Monday, 6 July 2015

Making Two Boxed Gifts

Recently I came across an interesting panel of fabric full of charming ladies. The panel was called Lady in Red and was designed by Loralie Harris. You can see more of her amazing art work here.
I decided to place one of the  designs onto a lid of a box and then frame. 

Inside the box I place an embroidered tea towel that I had purchased in a craft market.

The second box I made was covered with decorative paper.

On the lid I used a glass bead and then attached small beads to a ribbon and pulled the ribbons through the bead. The bead is attached to the lid with the ribbons.

The inside of the box is lined with silk fabric.

Inside the box I placed the tea towel with the embroidered lady with all her bags.

Have a great week.


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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Christmas Panel a 2015 Q2 Finish

After having this beautiful panel in my stash for many years it is very exciting to have it finished so that it can now be used and enjoyed. As I quilted the Christmas panel and became engrossed in each artful picture I started to appreciate the talent of Laurel Burch. She was an amazing artist and did so many amazing paintings and as quilters we are really lucky to have so much of her talent in fabric. Sadly Laurel passed away in 2007 at the age of 62 years. You can read more about her life here.

I used Perle Cotton in black and gold for the quilting. 

All the red berries where embroidered with french knots in red no.8 Perle Cotton

I added a gold piping into the binding.

This is my only 2015 Q2 Finish Along, that I have joined with Adrienne from On the Windy Side, that was in my last Q2 blog post that you read here.

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Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Making a Backpack for Flights.

Living as an expat means that aeroplane flights are a big part of your life and I think I may have taken more plane flights than buses in my life so far! You get pretty savvy about what you want to take on a flight with you to make the journey comfortable. There is an art to having too much clutter and also not enough of the essentials. As I am on a flight at the end of the week and I do not want to take my wheelie bag with me it meant I needed a backpack that would hold the items I required without the weight that some bags have before you even put an item in! I searched the shops but did not find the backpack to suit my needs, so off to the design room it was.

I purchased some upholstery fabric to work with.

I then went about designing a bag to fit my requirements

The bag was fused with a stiffening

Pockets were made for the 2nd compartment

An interior zip pocket for keys and valuables

A pocket for my passport

A compartment for a laptop and magazines

The compartment zips closed with a handle to carry the backpack

The flapped compartment is domed closed

The domes open to allow items to go into the bag

The flap folds over and clips closed

Straps for the pack to sit over the shoulders and onto your back

Feet on the base of the bag

 Now I am all set to travel.

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Thursday, 4 June 2015

A Gift box for Quilting Blocks

The time had arrived for one of our girls in our Tuesday Quilting Group to leave and return to her home in the USA. As a farewell gift the girls in the group all made an appliqué quilt block and I made a box for the blocks to sit inside. This was a good way to store them and also a great way to 'gift wrap' the blocks.

I made the box 13" square so the 12 1/2" blocks could lay flat in the box. The box is covered with batik fabric.

I traced the outline of the appliqué onto fabric and using my machine I free motioned the design. This was then glued to the lid of the box.

Ribbon was used in the base to secure the blocks in place.

Here are some of the blocks that the girls hand appliquéd.

Have a great week.


Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Sewing for the Summer Wardrobe

It was time for me to replenish the summer wardrobe, so digging deep into the fabric cupboard and also making some trips to the fabric market and Arab street meant I had suitable fabric to put into clothes. Living in the tropics means I hunt out fabric from natural fibres.

Both of these fabrics are linen. The top is made from an embroidered linen from V.K. Abdulsamad & Co. in Arab St. Click here for the shop. The printed skirt fabric was purchased in Peoples Park on Newmarket Rd. Click here to see more detail of the fabric market in Chinatown.

I purchased toggles from Brighton accessories (#02-1158) in Peoples Park fabric market and used these for the closure of the top.

The cotton voile border print was purchased in Peoples Park fabric market from T&S (#02-1104). The top is lined with a white cotton voile.

After making a quilt from Japanese Indigo cotton I wanted to try it in a piece of clothing. I decided to make a top from the fabric, which is very comfortable to wear in the heat. The fabric was purchased at Malin in Peoples Park Fabric Market.

The pearl shell buttons are from Brighton accessories.

The shirt dress is made from chambray denim from Peoples Park Fabric Market. The belt was purchased at MBK shopping centre in Bangkok.

The top is made from a fine cotton that was purchased in Peoples Park Fabric Market.

The cowl neck top is made from a cotton sateen fabric which was purchased in Arab St at V.K. Abdulsamad & Co.

Have a great week


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