Saturday, June 27, 2009

Octavius Owl


Octavius Owl
Originally uploaded by MandyMade
I completed Octavius Owl. It was really easy to make I must say. I have never quilted any of my softies before so this was the new challenge. The back part seemed to end up being too long (about a seam allowance) so I trimmed it back, this worked. I'm not very good at top stitching around corners, I like to think it's my machine that's restricting me!! So I hand top stitched.
As I have blogged before about the fabric I wont go in to detail but I now think that some of it is Moda, but please don't quote me.
Check out more photos on my flickr site for more detail.
Octavius Owl from Homespun Vol 9.10 Design by Jhoanna Monte Aranez. Handmade by MandyMade.

Octavius Owl
Originally uploaded by MandyMade

Thanks Pip

Pip from Meet Me At Mikes has blogged about my rug, how exciting, you can go here to see what she says, Thanks Pip.

I will blog more about the rug but must dash and actually give it to the intended recipients. Questions about it would help :-).

TTFN

Completed Granny Square Rug


Completed Granny Square Rug
Originally uploaded by MandyMade
Yay its finally finished!! , 64 squares each bordered with triple crochet, squares joined with double crochet and border has 2 rows of triple crotchet.

The lovely recipient will be receiving it today, hope they like it :-)

Granny Square Pattern from Meet Me At Mikes book, Project by Pip Lincolne, Handmade by MandyMade

Monday, June 22, 2009

Owl Fabric choice


Owl Fabric choice
Originally uploaded by MandyMade
This owl has been on my to do list for ages and 2 people voted for me to make it next, so I've started. I love owls and have heaps of patterns and want to make them all. I know I could get a little obsessive about it though!!

The patterned fabric was from a fabric pack bought at a little patchwork shop in Rosebud and the felt is from my stash. I would credit the fabric designers here but as the fabric was in a pack and only the size you see, there wasn't any selvages, so if you can recognise the material, please let me know and I will give credit.

The pattern is from Homespun Vol 9.10 and the owl designed my Jhoanna Monte Aranez.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Big Question for the Designers

I have a really big question and I'm hoping that the designers of all of the wonderful things that I have been able to make are reading this and are able to comment.

I have come across at markets and on ETSY some "very familiar" looking creations. On further inspection the designer of these creations is not the maker and is not credited.

I'm going to use the Australian Softies book for an example here.

When a book like Softies declares in the copyright section "Copyright of individual doll designs remains with the creators" and (plus from More Softies) "Patterns are intended for readers' personal use only, and are not to be used for commercial purpose" this means that making from a pattern for profit is not just wrong but illegal right? Even if the designer is credited or not?

I know there has been discussion on other blogs about this and I have conferred for my own piece of mind with one designer and given my opinion on a few blogs but does something need to be done? I'm not volunteering myself to startup any campaign, but I will support any designer that feels that their design is being ripped off.

If at any time on my blog and Flickr I have not given credit when credit is due please give me a quick swift kick up the backside. I know I'm a maker not a designer and don't want to give the wrong impression.

This also includes fabric, not just softies, bags etc.

Glad to get that off my chest. Thanks

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Crotchet Fingerless Gloves


Crotchet Fingerless Gloves
Originally uploaded by MandyMade
I've been doing a lot of work from home lately and it is freezing in my house, so I made some fingerless gloves from a Lincraft pattern. I used left over wool from a jacket my mum made me. They do the job. Little A also wanted a pair so made some for him also.

Pattern from Crochet 08/09 book by Lincraft. Handmade by MandyMade

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Doll Quilt in progress


Doll Quilt in progress
Originally uploaded by MandyMade
This is some of the quilting detail in the doll quilt. I just stitched 3 mm each side of the seam along all seams. I don't have a photo of the back of the quilt, woops will try next time I see it. I used the same material as the outside border.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Lily's Birthday Present

I went to spotlight to buy a new rotary cutter blade, I knew I shouldn't have cos I also came out with a quilting ruler some other stuff and the fabric I ended up making this bag out of. I don't know why I didn't get the quilting ruler sooner, it made cutting the strips for the bag sooooo much easier, can highly recommend one. I ended up getting the one with inches as all patterns that require this kind of cut have it in inches. Anyway... I also think it was my metal ruler that was making my rotary blade blunt.

I knew I wanted to make my niece a library bag and had my eye on one in homespun mag. I didn't think I had enough time to make it and thought i'd have to iou. So I changed the look of the bag but kept everything else the same, and finished it in time, approx 5 hours i think.

She seemed to like it (as much as a 3 year old does).

Lily's Library Bag
Originally uploaded by MandyMade


Lily's Library Bag
Originally uploaded by MandyMade

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Doll Quilt complete


Doll Quilt complete
Originally uploaded by MandyMade
I finished the doll quilt for my niece. It was great doing the tutorial form the doll quilt sew along on Sew mama Sew. Unfortunately all I can now think of is quilting, I say unfortunate because I really don't need to add to my already bursting craft to do list!! I am constantly going back over old mags to see what I could make. I really liked the size of this one and it was really fast to make.

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