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Friday, 4 April 2014

This week has been mostly about....

...running around like the proverbial blue-bummed fly!!!!! There's been play sessions, school plays at night, Easter services......I'm certainly ready for the holidays!

In between all the craziness, I've fitted in some more stitching on my Kantha sample, not far to go now!

....attempting some advanced-to-me dressmaking! A friend has asked me to adjust her wedding dress (a vintage hand made dress - eek! No pressure then!) which has meant I've needed to grade up the pattern a couple of dress sizes.....I have to say I spent a lot of time feeling like a contestant on the GBSB!!!!

Unfortunately, I never heard back from the winner of the purse kit so I'm afraid that I had to chose another winner which is.....Kerry (or Penny as I first called you!)
Hope you all have a fabulous weekend, 

S x

Todays sky ● some blue skies!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Didn't March fly by?!

Hello! I really can't seem to keep up with just how quickly the days are flying by at the moment!!! And now we're in the crazy week of school plays/Easter services......I'm so ready for the holidays!!!!!

I seem to have been sewing constantly on my child-free days, but I'm not sure that it's all made it on to the blog?! There has been my STQB, some coasters and a clasp purse...

A couple of weeks ago I went on a Kantha course with my local quilt guild. I still have a couple of segments left to go on the leaf (well, it's meant to be a leaf but I decided that rainbow would be more exciting than greens!) and am thinking it might look quite nice on my sewing room wall when it's finished...

There's also been a bit of dressmaking for a friend - I'm very nearly finished so if she doesn't mind modelling for me then hopefully there will be some pictures! I have to say that making the inside so neat has made me particularly pleased!!!!

And finally there's been a bit of secret sewing - I've been posting some sneak peeks on Instagram (I'm @fabricandflowersuk if you'd like to stalk follow me!!!) and hopefully it won't be too long before I can reveal all!

And because it's the first of the month, and I'm timely for once, I'm going to link up with Lynne for the Fresh Sewing Day

Lily's Quilts

See you soon,


Todays sky ● grey start with beautiful blue skies later on

Thursday, 27 March 2014

And the purse winner is....

...another day, another giveaway winner!

The lucky winner of a Trixie Lixie Purse kit is Laura West! You're a no reply blogger so please drop me a mail so that we can sort out your prize!

Don't forget that the discount code MUMSUNDAY30 is still valid on purse and scarf kits until the 4th April 2014 - go go go!!!


Todays sky ● occassional bits of sun but mostly overcast and rainy. Boo!

Monday, 24 March 2014

And the winner is....

......lucky Legs Eleven which is Jen!!!

Thanks everyone for all your lovely comments on the coasters,

Back soon,

S x

Todays sky ● mixed, blue sky, clouds and rain. We've had it all!

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Wave Coasters and Tray: A tutorial

A little while ago, I was lucky enough to be chosen by Justine and Lisa over at Simply Solids after saying that I would make some coasters if I was sent a scrap pack....so guess what I've been doing the last few days?!

Inspired by the bright colours I made stripey wave coasters along with a little tray to keep them all together when they're not in use 'cos I'm all about the trying to be neat and tidy at the moment (I'm blaming it on being Spring, it's sure not to last long!). Would you like to see how I made them?!

You will need;

4 x 5.5" squares (front of coasters)
4 x 4.5" squares (back of coasters)
scraps for the wave (1-2" wide by 2.5" tall)
4 x 4.5" squares of wadding

2 x 6.25" squares (for the coaster holder)
2 x 6.25" squares of interfacing

For the coasters

  1. Sew scraps together into 5.5" widths to make four waves. Press your seams (I pressed them open)
  2. Lay the strip on top of the coaster front. Use a rotary cutter to make a wavy curve across the width of the coaster. I free hand this so please do mind your fingers!!!!! (I first came across how to sew curves at Lynne's blog, which might help you out a bit more)
  3. Now to sew the curve together! It's really not as scary as it looks - promise! Place the fabrics 'right' side together, matching the top seam. I find it easier to sew slowly and ease the top fabric into position - moving it backwards as the curve bends away from you and easing it forwards as the curve comes back. It will look all bunched up, but don't worry. A good press will flatten it all out!
  4. Now to cut your second curve: I did this in two stages firstly cutting a curve on the wave, laying it over the bottom section of the coaster fabric and cutting again along the same wavy line (if you want to cut both curves at the same time I would recommend cutting the front pieces bigger to allow for losing fabric to the seam allowance of the curve). Give it another good press.
  5. Trim each of the coaster fronts to 4.5" square and back with wadding
  6. Quilt the front of your coaster - I went for a very simple outline of the wave
  7. Place the coaster back on top of the right side of the front and pin in position. Sew around using a 1/4" seam allowance and leaving a hole for turning. Trim excess fabric from the corners before turning out, using a chopstick to push the corners out if needed.
  8. Top stitch around the top of the coaster and Voila!

For the coaster tray;

  1. Iron the interfacing on to your fabric (I used a soft interfacing to reinforce both bits of fabric, so you could maybe only use one piece of firmer interfacing)
  2. Draw 1" squares onto the wrongside of the fabric in each of the corners on both pieces of fabric.
  3. Fold the fabric diagonally and sew down the line. Repeat for the other three corners and trim the excess fabric. Repeat for the other piece of fabric.
  4. Place the fabrics right sides together and pin the corners into position. Sew around the top using a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving a hole for turning.
  5. Turn the coaster tray right side out, and give it a good press around the top seams. I also folded over each of the sides and gave it a good press to create the base. Top stitch around the top of the tray and give it another good press.
  6. Place your coasters into the tray and congratulate yourself!!!!

I'm so happy with these! And because I had so much fun making them I made two sets......so, it's Giveaway Time (two giveaways in two days - I really haven't planned my blog posts very well this week!)!!!!!

If you would like to win this set of coasters and tray then just let me know what would be your favouirte drink to place on your new coaster!!!! I'll pick a winner on Monday 24th March with the help of Mr Random Number Generator.

A big thank you to Justine and Lisa for sending me the scrap pack. I hope you have found the tutorial useful and please do get in touch if you have any questions,

See you soon,

S x

Todays sky ● overcast and very windy!
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