Sunday, 10 August 2014

Sunday Stash- 10th August 2014

I have been buying LOTS of fabric this week and other supplies.
a few things have arrived

 Amazing birds and butterflies in duck egg. This is a curtain fabric from Clarke and Clarke, an English firm who make amazing upholstery and curtain cottons. The quality is fabulous and it comes in 150cm width.

I find it works really well for my fabric baskets and is more hard-wearing.

 A lovely soft roses bouquet quilting cotton. 
I love the sweet design of the pink background, how it looks like lace doilies.

 Another Clarke and Clarke curtain fabric, dotty in yellow. It looks a bit more lime here, but in reality is is a soft powdery yellow.
 I have made fabric baskets with the reverse of this fabric, Dotty Taupe with Pocket Teddy. I am very excited to be using this option called Natural, pale cream with mocha cappuccino dots.

 Here they are all together.
These are hair pins! They work wonderfully in keeping thick fabrics together, the kind of thickness that gets distorted by pins and even bends them. They cost under £1.00 for 20, so they are much cheaper than long quilting pins. The spring is quite strong and they are super quick to attach and remove as you go.

I have been busy with orders from the shop, but managed to make one new thing: a burlap storage container set. There is a square one to be used for general "stuff" and a tall and narrow one, the size of a coffee cup, to use as a pen stand.

Burlap was easy to work with and zig zaging the edges was fairly quick. It made me sneeze a lot at first because loose fibres were coming off, but a squirt of spray starch solved that problem and gave it a nice crisp looking finish. This is pre-washes burlap so the weave is dense.


I have put a brooch on the bow, to make it removable. I really like how these turned out, I think I will make some for myself.

What did you get up to this weekend?

Have a great week.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Sunday Stash 3rd August 2014 with Molli Sparkles

It has been a busy week with lots of fabric basket sewing.

I did find a little time to buy some new fabric.

They are all pink.

My favourite is this bonnet girls print linen look cotton. The pattern is multi-directional which is great as my fussy cutting skills are still primitive.

This vintage look roses bouquet is very sweet and the green gives it some sparkle 

A piece of pre-washed burlap. never worked with this before. I am thinking definitely interfacing or zig zaging all the edges.

A nice antique pink check (plaid) on cream background

Have a good week! 

Linking up with the amazing:

Friday, 1 August 2014

Handmade by eva rose is changing it's logo

Hello friends,
Handmade by eva rose is approaching it's first birthday and is getting better.
I have been working on a new logo for the blog and etsy shop, to be revealed shortly.
It is still my "baby" and everything is designed and executed by me, that is probably why it has taken me so long to make the new logo.
Watch out for the big reveal this Sunday.
See you then

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Teddy Bear Pillow and Patchwork Birds

I had this white polar fleece sitting untouched for a few weeks and after watching a documentary about polar bears had a eureka moment.

 I tried a peek-a-boo aka reverse applique for the first time and worked really well with the slight stretch in the fleece.

I used wool felt for the eyes and nose because I was too impatient to embroider them
 The ears are another new technique- the inner part was cut smaller than the outer- I even managed to fussy cut the pattern, so that both ears have a "space flower" at the centre.
Yes, just the right size for a little cuddle

 The back is so soft...

UPDATE!!!! Monday 28/7/14- I showed this to my boyfriend who commented how it is all wonky and no one would want this... So after I got over the "How dare you say the teddy is wonky?, he is so cute... " I thought I could rise to the challenge and make a better one!
So the kawaii teddy has had the seam reaper treatment and it's face will adorn a fabric basket, after it undergoes a few modifications (plumping enhancements with stuffing and a little trim of excess fabric all round, a little operation to straighten his nose and possible a new eye shape- it sounds like he has gone for facelift and fillers- LOL).

But the pillow will be made again, I have been working on a new improved shape for an hour this a.m. and made a pattern. The shape is more square with rounded edged and has more height. It is ready to be cut after I finish work tonight. I hope to have something to show you later this week.

 This is the polar bear teddy- eyes and nose embroidered

 They look cute together- like Mr and Mrs Bear
Somehow this is more of a boyish looking teddy.

Last week I bought a sewing book which was a bit of a disaster, but there was one project in there I really liked: Birds

 A fantastic way to use up all those scraps of fabric I have been collecting
 and all those odd buttons and ribbons
hand holding 4 birds

4 birds
 Having little hands helped when turning the tail and wings
pastel fabric birds

These are the pastel floral ones and also did a couple in retro red

fabric bird in red
 Loveheart sweets, mmm!
fabric bird ornament
 Thee have felt beaks and an eight point star eye
red winged bird

fabric bird ornament
 It just fits so cosily my palm
red and floral

So, it was a very productive weekend!

Have a lovely Sunday and a great week friends. 


Sunday, 13 July 2014

Sunday Stash 13 July 2014

What a lovely warm weekend it has been.

I have seen this fabric a while ago and was tempted, but held back...for a few weeks. It is now mine!

 Acacia by Tula Pink- Raccoon. the yes of the Raccoon are gazing right back at me. I adore the blues and greens of this print, eith the tiny accents of yellow and orange.

I would love to make a summer dress out of this. But for now, it became a fabric basket.

 I can'r stop admiring this lovely fabric.
What did you make this weekend?

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Lamb Nursery Diaper Caddy

Life has been happening and I have neglected my sewing and my writing.

After a wonderful weekend in the Galloway National park in Scotland, surrounded by pine trees, cows, lamb and sheep (yes, just like Mel Gibson's village in Braveheart) I got inspired.

I brought a little friend along. He is not my dog but we had a lovely time crossing streams...

and hiking hills.

It was his first time away from home and he loved taking in the view of Loch Trool.

When I returned home, I felt like revisiting that green check fabric from an earlier post.

I made this little lamb with some left over tan cotton and super soft white fleece. I hand drew the applique and used bondaweb to attach, before stitching. The eyes and nose are hand stitched with embroidery floss.
 I added a few buttons for colour and interest and corrected this ridge across his face with better ironing. I think I will add some soft toy stuffing next time to the underside of the head before I attach the fluffy crown, to give it a nice 3D shape and hide the body stitch under.
 And hand tied a ribbon for that pop of yellow!
 It has a square base and just the right height for baby products.

Isn't it cute?

Have a lovely Sunday.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Sunday Stash 15 June 2014

Hello Friends,

I have been away from blogging for a few weeks.

My love of foxes continues in this recent fabric purchase.

 This fox is so cute. I normally don't go for orange but decided to challenge my comfort zone.
stof quilters basics style 4517
 There is also a hedgehog and an owl and a raccoon!
fox fabric
 I like to keep the selvages and use the dots to find coordinating fabrics
Can't wait to sew this one!