Saturday, October 18, 2008

A finished gift

One of the quilting blogs I enjoy very much is Auntie's Quaint Quilts. Christine does the most beautiful stitcheries and quilting projects which I find very inspiring

A while ago Christine sent me one of the Australian Country Threads magazines and some fabric. I wanted to make her something to show my appreciation but what? I eventually decided to make something she might not make for herself so here's what I made for her
I took an older design by The Drawn Thread and turned it into a pincushion.
I stitched the smaller design twice. Once for a fob and again for a needlecase.

I lined the needlecase with silk dupion in a colour to match the dusty pink fabric used on the front of the needlebook the back of the pincushion.
This is the inside of the needlecase and the back of the pincushion and fob.

Along with the set of needlework smalls I sent a litte Gutermann tin filled with sewing threads. I don't have a picture of that but if you go to Christine's blog you will see the tin along with the cutest picture ever of her cat Oliver admiring his reflection in the lid of the tin :)

The only other thing I have to show is some finished knitting. On one of my blog surfing expeditions I saw that Staci had finished a pair of socks. This reminded me that I had some knitting that had been hanging around for more than a year. I was inspired to get out the knitting and finish the socks. Thanks Staci :)

You should be able to click any of the pictures to enlarge if you wish.
As always thanks for visiting and for taking the time to leave a comment. I enjoy hearing from each and every one of you.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Bag mania

Can you stand to look at yet another bag? I must admit that bag making has become a bit of an obsession with me. I just love making them!
This bag is called the Bow Tucks Tote and is from a pattern by Penny Sturges who is the designer behind the company Quilts Illustrated
I just noticed she has a new blog too so I plan on keeping an eye on that as her bags are so easy to make.
This is the front of the bag (picture is clickable for a better view)

I used Moda Madeira fabric from Blackbird Designs. It's an older fabric line and the schoolgirl sampler print is not easy to find but I managed to get an end of bolt piece together with one FQ which was just enough.
The bag still needed a button or toggle fastening when the picture was taken.
Here's a view of the back of the bag

and here's a view of the side

and because I have nothing else to show today here are another two views of the bag front.

I have some finished cross stitch to share but can't show it until it has flown all the way to Tasmania.

Thanks for visiting my blog and for the lovely comments you leave. I've had a couple of deadlines to meet so am behind on blog reading but hope to catch up with everyone soon. I'm sure there are lots of lovely Autumn projects out there that I just can't wait to see!