Saturday, January 26, 2013

Beep Beep ~ Australian Homespun 14.1

It's Australia Day today,  one of my favourite holidays of the year.  It's great to spend this day with my family and we always listen to the Triple J Hottest 100 each year together.

Also a great day to craft and my project the Beep Beep Bookends were included in this months Homespun magazine - the holiday issue.  The Campervan and Caravan bookends are made from wool felt and have added teddy bear filling pellets to weigh them down so that they hold books up and create a fun look in a kids room.

Lots of fun projects in this issue of Homespun with a few bloggers you will recognise too

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Scrap Happy Stars ~ Quilt Tutorial

Tiles at the Ballarat Botanic Gardens match the quilt design

Welcome to my finishing tutorial for the Scrap Happy Stars Quilt.  This is the tutorial to finish the quilt,  using the downloadable block pattern which can be found here at Sew Mama Sew.

Additional fabric includes lots of scraps at least 2.5" square, and 5" square, or use charm squares, 1 yard of white fabric and 50" square of backing fabric and batting.  You will also need half a yard of fabric for the binding.  The finished quilt will measure 44.5" square.

Download the Scrap Happy Stars tutorial and make 4 star blocks.

From your scraps or charm squares cut 36 x 2.5" coloured squares and join them together to make 9 Coloured Four Patch blocks,  using the Scrappy Stars Tutorial.

From your white fabric,  cut 6 x 4.5" strips across the width of the fabric and cross cut these into 12 x 4.5" x 16.5" rectangles.

Using a design wall or your lounge room floor, arrange your blocks as shown until you are happy with the layout.  I recommend taking a photo of your layout so you can refer to it when sewing.

Carefully match the seams and sew the blocks together in rows and press.

Sew the rows together and press. Your quilt top is done!

Smooth out the backing fabric on a flat surface such as a table or a floor and secure it down with masking tape.  Place the batting on top, ensuring it is smooth with no bumps or wrinkles. Lay the quilt top on top of the batting and pin or baste the three layers together.

Quilt as desired. I quilted my quilt in a curvy zig zag stitch, spaced 3.5” apart, using my walking foot and a decorative stitch on my sewing machine.

Trim the backing and batting.

Cut 5 strips, 2.5" wide across the width of the binding fabric. Join the 5 binding strips into one long strip and press the seams open. Fold the strip in half length ways and press. Stitch the raw edge of the binding along the edge of the quilt and mitring the corner as you go, or use your preferred binding method.

Turn the binding over and hand stitch into place. Label, date and enjoy your quilt.

Thanks to Kane and Maya who helped me with the quilt photo's on a 36 degree day in the Botanical Gardens in Ballarat.  There was plenty of running under the sprinklers at the end of the photo shoot!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Tova Top

My last sew for the year was the popular Wiksen Tova top.  It's been sitting in my pattern stash since June and I get the feeling that I should really be sewing a winter wardrobe in summer so I am prepared when the season arrives.

Matt and Ayden both told me that I wouldn't wear this top because it was too florally. This version is made with Japanese Tana Lawn from Spotlight, which has also been resting in my stash for a about a year. I think it looks okay with jeans and I will also make it as a dress to wear with boots.

This is a size L which is a bit roomy but it all came together very easily and I can understand why it is such a popular garment to make


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