Monday, February 28, 2011

Rust Cloth

On the morning before the quake struck I had put this cloth outside to have a go at my own cloth.
Id found the 2 pieces of metal down the block at a good old fasihioned junk-shop.
So over the past week while we have been rattlin and a rollin I have printed this piece.
I'm really pleased with it.

The darkest areas are the ones that were left for the 3 days while the quake did its thing.Then I just moved the metal whenever I remembered.
Has anyone else had a try. What results did you get?

Regards Phillipa

Christchurch Cutie Snuggle Doll

Ive stitched up a couple of fronts for the dolls and added the word "HUGS".
Its not the clearest. Sorry. Hopefully will look better once I've stitched them up.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Christchurch Cuties. Pattern ideas

I made a cardboard
template and drew around on an appropriate sized piece of calico that could be folded to fit the back as well.
A different fabric could be used for the back to make it more colourful.

I then drew around the cardboard on the doubled fabric creating a stitching line in pencil.
Then freehand drew very simple eyes and a smile. :)
Randomly put dots across the body which will be the centre of some flowers.
I wont cut it till its decorated as it will be easier to handle.

Come join me. :)
My email addy is in a previous post if youd like to say hello.
Happy Stitching in these wobbly times.

Christchurch Cuties.

OOps...Add a half inch seam allowance to the pattern. :)

Christchurch Cuties. Snuggle Dolls

Have been thinking bout construction . The doll could be Drawn on with felt pen or bright crayon on calico, if kids would like to get creative.And stitched up. Right-side out. Leave the seam allowance showing and therefore would need less stuffing.
Will post pix when I have made a couple. :)

Christchurch Cutie

The thread on Trademe to follow now is "Christchurch Cuties or here, if you would like.
Next thing I will need eventually is some stuffing. As I said on trademe, i cleaned out all extra fabric linen and clothes before i moved down to Christchurch. I have heaps of laces and embroidery thread and beads as those who know mew can confirm.  ;)  lol. Its the fabric Im short of.Im sure theres some around the city .

I can be contacted at my email

Regards Phillipa

Scan of the Doll. " Christchurch Cutie "

I had written a thread in  to get my brain kick started. And I mentioned this doll for me to make. here is an image of my sketch.Im not sure if yu can print it out or not but it is fairly straight forward. A circle and and an oval joined. So if anyone wants to join me. :).
I did find a similar doll on the internet a couple of years ago that I drew this from and I cant find/remember where I found it, to ask permission from the original designer. If anyone know who that is, please let me know.
Regards Phillipa

Saturday, February 26, 2011

New Crazy Quilt magazine

Ive jus downloaded this new magazine called Crzy Quilt Gatherings.
Perfectly easy to download and now to settle in for a jolly good read between aftershocks.issue previewThere are 40 pages so this is just what the doctor ordered. :)
The author Pat Winter has a blog that is well worth following

Regards Phillipa

Friday, February 25, 2011

Wearable Art pre-earthquake by Jenny Gillies

Hello all from Christchurch.

When we went for a walk thru the central city of the Sunday evening before the quake, We found all these outfits on display in the Ballantynes windows.
I dont think they have survived.???
They had been created by Jenny Gillies, a local Fabric artist.And were on display until a fashion show was to be held in early march.
Many many hours of work went into these.

Hope all is well with others here in Christchurch.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Christchurch Earthquake.

Reporting in. We are fine. Our house is fine. Most of our street is fine, even tho we are in the liqufaction area.
We had a mess inside the house but only lost a couple of ornaments and the Tv set.All in all we got off lightly.Just have to learn to live with no water supply for awhile.

The aftershocks are very nerve racking as some are quite large.


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Playing with fabric and stitch

Hello to all.

I had a play with fabrics and quilting stitches and I came up with this. This was made before we moved to Christchurch.

The surface is quite ripply as I quilted it with a DMC perle cotton. Using a large piece for the background, I collaged pieces over the top in a random manner. I'm not sure if I like it or not, BUT it did get made into a larger cushion.

Til next time.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Quilt top. Big Diamond

Hello all.

A few more things I have been up to over the past couple of months. Of course. Unfinished.

For Xmas I was given a Kaffe fassett Book. Caravan Of Quilts
Kaffe Fassetts Caravan of Quilts (Patchwork & Quilting Book 6) by Kaffe FassettAnd in it was the pattern called Big Diamond.Its a scrappy pattern and for years and years I have had a box of triangles cut out waiting for the inspiration to use them.And here it was. Sorting into light and dark I made the quilt top. Im quite pleased in how it turned out. If we have a very cold winter it might even get quilted.

Til next time.
stitching always.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Crazy Crumb Piecing

Back in October i posted about Crazy Crumb piecing.
So I just had to try it out for myself. As you know I try not to waste anything and recycle as much as possible, so this was a small project just perfect for me.
This is how my block turned out. :)

It was fun to do and  will be added to my pile of "what the heck am I going to do with this" Pile.
lol. Im sure we all have these types of works. Making for the sake of making with no idea of what we will use it for.
As my blog name suggests, its the stitching I'm interested in. When it comes to making my work up into something, a whole lota procrastinating goes on. ;).

Are you a gatherer of finished items or like me, a gatherer of UFO's. (unfinished objects.)

Bye for now.
UFO expert.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Craft Site for Kids

Do you have younger children or grandkids. This site Kaboose .com  has a fabulous array of craft ideas for the young,
but some of the simple designs would also be great for applique or stitching.

 Isnt he the cutest. Part of the Valentines day images to colour.
This site is a "must" for all creative families. :)

Bye for now.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Early Easter Idea.

Good Morning all. What a scorcher yesterday.

It was still 35 degrees after 11 last night. TG it was just for the one day. I was melting.

I know that Eeaster is still miles away but I saw this posting by Cathe and thought that its a delightful idea.

Till next time.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Etsy Find

I get several types of emails from Etsy and today I spotted this.

Colander Pendant lightThe seller is Szuszanna . Worth a quick nosy :)