Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Well it's the 31st.....

And did i achieve my goal?? well not quite... i was aiming for 31 Softies in 31 days. I achieved 24. 

I do plan to make the rest over the next few days, and over the long weekend the softies and i will be off on a field trip and plan on taking lots of photos, so watch this space.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

finally.... the chicken

Clucky the chicken, with her chicks!

Now the pattern... after my rant the other day, i sat down and thought about the pattern some more, and honestly it wasn't the pattern, it was me.

I was making things a lot harder than it needed to be, by changing the colour of the lining of the wings for a start... it wasn't impossible, but it did involve a lot of thinking...

The other problem i had involved turning the tail and the comb... the pattern used pellon to make both of these pieces nice and fluffy, however it made turning them quite hard, i eventually removed some of the "bulk" of the pellon, which made things much easier.

Overall i think she is a pretty awesome chick!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Well you were supposed to see a chicken....

I know, i'm behind again, but i've been feeling pretty ordinary for the past few days, so i decided to take some time off and concentrate on the other masterpiece that i'm working on.

So today i was going to make a chicken and her 4 baby chicks, but the pattern and i are having issues. And i decided that i should probably just walk away until i could sit down and nut it out properly, i didn't want to end up throwing the whole thing away (and TRUST ME) i was considering it, i also don't want to end up hating sewing...

The pattern is that bad!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The train set

So this is what i've been working on for the past week... cute isn't it. I bought it as a kit from the quilt cottage in Anguston (South Australia) last year.

You have to excuse the photos, they were taken last at night.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Okay maybe not today after all...

Been busy doing stuff (equates to lounging around with tummy cramps mainly... totally normal at this stage of pregnancy!).

so TOMORROW i will put photos up... i promise!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

i'll be back tomorrow

I've been off working on my soft toys, but they are a group, so you will have to wait until tomorrow to see the photos, but i think they will be worth the wait!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Can you tell who this is??

Meet Percy! he is a platypus.
This is another of my trial patterns, his bill and feet are currently made of handmade felt, I think in future i would use something different (most people wouldn't have thick felt lying around).

Percy will also be making it as a pattern over the next few months, once i've finished this softy a day business!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Doggy day.... please be kind!

Meet the newest addition to the soft toy family! 

This was my first attempt at making my own pattern (thus the fabric choice!- I seem to have metres of this stuff). I have to say that i think it was a pretty sucessful pattern, and i now want to make a whole heap more. As i am currently on the soft toy a day challenge, i won't be writing up the pattern this month, but it's defintely on the to do list....
and potentally part of a future give away (more on that later).
But first this little doggy needs a name... got any suggestions?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Fishy Wednesday

Meet the fish! another Melly and Me pattern, and i think he is pretty cute!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Super easy Tuesday

A ball!

I found a super easy tutorial for this ball online, here. It took about 20 minutes all up, including picking out the fabrics!

and i finished this:

A cushion! it's from an awesome book called: One yard wonders, I bought it from Amazon a couple of weeks ago. There are so many projects that i want to try, only problem is, not surprisingly you need a yard of fabric for each projects, and i seem to have a large stash of fat quarters but not so many bigger pieces of fabric.... guess that just means i will have to go shopping!

Monday, March 8, 2010

For those playing along at home....

Meet Dilbert the dinosaur, and Drake the Dragon. Dilbert is a Melly and Me pattern, and Drake is from the book Kaleidoscope, also by Melly and me. I decided to make Dilbert's spikes out of some hand felted wool felt that i bought about a year ago. Dilbert was interesting to make... he is more of a 2D animal, and i struggled with the ric rac on his back, but overall i al pretty happy with the way he turned out.

I also worked on a cushion, which i will show you tomorrow, because it comes from an awesome book that i bought a couple of weeks ago.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Day 6 and 7

Meet the latest addition to the soft toy family...

Very hard to take a pic of this one. It's a baby waldorf flat doll. I picked it up as a kit on etsy last year, it took two days to make on the account that it's head is made from wool, and i had to felt it to get it to make a nice ball shape.

In other exciting news.... the quilt Stu and i made for our anniversary is now finished and on the bed! (it's a Jan Mullen/stargazey pattern called Dark nightz).

The centres of the blocks were made using pieces of old ties, and the borders were made using different shades/textured brown fabrics. I am so happy with the way it turned out, and i think it works really well on our bed.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Day 5

I didn't get around to making a softie yesterday, but i was one up from the previous day.

Today i decided to make Magoo the monkey (Melly and Me pattern).

I really liked this pattern, although i did make a few changes. I decided that while i was putting the body together i would sew the arms in as it was for a baby i thought that doing this would create stronger joints, and i wouldn't have to worry about an arm falling off. I also decided to put elastic in his shorts so that they would easily stay up without the need to attach them to the monkey.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Day three....

Meet Hooty and Tweet! (an owl and a bird). another fun Melly and Me pattern

Since i made two today, i might take a break tomorrow... and go junk shopping!!!
If i find anything awesome i will take photos.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Day two- Meet Mrs Perkins

I think she looks pretty cute! (she is another Melly and Me pattern).

Just a quick note

I went to my first quilting guild meeting this morning, and the speaker was Anna Maria Horner! Her talk was great, and i got to meet her afterwards, and she is truly lovely.

There are 150 members of the guild and i think i will probably become a member next month, i'm a bit hesitant, as I know that in a few months i am going to have a baby with me and i'm not sure if they will appreciate a tiny screaming new member.... but we will just see how we go.

Must be off, will be back later with today's softie... if anyone is looking for me, i'm up in the studio making a giraffe...

Monday, March 1, 2010

Day One

Meet Phoebe....

She's an elephant (in case you couldn't tell!).

This is a Melly and Me pattern and i will be using several of these over the next month, just because they are fantastic patterns! easy to understand and honestly the results are always awesome!