I live and craft in England (or perhaps “live to craft...”?). I love colour and I love pretty things.
I must have been a magpie or a butterfly in a previous life, such is my attraction to colourful and shiny stuff (aka, pretty, shiny things).
This blog is my attempt to make sense, and keep track, of what I make.
confessions of a fabric obsessive
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This is just to update you all with my current status. I’m sure a few of you will have noticed there’s been a bit of a gap in my blogging recently. My other, non-sewing (teaching) life has temporarily taken over and will continue to dominate my waking hours for a while yet.
I’m very sad about the lack of fabric-y sewing goodness that is going on in my life as a whole, but on the other hand I’m working in a job I love that will (eventually) allow me to sew professionally too.
Not enough hours in the day to get enough sleep, never mind do fun stuff. I have loads of photos that I need to blog about, and so many sewing projects in the pipeline to tell you all about too.
I just need a ten day week, or perhaps a thirty hour day?
My Spoonflower shop is doing well. I have a few collections of fabric designs including one collection completely created from my own photographs. I am regularly getting messages that this person or that person has bought one of my designs.
I am, as always, incredibly behind with my Craftsy Block of the Month. I might get a chance to catch up around December when the college is closed. Maybe. If I do, you’ll be the first to know.
Quilt requests have been backing up.
I want/need to make one for myself as well. Maybe over the summer holidays?
My WIPs list is so long, I despair. I’ll have to just pick one at random and sew till it’s finished over the Xmas break.
I can’t remember if I blogged about my day trip to the Fashion section of the Collections Resource Centre that belongs to Leicester Museums. I went with a group of other clothes-and-sewing-mad women and there were so many oooh’s and aaaah’s and oh wow’s ….
I know I haven’t shown you all the photos I took at my first trip to the Festival of Quilts (or have I?) at Birmingham’s NEC a little while ago. Maybe next year I’ll go for two days instead of just one. So many quilts, so little time…
I don’t make traditional quilts but I appreciate them like crazy…
Sew-less Claire Bear
At the moment I am loving:
- Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing (angrychicken.typepad.com) if I don’t have time to do it, at least I can read about sewing during my commute
- My weekly email Snippets sewing tips from Coletterie (www.coletterie.com
- Drooling over the costumes at the V&A’s Hollywood Costume Exhibition. It runs until almost the end of January, I hope I’ll get a chance to go
My usual Wednesday WIPs are late this week due to a number of factors, upcoming Xmas chaos, internet connection issues, and the birth of my new niece on Saturday night!!
She’s lovely, and beautiful, and cute, and she (and my sister) is/are doing well, I can’t wait to see them both (well to see them all, my nephew is seriously cute and cuddly). She’s out of hospital and at home now, keeping her Mummy, Daddy and her big brother on their toes.
Consequently, I have been distracted from sewing. My to-do list has not progressed as much as I had planned.
This personal upcycling project is still at the sewing-the-new-collar-on stage. I’m going to visit my parents over Xmas and will have loads of time to hand-stitch this, so I’m not stressing over it any more. I will post a photo of it when it’s finished and show you what I changed.
This cloak is still a pile of fabric in the corner, although it might get done over Xmas when normal stuff (like shopping and medical appointments) will be on hold.
This is the quilt I am making for my new niece. The two spotty fabrics at the bottom are going to be turned into binding. I only started on Sunday (the day after she was born) and I’m quite impressed with how much of this I’ve got done. It will be my first ever attempt at making bias binding, it may be my last. I’ll let you know how I do it and how it turns out.
Do you want to see how far I’ve got with the quilt top? Do you? Really?
Oh, alright then, here’s the quilt top so far;
(You might have spotted that I decided against the extra-large rail fence blocks that I was contemplating in my last blog.)
I’m really quite impressed with myself. This is only my third quilt ever and, granted, it took about 5 months to decide on colour and pattern but 10 hours of cutting, sewing and ironing has got it this far. It’s not perfect, not all of the corners match up properly, but I’m going to live with that. The top’s not finished, it’s got white sashing to go around the edges before I start quilting. Now that I’ve finally made up my mind about which fleece backing it’s going to have, all I have to do is quilt it (in the couple of days after Xmas), then try not to tear my hair out cutting and making the bias binding to bind it with.
In case you’re interested, it took 14 fat quarters of fabric (one fat quarter of each colour or pattern) and if you completely ignore the colours, the blocks make a two panel basketweave pattern. I may do a how-I-did-it/tutorial in the future, but I need to finish it first!
Back to sewing
happy Claire Bear