Sunday, 24 July 2016

too good ❤

Some fabrics are too good to miss and I have had awesome fabric deliveries this week.

First this stunning haul from Fat Quarter Shop, mostly Cotton & Steel because I really love the way all of the collections can be mixed together and still work so well - those ladies are very clever! 

Hot pink, rain, rotary phones and geometric designs - perfection ♡

I couldn't resist this pretty print with lovely messages on, You Are Magic in Metallic Pink, Magic by Sarah Jane

That Black and White print from Andover is so striking, I was pleased to come across that one while browsing the Fat Quarter Shop site. I also think Playing Pop is such a brilliant collection, AGF Studios do amazing prints and really thoughtfully curated collections, they are often ahead of the trends too so keep an eye on them!

I also received month 7 of the beautiful Patchwork of the Crosses BOM from Sew & Quilt:

Good news if you missed out on this years BOM, Jessie will be running it again next year so click here to sign up for the Sew & Quilt newsletter.

Finally I got some beautiful Essex Yarn Dyed Metallic from The Village Haberdashery:

The black is being used for my #giucygiucebucketbagsewalong, you can sew along and make a Flying Geese Patchwork Bag too! Click here to get the tutorial by @giucy_giuce.

Molli Sparkles

Saturday, 23 July 2016

scrap love

I had so much fun making these Bee A Brit Stingy blocks for Di. This year we started with a hexagon, a triangle and a square, every 2 months we are making each other triangles and squares. You can see my starter blocks in this blog post.  It's such a great design, I love Di's colour scheme and matched it as best I could from my stash: 

So here's how her quilt looks so far:

I've also been working here and there on my Green Tea and Sweet Beans quilt. I've finished section 2:

Tonight I'm hosting the Saturday Night Craft Along, so if you're on instagram come and join in the party! Just tag me @charmaboutyou and add #saturdaynightcraftalong to your picture.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

thank you teachers!

School has very nearly finished for the summer and that means time to say thank you to the teachers for all their hard work.

I made some simple and pretty See It All Pouches using Laura's tutorial:

The bottom two pouches in the picture above are gold sparkle PVC rather than the clear I usually use. It's a really great thickness, I bought it as an experiment (it's sold as tablecloth) but I absolutely love it. It's nice and sturdy but easy to work with and it feels smooth.

Click here for the gold, they also sell silver - for some reason it's more expensive though. FYI I bought the smallest amount and I have enough for loads of pouches!!

I got a nice set of Heyland & Whittle hand made, natural soaps so I could divide them up as little treats!

I individually wrapped the soaps and added cards the kids had made for each of their teachers, wrapped them all up and they were happily received this afternoon!

Today is tinged with sadness because it was the last day Lois and I were at home together alone, before the other kids finish school. We played outside in the glorious sunshine, then retreated inside for lunch and a chilled out afternoon with lots of cuddles.
It feels bittersweet - though I am so lucky and grateful for all the time I have had with each of my kids before they start school - it is the end of an era for me.

I'm plotting lots of fun activities with the kids over the next few weeks, we have a nice holiday to look forward to and it really feels like summer with the scorching heat today!! It's all lovely. 

I think I will have a big cry once they are in bed and then distract myself with some sewing therapy ;)

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Palisades Quilt & FREE Pattern from Fat Quarter Shop!

Fat Quarter Shop has a fabulous new pattern 'Palisades' with a video tutorial, which is so fun! You can click here to get the pattern and find out more.

It is another of those very clever patterns that looks tricky but the method and instructions are so clear that it comes together quickly and easily! 

For my version I used the beautiful Chalk & Paint by Sew Caroline for Art Gallery Fabrics. I love the colours and mix of prints, so modern and fresh. The text print is really inspiring too, with words like 'create', 'believe' and 'dream'.

The pattern comes together so easily. I used my 1/4" foot and all the points are perfect! I didn't even trim the blocks, choosing instead just to trim the dog ears with scissors as I was sewing the blocks together. I hope the quilt police don't come after me!

I had a bit of a nightmare when it came to quilting, the plan was some straight line quilting to mimic the angles of the triangles but I have lost my hera marker, my favourite marking tool. I couldn't bring myself to use a pen because of the lighter colours on the quilt and ultimately it was the excuse I needed to change tack because really I prefer hand quilting. As I was basting the quilt though, it occurred to me I might as well tie the quilt - I was on my hands and knees on the floor anyway.

Hand tying a quilt as been on my 'to sew' list for a long time, ever since I used the technique to back a crochet blanket. You can read about the methods I used in that blog post.

It has made for such a soft and squishy quilt and I absolutely love it!

Once I finished tying I realised I wanted a little something in the centre and so I added some hand quilting. I tried to mimic the shape of the florals in the Sprayed Blooms print.

I also chose that print for the backing and it's stunning!!


Head over and get the free pattern HERE and to see other Blogger's gorgeous versions of the Palisades Quilt click these links:

Tina from Emily Ann's Kloset
Amy from Diary of a Quilter
Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting
Melissa from Happy Quilting
Melanie from Mostly Crafty
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Afton from Quilting Mod
Brooke from Silly Mama Quilts
Megan from Quilt Story
Heather from Quilt Story
Rachael from The Floral Suitcase

☑ This can be ticked off my fal list

Monday, 11 July 2016

quick fix for blogger! ☆

*update - it appears this issue has not affected / been fixed for some but I will leave this post up in case people have image issues!*

If you blog with Blogger you might have noticed your formatting has gone a bit crazy! All of my photos were left aligned and no matter how many times I tried to format them they just wouldn't stay centred. If your photos aren't behaving you might want to give this a try...

Here's the fix:

Go to Template

click Customise

click Advanced

scroll down to Add CSS

Copy and paste the following:

.post-body img {
       display: inline-block !important;

I would advise adding the code at the top of the box (some people report that works better).
Then click Apply to Blog

Hope that helps!

link to source

Friday, 8 July 2016

I am purposeful ~ FAL Q3 2016

I have been saying 'yes' a lot lately, which means I have a few deadlines and some are secret ones that can't go on the list! With that in mind I am starting my Quarter 3 Finish-A-Long list with what must be done, followed by 'if there's any time left'...

1. A quilt made with the gorgeous Chalk & Paint by Sew Caroline for Art Gallery Fabrics. I still have a couple of rows to piece and then can hopefully get quilting this weekend.

2. I have some lovely Tilda fabric that I would like to use to make things for my girls, I'm thinking some nice baskets for their room...

3. and some cute hair accessories would be good, especially since my middle daughter is growing her fringe out (again!)

4. I am excitedly planning a mini quilt from the Simply Solids bundle I curated!

5. A heap of See It All pouches - pattern by @laura_zuckerkuss - for teachers gifts and class samples. The fabric is ready:

6. Although I have never made a pickle dish I want to create a rainbow pickle dish cushion and use it as a class sample. I have been very inspired by these gorgeous blocks Mary made:

and just for me if I get time...

7. My Rose Star quilt, only a few more centre hexies to quilt and then I need a plan for more quilting?!

8. A tote bag than has been on this list many, many times and always gets forgotten or pushed down the list!! Just seeing that cloud fabric again makes me want to make it right now:

So that little lot combined with secret sewing should be plenty to keep me going! 
How do you prioritise what to do first from your lists? Deadlines, size of project, what you want to sew most or something else? Let me know in a comment!

Finish A Long 2016