Sunday, 29 June 2008

Little birds

This little bird was made using a lovely wee pattern I found on Spool Sewing. I had so much fun sewing this that I cut a few extra to let my kids have a go.They are simple having only two pattern pieces and can be hand sewn, even by a child in an hour or two. The the little bird below is the first result.

M & O chose their own fabrics and only needed a little help with turning the sharp corners of the beak. I think M picked cute colours and fabrics and her tiny stitches are a wonder for any 10 year old. Spool Sewing used their birds to make an amazing mobile.

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Knitting in progress

I've decided its time I did some more knitting. The arrival of my new niece has given me the excuse to try a pattern I've liked for ages but havent had anyone small enough to knit it for.

The pattern is Anouk by Kate Gilbert.

Found in the Archives of Knitty. The yarn is a mix of brands of double knit cotton from my stash. Ive been looking about on flickr this afternoon while the wee ones were at school and found this lovely colour combination of the same pattern by ikolett and this version by PetitBeurre. I hope to get it finished over the weekend and ready for posting to Baby Isla early next week. (I'm knitting it in age 6-12 months size just in case it takes me longer than I think !!!!)

Friday, 20 June 2008

In good company

An evening in Derry in the company of the wonderful Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably

Such a treat ! Kaffes energy and passion for colour is amazing. I left totally inspired and energised.

Kaffe showed a quilt designed by Kim McLean called

" Lollipop trees"

Her quilt was made using small pieces of Kaffes fabric and spectacular applique. Ideas for a future project I think.

Just to make a good week even better these arrived in the post Friday morning. New Birki's.

Monday, 9 June 2008

Purple & Green

The past 3 weeks have consisted of night shifts and sewing during my breaks. During my rota of night shift I tend to feel that all I do is work and sleep. Ive found the antidote.

Having a nice project to work on helps me to feel less sorry for myself. This flower pincushion from the brilliant Anna Maria Horner did the trick over the last week. It was small enough to hand sew and carry with me.

As purple and green are my favourite colours I thought Id try them together. The retro fabric used for the petals was thrifted, and works well with the green "roman glass" Kaffe Fassett fabric I've another few projects in mind with this colour combo. By the way the pincushion pattern is from the Spring 2008 edition of Better Homes and Gardens "Quilts and more" mag.