Scraphappy September

Still lots of cotton yarn left over from various blankets so I decided to make something useful for my friend’s birthday recently.

These ‘scrubbies’ are to use instead of cotton pads to take off make-up with your usual products or use to apply foaming cleanser and wipe off with the pad soaked in warm water.

You can just throw them in the washing machine and re-use.

I experimented with a few ‘styles’ first.

This doubled up heavily textured one is my personal favourite

You can find the free pattern on Ravelry here

However, the ones most like a cotton wool pad in size are probably these so I decided to whip up five for a gift, using leftover cotton yarn.

Plus they fit most nicely into the printable packaging labels I found on line.  I was going to give you the link but it says ‘not secure’ in the URL so didn’t want anybody loading any problems on to their devices. (Link to YouTube tute here though)

I think I’ll need to have quite a few in reserve before I can give up the disposable cotton pads completely but I’m working on it.

Of course I still have lots of scrap cotton yarn to use up.

 

Scraphappy Day is organised by Kate & Gun for anybody who wants to make new things from scraps of any kind – doesn’t have to be fabric or yarn.  Here’s a list of participants – both regular and occasional – if you want to have a look at the sort of things you can do with scraps.

Contact Kate (first name on the list) if you want to join in.

Kate Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn(me), Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline and Sue L.

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Adding to Subtract

Still on a (sometime) mission to complete the top of my superking sized quilt from the F2F3 block swap last year, I have at least and at last joined the blocks together with the marbled dark charcoal fabric.  I think the sashing highlights the soft neutrals nicely as well as, now that I look at it, complementing my bed frame.

As you can see, it doesn’t need to be much longer but I want it to come over the sides enough to cover that top mattress.

The bottom mattress is our old one but we haven’t mustered up the will to haul it down the stairway yet and down to the tip or even, as I think is the way it came in, drop it over the balcony.  I feel like the girl in the old story of the Princess and the Pea and, not being 6’4″ like Mr. Tialys, have to slide off the bed in the morning in a particular manner as my feet don’t actually reach the ground.

I’m thinking I’ll do a 3 inch border in the fabric that was second choice for the sashing which I’m auditioning below.

 My question is, do you think I could do the 3 inch border all the way round and then a further, wider (8inch??) border in something plainish on the two sides?  That way, I won’t have unnecessary extra fabric disappearing off the bed at top and bottom.   I know it won’t be symmetrical but does that matter?  Most modern quilts tend to be symmetrical but, when I did a bit of research online, it appears that older quilts were more often made to fit the space they would occupy which seems sensible.

I’m itching to get on with it  because, you know the story, I’ve seen another project I want to get started on. I feel that, by dangling that carrot, I’ll get on and finish the current one sooner rather than later which explains my title, sort of.

So this is the free pattern that caught my eye.  Love the colours, the birds, rabbits and foxes but not so keen on the picture borders and large cornerstones.

This is a free pattern by Lynne Goldsworthy offered on Plush Addict in order, I imagine, to sell the range of fabrics it uses which is Grove by Makower.

I had a cunning plan however.

If I were to buy a couple of the panels used for the centre, I could put some of my stash (above, neatly labelled) to good use.

Which explains my title again, sort of.

The colours are fairly similar.

I have enough of the circular designs panel fabric for cornerstones rather than make the larger ones in the original project and could use my stash rabbits, hares and birds to complete the sides.

What do you think?

I think it could work – I’m talking throw size here not double bed size or anything.

Now the question is, what would I do down those sides?

Most of the folded fabric pieces are fat quarters so I’ve got a fair amount.  I don’t want to do anything too ‘fiddly’ because I want to show off the fabrics   I could probably do a simple pieced back too.

Any ideas gratefully received.

I don’t ask much do I?

Even though, where most of you are concerned, I feel I already know the answer – have you ever used the excuse of buying in a new project in order to spur you on with a current one?

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Tight Lipped Tuesday #18

Saying not very much again on a Tuesday.

I don’t usually do book reviews, and I’m not going to do one now, reading is such a personal thing and books other people have loved, I’ve not liked at all (The Da Vinci Code anyone?).

However, I’ve just finished this well written debut novel and really enjoyed it.

So, if you fancy a bit of a thriller set in gritty Victorian London against a backdrop of the Great Exhibition of 1851 and the emergence of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, I’d recommend it.

Just saying.

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Late Summer Sirocco

The last summer visitors have left.

They ate and drunk impossible amounts, lay in until mid-morning, had to be driven everywhere, used my beautiful new bathroom and didn’t clean it afterwards, broke a couple of things and generally behaved as beloved offspring do when back in the parental home.  (Edited in case my daughter reads this – I’ve just gone in to clean the bathroom and, actually, they’ve left it in pretty good order so I take it back.  Haven’t been in her bedroom yet though)

  I’ll miss them until the next time and so will the dogs.

Anyway, do you remember I bought a pattern for a jumpsuit from the French pattern company Deer and Doe?  Nobody can accuse me of not trying to be ‘on trend’.  If you recall, we had lots of discussion about needing a wee at inopportune moments and having to struggle out of it.

So, I made it.

It turned out really well but then it hung from a shelf in my workroom for ages as I couldn’t get up the enthusiasm to hem those legs which were, of course, too long on me.

So, when Mlle. Tialys the Elder was here she tried it on.

The décolleté which I was a bit concerned about for a woman of my vintage, didn’t worry her in the least.

So she’ll probably take off that press stud and decorative button I’d added to give me a bit more coverage.

How I love those pockets!

All in all though, I was really pleased with how this turned out.  I enjoyed making it and it was a very good pattern as I have found to be the norm with Deer and Doe.

As for the wearing of it though, I’ll leave it to the super confident and the stronger bladders.

On an entirely unrelated note – because that’s the way my mind works –  those coleus in the background have been the terrace potted plant success of the summer this year.  Gorgeous splashes of colour going on and on and still going.  Next year we’ll get even more.

O.K. Autumn, bring it on.

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Tight Lipped Tuesday #17

Three days to go before the collar comes off.

Any cuddles gratefully received, even if it’s from somebody you’ve only just met.

 

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When Forgetfulness – Or Laziness – Comes Back To Bite You

 

Six years ago, I made a quilt for Mlle Tialys’s 18th birthday as I had done for her (slightly) older sister.

I can’t remember the pattern I used but it used a jelly roll and was some sort of hidden stars design as you can see below.

Mlle. Tialys the Elder was presented with her quilt on her 18th birthday but had to give it straight back to me as I hadn’t finished it so the Younger fared better in that hers was quilted and bound.  It has since languished across a chair in her bedroom because it is a large double size and (from choice) she has a single bed.

Recently she decided she wanted to go and live in England and share Mr. Tialys’s commuter flat together with her sister who’s already there.  In the required ‘upgrade’ to a three-bedroom flat, a double bed was purchased for her and so I thought I’d send the quilt over for her to finally use on a bed as nature intended.

However, when I picked up the quilt to give it a wash before packing it up I realised that, either from wanting to get it finished in a rush or just sheer laziness, I had only done the absolute minimum of quilting.

All I’d done was quilted around each star.

Extreme minimalism which, I realised, just wouldn’t do now it was going to be actually used on a bed.

What was I thinking? Don’t ask – it was six years ago and any reasoning (or forgetting) that went on at the time is lost in the mists.

As the quilt was already bound I thought I’d have to take it all off but I did some research and found somebody else who had asked the question on a quilt forum and the news was surprisingly good.  Apparently, some quilters actually do this intentionally.  They do some minimal quilting, then bind it, which helps stablilise the quilt for further quilting.  Who knew? I didn’t but I might pretend I did if anyone asks.

Of course, that meant I had to wrestle the quilt under my domestic machine so, all I did was stitch in the ditch along the vertical and horizontal lines formed by the design which fortuitously happen to encase each star in a square.  It’s still far too scant really but it’s better than it was.

The third horizontal line in this photo is actually a fold crease in the fabric not an intentional quilted line – in case you were wondering 🙄

In my defence m’lud, I did hand quilt those stars which is probably why I went down the ‘minimalist’ road originally, supporting the verdict that it was probably laziness rather than forgetfulness which the prosecution had suspected all along.  The evidence is now on its way to England in the back of a car courtesy of some friends who are driving back after visiting their holiday home here for the Summer.

So it all turned out well (and very bright) in the end.

 

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The Cat In The Collar

Henry has been in the wars again.

The poor thing has already been diagnosed with hypertension so has to have medication syringed down his throat every day but now he has ear trouble too.

Firstly it was diagnosed as an ear infection so I had to administer drops twice a day for 10 days.  This didn’t seem to sort out the problem completely and then I felt a lump under his ear.

I was going to take him to the vet on the Friday but he didn’t come back for the whole day then, Saturday morning he returned with a large wound underneath his ear where I’d felt the lump.  The vet kept him in for the afternoon and, when I went to pick him up this was the inevitable result.

The vet thinks the ear infection made him scratch at his ear which, in turn. caused an abcess which then burst but, other than that, she says the two things aren’t connected.  I’m not so sure but time will tell.

In the meantime, that plastic buster collar seemed overlong and the sharp edge was just on the wound and I was worried it would dig in to him.  Also, those ribbon thingies that hold the collars on aren’t that efficient and kept dangling in the water bowl.

So, what’s a sewing person to do but improve upon the original?

As I make dog collars to sell to help raise funds for a dog refuge, not to mention having a rather large fabric stash, I had all the necessaries to hand to make him a small webbing collar with quick release buckle.  I cut the top of the plastic collar down low enough to improve his peripheral vision but still high enough so that his foot can’t reach to scratch the wound.   Then I traced round the shape of the plastic collar and. after adding a seam allowance, cut out the shape in two pieces of fabric, added some tabs in the seamline to thread the webbing collar through, sewed up the seams leaving one end open to slot the plastic collar through and installed a snap to close the ends.

He managed to get out of the house the other day (Mr Tialys isn’t that good at remembering to close doors 🙄) and I was panicking but I think he’d just gone to show off his headgear to his mates next door.

I wonder what they thought.

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FFFinally Started Assembling The F2F3 Quilt

If you’ve been following me for a while you will know I have now participated in three block swaps organised by Kate over at Tall Tales from Chiconia.  Each participant decides on the colours they want their quilt to be and is allocated a month.  The participant makes three 12.5 inch square blocks for herself (or himself although we haven’t had a male quilter join us yet) and the others all make three too, in the chosen colours but in whatever design they like, and send them off to the participant of the month.  F2F stands for Foot Square Freestyle (the blocks measure 12 inches when finished) and 2018/2019 was the third year we did it – hence F2F3.

Now you know!

Anyway, when the names were drawn from the hat, my name came out first so I received my blocks from the other eight participants by the end of June last year.  I have only just got round to dealing with them.

This time, I am determined to make a quilt big enough to properly fit a Superking size bed – in other words I want it to go down the sides of the bed and not just cover the top.  This means a very big quilt and I can tell you now that I will definitely not be quilting it myself.  It will go over to the U.K. and somebody with a lovely big machine, specially designed to deal with big quilts, will do it for me.  I’ll worry about getting it back over to France when the time comes.

You might remember – though why should you? – my colour scheme was sort of neutrals – greys, cream, beige and dusty pink.

Here is a provisional layout on the bed which doesn’t look that big here but, trust me, it is.  Each of those blocks measures 12.5 inches at the moment and they’re laid out 5 across x 6 down.

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I’m going with that layout, more or less, although I’ve already swapped out the middle one on the bottom row as it was too similar in colour to the one above.  Sometimes you don’t see these things until you photograph it and look at it on a screen.

I had two potential sashing fabrics in mind and ‘auditioned’ them by laying some of the blocks on top.

This was one possibility


and this marbled charcoal grey was the other.

You can see which one I went with in this photo of the first row joined together with the vertical sashing strips.

I put a bit of a spurt on this afternoon and got the top two rows joined.  I’ve cheated and just laid the horizontal strips across to give you a bit of an idea how it will look.  I really like the way the charcoal grey is framing the blocks.

The reason for this sudden industry is because one of my favourite online UK fabric shops is having a free shipping weekend (including Europe) and they have some fabric in stock at the moment that I rather fancy for the border.  I haven’t got anything the right colour, in the right amount in my stash.  I know I could calculate how much fabric I will need for the border – although not without help – but I’d prefer to get the blocks joined up, decide whether I want a small border made from the rejected sashing fabric and then what sort of width would look right for the outer border.  If I want the free shipping I need to work it out by the end of this weekend.  It’s a first world problem I know.

Mr. Tialys’s shirt has had to take a back seat but I have done the plackets, the yoke and the collar stand and, because my mannequin is lady shaped, I had to go to the storeroom and put my antique male mannequin into use.  It’s in my Etsy shop so this will probably be the time somebody will decide to buy it but, for now, it is standing in for Mr. T – even though it’s a lot shorter than him, not quite as broad across the shoulders and considerably older.

The other reason for the sudden rush is that I want to start a new quilt and feel too guilty to start it while this one is languishing in a box and everybody’s hard work in making all those lovely blocks for me is hidden from view.

This will be the last big quilt I make now – I really don’t need any more and I can’t afford to send them off for quilting every time (although I’ve only done that once before) – so in future I’ll be making baby quilts, lap quilts and throws – sizes I can get under my domestic machine or *shudder* hand quilt.

So, that’s my weekend sorted, what will you be getting up to?

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Tight Lipped Tuesday #16

Another of my occasional Tuesday posts where there are more photos than words (for a change).

I know quite a few of you indulge in crochet and some in crochet mandalas and some of you even put them in hoops.

So, I thought you might like to see some photos of the hoops made by the crocheters of Chalabre and other friendly yarnbombers.

Chalabre is a local village which celebrated its second annual ‘Chalabre en Sérénade’ last week, culminating at the weekend in a riot of singers and musicians from all over the world, love songs delivered from Juliet balconies, artists, designers  and much more.

I only took one photo – which was of a hoop in the window of a patisserie –  what can I say?  I wouldn’t mind but I can’t even find it now anyway.

So, all these photos I have used with the permission of Julie Prochowski who came up with the idea of the hoops and gave it her all.

(Julie is also a very good sewing teacher and crafter extraordinaire.  One of those people who seem to be able to turn their hand to anything but I like her anyway 😉)

The Raw Material

 

The Assembly

 

The Hoisting Up

 

The Shadow Play

 

The Crochet Canopy

Doesn’t it look amazing?

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Scrappy Sewing Machine for August

It’s the 15th of the month (again) and time to show what I’ve been making with scraps.

Remember those hundreds of 1.5 inch squares I had to join together

to make a pixelated sewing machine wall hanging?

Well, I’d like to have said I’ve finished it but it’s not quite there yet.

It’s all joined together and actually looks like a sewing machine now rather than a multicoloured cow as Mr. Tialys offered by way of criticism at an earlier stage of construction.

The back view shows the task in more detail

I decided to quilt it by playing around with free motion quilting as it’s only going on the wall in my workroom, a place heavily guarded against inspections by the quilt police.

I found the perfect multicoloured thread to do it with.

As usual, my quilting is by no means perfect, in fact, on this occasion it’s only just acceptable and I’m not even going to make that claim for the back which is why I’m not showing you a photo of that as it will only be going against the wall in any case.

I think it will look fine from a distance.

I had the binding on up until yesterday when I realised, as I was hand stitching the back down, that my mitred corners were not coming together properly and the binding fabric had started to fray so I unpicked it all.

Still, at least that means I will have something to show you on the next Scraphappy Day which is organised by Kate & Gun for anybody who wants to make new things from scraps of any kind – doesn’t have to be fabric.  Here’s a list of participants – both regular and occasional – if you want to have a look at the sort of things you can do with scraps.

Contact Kate (first name on the list) if you want to join in.

Kate Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn(me), Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline and Sue L.

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