Joni

With all the hand sewing I did last year I started having problems with my thumb. Sewing was hurting quite badly so I decided to take a break and use a splint for a few weeks to give my thumb a good rest. I’m now almost three weeks into my rest period and I miss sewing so badly. For the first time in years I’ve actually felt bored a couple of times. The nice side effect is that I’ve already read three books and am about to finish the fourth one.

Having said all that I felt a very strong urge to sew, so I decided to have a go at garment sewing again. Last year I bought the Joni pattern from Leanne’s Etsy shop TheLittleHouseMartin. I’d been meaning to sew up a muslin ages ago but with all the quilting I was doing I didn’t. Last week I got out a big piece of Ikea fabric and started cutting. I compared all the measurements and realised I could do with a size 10 at the top but would need a 14 at the bottom (being pear shaped is no fun). I added 4 cm to the size 10  back and front piece and decided to sew a fold rather than a gather.

Joni Top

The front and back are exactly the same which is quite nice as you can wear both sides as the front. This one is very light with lots of white, the other side has more flowers and leaves on it and is very colourful. As I never wear a sleeveless top without a cardigan it means I have two different looks in one.

Joni Top

The neck line is very flattering, I think, and I’m looking forward to making another couple of tops for spring. I might just add 1 cm to the top to give me a little more room although I love this one so much I’ve worn it, washed it and put it on straightaway again.

The pattern gives you the option of making a top or dress and I think I may just make a dress for summer when Little Miss Bossy-Boots and I like to go to the swimming pool and I need something I can slip on and off easily. I have a lovely red and white polkadot fabric lying around which would be perfect.


Hello! Anybody out there?

A rather belated happy New Year! I’ve really missed this blog. It’s not that I haven’t finished projects I could share with you but simply that I lost my blogging mojo. Here’s to hoping that it’s here to stay now.

Much has happened since the last time I blogged so I’m going to try and go back in time and tell you about a couple of projects I’ve made. First of all, I was lucky enough to have a project accepted for the new English quilting magazine ‘Quilt Now’. My cushion cover, ‘Emerald Tile’ appeared in issue 3 which had a Moroccan feel to it.

Quilt Now Issue 3

I had already designed the pattern earlier but had to adapt it a little to make it work. It was my first commission and quite scary, I have to admit. In the end I absolutely loved the whole process and pitched more projects. I was very happy to have had another two projects accepted for issue 6.

Sadly I haven’t received my copy yet; Christmas seems to have disrupted the postal system so badly that my copy of ‘Quilt Now’ has disappeared *insert sad face* and I’m rather worried. One of my fabric baskets made it onto the cover and I’m desperate to see it. Here’s a pic of the baskets in my messy sewing room:

Fabric Baskets for 'Quilt Now'

When Little Miss Bossy-Boots heard that her fox had made it onto the cover she started dancing and singing “I’m famous, I’m famous….”.

I also made a quilt and cushion for the same issue but have no pictures of either. Here’s a picture of a cushion I made for my nephew and his girlfriend from the pattern.

Orange and Turquoise Cushion

There’s another quilt waiting for its spot in the limelight.

Secret Project

I can’t show you any more yet but I’m incredibly proud of this quilt. I think it’s my favourite so far. Charlie likes it too!

Another quilt Charlie likes and which I can’t show you yet is ‘Three’. This one was made for the designer challenge in Fat Quarterly and will be in their February issue. It’s really exciting to be able to show the things I’ve made on a bigger scale and I hope that someone will use one of my patterns and make their own version. That would make me truly happy.

Three and Charlie

 


Finish-Along Q4: The List

Right, I completely missed out on Q3 as I was busy with my Emerald Tiles cushions (more about those in the next blog post). So now I’m taking the opportunity to get back on the wagon.

1. Spring Carnival. In reality I’m only putting that on the list because I can. I don’t believe for one second that I will finish it in the next three months. However, I don’t want to forget about it and it would be nice to add a little to it again.

Spring Carnival Progress

2. Little Miss Bossy-Boots’ Dresden Quilt. I made the cushion and then stopped working on it. Since then she has decided that she doesn’t want purple but blue so Im going to make it multi-coloured to be on the safe side.

kaffe

3. My Sew-Euro-Bee-An quilt. I’ve sewn one row together and then stopped. It would be nice to be able to snuggle under it this winter.

Sew-Euro-Bee-An blocks

4. The Tartankiwi Dinosaur. Just needs to be made into something. Anything.Brontosaurus

5. Athea Bloom. Has been on the list all year and still isn’t any closer to being done.

Athea Spring Version and Bloom

6. The Tartankiwi Robin. Really needs to be made into a Christmas cushion to be enjoyed this year.

Close up Robin

7. Art Deco. Still in the WIP pile.

Art Deco

8. A bag to replace this handy little beauty which, sadly, is now very faded and frayed. I have all the fabrics ready and cut out; I just need to sew it together.

Boho Bag

9. The Euro Siblings Together Quilt. I need to make one more block as one of the ladies didn’t deliver and then sew it together, quilt and bind so I can bring it to London next year.

Euro Siblings Together

10. Positive Doughnut. I need to make the decision whether it’s going to be a quilt or a cushion.

Positive Doughnut

 

I have a few more WIPs and UFOs lying about but I think I’m going to be hard pressed with just these so it seems silly to add even more. Especially as I have a secret project that has to be finished by the end of November. I won’t put it on the list as I know that I will finish it. With a list that has five or six quilts on it already I think I have my work cut out.

Linking up to The Littlest Thistle Finish-Along 2014.

 

Finish Along 2014


The Round the World Blog Hop

First of all: phew, what a long blogging break this has been. That cold lingered quite a while, then I had a very unhappy Little Miss Bossy-Boots and a very important deadline. All this meant that the blog was seemingly forgotten. Well, behind the scenes I have been sewing, buying and begging for my celebratory giveaway. More on this in the next post.

First, though, I have been tagged by the lovely Paula, who blogs at Mud, Pies and Pins, for the Round the World Blog Hop. I’ve known Paula for more than 13 years and she’s a great friend. Her eldest and Little Miss Bossy-Boots were born exactly two months apart and get on like a house on fire. We have great playdates where the kids run around and get really dirty while we talk fabric and threads. Bliss!

Right, I believe I’m supposed to introduce myself and answer a few questions. Here goes:

1. What quilting/sewing thing am I working on?

My main project at the moment is a bit of secret sewing which I can’t show you yet. It’s and EPP project and very colourful but that’s all I can say so far. However, I always have a million and one projects on the go so here are a few other things I’m working on: My Spring Carnival quilt which sits in a bag next to the sofa. It’s been a work in progress for the last two years and I love it more than anything else I’ve made so far. Every now and then I sew a few pieces together but the fact that I haven’t got enough of the stripy fabric is holding me back.

Spring Carnival Progress

I’ve also cut out the pattern for the Joni top from TheLittleHouseMartin and made a muslin.  The fabric I’ve chosen needs to be washed and then I can make the perfect top to go under cardigans for autumn.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

That’s a question I’m not sure how to answer. My EPP mini quilts are, I suppose, what might set me apart to a certain degree. I really love to design them and am hoping that other people love to receive them.

Liberty Bloom

This one, Liberty Bloom, was made for a swap and now lives in Canada.

Mini

Four Paths was made for an Instagram giveaway and has also been sent all the way to Canada.

Jewel

Jewel went to a wonderfully courageous lady, Karie, in America.

Réalt Glas

This one is the one that started it all off. This was the first pattern I designed and you can see that the pieces didn’t actually fit together properly. I had to wrangle some of the pieces  into submission. This pattern, Athea, was drawn by hand and I had to re-draw the pieces a few times before they fit together perfectly. Click on the tutorial tab if you’d like to make your own Athea mini to find the free downloadable pattern.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

I started this blog to show my family what I was working on while I lived in England and it became a real joy to write. My blogging isn’t regular, I have phases where I write less and others where I could write three blog posts in a day. I admire all the bloggers who blog every day but I realise that I can’t do it. As for the creating part of the question, designing and sewing makes me happy.

Butterfly

4. How does my writing/creating process work?

Sometimes an idea just pops into my head, other times I sit down with a pen and paper or my iPad and start doodling without a plan. Blog posts are written in the same way I would be writing a letter to a friend. I think that people who read my blog would like to know me as a person and I’m a scatty blonde with many ideas and no planning skills. I’m fairly sure that comes through in my posts.

EPP Star

I’ve enjoyed answering these questions and in true Elisabeth Style I have failed to ask any blogging friends if they would like to participate in the blog hop. I will, however, remedy that and tag two friends some time this week. Better late, than never, eh?! This should teach me not to schedule things like this log hop during the holidays.