Kainga, where Roses bloom, life is lived at a gentler pace.Living Simply, doing all those good things like stitching, gardening, cooking and reading.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"New Shoes."


Well, blogging has taken a back seat here at Kainga. Not long after my last post I managed to damage my camera. It is being fixed with a new lense. I found my old camera and charged the battery. I certainly will be using the camera strap in future.

I was recently asked to do some sewing for a Mum to be. I was given the fabric and the links to some patterns etc.

 I found a few more patterns on the net and had a great time creating shoes. After initially finding one of the patterns a little hard to understand the "aha" moment clicked and I was away.

 None of the patterns had any sort of wadding in between the two layers for the souls so I used up some wadding scraps and quilted them together.

 The other link I was given was for a cover for a "Baby Bjorn" unfortunately this one I had to cover was different to the linked item. The straps for doing it up were in a different place. So I had to custom make it. That weekend newspaper came in handy for drawing up templates. I also had to make two bunny rugs. I was given two rugs that the Mum wanted to be made double so the baby will be warm. I did that and machine embroidered hearts to quilt them together. The other items sewn were two bibs including four Bandana bibs and as there was a strip of flannelette left over I made these into two face washers.

Every now and again I find a bargain in the local Good Sammy's especially when I am looking for something completely different. I picked up two balls of 8 ply cotton. I made up two face washers using different patterns from one of my crochet books.

A pinch and a punch for the last day of the month.

Happy days.
Bev C

Monday, June 8, 2015

"Out of the Box and a Secret Garden."


Happy Monday.

Late 2013 I purchased the book "Out of the Box with each blocks fun with free-form quilting" by Mary Lou Weidman and Melanie Bautista McFarland. Last week I bit the bullet and made up the quilt called.....

"Freddy Feathers Baby Chick. I started by doing the chickens comb and continued from there. After some initial hesitation with the free-form quilting it was actually a lot of fun making up the "hoochy angles" of the different pieces as I went along. The two fun thing about this type of quilting is that the shapes and sizes of the pieces are different on each and every persons quilt and the  new quilting terminology like the word Hoochy.

I have also  finished the Secret Garden pincushions which came in a kit which I won from Anthea a while ago.These ended up being a good size pincushion at 7 inches square.

Now I had better go and search out some backing for the chicken quilt. What are you sewing this week?

Happy days.
Bev C