What’s New in 2018

I can’t believe Easter is over and we are heading towards winter in 2018.  In the meantime, we are having some magnificent autumn weather at the moment.

Where does the time go?  We have been a little quiet on here over the last few months busy with life and trying to catch up with our Made on Monday Challenge which is quickly coming to the final stages.  I have just completed item 45 out of 52 and am working on the next few.

The last 8 that I have completed are some of my favourites.  They are all using fabric that I painted one day when Lyn and I were, once again, experimenting with colours, stamps and stencils.

The pink series are my favourites and I am thinking of either mounting them together or making a cushion.  If I haven’t said it before, I love making cushions, so that will likely be the outcome.  I just need to decide how and whether to include borders around each?  But I’ll leave that decision for another day.

The next lot I did were based on photos, the first two are from the same photo taken on a holiday road trip whilst in Newcastle.  The photo was taken from a fabulous board walk along the coast that we stumbled across.  Why did I do two?  I was trying different techniques.  The first one using paints to highlight the rocks, the 2nd one using fabric.

The final two are based on a photo taken by a friend.  The only real difference is the colour thread I used.

 

I’m now off to finish the next lot.  Cheers from sunny Melbourne until next time……

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Playing with Stamps

I went through a card making stage a few years back and have a few stamps in my stash.  I thought I’d try using them on fabric.

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I tried stamping on both plain and printed fabric.  I debated whether to add more colour before stitching but decided to leave them simple and just add a touch of colour with thread.  I’m pleased with the samples.

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The stamps are easy and fun to use.  I haven’t tested the ink for permanency as yet; however, I did heat set and will try washing a future sample.

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I love the simplicity of minimal colours.  It does help that I love the colour purple.  I like the look of them together, so might try and incorporate them into something…..?

Keeping up the Creativity

The last few months have seen everyone around me succumbing to the colds and flu that come with winter and I was therefore destined to eventually get sick as well.  Feeling unwell and with the added problems I’ve been having with my sewing machine (which has been back and forward with the repairer over the last month or so) has put a significant pause on my creativity and has made me fall very behind with my Made on Monday, weekly challenge.

I am currently 4 weeks behind but I spent today reconnecting with my sewing machine and experimenting with a piece I had started months ago but never progressed.

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I’m trying various pattern options around the initial flower design that was done using variegated thread on a pieced/woven background and I am pleased with the progress so far.

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Now that I am back in the (sewing machine) driver’s seat, I’m sure a little extra effort will put me back on track.  I hate being behind schedule.  The plan is to finish a few more pieces and post them on the weekend.  Until then……

Colourful Beach Boxes

The brightly coloured beach boxes on denim that I did for the Photo to Fibre exhibition in 2016 were a favourite of mine.  So I thought I would have another go at doing them for the Made on Monday Challenge Lyn and I are doing this year.

The 5 inch pieces are a bit more limiting than the beach bags and fabric buckets I did for the exhibition so I created new templates in a smaller scale.

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Cutting up small pieces of coloured fabric and fusing it onto denim is very therapeutic – but by the end of the fourth piece, I started to wonder why I felt I had to make four of them?

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The initial reason was to experiment with quilting techniques, but as you can see, in my haste to finish them and not really wanting to compromise with the design too much, they ended up looking very similar.

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However, piece number 5 is my favourite.

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Now to the next challenge piece…..

Made on Monday – joining the challenge

A few months ago I saw a post on Facebook by Kate Bridger showing some 5 inch square pieces that she and others had done as part of a “Made on Monday” Challenge.  What a great idea to keep the creative juices flowing – the pieces were small enough to make the challenge achievable.  Lyn and I agreed and we decided we would participate.

I have included the link below for anyone who may be interested

http://katebridger.wix.com/madeonmonday

Lyn created a spreadsheet – we both love a good list and the challenge began with the first piece finished on the 26th of April.

Whilst the challenge is “Made on Monday”, ours are actually made on Wednesday as Lyn and I follow our creative pursuits on most Wednesdays

We work shopped some ideas and noted down themes and techniques in order to have as many options as possible to kick start the pieces.

The first theme we both agreed to do was flowers

My first piece has a spray painted background which I did last year and now have an excuse to use and some minimal applique.

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I have used freestyle machine stitching to create the flower petals and stems using rayon threads

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The next 3 pieces will use the rest of the spray painted fabric, but more about them next time…… Cora

Favourite patterns

Although I have been sewing clothes for myself for many years, I only started using Silhouette Patterns about 5 years ago. I love the webcasts and all the free information Peggy provides and find them very inspiring. Unfortunately my sewing ambitions far exceed the time available, but I have managed to produce some garments.

One of my favourite patterns is the Sweater Set #195.  Just take a look at the condition of my pattern envelope.  Well-loved indeed.

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I have just made the cardigan top again, this time with press stud closures.  I should have been careful what I wished for, there are a LOT of studs to do up if I want it closed!  AND, the first time I carefully stitched the press stud tape onto both sides, only to try it on and realise that I had stitched both sides of the tape to the right side of the fabric! So yes, a bit of swearing went on.  Then I got out my well used quick unpick and took it off one side and sewed it correctly.  Luckily because of the thick kind of furry properties of the fabric, you can’t see the stitching that much (or the un-stitching!)

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I really like the fit of this pattern and love that it’s sort of a cardigan, but can be dressed up or worn with jeans.

These are pictures of the same pattern, but using zips as a closure:

I have also made the sleeveless top at least twice that I can remember, and will post pictures of those in a future post.

Until next time, Lyn