Monday, July 24, 2017

Vintage Craft Books

I've been busy cleaning and sorting my sewing room so I can actually get to everything in here, especially my book shelf. I pulled out all my vintage embroidery and stitchery books. So much inspiration in each of these. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Block Printing Fabric

I've been playing around with my stamps on fabric. Not quite sure what I'll use them for yet, but they are ready for when inspiration strikes. 


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Change and Rebranding - Kate Henderson Quilts

At the start of the year I made the decision to change by business name over to Kate Henderson Quilts. It wasn't a hard decision, it perfectly describes what I do. With a name change I really needed a new logo. Lucky I know an excellent graphic designer (Jeff at Bridgetown Design and Print). 
Here it is!
Jeff also designed these fantastic business cards with quilt blocks on the back.
Eva has been busy designing new quilts with them. 


I'm updating my quilt patterns and making new ones and they should be available soon!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Paper Pieced Trees

I'd originally planned to carve a tree or leaf stamp the other day. I was sketching ideas when I decided to draft a paper piecing pattern instead. I had a quick google for EQ7 tutorials, found this one and had this is what I came up with. A winter tree.
And then an autumn tree.
And then a little tree mini quilt of Cotton and Steel fabrics.
I love how a new obsession with rubber stamp carving has led to me expanding my quilting and designing skills.

Friday, July 14, 2017

More Carved Stamps

I think I'm slightly obsessed. 



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Little Flower Cushion

And another thing finished. A cushion appliquéd with little paper pieced flowers. The backing has been in my stash for ages waiting for the right project (I think it might be Kokka).
So now I can start a new paper piecing project!


Monday, July 10, 2017

Everglade Cushion

I'm trying to finish some of the WIPs in my sewing room. (It's getting a little crowded in here). So I turned my Everglade mini quilt into a cushion. (Pattern is Everglade by Carolyn Friedlander).
I just wanted it finished so I didn't even worry about batting and quilting. I just made some piping from the same fabric I used for the batting, followed the tutorial for the backing from Sew Mama Sew and it was done! Onto the next WIP.



Sunday, July 09, 2017

Carving Rubber Stamps

It's been a while since I caved a stamp and did some printing, but I recently dug through the cupboard and found my supplies to have another go. I bought a new journal and found some space in my sewing room to keep everything out so when I have an idea I can try it out.
I carved some very simple quilt blocks so I can stamp out some mini quilts.



I think these stamps would be fun to play around with on tea towels.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Flowering Snowball

I've been planning to try a flowering snowball quilt for a while, but I couldn't quite decide on colours or fabric placement. this is where Electric Quilt is really helpful. I finally decided on some bright solids.
This was a very fun quilt to make. I don't think I'm finished with this block, there are far too many options I want to try!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Stylearc Besharl

I think I bought the Besharl jacket pattern the day I saw it. It is very similar to a RTW jacket that I have worn and worn. Plus it has pockets - always a winner. I used fabric I bought on special from Textile Traders last year. It is a knit fabric, kind of like ponte with a bit of stretch.
It was very quick and easy to make and the pieces went together perfectly. I think I see at least one more of these in my future. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Dutch Label Review

I've never been good at labelling my quilts, but this year I've been thinking it would be nice to have something small on the back of my quilts saying who made them. I'd seen lovely labels around the blogosphere from The Dutch Label Shop so when the lovely Abby contacted me a while ago asking if I wanted to try them I said yes!
The website is really easy to navigate and it is really easy to play around and design different labels. You can choose from basic woven labels (which is what I did) or adding your own logo to the labels. They also do care labels, hang tags and stock labels - so it's a bit of a one stop shop if you are making and selling clothing. 
You can choose from quite a large range of sizes, colours, fonts and symbols if you opt for the basic woven labels - so they are not really basic at all. 
 I hand sewed these onto the backs of my quilts. I think they are the medium size which aren't too small on the back of a quilt and won't be too big on clothes. They are also fairly soft for labels and aren't itchy like some labels I have used in the past on clothes. I really like these labels and I'm glad I am finally labelling my quilts. 
If you would like to try some labels for yourself the Dutch Label Shop are offering a 15% discount for the next 30 days - enter the code twolittlebanshees15 at the checkout.

Full Disclosure: I received the labels from The Dutch Label Shop free of charge. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hey Mr DJ

I have a love/hate relationship with foundation paper piecing. It does not come naturally too me and I spend a lot of time unpicking and redoing. There has been tears as I have sewn blocks, but I think this is why I love it so much. There is such a sense of achievement when I do finally finish a block. 
As soon as I saw Molli Sparkle's Hey Mr DJ block I knew I needed to make it for one of my music obsessed girls. She never asks me to sew her much, but she really wants a quilt out of these blocks. 
This is my test block (yes there were mistakes - the navy fabric was going the wrong way in some parts and I made myself redo those pieces). I love it. Grace loves it. We are just negotiating colour and fabric choices.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Outback Wife Tunic

This tunic I made last year is worn a lot (once a week at the moment). As soon as I saw this beautiful Barkcloth by Cathi of Gertrude Made (the line is Outback Wife by Ella Blue if you are searching online for it) I knew I needed another one. It has lovely drape and was nice to sew. I hope they have more barkcloth in the works, it is great for dresses and skirts and I'm sure the remnants will end up in a quilt soon.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Blue and Green

I've never understood the saying 'blue and green should never be seen'. My Mum rarely wears anything but blue and green so I grew up seeing that colour combination all the time and it is one of my favourites.
I added a few greys to my stack of fabrics and made some quarter circle blocks, rectangles and triangles and randomly arranged them. 
Some times it is just fun to sew and see what you end up with. 




Monday, May 08, 2017

Cotton Rose

There is one thing better than a weekend away at the beach - a weekend away at the beach with a visit to a fantastic quilt shop! I snuck away on Saturday for a quick visit to Cotton Rose. It was so great to meet Tanya (so friendly, helpful and lovely), and I could have bought every fabric in there. Definitely worth a visit if you are anywhere in the south west. 
 I was a little bit excited to see my books as you walk in the door!

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Friday, May 05, 2017

Fancy Hen

A present for a friend, because who doesn't need a chicken pillow.
A really fun project and such a well written pattern. 
Pattern - Fancy Hen by Ella Austin.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

The Big Book of Strip Quilts

Just out from Martingale is The Big Book of Strip Quilts. You'll find a few of my quilt patterns inside including Ocean Waves!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Ottobre Overall Dress

Milly is a big fan of the overall dress. She has one she wears all the time so when the latest Ottobre (1/2017) arrived with a great overall dress pattern in I asked if she wanted another one (or two). Of course she did. This one is made from some stretchy denim from the stash. I think it might have come from Textile Traders.  
I used scraps of quilting cotton for the binding and pocket facing and some press studs from Spotlight instead of buttons. They weren't hard to put on, but they don't feel good quality and I wouldn't want to be opening and closing them much. I think I'll use buttons on the next one. It was all top stitched with Gutermann top stitching thread. 
As usual the Ottobre instructions did not make total sense as I read through them, but I followed each step and it worked out pretty well. I might alter the order a couple of things were done next time and shorten the length of the straps (the extra length is hidden inside) but it is a great pattern. I have quite a stack of Ottobre patterns and each year I think I should stop the subscription but it's hard to find good patterns for the 12 year olds and Ottobre is one of the few places the girls find things they want to wear. 
The fabric for the next one is already on the cutting table in the 'to make' pile. 
                                                






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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Greyhaven Hat #2

Greyhaven Hat in Madelinetosh DK. I could knit with this yarn all day. 

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Spring Flower Mini Quilt


A little appliqué.

And a little improv piecing.
To make a little flower.


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