Here we are almost at the end of January, and i've only just got around to packing away all the Christmas decorations (that was two weeks ago). It seems that Christmas & New Year come and go so fast and before you know it, it's time to pack everything up again.
Well, this time i decided i wanted to keep the Christmas decorations around just that little bit longer, and i'm so glad i did.
So, when i was finally ready to pack everything away, i was delighted to have a couple of little helpers willing to lend a hand.
Justine and Maribel offered to pack away the Santas, but first they had to have a little play with them, as expected.
Justine was immediately drawn to the wizard-like Santa with the owl on his arm.
She turned to Maribel and asked "Do you have a favourite Santa?"
"No, not really they're all unique & wonderful".. Maribel replied "but i do love the snowman, with his pipe & twiggy hands" she giggled.
Then it was time to take all the ornies off the prim tree....
Maribel was somewhat distracted by the red feathered bird, and as she reached out to stroke its silky plumage, i heard her whisper "You are such a pretty birdie.. you're definitely my favourite ornament"
Justine didn't have any favourites; however, she did enjoy having a little play with the tiny glass baubles.
Next thing, i could hear her suggesting that she & Maribel play a little game of 'i spy, with my little eye'...
"oh goodie... yes, yes, let's!" Maribel giggled.
I soon realized this was going to take a little longer than i had intended, but i didn't want to spoil they're fun, so i left them to it.
Meanwhile, i continued boxing up the rest of the Santas, the nativity scene and the fairy lights.
It didn't take all that long after all, and i must admit it was all the more fun, having two sweet little helpers :))
It's a new year, so that means it's a new month...
which means it's time for a new small quilt challenge.
To get the ball rolling for 2016, Kathy's given us a challenge to make a strip quilt, or a strip bag.. or anything that takes our fancy, as long as it's strippy.
I didn't rush into it as i usually do, instead i mulled over it for a week or so.. and then i had a light bulb moment - i'm going to make a strippy tote using selvedge strips.
It's been quite some years since i started cutting off & saving all my fabric selvedges and now, i'm finally going to make something with them... yay!
I've lost count of the number of selvedge strips i've accumulated... but as you can see, the basket is well and truly buried under the mountain of strips.
No time to waste.. i dived in, grabbed a handful of strips and began cutting them into 5 inch lengths.
Next, i pieced the strips together to make five panels.
This was shaping up into a fun project.
Three panels for the back & front and a panel at either end.
A total of eighty strips.
Sounds like a lot of strips but it barely made a dent in my selvedge stash... the basket's still buried & overflowing lol!
So, then i thought why not make a small strippy selvedge quilt while i'm at it??
A rail fence design seemed an obvious choice, so i proceeded to cut 4 inch wide strips, which i pieced together in groups of five.
Once the blocks were pieced, the top came together very quickly.
and i'm must say i'm very happy with the end result... hanging on my rusty barbed wire fence :))
(15 ¼" x 19 ½")
At this stage you're probably wondering but what about the tote??... must admit, i did get a little distracted with the quilt but to be perfectly honest i enjoy working on two or three projects simultaneously... it's never boring lol!
so back to the tote..
the handles are attached...
and the pockets have been lined with this fun novelty fabric which will also be used to line the bag.
two hours later...
we have a finished tote and i'm thrilled to bits with it ❤❤
it's nice and roomy without being too big (12” x 16 1/2")
and just to make it a little more sturdy, i made a removable cardboard insert (for the base) which i covered in corduroy.
take a peak inside..
here's some quilty goodies that came home with me yesterday, in my new tote... nice & snug (and room for more)
I've had so much fun playing with selvedges, and i'm really chuffed with the results.
I couldn't be happier with my scrappy strippy selvedge tote & small quilt ❤❤
hmmmm i wonder what else i could make with selvedges??
No sooner had i finished the strippy selvedge tote and quilt, then another quilt idea popped into my head.
This time i was inspired by a 'courthouse steps' quilt i saw on Pinterest.
I had a special little dolly in mind for this little quilt, so i couldn't wait to get started.
I pulled out a few fabric scraps which i cut into one inch wide strips.
and before long, i had a finished flimsy...
and here's the finished quilt ~ quilted, bound & washed (7 ½” x 11”)
thought you might like to see the backing fabric.. look familiar lol??
and here's the little dolly the quilt was made especially for.. dear little Maribel.
Maribel Higgs is a fully jointed hand carved 1680's William Higgs style doll, created by the very talented Kathy Patterson.
As with all her beautiful creations, Kathy has made Maribel's complete outfit too. She is dressed from head to toe in amazing fabrics from the early 1700's. Her cap and stomacher are made from fragments of hand stitched and embroidered linen/silk with some woven metal in it as well... simply stunning and has to be seen to be believed!
Her gown is beautifully faded linen that is a greenish teal shade.
Maribel fancies herself as a seamstress of the day. She has a tiny pair of hinged scissors hanging from her antique apron and on her wrist is a replica of a wrist pincushion... it is so tiny.
Can you see her tiny silk slippers too??
i think she loves her little quilt, don't you?
Hopefully you've been inspired to make something with selvedges too.
Whatever you do, may 2016 be a wonderfully happy & creative year for you :))