Two more to go!

I think I’ll offer it as a class in the summer (one of my motivations to get it done), because I think people can be a little cautious of working with rivets and leather/vinyl and this will show how easy it is! I’m keeping the yellow one because it had a small accident with a pair of sharp scissors. I also prefer the flowery one’s shape, so that will be the store sample and eventually go into my Etsy shop when I reopen it.

I also started and finished this little wallet…

It’s the Wisteria Wallet by Blue Calla Patterns. I’m not sure I like the size and style just yet because it’s basically a pouch with card slots on the outside but I’m trying it out for a few days. I’m also probably going to make a Pearl wallet and decide which one I like best to keep for myself.

By the way I finished a quilt about 2 weeks ago but I haven’t got round to good photos yet…. Soon!

P.S. Sorry if I’ve not responded to a comment on my last couple of posts – WordPress wasn’t sending them through to my email again but I think we are back now.

Patterns Patterns Patterns

I’ve been cleaning up my pattern shop with new photos over the weekend and reopened the one on Etsy too!

Because I plan to start as I mean to go on, I should be releasing more patterns over the coming months, and each one will be discounted on Craftsy for the first week of release. This time sees the Macaron block for just $1 USD (normal price will be $2 as of 29th April 17)

Go here to grab it!

Secondly, I’ve just released a new pattern today too that is free. This is the Kantha Tote bag, and you can get that on Craftsy too!

Grab that one here too.

Please let me know what you think, and if there are any old magazine designs you’d like to see back as an independent release and I’ll see what happens next! If I actually sell some, I might have another free pattern next month (and next month isn’t long away)!

A Finish: Connecting 4

Sigh. I missed the Finish Along link up again because I’ve been busy at work (this is a good thing but it means I’ve been going to bed earlier), have been teaching and trying to get on top of housework and stuff at home. I also decided today after an incident on Friday where I couldn’t fasten my jacket up, that I need to pay closer attention to my diet, so my Fitbit is back on and I’m actually using the calorie tracker on it. I didn’t know eating too much was so easy. Today I had a Tim’s breakfast which was a bad start, because even after a long dog walk, my lunch- which was a salad- put me in the position of eating more calories than I burned. I blame the 300cal avocado. So with a snack of 13 crisps (yes I counted) plus beef stew for tea with no side bread or rice or dumplings or anything, and no 160cal ice tea today, I’m over my RDA. No more sausage and cheese for breakfast for me!

Anyway I finished a quilt over a week ago but there’s a very long story about trying to get the thing posted for under $140 which I won’t go into. I managed it by the way, so it’s gone over to the UK to hopefully arrive in time to be in July’s Popular Patchwork. This is Connecting 4…

The name is because the block that makes this quilt has four rows of four squares, with four strip pieced corners, which when sewn together makes four rows of four secondary pattern squares.

The quilting and binding took a couple of hours at most, I stippled it to get it done and machined that binding on for quickness.

Here’s some pictures of Hank because I can and I will.

I will have another finish soon too, I’m unstoppable!

Size – 56 1/2″ square
Number of blocks – 25
Time to make – About 10 hours total – chain piecing FTW
Fabric – Half of a Tucker Prairie jelly roll plus some other prints from my stash and Kona White
Backing Fabric – 3m (which was juuuuust enough) of a Garthwaite print by Victoria and Albert that was on sale at My Sewing Room.
Binding Fabric – A petrol blue crosshatch print, which was also the accent print. I got it at Birmingham NEC Festival of Quilts a couple of years ago.
Threads – Piecing with white Wonderfil Konfetti on a cone. Quilting with Isacord in a light blue shade
Batting – 80/20 Hobbs Heirloom.
Quilting- Large stipples, very simple!

This weekend I will be mostly…

This quilt needs finishing in the next 5 days and getting in the post with the Thumbtacks quilt for magazine deadlines. Every weekday I do a little bit more, so maybe it will be a flimsy by the weekend and I can quilt it. I’m thinking of calling it “Connecting Four” – it’s four rows of four squares, with four corner triangles added, plus the secondary pattern makes 4×4 on point squares. It won’t be that big- about 55″ square.

Sunday sees me over at Addie’s in Cochrane. They’re technically closed on a Sunday, but “Carol’s Gang” (which costs $30) is a lock-in without alcohol but with fabric and sewing supplies! I’m not a big fan of lugging a machine around, and my little machine is no fun to sew on when I’ve been using my big metal one heavily because it feels crappy in comparison. I need to get myself some wheeled luggage so I can use the good machine. Anyway, my plan is to start glue piecing this horse, which will be my entry for Festival of Quilts… Before I do that though I need to decide shades and fabrics and make the freezer paper templates. I’m thinking of crazy piecing the larger areas for the first time, just because they’re so big. I’m hoping that won’t look really stupid.

Alex helped me with sticking this together

I also have a request. I’m looking for an 11″ square of each of these fabrics. I’ve found them for sale in the US but I refuse to pay $25 for a FQ to be posted here, that’s just ridiclous and prices me right out! If anyone can help though I can pay or trade or whatever. Thank you!

A Finish : Thumbtacks

… Because the British term “Drawing Pins” doesn’t really work as a title I don’t think! Here it is…

I made it using a semi-stack and whack technique, because I realised that triangles really need the extra seam allowance to piece back together again! This will be for Popular Patchwork in the summer. I’m working on another design too so I can post two at once.

It’s so nice to be able to share a quilt finish this year finally! Here’s the back so hopefully you can see the quilting better. It’s small enough that it was quite easy to do on my machine.

I did a sort of orange peel shape pattern in the narrow border but I don’t think you can see it too well on these pictures. This quilt is shown washed by the way, for full crinkly effect.

Here are some hare tracks on the way to take these photos (just a short walk from our house)… tomorrow a chinook is coming so hopefully we will be starting spring once and for all and all this snow will melt.

Next plan for today is to draw out my design for my Festival of Quilts (Calgary not Birmingham) entry.

Size – 55″ square
Number of blocks – 36 plus borders
Time to make – About 11-12 hours with the quilting
Fabric – Kona Ivory, plus a FQ bundle of Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co for Cotton + Steel.
Backing Fabric – 3m of some kind of $9.99/m muslin print
Binding Fabric – A floral print from Nomad by Urban Chiks for Moda
Threads – Piecing with white Wonderfil Konfetti on a cone. Quilting with Isacord in Muslin.
Batting – 80/20 Hobbs Heirloom.
Quilting- Alternating direction freehand straight line stitching across the blocks. Walking foot lines in borders, orange peel leaf shapes in the small blue border.

New pattern available!

I’ve recently published the Pancakes pattern over on Craftsy. If you’re interested, it is $6USD.

This marks the start of me trying to put myself out there more! 🙂

Hank also shares the space

Remember this post where I gave my husband a painting nook in my sewing room? Well now the dog has got involved.

He had been digging in the other cupboard to find a cosy corner to lay in (when it’s not sunny and he’s sprawled in the rays on the floor) so instead of letting him lay on all sorts of stuff, I tidied it out and made him a space, so now both of the boys have their own spot…

I made him a cupboard den #instahank

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I didn’t get a picture sadly, but yesterday morning, he pulled a quilt over him too so he disappeared snugly in the pile and it was so cute, I felt bad telling him sewing room time was over!

It’s a Scraptastic Tuesday!

I made progress on an old WIP I’ve not touched in a year- YEAH!

It’s huge, I ran out of floor space

My scrappy log cabin quilt needed 64 blocks to be completed and I had made 46 of them and stopped, packed up and moved country. So I’ve been making the remaining 18 in the evenings when Alex has been working. I will be giving away my big box of strings at my next guild meeting because I am done with these scraps. I probably had enough to make 64 blocks for the back too…. Seriously these two carrier bags are full of strips left over!

I’m going to quilt this on the longarm and rent some time- it’s 96″ square, or it will be when I have the blocks all sewn together – a little too big for me to be happy basting it and quilting it on my domestic machine. In fact, this will be the largest quilt I have ever made. True story. I want to put easy straight lines in the colour bits and feathers around the white. Straight line plan may change depending on if Bernina have improved their ruler foot. Apparently the rental machine has gone without for a while because the metal gets stressed by bumping rulers over and over and then it literally breaks from stress fractures. There has been a new ruler foot developed in the last few months, so I may be in luck!

I am getting my mojo back. I am working on four or five projects at once but that’s how I like it to be, dipping in and out of a few things each day. It works for me. Today though, its a teaching day.

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Scraptastic Tuesday