Sunday, 30 September 2012

Busy Doing Nothing... I Wish!

I haven't blogged for what feels like an eternity.

We have been so busy these last few weeks, but I have really missed all your comments.

I'm taking part in a couple of swaps at the moment.

The first is:-
Mouthy Stitches 2

We are making a tote bag for our secret partner.  Since I absolutely love making totes, you'd think that this would be a great swap for me but I have to say that I am seriously struggling.  My partner in it is an actual Grown Up.  Her tastes are totally different to mine and I am totally daunted at the prospect of making this bag.

This was my practice attempt at the front and back outside panels.

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I like how it turned out and I love how the quilting works with each block.

But I can't decide on the lining fabric and now I have been daydreaming up something else for her. 


The second swap I'm taking part in is the Modern She Made Swap

Inspired by her sunshine and the mention of ticker tape quilts, this is the start I have made on her item, which is going to be a bag.

Modern She Made Swap take 2

Thanks for reading today.
Cheerio 
Liz
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Friday, 21 September 2012

Japanese + and x Block Tote

I am smiling.  With relief.  The tote I made for Di @ Willowbeck Designs arrived at her's today and she sent me a lovely email to say so.

And it means that I can show you what I have been sewing this last week.

I used the same tutorial for the tote as the one we are required to use for the Mouthy Stitches swap.  Luckily for me, it the tote pattern that I always go to first when I want to make a tote, but being the sewing deviant that I am, I always go off on a fabric tangent somewhat - usually my rectangles are a different size or my handles cut to the width of whatever fabric I grab for them. 

First of all I made a 10 inch Japanese + and x block.  I added a border to make it up to size for the front of the bag.  I also made sure to have a wider border at the bottom, as the corners take up some of the fabric when the bag is finished so I tried to compensate for that.
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Japanese + and x block tote

I spent all afternoon last weekend straight line quilting the outside of the bag, which I used extra special embroidery thread for and the batting was some Quilter's Dream.  It has quite a low loft and added enough strength to the bag when it was densely quilted so that I didn't feel I needed to interface the lining at all.

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I added another row of top stitching to the top of the bag after these photos were taken but I forgot to get a picture of that.

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The back of the bag and a keyfob to match

I used some of my favourite fabric for the lining and rustled up a simple key fob to match.

I loved making this for Di {she missed out on the signups for the Mouthy Stitches swap} and I am chuffed to bits that she is happy with it.

Thanks for popping by today.
Cheerio
Liz
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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Progress Report

I have been doing lots of sewing recently, but sadly I can't show you yet.

I can show you a little mini quilt that I am cooking up. 

It's inspired by the one that Jen of MJ & Co Blog made for Holly, which you can see if you click on the link.

And also by the one that Emily made for Hadley in the Brit Quilt Swap 3.

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I cut into some of the fabric that I won from the Running Chicken Fabric Shop blog giveaway.

Just the quilting and binding to do and it will soon be hanging on my wall, which will make me very cheery.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Cheerio
Liz
xxxx

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Giveaway Happening Right Now!

My lovely friend and fellow Fat Quarterly Retreat Kinky Bee member is hosting her first giveaway.

It's happening right now and you can find it by clicking right here...

http://kettleboiler.blogspot.co.uk/

Good luck if you enter.
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Journal Covers Galore

August and September are a month full of birthdays here.

And this year, I will mostly be making... Journal Covers.

Here are a couple of recent makes, made using this fantastic tutorial {with a little fusible fleece added in for a quilted look} from the Fluffy Sheep Quilting blog.

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Made using one of my favourite Japanese import fabrics
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and the inside flaps in some co-ordinating fairies
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and one with a little rainbow


Thanks for visiting my blog today.
Hope you have a fantastic day.
Cheerio 
Liz
xxx

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Tote-ally Fabulous

As soon as I saw Kelly's tote the other day, I just knew that I should cut into my Melody Miller panel and get making.

My mum has been *showing an interest* in it for a long time and with it being her birthday today, I realised that it was the perfect moment to let my rotary cutter near it.  It took courage but I am very glad that I did because I love how the tote turned out.

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And because it was so lovely today, I thought I would show you the view.

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Thanks for popping by today.
Cheerio for now.
Liz
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Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Brit Quilt Swap 3 Received

I have been waiting for the perfect moment to show you the amazing mini quilt I received in the Brit Quilt Swap Round 3.

This was my inspiration mosaic for my secret partner.


Brit Quilt Swap mosaic - colour inspiration

I did apologise for the number of curves in my mosaic.  I was mostly the colour combinations that I really loved.

I might also have mentioned that I love Tula Pink a bit. And I was also obsessing a lot about Portholes at the time.

And just look what an amazing job my partner did.  It's so Me!



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My parcel also included some great extras.

BQS3 Received Mini made by the very talented helenjanei

The cutest drawstring bag.   The yellow top is a tape measure fabric that I have been coveting for ages.  Not only that but a nice card and necklace kit.

I am so grateful to my lovely partner who was ...

Helen {flikr name helenjanei}

I messaged and emailed her last week but I also wanted to publicly say how very grateful I am for such a special mini quilt.

It is hanging in my sitting room and makes me smile whenever I see it.


Thanks for reading
Cheerio
Liz
xxxx

Monday, 10 September 2012

Homework Heaven

Can you imagine how happy I felt when my little girl came home from school and asked to do some sewing with me for her homework?

Seriously properly chuffed.

I have had a recent flourish of making quilted journal covers as pressies for friends and family's birthdays.  This week Year 3's homework was to cover their Homework Book and my little Dandelion had decided that fabric was the way to go.

We had a thoroughly lovely afternoon picking out fabrics; working out measurements and sewing together.  She is pretty good at straight lines sewn at Tortoise speed already.

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Front cover

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Back cover

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Inside
Hoping that you all had a fantastic weekend.
Cheerio for now
Liz
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Sunday, 9 September 2012

Yesterday's news

Yesterday I joined in with my local 1066 Quilters Guild for a Kaleidoscope workshop with Enid Newman.  Although not my usual style, the idea of learning a few new tips off some seasoned pros was enough to sign me up.  Enid was a fountain of knowledge and friendly too.

I had fun playing with mirrors and learning a thing or two about fussy cutting with freezer paper.

All the fabrics I had taken with me didn't work well in the mirrors, so Enid kindly passed on a pair of suitable curtains for me to repurpose.

After hours of cutting {8 identical 12.5" squares} slicing them up and rearranging them produced this...

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They really aren't *me* at all but...

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wouldn't they look amazing...

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in some gorgeous Heather Ross?

Thanks for stopping by.
Sending lots of love to Hadley and her family today.
Cheerio
Liz
xxxx

Friday, 7 September 2012

Spiderweb Love

The Spiderweb block is finished.

And I am over the moon with how it turned out.  I love it.  Those little bits of selvedge have made me very happy.


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I made this block as a practice for my Bee.  I would really love to ask my fellow Bee members to help me make this quilt but I am worried about the amount of work involved in just one block.  So, I am pondering.  Maybe suggesting that the outer spiderweb sections are solid fabrics, or only asking for half a block.

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Cheerio for now.
Hope you have a lovely day 
Liz
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Wednesday, 5 September 2012

WIP Wednesday

This week, so far, I have been mostly working on...

1.  more of my Selvedges Spiderweb practice bee block
Halfway there now.

Half a spiders web with selvedges


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On the sewing room pinboard
On the busy sewing space pinboard


2.  And also on the September blocks for the Fat Quarterly Retreat Bee.  This month it is my very lovely friend Moira's turn and her block choice is brilliant. Bento blocks made using this tutorial.


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Linking up with
Thanks for reading.
Cheerio for now 
Liz
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Sunday, 2 September 2012

Phew That Was Close

School is back this week and, with only a few precious sewing hours left, I managed to squeeze in the last of the new kit.

Pencil cases are so last week! *snigger*

This week it was the turn of the Bouteille Porteur.

{oh blimey I do hope that means Bottle Carrier in French}  It sounds so much more unusual in French, don't you think?

I sort of followed the instructions from the Zakka Style Sewing book.  My poor old brain did not really like all those WORDS.  I really need more picture instructions these days.  I am so used to following photo tutorials online for everything I make.  Its made me really lazy in a kind of "Bubble from Ab Fab" sort of a way.  So, I mostly had to wing it.


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It went okay; pretty well in fact.

I just hope that I don't wince too much when I see my little Dandelion come running out of school with it dragging along the ground behind her!

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I can at last {and fleetingly} have a smiley mummy moment - the last requisite item of stationery was sourced today: The Covered Pencil Sharpener; all the home sewn school supplies are completed (and in the nick of time); and new uniform purchased.  Phew that was close, but its all come together today.  By next weekend, I am sure to feel like a bedraggled mess attempting to juggle the overly hectic schedule that seems to come hand in hand with having a 7 year old these days.   Don't get me wrong, I am not complaining. I love the pace of life... really.  Its just that I am always left with the feeling that my end of year report would say "Must do better".

At least we had time to squeeze in some important tree house building today.   Smiles all round.

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Hope you had a good day too.
Cheerio for now.
Liz
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Saturday, 1 September 2012

Fresh Sewing Day

August is over and its time to link up with the Fresh Sewing Day over at Lily's Quilts.

I have been making lots of birthday pressies this month; so I still can't show you those yet.

But here is a bit of what I made in August 2012 whilst watching the Olympics and avoiding the rain.


August 2012 makes

Plans for September include:
  • hoping to get onto the Mouthy Stitches Swap
  • receiving my Brit Quilt Swap Mini, Pretty {little} Pouch, I-Spy Charm swap
  • Space Dust Quilt Along 
  • More handquilting 
  • Local Quilt Guild Kaleidoscope workshop

I am sad that August is done.  We have had such a fun summer with the Dandelions.  But I do love blog hopping to see what everyone made over the month.

Cheerio for now
Liz
xxxx