Wednesday, 17 December 2014

making it easy

**enter my Cotton + Steel FQ bundle giveaway here, ends tomorrow!**

Most often nowadays slow is my preferred sewing tempo but sometimes speed and ease are favourable. Today I started making some bunting and couldn't bring myself to make it the traditional way. I knew pinking shears would make the job faster and then in a stroke of genius I grabbed my Hex N More ruler, folded the fabric and used the triangle side of the ruler as a template (so I was actually cutting diamond shapes). My plan is to press them and put ribbon between the folds and sew along the whole length of the ribbon in one fell swoop.

I have continued working on my green tea and sweet beans quilt:

Though this and the epic vintage quilt I'm hand quilting are causing havoc to my fingers, I admit that *shock horror* I rarely wear a thimble but after hand quilting for any length of time it really starts to hurt and I have to use one. I have a Clover Protect and Grip Thimble but I often use the side of my finger so it's not great, though it's a very comfortable thimble if you only use the tip. I tried a cheap metal one but it's not so comfy and I found the dimples in it annoying. 

Knowing that I am doing a lot of hand quilting I was getting a little desperate and decided to give the Clover Natural Fit Leather Thimble a try. This thimble is seriously my new best friend. I adore it, the snug fit, the comfortable feel and the fact I can use the tip and/or side to push my needle easily. Admittedly I've only had it a few days so can't comment on how long it will last but I will definitely let you know. If you're a thimble hater but lover of soft hands I highly recommend trying this thimble!!

* random aside, I used to manage a beauty counter and have tried/used a lot of beauty products but without the doubt the greatest hand product I've ever used is Crabtree & Evelyn's Hand Recovery Scrub. I just remembered it and will be getting some, I like the La Source one (currently out of stock) but I'm tempted to try the Pomegranate, Argan and Grapeseed one because yum! It is a lovely scrub, gentle but really effective and leaves your hands so soft. By the way that wasn't the company I worked for, I just love the scrub!

Back to sewing though...

Have you heard about the new quilt along the Fat Quarter Shop are doing? The quilt is made up of the cutest blocks of memories and 'snapshots'. It starts 15th January 2015 and a new block pattern and video will be released on the 15th of each month. 

The patterns are free but they are encouraging everyone to donate $5 for each download in order to raise money for St Jude Children's Research Hospital, which you can contribute to here. Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics will match up to $10,000 of donations raised for this amazing cause.

There is a fantastic line up of bloggers and designers sewing along and you can even pre-order kits here if you would like to use the same Daysail fabrics. You can get all the details of the Snapshots Quilt Along here and see the introductory video here.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Monday, 15 December 2014

run down

**be sure to enter my Cotton + Steel bundle giveaway HERE**

It's that time of year when things get a little crazy, the to do list is never ending and it seems everything has to be done yesterday... 

Or should have been done last month, like these ridiculously late bee blocks I finally sent to Helen today:

So sorry they are late Helen and I do hope I pressed them correctly!

Today I woke up feeling totally yucky and really run down. No fun at all but I listened to my body and slowed down a bit, which meant lots of snuggles and reading time with the little one:

She loves picking out books and wearing her crazy cardigan (knitted by my mother-in-law's friend). She adores the hello kitty buttons and I love that she looks like a little chick ;)

Today I got the cutest stickers that I ordered from The Reset Girl Shop, perfect timing to keep me motivated and organised. 

They are gorgeous quality and so well made that I may have just placed another order, I can't help myself! The stickers are a matte finish, which I really like and they do plain ones for you to write on yourself (yes some of those were in my new order). She also sends them in the cutest packaging that now has me wanting some personalised stationery!

I'm going to go chug some Lucozade and gather the strength to cook tea.

Happy Monday lovelies :)

Sunday, 14 December 2014

ink - le challenge - a vintage elf and flowery goodness!

It's been a crazy busy month and despite lots of ideas for the ink theme I left it until the last minute again!! I came across a cute vintage elf embroidery pattern on pinterest, it was credited to Crafty Modern but despite lots of googling I can't find the original pattern so that's as much info as I can give.

My daughter was recently given some brilliant pens for her birthday, some of which are glittery! I asked her if I could borrow them and got to work. I traced the image using my lightbox and had lots of fun picking the colours:

Here's a weird lighting shot so you can better see the glitteryness!

I think it makes a cute festive card! 

If you've made anything using ink, with the colour ink or that relates to the theme 'ink' in any way you can link up your finished project now at le challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop!

Le Challenge

I received more fabric goodness and some yummy Aurifil this week from Pink Castle Fabrics:

I seem to have developed a thing for florals!! I love the vintage vibes of those Japanese prints and the bright colours of the beautiful Priory Square. I guess these will be finding their way into my green tea and sweet beans quilt too ;)

Molli Sparkles

Saturday, 13 December 2014

modern bundle winner*

*don't be sad if it isn't you, enter my Cotton + Steel bundle giveaway HERE instead ;)

The winner of the Sew Mama Sew giveaway is...

which is...

Congratulations Megan! I have sent you an email :)

Big thanks to all of you that entered, I really did enjoy reading all your dancing comments!

Friday, 12 December 2014

Cotton + Steel Stash ~ giveaway! ~

Pretty prints,  superb basics and the coolest collaboration is what Cotton + Steel are made of.

These quality fabrics really are awesome and my sponsor Pink Castle Fabrics has some great ways for you to get hold of some, including a fabulous giveaway!

Pink Castle Fabrics stock a wide assortment of fabrics; from low volume and text prints, to modern large prints, to gorgeous Japanese fabrics, Kawaii wonders and so much more. They offer yardage, precuts and they have a wonderful selection of monthly clubs, with something for everyone it's a great way to build your stash or try some new fabrics. You have to see their impressive selection of bundles that have been excellently curated. 

Pink Castle Fabrics have just launched this new Limited Edition Cotton + Steel Stash Box...

You will receive 50 Fat Eighths (approx. 9" x 22") of gorgeous prints along with basics and some metallic prints as well, there are no repeats you will get 50 different prints! That's a whole lot of fabric joy for only $60! 
Hurry and get yours HERE

They also have another way to get a brilliant selection with the Cotton + Steel Club. The monthly club gives you a unique bundle of twelve fabrics: 9-10 prints and 2-3 basics each month and you can choose to receive FQs, half yards or full yards. 

You can join the club and find more details HERE.

Pink Castle Fabrics are generously offering you a chance to win December's Cotton + Steel Club bundle:

That's 12 fat quarters of Cotton + Steel lusciousness!

To enter:

Leave a comment letting me know your favourite Cotton + Steel collection or print 
You can see them here.

Followers of my blog can get an extra entry, just leave a second comment telling me how you follow, blogger, GFC, a reader, email etc (optional entry).

- Share on social media and leave another comment telling me how you shared (optional entry).

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 Thursday 18th December, the winner will be chosen by and announced here on that day.

Good luck!

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

the weather outside is frightful

but the quilting is so delightful! I've been working on the vintage quilt I was commissioned to hand quilt. It is huge and I've only worked on it from time to time since the summer (work commitments and kids tend to take over, the customer thankfully understands this!) but now I'm focusing all my attention on finishing it. I don't think it will be done by Christmas but at least I can have a good stab at it ;)

I did sneak in some more hand pieced green tea and sweet beans blocks this week as well. Two Double Pinwheels:

and a Churn Dash:

I've got the next Churn Dash all cut out and ready to go but I've got more hand quilting to do...

The responses to my modern fabric bundle giveaway have had me laughing my head off :)

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced