Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Star Crossed Blog Hop

The latest pattern by Fat Quarter Shop and It's Sew Emma is the gorgeous, vintage-inspired Star Crossed and I'm sharing my progress for the Blog Hop.

I have decided to go with a monochrome version. It's not something I have ever done before and I thought it would suit the star pattern - like gleaming stars in the night sky. I also wanted to keep it modern. Those that follow me know I adore vintage (patterns and fabric) but I am working on a couple of other quilts with vintage fabrics so I needed a change. Cue some Cotton + Steel and Doe to make my Star Crossed Night Sky quilt:

Here's my first block finished and I have to say I love it even more than I thought I would!!

The Petite Plus fabric really makes the star pop and the white Doe print makes it look like a shining star. I'm excited to get this one finished!

It's Sew Emma patterns are always so well written and easy to follow. The Star Crossed pattern gives you the sizes to make a Lap, Twin, Queen or King size. It also has the requirements for one block so you could easily make a quilt to suit any size and even make coordinating cushions or other accessories from just one block.

Check out the other stops on the Blog Hop:

Daisy of Ants to Sugar
Lucy of Charm About You - you are here :)
Julie of the Crafty Quilter
Angie of Gnome Angel
Dana of Old Red Barn Co.
Natalia of Piece N Quilt
Heather and Megan of Quilt Story
Jodi of Tales of Cloth
Amy of Sew Incredible Crazy

What fabrics would you use to make Star Crossed?

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

** I have taken over 52 Quilters this week, check out my post about WIPs **

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

discounts and awesomeness

Just wanted to share some really great deals and fun goings on...

Black Sheep Wools are currently offering free shipping to literally everywhere, just use the code FREEDEL when you checkout! You can get Amy Butler, Tula Pink, Tim Holtz and much more!

The Fat Quarter Shop will be starting the 8th year of their Designer Mystery Block of the Month Program. 12 Moda Designers have designed a block for the quilt and this year’s quilt features the Snowman Gatherings II Collection by Primitive Gatherings for Moda Fabrics. The program is from June 2015 to May 2016 and you can find more details and sign up here. Limited spots available!

There are some gorgeous fabrics in the sale section at Fluffy Sheep Quilting, scoop them up fast!

Green Fairy Quilts always have amazing deals and their clearance section offers even more savings, including the beautiful bundles above! They also have free shipping in the US.

At Pink Castle Fabrics there is 20% off all solids, including yardage and bundles. Enter code SOLID20 at checkout. Great time to stock up on colours you use a lot, neutrals or to add more colour to your stash!

I could do with a Tuesday treat myself... happy shopping!

This week I'm taking over 52 Quilters so come and follow me there :)

Monday, 18 May 2015

52 quilters

and I am #20!

This week I am taking over the 52 Quilters blog and you can find my first post here - it's the one where I show you the quilts that actually get used in our house!

You can also follow me as I take over the 52 Quilters Instagram feed and Twitter too. 

Hop over and check it out :)

Sunday, 17 May 2015

just because and plans for selfish sewing

Sometimes I buy fabric 'just because'. When Pink Castle Fabrics had a sale on their Japanese fabrics I scooped this up mostly because they are pretty (I had my eye on the Hiding Cats one for a while!):

Top to bottom: Mini French Cheater Print by Suzuko Koseki; Daisies in Grey, Live Life by Yuwa; Deer and Cherries, 30's by Atsuko Matsuyama; Hiding Cats, Cocoland by Kokka and Language of Flowers, 30's Collection by Atsuko Matsuyama.

I adore the Language of Flowers print, I love retro text prints and how cute is the Hiding Cats selvedge?!

After making this drawstring tote the other day I knew I wanted one for myself so I got some canvas and twill ribbon from The Village Haberdashery:

Neon Clouds in orange and navy by Hokkoh; Scattered in neutral, Mochi Canvas by Rashida Coleman-Hale and some twill ribbon.

Selfish sewing ahead :)

Molli Sparkles

Thursday, 14 May 2015

wood ~ le challenge ~ drawstring pouch

This one was cutting it fine, but I made it... here's my finish for the le challenge theme 'wood':

Since I don't have loads of time to sew I like to try and check a couple of things of my 'to do' list when I can. My eldest daughter has an upcoming birthday party to go to so I thought I would make a bag for the birthday girl. 

I used Svetlana's Drawstring Tote Bag pattern and some bird/tree fabric I have had in my stash for a while - the recipient's name begins with a 'S' so I thought it would be perfect - and the trees are my link to the theme 'wood'.

I picked out the lime and pink from the feature fabric and it works well, the pink is a cotton canvas that was given to me and it adds a nice weight to the bottom and I used it for the handles and lining too. I only quilted it every 2 inches but the canvas gives it added strength and I was pushed for time!

The pattern is fantastic, so quick to make and nice details like the casing for the ties and the outer corners sewn in to the seam:

I used ribbon rather than making fabric ties and happened to have two colours of ribbon that matched nicely. I would love to buy something I could use for ties like this, something studier than ribbon that would work for a drawstring - does anyone in the UK have any recommendations? I would happily stock up on neutral ties because I am definitely making more of these bags and I don't really like making my own ties from fabric. I have ordered some twill ribbon from The Village Haberdashery because I think that will work nicely but please leave a comment if you have any suggestions or let me know what you use!

This bag is easy to make but looks fancy and I will be making one for Fred and one for myself! I might make some for teachers gifts too.

See how other crafters interpreted the theme 'wood' and if you have a finish that fits the theme come and link up, one random winner will get a $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop!

Le Challenge

Monday, 11 May 2015

bag of fabric winner!

Again huge thanks to everyone that entered my giveaway, the answers were so hilarious - the pressure is definitely on for the next giveaway ;)

There can only be one winner (though stayed tuned because I'm nearly at 1,000 Instagram followers and I cut extra charms to giveaway when that happens!)...

who is

always nice when a friendly face wins! Congratulations I have sent you an email :)

Happy Monday everyone, hope you have a wonderful week and let me know if you won any of the other Sew Mama Sew giveaways! I've been so busy I think I only got round to entering a couple!!