Thursday, July 22, 2010

My creative space... random acts of patchwork

After my little whine last week about my lack of space for quilting, I did actually get around to basting my ugly hexagon quilt. And then I stopped. It seems that I only like to think about one step ahead, and I have not yet decided on the pattern, or the method, of quilting (let alone whether I will straighten the edges, give it a border, bin it in disgust or what have you). 

Meanwhile, having finished last week's little filler project, I had to find a new filler project to help me procrastinate. I opted for a bit of patchwork and quilting practice. I raided the scrap piles and decided to make a tea cosy, inspired by a design in this darling Japanese patchwork book, the design of which I approximated. Very approximately.


Perhaps it was my approximating... perhaps it was the design... but it's one HUGE cosy.  I'm afraid it won't keep my poor little tea pot very toasty at all:


It certainly holds far more potential as a husband-cosy....


After fitting it on various objects, both animate and inanimate, I've opted for the toaster-cosy. It fits perfectly. I'm not sure that my toaster really needs a thickly padded, quilted cover... I guess I'll think of it as an elaborate dust-cover instead.


In terms of quilting practice, it was excellent, because it reminded me of the importance of accurate cutting, accurate seam allowances, accurate basting, using the walking foot, accurate quilt design drawing and slow, careful stitching. None of which I did. That's why I've cheekily blurred those photographs!

I think I might be hand-quilting those hexagons....

 But first, I'm off to visit some creative spaces via the lovely kootoyoo.

40 comments:

  1. I'm trying to think of another application for your cozy. Cereal box cover? Storage for two spare boxes of tissues?

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  2. Is it too small for a sewing machine cover?

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  3. Husband cosy hahahaha! It is really cute though - even if it's not *necessary* for the toaster it does add a nice splash of stylish colour?

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  4. I think this is the funniest post I've seen for a long time. Not the actual cosy, which is super fancy and gorgeous, but that photo of your beloved! I think you could make more of these and market them as husband cosies. Not very politically correct but extremely amusing. Maybe they could come with optional eye holes...? Thanks for the laughs x

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  5. I am laughing out loud here... and there is a bit of snorting going on too! (Thankfully no one around to hear!) That is so funny. A toaster cover hey?
    Perhaps you could take a ceramic course and make a tea-pot to fit the cosy... just a thought.

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  6. haha! love it. I'll have to make me a husband cosy of my own. His big ol fat head doesn't fit in the beanie I made him.

    Don't you just love patchwork?
    xB

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  7. Can you stick a handle on it and call it a bag?
    (And I'm a big believer in hand quilting those hexies.)
    Andi x

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  8. It is fabulous Gina and I'm a big fan of small projects... they keep us grounded I think :) Kx

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  9. That is too funny - I love your husband cosy, I mean toaster cosy - so very very useful!

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  10. Isn't your hubby a good sport!

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  11. i love the fabrics you chose :!

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  12. Lovely toaster cozy & great hubby cosy... Either way you did a great job of it! Well done.

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  13. Of COURSE the toaster needs a cozy!

    See you tomorrow. Woo hoo!!

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  14. A cozy husband and a cozy toaster. Sounds like everything is all right in the Clutterpunk house.

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  15. very cute photos. what a doll your husband is in that photo. you must use that tea cosy for something because it is gorgeous. the toaster cosy works fine! xo m.

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  16. I'm liking the husband cosy :)

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  17. i think i need one of those husband cosies :D

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  18. PMSL. Hot water bottle cover maybe? Still need your address - will be heading to the post office on Saturday x

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  19. It just needs eye's cut out then he could watch TV and keep his head warm. I love, love, love your hexagon quilt. I think a border of some sort would look great on it, but that's as far as my advice stretches I'm afraid.

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  20. It might be too big - but it sure is pretty. xx

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  21. well, it's pretty. I can't believe I didn't notice it on the toaster tonight!

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  22. Just realized u r going to the show tomorrow.
    Me too!
    Wanna meet up?
    Andi x

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  23. I love your Ned Kelly inspired toaster - so cute

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  24. It's lovely - whatever you decide to cozy inside it. A bigger one would make a great sewing machine cozy too.

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  25. I'm loving the husband-cozy!

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  26. I think I need a husband cozy! LOL, it does make a lovely toaster cover though :-) Beautiful job!

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  27. had a good giggle over that one. Husband cozy maybe needed here too.
    Have you ever seen any Uzbekistan quilts?...http://www.quiltersmuse.com/uzbekistan_embroideries.htm
    This link doesn't do them justice- although still beautiful, and gives an idea. My mum came back with the most amazing pictures of them, and managed to get an inspired one made for the Little Monkey by her.

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  28. oh your post did make me laugh....but the squares look great together

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  29. Gina - that husband cosy! what a darling he is to let you photograph and blog him - you crack me up! [ed - "what are you laughing at?" - i think he's feeling a bit left out]
    i love coming past for a visit and a giggle - you definitely have an awesome sense of humour - i love everything you post - sorry i don't always get around to commenting xx
    oh and that photo of your little cutie paddling in flour was super cute - even if a little naughty!

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  30. Very cute! How versatile? Fabrics are lovely...

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  31. That husband cosy is genius. Especially on these cold nights. My, but you're talented. Love those fabrics.

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  32. it's fabulous Gina I love it a great idea for the toaster

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  33. are those all the reasons why my quilt is wonky! the cosy looks like it may have been designed for the tea trolley tea pot! now to find one of those...

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  34. Hey Gina,

    It has been good to come and visit your blog after been away for a while... Your are doing great! Don't feel like I have a moment to scratch but then little man decides to have an extra sleep so thought I would hop in and say hi.

    Sarah

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  35. given how ugly my toaster is, i think a toaster cosy is a great idea! yours looks fabulous.
    oh and by the way, i love your hexagon quilt and i seriously don't think it is ugly at all!!!!
    take your time though - something will inspire you to finish it.
    l
    x

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  36. You know you really should have a warning at the beginning of a post like this. Something like: "WARNING: you will probably laugh so loudly reading this that you will wake your small children"!! Seriously the husband cosy is a complete winner. You were after a way to stop him reading the paper on the weekend ... you've found it!

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  37. Perhaps this is an opportunity to buy yourself a nice BIG teapot......and invite lots of people round.

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