Monday, 29 September 2014

help needed and a winner

My friend's daughter just got her first sewing machine and I think I'm nearly as excited as she is! She's 8 and looking to make some fun things. I've decided to make her a folder with patterns she might like - could anyone suggest free tutorials that I could print out to give her? Simple but cute, no idea what I'm looking for but if you have any ideas or links please put them in the comments! Thank you :)

Now on to the winner of the £100 Wayfair gift certificate...

Congratulations Amy, I've sent you an email!

Friday, 26 September 2014

Flying Geese Cushion

I made this a little while ago and forgot to share it here. It's a flying geese cushion that I will be teaching as a class at Patchfinders.

I hand quilted it with Sashiko thread and I'm especially pleased with my covered zip on the back! I had to snap some pictures quickly while I was at work because it's on display. The class is full now but I've put a tab to list all the classes I'm teaching at the top of my blog. Hopefully I will be teaching more in the new year too.

I'm working on a couple of hand sewing projects right now and although I'm enjoying it, I am starting to feel the need for speed! I am actually missing my machine so I think I need a little quick make this weekend and I have the perfect project in mind.

If you live in the UK or Ireland enter my £100 Wayfair gift cerficate giveaway - they have everything you need for your home, from furniture to accessories and so many useful items! Please share this giveaway on social media too, I would really love to help someone get pretty and useful things for their home and even the postage is free!

Have a happy weekend!

Linking up:

at Glory Be Quilter

and finish it up friday at crazy mom quilts

Thursday, 25 September 2014

£100 Wayfair gift card giveaway! {UK and Ireland only}


I have to preface this by saying that occasionally I am approached by companies that would like to partner with me to promote their products and most often I refuse because they have nothing to do with quilting or sewing and I don't advertise companies I wouldn't make use of myself or that don't concern my readers. And while they are not a craft company, Wayfair have such a great range of products that we all use I couldn't pass up the opportunity to share some of their products with you and offer you the chance to win!

Primarily home furnishing and decor, Wayfair have an amazing selection of items; with loads of different brands, styles and varying price points, it's easy to find the perfect item and the website has a super friendly layout that makes it fun to shop! 

You could certainly buy items for your sewing room (AKA corner of your dining room if you're like me!):

Wayfair stock these craft scissors that are manufactured in Sheffield and this brilliant craft light pad (I have one, it's really brilliant - so many great sewing uses!), it also comes in A2.

Perhaps some shelves for storing your fabric stash or drawers for hiding it away... maybe brighten up the dark evenings with a lamp while relaxing with a brew?

Or you could just chose anything to pretty up your house, I'm loving these beautiful mirrors:

And think this tea towel would make a sweet Christmas gift:

There are so many great products at Wayfair, you really can find anything for your home!

Wayfair are kindly offering one of my readers a £100 gift card to spend on anything on the site and they will take care of the shipping so you don't need to worry about that.


How to enter:

You must live in the UK or Ireland. No reply bloggers will not win, please leave your email address in the comment to be sure I can contact you e.g. bob (at) gmail (dot) com

- To win £100 gift certificate to Wayfair hop over to their website, find something you'd like to buy and then leave me a comment telling me what it is!

- As a thank you to my lovely followers, if you've left a comment on my blog in the past few months BEFORE this post (and I will check) then you can have another entry because I'm nice like that, just leave another comment saying you have commented!  ;)

New followers are welcome - you can subscribe/follow using the buttons up there on the right, stay and look around if you're interested in the sewing and quilting posts I usually write.

Open until Monday 29th September at 8pm BST, the winner will be drawn by

*This giveaway is only open to people in the UK and Ireland (sorry international peeps, there's another more fabricy giveaway coming up soon though!)

Good Luck!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

working and progressing

I'm feeling like a good girl today because I finished off Janet's Bee A Brit Stingy blocks and got them in the post:

Why is it I never spot those rogue threads before I actually take a picture??

I also had time for a play today and got on with preparing some more green tea and sweet beans blocks, even cutting into this gorgeous Cracking Codes print. I absolutely love the colours, the rectangles are really vibrant in real life and I love that simple pattern.

Tonight it's on with some hand quilting and serious chill time!

Back tomorrow with a slightly different giveaway :)

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Monday, 22 September 2014

winner and discount code

Thanks to everyone who entered the Splash Cotton + Steel Basics Fat Quarter Bundle from the Fat Quarter Shop. You all have set yourself some great challenges!

The number picked is:

who is:

Congratulations Hadley! One of my longest followers and one of the nicest bloggers I know :) I have sent you an email.

For those that didn't win don't despair, there is going to be a couple more exciting giveaways very soon!

And this week there's a sale on all Robert Kaufman Fabrics at the Fat Quarter Shop with the code RK2014. This includes Kona, Ann Kelle, Carolyn Friedlander, Darlene Zimmerman, and many more!

I hope your week is off to a great start :)

Sunday, 21 September 2014

random stashing

**Enter my Cotton and Steel FQ bundle giveaway, closes 22/9**

I've acquired a few additions to my stash recently, nothing huge but fun little bits I thought I'd share. The first is this gorgeous Triangularity Stardust from Chromatics, Art Gallery Fabrics that came home with me from Patchfinders. The Triangularity prints are gorgeous and I had to have this colourway just because. I also bought a little ruler, which is perfect for marking 1/4" lines for my hand sewing and I think will prove useful when I'm marking lines for little bits of hand quilting too.

A colleague at work very kindly gave me these two Acacia by Tula Pink prints that will be stashed away for future use and we just got some of the Paint collection by Carrie Bloomston in the shop, not my usual taste but I'm falling for this cool woven print - need to think of a project I can use it in so I can justify buying some ;)

I recently visited my wonderful Nan and she passed these old sewing magazines on to me, probably not a whole lots of projects I would be inspired to make but worth a flick through and there's something kind of cool about that cross stitch Clarice Cliff (or am I losing the plot?!):

My stationery love has totally taken hold, I bought more stickers (that I failed to get a picture of) and these fun goodies from The Journal Shop. The Iconic Colour twin pens are so lovely to write with and great colours, the Otegami Memo Pads are super cute and washi tape is becoming an addiction.

Hurry and check out Pink Castle Fabrics, you can get an extra 40% off the Super Sale section with code SUPERSALE but it ends today so be quick. And this isn't one of those 'get rid of the horrible fabric' sales either, there's loads of great stash builders, basic prints like spots, stripes and gingham and some of my favourite prints and lines, quick go look!

Enjoy what's left of the weekend :)

Molli Sparkles