quilt

#sodafloat quilt

#sodafloatquilted

I tested a quilt pattern by a friend at London Modern Quilt Guild, Carina it’s a quilting project inside Carina’s new e-book Poplar Bear CountryCarina called it the iceberg quilt and as I chose a range of sugary pastels my daughter christened the quilt #sodafloat.  I made it for a friend who is expecting a baby very soon and there’s nothing like a deadline to consentrate the mind and sewing schedule.

 

Headed out to the Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead for the Kona Solids and setabout making the quilt.  It is built up in blocks that are really cleverly made and grows quite simply, I managed to make the top up in 2 evenings after work.  Found the quilt batting at MacCulloch & Wallis and also bought a pure cotton 40 weight thread in a lovely icy pastel purple.

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The backing and binding are from Tikki London, so love the contrast of the backing to the front and the stripe worked really well as a binding.  I did waver when it came to the quilting style and so delighted with the way the circular quilting worked out.  I steamed the backing with a warm iron onto the batting and then steam pressed the top, pinned and it really helped to keep the 3 layers together with no puckering at all.  It has now flown out and been recieved ready for the new arrival!  If you like the pattern do have a look over at Carina’s shop and if you are outside the EU here’s a link to buy the book.

#sodafloatquilt quilted

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pattern review, sewing

Butterick 5537 | a review

 

Pattern: Butterick 5537

Fabrics: Dutch Wax print from Middlesex Textiles.

Notions: Epic [polyfil] thread.

Pattern description: Loose fitting, shawl collar dressing gown.

Pattern Sizing: Small, Medium & Large.  I made the medium.

Did it look like the photo/line drawing on the pattern once finished?:  Yes

What did you like or dislike about the pattern?: Well written pattern, with clear instructions.  Simple and straight forward.

Did I make  any pattern alterations or design changes?  No.

Would I sew it again or recommend to others?  Yes, I will definitely make it again.  Thinking of a winter weight version, may be lined with terry towelling.

Conclusion:  Great pattern and it is quick to make.  I like the sleeve turn up detail.  It’s the first time i have sewn with Dutch wax fabric and I love it, pre-washing is essential to remove the stiff finish.  Used the whole 5.5m length with only a little fabric left over – the pattern say 6m.  The fabric is sold in 6 yard lengths [5.5m] and is a brilliant economic fabric in a huge array of prints.

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Butterick 5537

This is not a sponsored post, all opinion are my own.  I purchased the pattern and fabric.

plastic detox

#plasticfree April

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I was appalled to hear yesterday about Sainsbury’s adding even more plastic packaging, you can read more about it here and here.  Has no one ever told Sainsbury’s that may be they should consider giving advice on washing hands after touching raw meat instead of adding to the #plasticpollution problem?

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Did you watch the One Show last night, about #plasticpollution? I do hope that the Sainsbuy’s board and share holders were watching (as well as all the supermarkets and shops)! Ok, rant over. This month i have got into more of a routine and helped enormously with the discovery of Source Bulk Foods, Odd Box and a couple of amazing butchers, groucery shopping has become easier.  Source have risotto rice, popcorn, baking powder, organic sugar, sweets and so much more, if you’re in London it is so worth a visit.  This month I switched to their shampoo and conditioner refill, so delighted to have found it there.  Also trialed a facial cleanser bar and found it too drying for my face, a friend suggested Neals Yard  – so will head there for ideas.  Any suggestions?  I liked the Made for Life balm, although prefer a facial cream wash – Liz Earle’s cleanse and polish is my all time go to and sadly that’s in double plastic and not refillable.

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Georganics on Etsy, they have toothpaste, mouthwash & natural floss as well as bamboo toothbrushes.  As soon as my toothpaste is finished will try, they also have coconut oil pulling, has anyone tried this?  Sounds intriguing.

 


Finally, while pottering around my favorite garden centre with my youngest nephew, we kept seeing plastic pots and decided to try growing things from seeds.  I recently bought a fabulous new magazine called The Flower Patch, in there they show how to make origami seed pots.  Fun to make and great at recycling old newspapers, my garden in super small and I don’t need loads – the loo roll and egg box ideas in the clip above are great too.

book review

Tilly and the Buttons: Stretch!

At the Knitting and Stitching show we met Tilly and T loved her new book Stretch!, so we bought a copy that Tilly so kindly signed it.  T chose the Stella hoodie and while we were browsing around the show found some fabulous super cuddly teddy bear fabric at Higgs & Higgs.  It’s not a jersey as such, although does have a stretch to it.

The pattern pieces for each project are on separate sheets and easy to trace off, I traced the largest size as T’s favorite hoodie that must be around 7 years old is super oversize and great instead of a dressing gown.  One extra feature she asked for was teddy bear ears!

The construction was very straight forward and a super quick make, I used my overlocker for most of the construction and only top-stitched the hood front for the cord and hem.  The hem has a pointed detail to match the original hoodie and is about 6 inches longer than the patter.  So loved making this and T is delighted, only shy about being pictured wearing it.  I have plans to make the Joni dress next, when I can find the right fabric and I know Tilly is having a pop-up shop tomorrow – so will try to go along if I can.

Love the new book and am sure it will help cure me of my fear of stretch fabrics, have had a couple of disasters over the years and I’m sure it was just down to the fabric I used.  So if you’d like to start sewing with stretch, its a perfect book and great also just for all the patterns!