Friday, 6 July 2012

Oh Mr Sun

Recently I've not spent as much time at my machine as I'd like... the good news is I have finished quilting my Shattered Stained Navy and just have to sew the binding on so I should have a reveal soon!

I also managed to make a cute I-Spy baby quilt to donate to my son's school PTA raffle. I hope someone will enjoy it.


I am officially in love with scrappy binding! This is the first time I've used it and it just looks so fun.


I have done a little bit of hand sewing. I finished another Rose Star block:


I adore making these but I'm trying not to think how many I still have to make to do a whole quilt! This is the fifteenth one I've done. If you like to try, please go and visit SelfSewn and her marvelous tutorial!

I also decided to start (and finish) a new project. After seeing Laura's gorgeous veggie stitched bag I decided my plain bag from the Fat Quarterly Retreat could also do with a bit of stitching loveliness! I've totally gone off veggies since being pregnant though so I had to think of something else... and since I'll be carting around baby gear with me again I thought I'd stitch a baby bag theme!


We're not going to find out the gender of the baby (unless my husband can convince me otherwise... although I'd need a really big bribe - like a new sewing machine!!), so I went with bright fun colours.

All the patterns are from the Sublime Stitching book. I seriously can't recommend this book enough! Great tips and I want to sew all the patterns in it, they are so fun.



I have no idea what happened to the glorious sunshine but it's raining cats and dogs here today. Thankfully I was able to relax yesterday and spend some much needed fun time with the fantastic Kitchen quilt guild over at Lynne's. Sitting in the sun, eating cake and talking sewing - life doesn't get much better :)

Yet again I forgot my camera but there was a fabulous show and tell of the wonderful things these creative ladies have been making - go and visit Lynne, Trudi, Katy, Mandy and Laura (whose birthday is tomorrow, Happy Birthday chick!) to see what they are working on. They are so talented! I really enjoyed getting some tips from Trudi and getting to see her outstanding quilting up close was totally wonderful and so inspiring.


Now if you're getting your sew on and fancy a fabric splurge, what better way to do it than take advantage of a SALE!

Prints to Polka Dots are having a fabulous sale, with up to 50% off!! Check out all the great reductions and also use the discount code below to stock up on goodies!


Click HERE to visit the shop!


I'm linking up to:

There and Back



  
at Quokka Quilts this week




This weekend I'm determined to catch up on much neglected bee blocks, wish me luck!

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33 comments:

  1. Cute bag for your baby stuff, Lucy! And fun that you aren't finding out what you are having. If we had boys and girls I wouldn't find out either, but with all boys I just had to know if this one was a girl! Glad you have such a fun group of ladies to meet up with!

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  2. Beautiful stitching, Lucy! Wow! It almost makes me want to have another baby just so I could make one. Hopefully my sister will get pregnant soon so I don't have to. LOL.

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  3. gorgeous stitching, and I love your rose star

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  4. Your stitching is stunning!

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  5. Glad you decorated your bag too - they were gagging for it I reckon!!

    Are you getting all the hacked Prints to Polka Dots blog updates? - I emailed Claire, she never replied!

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  6. Crap! Lucy, I totally missed your wonderful news - hug congrats!!! Your embroidery is awesome (so neat!) it makes that wee bag just divine.

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  7. Your stitchery is adorable!! I just found out that I'm going to be a grandma to a baby girl in November. My son and his wife took a secret envelope with the baby's gender to the bakery. The bakery baked a cake with a hidden layer of pink frosting. They had a little party, cut the cake and we all got the surprise together. Sorry, this is letter and not a comment! And I think every pregnant woman should get exactly what they want....even if it's a sewing machine!

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  8. I love your baby bag - you'll be the envy of the baby group!

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  9. Oh Lucy Lu I totally missed your last blog post, I am in flutters with your exciting news eeeekkkkk! I can't believe I missed the big reveal. I am so happy for you, congratulations! Looking forward to watching all the goofy cute baby makes appear :-)
    Loves you! x

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  10. Congrats on your baby news Lucy!! Amazing :D Fabulous stitching too, your stitches look PERFECT!
    Jessie, xo

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  11. Beautiful stitching and love the Rose Star block! Looking forward to seeing more of your lovely work! =)

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  12. Your stitchin on the bag is perfect!

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  13. Your bag is adorable! We're not finding out the sex of our baby either (and didn't with our other two). It really is the most incredible surprise I've ever received. :)

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  14. Lovely to see you are around and about again!
    Happy sewing! happy bee blocks. And good luck on the new machine!

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  15. Great projects there! loving the bag your embroidery skills are awesome! =D

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  16. Love the stitching! Di x

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  17. Beautiful baby bag! Your stitching looks fab :)

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  18. Your stitching is impeccable!! Pregnancy obviously agrees with you! 15 Rose Stars- I'm impressed!

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  19. What a beautiful bag! Your stitching is beautiful! I really like your Rose Star block too... the more I see those blocks, the harder it is to resist making them!

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  20. I would be happy to send you some sun...as long as you take the 105 temps as well. My kiddos are getting pretty cranky in this heat! Love the bag...your embroidery is super fantastic! And, I agree, the Rose and Star blocks are way fun!!!

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  21. The stitching is gorgeous! And so is the quilt! you may not be doing as much but it is looking great!

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  22. You have been a busy girl! Love your stitching and your RS block!

    Lucky baby - are you making a baby quilt for yours yet?

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  23. All gorgeous - your stitching is so perfect!

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  24. Lucy I'm still so frigging excited you are preggers! Agh!!! Love the eye-spy quilt. So, what do you need for the baby?

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  25. Hi Lucy. Glad you are feeling well. Happy stitching : )

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  26. Oh good luck with that new sewing machine. Lol. Love the stitching. and congrats on the baby. :)

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  27. Lucy, your stitches are amazing (and I have seen the real deal as well, even better in real life!)
    I love what you have done with the bag

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  28. love what you have been working on especially your rose star 15 is loads I am sure you will have enough for even a lap quilt soonish! lovely x

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  29. Great job on the I spy, and loving the new and improved bag!

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  30. Your stitching is so perfect! Hope your having some good (unhealthy) cravings - obviously chocolate is the perfect replacement for veggies ;o)

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  31. LOL! Sewing machine bribe :-) Keep working that angle. The embroidery looks so pretty, and I love that Rose Star. I've only got ten done, so feel good about your 15!

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  32. Oh man, your embroidery is just beautiful! Such lovely stitches!

    I'm the kind of person who always spoils surprises for myself, so I needed to know if our children were going to be boys or girls. We didn't know with #2 and it was sooooooo hard!!!

    Thanks for linking up to The Handmade Parade! xx

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