Saturday, October 30, 2010

Crazy 8 patch

Crazy 8 patch, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

Yep, you read right. Crazy 8 patch. I meant it to be 9 but couldn't count :) Turns out for the better though as I only needed 16 blocks to make the appropriate sized quilt. Now, what colour should I use for sashing? Pink? Stone? Purple? Cotton/linen blend?

Each block measures 8" as is. So when they are sewed together in rows, 4 blocks will total 30". Not really wide enough for a baby blanket. Should I sash in between rows and then around the outer edges? Or should I sash around each block?

Wonky Fransson

Here is a sneak peak of the fabrics I'm using to make a wonky pattern from Oh Fransson.

Denyse Schmidt Four Square Fiesta
Denyse Schmidt Thistle Leaf Fiesta
Robert Kaufman Pure Organics PFD
Densye Schmidt Dimaond Dandys Fiesta
Sanae Oz Dots Pink
Denyse Schmidt Wallpaper Fiesta
Kokka Trefle Sewing Notions Pink
Joel Dewberry Napsack Berry
Robert Kaufman Kona Solid Stone
Joel Dewberry Dogwood Bloom Berry
Keiki Wee Stripe Pink
Amy Butler Memento Burgundy

New Etsy items

I've just uploaded a bunch of new stuff in my Etsy store. There will be more though, so keep checking back!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Rainbow bright

I just whipped up this cute baby quilt top in a couple of hours. It will be in my Etsy shop once I've finished basting, quilting and binding.

Finished measurements: 40" x 50"

Monday, October 25, 2010

Baby clothes

As you may know, my first born son was born 12weeks premature. Well, he's now 3yrs old and I'm pregnant now with my 2nd son so I had to dig out all the old baby stuff. All of this on the line fit into 1 x 50lt tub. To give you an idea, this suit is a size 00000 (premature). Next to it is a size 0-3mth track pants. It was nearly 2 months before he even fit into a size 00000!

I am 27 weeks pregnant at the moment. Last time I was admitted into hospital with broken waters at 27.5 weeks. Kai was born 4 days later. Let's hope I get through this, and the next 14 weeks without incident.

I'd forgotten how small a newborn babies clothes are. One 50lt tub down. Two more to go to wash and put away.

I am in LOVE with this Amy Butler rug. If only they sold them here in Australia...and they didn't cost US$1,700. Drooool!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Market book bags

A friend asked me to make her a bag to cart around her uni books and laptop. This is what I came up with. I made another 2 of them to put in my Etsy store. Head on over if you'd like one or order one in another colour :)

New name, new image

So, as of today, Sunday 24 October, I have closed down my old blog website, Handmade by Evelyn Jackson. I've decided to give my look an overhaul in honour of trying to set myself up with my Etsy small business. I'll be making lots of different things for babies, kids and adults.

As you know, I've opened the shop with 5 Birdie Slings made with Amy Butler's Love collection as well as some Michael Miller fabric. I'm about to add another 2 market bags also made with Amy Butler home deco fabric. Love these colours and the size is just great.

Check out my new Etsy store HERE. You might find something you like for a Christmas gift :)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Robots quilt finished!

I really love how this quilt has turned out. My son has been watching me finish off the hand quilting every evening and he loves it too. It's his birthday in 3 weeks so it's a gift from me to him. Love you, Kai xo

My first cutsom order

This is my first custom order for 2 project bags. One for larger knitting projects and one for smaller projects. I hope your mum likes them, Melinda :)

Custom order for Melinda: Project bags

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Etsy shop reopening

I've finally finished my 5 Birdie Slings and I've listed them in my Etsy shop. Head on over to check it out. I'll be listing new things as I get around to making them. I plan on making some baby accessories and clothing as well as zippy pouches and fabric baskets.

New stash


Saturday, October 16, 2010

Hand quilting the robot quilt

This is my first attempt at hand quilting and I think it looks pretty cute. This might have to be my favourite block on the quilt :)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Today while it's storming outside

So I'm finally finishing the quilting on my robots quilt. Can't wait to get this one off the WIP list. Then I'm on to sorting out our baby room. Who knew a little person could have so much stuff. I have 6 x 50litre tubs of clothes and things to go through. Aargh. The one good thing about it is that I already have a son, and this new one is a boy too so I don't have to buy much...if anything at all.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

1200kms for kids

Every year a bunch of cyclists (professional and wanna-be) get together to ride from Sydney to Brisbane (or the other way) to raise funds for the Sydney and Brisbane Children's Hospital. This will be the 3rd year in a row that my hubby has done it. So far he is the lead fundraiser raising over $15,000 alone (average is $5,000).

It is a charity close to our hearts as our first born son was born 12 weeks early. He had to spend 2 months in hospital eventually coming home at 36wk gestation still on oxygen. He was born 1.4kg but is now a strapping healthy 3 year old.

If you'd like to donate, there is still time. Click the link below.

1200kms for Kids

Riding more than 200kms every day for 5 days, you can follow their progress here

Monday, October 11, 2010

Zoology and guitars

I made this using Charm Squares baby quilt pattern by Oh Fransson. It was so quick! I made the entire top while my son was napping. In 2 hours I had chosen fabrics, cut the squares and sashing and sewed the whole thing together. It hardly used any fabric at all. I have so much left over of my 12 x 1/2 yard bundle. Many more co-ordinates to come, me thinks.

It's for my baby due in January. You know how I feel about pastels and cutesy patterns for babies!

Measures 40" x 32".


I thought this fabric was so cute so I bought a 1/2 yard bundle from Figberry on Etsy for a bargain price. Using some other bits of fabric and purchasing the blue sashing, I finished this quilt top. Now I've just got to baste the whole thing before getting it ready for quilting. I'm thinking some straight line quilting along with some hand quilting in some of the

It's my son's 3rd birthday in 4 weeks and I think he'll love it :)

Measures 56" x 56"

Backing fabric

Sunday, October 10, 2010

iPad sleeve

I needed to make an iPad sleeve because the ones my husband kept bringing home, well, sucked. I just couldn't get the measurements right, but armed with The Cottage Home's tutorial in Delish Magazine, I finally got it right. Thanks Lindsay :)

I wanted to keep it nice and simple so I didn't add any closures. It is lined with a lovely cream coloured fleece. More pics here.

Reversible flip skirt

This is arguably the cutest thing I've ever made. It's probably because I have a son and have another son on the way. No one here to make cute girly baby clothes for. This is for my husband's co-worker's little girl's 1st birthday. What a quick and easy little gift to make. And how cute is she going to look toddling around with this little flip skirt???

The floral fabric is Kaffe Fassett and the pink fabric is from Spotlight.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Wednesday stash

Patty Young Dandelions Fuchsia
Monaluna Organic Woodland Chain Strawberry
Jenn Ski Bees Orange
Lizzy House Flourishes Cardinal Red
Michael Miller Dumb Dot Citron (out of stock, substituting Dinky Dots Lime)
Monaluna Organic Pebble Lines Citron
Laurie Wisbrun Itty Bitty Chairs Grass
Jenn Ski Bees Green (pictured but out of stock, substituting Riley Blake Cheery Circles Green
Monaluna Organic Woodland Chain Teal
Jenn Ski Bees Teal (pictured but out of stock, substituting Riley Blake Cheery Circles blue)
Laurie Wisbrun Itty Bitty Chairs Orchid (pictured, but out of stock, substituting Robert Kaufman Quilter's Linen Purple)
Amy Butler Memento Burgundy
(pictured, but out of stock, substituting Patricia Bravo Chick Paper Dark)

I had this little bundle waiting for me at work on Wednesday. Boy do I have some plans for this. I just wish I had some more time to sew and plan!!!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Birdie Sling

I'm loving my Birdie Sling bag that I just completed. I was a bit daunted by all the blogging about it. People were saying it wasn't as easy as it is rated. But I found it to be quite a simple construction. So simple, in fact, that I added a zippered internal pocket and a key tag. I'm glad I used 'cheaper' Ikea fabric before making out of the 'good stuff'. I now know what to look out for and what to pay attention to. I'll be making several more of these for christmas gifts!

Flickr pics here.