Sunday, May 26, 2013

Lace edge

I alternated working on Sophie's Sewing Set with the fall quilt, as sewing on a long lace trim is a rather tedious job.
The edges of the center rectangle are very straight. 

To "blend" them more with the surrounding blocks I added a curved lace trim.
For the corners of the rectangle I had to adapt the lace. 
I cut a suitable piece of lace......

...and cut an even smaller piece....

...and sewed it on exactly (more or less) in the corner. 

That way the curves of the lace continue through the corners of the rectangle.

The completed edge.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sophie's very pretty sewing basket and other things

The next item in Sophie's sewing set is a pin cushion.

Have you ever seen such a cute sewing basket?
It wears a skirt and has lots of little pockets at the sides.

It measures about 7" square.

The basket can carry all those little sewing treasures.

DH thought it was a bathing suit. 
Of course we ladies know that it is a scissors case.

I was pretty sure I had cut away the excess fabric of the seams enough for a neat finish.
It seems I was wrong, I leaned another lesson!

All the designs and fabrics are from Faeries in my Garden.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

More sewing items

This is a pin tray. I don't think I will use it for pins as a pincushion is also included in the sewing set.
The bottom of the pin tray was flat before the sides were brought up. Now there are folds (not visible on this picture). I'll try to shift them to the bottoms of the sides.

A sewing pail. I don't know if it  has a definite task.
At the moment it attends the sticher's pillow and the fabric remnants.

The roses are absolutely fabulous. The pail is posing on our couch.

This threads wallet can keep strands of embroidery floss on the right part under the two flaps. The rat tail loop is a bit too short to fit around the button, something I will mend later. The thread rings can hold cut pieces of threads.

The wallet closes with a grosgrain ribbon.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Sophie's Sewing Set

Have you ever heard of Faeries in my Garden? It is an Australian shop that sells the most wonderful and romantic sewing/quilting/embroidery kits. This picture shows Sophie's Sewing Set.
Of course I couldn't resist and ordered the kit. 
I have a good reason though: this kit will improve my sewing skills on my dear Bernina.

Three different rose fabrics and a large piece of homespun at the top.
Also a panel with the most beautiful rose motives was included. Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of the panel.
All the motives on the panel appear on the different sewing items.

This is an embroidery block album, it is 11,5" wide and 12" high.
I'm not sure what it's purpose is. I suppose it can store a piece of embroidery. If anyone knows, please tell me.

On the backside of the front is a pocket. Two pages of batting are inside. Around the edges I worked a row of blanket stitches. 

This is the back side. 

This is a covered tape measure. I think I must be careful not to pull too far when using the tape measure. It won't roll up by itself ;-) Cretan stitches hide the hand sewed seams perfectly.

This stitcher's pillow is meant to lay it down on your lap. It can be used to rest your embroidery on as you stitch. 

The backside is even prettier.

Here it is sitting on our couch, the colors match perfectly but it is too small (8,5" x 9").

Sophie's Sewing Set also includes a little hanging heart. Instead of that hanging heart I'm thinking about creating a CQ heart shaped cushion of the remnants of the fabrics.

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