F2F swap season 3 #Miss January

It’s January, and has been for a few weeks already.  Time to share photos with you of the 12” blocks made for the block swap, organised by Kate.

Miss January is Kathy, who gave us this photo for her colour inspiration.

January

I ended up making four blocks for Kathy as one turned out a bit scant.

Kathy 01

Kathy 02

Kathy 03

Kathy 04

and an “Old Fan” for myself.

Old Fan

You can admire blocks made by other members of the swap in the gallery F2F.

And please come back next month, when we’ll be sharing photos of the last batch of blocks, for Kate herself.

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what Claire made for Christmas #2

More photos to share with you, of things made for this Christmas, and then lovingly wrapped and posted.

cat mats 01

This wasn’t strictly a Christmas present.  Our daughter (aka Lindashee) and partner have recently taken the plunge and joined the ranks of mortgage payers – yay!  Yep, they’ve bought their first house and moved in late November.  New house = house-warming gift so I made a set of 4 place mats (I hope colours match their colour scheme). 

cat mats

These were made with scraps (you saw a sneak peek a while ago) and using up the last of a lovely cat print fabric.  Now they have their own home, they’re planning on adopting a cat!

 

Second project to show you today is a crochet project I made for Lindashee.  Knowing they would be in their new house, with a spare bedroom that is going to be turned into their hobby room . . . this means that Lindashee is going to be able to set up her sewing machine and, hopefully, find somewhere to stand the Crafter Granny I made for her.

xmas granny

The husband also helped with this project, and became an optician for the day.

granny glasses

Here she is, complete with glasses, and standing next to the Crafter Granny I made for myself earlier in the year.  I made a few changes:  crocheted body about 10 rows shorter, made her a fabric apron with pocket, and I think I actually managed to get the hair right the second time around.

This is from a free pattern by Zhaya Designs, and very easy to make.  I added a vinyl glove filled with fine glass pellets when stuffing the body, to give a bit of weight, so granny doesn’t fall over.

xmas granny 02

F2F season 3 – Miss December

We’re now into the seventh month of the F2F block swap, organised by Kate.

For December, we’re making & sending to Esther, in the Netherlands, whose colour inspiration photo was a picture of flower pots in her garden!

December

She asked for different shades of greens, and blues, as well as grey on a white background.

Here’s what I made and sent.

Esther 01

This one is called “Bright Morning Star”.

Esther 02

Kitty Corner”.

Esther 03

And the last one, “Old Fan”.

As with previous months, I then made up an “Old Fan” block in Esther’s colours, but to keep for myself.

Dec old fan

Only two more months of this swap to go.  For January, we’ll be working in blues and greys.

F2F season 3 – Miss November

More 12” blocks to show you this month as we move into the 6th month of the F2F block swap, organised by Kate.  Miss November is Robin (who doesn’t have a blog) and has received her parcel.  Her inspiration photo is

November

Blue, cerise pink and orange on a white background.

I’ll admit to having gone a little mad, as I do enjoy working with bright colours.

Robin 01

My first block turned out fairly conservative, with a lot of white background.  This block is called Jawhawks.

Robin 02

Second block is very bright and a very colourful take on Arkansas Cross Roads.

For the third block . . . I had saved pink & orange triangles from the second block, which I sewed together to make a small pinwheel.  Then tried to fathom how to incorporate that in the centre of my next block.  Which turned out to be the brightest of the three.

Robin 03

This block doesn’t have a name as I sort of made things up as I went along.  I do hope blocks meet with Robin’s approval.

Final photo . . . the “Old Fan” block I made for myself, using some of the fabrics from the above blocks.

November old fan

Stay tuned for next month when we’ll be sewing, in more sedate colours for Miss December.

And please do check out the F2F gallery that Kate keeps updated.  All members have been making some stunning blocks.

ScrapHappy # November (black & blue)

I don’t know about you lot, but I’ve managed to write myself a very long “to do” list, with lots of crafting ideas for Christmas!  Although I do buy gifts for our small family and a few friends, I also try to make a few surprises to wrap and pop under the tree each year.  So, with Christmas pressies in mind, I am busy crocheting and sewing, in my usual race against time, as I realise I should have begun earlier in the year.

Saying that, I’m on track!  And since I have been doing a few sewing/patchwork projects, I’ve made more scraps.  Which means, more fun and more ideas of things to make!

scraphappy November

For today’s ScrapHappy I link up with Kate and Gun.  All I can show you for now is the above.  I found myself with lots of scraps of blue, black (and some grey) after quite a few F2F ladies asked for blue blocks . . . and I remembered I had some leftover fabric with a lovely large cat print on white. As you can see, I was busy trimming up some 1.5” strips to assemble into a larger piece.  I won’t show you any further progress now. It’s unlikely the recipient of this WIP gift will stop by on my blog, but I’ll be keeping the outcome of this scrappy project a secret until after the festive gift unwrapping.

I’m now going to do some blog-hopping and see what other members in the group have been doing with their scraps.

Titti, Heléne, Eva, Sue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan, Karen,
Moira, Sandra, Linda, Chris, Nancy, Alys, Kerry, Jean, Johanna,
Joanne,Jon,Hayley and Dawn

Scraphappy # October (or will I ever grow up and take myself seriously?)

It’s 15th of the month . . . time to link up with Kate and Gun, for the monthly Scraphappy post!  An opportunity to use up some of those scraps, and for me, always a good excuse to have a bit of a laugh.  I do worry about myself sometimes.  It doesn’t take much to keep me amused, nor to make me laugh.  For this month’s scrappy project, I was totally inspired by an idea I found in a book purchased recently in Lidl.

book 01

Title translates as “sewing with scraps” – how appropriate!  And there are lots of quite novel ideas inside.

book 02

28 different projects, in fact.  There are several I do really want to try, but the one that literally grabbed me, when I opened the book was a project to make your own shoe laces. 

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Now . . . after foot operation in April of this year, I had to wear clumpy post-op shoes for a while, then a pair of medical shoes, and swelling is now down enough for me to wear men’s trainers!  I’ve already got a date for operation on the other foot (23rd November) so I’ll be back to post-op shoes and medical shoes over the festive season.  And then more long months wearing men’s trainers.  And then I’ll need orthopedic insoles.    It’s somewhat depressing – not in the medical sense of the word – just very boring, having no pretty shoes that fit.  Anyway . . .

scraphappy oct01

When I saw the idea in the book, I thought “What fun!” A brilliant & easy idea to liven up my boring trainers . . . and make myself smile each time I look down at my feet!  I deliberately pulled out lots of different colours from my scraps . . . if I’m making shoe laces, then I want them as bright, as zany, and as cheerful as possible!  Process was simple.  I cut my strips 1.5” wide, not bothering about getting them all the same length.  Some are only a few inches long, others much longer.  Sewed all strips together and pressed, exactly as I would if making bias binding.  Sewed all the way along, laced into my trainers, snipped to the right length and made a knot at the ends.

scraphappy oct03 

It’s pure fluke if I ended up with orange in the same position . . . I could have made matching laces, but I wanted odd laces, to go with my “odd socks” – yay!

scraphappy oct 02

And in case you’re wondering if I really will go out like that . . . yup, most definitely!  Jeans hide the socks, but I’m smiling inside because I know they’re there. 

Let’s now go see what other members of the Scraphappy group have found to do this month.

Titti, Heléne, Eva, Sue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan, Karen,
Moira, Sandra, Linda, Chris, Nancy, Alys, Kerry, Jean, Johanna,
Joanne,Jon,Hayley and Dawn

F2F season 3 – Miss October

Autumn is well and truly here, and I’ve been busy patchworking in quite autumnal colours for Miss October, aka Moira, for the F2F block swap organised by Kate.

Moira asked for shades of browns, including dark & golden, with a hint of duck egg blue, on tonal cream.  Her inspiration photo was

October

This is, apparently, the backing fabric she intends to use for her patchwork blocks.  Now, I had quite a few browns in my stash, and cream, but I didn’t have any duck egg blue . . . what better excuse to buy in some fabric, eh?  And here’s what I made for Moira.

Moira 01

For the first block I made an “Album Road”, simply with different browns/golds on cream.  No blue in this one.

Moira 02

Second block is “Bright Morning Star” with a little bit of blue in the centre.

Moira 03

And third block, is Arkansas Cross Roads.

After making those for Moira, I made an “Old Fan” block for myself, in the same colourway.

Old Fan October

And, then because I really do enjoy making this particular block and was feeling very “autumny” I made another one.

Old Fan Autumn

So, lots of fun this month.  For November, we’ll all be working in some very bright colours for Robin, who has asked for blue, orange and cerise pink.  In the meantime, if you want to see blocks other members have made & sent, you can check out the F2F gallery.