Orange Peel quilt

orange peel quilt topThe centre of my Orange Peel quilt is made, I’ve used 6.5 inch squares with the ‘peels’ appliqued on with the help of Bonderweb and a running stitch 1/4 inch seam allowance.  This quilt has been totally inspired by Button-Button’s orange peel quilt that she brought to show at the London Modern Quilt Guild, also She Can Sew orange peel quilt blocks on Craftsy.  My 6.5 inch squares have the 6 inch peel, with time and washing I hope the raw edges will ‘fluff’ and give an added texture to the quilt.

classic orange peel quilt blockBefore starting I did search on line for different methods, Popular Patchwork have another method and the Missouri Star Quilt Company have a brilliant you tube tutorial.  Now to finish it!

Autumnal sewing

B6244Butterick, Vogue and McCalls have released their new autumn collection.  This coat and dress pattern by Lisette caught my eye, perfect for every day and great for work.  Below is the line drawing, so easy to wear.

Lisette B6244Butterick 6244

I have been thinking now Summer is here, about a new autumn/winter wardrobe and even looking at a few fabrics – just wanting to get ahead as I have a few commissions and need to timetable in my own sewing.  I popped into MacCulloch & Wallis on Wednesday morning and found some lovely fabrics, I was looking out for boiled wool as I am planning on making The Makers Atelier raw edge coat.  They also had some beautiful soft brushed alpaca fabric, if you are in London or visiting it really is worth a visit and their new shop on Poland Street.

V1410I have bought Vogue 1410 this week after reading Sew Tessuti’s instergram feed and seeing a brilliant version.  Will make a great easy to wear dress for the transition from summer to autum.  Another make on my list is Simplicity 1609 and I have even bough a lovely wool challis fabric, thought it would pair brilliantly with the raw edge coat.  What are you planning on making for autumn?

Pom Pom Kimono

pom pom kimonoMy Mother fell in love with a Kimono she saw when she was staying with me last week. It had lace trim, simple loose style and she thought pom poms would be more fun.  Ma picked the fabric, no idea who’s it is as I cut the selvedge off, from Rowan in JL sale.

pom pom kimonoIf you’d like to try making one, super quick and perfect for by the pool, summer hols or just mooching at home.

You will need 1.5m of fabric, thread and 3.25m of trimming.

pom pom kimono step 1Fold your fabric in half lenghtways and cut.

pom pom kimono step 2With B, fold in half width wise and cut.

pom pom kimono step 3I used the Janome narrow hem foot to hem the cut center seam, as this gives a lovely narrow rolled hem.  You could just turn cut edges, iron 1/4 inch, fold over again and stitch.

pom pom kimono narrow hemI’ve posted a youtube clip at the bottom of the post on how to use the narrow hem foot if you’ve never tried it.  So you now have the back and 2 front pieces ready.

pom pom kimono step 4I sewed the pieces together with a french seam.  To do this place the back (A) right side down and front pieces (B1 & B2) right side up and pin the top.   I used a 1/4 inch foot for this and trim the seam allowance.  Press and then flip right ride s together and stitch another 1/4 inch seam to enclose the raw edges.

pom pom kimono step 5With the kimono lighing flat and inside out, measure 11 inches down from the shoulder and pin the front and back together on both sides.  Stitch with a 1cm seam.  Press the seams open and turn back a 1cm seam on each arm hole and the hem.  Pin your trim to the turned up hem and arm holes.

pom pom kimono trimStitch the trimming and hem in one and then your finished.

pom pom kimono trimSlip on and wear!

pom pom kimono

Butterick 5997

butterick 5997I’ve been busy working on a commission, above is one of the blouses.  It’s Butterick 5997 with some sizing alteration to fit, super pattern and I am so pleased with it and the other blouse I made from the same pattern.  This is a mashup of view A & D.

butterick 5997The gathers give a great drape and the fabric was a dream to sew, it’s a Paul Smith cotton shirting from Fabrics Galore.

butterick 5997

Next up a pair of culottes in a wonderful drapey indigo dyed viscose.  I am really enjoying sewing for clients and making items I’d never make for myself.  Great way to be challenged


Red and white quilt block swaps

red and white logcabin blockThe London Modern Quilt Guild are swapping with several internation guilds this year.  As internation postage is so expensive we decided it would be great to swap block that could be pieced together and make a quilt, red and white were the colours chosen and as we are a smallish guild are going to be making at least 2 per swap.  I’ve been trying to sort out my ideas for block on Pinterest and gradually getting there, wanting to challenge my self and have fun.  The top block is an off set logcabin in Kona Red and Kona White.

bow tie block

The second is a bow tie block,  I’m working slowly on a large bow tie quilt top and this trial red and white confirmed my decision.  Below are a few photo’s from my pinterest board – not too sure what I’ll make next.

Peppermint Pinwheels quiltIf you click on the image it will take you to all the block designs, its deciding which to choose.

red_and_whiteFree Stylingeverlasting tree quilt block

handmade holiday

homemade capri dressThings been a little quiet over on the blog, back home now and to some amazing sunshine too.  The monster and I went to Sorrento and had a fantastic time, the photo of me above is on Capri in my Burda sundress.  Its a lovely dress to wear, although will have to ajust the strap length.

Sorrento The monster took Caroline Lawrence‘s From Ostia to Alexandria and we discovered some amazing places as well as the world famous Pompeii.  Below is the view from Pollios Felix.

IMG_8082Pompeii and Herculaneum were amazing and quite overwhelming in parts, full of quilting inspiration!  And if I can offer one tip, get a guide – Pompeii is huge and in the heat quite intence.  It would make a visit more interesting and you’ll leave lots of stories and some understanding.

PompeiiNow I’m home getting ready to put some new ideas together for quilts and a little dressmaking too.

vintage patchwork

vintage patchwork quiltI was so lucky to be given this vintage patchwork quilt top, thought to date from the 1960’s.  I decided to add a border to square up the top and making binding easier, also it would then drape over a king size bed.  So I’m hand stitching the top to white cotton.

vintage patchworkI’m unpicking a few paper’s at a time and so far found 2 with dates, both from 1968, although the quilt could well be older and is made up of fabrics from shirts and clothes.

vintage patchworkSo any quiet down time I can be found stitching away, it’s a mammoth job as the patchwork is 210cm by 210cm.  How to quilt it though, by hand or machine?  Any tips?  How would you quilt this?