Friday, 30 August 2013

I had a drink

I'm stitching the binding down on my improv log cabins quilt, hoping to get this done over the weekend and list it in my shop.

I've also been stitching together the siggy bee blocks for my feather quilt, I have plans for including it in the backing. I've finished making the extra feathers I needed for the quilt top and am excited to put the last column together.

I have managed one little finish, nearly 2 months late but here's my July block for the woodland sampler:

and I've started trying to catch up!

The summer holidays wouldn't be complete without us making some more paper crap, so thanks to a 'Charlie and Lola' and a 'Hello Kitty' magazine we managed to make a Hello Kitty caterpillar! I forgot how much fun paper chains are! She's colouring in the face while I type this post.

It is a wonder I've managed anything because the other night I drank (nearly) the whole bottle of this:

It was so scrumptious. I'm a total lightweight and rarely drink at all but this was a nice treat and I would highly recommend it if you like a sweet drink. Oh the lime!! yum! 

**If you haven't already make sure you enter my 2nd year AMAZING giveaway! (open until 4th September)**

**The Fugly Fabric party and Lost the Love are still open for links and giveaways too (close this weekend)**

Linking up:

at Pippa's Patch this week 
and there's a giveaway if you link up!

and finish it up friday at Crazy Mom Quilts

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

when I was two I was nearly new {thank you giveaway}


This week my blog is two. It has been such an amazing experience to connect with so many cool and interesting people and to share my sewing journey with you. Here's some of what I've made over the past two years:

I'm really just beginning to discover the things I love to sew and my style. All the wonderful patterns, tips and techniques in the blogging world have helped me learn so much. I'm excited to carry on working on my skills and showing you my progress; laughing and making mistakes along the way.

To say thank you to everyone and anyone who reads this blog I have gathered together an amazing bunch of goodies to give away, courtesy of my wonderful sponsors and fabulous companies - all of whom I use and highly recommend. I am truly grateful for their generosity and would encourage you to visit and support these shops and products, without which I wouldn't be able to make such pretty things!

Here is the MEGA haul you could win...

 I use Aurifil in all of my projects and the 50wt is perfect for piecing and quilting, they are gorgeous threads.
The wonderful Alex from Aurifil has sent this incredible box of 50wt threads in beautiful colours for me to giveaway:

You can now buy Aurifil from all of my sponsors!

ChristaQuilts has been selling fabric online since 2003. When Christa's husband quit his job a few years later to help her full-time, he decided if you can't beat 'em - join 'em! Christa's goal is to inspire quilters to find joy in creating their own quilts by providing an eclectic mix of fresh, modern and fun fabrics, effective tools, and easy-to-follow instructions in a warm, friendly atmosphere. You can join Christa on her blog

Christa Quilts is giving away a $20 gift certificate to spend on anything in the shop:

The Fat Quarter Shop was founded in 2003 by Kimberly Jolly. From the very beginning, she was committed to delivering top-notch service for every single order and customer. As the Fat Quarter Shop's reputation grew, Kimberly decided to make it a full-time operation. Her husband Kevin joined her not long after, and with his help, lots of hard work, and a tireless commitment, the store began to grow. Over the past few years a few more people have joined the staff! As a team, they continue to branch out with the best fabrics, exclusive kits, quilt clubs, BOMs, and more. And they will always be driven by the passion that Kimberly founded the store upon, which is always giving you the best products and service!

The Fat Quarter Shop are giving away a jelly roll of High Street by Lily Ashbury:

Fluffy Sheep Quilting, launched in spring of 2012, is focused on providing fresh, modern fabric for today’s quilter. Take your time and browse the shop. You are bound to find a little creative inspiration or just the right fabric for a project you have in mind. Fluffy Sheep Quilting carries a gorgeous selection of Kona solids, luscious fat quarter bundles, silky Aurifil threads and handmade quilts. Be sure to check back regularly for new arrivals or seasonal sales. Cindy, the energy behind Fluffy Sheep Quilting, started making her own quilts in 2010 and can not seem to stop! Cindy found it difficult to find crisp, fresh, modern quilting fabric in Ireland, so she was inspired to create an online fabric shop.

Fully Sheep Quilting is giving away this gorgeous stack of DMC Perle Threads no.8 in fabulous rainbow colours:

And finally I recently purchased some fabric from Modern Yardage and was so pleased with the excellent quality and great range of prints. A new digital textile fabric manufacturer, Modern Yardage is dedicated to bringing fresh, contemporary, fun fabrics to the modern sewist. Focusing on a high standard of quality at a great price point, Modern Yardage features a curated team of designers to bring you on trend & fun fabrics for sewing quilts, garments, and endless other projects. 
The fabric designs are never discontinued because they print them when they are ordered, all fabric is pre-washed before printed so it won't shrink, and designs are available in 3 scales and multiple colourways. Genius!

Modern Yardage are giving away a $25 gift certificate to spend on fabric in the shop:

Again a huge thank you to the sponsors of my giveaway and please show them your support or go and thank them on Facebook:



To enter you have 3 chances to win this amazing giveaway (leave 3 separate comments):

1 - Please leave any nice comment that you like.

2 - Be a follower of my blog and leave a separate comment telling me so.

3 - Spread the word about this amazing giveaway; tweet, pin, share it on facebook, blog, whatever and then come back and leave another comment to tell me you did.

MAKE SURE I HAVE A WAY TO CONTACT YOU - 'no reply' bloggers won't win so if you want to win you should leave your email address in the comments.

The giveaway is open internationally, a winner will be chosen by and the winner will be announced on the blog on the 4th September.

Easy peasy!

Thank you lovely readers and good luck!

*please note that although I usually reply to comments I am not able to reply to all the giveaway comments

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

where is the love?

 We spent a lovely bank holiday weekend in South Wales visiting my Dad and now I need to catch up on what's been going on.

The Fugly Fabric Party is open and I'm hoping to get time to check all the links later on - some of the fabric has already gone! There's still time to link up if you've got any unwanted fabric, or link up with Laura if you have unwanted projects...

Now it's my turn to link up to Laura's Lost The Love link party.

I have four 8.5" pinwheel blocks - made using Windsor Lane by Bunny Hill Designs and Kona Snow. It would be super easy just to sew these together to make a big cushion front or use them in a quilt.

I also have 20 rather random triangles, all Kona. I kept meaning to do something with these but haven't,  so you can have them! The long side of the triangle measures 9" to give you an idea of the size.

I'd prefer just to post these out all together so if you want the lot please leave a comment below and I'll pick a winner at the weekend.

Finally, in case you missed it, I did a fun tutorial over at Lily's Quilts making kites for the 'Projects on a Budget' thanks to Abakhan! Check it out :)

Saturday, 24 August 2013

You've Lost That Loving Feeling

**giveaway CLOSED**

Welcome to the link party for unloved fabric. That sounds sad but imagine how happy the things you don't love could make someone else!

Charm About You    Quokka Quilts

I have some fugly fabric to giveaway...

Vintage sheet offcut: measures approx. 95" x 20"

A metre of Mumms the Word, tea party fabric.
Just not my style but would be cute for fussy cutting.

and randomly this cute pair of socks!! Obviously new, slightly fugly but hello campervans and socks are fabric right?!

If you want them, just leave a comment and I will pick a winner when the party closes next week.

Over to you...

- Link up any posts offering up fugly or unwanted fabric - you can have a giveaway, competition or swap, whatever you like.

- The link party will end on Saturday 31st August so please make sure you update your posts if the fabric has gone or the giveaway has closed - you may have people checking your post all week.

- Please link back to this post - you can grab the button from the sidebar on the right.

Get your fugly on and then go check out Laura's Lost The Love link party for unwanted WIPS and blocks!

Friday, 23 August 2013

binding shorts

My son recently got a huge hole in his jeans, as kids do, and I took the obvious decision to cut them into shorts.

I didn't want to just hem them though, boring! So I took out my scraps of binding and let him chose which one he wanted on his shorts. He picked the orange gingham bias binding - clever boy!
I'm sure this has been done many times but here's my tutorial on how I did it.

Cut the strips of binding (this happened to be all I had left!). I didn't properly measure just ran it round the leg and added a bit extra.

Turn the shorts inside out. Leave a tail of binding (don't start at the short edge because you need to sew the edges of the binding together). Since this was ready made binding I just opened it out and sewed along the crease.

When you get close to where you started sewing stop with enough room to match the ends. I do this by folding back the edges so they butt up against each other and trimming off any extra to leave a rough 1/4" seam.

Sew the ends right sides together along the crease you made. Finger press the seams open.

Go back to where you stopped sewing and carry on sewing all the way around.

Turn the shorts the right way round, pull the binding through and fold over the front of the shorts.

I don't bother pressing or pinning but feel free if you want to. Topstitch along the top edge of the binding to finish. I move my needle over to the left and use my foot as a guide to get a neat line.

Then you have one cool looking kid!

*I am celebrating two years of blogging - enter my seriously incredible giveaway here (open until 4th Sept.)*

**The 'You've Lost That Loving Feeling' parties have started - so join us and enter the giveaways etc!! (open until 31st August)**

Linking up:

seven thirty three
at Sewing by Moonlight this week

and finish it up friday at Crazy Mom Quilts

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Simplicity pattern winners!

 Thanks to everyone that entered... here's the lucky winners:

*updated with new winner

If you're a winner please email me with your details and I'll send the patterns out to you.

Sorry to those that didn't win but it is coming up to my second blogging birthday so stay tuned!

Also there is the 'You've Lost That Loving Feeling' link parties this weekend so you can bag yourself some fabric and/or projects - check it out and join in!