Showing posts with label Flower. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Flower. Show all posts

Sunday, 29 November 2015

My First Quilt - A Good Effort

We all started somewhere. And my first quilt came about in 2008 when my friend Tina became pregnant and asked me to be the child's godmother. Understandably, I wanted to present the baby with something extra special and personalized. Therefore, a baby blanket seemed a good idea even though I did not know the first thing about sewing, did not own a sewing machine and had no one in my immediate circle of aquaintances, family and friends who would have been able to advise me on the matter. 

simple squares, beginner friendly, quilt, baby blanket, patchwork, Puppilalla
This first quilt was entirely hand sewn, embroidered, pieced and quilted. I bought a book on quilting and muddled along without the faintest idea what I was actually doing or what techniques to employ in order to make the process as painless as possible and the resulting quilt as pretty as it could be. It took me 6 months to complete it and I would still call it a good first effort today.

Babydecke, beginner project, quilt, baby blanket, patchwork, Puppilalla

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Unfortunately, it became one of those items that ended up enshrined rather than used. My friend loved it too much to bear using it. Bittersweet right?



Wednesday, 9 September 2015

A Collection of Patchwork Pillowcases


modern Puppilalla Design Patchwork pillowcase cushion cover with stripes and velvet ribbons












Patchwork Pillowcases. Looking back, I have made quite a few of them by now, for they make such lovely presents. And whats more, they are quick to make and therefore fun fast projects. In the past I have hardly managed to snap a picture of the finished product, let alone the creative process, before wrapping them up and giving them away.

Flower Applique Pillowcase


A modern Puppilalla Design Patchwork pillowcase with flower applique


I made this pillowcase with the flower applique for my friend Hannah as you will have already guessed. The stripes on the left hand side are actually one flowery woven  and one green velvety ribbon that I machine applied to the background fabric.


A modern Puppilalla Design Patchwork pillowcase with flower applique




















I just love the green little woven ribbon to the left with its purple and blue flowers.


A modern Puppilalla Design Patchwork pillowcase with flower applique























And a close-up of the machine applied flower petals. With hindsight I would say, something was definitely amiss with the thread tension.



Modern Log Cabin Pillowcase

A modern Puppilalla Design Patchwork Log Cabin Pillowcase




And this beauty even made it all around the world to Sydney, Australia.

A modern Puppilalla Design Patchwork Log Cabin Pillowcase


The pretty modern log cabin block was made from scraps. I just love the fussy cut flower at the centre.

A modern Puppilalla Design Patchwork Log Cabin Pillowcase


Yes, I know, the eagle eyed among you will have spied that the background fabric - 'Grunge' in Mint by Basicgrey, which I love by the way - has NOT been ironed prior to sewing. 
I am entirely self-taught and it has not occured to me until recently, when I watched some online classes on Craftsy, that it might in fact be beneficial to do so. 



Lessons to take away for the future?
1. Ought to improve on documenting the crafting process around future sewing projects.
2. Should remember to iron fabrics prior to using them.


Fair enough, I promise to try.