Monday, 30 September 2013

Books and Blooms

Last week was the wedding of my dear friend Judy to the lovely Stuart and obviously my gift needed to be a quilt! Using their love of books as inspiration, I designed a simple bookshelf pattern and attacked my scraps. I 'knocked over' a couple of the books and had some lying in piles to resemble the higgledy-piggledy collect of books I own rather than Jude's more disciplined approach to her library!

I matched the binding to the backing - just a single piece of fabric to suggest the structure of the shelf itself. I hand quilted using white perle cotton and sewed swirls, loops and zig zags to suggest book titles.

Although I'd made the top before the big house move I ended up sewing the binding on at 1am the night before the flowers....

Judy had been very clear at the start of the wedding planning process, that this was to be a simple, easy and fun wedding. She set herself a short (in wedding world terms) timeframe and looked at what she felt was really important - not favours and bows on chairs, but the right people around and the chance to make some special memories.

Her approach to the flowers reflected this. We'd talked a few months previously about how much I'd like to help her and set the morning of the day before to make bouquets, table settings and button-holes.

Judy made a flying visit to a supermarket on the way to my house and purchased about £100 of flowers (along with some rescue remedy to calm the nerves!). She had already ordered some small cube shaped vases, floral tape and wire. With a cuppa, the radio on and pinterest for inspiration we were ready!

We started with her bouquet, stripping the thorns and additional leaves and putting one flower at a time into her hand until the perfect bouquet was there! We wrapped it in the floral wire and then the tape - perfect!

These are the six table arrangements we made.

And finally the centre piece with lots of tree from my new garden to add some structure and green.

The day itself was full of dancing, good food & drink and the chance to chat with old and new friends. I can't wait to plan mine now....

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Bird of a Feather

'Feathers' is the challenge - at least the bit of the party invitation I've grasped hold of with some hope of producing passable costumes for Finn and Sophie. I headed straight to my 'kids costume' pinterest board to see what inspiration and how-to tips I could find.

This is what I came up with for Sophie.

I wanted something simple to make and something that she might actually wear - this cape of feathers was perfect! 

I used some super-soft cotton with a simple pattern as the wing shape and then gathered scraps to make the feathers. I drew a template of 5 feathers and spent an evening cutting out. After giving them a quick iron I lay them out until I got an order that worked well and then got stitching. I bound the two sides with some hot pink bias binding. 

I then used the same bias binding to cover the top edge and attach the two wings together. Finally I added smaller lengths of the binding to make ties to keep the wings in place around the wrists.

Although I'm not sure how much Sophie enjoyed being a bird - she has started to like having her photos taken! Cheese!