Sunday, 16 September 2012

The Final Fence

Last Zakka project this week and it was quite a time consuming one, have just managed to finish in time for the link up.
This week was a set of three nesting boxes. Some of the others had made comments about the construction technique in the book, and I have to admit I had read and re-read the chapter in the weeks running up to the finale and was thinking of adapting it. The final construction in the book was all done by hand and as they say in these parts, seemed a little footery.
I did think of making the outer box, and a  lining and turning the outer through the lining, a bit like a bag.
However I did want to make a nice firm binding to contrast with both outer and inner box so I made a quilted outer, a quilted inner and bound them together around the top with a single-fold binding. The result is quite a soft box but it stands up on its own quite happily.
 Once again, I used up remnants of my 1001 Peeps and instead of applique leaves, I chose to add letters - how thoughtful of my daughter to give her baby such a short name!
 On the other sides I appliqued hearts. I had just enough cream linen to make the three outer boxes and chose to machine quilt.
 And here they all are, nesting inside each other.
If I do these again, I might revert to the turning through method. I would make all the inner boxes a fraction smaller.I think I would add interfacing to the outer bag and not quilt the lining piece. It's all a bit of trial and error isn't it?
It's been a fun Sew A Long that has lasted 24 weeks, many thanks to Lindsey for hosting it, and thanks also to all the generous sponsors, especially, in my case, to Zipit as I won that particular prize.
For the final time, I am linking to Lindey's blog, LRStitched.

14 comments:

  1. Looks like a job well done Sheila! Which ones would you make again?

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  2. Those look fantastic Sheila!
    Have you gone to Dunblane today for the homecoming?

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  3. Well done for getting all the way through it, obviously your daughter saw this project coming when she named her ;o)

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  4. These look great! I can't believe the sew-a-long is finished. I don't think I managed to do anything n the right week - but it's been very inspiring to see what everyone's made each week!

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  5. Well done on hanging on in there, your boxes are lovely.

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  6. I have been thinking about making those boxes but I couldn't quite get my head around the instructions. You have done so well in keeping up with the sew-a-long. Congrats on keeping up and on the lovely makes. Di x

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  7. These are so cute! Lucky Ava.

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  8. They are wonderful, I ran out of time but hope to make them soon.

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  9. I think Ava will grow up to treasure these little beauties.

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  10. Very sweet! They look really nice.

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  11. These are adorable and I love the name Ava.

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  12. These turned out so beautifully Sheila! Congrats on completing the Zakka sew-a-long.

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  13. We use the word 'footery' too over here! I know exactly what you mean, and I'd be trying to simply the pattern too! But they turned out beautifully and so cute with the letters on too! Jxo

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