Friday, 30 January 2015

satisfaction


Sometimes you just need a quick make, a satisfying little bit of sewing that takes hardly any time from start to finish. I was in need of such fulfilment this week and chose to make these cute little baskets using Ayumi's Organizer Basket Tutorial


It just so happens that they each fit six spools of Aurifil thread perfectly!



My tidying / decluttering / cleaning kick continues and I'm pleased to say my house is looking all the better for it! I still have a lot to do and am working my way round the house bit by bit. Each room is making me happy as it gets sorted out. Cute storage baskets that serve a purpose help too! I expect I will be making more and filling drawers with quilty goodness.

I taught a flying geese cushion class today and had such a lovely group! They were very productive and created gorgeous designs. I love seeing the mix of fabrics and everyone being creative with their layouts:


This week we enjoyed a little snow (which is already melting), the baby girl couldn't stop saying 'SNOW!' but my eldest girl was ill and grumpy :(


Wishing you all a productive and sewing filled weekend!


linking up:


at Devoted Quilter this week

and finish it up friday at crazy mom quilts


Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Green Fairy giveaway winner


I have two poorly girls at the moment, so sorry this is late!

The winner of the Green Fairy Quilts jelly roll and pattern giveaway is...



Congratulations Kim! I have sent you an email.



Thank you to Green Fairy Quilts for the giveaway! Make sure you check them out, they have great deals and even more savings in the clearance section.



Thursday, 22 January 2015

Wip (Thursday)


Just sneaking in to show you my current wip...


My sewing table is covered in paper as I make rows of geese and spend too much time unpicking!!

Yesterday my littlest turned two, I may have spent the night before crying at the fact I no longer have any babies. I am so proud of her, she's such a clever girl and is a joy to spend time with. We got her this play kitchen and a heap of wooden fruit. She's been having a blast!


And that squishy face is what she does every time I try to take a picture of her!!

☆ Make sure you enter my fabulous giveaway to win a jelly roll and pattern from Green Fairy Quilts ☆

Happy Thursday all!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

brighten up January - Green Fairy Quilts giveaway!



**GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED**

I hope you are still feeling the glow of the new year, your sewjo is rockin' and creativity is abundant!

Green Fairy Quilts are kindly offering to sprinkle some fabric magic your way with a great giveaway ☆

You get to chose a jelly roll and they have a great choice...

How about these brilliant stash additions:


Or one of these jelly rolls, just perfect for baby quilts:


Of course you could always chose an ever useful jelly roll of solids:



Check out their full stock of jelly rolls to see which one you would chose!

But that's not all... it's always great to have a pattern to go with your precut so you get to pick one of these two patterns designed by Judy Madsen. One jelly roll is all you need to make the quilt top and binding!




Green Fairy Quilts specialize in always having 100% of Moda's Precuts, always on sale. They also have Riley Blake bundles and Quilting Treasures bundles. They offer free shipping in the United States and discounted international shipping. 


**GIVEAWAY CLOSED**

To enter to win your choice of jelly roll and pattern:

1. Head over to Green Fairy Quilts and sign up for their email newsletter by CLICKING HERE, come back and leave me a comment letting me know you have signed up.

2. Followers of my blog get another optional entry, just leave a separate comment letting me know you follow (RSS/email/GFC/Bloglovin/Feedly etc). New followers are welcome and you can subscribe using the buttons up there on the right.

Please leave your email address in the comment to be sure I can contact you! No reply bloggers/comments will not win.

The giveaway is open internationally and will close on Tuesday 27th January, the winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here on that day.

Good luck!



Thursday, 15 January 2015

keeping it simple ~ 2015 FAL Q1


I am concentrating more, doing what needs to be done to feel good and productive. Sticking to a cleaning routine (following Clean Mama's #clutterfree30) and generally trying to make my house feel like a nicer place to be. I think I am naturally optimistic but I do have to work hard at being positive and a clean, organised space really does make me feel so much better. Thankfulness is also something I am mindful of everyday and I decided I would like to have some inspiration to keep next to my bed. 


I live in a 1930s house and I like mixing up vintage and modern things when I can. So when I saw this free Thanksgiving printable with a sweet nest I decided to frame it and put it on the bedside table, after all that's a nice way to be all year round! I already had this Acrylic Photo Frame (I've had mine for at least 8/9 years I think, but they still sell them at Muji! I LOVE that shop) and I like how it looks. Pretty and simple.
- About to start reading these two books my lovely husband got me for Christmas, I had been hankering after The Woman I Wanted to Be and he was obviously paying attention :)  

It was a friend's birthday last week so I made a card using some washi tape (saw the idea somewhere but can't remember where!):


It's fun making easy cards like this and good to have them to hand. Not that I go to many parties but the kids seem to have at least one to go to every weekend!

I have a habit of being overly ambitious (not necessarily a bad thing) but with family, part-time work and general life stuff, I can't always do as much sewing as I would like! My FAL lists last year were unrealistic and I didn't even manage to link up with the last quarter, even though I think I did manage to finish a couple of things. So new year and a way more focused approach to everything. Listing all the things I'm working on tends to stress me out and there's no point listing three quilts I haven't even got basted and will probably be hand quilting because that's utter craziness (hopefully I can list them when it's time to quilt them and have a chance of getting them done)! 

Here is my simple list of what I would like to get done this quarter:


1. Baby quilt commission


2. Vintage Quilt commission - I didn't make it but I'm hand quilting it, which is a big job!


3. Le Challenge project - this has to be finished by 14th February. I'm excited to get started as I've never used fabric paint before (or not since I was a girl). I got this cream jersey fabric and the gold Dylon fabric paint from Minerva Crafts. This is going to be fun!


Le Challenge

Nat and I just announced the new theme over at the le challenge blog - so please head over there and follow us. We have a giveaway every month for one person that links up and this month's theme is easy peasy!

Linking up to the 2015 FAL:


2015 FAL at On the Windy Side




Sunday, 11 January 2015

some more stashing


I'm late showing these, they actually came a little while ago but here's what I've added to my stash recently...


I won this pretty bundle of Calico by Dear Stella from Cuts of Cotton in an instagram giveaway. A beautiful rainbow of colours and the print is so cute!


I ordered these cute lace zips from My Fabric House, they have lots of great colours and free UK p&p.


And then I couldn't help but get these beauties from the Fat Quarter Shop: Edith in Good Luck Green, Follie by Lotta Jansdotter - love that soft green; Coral Dot, Miss Kate by Bonnie and Camille (currently on sale and it's adorable!); Green Field, Horizon by Kate Spain; Navy Garden Focal; Green Leaf Ringie Dingie; Apricot Lottie Dots and Garden Green on White Garden Text, which are all from Pam Kitty Garden by Pam Kitty Morning - I especially love that focal print and the text one, so pretty.


Tomorrow is my birthday and I doubt I will have any sewing time because I will be seeing friends, eating cake and going out with my husband, which sounds perfectly wonderful to me!

Hope you've all had a great weekend :)


Molli Sparkles