Sunday, 23 October 2011

A babyquilt in progress

One of my nieces gave birth to a baby boy. As a present, I am making a baby quilt, not only to use as a bedcover but one that can also be used as a playmat.
I found my inspiration in 2 books.
This is the first one:

I used this quilt as a guide:
I reduced the size.
The "making of" is very clearly explained.
Fabrics: for the quilt top I used Kaffe Fassett fabrics. I chose the softer, pastell prints.
For the background I took a plain off-white cotton.
For the quilt backing I used a lovely citrine cotton fabric from Free Spirits.
Here is a tiny preview:

The true colour is hard to capture on film. The backing is far brighter than you see in the above picture.

This is a better resemblance, but in real time it is more sparkling lemon green-yellow. I love this fabric.
In this book:
 I found my finishing touch: that little extra which makes the quilt special. I will tell and show you more about it once the quilt is completely finished.
In the mean time I made the quilt sandwich: quilt top - wadding - quilt backing, which is now ready to be quilted.
This is it for today.
Have a nice evening.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

New at Zest4colour!

I just added this gorgeous purse to my shop:

For the exterior I used a lovely pale blue fabric.
If you take a closer look at the next picture, you can see tiny silver sparkles.
For the lining I took a Kaffe Fassett cotton in a lovely pastell colour tone:

The simple silver nickel kisslock frame and chain give the purse a stylish, modern look.
A small strap and a rectangular buckle add a finishing touch.
Available here.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Adjusting a clutch

I sold this lovely clutch to a friend:
 She asked me if I could add a chain.
I had designed this clutch to be used as a handheld evening bag.
Adding a chain was a bit tricky but in fact not difficult at all.
I took 2 tiny D-rings and made 2 small, fitting straps; they are only 9 mm wide:

How do you make these straps?
I cut a piece of fabric 6 cm lenght x 3.6 cm wide (4 times the width of the finished strap) and interfaced it for strength.
Fold in half along the length of the strap and then iron . Open and fold both sides inwards to the center crease line. Fold the the strap in half lengthways again and edge stitch along both edges.
You get this:

I undid some stitches at the side corners of the finished bag and sandwiched the strap folded over the D-ring in between the lining and exterior:
Then, I machine stitched along the top edge of the clutch, starting at one side where the flap is attached to the bag; securing the little strap and smoothly edge stitching along the forefront till I reached the other side. I sewed several securing stitches at both ends.

I attached the chain and...

Have a wonderful, warm and sunny weekend.
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