Mai's Makes

Sew Saturday

It’s been a while since I shared any of my craft projects with you all, so in honour of it being Sew Saturday, I thought I would give you a little update of what I have been working on so far this year.

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Let’s start with this little bundle of joy. I picked up the kit for this sweet, innocent looking dog at the Sewing Quarter’s stand at last year’s Knitting & Stitching Show. It was a simple case of cutting out the pre-printed fabric and stitching it all together – or so I thought. In reality, this is probably the hardest project I have taken on, and involved blood loss and rather a lot of swearing! Still, the video I was sent by the mum of the little boy it was for when he unwrapped it made everything worthwhile – even if I did almost heft my sewing machine through the window in the course of making it.

Moving back to projects that mainly involved sewing in a straight line, my sewing machine finally got it’s much needed cover in Spring. I love these gorgeous fabrics from Makower, and it was surprisingly easy to put together considering assembly involved manhandling six layers of fabric and two of wadding. It was a little bit of a challenge for my poor little sewing machine, but I was so please with how it turned out!

My love affair with my little reversible bags continues, and I have even been playing around with different sizes. I love making these for other people as it makes me work with fabrics I probably wouldn’t have chosen for myself, and I am always pleasantly surprised with how they come together. I admit that the red runes and the linen ducks might seem a strange combination, but fans of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter Chronicles will understand the significance.

 

My new favourite things to make are these cute little zippy bags. I have gone a bit crazy with giving these as presents this year, but I have loved playing with different dimensions to produce bags in a variety of shapes and sizes. I am also very chuffed with myself that the majority of the time, my zips went in straight first time! I will admit that construction of the first one did not go according to plan, and it easily took me half an hour to work out what I actually needed to do to make it into a boxy shape rather than a flat pancake, but once my little brain got to grips with it, they are incredibly straightforward.

I will be spending today at my favourite fabric shop, Sew Creative, taking part in their Sew Saturday activities and helping them to celebrate their fifth birthday! No doubt I will also be picking out some more fabric to feed my stash ready for all my Christmas projects! How are you all spending the day?

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Made with Love Take 2

The eagle-eyed among you would have spotted a very rare species on my blog last month – a non-book related post! I know, it’s almost unheard off, but it does happen. The post in question related to a silent auction for a beautiful handmade quilt, in aid of Home-Start Butser. Well, exciting news folks! We have found somewhere to display the quilt, so you can have a proper look at before you place your bids. It will be at Sew Creative on Lavant Street in Petersfield, before moving on to Petersfield Library. All the details can be found below, but just a couple of quick notes:-

  • Bids will only be accepted from people aged 18 or older.
  • The minimum bid we will accept is £100.
  • Payment is to be made via BACS to the Town Mayors Charity account.
  • Owing to the size of the quilt, it must be collected by the successful bidder (full details will be agreed following the notification of a successful bid). We are not able to post the quilt.
  • All personal data collected will be used for the purpose of the auction only, and will be deleted upon completion of the auction. With the possible exception of the winner’s name, with their consent, this will not be shared with any third parties.

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I really would encourage you to come and take a look, because photographs just don’t do it justice. It is a work of art, and hours of work went into it (and I can sing it’s praises because I wasn’t involved in the actual making, I was just a curious observer).

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Made With Love

IMG_1017  I want to take a break from the book chat today to talk about another subject close to my heart. Some of you will know that when I am not reading, or talking about reading, I can usually be found up to my neck in one craft or another. When ill health meant that I was no longer able to work full-time, I felt a bit lost and alone, and trying out new crafts helped keep me sane. One day I was lucky enough to come across a fabulous fabric shop in a town near where I live, and even more lucky to, quite literally, stumble through the door just in time to bump into one of the lovely ladies from the shop’s weekly “Sew Social” sewing group. After giving me the grand tour of the shop, she encouraged me to come along to the group the following week. When the big day came around, I found myself, quite uncharacteristically for me, headed off to spend the morning with a group of complete strangers for a couple of hours sewing. Cut to almost two years later and those strangers have become some of my closest friends, and have been an absolute lifeline for me.

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Anyway, enough about me, that is not really what I want to talk to you about today. What I really want to do is tell you all about a beautiful quilt that these talented ladies have been working on for the past few months. Using the “quilt-as-you-go” technique, they have each produced some lovely squares for the quilt, which have now all been stitched together to produce a 6ft x 7ft quilt (think double bed sized). This quilt is now being auctioned off to raise money for Home-Start Butser, the charity that the recently appointed Town Mayor of Petersfield has chosen to support.

hs-logo   Home-Start Butser is a fantastic charity which operates a team of equally fantastic volunteers who step in to help local families during times of crisis. You can read all about their good work and other fund-raising activities here.

If you would like the chance to make our quilt your own, you can bid in the silent auction from today until Saturday 21st July. Because of the amount of love and hard work that has gone into making the quilt, we are only able to accept bids in excess of £100, and I would stress that we are not able to arrange delivery of the quilt, so if you do bid, you must be able to collect from the Petersfield, Hampshire area. All the details of how to do this can be found on the Facebook page, which I would love if you could share the link to:-

Petersfield Town Mayor’s Charity Silent Auction

 

The full terms and conditions for taking part in the auction are as follows (these are also available on the Facebook page):-

  • Please send your bid to madewithloveauction@outlook.com stating your bid, full name, e-mail address and contact telephone number.
  • Bids will be accepted from 21st June 2018 until 21st July 2018.
  • The minimum bid we will accept is £100.
  • Bids will only be accepted from people aged 18 or older.
  • The successful bidder will be notified via e-mail or telephone by 23rd July 2018.
  • Payment is to be made via BACS to the Town Mayors Charity account by 1st August (full details will be sent following notification of the successful bid).
  • If payment is not received by 1st August, the quilt will be sold to the next highest bidder
  • Owing to the size of the quilt, it must be collected by the successful bidder (full details will be agreed following the notification of a successful bid). We are not able to post the quilt.
  • All personal data collected will be used for the purpose of the auction only, and will be deleted upon completion of the auction. With the possible exception of the winner’s name, with their consent, this will not be shared with any third parties.

Happy bidding, and good luck everybody. xx