Thursday, May 2, 2013

The First* of May and a Giveaway!

Edited: This Giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all for Entering!

Modern Scallop - Pillow
Get ready to get excited everyone because this month I have finished something! And not just one thing but two.  Oh yes, two things. First up is my scallop pillow. I adore this pillow and now I finally get to use it.  I thought it would be a simple matter to just add a backing with a hidden zipper.

Scallop Pillow - Back

Well it might have been except that I chose a fabric that my machine hated more than anything in the world, but just for the top-stitching, you know, the part that everyone can see! Oh and I carefully sewed down the flap covering the zipper before sewing the back and front together and then forgot to leave the zip open a bit for turning. That was a fun 15 minutes...

Modern Scallop Pillow - Finished

Despite all that it now happily resides on the couch in my craft room/guest room/. Along with that blue scarf which is waiting to have the ends sewn in.  It's a bit long, I measured when I was sitting down and then added a bit extra for luck and now it touches the ground when I put it around my neck :(  I might have to make it into a pillow too.

I've also finished my binary code. All 104 numbers aligned as well as I could. The numbers finish at 1.5" x 2.5"  and the centre panel is 15.75" x 40.75".

I'm not that happy with it.  Maybe the making stage took too long? It was started over a year ago. I kind of wish I'd chosen softer colours. Grey maybe? I always planned to put it on a canvas to hang in my home(yes, I am that nerdy) but now that its on there I'm really not sure about it.  The border seems too wide and it definitely needs a edge/binding to break up all the black. I did make the borders wide on purpose so I had enough to staple and so if I wanted to turn it into a quilted wall-hanging later I could.  I might. I'm just not sure. Any suggestions are welcome. For now its just hanging out on my dresser until I decide what to do. Obviously I removed all my junk treasured memorabilia before I took this photo ☺ Not sure why both the dresser and the panel look bent? I blame the photographer.

Binary Code Pieced Quilt Panel

I made a binary code panel for a friend a few years ago(just one word) and loved it.  I'd been searching for a word or a phrase for a while and this quilt seemed to have just the right one. For anyone who'd like to know what it says you can go to a translator here and type in all the numbers or just have a look at the link above.

Lastly(thanks for hanging in there) a GIVEAWAY!

Down Under Quilts Magazine, Issue 157, 2013.

To celebrate that I've reached over 50 Followers(!), to thank you all for being patient and sticking around during the post-drought and to happy-dance that this quilt got a little mention in the latest Down Under Quilts magazine I'm having a giveaway!

I'm giving away a copy of this magazine, a charm pack of the fabric I used and a little Dresden related surprise! To enter please be a follower and leave a comment telling me your two favourite colours. This giveaway is open worldwide! Please make sure you are not a no-reply blogger or leave your email in the comments so I can contact you to find where to send your prize! Giveaway will close at the end of May.

I'm linking up to Lily's quilts for Fresh Sewing Day.

Lily's Quilts

*(For any calendar police, I know this is posted on the 2nd of May.  It's just that my computer hates me and did not want to cooperate in editing and uploading photos, no matter how much I tried to encourage it by swearing and promising untimely demises.)


Pippa Parsons said...

I've just found you via Lynne and wow, the binary code is just awesome, how tiny are those numbers, your a very patient person !!!
I love your scallop cushion too, the topstitching looks beautiful. I've decided to follow and will have a peek at your past projects.
have a fab day

Catherine said...

Your piecing is incredibly neat! I'm so impressed. Maybe you will love your binary panel when it's finished - I actually think it looks perfect as it is.

Mike Pearson said...

I love green and green! Well, if I have to pick 2 different colours... blue and green, or pink and green, or purple and green :) Love your numbers! They are awesome! They look so precise! I already follow you, but I did just go to your pinterest page and follow a few boards ;)

Lucy | Charm About You said...

You crack me up!!
I just adore your scallop cushion, it's beautiful.
My favourite colours are pink and orange :)
my least favourite thing is word verification ;)

tusen said...

Congrats on the 50+ followers :)
I love the binary panel, it looks so cool and I admire your patience. For me it looks great without binding, but if you wanted to have colour and be adventurous, you could bind each side with a different colour. Or, for a subtler effect, you could leave off the binding but appliqué or pin a little colourful shape, possibly rather geometric (a heart? a tiny house?)
Phew, sorry for the long comment. My favourite colours right now are teal and light grey.

Anna said...

Love the pillow and the binary code! The dark background makes the code 'pop'! Gorgeous!

Gill said...

I love the binary panel!! What fun!
Thanks for a great giveaway - my favourite colours are red and turquoise!

Britt G. said...

An amazing pillow! I love the falling gradation and the pink is such a nice pop. Isn't it funny how a silly little zipper can play such mental havoc on a sewer. I still have to put a zipper in a dress and have held off because it really takes uninterrupted focus. I love the binary top as well and makes me want to figure one out for myself - I think my daughter would find it interesting. Congrats as well on your quilt getting into the mag. and also reaching over 50 followers and what a great giveaway too!:)

I know I love seeing the work you produce and your craftsmanship is amazing. Looking forward to seeing what you work on next.

mumasu said...

Hi, I;m a follower. I love that binary panel. What a great idea. How neat is your sewing. It really is a WOW piece of work. My favourite colours are blue and green.

RobotMomSews said...

Congrats on 50+ followers! I love your binary quilt! How amazing and modern! It's awesome!

June D said...

I'm a follower.

Your binary code quilt is nice - the black and white will be easy for someone who needs the contrast to see it (like my mom). When I get back home I'm going to be finishing my morse code - home sweet home edging for my quilt....

Found your blog after reading up on spray basting - will read on to see if you decided to continue doing that or not....

My favorite colors are blue and yellow....

: )

Emma said...

I just saw your binary quilt. What a wonderful idea. I hope you've come to love it now that it's had a bit of time to rest.

molly b quilts said...

Interesting idea! It makes a cool statement. Have you heard the song by Flight of the Concords called "The Humans are Dead"? There's a funny binary solo towards the end. Check it out on youtube or whatever. It's pretty weird, but funny.