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Friday, 23 May 2014

Baking Whilst Me Made May Making

As you may have realised if you regularly read my ramblings, I like to make presents for my friends.  I think that if you learn how to do something, you may as well share the love!!!  The tricky thing is actually thinking what to make.  A dear friend's birthday was this week and, as I have recently started tending an allotment with her and other friends, I thought it was a good idea to make her an allotment cake!

It's not all about the cake though, this is Me Made May after all.  The above photo shows me in a previously unblogged top I made from one of the Japanese Drape Drape books.  If the fabric looks a little familiar it is because I already have a dress and a top made out of it!  It was originally a very large bedsheet from a charity shop.  A verrrry large bedsheet!

As for the cake, my friend took some lovely photos of it.  I made the vegetables out of fondant that I coloured and moulded - a lot of the ideas for it came from tips on the internet.  I can't remember how I lived in the eighties!!!

Monday, 19 May 2014

I could never colour inside the lines anyway.

My quilt top is pieced together and is all ready for quilting.  The other evening I dragged my sewing table to the front room in order to use the quilting extension, only to have a quilting nightmare!  I had wanted a quick easy quilting design and was just going to quilt diagonal lines - until I realised my normal sewing foot was dragging the quilt this way and that and completely distorting it.  The rest of the evening was spent unpicking what I had done.  I watched the Masterchef finals with a very grumpy face!  Turns out my lack of a machine walking foot is a bit of a problem when it comes to quilting.

I was pondering how I was supposed to quilt this to a deadline.  I have a machine quilting foot but straight lines would be very wobbly with that and I didn't want to just stipple quilt it.  Then the blatantly obvious occurred to me - the fabric I had chosen for the quilt backing had a perfect quilting pattern already on it!  Above is a practice piece where I have meandered along until I came to a flower and hey ho, quilted around it.  Not very accurately I grant you, but at my current level of ability I am going for 'naive charm!!!!'

This one is better!  Note the uneven stitch length.... 'naive charm???!!!'

I do love how quilting brings out undulations when you use a wadding with some cotton in it.  A quick wash of the sample and a bit of an experimentation with the thread tension and I think it could work. 

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Snawheid... On My Heid!

Note to self: must stop creating weird photos with photoshop!!!

Anyhows.  For Christmas my sister very kindly purchased me the Snawheid fairisle hat kit.   She picked my absolute favourite colour and showed me her completed Snawheid, which was just beautiful.  I set to work.

Being new to fairisle I was a little concerned that the strands of yarn behind my work might be held too tightly.  I did try to concentrate on creating a loose feed for the loops but I'm not sure I managed it as my hat is a lot smaller than my sisters.  I am convinced it is that way around rather than the fact that I have a considerably bigger head!

This is the hat unblocked.  I am slightly wary of blocking it as I am worried the wool might felt a little and make it even smaller.  However my daughter is standing by and appears hopeful so all will not be lost if I do decide that it really is too small to wear.

The design does come with the option of making a bobble.  I, however, agree with a few reviews I have read on Ravelry and would hate to cover up the star detail at the top of the hat - so I think my Snawheid shall remain bobbleless!

I would recommend this pattern for very clear instructions and a beautiful design.  I think however I will need to change my needle size next time!

Friday, 9 May 2014

Quilt Top Coming Along Amid Me Made May Madness!

I am having a jolly old time participating in Me Made May.  I recommend the Flickr group for lots of outfit inspiration!  

Whilst prancing about in various ensembles I have managed to get a bit of sewing and knitting done.  I have pieced the main section of the quilt I have been working on.  It's still quite small so I am pondering a flying geese border.  I have also finished a FairIsle hat.  Pictures of that will be taken in the next few days as I will surely run out of handmade things to wear in May soon!

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Me Made May 14

It's that time of year again.  Friends hide when they see me wielding a camera.  Family spend Sunday mornings trying to find me for dinner, whilst I'm pulling funny poses outside a shed.  Strangers wonder why I'm taking selfies of my dress instead of my face.  Me Made May is back!

My pledge....

'I, HoffiCoffi, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '14. I endeavour to wear one me made or refashioned garment or accessory each day for the duration of May 2014'

I will post my daily outfits on the official Flickr page rather than here but I will pop in from time to time with a new make or perhaps a silly photo for Friday's photo challenge.  Hurrah!