In February I decided to attack those scrap bins again and make something! Once again, I sewed in assembly-line style and made a batch of finger (or thumb) pincushions.
Aren't they great? I finished sewing them on the weekend.
The tutorial I used is here. Try it - you will become as addicted as I am! Even though I made 14 of these little things (I actually made 17 but have given several away in swaps), my scrap bins don't look any less full than they did before!
C'est la vie!
My goal this month will be to finish my Amy Butler 'Happy Hour' baby quilt.
Embarrassingly, the fabrics and pattern were purchased several years ago. The blocks were made with gusto but then I lost interest and put it away out of sight where it has lived ever since. Time to get it done already!!
I still have a fair few of these fabrics left so I think I will make a pieced backing.
The fourth theme of our Challenge 4 Art project is SPACE. When I chose this theme for our group several months ago, I had a definite plan of how I would interpret it. My plan was to make teenie-tiny stars and sew them in the shape of the Big Dipper. However, over the past couple of weeks my idea changed and I decided to go a bit more abstract and depict what can be seen FROM space instead of what is seen IN space. A different perspective!
These are crop circles - circles of irrigated land in the desert. I'm pretty sure that the images that come to mind when you hear the words 'crop circles' are those made by aliens in wheat fields and not actual crops growing in circular patches, so I have added an image from the Internet that I printed to use as my inspiration so you can see what I mean.
I used some of my precious Oakshott fabrics and two different shades of linen to make my SPACE wall hanging. Two different colours of Aurifil thread plus invisible thread were used to stitch the raw-edge applique circles down after I ironed them secure using some Wunder-under. Some of the circles are outlined in thread and they all have stitching on the circles themselves. Here are a few of the process pictures with the first image showing the jam jar lid I used to create my circles!
I think by now most people know I love green so seeing the irrigated crop circle images on the Internet really did inspire me. Crop circles are quite beautiful, especially those found in desert areas as the pattern they create as a whole is quite graphic. They also provide colour in an otherwise bland, neutral, barren and sandy area. Here are two links of similar crop circles if you'd like to see more: click here or here.
And finally, one more image for you to see my SPACE mini alongside my GROWTH mini. Yes, I love green!
To see how the others interpreted the theme SPACE, click on their links here:
Welcome to TGIFF. I am so thrilled to be hosting again and that you have stopped in!
My finish this week is the Jane Market Bag that I have had on my to-do list forever. This bag has been cut out since Christmas, waiting for me to sew up. Why did I procrastinate for so long? Who knows but I do know that this is a wonderfully written pattern and a breeze to sew up - even those pin tucks! This is my ALYOF February Goal so I am super happy to have it completed - finally!
Sorry for the indoor-night-time photo. That green is much much better in person - not so yellow as it is on my screen. The fabric is something from my stash and a bit 'girly' for me so I have always known that it would one day be made into a gift for someone special. Re-usable cloth bags are great gifts and help save money in the long run as many shops are now charging for each plastic grocery bag you use.
As I don't have any of my own labels at the moment, I added some 'hand made with love' ribbon. You can just see it on the outside pocket in the picture above and a detail picture of it below.
There is a super deep pocket on each side so you can store coupons or whatever you desire! This tote holds a lot of stuff and can hold a lot of weight too. Here it is with a 3 kg bag of dog food and there is still room for more stuff!
How about you - what have you finished recently? Incentive: every person who links up a finish here this week will be entered into my draw to win FIVE Red Rooster fat quarters and a handmade thumb pincushion with pins. Winner will be announced on this post and emailed early next week. Open internationally.
Please only link up finishes and posts that link back to the TGIFF party so your readers can find us and link up too. If there is no link back to the party, you will not be entered into the draw. Please be kind and visit the link to your left and to your right and say hello to some fellow linkers!