Friday, 29 November 2013

Alphabet embroidered quilt

I am really proud of this quilt. It took me a while to decide what to do with those cute bear, alphabet and number panels but a little bit of embroidery and some bright modern fabric makes for an adorable baby quilt!

I used different stitches to highlight details on each letter block.

Of course there's a 'Q' quilt!

mmm french knot cherries!

I did straight line quilting with my trusty cone of Aurifil 50wt in 2021.

The quilt is for sale in my Etsy shop.

I used different bold modern fabrics and dots and the backing is Riley Blake, Apple of My Eye - I really love that print! The black and white stripe binding worked perfectly.

Linking up:

link up here
and finish it up friday at Crazy Mom Quilts

Thursday, 28 November 2013

the best shopping weekend

I'm sure you're all busy making the most of all the crazy Black Friday sales and I will be joining you in my quest for gorgeous fabric at discounted prices!

I am starting at  Fluffy Sheep Quilting where Cindy is giving us 20% off:

Today, Saturday and Sunday I am offering 20% off everything in the shop with the code BlackSheep....even the new stuff like ScrumptiousBriar RoseRoad 15 and Sunnyside.  Just enter the code at checkout by clicking on Use Coupon Code to the left under the pictures of your pretty fabric in the shopping cart.  Happy shopping!

I was lucky enough to win a gift voucher to Fluffy Sheep Quilting from the very kind Shanna this week, great timing! Thanks Shanna :)

Here's what I've chosen to buy:

2wenty Thr3e FQ bundle, because I love this line so much and a Happy Go Lucky FQ bundle, such cute prints.

Cindy does fabulous bundles, brilliant stash builders and has a great range of Kona Solids, Aurifil thread and sumptuous DMC perle cotton. Head over to Fluffy Sheep Quilting and grab some for yourself!

Friday, 22 November 2013

a pair of foxy brooches

Last night I whipped up this pair of cute fox brooches

The free kit came with Issue 32 of Mollie Makes.
These will be gifts for teachers. 

If you have made any little gifts from magazines or other kits come and join the giving free gifts craft-a-long!

Charm About You

Oh and I was in the city centre this afternoon so, of course, I popped into Abakhan - I had no spare cash to buy anything but in the quilting fabric section I spotted this gorgeous Tula Pink fabric for £5.75 a metre!

There's lots of other gorgeous fabrics and I have my eye on some cute Russian doll cotton. If you're near to Manchester I suggest you head to Abakhan and grab some fabric!

Linking up:

and finish it up friday at Crazy Mom Quilts

Thursday, 21 November 2013

just some randomness

I am quite partial to Ryan Gosling, almost enough to buy these earrings from Harts and Stars. Husband might have something to say about it though I could always get a custom order of his face instead. Alternatively the Golden Girls rings would be a good choice:

I do enjoy stumbling across fun shops on Etsy. I also love it for hosting my shop and I'm thrilled I had an order for two of my embroidered cushions this week :)
I've got the embroidery part done:

Here's my kids at the park this past weekend, I didn't realise until I just looked at the pictures they are my troop of primary colours!

The baby is wearing a cute fleece onesie - it belonged to her brother and we call it the lobster suit - it keeps her toasty warm!

I had reason to smile when this gorgeous wallet arrived from the wonderfully talented Heather. We agreed a swap (I sent her some fabric scraps, which totally seems unfair after all her amazing work) and really my pictures don't do it justice. I adore the 70s vibe of these big flowers and I know I will be grinning every single time I look at it!

She even included some lovely fabric for me too, thank you so much Heather, you truly are a star! You can see much better pictures and read all about the pattern in this post by Heather. I needed some cheering up and this more than did the job.

I managed to make these bee blocks for Celine in the Simply Solids Bee:

And finally I've made a start on my giving free gifts projects. Well it was going ok until I realised I had no strong glue, so here's how far I got with the oilcloth purse:

I was so frustrated I decided to go ahead and make the simple ornament from Issue 1 of Love Patchwork and Quilting. Urm, well I only chose 3 of the fabrics that were supplied and I kind of hurried it so it doesn't look as good and the one on the front of the kit. But hey it has a certain charm. If you're going to make this one I suggest you do as the project tells you ;)

I guess that finish means I will be the first to link up!! If you'd like to join in I'm having a craft-a-long of free gifts that come with magazines, but please feel free to link up any small makes that would be good gifts. Shanna even prepares her own little kits of projects to sew between bigger projects - I can't wait to see some of those!

You can link up your finished projects HERE

Live A Colorful Life

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

giving free gifts {a craft-a-long}

When the latest issue of Mollie Makes dropped through my door I had an epiphany. The free kit with Issue 34 is an adorable 70s style doll and they suggested it would be a great stocking filler... well yes... it would! My eldest daughter would love it. And that got me thinking, I know I've got more of those kind of things lying around. Turns out I've got thirteen of those free kits from different craft magazines. Thirteen?! I seem to have developed a magazine addiction along with the fabric one.

What a waste to have those supplies lying around while I'm trying to think up gifts to make for teachers. If I have time I'd love to also make little fabric baskets to put them in but if not they'd be just as cute tied up to a bar of chocolate! Some of them would be ideal for this and some others my kids would love to have at Christmas.

So in the spirit of using what you have and creating some extra little gifts would you like to join me? If you have any of those free kits now is the perfect time to make them up!

I've created a blog page and link for us to add our free kit makes. The link is now open and will stay open until the end of December. I would appreciate help getting the word out so please grab the button and add it to your blog:

Charm About You

Of course you don't have to give them away and if you've made any of those free kits recently then feel free to add them to the link party - I know I've seen a couple around.

I don't know how many I will be able to do but it will be fun to try some different projects and none of them are very difficult makes.

I'm starting with an easy quick one (I hope!). The oilcloth coin purse from Issue 24 of Mollie Makes:

You can link up with makes using free kits from any craft magazine, I also have some from Crafty and one from Love Patchwork and Quilting.

I'm hoping I'm not the only person with a collection of free kits waiting to be made!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Sunday, 17 November 2013

more Making Christmas

Ok my original list wasn't very creative but then I knew there were things I needed to make but couldn't remember so it's time for an update...

- Christmas gifts for kid's school teachers - need ideas!!
- Christmas ornaments - planned but not started
- Quilt for one of my best friends Giant Chevron Quilt - done!

and I'm adding:

- yoga bag - I started making this for a gift last Christmas but what with being so heavily pregnant I never finished it. This will be the year!

- custom quilt order - since I'm being paid this really has to be done.

- dresses for the girls - I have wanted to do this for a long time (when there was only 1 girl!) so I think I should finally get round to it before they get much bigger and I need more fabric ;) I have had the supplies to make a dress since I started blogging, how sad that it's been tucked away all that time!


We announced the theme for le challenge, this month make anything based on the theme PRECIOUS and link up on December 15th!

Friday, 15 November 2013

Blondedesign has more fun!

I am pleased to welcome Blondedesign as a new sponsor, Karen's shop is full of gorgeous goodies and I'm a huge fan of her beautiful binding. While I was pregnant I stitched this sewing case and used a gorgeous orange gingham bias binding. I've had a couple of attempts at making my own bias binding but I hate it and refuse to do it, I just choose from Karen's great selection.

Here's Karen to tell you a bit more:

Blondedesign-a stitch in time was started by myself Karen Gamble.  Dare I say I'm an Essex Gal.  For as long as I can remember, in my spare time, I quilt and sew. I had my first sewing machine from Santa at about 10 years old. My father was a tailor and my grandfather made bags from off cuts of Ford seat fabrics - recycling in the 60's! It’s in the blood!

I specialise in basics and stash builders - building blocks we all need! Growing every week with new fabrics coming in. I love to shop by colour, so that is my next move on menu systems. Who doesn't love a rainbow quilt?! I shall be changing my website in the next few weeks with renewed focus on solid, textured, and patterned 100% cotton quilting weight fabrics.

I have a terrible love for bias bindings, a bit of a passion of mine! Over 200 and still growing, sourced from Europe. Yes I know we can all make our own, as well as the quilts, but these save you time, money and heartache! Put it this way, I love to use them and only buy them if I do. Perfect for quilt edging, skirts, tea cosy, even lace edge ones, all those things that need an oomph and detailing.

Watch this space as more buttons should be arriving in the next week. More sizes, more choice, bags of buttons and well, just buttons!

Regular Offers:

For every Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine that comes out I will choose a project, albeit one I want to make too! and do an offer for that month.
For example: This month a snowball quilt, throw size. The fabrics for the cover front would cost you £70.00 or more alone but I'm offering £60.00 - 15 x FQ and 1.75 m White, all Moda fabrics to make it but still a bargain even if you just stick the fabrics in your stash!

The same applies to a Mollie Makes Project. I will select one that may use FQs, fat 8ths etc. and upload an offer saving you money.

Also, coming soon, a monthly giveaway on my blog.

The website is easy to use, clean looking, with a great modern feel.I am still evolving my business so I am open to all feedback and what you want to see.

Pre-Christmas; Free Delivery!

Thanks Karen! 

Be sure to check out Blondedesign and take advantage of the free UK postage.