Sunday, 25 September 2011

Black and White Squiggle Design Picture

Artwork:


Lately it seems that many things I'm doing involve only black and white, like my Alphabet-Design Canvas, and my Cup Circles Painting... so here's another one to add to the list!

Although this squiggle design looks simple enough, it actually took me quite a bit of time to get the balance of the lines looking right. I would recommend you have a bit of a go on a piece of paper first, to work out how you're going to do your squiggles... then copy it onto your surface. I used a board here, but you could also use a large canvas.

This design looks really modern once it's up on the wall, and because it's so striking and simple, it really does transform a room!

Happy painting!

Emma

Friday, 23 September 2011

Simple 'Numbers' and 'Letters' Gift Cards


Craft:
 
The Letter 'E"

I love nothing better than getting/giving a home made gift - the gift is all the better too if the card is also homemade.

Number "9" gift card
There are so many lovely ideas out there – and inspired still by the bunting cards by Cath back here I have now added some of my own – these are super simple and quick to make!  

First find some nice card and decide on the final size card you would like to make.

Next step is to choose a font you like. The web is full of amazing font sites and many of them allow you to use the fonts for both personal AND commercial use for free!

Here are a few sites I like browsing…




After you have chosen your font transfer the number (or letter) choose some fabric you would like to use for the card (this project is perfect for using up smaller scraps of fabric).

Then iron on some light weight pellon onto the wrong side of the fabric. You don’t really have to do this, but I find it makes it easier to sew and also makes the card last longer.

"M" for mmmmm ;)
Now trace your letter or number onto the wrong side of the fabric (keep in mind here that the image needs to be a mirror image and don’t do what I did and cut out a pile of letters only to realise you did them back to front!).


The letter "B" card
Cut out the letter/number and attach it to the card with a little dab of glue.

To finish of your card you just need to secure it to the card with a small straight stitch (or you could use a zig-zag too if you liked). I just tried to keep it as close to the edge as possible.

Here are a few more examples of some I have made - they are so cute - I think they might be my standard gift cards now!



x Caity

Thursday, 15 September 2011

'Cross' - Sherbet Pips Quilt

Quilting:

I bought a layer cake of the gorgeous Sherbet Pips fabric range by Annela Hoey for Moda a few months back and have been debating ever since what I should do with it (deep down though it was just so pretty I really didn't want to cut it up at all!).

But, I finally settled on the gorgeous cross quilt design as I absolutely LOVE how beautiful they look when they are finished and I’ve seen so many cross quilt variations lately that I love, like this, this and this.

I used 2 packs of layer cake for this quilt and cut each large square into 9 x 3 inch squares (so I had an extra inch strip left on 2 sides).  

All my little squares ready to go.
I even drew up a pattern so that I could get all those little squares in the right order (it's very basic I know, but I need all the help I can get).

See here for My Cross Quilt Pattern - its very impressive ;)
And don’t laugh (ok laugh really loudly if you please) - but even WITH my super (read with extreme sarcasm) pattern I still managed to make a mistake on my first go of sewing up the squares and I had to unpick a section - AUGHHHH.... see top right corner of photo below when I was trying to fix it!


But once I got my brain under under control the quilt top came together pretty quickly.

Quilt top coming together (on the lounge room floor).
Finished quilt top waiting for quilting!
After a marathon of machine quilting - it's finished!
Close up of the quilt being blown around in the wind
For the backing of quilts I normally just try and use up whatever I already have - I was going to do a complicated collaboration of all my tiny scraps...and I even started sewing them all together....

but my patience got the better of me so I took the easy way out on this one using up the left over squares in pinks, blues, whites and reds (with a little bit of grey here and there).  

The quilt back - shows up the simple quilting nicely!
I think they stand out on the grey back ground nicely.
Just standard machine quilting of straight lines here - nice and simple, but effective!

For the binding I really wanted to use a red and white stripe on the bias - but you know how it is - when you know exactly what you want you can never find it. So I settled for an aqua spot which supports my undying love of blue!

 Thom chasing the quilt in the wind!
Finished Dimensions: 141cm x 170cm (56" x 68")

x Caity

Sunday, 4 September 2011

An Uncomplicated Makeover for a Hallway

Home Decorating:

In some of my previous posts, Tips for Updating a Room Using Paint and Shelving Ideas for a Small Corner for Storage and Display, I have shown how anyone can easily update their home using paint!

I have also been able to transform the hallway in my house the same way. Before the changes, it was quite dark and dated, and it looked small. So I painted the whole thing, changed the lights, ripped up the carpet (I was very lucky that there were lovely floorboards underneath - in the condition that you see them!), and put up two very simple canvases that were both painted by my daughter. If I'd added anything else to the walls, it would have only started to make the space look small again.


Here are the 'before' and 'after' photos!




Happy painting!

Emma

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Quick Piecing Method for Drunkard's Path Block

Quilting:

Ever since I made the raw edge circle quilt back here from Cluck Cluck Sew I have been thinking about using the tutorial to make a quick piecing method for a drunkard's path block.

I had a go last night and it was very simple - nice and quick and will make a lovely simple quilt (if I ever get around to making more blocks!)

Materials:

  • Fabric in 2 contrasting colours (enough to cut out 2 x 7 inch squares and 2 circles approximately 5 inches in diameter from each)
  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting board
  • Plate/Bowl/cup or similar(to use as your circle template)
Instructions:
  1. Follow the basic tutorial for the raw edge circles from Cluck Cluck Sew here up to where you cut each block into 4 smaller squares.
My 4 blocks ready to go!

Note: My initial blocks are 7 inch square, only because my circle (my dessert bowl from the cupboard) fitted nicely into this size!

You will need to make 4 basic circle blocks to complete 1 drunkards path block. You need to make 2 with one background and 2 with the other background.


2. Now all you need to do is organise the layout for the block and sew them together! Like I did below.

3. Ta-da - the finished block.


The finished block - so simple!

PS. I'd love to hear how you go with this - or even better see any finished blocks/quilts you make using this method!

x Caity