Wednesday, 14 December 2011

What I can, can't, will and have done!

If I'm not too late I'll be linking this post to Rainbow Hare Quilts, thank goodness for Janine keeping me on track!! I did manage two makes that weren't on my list!!

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Here's what I've been up to the past couple of days...

I am grateful to Jessica at Life Under Quilts for providing me with great inspiration and making do with what you've got. I have been struggling to find somewhere to put my binding...


I totally stole her genius idea, when I finished my binding this was in easy reach!!

I have been eating this...



provided by a nice neighbour!

I have also been doing some making :)

In between making quilts I randomly decided to make something as a gift for my sister. I needed a break from quilting so I did some quilting on something smaller?! No I can't make sense of it either, I guess I just like making different projects sometimes!

She mentioned she might be getting a sewing machine, so because I can't afford to buy her one :( I'm doing the next best thing and making her stuff to go with it!!


I used a great tutorial by Amy at Lots of Pink Here for this cute travel sewing kit. I'm proud of how it turned out.

        


I used up some left over bits of fabric (mostly from my Dead Simple quilt) and a nice scrap of Lizzy House that was given to me.
My sis is a Manchester City supporter so I hope she appreciates the blue! I went for something a bit different on the outside but I think she'll like it.


I also made her a scrappy pincushion. I used this super easy tutorial at Ellison Lane Quilts by the lovely Jennifer.


I have to be honest and say I don't own any lapel stick so I just pinned it and I don't have any lizard litter either so I used stuffing! It was still super duper easy to make though :) I love how it looks, all big and squishy! It is a great way to use those tiny bits of cool fabrics you don't want to bin!





There were some firsts - the first pincushion I've ever made! Also making the travel sewing kit was the first time I've hand sewn a binding on - I totally wasn't going to (I'm VERY lazy like that) but it was obvious that it would look a million times better. I'm really glad I did. I have to say though I'm really impressed with those of you who sew all your bindings on by hand! I just don't have the patience so I'm not even going to attempt a whole quilt, I might one day :)

I'm starting to think about all the other sewing things I want to try:

I've yet to make a cushion, so that's definitely on the list (Nicky is so helping me!!)
I've never made a wonky star (think I'm the only one who hasn't!!)
I HAVE to learn to paper piece properly, really it's not funny how bad I am!
I really want to make a cute pouch and I know exactly where I'm heading to do that - making rebecca lynne!
I also MUST improve my barely existent embroidery skills
...and the list goes on.

Oh well! Less of what I'd like to do and more of what I can and have!!
Make sure you check back here on Friday because for now all I'm doing is celebrating like this...




15 comments:

  1. Your sewing kit is awesome Lucy!!!! Nice job! Your pin cushion is so cute too. I'm sure your sister will love them. :)

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  2. Lucy your gifts are wonderful. I know your sister will love them. I love the little fussy cut bunny on the pincushion. Your sewing kit looks beautiful too. :) Thanks so much for sending me the link! Thanks for putting it in the flickr pool too.

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  3. I love your little makes Lucy. They are so colourful - your sister will love them.

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  4. Cute stuff!! Love that pin cushion. And I had to giggle that you had your binding wrapped around a piece of train track. haha

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  5. The little sewing kit is a really cute present for your sister. I am sure she will love it!
    I am so impressed you hand sewed the binding, I avoid hand sewing where I can too!

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  6. You have a lot of fun stuff going on. I love all of your projects....and your binding tool...I use spools for smaller projects.

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  7. Looking great! Think I'll have to try one of these sewing kits!

    Don't know what I've done to help Lucy re cushions but glad if I have! Anyway looks like you have made one - your sweet pincushion - just make it bigger now!

    Keep it up - I'm seriously flagging!

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  8. Love the sewing kit and pincushion and I'm with Nicky - make a cushion like you made the pincushion but with bigger scraps! Good thinking for the binding, a bit of Brio!

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  9. Love love love the sewing kit...what a lucky sister!!! I can't wait to see your pouch! Hahaa now I have to watch that video...

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  10. I'm wanting to make a sewing kit, but am dubious about the scissors. I use mostly applique scissors with REALLY sharp points - think they'd go straight through.

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  11. I love that cute pin cushion! How cute! Oh and I'm definitely with you about the sewing of the binding. :-)

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  12. both so so cute! those sewing kit roll ups are so expensive to buy for what they are and no way near as nice as yours. love x

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  13. The travel sewing pouch is genius. Fantastic idea. Gorgeous colours too. Your sister will luuuurrrrvvvveeee it. :)

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  14. Love your sewing kit! I could do with a kit like that when I travel for work! And your pincushion is a great idea and SO cute!

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  15. Very cute pincushion. I've been meaning to try one of those. I'm your newest follower!

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