Monday, 5 June 2017

Up for sale

Hello all, As I mentioned in a previous post I am pregnant. Ive decided to open an etsy store and sell some of the cute knit/crochet items that i have been making. Right now it is just some cute little baby footwear but we will see what else I decide to make and add to the store.

Please take a few minutes out of your day and check out my Etsy store and maybe buy some cute little items, everything will be handmade by myself.

www.etsy.com/shop/madebyjamied


Saturday, 3 June 2017

The Dog Quilt

From a young age my grandmother always encouraged me to make things with my hands. I remember getting so excited when Bubbie (This is what I call my grandmother) was going to babysit me and my sister, because it meant that we were going to have craft time.

My grandmother always had a huge box or scrap fabrics and we were allowed to make what ever our hearts desired with her sewing machine. Sometimes she had a specific pattern for us to use but usually we used our imaginations.

2 Years ago I asked my Bubbie if she would get me a sewing machine for my birthday as the one my mother had was...well probably double my age and didn't like to work. She got me my own machine and recently I decided I wanted to try to follow in her footsteps and try making a quilt.


I went to my local craft store and saw a magazine with a really cute quilt on the cover that was Westie dogs on it (I am obsessed with Westies) I decided this is going to be the quilt I make.

I realized pretty fast that quilting is harder then it seems and even after sitting down with my Bubbie that this pattern was REALLY hard and more complicated than it needed to be. She found this handy chart online for me and I fount it so much easier to follow.

Image result for quilt westie block pattern
I cut all my fabric into 2" squares for the dogs and then 10"squares for the boxes between dogs. I assembled my dogs in Vertical rows (I don't think it would have mattered if I did horizontal though) then sewed all the vertical rows together. I then measured it to make sure they were the right dimensions (Did some trimming on uneven edges)
 


Then spread all of my squares out to see make sure I liked how it looked and it was the size that I wanted it to be...I quickly learnt that large projects and small puppy's are a difficult combination and My dog wanted to be a part of my project at all times. (He sure is lucky hes cute)

    

After I layed it out I then sewed all the squares together Starting horizontally then sewed those strips together and made a border with strips of the same colour.

Adding the batting and back layer I have to say were easily the hardest part of the whole quilting process.. You need ALOT of space, Lots of extra machine needles (I went through easily 5), Lots of safety pins, and clamps...also alot of patience. I did a lot of research on Pinterest as to how to do this step one of the sites I used was http://colormequilty.blogspot.ca/2013/04/board-basting.html as a guide.

TIP: Cut your batting and backing much larger then you anticipate, you can always trim but you cant add fabric.


   

For the edge of the quilt you can always use bias binding...but at the is point I was a little over confident that I had gotten this far and though 'I can make my own Binding' I cut my fabric into 2" strips, sewed them together so they were a bit longer then the distance around my quilt....then came the Ironing...NOTE: Do not make your own binding if you hate using an Iron or have a tenancy to burn yourself..like me...First I had to iron the strip folded in half then again in quarters...here are some helpful links with steps on how to add the border
http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2013/12/how-to-finish-and-bind-quilt.html
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/quilting-sewing/put-an-end-to-ufos-with-quilt-finishing-smarts/

Once I finished the border I was done, I sent some photos to my Bubbie and she was so proud of what I was able to make.
 
Keep in mind this quilt took me over a month to make. It may sound/look easy...its not...you need to be extremely precise with your measurements. Overall it was fun...but I am not sure I want to attempt another large quilt any time soon...or at least until I have more space. 

Friday, 2 June 2017

Guess who's back? Back again

Ok, so it has been a crazy year for me. I got married, My sister had a son and my sister in law has another little girl...oh and yeah I'M PREGNANT!!! Life is crazy!! but don't think I've forgotten about my crafting. I swear the yarn in my hand is all that is keeping me sane. I am going to try harder to remember to update this blog on my latest creations.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Wedding card box

So as I mentioned on my last post Me and   Erik are engaged so there should be lots of DIY projects coming my way. Here is the frist of many our card box. we found a box at winners that we absolutly fell in love with, I went to Micheals and purchased some letters as decoration then painted them our wedding colourhten realized I hadd no pain in that colour...So I painted the letters with Nail Polish :D gotta get creative sometimes!!




Who's gunna be an aunt? This girl!!!!

I keep disappearing and I'm sorry been really busy with life. Since my last posts a lot has happened in my life. Biggest of all I'm engaged!!! My Boyfriend on 3.5 years got down on 1 knee and asked me to marry him...and of course i said yes!!!
Also his brother and sister in law announced in April that they are expecting a baby...but wont tell me if ts a boy or girl...:(. So I am soo excited to b an Aunty, and as any good crafty aunty should and I have made some things for the baby. 
1 Beige and yellow chevron blanket that was adapted from a pattern I found on ravery.(http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/chevron-blanket-with-a-straight-edge)(I cast on 200 stitches and it measures 45"x35") 
1 Teddy bear (Pattern purchased on etsy 'Pooky the Bear')
1 super adorable pair of mouse baby booties (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/field-mouse-baby-booties) (I lines the inside of mine with white felt and used hot glue on the bottom to make a grip)

The Blanket I measured off the dimentions of my baby blanket from when i was born. The colours ar ebeige and yellow so that boy or girl the blanket will work.

Post your thoughts!!!



Friday, 5 June 2015

Captain America

Haven't really been doing a lot of original crafts these days. I managed to land myself a full time job and its sure does take up a lot of time. I did start working on a costume a little while ago. A sexy costume too 😉.
So I purchased a royal blue corset and my goal is to turn it into a Captain America costume! I did start a few months back but I'm going to have to start again as the first corset I purchased was damaged and fell apart I am currently waiting for another to come in the mail here's what it looked like so far!!!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Bride flip flops

was at a bridal shower on the weekend and I really wanted to make my gift cheesey so I went to bed bath and beyond and found a cute hand towel that had a little bride and groom embroidered on it. But that really wasn't enough to be the whole gift so I went to my craft store and found a cute tank top and flip flops that said Bride on them. But both were too big and had been taken out of their package and just not really what I wanted to give to someone as a gift so I decided to make something =) 
Soo I purchased a pair of plain flip flops, some sparkly pink iron on letters, some pink rhinestones.
And volia who's is what I was able to come up with.

What do you guys think? I used a hair dryer and a bit of super glue to stick the letters down and the rhinestones had a sticky backing on them.