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Rope Basket

Rope Basket | www.MikaelaBeth.com A project I’ve been itching to make for over 12 months (I even bought the rope before christmas last year!). Finally it was time to just do it. Stop putting it aside for more important things. Time to have some fun and try something new. Rope Basket | www.MikaelaBeth.com Rope Basket | www.MikaelaBeth.com

After much pinterest browsing and looking at tutorials I decided to make a basket for Olivia, to hold her special things, whatever they may be at the time (today it was a leaf, a rock and her cucumber!)

There’s something about starting with a big coil of rope and watching it transform into a basket, while being mesmerised by the hum of the sewing machine zig zagging its way around and around.

Of course I didn’t just start with a simple bowl or with handles that are attached like 99% of the rope baskets out there, I decided to do my own thing and have seperate handles… probably not the best idea as it’s very difficult to join the ends! My solution was a little piece of coordinating ribbon which I thought would look pretty when I draped it across, except for after wrapping it around the handles it does remind me a bit of grey tape. Oh well, you have to start somewhere and I’ll just have to trial some other techniques to cover the messy ends.

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Short term goals

15-12-31_NIKON D7000_16-28-03 15-12-31_NIKON D7000_17-22-2615-12-27_NIKON D7000_16-44-06At the beginning of this year, Garth and I were chatting about various plans and goals for the year ahead, as I’m sure almost everyone else does too. We’ve decided to have a ‘no spend’ 3 months, still allowing us to buy the essentials but really thinking about what is a need and what is just a want (even if it’s a really really want it now), this will allow us to make some steps towards where we want to be financially.

This has meant I’ve been looking at all the things I have in my studio, some pretty, some useful, and some things that I should just get rid of… but also some unfinished projects that have been sitting on the shelf and need to be finished! it’s a win win – I’m completing projects that have been taking up space and I’m also not spending money on any new supplies.

I’m going to share with you a list of what I’m hoping to complete in the next 3 months:

1. Pin and quilt chooky quilt
2. Knit Olivias cardigan
3. Crotchet colourful balls
4. Sew outfit for Olivia
5. Sew dress for me
6. Stitch candle wicking quilt blocks
7. Complete diploma in Interior Design
8. Photograph pre-made jewellery to list for sale
9. Paint landscape with oil paints
10. Have my backlog of photos organised and key worded

This is making my heart beat a little faster as I’m writing this with the realisation that I’m now going to be accountable to you. Thank you for listening and I will share updates along the way.

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Creating : Hexagon Quilt

English Paper Piecing Hexagon Quilt | www.mikaelabeth.com  I started this hexagon quilt in January 2011 when we had an unplanned extended holiday in Toowoomba with our family due to major floods and not able to drive home. Out of character for myself I didn’t bring enough projects to keep my hands busy for while we were away (I’ve learnt my lesson, always prepared with projects to keep me busy wherever we go). So armed with inspiration from pinterest and my sisters hexagon quilt, I raided my Mum’s fabric stash and started cutting, tacking and sewing together tiny ½” hexagons. English Paper Piecing Hexagon Quilt | www.mikaelabeth.com  These hexagonal shaped pieces of fabric have never been far away, alway got some ready to stitch in my handbag as you just never can tell when you have 5 minutes to fill (although they seem to be getting few and far between now with a busy baby to occupy those moments).English Paper Piecing Hexagon Quilt | www.mikaelabeth.com  So far I have made 40 hexagon flowers with a white border and 43 without, that’s a total of 2,297 individual ½” hexagons hand stitched together. I haven’t decided what size I’m going to make the finished quilt yet, at the moment I’m thinking a queen bed topper would be nice, but until then I’ll just keep making little hexagons. English Paper Piecing Hexagon Quilt | www.mikaelabeth.com  English Paper Piecing Hexagon Quilt | www.mikaelabeth.com

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New Dress for Olivia

I want to share with you today a cute little outfit that I’ve made for Olivia.New Handmade DressThe main floral fabric is an Amy Butler design which mum had wrapped a present for me in many years ago … it has been sitting in the drawer, patiently waiting for the perfect project. Finally I knew it would look gorgeous in a cute little dress for Olivia. New Dress 11While choosing the fabrics to use, I wanted to bring in the coral hexagon fabric for the neckline trim to add some depth, but that on its own just wasn’t enough so I tossed around some ideas and decided to add some prairie points along the border too. New Dress 10New Dress 9New Dress 2It was a challenge to get any photo’s of the hat actually on Olivia’s head as she thinks it makes a far better chew toy at this stage… Lets hope once she grows and it fits her a little better she might prefer to wear it on her head?! New Dress 4New Dress 6New Dress 3New Dress 7New Dress 5New Dress 1

 

 

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Flannel Baby Wraps

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My latest sewing project has been to make these flannel baby wraps. They are super soft and snuggly, perfect for a new baby coming into this world at the start of a very cold winter.

I purchased some coordinating flannel fabric in lovely charcoal and cream tones, with a duck print thrown in as I have been known to be a little duck fan in the past.

Often the wraps for sale are around 1 meter square, but from what I have read and heard from others the more generous sized wraps work the best. As the fabric was 110cm wide I went a little longer and got 130cm of each piece. I then placed the front sides together of two coordinating prints and sewed around the edge, leaving a gap to turn them right sides out. I then pressed the seems and sewed another top stitch around the edge to keep it sitting flat and to give it a nice finishing touch.

These are now hanging patiently on the blanket ladder that my talented husband made for the baby room, waiting for the moment that they will be needed.

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