Monday, August 30, 2010

Fergal's Quilt & Tweet Tweet

Finally it is finished !! Been quite a while in the making. Fergal's Mum was brought up by the sea in Wexford .. hence the boat and sea theme and Fergal's Dad is a third generation Gardener/Garden Center Operator and Grower ... reason for the tree.

The other photo is of a quilt with a rooster and three chicks applique detail. I made the quilt last year and thought I had lost it ... but it has turned up, luckily enough because when I made it for some unknown reason I sewed a Label on the back naming the quilt Quack ! Quack ! As there isn't a Duck in sight I can now rename it Tweet Tweet.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

How to wrap a Quilt

When I finish a quilt I am always at a loss as how to store them in a space saving yet pleasing to the eye way ... Quilt roll to the rescue !! and its simple and easy two of my favourite things !

Using fabric and batting left over from making the quilt make a band with an elastic loop at one end and a button on the other.

In the pictures I used 2.5 inch wide binding scrap so the bands are 2 inches wide when finished.

Make quilt sandwich 2 inches to 3inches wide approx 8 inches long (length depends on rotundness of quilt roll !) insert the elastic loop at this time sew all around leaving top open for turning out the right way. Turn out right way and stitch the opening closed add button and you are done or if you are feeling very creative quilt the band.

Roll quilt in a pleasing way I like the little crochet heart detail on display and fasten band around quilt roll to keep it all rolled up nicely for display or storage or attach a sock cat ! for extra cuddle value. I love the way the rolled up end looks delicious like a sweet, but then that's just me. Above are some photos of how my quilt in a roll turned out !

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Cathals Quilt & Introducing Humaling Optimism

Been a busy few weeks. Finished 3 quilts Cathal, Fregal and Cattitude. Also you can now see and purchase some of my work at the Leitrim Design house in the Dock Carrick-on- Shannon County Leitrim

The Humaling is finally finished !! have been working on this little doll for over a year now. The biggest sticking point were the boots ..... you see Humalings are human angel things and they have wings to give our thoughts flight and boots to keep us grounded. Making boots that allowed the Humaling to stand was a challenge to say the least but got there in the end and I have to say feeling very pleased with the result.

As soon as The Humaling is grounded in a Human Value ie stamped on the sole of the boot, they are ready to be placed in a jar for safe keeping until they find a home. The blue Humaling is grounded in optimism !

Beltra Markets Just keeps getting better !

Missed the market last week and was delighted to see the new items on display. New addition Claire was busy making delicious crepe's. The flowers are really blooming and the craft corner keeps getting better every week. Karen our resident crochet expert happily doing her thing really sets the scene. Hope you enjoy the pictures !!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Mobile Phone Socks

These are some mobile phone socks I made earlier ! These socks are fully reversible and have handy loops to attach to your bag or waistband of jeans shorts etc. The Handy Hero's clip is a perfect match for these little mobile phone socks colour co-ordinated and all !!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Dr Woof and Mr Hyde go Gaelic !

Its finished added a few elements to the boys quilt design to get a little Celtic flair going on ! The boat is made from recycled denim jeans with a little embroidery. Dr Woof and Mister Hyde have gone Gaelic ... sailing in a boat and sporting a warriors shield to protect the Irish coast line from all manner of invasion like turtles, strange jelly baby like things and splat like blue plankton !!!. Hope Cathal likes it !