Custom Made Ironing Board Covers
It's been a while since I did an ironing board cover and it always surprises me when I get someone asking for one. This time, it was in pink gingham and in a shape I've not done before. Who would have believed that ironing boards could vary so much in size and shape!
I was sent the thermal base of the old one to use as a template, which was really useful. Hopefully, that should be another board given a new lease of life and will give someone's ironing day a bit of a lift.
Custom Made Ironing Board Covers
I think I'm going to rename May, Challenge Jane Month. After the Victorian Miner's Trousers, I had a neighbour come over with a fix to make on his leathers. He was very good and gave lots of notice of when it was needed by, I had a whole day to get them ready!
The instructions were to cut the flap from the one and stitch it straight onto the new jacket. It's never quite that straightforward though. I thought he might like to keep the new jacket waterproof so it needed a bit of thinking through.
I undid the stitching to remove the flap and hand stitched in place before doing a row of machine stitching. I had to make sure I only sewed into the lining and not through to the outer layer. I then had to attach the other half of the zip to the trousers.
This was fiddly but not difficult to do. I cut out the old zip to stop it getting in the way and then just did a double line of machine stitching to hold it in place. Hopefully, it will all stand up to the strain of a holiday in Spain.
There is still some time left before the end of the month, I wonder if I will get any other unusual requests?
I do love knitting socks, something I never thought I'd say, but the next pair are already being planned.
This is the latest pair hot off the needles. I just love this yarn, it's so soft and will be perfect for keeping toes warm. It's the first time I've used Debbie Bliss Rialto Luxury Sock wool and it's definitely not the last. I'm almost sorry I have to send this away to their new home. They wouldn't fit me, so no point in keeping them.
I'll be packing these up today, but the knitting needles are back in business, a summer top this time. It looks like it could be a quick knit, so I shall keep you updated.
There are some exciting times ahead, with a couple of very special commissions. There will be one drawback, I'll be doing lots of things I won't be able to share publicly. I will share what I can, it just might not be so regularly as in the past.
I did have some fun playing with fabric over the weekend. I drew up a quilt block some time ago that I wanted to try. It's taken a while, but it feels good to try out my own designs rather than following a pattern. It may already be out there, there's only so many ways you can arrange squares and triangles, but I did have the satisfaction of trying for myself.
After fabric shopping last week, I began cutting out and sewed some half square triangle blocks. Before settling on a final layout, I played around with the placement.
Choices, choices-do I go with this?
A choice was made, I wonder if it is the same as you would have chosen? I'll finish sewing it together today and then I can go and buy the rest of the fabric needed to complete the quilt. I've even done the maths to work out how much I need to do the quilt! Now the brain work is done, it's time to play.
If you have followed my blog for a long time, you'll know that my boys were home educated. As each of them got to fourteen, they went to college. Taking into consideration when they had their birthdays and the start of term, Jonathan was nearly fifteen, but Daniel was a very young 14 when he entered the grown up world of college. Each student is appointed a tutor mentor and Daniel has had the same one from the start of college.
Roll on five years and Daniel, now a strapping 6 foot plus almost 18 year old is about to leave college. Through all that time, nothing has been too much trouble for his tutor mentor. She was always there for him if he needed it, and as a mother, I felt it right to say thank you for all her support. Daniel said not to make anything weird, but how could I not resist.
I've used raw edge appliqué to apply the letters and the front of the cushion has been quilted in the ditch. I've used French seams so there are no raw edges. During the years, Clare's hair has taken on many colours, although Daniel, being colour blind, has never been quite sure what colours they were. I had to reflect that in the colours chosen for the cushion. I am hoping, if nothing else, it will make her smile.
Cushions and Pillows
It's definitely been one of those months this month. The video was posted live to Facebook to introduce this month's session
The next video I did was done about the walking foot. During a conversation a couple of weeks ago, it came up that someone had a walking foot but had never used it. I wanted to show that they were easy to use.
Do you have a walking foot? How often do you use it? I know mine gets a lot of use, and not just for my quilts. I think this and my 1/4" piecing foot are the most used on my machine.
If you have any questions or tips for next month's session, please let me know as soon as you can. Hopefully, I can plan things better this month and get everything done in time.
The beginning of the week was spent doing the embroidery stitch videos for the Embroidered Needle Case Class. This time I chose different colours, and I think I like this one better.
I simplified the pattern for the needle case for this one. The back is a four square patch and the front has simple borders. I'd been rummaging through my fabric box for another project and decided to use this fabric for the outer cover. It goes better with the darker threads used for the embroidery.
Inside, I've kept to the colour palette using two different fabrics for the inside cover and pocket. The wool felt pages go perfectly with the overall theme. This needle case has four pages, so is a good size.
Now all the class videos and photos are done, I can concentrate on the next project. I've been having more fun with raw edge applique.
Hasn't it been quiet here on the blog? That's because I've been busy behind the scenes with things that couldn't be shared here. I have been busy with the knitting needles though and I've got another completed pair of socks.
These are for an order and I was asked to do a picot cast on. It's the first time I've used it, but it adds so much to the top of the sock. It has a lovely 'frilly' edge. For those of you not on Facebook, here is a video I did demonstrating the stitch.
Or for the uninitiated-Unfinished Objects! Go on, admit it, you've got projects tucked away somewhere that need finishing! With quilts, it's like you get the top done and you've finished, except you're not. It needs layering, quilting and binding, then it's finished.
What prompted me to get these out? I needed a quilt to demonstrate binding and I just put my hand in the cupboard, felt for a quilt top and pulled these three out. I put them up on Facebook and Instagram and let my followers choose which will be the next one to be finished.
All of these bring back memories, it's going to be interesting to look back and see how long ago these tops were made. The way time goes so quickly, I know it's going to be quite a shock. Now they're out of the cupboard, they're staying out to be finished. If anyone else fancies joining in a UFO challenge, let me know, maybe with a bit of encouragement and shouting from the sidelines, some of them can get finished.
So, which one will I be finishing first? It's the green one on the left. I'll give you a full view when I start working on it. The batting and backing fabric has been ordered, I'm just waiting for deliveries before I can get started.
The miner's trousers were certainly a challenge, but it was a very interesting project to do. From a conversation with the lady who sent them to me, I learned that the trousers were still being worn. It's incredible to think that something made that long ago, that was exposed to such harsh working conditions were still in use now, in the twenty first century.
Being half Welsh, with family roots in the mining territory, this has been a fascinating experience for me. During the whole process, I was thinking about how the men and women through the years have left their mark on these trousers and now it's my turn. I do hope that what I've done is sympathetic to the original makers and all those through the generations that have worked on them. My name might not be on there, but maybe, in years to come, someone else will be adding their mark to the trousers and wondering about those that passed before.
Watch the video to see the repairs I've made and to hear the reasons why I have done them in the way I have.
I have had a lifelong love of crafts which started with being taught how to knit at a very young age. It didn't take long to realise that great joy and satisfaction came from making things. Even now, I get a thrill seeing something that started just as an idea, becoming a finished product, whether I make it, or teach someone else how to make it.