Wednesday, 4 March 2015

a quickie


just stopping in quickly before I get back to last minute costume sewing for the kids.

This week I finished the Baby Carriage Flowers block for my green tea and sweet beans quilt:



I'm also plugging away at my Le Challenge project, the theme for this month is 'precious' - that can be interpreted any way you like and I know everyone will come up with brilliant makes!

Better get on with it...

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Sunday, 1 March 2015

fabric perfection and winner!


I love finding perfect fabric, you know the prints you get super excited about?! The ones that just make you smile because you love them so or they are perfect for a particular project.

I squealed when I got this lot I ordered from the Fat Quarter Shop:



I adore those florals and if you're a fan of 1930's reproduction fabrics you should look at the whole line of Walk in the Park - there are some really cute prints! 
Dots are a tricky thing, I love them but they have to be 'right' for me. I like pin dots and medium dots and different variations but there is something about this Firefly print that is really special. I like the randomness and it's a perfect background or low volume print:


I also scored some nice fat quarters in the Fluffy Sheep Quilting sale this week - there are lots of great fabrics on sale (no discount code required) so check it out!



I have projects in mind that these are totally perfect for!

And then finally while I was working at Patchfinders I couldn't resist buying some of this clover and bee print. I have been totally drawn to it, I think it somehow reminds me of my childhood and I will be adding this to my green tea and sweet beans quilt fabric stash! Also it was £3 for 1/2 a metre so why not?! I also got some Best Press, I have never tried it but found my usual supermarket starch was leaving marks and flaking so hopefully this stuff is better.


Nature's Song by Punch Studio for Hoffman Fabrics.

I'm working on the Baby Carriage Flowers block from Green Tea and Sweet Beans. I realised I have sewn one of the background pieces back to front (that's what you get for late night sewing without decent light) but I couldn't face unpicking after hand sewing those curves so it will have to stay. Just have to add the corner pieces and this block will be done:



Today Joan and I made some mittens for her costume for the upcoming World Book Day and having taken a picture the little one wanted to have hers taken too!



Thank you to everyone that entered my 1,000+ followers giveaway, the winner is...



Congratulations Jenny! I have sent you an email :)


Linking up:

Molli Sparkles


Fresh Sewing Day




Friday, 27 February 2015

if you go down to the woods today...


you might find a pretty pink bear zippy bag!


I made this cute zip bag using the Art Gallery Fabrics pattern by Melissa. It was a present for my daughters friend but I know all of my kids would like one of their own!



This year my bee mates and I are making rows in the Bee A Brit Stingy Bee. It's really fun to see all the different ideas we've come up with. I have asked for flying geese blocks, all sizes but set the same way so they look like trees. Here's my first row that has arrived with Sheila:



Yesterday I was teaching a class at Patchfinders and one of the ladies had taken two of my previous classes, one to make the quilt and one to learn big stitch quilting. She perfectly combined the two and brought her finished quilt in to show me:

Tean and her stunning quilt!

Tean picked a great mix of fabrics and her stitching looks brilliant. She also added some adorable appliqué hearts with roses she had cross stitched. I love the whimsy and pretty touch they add:


I would love to add some cross stitch to my quilts too! Thanks for letting me share your work Tean :)


Linking up:

at Persimon Dreams this week


**There's a couple more days left to enter my giveaway, open worldwide, ends 1st March**

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

having creativity



**Be sure to enter my GIVEAWAY! Open worldwide, end 1st March** Thanks to all of you who have left such nice comments so far, I have been giggling at some of the stories!



Inspiring words from my favourite poet. My sewjo tends to fluctuate but when I'm in the zone I have so many ideas I could burst and I just want to play with fabric!

I finished this Day Lily block for my Green Tea and Sweet Beans quilt:


And have had a lot of fun picking fabrics while planning my next couple of blocks. I think creating eclectic and beautiful (to me) combinations is my favourite thing to do.

I have also been working on some quilting for a cushion I am making, simple but effective:



Wishing you all a creative week!


WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced



Friday, 20 February 2015

memory quilt


**If you're looking for my giveaway click here! (ends 1st March)**

I was given a box of adorable baby girl clothes and had a lot of fun cutting them up (though it felt a bit wrong). I enjoyed focusing on pretty details and tried to create lots of interesting elements, like keeping this ruffle:


Little popper detail of the baby grow (I hand stitched it closed) and cute pockets:


More fun ruffles and a peek of my hand stitching in the top corner:


I couldn't resist this sweet bib top:


You can see it was a total mix of fabrics; denim, cotton, jersey, knit. The bits of the clothes I wanted to use were cut out using pinking shears and I fused everything except the denim with lightweight interfacing. I then rotary cut the pieces to the size I wanted and used a superior topstitch 90/12 needle to piece them. I hand quilted some of the plainer panels and around the poem (printed on photo fabric), added a little embroidery and then hand tied the quilt with perle thread. 

Although that is a quick summary, it was a lot of work and I struggled with the layout but got there eventually and I am so thrilled with it. It is such a rewarding job to be able to save these memories and create a pretty quilt in the process! It was very well received by the lady that commissioned it and I know it will be treasured.


This is my second finish from my FAL list - I'm glad I kept it realistic, it feels good to only have one project left to finish (despite my actual mountain of WIPS!!).

Linking up:

at The Carpenters Daughter Who Quilts this week
and finish it up friday at crazy mom quilts

Thursday, 19 February 2015

1,000+ followers - GIVEAWAY(S)!

**GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED**

As promised I'm having a little giveaway to celebrate reaching over 1,000 followers on Bloglovin! 

I would like to thank everyone who visits me here, reads about the projects I sew, follows my progress and quilting journey and takes time to comment. It means a lot to me. I adore this community, it provides me with so much inspiration and encouragement and also motivates me to challenge myself and keep on learning.

To show my appreciation I am giving away some of my stash and having two different giveaways! One here and one on Instagram. You probably know fabric and stationery are two of my favourite things so here's what you can win...


6 fat eighths of brilliant low volume prints - Triangularity Stardust, Chromatics by AGF studio; Sprinkled Morning, Meadow by Leah Duncan; Smile and Wave, Koi by Rashida Coleman Hale; Teensy Weensy Lotus, Littlest by AGF Studio; White Tint Dandelions by Santee; Linen Closet Bees by Makower, a fat quarter of Crystal Arrowheads, Arizona by April Rhodes and some fun glittery Hema stickers!

They really do make a beautiful bundle:


**GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED**

You have three possible chances to win:

1. Leave a comment telling me about the best party you have been to.
(my son chose this question, though his first try was to ask 'is your ear all right?', then 'is it 12 o'clock yet?' but then he picked this one and I think it's fun... oh he also asked whether you have bought him chocolate for his birthday?! Actually feel free to answer any of those)

2. Follow my blog and leave a separate comment letting me know you do (optional entry) - bloglovin / gfc / feedly / email - click one of those buttons on the right sidebar 

3. Share this giveaway on twitter, facebook or your blog and leave another comment telling me how you shared (optional entry) - NB Instagram does not count since I am having another giveaway over there!


Please, please, please read those options carefully and if you are a 'no reply' blogger I am afraid I don't have time to hunt you down to tell you if you win so please leave an email address with your comment e.g. spongebob (at) yahoo (dot) com.

The giveaway is open worldwide, it ends 1st March 2015 and the winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here.


Good luck!

p.s. don't forget to check out my Instagram giveaway too :)