Sunday, 31 March 2013

Feathery Friends

I'm in a really lovely Bee called the Mo Stash Bee.  This Bee only last six months and we each use our own stash of fabrics each month to make the blocks.  I'm in the *Friends* Hive, who are a truly creative group of lovely ladies.

When I was my month, I asked for some Feathers made using the tutorial over on Anna Maria Horner's blog.

I really wanted this quilt to feel random in its layout and so, yesterday, I set to putting together the feathers, combined with all the low volume charms that I have acquired through the recent swaps.  It felt a bit like a puzzle.  There was quite a variation in the size of the feather blocks but that works really well with the low volume randomness, I think.

I saved one feather to make into a matching cushion.

I got as far as sewing the quilt top together and here it is...

Feathery Friends 

Close up 
I love the 2.5 inch LV row.
I love this row of 2.5 inch squares that I had to add to make it all fit together.

And an indoors shot to show the size a little better.

I love it so much.

How lucky am I to have such great Friends!

Thanks ladies.
Happy Easter everyone.

Cheerio for today 

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Low Volume fabric swap

I am so excited to see that the wonderful Rebecca Lynne is hosting another Low Volume Fabric swap.

Oh my! I so hope that I made it into this swap.

Low Volume Swap Icon

If you are interested too, click on the button above for more info.

This time around it is going to be a layer cake size 10" square swap.

Hope you are having a lovely weekend.
We have been busy bees sorting out the house here.

Cheerio for now 

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are...

It just happens to be my littlest Dandelion's favourite book, so when I was asked to take part in a crafty collaboration inspired by the book, I just couldn't resist.

When my youngest was born, I discovered the world of babywearing.  By that I mean, how to carry your baby effectively and comfortably.  A lot of the commercial baby carriers just aren't comfortable for long periods and I had no luck trying to use them with my first born, but second time around, I found beautiful handmade bespoke carriers that mean I could carry {or *wear*} Master Dandelion for hours.  This meant I could still walk the dog in the fields, cook dinner easily, rush about on the school run and comfort him with minimal fuss.

Babywearing holds a very important place in my heart because I truly believe that it helped me avoid a lot of the lows I experienced as a first time mum.

I'm telling you all this because it is at the centre of this collaboration.  Claire is an amazingly talented seamstress who makes wonderful baby carriers right here in the UK.  You can find out more about this project and her amazing work at Kitten Creations blog.

Here is the {toddler sized} carrier that forms the centrepiece of the collection, which is currently being auctioned.

Source: Kitten Creations blog

There is an unfathomably gorgeous knitted onesie made by a very talented Work At Home Mum called Jay from Rainbow Knits, seen here with a tail made by the wool master that is Naomi from Marigold Green

Source: The Max Project
I was asked to make a quilted crown.  Bearing in mind that this is designed for a toddler to play with, I wanted to make the crown simple and size adjustable.  It's easy for a toddler to use on their own.

Source: The Max Project

There are lots more items included in the auction and a huge amount of talent that you can find out about over at Kitten Creations {click here to go straight there}.

The auction is finishing tonight {Sunday 17th}.

That's all from me today.
It is so busy here at Dandelion HQ - think quilt tents in the lounge, water beads for sensory play all over the kitchen table and a dance festival in a few hours.
Hope you are having a great weekend.
Cheerio for now

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Goals for March

The Saturday jolly was completely, totally, brilliantly wonderful.  Sorry to make you all jealous, but a room full of charismatic Sewistas was just so much fun.  We laughed and ate and shopped and talked.  Ah, I miss them already.

The gorgeous Teri

Brit Bee Southern Meet
the ringleaders!

Without further ado, I need to get my butt into gear and set the goals for March, otherwise I will miss the Linky Party over at
A Lovely Year of Finishes
First on my list is to make one of these :-

It's a boyish Messenger Bag pattern that I bought from Michelle Patterns.

Image of The Melford Messenger Bag PDF Sewing Pattern
Source:  Michelle

My hubster takes a man bag to work with him every day and I thought I would, at last, make something for him {its his birthday this month}.

Second on my list are some bee blocks for Kris.   They are one of my favourite blocks, the Japanese + and x block using this as our inspiration;

x plus progress.
Source: Bijou Lovely on Flickr

I also want to add the Selvedge Quilt top to this list, but as I am still waiting on two lots of blocks from the Bee, I will have to wait and see.

If possible, I would like to get the top pieced, so that I can quilt it in April.

Here are some of the blocks.

Selvedge Sampler bee blocks received

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Just a little bit excited...

This is what I feel like today...


I am off to meet the Brit Bee ladies for the first time.

I will be trying to act...

Source: The Fonz
... as cool as that!

Hope you have a fun weekend planned too.