Monday, 9 September 2013

Mini Project Monday! (Planning Stages Only.)

My sister commissioned a (nother) challah cover.

She chose the fabrics.
I got the Kona Indigo. (Yes, it is completely awesomely phenomenal. Big Love.)

But, ahem, those are not blueberries in the top right corner, they are grapes. Purple version below.

She and I got to talking about negative space and she kind of leapt out of her chair in excitement.
Which I kind of appreciated.

Then I got to work in Visio (which isn't work, it's fun,) and created these sketches.
They don't reflect the true colours of the fabrics, but hopefully they will give my sister a few ideas of what a mini quilt challah cover can be.

She might ask for a rematch using a rectangle outline, not square

She might dither over the inclusion of white.

She might decide to revert to burgandy velvet with a gold fringe trim. (If she does, I ain't makin' it.)

But I'm liking it. I might have to make a couple of extras. For challah emergencies.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Mini Project Monday!

I've been working on this little house for way too long, but am enjoying every moment!

While the coffee table with Liberty tablecloth is totally fab, and could really shine as is for a cocktail party, I felt that for the coffee break it was intended for, it did need some chairs. For a little comfort and convivial spirit.

 I envisioned some neat iron chairs, the kind you find in real live cafes, but guess what?

Real live ironwork chairs do not lean against a backdrop of real live letters. No, siree, they do not.
Because if they did, they would be almost invisible.
Ask me how I know.

So I became an upholsterer. We crafty people do this. We dabble.

I backed the eyelet with some interfacing to help hold in the edges, then I cut it into teeny shapes so that they would nestle perfectly between the ironwork. Then I machine stitched each piece while holding it in place with a tapestry needle (my friendly, dependable awl.)

Don't you want to sit here with a friend? I do.

(For those of you who spotted the Amazing Floating Chair, do not be alarmed. It is magic and can do this.) (Ultra-stabilising legs will soon be stitched on; watch this space.)

Brief But Significant Shopping News: I bought some Kona Indigo and Lime, and love 'em!
Lime is for my plaid logs, I think, and Indigo - oh how do I love thee? - for a new mini project. Involving lemons and pomegranates. More next week...