Monday, 30 May 2011

Pig in Poppies.

Pig in Poppies by Textile-tally
I had a small helper in my sewing room today and after a bit of sketching he came up with a pig pattern. Fifteen minutes later, and with a bit of help, Percy the pig was born! Percy particularly likes the poppies that match his ears. And I really like his twirly tail..

Those sweet william are some that were left over from last year that I decided to cut back and
 leave in and they have done better than last year!

While Percy was being created I managed to sneak in a couple of mobile phone cases. One for a present and one for me. I am hoping it will help me not to lose my phone but I fear that is unlikely.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

A little box from Moo.

The box looks so inconspicuous from the outside..

but inside is a beautiful arrangement of little cards showing snippets of my work. I love them.
The idea was given to me by my friend at Sewshoddy and I am really pleased with the result. I am not entirely sure what I will do with them all, but I think they make great labels for any pieces I make for the gallery, so I guess I will just have to get making! I also quite like the idea of making some tiny envelopes and sending weeny post cards - how silly is that!

My Moo Minicards by Textile-tally

Friday, 27 May 2011

Delphinium Nelly..

Delphinium Nelly by Textile-tally
I made a Smelly Nelly with some of the last of my lavender from last year and she looks particularly at home next to the Delphiniums that are just coming out. I love Delphiniums and keep meaning to sew some more but that is just on the list of 'to do's' which is a pretty big list at the moment!
The Smelly Nelly idea was one that I had last year when I had a pretty good harvest of lavender but didn't fancy making normal square bags.

She looks fairly cute from behind too! Happy friday.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

A little pocket

A little pocket by Textile-tally

I am having trouble with comments on the blog but I am trying to sort it out. I'm sorry to anyone who has tried to leave one please don't give up!
This is a little pocket made for a pair of earrings which were a present for our neighbour. The light was awful hence the thumb holding it up to the window!!

Monday, 23 May 2011

Marjoram or Maisy?

Cushion by Textile-tally 
I made another cushion along similar lines to the two wall hangings. Patchwork background and appliqued flowers. I am thinking about entering it in a little competition but I need to decide if it looks best by the Marjoram(above) or the Maisy S(below). What do you think? It is nice to have such an inconsequential question to think about when lots of others are so much more complicated and far more important!!

Sunday, 22 May 2011

The blanket is mended..

The blanket is mended by Textile-tally
I made this blanket a couple of years ago inspired by the Yarnstorm Blog. It has been well used and lives on the back of the sofa but last week I noticed a big hole that I think I have sucessfully been able to halt with a bit of darning. I had forgotten how much I liked sitting under it while I was making it, so I think I may do another one this year. It was a really handy piece of work to have on hand for those waiting moments in the car, on the train, or while half watching TV. Now all I need to do is decide on another colour scheme, mmmmmm, let me see now, shall I start with purple!

Friday, 20 May 2011

The poppies are out.

It's poppy time again in the garden and they don't half make a splash of bright colour. I took these photos yesterday as the sun was out and I love that it caught a bee in mid flight in the picture above!
They are such beautiful flowers and the fact that they don't last long just makes them more precious I think. This one is a real salmon pink colour..

 I think that this one is called Patty's Plum, what a great name..

and some self seeded Welsh ones (and another bee!)..

Luckily there is still the promise of more to come..

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Purple quilt by Textile-tally
This is one of the quilts that I mentioned in my last but one post that took me months to finish. It was made from a jelly roll given to me by my Mum. I just loved playing around with all the strips of colour and I particularly like this photo because of the way the fennel heads highlight the golden strips in the quilt. It is backed with a recycled flannelette sheet kindly donated by my husband's Mum. I know that probably isn't strictly the right thing to back it with but those are the quilts we all want in this house when it gets cold as they are the cosiest ones to cuddle up under!
I am going to try and link this to the Blogger's Quilt Festival which you should definitely take a look at as it's fab.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Funky Chicken

Funky Chicken by Textile-tally
I found this gorgeous Funky Chicken in the Crow's Nest Gallery in Cadgwith Bay at the weekend. I emailed her maker, Sylvia, to check she was ok with me putting a picture on the blog and she will update me when she gets a blog/website sorted.
I love the way she is slightly weighted with grain at the bottom so will sit beautifully wherever you want to perch her..

Monday, 16 May 2011

Coffee time..

Mug rug by Textile-tally
I came across mug rugs first on Crazy Mom Quilts and just loved the idea of a quilt that could be made so quickly. I don't often get long stretches of time to sew and big quilts therefore take me ages (sometimes literally months!).

A friend lent me this book and I have been reading it this weekend. I think it's great. Lots of clear instructions and some lovely ideas to get you going. I love the spiral backed design and pattern pocket too.

Friday, 13 May 2011

My favourite rose..

My favourite rose by Textile-tally
My favourite rose is about to open. It is a lovely dusky pink colour and smells gorgeous. I think it is an old variety but I don't know the name. It is in the hedge by the car so each time I go out I just have to have a sniff!

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Another presie..

  • Ipod case by Textile-tally
I am just starting to realise with this blog how many handmade presents my family and friends receive. I love making things for people and find it much easier to make with a recipient in mind and I just hope that they aren't getting fed up yet!
This is a littlte ipod case for a nano. There is a loop of ribbon hidden inside for attaching to a bag or purse so it doesn't get lost.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Some supplies..

Supplies by Textile-tally
I have been to Cowslip for some wadding and a few fat quarters bought with my earnings. I think they are mostly Kaffe Fassett fabrics, no surprises there!

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Purple is such a lovely colour..

Wall hanging-detail by Textile-tally

I have finished a second wall hanging for my friend's gallery but had alot of trouble trying to get a photo bacause of the wind. The clematis that has just come out matches in really well.. and the alliums and the aquilegia and the poppies and the geum. I guess that explains where I get inspiration for the colour scheme!

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Green eyed monster in shark infested waters..

Another green eyed monster by Textile-tally
These are very quick and easy. This one is an ipod case for a teenager into which I will put some reddies as a present. It is made from a piece of recycled fleece jumper and lined with flannelette sheet. The light is awful today hence the shark infested waters to brighten it up!

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

A doorstop for the backdoor..

doorstop from book shown by Textile-tally
I have finally finished the doostop that would have been useful in all this windy weather to stop the backdoor slamming. I made it from the pattern in Lotta Jansdotter's book Simple Sewing. It's a fairly simple pattern and I added a couple of panels 'of stitch and flip' (as usual!) to add some colour to a plain fabric.I filled it with split peas because I have run out of wheat, which seems to have worked ok, but it did take 4kg which is more than the pattern said. I think it's another useful pattern from a great book.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

A pot holder for practice..

Pot holder by Textile-tally
The leftover leaves have been backed with another old shirt and quilted to make a little pot holder. I even managed to use up two small pieces of bias binding strips to edge it from my stash. It was good to practice the leaf quilting before I start on the main quilt.

There was space for a couple of little tags on the back which serve no purpose whatsoever but I just like them!

Monday, 2 May 2011

A very blustery day..

There were a few fallen leaves left over and so I have attached them to a piece of shirt and am wondering what to make them into..any ideas?