It's been a busy weekend in my small corner of the world. The weather was just beautiful on Saturday so MMSTL and I planted out more onions into a new bed at the front that he made last week. Then I snuck into the house to do some sewing. I've been mad for sewing recently, especially patchwork. A few things about it really appeal to me. First, choosing the lovely fabric. I really like putting different colours and prints together, and have been busy building up a bit of a 'stash' of (mainly recycled) fabrics so it's fun to go through them all when I'm planning a project. Second I like the idea that I am learning a new practical skill which I think is important. Last I like showing my finished projects to LittleFB, MMSTL and my neighbours, all of whom make lots of appreciative "oohing" noises.
So, here are a few of my recent sewing projects.
Cushion cover made from gifted fabric scraps (mainly linen) and some pillowcases from the op-shop. I made the pattern up, and did an envelope back - easy, no zips!
These pincushions are for LittleFB's school's Mother's Day fundraising stall. I can't claim credit for the idea; I saw something similar on Etsy. They are made from recycled fabrics (my Mum will recognise the orange and green apple one!), linen and doilies from the op shop with vintage buttons.
Quilted patchwork cushion
Finally a quilted patchwork cushion. The centre part is a kind of log-cabin block and I used some white cotton round the edges to make it stand out. I did straight line quilting using my walking foot, starting in a small square in the middle and working out. I used blue painters tape to mark the first few lines and then used the side to the foot as my guide. Once I got the hang of it it was quite easy. For the back I made some patchwork binding, using instructions in my I love patchwork book. I really like how it came out and now I'm one step closer to making a whole quilt!