Monday, 27 September 2010

Moda Bake Shop

I am so excited to bring you my first Moda Bake Shop tutorial:)
I made it using 'A Morris Tapestry' by Barbara Brackman for Moda.
A cover for a desk chair.
my daughter's school bag just happened to coordinate with the beautiful fabrics!
It kinda brightens up an otherwise very plain chair!

Here's another cover I made using Hunky Dory by Chez Moi for Moda.
Bright and breezy

Thanks Moda, and thanks to you for looking!

Friday, 24 September 2010

Giveaway Winner

This week I travelled to Ballyjamesduff in Co.Cavan, to the Lakeland Quilt Fair, to take part in a one day workshop with Gloria Loughman. It was great - her work is amazing!
I did take photos, but unfortunately eldest daughter
accidentally deleted them from the camera :(
Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter the giveaway.
And the winner is...No. 17 Pam.
Please email me your details.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Crimson Burst Quilt and Giveaway!

Just wanted to share the new issue of British Patchwork and Quilting with you:)

I am delighted to have a quilt featured in the October 2010 issue:D

It's called 'Crimson Burst'

Its made using the Katie Hana fabric collection from Makower UK.

Quilt kits are available to buy on my website

So just as a little celebration,
I'm giving away 4 1/4yd pieces of Katie Hana fabric:)

All you have to do is:

1. Leave a comment - anything at all - what would you make? something autumnal?

2. Click to follow my blog and come back and tell me, or tell me if you're already following!

3. Blog about this giveaway and then come back and tell me that you did.

4. Check out my new website and then come back and tell me that you did.


Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Go straight to jail....

On Sunday we visited the old jail in Armagh city. It has been closed since 1986, but Saturday and Sunday were European Heritage Open Days, when some buildings which are not normally open to the public can be viewed. The jail sits at one end of the Mall in Armagh city.
(The courthouse sits at the other end!)
The original jail was built in 1780.

Pretty small cell?

Next we visited the home of the man who was responsible for building the jail and many other public buildings in Armagh, Archbishop Robinson. He had this grand house built on a 300 acre site 1768-70.

And of course being an Archbishop he needed his own private Church beside his house!

...and maybe a few modest paintings for the entrance hall!

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Autumn is on the doorstep!

We... no I'll correct that, I have been busy recently harvesting plums! We only have two plum trees, but what a crop of victoria plums. I have made jam, chutney, compote and frozen the rest. As the jam was bubbling, I was able to sew:)
I have also made several desserts which were delicious!
And now the apples are nearly ready, sadly they do not fruit in the same abundance as the plums.
But enough to make several apple tarts.
I spotted this fungi the other day, thought it was great! I don't think I've ever seen one as tall as this before. Another sign that autumn is nearly here...
Another fun guy turned up the other night!:) This guy has been around our house for quite a few years. He disappears for months on end and then comes back to party late at night!
(Sorry photo isn't great) Harry the hedgehog (as he is now known!) is normally found in the field or garden by our dog, who barks incessively at him until we go and have a look.
Finally here is a picture of what I was sewing while my jam was cooking -
I thought I deserved a new handbag after all that hard work;)

Monday, 6 September 2010

Basket Liner Tutorial

Here is my first ever tutorial, hopefully only the first of many! I have not given any fabric requirements for this, which I know is a bit odd, but every basket will be a different size and require different amounts of fabric. It would be best to make the template for the basket first and then from that you can measure exactly how much fabric is needed. I used Whimsy by Fig Tree & Co from Moda. Please read the tutorial before purchasing fabric!

1. Take the covers off some old magazines and line the basket with them in the shape you want your basket liner to be, I even used some remnants of wallpaper, as it is strong enough to make a good template. As you place the pieces of paper in the basket stick them together with cellotape and you will end up with a template, from which you can cut out your fabric.
2. Place the template on top of the fabric.
3. Using a ruler and water soluble pen, mark a 1/4" seam allowance all the way around the outside of the template.
4. Using the pen mark as a guide, cut out the main part of the basket liner.
5. Layer a piece of calico, wadding then the basket liner, and baste together.
6. Quilt the basket liner, I stitched in straight lines and followed the rows of writing on the fabric.
7. Take a few maore magazine covers and make some templates for the pockets. I had two different sizes - one to fit on the inside of the basket and a smaller one for the outside.
8. From the pocket templates, cut out 4 smaller size and 2 larger size from the fabric and from calico.
9. Place a pocket piece and a matching piece of calico right sides together.
10. Sew around outside using 1/4" seam, leaving a gap to turn the pocket right side out. Clip corners.
11. Turn pocket right side out and sew up gap.
12. Repeat for remaining pockets.
13. Place pockets on the basket liner and sew in place.
14. Trim off excess wadding and calico.
15. Make ties for around handles, by cutting out 4 strips of fabric 21/2" x 9". Fold ends in 1/4", then fold in long sides to meet in middle. Fold in half lengthwise to hid all raw edges, and sew along edges to secure in place.
16. Attach ties at opposite sides where the basket liner goes around the handles.
17. Make binding from 21/2" strips and attach.
Use for a picnic, carrying sewing equipment or storing all sorts of nik naks!