I love felt more than a person should love any thing that is an actual thing. No fear of seams unravelling, it comes in every colour ever, and you can make anything with it, but mostly it's a love beyond words. I have plans for mini bunting but basically I want to make everything in these pictures, I should probably make a list.
Spring has officially sprung and it's given me a much needed boost. I love winter (well, I love Christmas and the idea of snow) but hate the side effects. Being cold puts me in a bad mood, the dark evenings and days don't inspire me to do anything very productive, and the bad weather is so limiting, especially since moving to Cornwall in the end of autumn last year. So, warmer weather, brighter days, longer evenings; I feel like we can finally feel all of the benefits of living in such a beautiful part of the world. Cobwebs blown away, spring cleaning in full force, and homey sewing on the agenda.
I dug out my little pile of Amy Butler Midwest Modern that had been waiting for the right project and decided it was destined for placemats. I made the first one and straightened out the kinks, which took the whole evening, and then went back to it and made three more in the same time that it had taken to make the first one. I can never decide if I love or hate it when that happens. Anywho, they're pretty and I still have enough fabric left to make a table runner, yay.
While I was cutting out the pieces for the cushions in the last post I was getting annoyed with my rotary cutter missing threads and having to go back over them -ggaarh! Been meaning to replace it for weeks now but I remembered this tutorial that I'd seen for sharpening your blade by cutting tin foil. I thought it was worth sharing because it works like a charm!
Continuing with the pastel bubble that I seem to have been living in lately I've made this pair of lilac and blue cushions inspired by that gorgeous 60's flower print in the middle strip. The front cushion is 12" x 12" and I just kept sewing together random sized strips until it was wide enough.
The weather this weekend has been too lovely to sit inside sewing all day. So, no progress on the quilt after all, that will have to wait a little longer, but I did have some luck finishing off a cushion that I've been working on so I'm pretty happy and I got to enjoy the fleeting sunshine.
Like the others it is made up of 2.5" squares with a 1" border, machine quilted with the apple green floral print for the back. The fabrics are various Tanya Whelan prints and Lecien Sugar Flowers prints.
Just sharing a quick little project that I've been meaning to make since Christmas. I used the rest of the Kokka robot print to make this handy little gadget case for Ahren's Kindle Fire. I had planned for the case to open like a book and stay on the tablet when in use but realised that you don't want a cover on it whilst playing tilty-type games so it's more like a little gadget sleeping bag.
I sandwiched together some very heavy duty interfacing, batting, and outer fabric together, sewed it around the bottom and side, attached the closure flap and then used a green cotton for the lining. The magnetic closure has two layers of felt to protect the tablet from damage on the inside. Quick top-stitch then done.
And it fits snuggly inside the front pocket of his messenger bag, hurrah!