Travel Bag to make

Life is sometimes very busy, but that makes us all the more in need of a holiday, what could be nicer than taking a trip with your own handmade travel bag.  I wanted something that looked structured and not just a tote type of bag, it also needed to close so a zip or fold-over top was important.  Decided I would include a zip.  Of course a zip can be a struggle to fit, but I made the top section first inserting the zip into straight rectangles of fabric which is then fitted later to the top of the bag.  I fussy cut the pockets to get the big flower in the centre.  The bag measures about 18 inches across and 14 inches high, so big enough for a weekend away.

I’m so pleased with the finished bag, I have enough fabric left to make a matching bag just for shoes and also a smaller bag for all my hair essentials when going away – I’ll show you how these turn out when they’re done.

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Open Day at Foxwood Fabrics

Saturday 21 October 2017 11am – 3pm

Pop along to the lovely Foxwood Fabrics in Pickford Lane Bexleyheath, they’re based within Forever Furniture.

Recently opened and selling a selection of Patchwork fabrics and quilting supplies, and workshops too.

I will be demonstrating Free Motion Quilting on the day and Nicola Walton from Daisy & Grace (as seen on HOCHANDA) will be demonstrating some techniques used in her kits.

Refreshments available.

Please pop in and say hello, would be lovely to see you.

Postcode is DA7 4RD

Too soon for Christmas???

Too soon for Christmas … Not for crafters!

It’s that time of year when the Christmas crafting has to take off to make sure you’re done in time to show off your lovely crafts.  This year I’ve made a mantelpiece runner.  Decorated with bright baubles and holly, all embellished with ribbons, bows and metallic beads.

Of course if you don’t have a mantelpiece you can make one for a cabinet top, side table even your piano (if you’re lucky enough to own one). Would look fabulously festive in your kitchen on your cupboard tops too.

I have a workshop for this on Friday 6 October 2017 if anyone is interested, it’s a one day class and you should get well on your way to finishing it in time for the festivities.

Contact me if you’re interested in joining in with this class.

Big Blocks

Yes, really big blocks, these are 28 inches square when finished,  this is my new Patchwork Course starting in September, I have three sessions running, an evening and two mornings once a month. for six months.

I’m really happy with this quilt, it was fun to design and make and I’m having this one on my bed too.

Anyone fancy having a go then please ask for details, it’s not really suitable for the complete beginner but I’ll be helping you every step of the way.  I’m sure you’ll enjoy making it.  It’s worked by making a different block each month and then taking it home and quilting, your choice, hand or machine, the blocks are then joined after quilting. This is a double size but you could easily make it king sized by repeating three of the blocks.  The fabrics are from Tilda with a cream calico background.

The Bookcase Quilt

Finally I’m finished, well almost.  This quilt has taken me longer than anything I’ve done in recent years, not sure why, the process was easy with simple piecing and applique using Bondaweb.  I think it was more about where I placed all the items and embellishments.

The photo’s were fun, I printed on special fabric paper that went straight through the printer so no reversing or ironing on.  The hardest part was deciding which photo’s to use.  I really enjoyed making the miniature quilt at the bottom, all one and a half inch half square triangles.

Quilting done, apart from the border, which I want to quilt before binding.  Can’t decide on black binding or the same colour as the border so it doesn’t detract from the quilt.  Watch this space!

Will be teaching this as a six month course starting at the end of January/early February, I do have a space left on the Monday evening session if anyone would like to join in, it’s a real scrap buster and great fun.

bookcase-quilted

French Braid Quilt

This delicious french braid quilt is going to be next years ‘block of the month’ course, I say block of the month but it’s actually worked in columns.french-braid-top

 

french-braid-done

I have a class on a Monday morning or a Monday evening – email me at katehiggens@gmail.com if you’re interested, it starts in January and runs for six months.  The fabrics are really fabulous, I bought them  in Chalk Hill Blue in Worthing.

Shame the flash has changed the colour of the border fabric, it is really blue in real life and very vibrant.

Home & Garden Quilt

I finished this quilt a while ago but for some reason kept forgetting to take photos.  It’s my latest Block of the Month course, which is starting in July, as always the photo doesn’t do it justice!  It measures about 50 inches square-ish

Each month a row is pieced and then quilted and joined as you go, this way once the last row is made all that needs doing is the binding – quilt done!

Home & Garden

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