After being missing in action for quite a while my sewjo has recently returned. I think this has been partly due to necessity – a new baby needed a quilt and my work clothes wardrobe was looking rather depleted. Whatever the reason, I’m glad it’s back.
These are some of my recent makes.
A quilttop for new baby Samuel which will be finished over the Christmas break. His parents are originally from Colombia and they requested the colours of the Colombian flag – hence the colour choices. I made this up as I went along and I’m quite pleased with the result.
I drafted a pattern for this top from one in my wardrobe and made a few alterations such as lengthening the sleeve and adding side vents. I used some Alison Glass cotton which sits well on the body. I have received compliments each time I’ve worn it, so I count that as a success. Plus it’s the first time I have drafted my own pattern and perfected a side vent – some new skills have been added to my repertoire.
The next project was a Santa sack for my workplace secret Santa gift giving. They didn’t have one and of course I volunteered to make one. I didn’t want to mimic the northern hemisphere – it is very hot in Australia at Christmas, so I chose some Alexander Henry fabric which is more in tune with the bright colours of an Australian summer.
Each side is is different but from the same range. It will get some use during the year as a quilt WIP bag.
My latest project finished last night is this improv Christmas tree wall hanging (approx fat-quarter in size). I live in an apartment and don’t have much room for a real tree, plus “the boys” Pepe and Cosmo, would probably tear it to pieces anyway. This “tree” is about to be hung on the wall above my tv unit bench and the gifts will be placed underneath.
I just improvised as I went along. I fused the green strips onto the background fabric and then zig-zagged the edges as a QAYG method. The red balls are beads that I hand stitched.
My new skill this time was making a hanging sleeve and it’s my first ever mini!
I have more making plans for this week so until next time – enjoy stitching and making. Keep calm and eat cake!