Monday, February 16, 2009

The Little HS Quilt - here it is

Well here it is the finished Heavenly Stitches mini quilt and it's set of instructions, so if you have a spare afternoon, grab a cup of tea and enjoy the serenity...and the finished creation.

What you'll need:
A hand painted stitch panel (or create your own) on calico, Dark brown embroidery thread, Deep red embroidery thread, Fat 1/8th patterned quilting fabric, Cotton wadding (14 x 14 cm), Quilting thread, Embroidery needle, Embroidery hoop, Sharp scissors, Cutting mat, Roller blade, Plastic quilt ruler, Lead pencil, Fine tip permanent marker, Acrylic craft paints and round tip brush
The painting-
If you don't have a pre painted panel, they are very easy to create, simply lay out your calico centred over the top of your printed pattern. If you have access to a lightbox use this, if not hold the pattern and calico up onto a window in daylight to trace the pattern with a pencil.
After finishing, blend a dab of acrylic paint, in the appropriate colour, with water, till it is a thin watery consistancy. With a medium round tip brush, dap onto the calico - basically colouring in the sections of the pattern that you would like coloured.
After finishing with however many colours you choose, iron (with a dry setting) the panel to fix the paint - then using your fine tip marker trace over your pencil markings to embellish the picture.
The embroidery-
Position calico with wadding beneath in an embroidery hoop to aid tension.
Using two strands of embroidery thread in the appropriate matching colour, backstitch over the top of your marked outlines.
For the bears nose, using your two strands, satin stitch over the area.
Trim the panel/wadding to size (13 x 13 cm) with your rollt cutter and quilters rule.
The borders-
Using your quilters rule and cutting mat, cut off two strips of fabric 1 1/2 inches wide and 36 cm long.
Then cut the strips into two lengths each of 2 x 13 cm and 2 x 18 cm.
With right sides facing pin the top and bottom 13 cm borders to the panel/wadding and sew together using a 1/4 inch seam (backstitch if sewing by hand, straight stitch if sewing by machine). Iron to flatten seam.
Repeat for the entire top to bottom length now with the 18 cm borders.
Using the printed fabric cut out a square 17 cm x 17 cm
With right sides facing, take front and back panels and stitch around the edges with a 1/4 inch seam leaving a 2 inch gap to turn through. Close the opening with a small ladder stitch.
Then iron once again to flatten seams.
To finish off - optional -
If you like, further embellish the quilt with some naive running stitch around the calico seam, adding a button in each corner, using the embroidery thread to tie each button off.

And so begins his journey....

to the exact opposite side of the globe to where he was created (from fabric that was created on the opposite side of the globe- love the irony!!).
I will miss this little fella - he has been with me on my desk for the last month, just waiting for his little ears to come about, he has been a great companion - but my how handsome he looks with those ears on now.
And so his time has come to pack his little bag and jet off to "sunny" UK, may his trip be quick and turbulence free.
I'll post a new picture after his new Mum has received him, hope she is pleased :O)

Ooops! Nearly forgot to put up the original shot of Jimmy- as in Little James Cook, his new Mum in England, Laurie - has received him, even though customs tried to hold onto him....he finally made it!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Have you ever....

put your hand up to do something and then wonder a little later why?
Well let me go back to the beginning- one of the events I manage is small craft Fair now 3 times a year, and the first is coming up this Sunday at Eden Gardens. It should be a lovely setting- for those of you unfamiliar with the venue, it is as it sounds- just heavenly, not why I chose it although what a great tie in for the "Heavenly Stitches Fair" right!
So back to the point, a little while back I was thinking of ways to enhance the fair and thought back to a time when we handed out mini bear kits to the first 200 visitors, people walked around with a smile on their faces all day and to this day- nearly 5 years later, people still comment to me how much they loved making their little chap.
Lightbulb!!! I'll tie in a kit with the theme of the Fair, why not the little logo bear as a stitch kit, so I make a sample and yes it is feasible.
Off I go to get the supplies for the kits, then screen print the little calico panels and then at 9.00pm reality hits- handpainting 100 little bears and cloth dolls....well after 2.00am I gave up for the night - they just never seemed to end. I'll have another session tonight with what time I have left.
The silly part is no one was expecting them, why do we have these great ideas???

Monday, January 19, 2009

Arggghhh!!! I hate mentioning how fast time goes.... I won't.
At the mention of a new project, Paula from All Bear has got me back up onto the blogging 'horse' let's call it, after a few months in the trenches with web code and content management systems, don't ask!!!
Anyway things are chuffing along well here, I actually even managed to finish off a new Happy Little Soul for a giveaway on the new Society site.

Wonders never cease! I also have just got to do a few finishing touches on another little chappy that is going to go off and live in England any day now. I have no disillusions about getting any made for shows this year, they will definitely be for select occasions.

I'm going to cut it short now anyway, sleep has to be fit in somewhere these days, but tomorrow it's off with the postcards and visitors packs for the few shows I'm organizing, and if time allows before I pick up the kids from preschool, the welcome packs for Society members.
Take Care all