Monthly Archives: February 2014

New in: Tilda All That is Spring and The Summer Fair

Hooray Tilda is back with two brand new collections for Spring 2014! After a few issues in getting our hands on them (our UK supplier went bust and we had to import them from Sweden!) they finally arrived this week!

The new spring collections have a different feel to them from previous collections and I admit I wasn’t sure when I first glimpsed the pictures, but since they have arrived I have fallen head over heels for them and think a new quilt could be in order!!

The new collections have a washed, vintage feel and although each collection is standalone the two can also be mixed and matched to your hearts content!

All That is Spring

All That is Spring features a predominantly coffee and rose colour palette with a hint of blue and sea green.

Tilda All that is Spring Collection

This season Tilda have produced some really gorgeous videos showcasing the new collections including some beautiful shots of some quilts they have created!

The Summer Fair

The Summer Fair features pinks and sea greens alongside darker denim blues.

Tilda Summer Fair Collection

Check out the video to catch a glimpse of this collection being made into a simply stunning Hexagon patchwork!

Mini Ginghams

New this season are four coordinating mini-ginghams in blues, red and pink, the size of these ginghams makes them perfect for english paper piecing.

Tilda Mini Gingham collection

All the Spring 2014 Tilda fabrics are available by the fat quarter and you can find them all here!

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Crochet Colour Palette: Primary Brights

When it comes to starting a new crochet project one of the most fun and sometimes challenging aspect of the project is deciding on the colours to use. That’s where we can help. Every week we will be posting a crochet colour palette of the week matched back to a range of wool stocked here at the Homemakery. Over time we will build up a library of crochet colour palettes so if you are ever looking for inspiration pop back and click on the tag Crochet Colour Palette.

This weeks Crochet Colour Palette  takes us back to art lessons at school where we learnt about our primary and secondary colours. Bright primary colours of red, yellow and blue are mixed together creating a lovely orange and green to make a gorgeous bright crochet colour palette, perfect for the little people in your life.

Crochet Colour Palette: Primary Brights

This weeks Primary Brights Crochet Colour Palette uses bright primary coloured yarn from Rooster Almerino DK, a superbly soft yarn made from baby alpaca and merino wool.

Red Lighthouse (220), Orange Starfish (218), Blue Blueberry (212), Yellow Custard (210), Green Gooseberry (207)

You can find the whole Primary Brights yarn pack with 10% off here

Crochet Colour Palette: Sweet Shoppe

When it comes to starting a new crochet project one of the most fun and sometimes challenging aspect of the project is deciding on the colours to use. That’s where we can help. Every week we will be posting a crochet colour palette of the week matched back to a range of wool stocked here at the Homemakery. Over time we will build up a library of crochet colour palettes so if you are ever looking for inspiration pop back and click on the tag Crochet Colour Palette.

Who doesn’t love an old fashioned Sweet Shop, rows upon rows of sweeties in glass jars just waiting to be selected and weighed out into bright pink stripe paper bags! This weeks crochet colour palette takes inspiration from jars of bonbons in all different colours to make a bright and cheery crochet colour palette.

Crochet Colour Palette: Sweet Shoppe

This weeks Sweet Shoppe inspired Crochet Colour Palette uses pretty sweetie coloured hues from Rico Baby Cotton Soft DK, a soft cotton and acrylic mix yarn, perfect for babies blankets.

Pink Fuchsia (21), Yellow Lemon (28), Green Emerald (32), Blue Sky Blue (33), Purple Lilac (08)

You can find the whole Sweet Shoppe yarn pack with 10% off this week here

Homemakery How To: Wildwood Log Cabin Cushion

Wildwood is the most recent collection from our favourite British fabric designers Dashwood Studios. Featuring foxes, toadstools and forest scenes in a contemporary colour palette of mint, rust, aubergine and teal, it really is a gorgeous fabric collection.

I was asked by Dashwood Studios to use some of their Wildwood collection to create a cushion for an upcoming show. Being a huge fan of the collection I jumped at the chance and made them a log cabin cushion using three of their lovely fabrics. If you fancy having a go at making your own log cabin cushion here is our simple Homemakery how to:Wildwood Log Cabin Cushion

Ingredients

Wildwood Foxes by Dashwood Studios (Centre)
Wildwood Aubergine Toadstools by Dashwood Studios (Round two)
Wildwood Chevron Trees by Dashwood Studios (Round three)
Beige Linen x 1FQ (2 Fat quarters will be needed if using another cotton fabric for the back)
White Thread
2 x 29mm self cover buttons
Universal Button Covering Tool
16 inch cushion inner

Tools

Tape Measure
Sewing Machine
Rotary Cutter, Mat & Quilting Ruler
Pearl Headed Pins

Instructions

The log cabin works in three rounds and is made up of 9 pieces of fabric. Cut the following pieces of fabric in accordance with the diagram a 1/4 inch seam allowance has been included in all the measurements.

Log cabin diagram

 

For a 16 inch cushion we want the following pieces:

Centre piece = 5.5 inches x 5.5 inches

Middle round

5.5 inches x 3.25 inches

Two pieces measuring 3.25 x 8.25

3.25 inches x 11 inches

Final round

3.25 inches x 11 inches

Two pieces measuring 3.25 inches by 13.75 inches

3.25 inches by 16.5 inches

Lay all your pieces out flat as they will be sewn.

Cushion pieces laid out

To Sew: take the centre piece and the shortest piece from the middle round, sew together then iron seams flat. The second piece will be the same length as the first two pieces sewn together, sew that piece to the first two pieces and iron seams flat. Follow the picture below until you have completed the round.

How to sew a log cabin cushion

Repeat for the third round. Once finished your finished log cabin piece should measure 16.5inches by 16.5 inches.

Back Cushion Cover

Make your buttons using the self cover button tool and the self cover buttons.

Cover your own Buttons

Cut your backing fabric into two pieces measuring 16.5 inches by 12 inches.

On one piece, on the longest side fold over half an inch onto the wrong side and iron in a seam, fold over another half inch to conceal the raw edge iron and pin down.

On the second piece (this will be used to sew in the button holes) on the longest side fold over an inch onto the wrong side and iron in a seam, fold over another 1 1/2 inch to conceal the raw edge iron and pin down. Sew each seam.Back of cushion [Optional: At this point if you want to sew button holes, do so now on the backing piece with the wider seam, using your sewing machines buttonhole foot].

To make up the cushion place the front piece right side up, place the button hole piece right side down with the button holes towards the centre and then the other piece right side down on top, again with the seam towards the centre.

Layer the cushion cover for sewing

Pin all around, sew, snip off the corners, turn inside out and your cushion cover is finished.

Finished cushion Wildwood Cushion

Happy Sewing!

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