Thursday, January 13, 2011

Queensland floods


You've probably heard about the horrors happening up in Queensland at the moment. It's almost beyond belief.

Toni Coward from Make It Perfect has arranged for the sewing community to run auctions on their blogs with all proceeds being donated to the Flood Relief Appeal.

I'm in.

I'm auctioning off a replica of the journal and cover in the post below. The stats are: A5 spiral bound, unlined journal, with a hand-made cover. The cover basecloth is 100% linen and is has a floral design appliqued onto it. The applique is hand cut and pieced fabric from the Echino Fall 2010 line.

The journal and cover will be very, very similar to the one pictured below. I will get cracking on making it this weekend.

How the auction works:
  1. Bidding will start at $1 (Australian).
  2. You can place a bid by leaving a comment on this blog post with your bid amount and email address. Please make sure that your bid is higher than the previous bidder.
  3. Your bid must be in whole dollar increments.
  4. This auction is open to everyone, I'll cover the postage.
  5. The auction begins NOW and will END at midnight on Monday 24th January 2011.
  6. At the close of the auction, I will contact the winner (please make sure your bid comment includes your email address). The winner will pay the winning amount directly into the Premier's Flood Relief Appeal and send me proof of payment via email. Once proof of payment has been received, I will post your journal to you.
  7. Thank you for participating and happy bidding!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

New journal for a new year

I'm not really one for keeping a diary, but I do have a little journal that I use to keep all my sewing ideas. It has everything from my wishlist of patterns to buy, to fabric combos I like, sketches for clothes I want to make, my always growing 'to do' list and lots of little inspiring pictures ripped from magazines.

I also have a huge stack of fabric from the Echino Fall 2010 collection that I just adore, and look at at least once a day.

I've been wanting to make something for me out of the fabric, but wasn't really sure what. I'd like to reupholster a chair, but haven't found the perfect chair yet, and I haven't yet found the 'perfect' bag pattern to suit the fabric, so a handbag is out for now too.

I eventually decided on using some of the Echino to make a cover for my sewing journal. It's only a small journal (A5) so completely covering it in Echino seemed way too busy. Then I remembered these gorgeous cushions I saw on Flickr and used those as inspiration.

I made a template then cut small petals from the fabric and fused it to some lovely soft linen from Kelani Fabric. I then backed the linen with pellon and quilted the petals with a big spiral, before sewing it into a journal cover.

I'm chuffed with the results and am thrilled to have something just for me, especially as I can get my fix of Echino every time I use my journal.

All done! If I had my time over I would have used a lighter-weight pellon. You can still see my chalk quilt markings too - need to give it a good dust-off.

Sigh - I love Echino. The pattern wraps over the spine and around the back of the journal.

The journal opened out flat. 'My' pen (aka the only pen in the house that isn't dried out/chewed on/missing its lid) has a bright orange shell with purple ink. I've had it artfully arranged on top of the journal all morning! I'm such a nerd...