I've been playing around with my stamps on fabric. Not quite sure what I'll use them for yet, but they are ready for when inspiration strikes.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
At the start of the year I made the decision to change by business name over to Kate Henderson Quilts. It wasn't a hard decision, it perfectly describes what I do. With a name change I really needed a new logo. Lucky I know an excellent graphic designer (Jeff at Bridgetown Design and Print).
Here it is!
Jeff also designed these fantastic business cards with quilt blocks on the back.
Eva has been busy designing new quilts with them.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
I'd originally planned to carve a tree or leaf stamp the other day. I was sketching ideas when I decided to draft a paper piecing pattern instead. I had a quick google for EQ7 tutorials, found this one and had this is what I came up with. A winter tree.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Monday, July 10, 2017
I'm trying to finish some of the WIPs in my sewing room. (It's getting a little crowded in here). So I turned my Everglade mini quilt into a cushion. (Pattern is Everglade by Carolyn Friedlander).
I just wanted it finished so I didn't even worry about batting and quilting. I just made some piping from the same fabric I used for the batting, followed the tutorial for the backing from Sew Mama Sew and it was done! Onto the next WIP.
Sunday, July 09, 2017
It's been a while since I caved a stamp and did some printing, but I recently dug through the cupboard and found my supplies to have another go. I bought a new journal and found some space in my sewing room to keep everything out so when I have an idea I can try it out.
I carved some very simple quilt blocks so I can stamp out some mini quilts.
Thursday, June 29, 2017
I've been planning to try a flowering snowball quilt for a while, but I couldn't quite decide on colours or fabric placement. this is where Electric Quilt is really helpful. I finally decided on some bright solids.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
I think I bought the Besharl jacket pattern the day I saw it. It is very similar to a RTW jacket that I have worn and worn. Plus it has pockets - always a winner. I used fabric I bought on special from Textile Traders last year. It is a knit fabric, kind of like ponte with a bit of stretch.
It was very quick and easy to make and the pieces went together perfectly. I think I see at least one more of these in my future.
Monday, June 26, 2017
I've never been good at labelling my quilts, but this year I've been thinking it would be nice to have something small on the back of my quilts saying who made them. I'd seen lovely labels around the blogosphere from The Dutch Label Shop so when the lovely Abby contacted me a while ago asking if I wanted to try them I said yes!
The website is really easy to navigate and it is really easy to play around and design different labels. You can choose from basic woven labels (which is what I did) or adding your own logo to the labels. They also do care labels, hang tags and stock labels - so it's a bit of a one stop shop if you are making and selling clothing.
You can choose from quite a large range of sizes, colours, fonts and symbols if you opt for the basic woven labels - so they are not really basic at all.
If you would like to try some labels for yourself the Dutch Label Shop are offering a 15% discount for the next 30 days - enter the code twolittlebanshees15 at the checkout.
Full Disclosure: I received the labels from The Dutch Label Shop free of charge. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
I have a love/hate relationship with foundation paper piecing. It does not come naturally too me and I spend a lot of time unpicking and redoing. There has been tears as I have sewn blocks, but I think this is why I love it so much. There is such a sense of achievement when I do finally finish a block.
As soon as I saw Molli Sparkle's Hey Mr DJ block I knew I needed to make it for one of my music obsessed girls. She never asks me to sew her much, but she really wants a quilt out of these blocks.
Friday, June 23, 2017
This tunic I made last year is worn a lot (once a week at the moment). As soon as I saw this beautiful Barkcloth by Cathi of Gertrude Made (the line is Outback Wife by Ella Blue if you are searching online for it) I knew I needed another one. It has lovely drape and was nice to sew. I hope they have more barkcloth in the works, it is great for dresses and skirts and I'm sure the remnants will end up in a quilt soon.
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
I've never understood the saying 'blue and green should never be seen'. My Mum rarely wears anything but blue and green so I grew up seeing that colour combination all the time and it is one of my favourites.
I added a few greys to my stack of fabrics and made some quarter circle blocks, rectangles and triangles and randomly arranged them.
Some times it is just fun to sew and see what you end up with.
Monday, May 08, 2017
There is one thing better than a weekend away at the beach - a weekend away at the beach with a visit to a fantastic quilt shop! I snuck away on Saturday for a quick visit to Cotton Rose. It was so great to meet Tanya (so friendly, helpful and lovely), and I could have bought every fabric in there. Definitely worth a visit if you are anywhere in the south west.
Friday, May 05, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Milly is a big fan of the overall dress. She has one she wears all the time so when the latest Ottobre (1/2017) arrived with a great overall dress pattern in I asked if she wanted another one (or two). Of course she did. This one is made from some stretchy denim from the stash. I think it might have come from Textile Traders.
I used scraps of quilting cotton for the binding and pocket facing and some press studs from Spotlight instead of buttons. They weren't hard to put on, but they don't feel good quality and I wouldn't want to be opening and closing them much. I think I'll use buttons on the next one. It was all top stitched with Gutermann top stitching thread.
As usual the Ottobre instructions did not make total sense as I read through them, but I followed each step and it worked out pretty well. I might alter the order a couple of things were done next time and shorten the length of the straps (the extra length is hidden inside) but it is a great pattern. I have quite a stack of Ottobre patterns and each year I think I should stop the subscription but it's hard to find good patterns for the 12 year olds and Ottobre is one of the few places the girls find things they want to wear.
The fabric for the next one is already on the cutting table in the 'to make' pile.