Wednesday, 16 April 2014

so fresh and so clean

My husband had the urge to spring clean over the weekend and the downstairs of our house looks much brighter and a bit less cluttered (ignoring my sewing stuff and the kids toys!). It must have been catching because I cleaned up my blog a little... I'm liking the fresher look, it feels like Spring.

Charm About You


This week I got these adorable Rocket Age prints from Fluffy Sheep Quilting. I think these are just so cool and I love the retro look. Rockets and space... obviously my son loves them too! I have to think of something fun to make him, maybe shorts for the Summer?


As a bonus when I ordered I used up some of my reward points. There's a clever computer thingy in the site that works out your reward points when you make a purchase and you can check the points in your account and use them any time. In my book that's basically getting free fabric (or Aurifil, or perle or any other lovely thing in the shop) for buying fabric and it's amazing how quickly those points add up! Head over and take a look, there's lots of fabulous fat quarters, all under £3!


I've been doing some hand quilting, straight lines and circles, on a baby quilt for a friend. I drew round a glass for the circles and it reminded me how annoying drawing on fabric can be. I've tried loads of different pens and methods for marking, when it comes to straight lines nothing beats a hera marker but when I want to draw a circle or pattern I want a pen. Pencils seem to drag so much, the pens that disappear in the air are ok and that blue one that washes off is pretty good but for some reason both make me a bit nervous.


I recently ordered a frixion pen because I know other bloggers have recommended it. I wasn't convinced and still felt nervous but oh how wrong I was! This pen is awesome. It writes so smoothly with no dragging, it's really easy to see on the fabric (I bought a black one) and you just iron the quilt and it vanishes. VANISHES. Even under the perle thread?! I don't really understand (nor do I actually care) how it works, it just DOES! I even scribbled out a line where I'd messed up and it completely disappeared. Hello me drawing loads of embroidery patterns, quilting patterns and whatever else I want not to be permanent. Very clever pen.


Le Challenge

There's a new theme over at le challenge, this month it is NATURE. Are you working on anything that fits the theme or are you inspired to make something new? The link party for finished projects is 15th May. Head over to check it out, there's a random winner every month!



WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

14 comments:

  1. Not wishing to point out the obvious, friction and heat are synonymous ;o)

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  2. you are really tempting me with those Rocket Age prints! I am still a bit worried about the Frixion pens - I read a review saying that sometimes after washing the lines re-appear. Hopefully that won't happen to you :-) Love the new look blog too.

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  3. I was told if you put the fabric in the freezer the lines reappear....

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  4. Those rocket prints look really great for a child inspired by outer space. Enjoy using them.

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  5. Love the new blog header! Spring clean over took me today! And it's Autumn here! LOL! But such beautiful weather shows all the dust so I had to get rid of it! Now to mess it up with some sewing! :-))

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  6. Funny how Spring makes you want to tidy.....

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  7. maybe I will finish my maple leaf and do two jobs at once, le challenge and FAL2

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  8. Nice clean, fresh, spring look for your blog!

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  9. I caved on the rocket age, too. love the look! and love the look of your new, simple header although I am going to miss the pretty lace. =) it's about time I updated mine, too.

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  10. I live those frixion pens. I also use them a lot in my diary because you can just rub them out

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  11. I've managed one room and a cupboard so far. Kitchen on Thursday - gulp! Love the spring lemon look

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  12. I love the frixion pens and use them for exactly what you said: quilting designs and embroidery drawings. They do reappear if the fabric gets freezing, just be aware. I don't know, does it get to zero or below inside your house ever? My daughter put some scraps in the freezer just to see if it did show again. It did work!

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