Monday, 21 October 2013

The Perfect Cushion!

 Of the four bags I made for my next craft stall, I have now sold 3!

This green one (which was my favourite) has gone to Australia, along with a pink one that I didn't get a photo of in time.

 This is the only one left now. I probably won't have time to make any more before the fayre.

 I've been practising something new on my sewing machine. Buttonholes! It was nowhere near as daunting as I thought it would be (but things never are, are they?).

I made this quilt with the intention of adding a cute doily to the centre. Once finished, it was clear it didn't need any addition, and I am so glad about that because it meant that the creation of the perfect cushion was possible.

If you think this quilt looks a bit crinkly, it is! I was concerned about the dye in the dark blue/green fabric  running so I washed it (with the addition of a couple of colour catchers) just to be sure, before I put it for sale.

The Perfect Cushion
 I got this cute doily a few years ago from a charity shop in Tavistock, while on a weekend away, and have been saving it for the right project. This pretty cushion is perfect for it and it's no exaggeration to say it's my favourite project EVER!  It went together really quickly, and I  just love it! It will still go on the stall though, and I hope whoever buys loves it as much as I do.

 This is the back of the cushion, and what I was practising buttonholes for. I was going to add 3 buttonhole tabs but I was a bit too free with the seam ripper on one of the holes. Turns out it didn't need 3 anyway!

All of the materials used in these projects was thrifted or donated and none of it was bought new.

Bye for now
Teresa x

Sunday, 13 October 2013

A Catch-Up!

How about this view of the gorgeous Welsh countryside. Isn't it lovely? OH and I were out looking for blackberries on one of the last warm days of our long summer. Do you see the white house at the bottom of the hill? We are heading down towards it. It was getting a bit late in the season for blackberries so we had quite a struggle to fill even one ice-cream container between us.

 With cold weather imminent it's time to start thinking about making more snuggly things for my craft stall. This scarf is the second I've made from an un-run jumper that I didn't wear much. I also bought a huge bag of yarn from the church Autumn Fayre yesterday, so more scarves may be on the way.

I made 4 more bags, to add to my stall on 26th Oct, like the one I made for myself (under the scarf in the pic above); I sold one already and will be selling another on Tuesday! I'll have to get going on some replacements now, but it's a good problem to have.

I've finished my proofreading course and it's helped me realise how much I still have to learn. I have a few related books around the house that I've not looked at before, but I'm glad I left them until after doing the course. They will be good for revision and reinforcement, and they'll have lots of extra information too. Luckily the proofreading work I've had so far has almost paid for the course.

Bag pics next time, and also, hopefully, a finished quilt!

Bye for now
Teresa x