Tuesday 23 September 2014

tents + lunchbags

after a really terribly-bad week last week, i couldn't wait for cub camp, a whole weekend to run around and act like a kid again (i'm really a responsible leader, honest! haha) and this year i learnt to put up a tent, wow they're really complicated!

some of the highlights of my weekend at cub camp:

sunshine. campfires. the scary cat. lots of sweets. stars. a visit from the tooth fairy. the tyre swing. unbelievably LOUD snoring. s'mores. all nighters. the blinking red light. spongebob squarepants.

after a couple of nights no sleep and lots of sweets, i saw this log and couldn't stop giggling at it because it looks like a mole/badger/elephant, i thought it was the funniest thing i had ever seen! that is what lack of sleep does to you haha!

and of course camping means campfires, which means roasting marshmallows, and then of course you just have to make s'mores (two chocolate digestives and a big ooey-gooey marshmallow squished in the middle) it's seriously the best thing ever!

while i was away camping my mum was busy at the sewing machine. on saturday she went to judiths lunchbag class and made the green-y/yellow-y lunchbag isn't it lovely? then on sunday morning she woke up early and made the red one for me *yay* i think she has definetly been bitten by the sewing bug!

rachael x

Tuesday 16 September 2014

eenie, meenie, mine-y, mini!!

this past weekend i was in one of those moods where i couldn't just work on one project and i flitted between about 4 different projects! one of the projects was the saltwater mini quilt! when camille released her new patterns on friday i knew i just had to make the saltwater mini quilt, and i actually focused enough to finish it, yay!

i completely dithered over which fabric to use, in the end i didn't worry about my fabric matching each other and just picked fabrics that i thought were 'pretty' and they all sort-of worked well together, happy coincidence! for the sashing there was only one choice, my favourite colour (at the minute anyway) brown!! i think it ties it all together and give its a vintage-y feel

a little bit of loopy quilting and some pretty pink binding and it was done yay!! i will definetly be making a few more minis, they're just too cute.

and here it is added to the picture wall in my sewing room, doesn't it look pretty? especially with my ashleigh bickerstaff woodland painting!

rachael x

linking up with fabric tuesday

Thursday 11 September 2014

designing surface patterns from scratch blog tour

hello! and welcome to my stop on the designing surface patterns from scratch blog tour! by bonnie christine at going home to roost. this is a course over at creative live and it is great if you are interested in surface design, you can purchase it here.

there is no other word to describe the course other than inspiring! i have been trying to learn and teach myself illustrator and from this course i have learnt so much. the course has sparked so many ideas and i have loved sketching them all. throughout the course bonnie talked about designing a collection and here is the inspiration and beginning of my collection.

the idea behind my collection is cosy/autumn i gathered a few of my favourite cosy items and made an inspiration board, i then wrote down a few words that tied in with my idea.

next i went out for a walk for some inspiration and colour ideas and took way too many pictures! 

after taking all my photos and gathering bits and pieces from my walk, it's time to get my sketchbook out, i did a few quick sketches of the autumn items that i could incorporate into my theme along with adding a few colours which i might like for my collection. i also made a very simple line print of a pinecone, just to look at the shape and lines

a few more sketches, this time showing the cosy side of my theme. i will scan some of these drawings into my computer and illustrate them in adobe illustrator.

from the bits and pieces i gathered from my walk i picked my favourite pieces and arranged them onto my board. one of the things i found really interesting in the course was how to make your own colour palettes. this is mine, i want to use all the colours of autumn and mix it with the cosy-ness of being at home.
i am still learning my way round illustrator and have only illustrated a few of my sketches, but i will be sure to show you my finished collection! you can see what everybody else is doing here

bonnie has very kindly offered a free month to the roost tribe so be sure to go over and check it out! 

rachael x

Friday 5 September 2014

i built a house...

... ok so it's made out of fabric and I didn't build it I sewed it, but I used foundation paper piecing and houses have foundations (I learnt that from the builders) so i still sort of built a house!

i knew i wanted my cushion to have a storybook - pretty sort of feel. so a very late friday night fabric pull to take to class on saturday resulted in pinks and navy with a little bit of lace to really get the 'pretty' feel and ta-dah...

...the finished cushion! i'm super happy with how it turned out and my seam ripper didn't even have to make an appearance! i think i might have to try a few more paper piecing projects, now that i understand that it's  all sewn backwards!

recently my fabric tastes have changed quite a bit and i find it really hard to do 'pretty' in my projects, but i think i managed it in the cushion. i used fabrics that had been in my stash for ages, that i was too scared to use, i then realised that was just silly and that they should be used and not hidden away in a closet! i especially love the wildflower print i used in my window.

i continued on with my navy + pink colour scheme on the back, the pattern uses a zipper for the back, but as i'm still getting over my fear of zippers i just did a simple envelope back. i have to say i love the nature/bug fabric from ikea and to add a little bit of interest i added a strip of the map fabric that i used in the front of the house.

i decided to hand-quilt my little house, now i've only ever hand-quilted one other thing so my stitches are a little bit 'rustic' (read super wobbly and uneven) but sure that just adds to the handmade look!

to go along with my storybook feel i just had to add a little piece of storybook tape, i think it just adds that little something!
you can see the rest of the cushions made at judiths class here :)

rachael x

linking up with crazy mom quilts