Sunday, 24 November 2013

Quilted Wedding

I seem to have got hooked on quilting already! I thought a quilt might be a good wedding present for my big sister and her (now!) husband, so I had a good browse for ideas and decided to give a star design a go. I used the tutorial here for guidance, so it wasn't too difficult to put together. Here is the work in progress and the final reveal, I'm pretty pleased with the outcome for only my second attempt! First time I've done any embroidery too :)

Laying out


Piecing together

quilting

A bit of cheesy embroidery :)

Binding the edge, in my own special way

Backing, playing with the decorative stitches on my machine!

All done!

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Still in love with you

I suspect you are all thoroughly bored of views of Bath, but I am still a little bit in love with the place, and it is so damn photogenic. As the sun put in an appearance last week I walked the long way to work to maximise photo opportunities. I think one of the best things about this picturesque corner of the country is the hills, I love a good view! Also, the most beautiful cat in Bath put in appearance. Any commute that includes sunshine, cats and cows is a winner if you ask me. And I promise the grass was actually that colour!








Thursday, 14 November 2013

Pyjama-based Wardrobe

This winter, I aim to wear pyjamas masquerading as clothes. It started with a pair of amazing jeans from my favourite clothing company howies. They are the finest things in the world - a perfectly nice-looking pair of jeans, but underneath! They are lined with the softest brushed cotton, so feel like wearing PJs. This is clearly an excellent concept, and if you ask me, one which needs to be extended further. In that spirit, I am currently making a pretty and girly shirt, but out of nice soft brushed cotton. I love making my own clothes, flexibility to do whatever I like!

It is the first time I have played with checks (plaid), but I have made a bit of a stab at pattern matching. Possibly more by accident than design, some of it actually seems to line up! The pattern is Hawthorn by the company Colette, it has brilliant instructions and they did a sewalong online so even a newbie like me can manage to get the thing together.




matchy lines!

Inside waistband, nice and tidy!
Coming together! I'm going to put on elbow-length sleeves, and even attempt a proper placket, wish me luck :)

Saturday, 9 November 2013

All the Seasons

Bit of a blog absence recently, I just got back from a lovely few days in the French Alps, so legitimate skivving! I was over there for my big sister's wedding, but also made the most of it of course and had a bit of a holiday. Although it is not tourist season at the moment it was still stunning, Autumnal leaves in the valleys and winter snow on the top! I very much enjoyed the photo opportunities, so much beautiful scenery.

Autumn




Good company while adventuring













And winter!













Sunset in the mountains is stunning