Thursday, 24 January 2013

Scrappy Trip Variation Cushion

On Sunday I had the urge to sew up another scrappy little squares cushion.

I grabbed a couple of spare jelly roll strips that I had left over from another project.

Six strips to be precise.

And then I thought I would use the Scrappy Trip method to sew the whole lot into loops before cutting 2.5 inch strips, so that I could open the seams in different places.  In the end, I opened up the strips in two places and then made 9-patches.

It was fun and impulsive, and pretty quick too.


Wednesday, 23 January 2013

WIP Wednesday and Not Plucking Up Courage

I've done a little teeny tiny bit of sewing tonight; adding another border to the iSpy quilt  *yawn*.

It's definitely going to be my Lovely Finish for February, I hope!

I-Spy A Rainbow
This is an old pic - now there are three borders; white/chevrons/white

In the meantime, I wanted to show you this...

It started out as my entry into the X-Factor Pillow Swap {which is a Flikr swap where you make a cushion within the requirements of the swap ~ this time is it scrappy squares ~ and anonymously enter into the swap.  Then on the closing date, everyone votes on their faves and the swap takes place accordingly to popularity}.

It seemed like a good time to crack out the Japanese Import charms from the swap last year.  I wanted to make something special.  I cut lots of the charms into quarters.  Japanese prints are just so damn cute!


But then I chickened out of entering and I thought I would just add it to the WIP pile.

Yep, it is officially too scary a swap for me!  Full of self doubt and loathing I folded it up and...

As I went to pack it away, I realised that all those ickle squares would make the perfect iSpy cushion for my bestest friend from school and her three gorgeous girls.  I have been trying to find the right thing to make her for a while and once I realised this was it, I really wanted to make it extra special.   *shhhhh she doesn't know this is for her yet, but I'm almost positive that she doesn't read my blog, so I can share it with you*

I took some lace trim and added it a la flange stylee, and coupled with some pindot binding, I think its possibly one of my best makes ever.

There is a hidden zip in the back.

Do I hear you shout "Action shots please!"?  well of course, your wish is my commando...



Linking up with the magnificent

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Cheerio for today

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Book Make Challenge

  Heart of Charnwood

Inspired by the idea of using one of my many craft books to make something every month this year, I am pleased to complete January's item.

My littlest Dandelion is starting at Nursery School this week.

I think that we are both a bit nervous about it, though neither of us will admit it to the other, of course.

I thought that he'd like to be just like his big Sis and take his drink in a bottle carrier.

teamed up with a little Super Hero fabric.




Cheerio for today 

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Neptune Finish

January is just flying by, but I am pleased to report that progress is good.

After trying out several binding options, I decided to use the Neptune layer cake squares for the binding on the special Neptune cushion.  I was a little worried about not being able to join the strips on the bias because of the size of the strips but the straight joins went together just fine and it all came together perfectly.

This is one *Lovely* finish that I am very pleased to tick off my list.

Neptune Cushion Complete

and a shot of the back which I think shows off the binding a little more.

Neptune Cushion back

Linking up with the mid-month check in over at:- 

Cheerio for now 

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Doll Quilt Swap #13 Finish

I have been beavering away on my entry for the Doll Quilt Swap #13.

After doing as much stalking swap-partner watching as possible, I decided to give this paper pieced pattern a go.  It is a really lovely design and since rainbow colours seemed to fit the bill...

DQS#13 All Finished

The middle square looked a little empty, so I couldn't resist using one of my special Japanese charm squares to make a sewing machine/notions hexagon applique.  I have hand quilted around that with a lovely red Pearle cotton thread.


Here is the label on the back.  I went for an English Paper Pieced block.

My swap-partner's name has been blurred as it's a surprise swap.

DQS#13 label

I am so happy with how it turned out.

I love the little pop of colour that the flange adds to the border/binding.

What have you been up to?

Cheerio for now

Friday, 11 January 2013

Scrappy Trip Along With Selvedges

I tried to resist.

But when the idea of making a Scrappy Trip Along block using selvedges popped into my mind, I knew I was going to have to make just one of these popular blocks for the Selvedge Sampler quilt {WIP}.

When The *Selvedge Supremo* that is Riel from The Q and U Quilting Blog added to my ideas with the plan of having the selvedge running down the centre of the 2.5" squares, I just had to get to work.

First I made the 6 strips needed for the block.  I almost left them like this because they looked so beautiful.  I basically too the selvedge with about an inch of fabric left on and sewed the same fabric to the selvedge so that it ran down the middle of the strip.

Scrappy Trip with Selvedges

I completely apologise for the *crappy photo - it's dark here but I just had to share this with you because I have a busy weekend ahead {birthday celebrations, you know!} and I seriously don't want to forget show you this.

It needs better lighting and more ironing but you get the gist.

Scrappy Trip Along with Selvedges

It is so ridiculously fabulous.

The white selvedge strip goes across which the Scrappy Trip brings out the diagonal.  Whoop Whoop!  Selvedges ROCK!

Have a good weekend.
I will see you again when I'm a year older!

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Finish A-Long First Quarter

she can quilt

My sewing goals for the First Quarter of 2013 are:-

1.  Finish the I-Spy quilt for my little dandelion boy; this needs borders, quilting and binding.

I-Spy A Rainbow

2.  Finish the Selvedge Sampler Quilt; still currently waiting for Bee blocks, then it will need putting together and quilting and binding;

Selvedge Sampler Bee Blocks received

3.  Make a baby quilt for my best school friend's latest little lady; not even started yet.

4.  Use the one swoon block I have made to make a cushion;


5.  Doll Quilt Swap Round 13; this still needs quilting and binding - plus extras

Doll Quilt Swap round 13

6.  Make the Thank You for Beth for the *Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop*; still hoping that more blocks will arrive - let me know if you want to make one.

Thank you Beth for organising the Lets Get Acquainted blog hop

Phew, I think that is enough to keep me going!
That and the extra professional exams I have to endure.

Linking up to the fantastic...

she can quilt

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Shattered Chevrons

This week I have been making a really brilliant block for one of my bessie Bee mates, Sue.

She wanted a Shattered Chevron using blues, reds and greys.

I saw the tutorial for this block a little while ago and added it to my mental *I'd like to make that one day* List, so I was really excited to give it a go.  You can find the brilliant tutorial over here at Play Crafts.

Here is a Work In Progress pic:


and one of the finished block with it's borders:

Shattered Chevron
I am in love!

I think I might have to make another of these for me, perhaps with some Low Volume fabric for the ends of the strips but keeping to the reds/blues/greys for the shattered chevrons.

Linking up with the Wednesday link ups.

Cheerio for now

Monday, 7 January 2013

Super Quick Chick

Do you ever get the urge to sew something quick?

When I saw that the January Project on the Across the Pond Sew Along was a cute little birdie pincushion, I thought I would just take a quick look at the tutorial.  It couldn't hurt to take a little quick looksy, could it?

Only three pieces of pattern to cut out!

And I could kind of suss out how to make it without reading all the instructions...

And we did need to print out something as a test print on our new printer... so it seemed like fate that I should make that little birdie.

I cut every corner I could - I machine stitched nearly every bit.  I didn't use any pins at all {well except for the two that I stuck in as his eyes!}.  I love it and it took less than an hour start to finish and that includes all the sewing, cutting, stuffing and hand sewing.

Across the Pond Sew Along

Across the Pond Sew Along

I think this Super Quick Chick might become one of my regular quick makes. To see all the other birdies, the Flikr group is here.

Linking up with the Across the Pond Sew Along.

Cheerio for now

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Bowling It Along

I have been busy making my Fat Quarterly Bee block for January today.

It is Trash's month and she asked for dishes, plates or bowls and sent us a piece of green solid Kona fabric to be part of the block.

Well, I realised it could be the perfect opportunity to use some of the amazing mushroom fabric I found in my LQS.

So, my block is called *Not Mushroom In This Bowl For Anything Else*

and here it is...

Fat Quarterly Bee - January block

Linking up with my lovely friend Beth at Plum and June.

  Plum and June

I am still trying very hard to just look at the Scappy Trip Around the World quilts that have invaded Instagram/Flikr/Blog land #mustnotstartanotherquilt.

Cheerio for now 

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

The Sugar Block Club

Happy New Year Y'All

Wishing every single one of my friends, blog readers and fellow sewistas a happy and healthy 2013.

This year, I am taking part in one Block of Month.

Every month on the first of the month, everyone who is participating gets an email with that month's quilt block and also a super sugary recipe too.

Today, me and the dandelions cooked up the recipe which was for scrumptious Banana Cream Whoopie Pies.  They taste absolutely lovely but I have to say that I did find it really hard trying to use *cups* as measurements rather than grams/ounces.  The recipe called for 6 cups of flour which was sooooo much that in the end I opted to use half cups.

Sugar Block Club January banana cream whoopies

Mmmm nothing smells as good as freshly baked banana cakes!

And here is this month's block.

Sugar Block Club January Snow Blossom block

Each month, I am going to use the fabric that I get from Justine at Simply Solids in my Sew Solid Stash Bundle.  December's bundle was purples/pink.  I also stole a couple of squares from my Texty Charm swap et voila.

Linking up.

Cheerio for now