Sunday, 12 July 2015

Heathers Sewing Room - Where Bloggers Create 2015

Welcome to Heathers Sewing Room and the 7th Annual Where Bloggers Create Festival, hosted by My Desert Cottage. Come on in to my creative space. This is where I mostly make quilts, design and sew clothes, create boxes of all shapes and sizes, and design and make bags. Living as an expat means, I feel that nothing is permanent, so I work with the space that I have knowing it all needs to move when the time arises.

With children no longer living at home it enables me to have a whole room to create in :) This is the room as I enter through the door.

A trip to the Ikea store allowed me to purchase a good selection of tables to work on. With adjustable legs on the tables I was able to set the table height that worked for the situation. 

Putting the tables at arms length always means I have places to put items as I work.

 Being under a window with my standing table means I get good daylight.

I like all my tools out on my table so I gathered containers and covered them to suit my needs.

The chest of drawers is for fat quarter fabric storage

A place for displaying handmade items and inspirational hangings

I have always liked this saying and I managed to find a plaque at a market in London.

I thought this was a great piece of inspiration so I printed it out, pasted it to card stock and framed it with papers from my stash

The room has a double wardrobe that I use for storage

I removed the hanger rail and put in an extra shelf.

On one wall I made a design area. Clicking here will take you to the tutorial of how I made the design wall.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy visiting the 7th Annual Where Bloggers Create.
Click Here to go to My Desert Rose and see her amazing creative space, then scroll to the bottom to visit all the participants. 
Have fun
and
Have a great week

HEATHER


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Friday, 10 July 2015

Finish Along Q3 2015

It is time for me to list the items I would like to complete in the Q3 Finish Along that is being hosted by On the Windy Side.

The Ginger Jars quilt is now back on the design wall and I nearly have the top together. Just a few more boarders.

I decided to send my A Little Bit Country Quilt to a longarm quilter for quilting so I am nearly there with a finish.

I am now working on a Lynnette Anderson pattern called Scandinavian Christmas so it would be really nice if I had that one hanging on the wall at Christmas.

I am currently working on my first panel

I was bitten by the Millefiori/La Passacaglia English Paper Piecing Facebook page and also the couple of girls in the quilting group that are also attempting this pattern. I need to make a start but I have been deliberating on the best way to construct the quilt but I think I am going to go with the EPP as it will be a good hand project that will travel anywhere.

This bag needs to be constructed and documented so that I can offer a pattern.

Technically this x-stitch is finished but it is not framed so I am not totally ticking it off the list as I run the risk of it sitting in a cupboard and not hanging on a wall to be enjoyed.

I am looking forward  to posting some finishes as we go through Q3.


Have a great week

HEATHER


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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.

HEATHER


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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.


Have a great week

HEATHER


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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.

Have a great week

HEATHER


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