Posts Tagged ‘Robert Kaufman’

Wreck-It Ralph Quilt

Sorry I’ve been quiet, I’ve been very busy making lots but unfortunately it’s all Christmas gifts so I can’t tell you about them yet!

I can finally give you an update on Monster no2’s Wreck-It Ralph quilt. It’s the monsters birthday today, he managed to make it to the grand old age of 3! I feel like this past year has just flown by and he has really grown up and become so much more confident in himself, I think that has a lot to do with him starting nursery which he loves.

Monster number 2 is a die hard Wreck-It Ralph fan, we have to watch it everyday, sometimes even twice. In the UK there doesn’t seem to be many Wreck-It toys available so I decided to make him a Wreck-It themed quilt. You can see how I started planning here.

It took me a while to get it finished as I could only sew when he was at nursery or in bed (he stopped napping when he was 1) so it meant a lot of night sewing, but I managed to get it done in time…..just. I wanted to be as organised as possible for this project so I cut all my fabric first and bagged up each colour separately. I’m so glad I took this approach as it made piecing so much quicker. I split the quilt into 5 sections, each character was a block and then the large band of black in the middle. I opted for a black binding so that it didn’t detract from the characters and used a fun bright red star print for the backing. The quilt top was all Kona Solids from Robert Kaufman and the back was a bargain I found on EBay.

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I really struggled to decide how best to quilt it, I didn’t want to ruin the pixelated look of the characters but fancied going for straight lines. In the end I went for horizontal lines for the black and then for the characters I followed the features of the faces in coordinating colours. This left the back with fun abstract versions of the characters.

Overall I’m really pleased with how it turned out but the most important opinion belongs to Monster no2.

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I think he likes it, he’s currently snuggled up in bed with it.

After having 6 super excited, sugar filled kids running round all afternoon/evening I’m off to crash out on the sofa and watch The Lone Ranger with the hubby.

Oh before I go look at the amazing cake my super amazing friend Sam made for Monster no2, it’s a chocolate Brownie Piñata cake.

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When you cut it open sweets fall out of the centre, SO TASTY! Thank you so much Sam you’re a star x

The First Rule Of Sewing Club……….

…..Is never put your pins next to your cup of tea. Well that’s according to Jacq anyway.

Yesterday I spent the day at the first meet up of a sewing group organised by my blogger friend Rachel Pinheiro. If you haven’t read or heard about Rachel’s blog you should definitely check it out, she creates beautiful garments on a regular basis and always has great tips to share. We meet up once a month to spend the day sewing, planning projects, helping each other and of course chatting.

Jacq, Emmie and Chris hard at work.
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Rachel cutting out a bag
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As it was our first meeting we all found it quite difficult to know what to take with us, 4 hours sounds like a long time so we wanted to take plenty to do but once we got going the time really flew. Some of the ladies took a few different projects but then couldn’t decide what to work on whereas I opted for taking a larger project than I knew would keep me busy for the day. Having said that I did also take a rucksack full of yarn just incase I changed my mind.

The project I chose to take is a birthday present for Monster no2. His birthday is in December and he is Wreck It Ralph crazy, so I’ve designed a quilt for his bed now he’s in a big boy bunk bed. I’m not the best at quilt design by any stretch but I figured Wreck It Ralph wouldn’t be too taxing as he is a pixelated computer game figure, plus I’ve got a bit of a thing for pixelated quilts so it was perfect!

I sketched up this design last week
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I then spent the end of last week cutting just under 1,000 2 1/2″ Kona Solids squares ready to start sewing. I split the quilt into large sections to make piecing easier and started on Fix It Felix.

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I did consider using varying shades of pattern fabric but I’m really pleased I went with the solids. Robert Kaufman Kona Solids offer such a wide range of colours, I had great fun with my swatch card matching all the colours I needed :). I managed to get every shade I wanted from Plush Addict, they carry a huge range of Kona Solids as well as loads of other great lines and haberdashery items.

This quilt is going to mean lots of night shift sewing and while Monster no2 is at nursery, he’s just too nosey for me to work on it while he’s around!

My Two Favourite Things – Sewing & Shopping

I’m not sure whether you know but this weekend has been the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace. It’s a great place to go for inspiration and even better, shopping!

Saturday morning, bright and early mum and I hopped in the car and took a road trip to Alli Palli. It’s the second year we have been so I had a bit of a game plan, I had a shopping list and I was NOT allowed to stray from it. I’m pleased to say I was a good girl and stuck to it.

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I desperately needed a new square ruler so went for a 9 1/2 inch, I’ve not had a yellow one before so we will see how I get on with it.

I needed some buttons for making tree decorations, I made some last year to sell on my stall and they were a big hit so I will have these done and in my shop soon. I got the buttons from the lovely ladies at Eternal Maker and The Button Company. They sell loads of beautiful fabrics and a wide selection of buttons, ribbons and haberdashery items. I would say 90% of my buttons come from here (the rest are from my nans collection!). I also picked up some fab “Where’s my ‘stache?” from Alexander Henry and some “Snowflakes in Red” from Laurie Wisbrun’s collection Brrr! for Robert Kaufman. I also grabbed some antique brass D rings for my Art Student Tote.

Next stop was Pin it and Stitch where I grabbed a bit of Summersville Weave in teal that I plan on using for my next Hexie project.

Last but not least my final purchase was………drum roll please…………..Field Study! You know that stupidily hot animal print fabric I keep raving about, yup I bought some for my Art Student Tote and for the straps and lining some floral from the collection. I got these over at Village Haberdashery another shop I would highly recommend, all the ladies on the stall were really friendly and helpful. They asked to see a photo of my bag when it’s done so fingers crossed it’s a success!

By now I had spent plenty, so mum and I stopped for lunch with our friend Chris who was there for the day to do a workshop (and some shopping too). We soon said goodbye to Chris and made our way to the exhibition that was on display. There was some amazing work but this in particular caught my eye

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I can’t imagine how long it took but I just love it, all the detail involved, the colours, everything about it is just fun.

Another great day at the Knitting and Stitching show, I can’t wait for next year!