Friday, 21 October 2016

childish and thankful ~ Marcella and Primrose

A couple more Farmer's Wife 1930's Sew-along blocks that I have finished. I still have quite a few to catch up on... slowly but surely making my way through them!

#56 Marcella
This was such a lovely little story. As a mum to three I completely identify with having to get lots of stuff done but those play times, like "make-believe tea" allow us not only to connect with our children but also to relax and be in the moment. I chose fabrics to remind me of their little tea party and kept it mostly light and bright.
"It is a great privilege of us mothers to relive our childish days with our children and to keep in step with their youth as time goes on. It helps to keep our spirits from growing old and shriveled".
I did English Paper Piecing to construct this block.

#85 Primrose
This letter really made me smile, the thankful way she appreciates what little she has. It struck me that as a "little Flemish girl during the World War" she went through so much and really longed to live in America after receiving "cups of cocoa and buns". I decided this was the opportunity I needed to use this Fruit Gum, Fruit Dots by Melody Miller because to me it is perfectly American and also serves as a reminder to be grateful for all the things we have, no matter how small!
This block was hand pieced, to see my tutorial click here.

If you are crafting tomorrow, come and join the #saturdaynightcraftalong on instagram. It's a really fun way to share your work and see what other people are creating! I will be hosting from 6pm BST. It begins in Australia with Rachel @barefootcrafter and then following on from me is Meg @myteandbrie in the US. We craft along every week!

Have a great weekend everyone! 

linking up to finish it up friday at crazy mom quilts

Thursday, 20 October 2016

pieceful ~ Golda ~ Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Sew-Along

Today is my turn as a guest blogger for the Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt Sew-along with Fat Quarter Shop and Gnome Angel. I have made #38 Golda and I really love this block design!

I enjoy the simplicity of choosing just a few fabrics for each block. I pick my fabrics based on the theme of the letter so that always influences my choices and allows for some interesting combinations:

Two Liberty prints and Fan Dots in Brown, Mostly Manor by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.

For this block I decided to do English Paper Piecing and the piecing was fairly simple, following the block assembly instructions in the book.

The only tricky part is the points of the triangles, particularly on those longer, thin ones. I found it easier to fold over the top seams of the triangle first and then the bottom part - it really helped to prevent loosing those corner points:

There were quite a few little triangle pieces in this block but it does come together easily and I think it is a striking design.

#38 Golda
This letter follows the same theme as a few others in the book and focuses on the joys of farm living. I often decide to use brown in the blocks where farming is a focus. This particular print is gorgeous and I love how it has little bits of other colours in too. I used the pink Liberty pink to represent the fact that they "make a garden" and the green Liberty because "the grass never before was so green".

The pops of pink in each print really make me very happy! The back side is a little messy with all those dog ears but since it's a small block I'm just pressing them any which way and I'm not worried about it!

Have you made this block? 

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

tv debut

Not actually the first time I have been on telly, I was once interviewed at an airport for morning television but this was my first planned appearance! Last night I was on tv doing a sewing demonstration.

I was asked to be part of the Simply Sewing craft half hour that is currently running on the Jewellery Maker channel, before a new craft channel is launched next year. Since the Christmas season is approaching I designed some templates, used to embroider on cards. I stuck with simple designs that could be easily stitched and embellished.

It was really nerve wracking, totally out of my comfort zone but the team were amazing and Derek, the presenter, really put me at ease. The half hour flew by and it was so much fun! I was so worried that my hands would be shaking but I just focused on what I was doing and thankfully the nerves just evaporated.

Derek is a true professional and really nice guy, it was lovely to work with him. We had a laugh because he had brought a Christmas jumper with him to the show and, although he didn't wear it on air, he let me take a photo with him wearing it. He came out with a classic, calling it an 'elfie'!!

There were lovely messages from family and friends after the show and I really appreciate all the kind comments on instagram.

It took me a long time to get to sleep last night, I really had a buzz after doing the show. Despite all the anticipation, being brave and doing something so unfamiliar for me was a great adventure. I hope there's many more similar adventures to come!