Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Craft fair and first Crazy quilting project prep

Last week I went to the Hamilton Craft and Quilt fair for two days.  I went to a lot of workshops and took a couple of make and take classes.  The make and take were silk ribbon embroidery with Helen Dafter and English piecework making a Christmas bell.  The silk ribbon and piecework are shown below.  There wasn't time to finish them in the class.  I have finished them but haven't got round to taking a photo yet.
 
I also made lots of purchases.
 
Kits and patterns:  Chatelaine bag and Pyramid Chatelaine by Helen Dafter.  Bag pattern, I liked this as you can make different bag covers, penguin soft toy.  Book on making small projects from hexagons.


 
Lots of fabrics, charms and fibres.



I've made the bag up with 2 different covers.  No photos yet.

I've been admiring crazy quilting on the internet and wanting to try it.  After making the bag I had left over material and thought it would be good to make something that would go in the bag as the fabrics will be co-ordinating.  At first I thought of making a purse, but decided that may be a bit ambitious for my first project, so I'm going with a phone pouch.  I first laid my fabric out in what  thought would be the layout.


I then sewed it together.  Then I double checked it against my phone to see how it fit.  Only to find out it was way too long, seems I somehow doubled the width when I measured my phone the first time.  Anyway better too big than too small.  So I chopped off the extra length, then sewed an extra piece of calico to the chopped end so I can still put fabric in a frame and stitch to the end.  So this is what it looks like now.


Before I do any embroidery on this I need to finish some of the other projects I have on the go.  Currently working on a stumpwork nasturtium so I need to get that finished.
 
 
So lets see, what am I working on now?  Victorian five sided box.  3 sides will have threadpainted flowers, which are done, two sides and the top will have stumpwork.  Also doing the goldwork piece below, and of course 3 cross stitch pictures.  Oh, nearly forgot, I'm wanting to get into hexagon quilts, have the paper pieces and fabric that was in charm packs that I got at the fair.  Plenty to keep me busy!
 

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