FO :: Lacy Baktus

I made this Lacy Baktus  for the Orange Flower KAL. I used just less than two skeins of BFL DK in Helios, I wanted it to be fairly substantial and warm. It was a bit of a slog to get through, and I ended up frogging my first attempt as I kept mixing up the right and wrong sides and increased on the wrong side. The second time I pinned a brooch to the right side so I knew it was the right one to increase on.

 

(Warning: A large number of gratuitous photos of my son follow.) He was being a bit tiresome today so I decided the least he could do was pose for some pictures, which he did with gusto.

“I want to make an ugly face!”

Patchwork Prism Fabric

I am a tiny bit obsessed with Anna Maria Horner’s work – I love her fabrics (especially Good Folks), as well as her amazing skill in design and embroidery. Her latest quilt design is exactly my style, bright but harmonious colour. I had already planned to make one, but am joining this quilt a long for motivation and a chance for some great prizes! I have picked out most of my fabrics, but have noticed some woeful gaps in the spectrum which will hopefully be remedied soon.

This is my collection so far.

The red/plum pile 

Pinks

Yellows

Greens

Teals and blues

Browns/Purples

As you can see, the last stack is quite small, and there are no oranges at all! I will be getting an Innocent Crush bundle soon so should be able to fill in those gaps soon.

Viola goodies

I managed to catch a couple of skeins in one of the two final Viola updates, which as usual was fast and furious. I’ve really enjoyed taking part in the updates this year and seeing all of her beautiful colourways despite all the cartjacking!

A beautifully wrapped parcel, it arrived only 4 days after the update!

I managed to grab two skeins of merino fingering, in Heather and Tidal Pool.

The two new beauties. 

Merino fingering in Heather

Merino fingering in Tidal Pool (slightly greener in real life)

The entire collection of merino fingering (left to right: Heather, Graphite, Sea storm, Tidal Pool, Kelp Forest, Ghost)

I have been lucky to have discovered Viola early enough to have a good amount stashed, but I hope she won’t be gone for long! In the meantime, I will be on the lookout for perfect patterns for my precious Viola (suggestions welcome!).

2d Zoo Quilt

I bought a 2d Zoo fat quarter bundle from Fabricworm 2 or 3 years ago intending to make it into a quilt for my son. I’ve finally managed to get it done! I used this tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew and followed it exactly as suggested.

 

I added some pieced squares at the back to cheer it up and break up the solid brown.

 

I quilted it in the ditch and finished with some of the Ginger Blossom Tortoise Plaid binding. I decided to machine stitch the binding to make it a bit more sturdy. I thought I would hate the look of machine binding but it looks fairly neat and as I used a brown thread it barely shows at the back. It’s a bit darker in real life.  (Apologies for the wrinkliness in this shot!)

The colour combination is quite grown up, which is just as well as Suhayb turns FOUR in just a few months! He is sublimely indifferent to his new blanket, being far more interested in Lightning McQueen.

The 2d Zoo is also available in a colourful version called Primary.  I think it would make a great focus for a log cabin baby blanket.

I love finishing a quilt because it means I can move on to the next project! I currently have two other WIPs – a Wonderland quilt started rather a long time ago (10 blocks done), and a Lemon Squares quilt which I’ve just started (4 blocks done).  I also need to get on with my LMQG block – so much to do!

 

Tova Finished

I finished my Tova and am really pleased with it! The fabric is a beautiful double gauze called Fuccra from the 2010 Nani Iro collection .  The fabric is very soft and lightweight, perfect for summer. The weather today is dull and miserable, so I have done my best with indoor photos.

(I probably shouldn’t admit this, but the yoke and body matching is entirely accidental. I was really lucky!)

I also love how all the little pops of colour in this make it very versatile to match with other items I already have.  I made the small size, which fits very well but if I make it again I would add an inch or two more in the hip area as I like my dresses a bit looser and also maybe a couple of inchest to make it longer. The pattern was very easy to print and cut out once I’d worked out how to lay out the pieces. The instructions are also very clear, but the instructions that Kerry (over at Verykerryberry) put together as part of the Tova-along are superb and make it the perfect project for someone wanting to develop their dressmaking skills. The only problem I had was that the collar pieces were a bit narrow so it was a bit hard to ease it all together without forming pleats, but it was accomplished after a bit of unpicking. Next time I would probably make the pieces a bit wider. The fabric does fray quite easily so I didn’t want to keep redoing my sewing.

The back:

This is how I will typically wear my Tova:

I’m planning a couple of other Tova dresses, one in a beautiful sky blue ramie blend fabric and I also love this Tova in Innocent Crush voile, which I have in my stash ready to turn into a top.

I also have my eye on the Wiksten tank now – there are so many amazing versions in the Flickr pool!

Thanks to Kerry for the sew-along, it gave me the boost to get this done, and am so pleased to have taken part!

Around London :: Le Grenier

Le Grenier (146 Bethnal Green Road) is a treasure trove, part Parisian brocante, part grandmother’s musty attic.  You might find a one-armed vintage mannequin, a painted chest, bakelite buttons or a tea set there. It is an atmospheric little place, full of the unexpected (such as the charming Michelin man model below). If you are in this part of town, it’s worth dropping in.

Toddler Backpack

I finished this Toddler Backpack a couple of weeks ago. It’s made using the pattern from Made by Rae, and the fabric is Echino by Etsuko Furuya which I had bought especially for this project from The Eternal Maker at Alexandra Palace.

I sat up watching silly teen films until 4am and managed to get the whole thing finished in one night. I had already cut out most of the pieces before, and only started at around 10.30pm so it didn’t take too long in all. The binding is by no means perfect but overall I’m really pleased with it, and more importantly, so is my son. It’s usually loaded to the brim with Thomas and other engines.

I plan to line the bag according to the recent pattern add-on provided by Rae. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow – the only modification was to use fusible interfacing on all pieces. This made the straps a bit difficult to sew to the bag clasps, but I managed it after a bit of battling with all the layers.

 

I have plans for another one in a different colour of the same print for his cousin (a girl) – they are great friends and will look so cute in the summer with their bags!

London Modern Quilt Guild :: April Meeting

I recently found out about the London Modern Quilt Guild – I had looked for something similar a year or two ago when the original MQG was set up, but there wasn’t anything UK-based at the time. So I was really excited about joining when I found out about the group, which first met in January this year.

The challenge for this month was to make a wonky block – and this is my contribution – lots of bright cheerful colours! It was really nice to see everyone’s versions – as well as their WIPs – it was inspiring.

Aneela Hoey also came as a surprise guest – I enjoyed learning more about the design process and the challenges of quilting in a family home. I’m also now tempted to go and get some of her ‘A Walk in the Woods’ and ‘Little Apples’ collections, so cute 🙂

A burger from B98 made a perfect (albeit delayed!) lunch and then there was just time for some paper piecing from Danielle and a browse in Tricolette before it was time to go home.

In other news, my Tova is coming along very nicely, and should be finished soon. The Nani iro fabric is beautiful and soft, perfect for summer.

Zakka Style Sew along

 

LR Stitched is hosting a Zakka Style Sew along with some amazing prizes! The details are below (from the LRStitched blog)

There are 24 projects in the book and we will be sewing right through it from start to finish.

The sew along starts Monday April 2nd with the first project in the book and will continue through Monday September 10th with a new project  introduced each Monday.

Each blogger will sew a different project and will be sharing their finished project and inspiration with you.

This sounds like so much fun! I’m not going to try to do all the projects, but will be taking part on several weeks.

The book is available as a PDF download or on Amazon, details here