Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Every hour, 24 hours a day for 100 days different people will make the plinth their own. The project started on 6th July and will run until 14th October. It is 8 metres high and measures 4.4 x 1.7metres.
Each of the 2400 places were allocated by ballott and I was one of the lucky 33,827 applicants to be to be offered a place.
I will be up there next week sewing morsbags and throwing them out to the crowd to help raise awareness to the damage that plastic carrier bags cause to the eco system.
To find out more about Morsbags please visit www.morsbags.com.
To find out more about the plinth and to watch the live feed of what is happening visit www.oneandother.co.uk .
A huge thank you goes to everybody who has offered their words of support and encouragement, especially my husband who has had to deal with me being as kiddy as a kipper since I found out that I had been selected.
Remember - Carry a bag not Carrier bag!
Did I mention I'm scared of heights? Mmmm time to test the theory - there is nothing to fear but fear itself!
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
Oh dear, I have been missing in action for some time.... but I have been busy... In August I attended the Festival Of Quilts, a four day event at The NEC in Birmingham, UK. It is the biggest quilt festival in Europe, with lots of workshops and lots of stalls full of beautiful fabric and notions to spend your money on.
I was there with Morsbags, and we taught the public to make over 300 bags over the four day event. It was tiring but exhilarating at the same time and I can't wait until next year.
I can't believe that it is September already, I really need to start thinking about making some Christmas gifts... time to look for some inspiration.
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
Today I decided I wanted to find a project that would use up my ever increasing collection of fat quarters... because let's face it I will never get round to making a quilt with them, after searching the internet to no avail I decided to make a little pouch to keep a handbag sized pack of tissues in.... I would rather look at a fabric pouch in my handbag than a packet of tissues.
I made twenty all together, excellent for Christmas stocking fillers (I know it's not even August ), small gifts, or just to keep yourself and they couldn't be easier to make.
You can get three pouches from 1 fat quarter!
How to :
- Cut 2 pieces of fabric 6.5" x 7".
- With right sides together sew 1/4" from the edge all around the outside, leaving a 2" opening on a long side for turning.
- Clip corners, turn and press flat. Remember to press the opening to the inside.
- Bring the short edges to the middle, overlap by 1/4" in the middle. If you have used two different fabrics make sure the fabric you want for the outside of your pouch is on the inside.
- Sew 1/4" from the edge along each short side (the sides with the folded fabric meeting in the middle), I went across these edges twice for extra strength.
- Turn right side out and fill with handbag sized tissue pack. You may need to cut an opening along the top of the pack of tissues to make it easier to get them out, if like the pack I chose it had the opening at one end only.
Tomorrow I'm going to attempt to make some bunting, wish me luck.
The size could be adapted to keep facial wipes or baby wipes in quite easily, they are so quick and easy to make.... go on , give it a go!
Monday, 29 June 2009
After much delay I finally made a Summer Wrap as featured in the June 2009 issue of 'Sew Hip' magazine.... this one was for my Mum as a birthday gift, I think the look of surprise on her face was because she couldn't believe I had made it!
It is made using a Jelly Roll of assorted fabric strips, easy and quick to make. The hardest part was deciding in what order to sew the strips. I now want to make another one, only this time for myself... ideal for a summers evening walk along the beach... or as cover up for the evening.
Thank you to Tracy Cushing who designed it - excellent instructions and I love the fact that it is moebius wrap... so much easier to wear than a pashmina as you are never worried about it falling off your shoulders!
For those of you who have yet to discover 'Sew Hip' magazine I would definitely recommend it, it is full of beautiful ideas, most suitable for beginner level , but be warned your 'To make' list will just keep getting longer.
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
Sunday, 24 May 2009
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Thursday, 7 May 2009
Friday, 1 May 2009
Last night I signed up for another internet swap - this time it's coasters. The swap is hosted by Sara and Donna at kindredcrafters1.blogspot.com ~ check it out for details. If you are interested sign up by May 8th and mail your swap by June 1st. There are lots of great links to tutorials via Sara and Donnas blog - well worth checking out.
For me, the big plus of this swap is that coasters are so simple and quick to make that even a beginner sewer can make them in no time at all. Plus it's a great way to use up all those scraps of fabric.
Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Friday, 24 April 2009
I am planning to make another couple of tops on Sunday, but anything could happen between now and then!
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
The swap is part of a flickr group - check out www.flickr.com for details, this is my first swap and my parcel is going to Denmark - I can't wait for the next swap or to see what three fat quarters my swap partner has chosen for me. I am not posting a picture as I want it to be a surprise for my swap partner.
There has been no progress on the spring top - but I hope to change that this weekend! Watch this space for details........
Sunday, 5 April 2009
Thursday, 2 April 2009
'In for a penny, in for a pound.....' I have decided to join in this sewalong.
I plan to shop for a pattern at the weekend. I have only ever made one top for myself before so this could be a challenge. I will post my progress , or lack of, as I go along. Why not sign up and join in? A girl can never have too many tops!
Wednesday, 1 April 2009
I aim to post details of my sewing projects together with more general musings about life in general.