Friday, 31 August 2012

I Heart Selvedges

I :heart: Selvedges.

Yup, that's right I have completely fallen in love with the little blighters.

I love them even more now I have checked up on the correct spelling of the word {Selvage in the US and Selvedge in the UK} and found out this little gem too:-
The terms selvage and selvedge are a corruption of "self-edge", and have been in use since the 16th century.
I am planning to ask for blocks like these Spiderweb blocks when it's my turn in the Fat Quarterly Kinky Bee and my lovely team mates have already agreed to help me out by saving their selvs for me.  The lovely Carol, who is in the other half of the Bee, was so kind and sent me some of her's.  I am extremely very totally grateful to her and I can't tell you how much fun it is to play with someone else's selvs.  I feel like I just won the lottery!

My month is November, so there is quite a time to go, but I had to have a practise run and here is my first attempt.


I can't wait to make seven more, so that I can see the spiderweb design emerge.


Cheerio for today 

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Scrappy boxy pencil case

Okay I will admit it.  I am slightly madly deeply in love with making boxy pencil cases at the moment.  They are just so satisfying to make.  They go together quickly and finish *perfectly* every time.

I made another tonight as an *extra* swap goodie for the Pretty {little} Pouch Swap.  I collected up a handful of gorgeous scraps to include too.

Apologies for the naff night lighting in these pics

Swap goodies ready to send

Bottom of the scrappy pencil case

Swap goodies - leaf side of pouch
Off to blog surf all the giveaways currently going on at the moment.  Do you have a blog giveaway at the moment?  Leave me a comment and let me know.
Thanks for stopping by.
Cheerio for today

Saturday, 25 August 2012

The Pencil Case Era

I have spent the afternoon listening to Radio 2.

The smell of dinner {a Beef and Guiness Stew recipe courtesy of Ceri at Inspired by Felix} wafting around the house.

The sounds of two noisy children and one {getting grumpier due to the footie scores} hubster.

Making my first boxy pencil case for one of Dandelion Daughter's friends.  You see, she and her classmates have officially reached the age of the back to school Pencil Case Era.  They are no longer Infants and as a Junior, they are required to have their own stationery supply #excited.

What else could I make for one of her bessie mates pressies then, than a pencil case stashed full of sweeties.

I used this really great tutorial  by Annie Get Your Glue Gun.  It's brilliant but sadly I am not!  My first attempt ended in disaster as I seam ripped right through the zip.  Arghhhhhh! ... I wont do that again!

Twenty minutes and one new zip later and it had all come good.



So, what have you been up to this rainy August Saturday?

Friday, 24 August 2012

The Pretty {little} Pouch is Done

As soon as I read my partner's questionnaire in the Pretty {little} Pouch Swap, this idea started forming in my mind.  I {really} hope that she likes it.

I used Elizabeth Hartman's fantastic pattern.  I love how the zip has covered little ends.


Here is a {little} arty outdoors snap of the 9 patch block side.


And now a {little} pretty garden table with flowers shot to show the leafage side.


I shall stuff it full of extras and fling it in the postal system with love.

I HAVE to just end today's post with an enormous Whoop Whoop for my lovely friend Laura who passed her Extremely The Hardest Mostest Awful law exam today.  Well done on a well deserved pass.

Cheerio for today.
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Hand Quilting Fun

I am really enjoying making an extra special pouch for the Pretty {little} Pouch Swap.

I have finished both the front and back outside panels.

And added my first little bit of hand quilting to both sides.


I used some lovely Perle Cotton that I got at the Sandown Quilt Show.

Pouch swap leaf detail progress pic

Hand quilting is so much more enjoyable and quick than I thought it would be.  I am so pleased with how it transforms them both, even with my slightly wonky stitches.

I am really smitten but I am totally struggling to find the right needle to use.  My local haberdashery shop didn't have any quilting needles with big enough eyes for the Pearle Cotton.  I really must try and find something more suitable online because I can't wait to do a bit more hand quilting asap.

Cheerio for today 

Sunday, 19 August 2012

I'm Seeing Green

I'm seeing green...

no, not because I am jealous...

I was feeling a bit envious of everyone traipsing off to the Festival of Quilts, but then my darling friend Moira {Mrs Kettleboiler} sent me a share of her haul.  I am bowled over by her kindness


Dandelions.  Aren't they just THE best.  I can see these as fussy cut centres of my next blocks.

Anyway, I digress... back to the whole seeing green thing...

I signed up for another secret swap.  I think I'm addicted to swaps.  They seem to get my creative juices flowing; make me try something new and different and entice me with all the suspense of trying to suss out who is making what for me in return.

This one is called the Pretty {little} Pouch Swap Round 5 and IT is the reason I am seeing green...

here is what I have done so far...

String pieced, needle-turn freestyle leaf applique
Tiny paper pieced 9 patch
String pieced, needle-turn style freestyle leaf applique

I have spent all day on these tiny little details but I think that they fit my partner's brief pretty well, so I hope that she likes them.

A question for you
When I was sewing today, I used a lovely Olive Green thread and I realised that its probably my favourite colour thread.
And then it got me wondering...
What is your favourite colour everyday machine sewing thread?

Please leave me a comment and let me know.
Kind regards and cheerio

Plum and June

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Check out Sarah's Lovely Mug Rug Tutorial on the Blog Hop today

It's my amazingly talented {bloggy} friend Sarah's turn on the Plum and June Blog Hop today.

Her blog is always a great read and I'm sure that she would love it if you hop on over to visit her today.

You can find her here.

And she has a really great tutorial today for this mug rug.

Source: Sarah Sews Quilting Blog

The rest of the Blog Hop this week is detailed here and its always a lot of fun.

I have lots of birthday pressies to stitch together this week and next, so probably wont have much that I can blog about lest the recipients might glance upon their surprise gifts.

Hope you are having a great week.
Thanks for reading.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Not One Number!

Well, after all my recent wins, I took Katy and Gertie Pye's advice and bought a lottery ticket for last nights draw.

I was really hoping to win it big time because there is a lot of fabric that I {need} to add to my teensy tiny stash.

And I would really love to host another giveaway here too.

But alas not one of my numbers popped out of Guievere's orifice.

I did make a couple of scrappy coasters following Charlotte's ruddy brilliant tutorial.  They need a bit more quilting but my bobbin thread ran out and then Mo Farrah made me shout and cheer and then finally sob, so I had to sit down for a while.


Now I am totally addicted and itching to make some more of these tonight.  Charlotte {aka the Wee Pixie} totally ROCKS for her super fantastic tutorial.  

I really think we should have a Coaster Off (like a Dance Off but with a lot more sewing and less embarrassing moves).

The time to cook dinner has come.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Japanese + and x Table Runner Ta-Dah

It's quilted and bound, and I have to say it has turned out to be one of my favourite finishes ever.

It's made from random scraps.

Inspired by the FQRK Bee Blocks for this month.

I quilted it simply by outlining the grey triangles in the blocks. {thanks to Susan and Ceri for this suggestion}

I think this is the first time that I have used the same fabric for my binding as for my border.  I always thought it a {dull} or *boring* option.  But I was totally wrong about that and I LOVE how it blends.  It gives the finish a really polished look.

Now, have I bigged it up enough?????

*drumroll please*
and maybe a little blast of the opening of Kanye West's "Gold Digger"
Editing to add: Ugh to this awful video but my advice would be to press play, overt your gaze, and scroll quickly past on to the quilted eye candy below.

and here...






Hoping you have a happy Saturday.
Kind regards

Friday, 10 August 2012

The Mod Pop Pattern Winner... its ME!

I have a huge smile on my face.

I've been on a bit of a roll recently.  I won Sue Bone's summer reads book giveaway and then a fantastic pre-cuts book from The Sewing Directory too.  Both of those prizes are brilliant and I am super chuffed with them.

To top it all off, the very talented and lovely Jennifer from Knotted Thread blog contacted me to let me know that I had won her giveaway for the {not yet released} Mod Pop Quilt Pattern by Julie Avant of Distant Pickles greatness.

It's currently in the testing phase but just take a look at these.

Mod Pop
Source: Mod Pop by shecanquilt on Flickr
Source: Knotted Thread blog

Mod Pop Cover Girl
by Julie@Distant Pickles on Flickr

I really can't wait to get this pattern in my sticky mitts.  I am already itching to get started and I know that I will probably be daydreaming about what fabrics to use for the next few days.

I would really love it to have this sort of vibe about it.  This is the quilt that I lust over most at the moment.

Modern Drunkard's Path
Source: Flickr Modern Drunkards Path by chichadeesimone
Any thoughts/fabric colour opinions/tips/ramblings about how I might merge the two will be very gratefully received.


Wednesday, 8 August 2012

We're Home and WIP Wednesday

Thank to all those who provided some great travel sickness advice in response to my last post.  I am pleased to report that we made it home without further incident.

We had a fantastic time at Burghley.  I am still humming the Abba songs even now.

Watching Mamma Mia @burghley with family

The next day, all of the usual suspects went out for lunch.

Out for lunch with the usual suspects And him
And her And me {#happiness}

That is hubster, boy dandelion, girl dandelion and me.

It was so nice to have a few days away together but I think we were all glad to see this sight...

Coming home

...the Dartford Crossing, which always means we are nearly {home}.

Between Dandelion family time and the amazing Olympic Games, there hasn't been that much time for sewing but I have managed to get the runner basted and a few {straight!} lines of quilting done too.



Hoping that you are having a good week.
I haven't had any time for blog reading, but hopefully I will catch up over the next few days.  I have really missed all your comments and replies. 

Cheerio me lovelies

Friday, 3 August 2012

Road Trip

Just a quick mobile post.

We are on a road trip to see relatives and celebrate by gorgeous niece's 21st birthday.

We left really early to try and get past Dartford before rush hour.

That didn't work out too good. Apparently, our newest Dandelion get very very car sick now {argh}. We made it about 20 mins up the road before exploring our first layby.

After several more laybys, we decide to visit Tonbridge park and play on the fab playground. Then the Pharmacist saved the day with chewy lozenges of sanity and travel bands of fun!

Several hours later and we have arrived at our little shelter for the night. Later we have a date with Mama Mia at Burghley House. I'm sure I shall cry at Slipping Through My Fingers.

A quick pic of what I have been sewing for the last two days.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

July 2012 makes

FQRK Bee Block AugustZakka sew alongZakka sew alongSignature block for FQRK BeeFirst FQRK Bee BlockFirst FQRK Bee block
 "Darkroom Daydreams" mini quilt for the Brit Quilt Swap3 Table RunnerPencilmania Mini QuiltTable Runner
July 2012 makes, a set on Flickr.
A selection of the things I made in July.

And a mosaic of those makes too
My creation for July 2012

Linking up with
Lily's Quilts