Look – I made a couple of things!

hello faithful readers… hasn’t it been a while!

Life had gotten away from me and Mr T and I have had a few major life changes, but I am determined to get back into documenting my makes this year – so here we are. Its nice to be back đŸ™‚

I’ve got a couple of makes to boast about…  Firstly, check out this gorgeous mobile I made:

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This is the Woodland Mobile from LittleSoftieShop and is one of my favorite makes ever – which is saying something. You see, despite loving doing cross stitch, I HATE hand sewing.

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After some thought I’ve realised that this hatred is due to hand stitching’s tendancy to be free form – unlike those little squares on aida the only way I can get the stitches the same size is through practice, A LOT of practice and I don’t really have any patience đŸ™‚ This lack of perfection and the amount of time hand stitching takes means its usually a No-Go for me.

So it was with trepidation I started this pattern, unsure if I was ever going to finish it. But, here’s a secret, little felt pieces are quick to make AND don’t need to be perfect – excellent!

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Each of these guys took about an hour and I was halfway through when my Grandmother asked if I was putting bells in them for extra entertainment – Nope, rats. So, half the critters and one of the logs have bells in them. (*Spoiler alert, bells and stuffing don’t mix the best, the bells don’t jingle as much as kinda thud in a jingle-ey way.)

The other change I made was to the bear. His pattern didn’t have any legs and I didn’t think it looked right, so I gave the fella legs. And a tail…

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I am so pleased with this make – the pattern was great and instructions easy. Even the “hanging” of the mobile only took me about 25 minutes.

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Of course, with the creation of a Baby mobile, you need someone to appreciate it. By far the biggest change since my last post,  was the arrival of Master T, who also is my favourite make, hands down!

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(Thanks to Charlie Horse photography for this great pic)

Two months old and this kid has taken over our lives and his Dad and I are completely smitten! So far, other than his awesome mobile, he hasn’t got any other Mum-made makes, but they are planned… along with a number of makes for me!

There’s more to come, but for now from the T family, have a great week

xx

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Quilting stress!

I made a little quilt. As its a little quilt, I will keep this post short. (In the essence of honesty, it’s also trauma which is keeping this post short!!)

Panda-Quilts

One of my workmates was leaving for maternity leave. I saw the free pattern from Fat Quarter Shop for the Panda-Monium baby quilt and thought “eureka, that’s perfect!” for a leaving present. The unofficial theme for her baby presents was Panda’s and this would fit right in!

Then I started to doubt myself. I’m not experienced with quilting and the pressure of giving it to someone other than immediate family freaked me out I’ll admit. So I decided I “didn’t have the time” to make it and put it out of my mind.

Then, the weekend before my work went on leave, I found myself buying fabric to make this quilt. And I made it, quilted it, gifted it and it was well received. There was a bit of angst involved in the finishing and making the decision to actually gift it (I didn’t tell anyone I was making it in case I stuffed it all up and it looked silly). In the end, all the angst was unnecessary – why do we do this ourselves? A big thanks to Mr T who told me that keeping it “was not an option and of course she’ll like it”… thanks dude!

In the making of this quilt I learnt many things:

  • start early, not the week before its due
  • I need to work on straight lines when finishing the quilt top
  • my machine binding has improved out of sight since the first time
  • using masking tape to mark the quilting lines is easy, but has its issues
  • using the washing machine and dryer does not remove the masking tape you accidentally sewed over!
  • people love things you make them even if they’re not perfect
  • something can be great, even if its not perfect!

This was an angsty project, but if I’d not been going to give it to someone else I would have thoroughly enjoyed it. The piecing was so much fun, and as it was so little (originally approx 20″ square, though mine was a little bigger) it went fast! And now, after more words than I thought it would be, some photos!

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Have a good week! xx