More Knick Knacks!

Welcome 🙂

Last week my monthly quilting group got together and made a rather cute pincushion.

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These little mice slip onto your finger like a ring and provide a very convenient place to store a few pins while sewing (of course you do have to be careful how hard you stab the pins into it!)

Mine is the little white and brown fella near the middle. I did get him completed which is always good in a workshop but when I got back home I decided to rework his little face and this is him now.

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The black cotton whiskers have been replaced with ones made from smoky ‘invisible’ thread and his nose is a bit neater than his other one!

Now much as I love him I am wondering whether I need to make a turquoise one to go with my new matching sewing kit!

Until next time,

Chris x

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Knick Knacks and Notions

Welcome 🙂

I think you’ll all agree that blogs (and Pinterest) are great places to find ideas and inspiration and this was the case when I came across this post of Lin’s from St Victor’s Quilts.

I wasn’t planning on making any sewing knick-knacks but I saw Lin’s beautiful set and it made me think how nice it would be to have a completely matching set to use for my portable projects. So I pulled some fabric from my stash and started sewing 🙂

Now I haven’t copied what Lin made, but I have stolen her idea!

From this…

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into these…

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Yet another needle case and yet another pop up thread catcher and yet another pincushion to complete the set!

I’ve got just about enough fabric to make a bag/basket/box/container to put them and a few other sewing necessities in – anyone got any nice ideas for one?

Until next time,

Chris x

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Pintastic

Hope you had a lovely weekend, it was a Bank holiday weekend here in the UK so we had an extra day to enjoy.

I dived right in with my pincushion jars and had fun picking out fabrics and ribbon and trims . I did have to stop myself making oodles of them (for some reason I seem to have loads of these little jars), so I restricted myself to only making two (this time 😉 )

The first one uses the same colours as in the tutorial (I love soft turquoise, natural linen and pink together), the little rose is crocheted using embroidery floss and a 1.25 hook so it’s tiny.

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and look…

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a Mummy and baby jar!

The second one is all strawberry themed, ready for Wimbledon next month!

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The mini strawberry is also crocheted using floss and the pattern is found here.

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Did anyone else make one too?

If so why don’t you put a link to your photos in the comments so we can have a peep?

Until next time,

Chris x

Pretty as a Pin

Last week I was browsing Pinterest and came across this pincushion by UsefulDIY.com

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At about the same time I read Lucie’s blog, Lucie the Happy Quilter, and saw that she was going to make one too. It seemed too much of a coincidence so I thought I’d have a go too especially as I have a shed load of these cute little jars just waiting for a make over, so guess what I’ll be doing this week end!

Why don’t you make them with me and we can enjoy each others creations?

Have a lovely week end.

Until next time,

Chris x

Linen love affair and hexie tutorial

It doesn’t take much to make me happy, just a new piece of fabric and my smile appears!

This week I was pottering about in my local fabric shop and I spied a bolt of beautiful linen, to be fair I’ve seen this bolt (or one just like it!) there before but that was the day I decided to spend my pennies on actually buying some. I love the feel and look of linen, there’s something quite beautiful about its slight roughness and the natural colour blends so well with, well, anything really.

But what to make? Then I saw this facebook post by Sewing Room Secrets and I loved it!

This type of hexagon arrangement is called a  twisted hexagon and I came across them a while ago, here’s one I used to make a pincushion,

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These twisted hexagons can be made using the English paper piecing method or by good old sewing machine method.

I used EPP for my pincushion (good tutorial here at Quilt Obsession), so I thought I’d use my sewing machine this time.

My first step was to make the pattern, I usually make my own patterns and thought I’d do a tutorial on how to draft one so you can make a twisted hexie too but in whatever size you want! Sorry if this is a bit like teaching grannies to suck eggs (apologies to all lovely grannies out there!) but it seemed like a good idea at the time 🙂

Twisted Hexagon Template Tutorial

First step is to work out how big you want your finished twisted hexagon to be (I do this in inches), note down the diameter and then half it. So if I want a twisted hexagon to be around 6 inches in diameter, I’m halving it to be 3 at this point.

Then add on seam allowances of 1/2 inch (so I’ve now got 3 1/2 inches)

Half this – 1 and 3/4 inches. This measurement is the radius of a circle you need to now draw on some card (I used an old cereal packet).

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Make a small mark on the circumference of the circle and put the point of your compass on it – make sure you do not alter the distance between the arms of the compass.

Mark the circumference again where the compass pencil crosses the line.

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Move the compass point onto the new mark and repeat the mark making process.

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Repeat again

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and again until the compass pencil makes a mark on top of the original mark. (If this does not happen it means that the compass arms moved either closer together or further apart – try again until the marks match up)

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You will hopefully be left with a circle and 6 marks, like this…

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Join up the marks to make a super accurate hexagon, this is your pattern piece.

Cut it out carefully – don’t want to mess up all our hard work here 😉

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Draw round your hexagon and draw a straight line across the hexagon from one point to another.

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Cut these out carefully too – these will be templates for the ‘twisted’ bits of the hexagon.

You should now have these pieces…

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which you can see can be arranged like this!

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All the pieces have a 1/4 inch seam allowance included.

You are now the proud owner of templates for a twisted hexagon in the size you want, all you have to do now cut out the fabric (6 half hexagons for every whole hexagon!) and decide what to make 🙂

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Now onto the exciting part – the sewing 🙂

Until next time,

Chris x