Monday, 4 May 2015

Green Fairy Quilts giveaway winner!


Huge thank you to everyone that entered, I really enjoyed reading about your styles and fabric likes!

Be sure to head on over to Green Fairy Quilts to check out all the latest arrivals, pre-purchase your upcoming favourites and browse the sale section!

The winner of a layer cake is...



Congratulations Penny! I have sent you an email.



Sunday, 3 May 2015

make (up) over and all the fabric





My make up needed a new home, somewhere I could chuck it after slapping it all on in the morning ;)
I wanted it to be easy to reach, easy to see and in something cute to look at. When I saw this Fabric Basket Tutorial by Amy Smart I knew it would be perfect.

Here's what I was using before, I never travel so it's just sad and I always had to pour everything out to find what I was looking for! (This isn't all my make up, I have draws and boxes full too - this is just the stuff I use most)


Now I have cute 80s kitties and fun geometric print to look at :) and another check off my Finish-Along list.


Fabrics from Miss Matatabi - Outside fabric: Love Cats by Lecien Retro Lining: Geometric Lines in pink (there are other colours available here)


I think this basket will make me smile in the morning!

I adore cute Japanese prints and you can get 30% off at Pink Castle Fabrics today (hurry! I stopped writing this so I could get my order in). Use code JAPAN30 and see all in stock Japanese prints HERE.


We got the new Lewis and Irene range 'A Little Bird Told Me' in at Patchfinders, it's really pretty! I had to take some home with me:


Left to right: An older Hoffman print (not sure what it's called), Geo and Tea and Geo on Spring Yellow, A Little Bird Told Me by Lewis and Irene.

And I got some yummy fabrics from the Fat Quarter Shop for an upcoming project:




It's a bank holiday weekend here in the UK so I am enjoying a nice long weekend with this wild bunch:



Hope you're enjoying your weekend too!

Molli Sparkles


Wednesday, 29 April 2015

straight lines


This week I've been doing little bits of various projects, all somewhat near completion.
I enjoyed doing a little bit of straight line quilting using my trusty hera marker:


If you've not used a hera marker before check out my tutorial for cross hatch quilting to see how I use it. 

I love this Lighthearted Text print and those little penguins on the selvedge!

Tonight I'm back to doing some hand quilting, providing me with some much needed relaxation and quilty therapy.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Monday, 27 April 2015

Green Fairy Quilts Giveaway ~ Gardenvale, Reel Time or Winterberry?

***GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED!***

This is such a great giveaway as you can chose from some of the latest fabric collections from Moda!


Green Fairy Quilts stocks an amazing range of Moda precuts, all at fabulous prices and with free US shipping (still good deals for us international folks too!). They have a clearance section with even more bargains and you can find notions, thread (including my favourite Aurifil) and more on the website.

I love that you can see the new Moda lines before they are released and pre-order pre-cuts to be sure you don't miss out on your favourite designs! Check out all the great designs you can order!

Those of you that follow me will know I'm working on hand piecing Jen Kingwell's quilt pattern 'Green Tea and Sweet Beans' and I adore her new fabric line Gardenvale. A perfect mix of retro and modern with great colours:



For those of you that prefer a graphic modern look, Reel Time by Zen Chic is a lovely mix of fresh citrus colours and monochrome prints:



And for stylish wintery prints with some beautiful blenders that would work for any project, the always tasteful and creative Kate and Birdie have released Winterberry:



For this giveaway Green Fairy Quilts are kindly giving away one layer cake and you can chose between these three ranges!


***GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED!***

You have four possible chances to win, please leave a separate comment for each...

1. Let me know how you describe your style or taste in fabric!
(If you are totally stuck you could tell me which of the three layer cakes you would like to win and why)

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3. Follow my blog or let me know you already do.  You can follow in a reader using the buttons up there on the right sidebar or click here to subscribe to Charm About You by email (optional entry)

4. Spread the news - share this giveaway on facebook, instagram, blog, twitter, pinterest etc - then leave a comment letting me know how you shared (optional entry)

The giveaway is open internationally and ends 4th May 2015. A winner will chosen by random.org.
You can not win if I can't contact you so for the love of my sanity please please leave your email address in the comment e.g. fabric (at) emailkilledletters (dot) com - unless you are totally sure you are not a no reply blogger!!


Good luck :)



Sunday, 26 April 2015

treats


I've been treating myself. I couldn't treat myself to the doughnuts I've been craving since I'm still not eating/drinking processed sugar but fabric and gorgeous soaps work as treats for me  :)

First up this bundle from Patchfinders:


From left to right: Freshly Cut Hyacinths, Meadow by Leah Duncan; Piggy Pirouette #3172 by Benartex; Gentle Breeze Red, Meadow by Leah Duncan; Butterflies and Cat Dream, Catnap by Lizzy House.

I'm planning on doing something with just these prints and I'm hoping they will play nicely together.

Recently I've been neglecting my skincare routine and my skin has felt really dry and sensitive as a result. Now I'm 35 I figure I really need to get back to better habits and taking care of myself. I'm not one of those people that freak out about wrinkles but I know my skin is changing and doesn't repair itself as quickly. I have a lot of hormonal breakouts but mostly very dry skin. I came across the Wild-Olive website and thought some of the soaps would be a nice way to cleanse my skin.


I got a couple of smaller ones to try, I have dry skin on my body too so couldn't resist the Oatmeal and Vanilla. The Coconut Clay one smells utterly incredible. The French Clay Soap is full of minerals and it lathers really nicely, the oils used in this one are Lime and Himalayan cedarwood and it smells so gorgeous! They included a free Bath Tea Bag with my order, I always love getting samples of other products from companies especially when I haven't used their products before. 

Once I've used them for a while I will give an update on how I like them but I imagine I will order more! The company is family run, producing natural and environmentally friendly hand made soaps in Derbyshire. I think they would be lovely gifts and it's nice to support a company that is actually not too far from me!


Molli Sparkles



Friday, 24 April 2015

my lovely Anna pouch


I was lucky enough to be able to test Svetlana's new pattern for this sweet Anna Pouch. I have already made her Lola pouch and I love how well the patterns are written and the lovely way of finishing the zips with binding.


The Anna Pouch has two zip compartments and a little magnetic flap fastener. The pattern uses sew in magnets but I didn't have any so I used the usual magnetic snap closures (where you cut a small hole and fold the metal bits). I reinforced the area where I put the magnets using an extra piece of fusible fleece. If you'd like to make the pattern using these kinds of magnets I will share where I placed them...

For the flap, I placed the magnet 3/8" from the centre fold and on the outer panel I placed it 1/2" from the top. That's measuring from the edge of the magnet not the centre, which makes it easier! 


Wonderclips were a big help in the construction, the pouch is only small so they stopped me pricking my fingers with pins!


The flap is a nice detail and because I used the folded magnetic closures I preferred to do one row of topstitching on the machine and then did a little hand quilting by hand using perle thread.


I found it hard to take pictures that do this little cutie justice, it really is such a pretty bag and the size is perfect for keeping lip balm or any extras you like to carry in your handbag. It would make a perfect gift or little extra in a swap too.

You can get the Anna pouch pattern here. It's usually $8 but if you're quick Svetlana has it on sale for $6 right now!


The outer fabric is Vintage Cheater Print in red by Atsuko Matsuyuma and the lining is Mirrors and Water, Gossamer by Sharon Holland. I get my zips here. The striped binding fabric and magnetic closure are from Patchfinders.

This is my second finish off my Q2 Finish-Along list (it was the number 1 secret project!) and I'm feeling good!


linking to:
at Things I Make this week
and finish it up friday at crazy mom quilts