My sister is my blog’s biggest fan and has been giving me a hard time for not posting anything since June. She is right of course. So this one if for you, Frédérique !
If you have been following this blog for a while, you know that I do all my work in my converted attic. An attic has obvious challenges in terms of storage, mainly due to the lack of straight walls. Over the last couple of years, I have accumulated a large number of big thread spools that I stored in plastic containers. And because they were stored away, I never knew what colours I had and ended up buying duplicates again and again.
So when my father-in-law, woodworker extraordinaire, asked me if I needed anything for the house, I suggested racks to display these thread spools along the so far unused sloped walls of the attic. We set about designing the racks, working out the angles involved, etc. and a few weeks later, here is the result in white oak (to match the rest of the furniture) :
And with the spools :
It is such a simple and elegant solution for this unused space ! Why didn’t I think of it earlier ? Thank you Ivor !
This week, my lovely neighbour Tara asked me to make a pillow cover for her son’s primary school graduation using his school uniform to keep as a souvenir. What a lovely idea ! So here is what I made out of 2 pairs of trousers, a shirt, a jumper, a tracksuit top and a tie :
I just about managed to iron out the trousers creases…
I made this pillow over 2 nights and what took the longest was to figure out the design of the pillow. Once that was done, cutting the fabric was easy. The only challenging part was working with different types of textures – tracksuit material, knit from the jumper, slippery shirt fabric and trouser fabric. I ended up cutting a thin strip of shirt material to put over the knit material to avoid the fabric stretching under the foot of the sewing machine and it worked really well. The final size was 50cm x 50 cm or 20-in x 20in.
If anyone is interested in such a memento for their kids, I would love to make some more. Do email me and we’ll talk ! Lucie has already ordered one for when she graduates from the same school in … 5 years.
We are big fans of Dr Seuss in our house and a while back, I bought some Dr Seuss panels of the Grinch who stole Christmas on sale. I have been thinking about how to use them in a child quilt in an original design. Here is my first attempt :
The blocks contain each of the panels, lightly off-centered (2 inches on one side and 4 inches on the other). It does look a little too plain for Dr Seuss quilt so I will play around with some sashing in between these blocks, using the stripey red and white or the red spots on white fabrics of the same collection. More soon…
And yes, I admit it, I started another quilt top without finishing the other 9 UFOs !
I was happily quilting the third quilt in the Hearts on grey series when I ran out of filled bobbins. I dismantled everything to fill up a couple more, enough to finish this quilt. In doing so, I folded the quilt, exposing the back and horror ! This is what I saw :
And it wasn’t just for a few centimetres, it was on about half the quilt ! Morale of the story : When quilting, check the back of your sandwich every few minutes to spot issues like that before you have to undo stippling on half a quilt… And even Daisy seems to say : I told you so !
I hope you find it interesting and inspiring. I love fabrics, good design, good food, good gadgets... Feel free to copy my designs for personal use and not for re-sale. Please contact me at catherine(at)bluesquarequilting(dot)com if you would like to use any of my pictures.
Happy crafting !