Thursday, 17 October 2013

Liberty London Eye

Once again I'm trying to use up some of the Liberty hoard without adding to the pile of finished items that no one wants.  In this project I did manage to use up some of those tiny scraps. (It's against the law to throw them away, right?)

The iris part of the eye is made from 36 tana lawns (not all different, I admit).  I used a paper foundation which I drew in four sections using a protractor and each wedge is 10 degrees.  The paper I used was too thick - I found this out when attempting to remove it - that process almost took longer that the machine sewing.  Much cursing was involved - and tweezers.

  • The fabrics I used are:
  • Pupil and background:  Liberty Tana Lawn Hibiscus
  • The iris:  More liberty - Glenjade, Pepper, Adelaja, Ianthe, Theberton, Willow Rose, Speckle, Lord Paisley, Millie, Darnley, Lillian's Berries and a few more, some design names unknown to me.
  • The white part of the eye is Jugendstil .

For the back of the cushion I used Layla and Richard.  I bought half a yard of this when it came out (last year?)  I love the retro feel and the London skyline in this one.

For the quilting, I just did a few lines radiating out on the top half of the eye.

The sun just came out so I rushed out but it went in again before I could take a good photo.....  That might be the story for the next few months.  Horrible to think that the clocks go back for winter BST at the end of the month.

Linking up with Crazy Mom for finish it up Friday, and with Lily's Quilts Fresh Sewing Day .

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Liberty Lover's Bag

This is definitely a bag for lovers of Liberty Tana Lawn.  Perhaps a bit OTT but I like it - there are about thirty different Liberty Tana Lawns in this bag.  

 Lining: Small Susanna

Side pockets: Willow Rose

Rear pocket lining:  Strawberry Thief

Binding: Wiltshire

...and many more in the strip of EPP hexagons on the front flap 
and around the magnetic catch under the flap.

The idea was to make this bag without buying anything new apart from the leather strap.  I tried to use Peltex for the first time - it might be the last time.  It stuck on alright, but I found the fabric would not bend without looking creased.  I pulled it out and used layers of vilene interfacing instead. 

I'm pleased with the slip pockets in the side panels.  These should be useful for small items / tickets etc.

This bag's first outing might be to Liberty - why not?

Joining up with Crazy Mom's Friday Finish and with Small Blog Meet, which is a linky for blogs with less than 50 followers hosted by Lily's Quilts