Tuesday, 15 April 2014

From A - Chambray and Liberty Infinity Scarf

Chambray and Liberty Tana Lawn Infinity Scarf

If you've been visiting this blog for any length of time, you'll know how I feel about Liberty of London's Tana Lawn. What I didn't mention when I shared my lap duvet a few months back is that I bought a half yard more fabric than I actually needed for the project so that I'd be able to make an infinity scarf.

Chambray and Liberty Tana Lawn Infinity Scarf

With a dear friend's birthday on the immediate horizon, I decided that it was high time to follow through with my plan. I ended up pairing my precious Mauvey with some dotty chambray. The resulting scarf is lightweight, soft and drapey, making it a perfect layering piece for Spring/Summer or year round in my neck of the woods.

Chambray and Liberty Tana Lawn Infinity Scarf

I didn't bother following a pattern for this project and just cut two 15" x WOF strips and serged them together. Total project time from sending fabric photos to Kelsey to finished was about an hour. It took more time to finish my text message conversation and cut the fabric than it did to dig out the serger and actually sew it all together.

Chambray Liberty Scarf All Wrapped Up

Carefully wrapped and on its way to its final destination, I have to say that I already miss having this little gem around my neck. I hope my friend agrees.

Friday, 4 April 2014

From K - Finished Catnap Sew Together Bag

Time has been scarce lately and finding snipits of crafty time has been far more difficult than I'd like. Sewing is my jam though, so to keep myself sane I picked up a project that I can work on in small intervals. Let me introduce you to what's held my attention as of late - my new Sew Together bag!

Catnap Sew Together Bag
I took the time to fussy cut some little scraps for the front of my bag, and chose a dark contrasting print from the same line for the background and back panel.

Catnap Sew Together Bag
Last week I shared some progress pics and explained why I went with Lizzy House's Catnap line for this bag. Since then, I branched out by adding a gold metallic confetti dot neutral into the mix. I love how easily it fits in.

Catnap Sew Together Bag
The contrast fabric in the pocket linings makes me unnaturally happy. Not too surprising since linings have always been my favourite detail. My catnap dress is a good example of that.

Catnap Sew Together Bag
I don't have a tremendous amount of experience with installing zippers so I found the pattern directions to be extremely helpful. This bag is definitely the cleanest zipper installation I've ever done.

Catnap Sew Together Bag
The details in pattern are so clever. I will definitely be making more of these in the future.
Catnap Sew Together Bag
If you've made a Sew Together bag leave a comment below to let me know, I love seeing all the variations popping up online!

Friday, 28 March 2014

From A - Contraflow Quilt Top

The immanent arrival of a house guest prompted a furious clean-up of my craft room guest room. First thing off the floor was the Contraflow quilt top that I've been working on for the past couple of months.

Contraflow Quilt Top

Another quilt sourced only from stash, I used a layer cake of Kate Spain's Terrain collection and some trusty Kona White. After working through some mistakes in the instructions, I followed the Contraflow pattern in 25 Ways to Sew Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes & Charm Packs (mistakes in finished dimensions and background fabric cutting, if you're wondering).

Contraflow Quilt Top

I opted to group similar colours together to try and create more of a flow with the prints. Although the bright orange block on the second row seems a little out of place, I am pretty happy with how it came out.

Contraflow Quilt Top

Coming in at 78.5" x 86" (almost full/double), this beauty is on its way to Lindsay for the royal long-arm treatment. I couldn't bring myself to attempt basting this beast on my bathroom floor and the idea of shoving it through my machine filled me with dread. A wise decision me thinks, since I only have about 6 weeks to finish it and two more baby quilts.