Wednesday, 18 November 2015

wordless wednesday

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Kevin Baby Quilt

Today is the second day of the Fat Quarter Baby Blog Tour! The new book Fat Quarter Baby is full of adorable and fun quilt patterns! 

There are 20 quilts in the book, all with boys and girls names. This is 'Kevin' and it was a joy to make! I chose modern fabric prints in quite autumnal colours that I think suit the guitar pattern.

It's been a dull and blustery day so I had my son help me to get some pictures.

His arms were getting tired.

I will be hand quilting this one, it's calling out for some guitar strings! And I have the backing and binding fabric on hand for when I'm done.

Check out the other bloggers on the tour here to see all the fabulous quilts and get your copy of the Fat Quarter Baby Book!

Saturday, 14 November 2015

method ~ le challenge ~ pencil case

Always last minute last night I created a present for my middle daughter to give as a birthday present to her friend. 

I decided to use a simple method of appliqué. Quick and easy.

I used my favourite method of straight line quilting using my hera marker to mark some guidelines and the edge of the walking foot to fill in the lines - I have a tutorial for cross hatch quilting here.

I made a pencil case using the Noodlehead tutorial - I've used this many times but still need to check the position of the zip each time (especially when I'm sewing late at night!).

The edges don't look quite as wrinkly in real life and I like the effect of just quilting over the letters.
I'm hoping he will like the pencil case as I don't think there would be many things in the UK with his name printed on them. Zip cases are always a fun and useful make and this method of appliqué was super fast!

If you'd like to see more makes around the theme 'method' or to link up for a chance to win $25 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop and $10 to spend at Eco Fabric Store or Fibers To Fabric head over to Le Challenge!

Le Challenge

Friday, 13 November 2015


I am feeling like this!

So I will just point you to my current giveaway (ends 16th Nov.) and also let you know we have more to give away at Le Challenge, which you can read about if you click here.

I'm hoping to get a good night's sleep after a little last minute sewing!

Monday, 9 November 2015

Patterns to Print Giveaway!

**giveaway now closed**

Sometimes you just need a little project, a new top, a different bag... a quick pattern to stitch up as a present or a pattern to challenge your skills or try something new. Patterns to Print is a one-stop marketplace for instant PDF sewing patterns from fabulous designers including Blossom Heart Quilts, Clover and Violet, Emmaline Bags, Imagine Gnats, Mrs H, The Littlest Thistle and more!

"The Patterns to Print marketplace is a great resource when you need a new sewing pattern and you need it immediately! Without having to worry about checking multiple websites and performing several online searches, you can download your next sewing pattern for a knit top, clutch bag or paper pieced cushion in moments, all from one place.
Its founder, Samantha Hussey, is the brilliant handbag designer behind the Mrs H sewing patterns. She set it up in January 2015 to help other independent sewing pattern designers overcome issues with VAT imposed by the European parliament which threatened to put a lot of indie designers out of business. As a result, she has created a fabulous UK based resource working in partnership with other designers around the World, and it is still growing."

I had a good nosy around the site and found so many really gorgeous patterns! Here are some of my favourites:

A Whole Lotta Bag by The Littlest Thistle and The Hazel Pouch Trio by Clover and Violet

English Country Garden by PennyDog Patchwork (I hope to finish my version of this next year!), 
Totoro by Blossom Heart Quilts and Celestial Star by From Blank Pages...

The Alder Skirt by Imagine Gnats 

I want to make all the patterns!! You can also find tips, tricks and ideas on the Patterns to Print blog.

It's fabulous to have a UK based site like this, which will cleverly sort out the EU VAT on behalf of the Patterns to Print sellers. If you're interested in selling your patterns please contact Patterns to Print as they are continuing to expand. 

Now on to the giveaway...

You have three chances to win a £20 voucher to spend at Patterns to Print, please leave a separate comment for each option:

1. Leave a comment below! (one entry)

2. Like Patterns to Print on facebook, follow on instagram or twitter (optional extra entry) 
 *worth it as there may be other giveaways going on ;)

3. Sign up to the Patterns to Print newsletter by clicking here (optional extra entry)

The giveaway is open internationally and ends 16th November 2015 (at around 9pm GMT). The winner will chosen by and contacted by email.
Please please leave your email address in the comment so I can contact you e.g. pdflove (at) patterns (dot) com - unless you are totally sure you are not a no reply blogger!!
Good luck :)

The giveaway is now closed, the winner is 

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hexie stickers winners!

Thanks to everyone that entered the mini hexie stickers giveaway! The winners are:

75, 86, 53, 8 and 3

Congratulations! I am sending you all emails :)

Thank you to Cori for the fun giveaway, please do check out her shop The Reset Girl for loads of fun stickers and stationery goodies!