Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year!

Hello everyone! Wow, the last few weeks flew by in the lead up to trying to get ready for Christmas!!! I hope you all had a good time? We had lots of family over which was a little bit hectic but fun and lots of special memories were made. I did need a couple of lie in's afterwards though to recover from the mass catering!!!

This year, I actually made a few little presents. I think it was a combination of finding a couple of good patterns and thinking that they would actually be useful to people! First up was a clutch of dumplings. I love this pattern so much and have made quite a few now. I love how you can do QAYG to use up tiny scraps or go bold with a large print. Each one can look so different and I find the one I made myself is so useful for handbag essentials.

Next up was a drawstring pouch for a good friend who's recently taken up knitting. I added a lanyard into the lining so that the teeny tiny zipper pouch could be attached and hopefully keep all the stitch markers and row counters together.

And then on Christmas Eve there was a last minute rush to make a mini drawstring pouch for some cuff links which had been delivered in a plastic bag! Thankfully it was quick to whip up between the making of the mince pies and supervising the decoration of the gingerbread house!!!!

I was lucky enough to get a few crafty things from my Christmas list too - some inspirational books, some fabric and one of those mini-irons which I'm hoping will be useful for small piecing work.

Need to head off now, we're meeting up with friends for the New Year so I wish you all a fabulous and healthy 2015 and see you soon,


Today's sky ● cloudy but sunny. Yay!

Monday, 8 December 2014

A Scraptastic Quilt!

Oh my gosh, time is flying by at the moment. A few weeks were spent mainly looking after poorly children......we've managed a fairly impressive three weeks of successional illnesses. But Hurrah! I think we've come out the other side of it now - yay! Now it's all the Christmas mayhem of plays, disco's and the like to navigate - along with some last minute pressie making - and then I'm on the home straight!

One of the thing's I've been itching to tell you about for ages is my latest project in Quilt Now (Issue 5). It almost seems daft talking about it now as the next issue is due out in a week or so, but this is the secret sewing that I was working on over the summer and is the biggest quilt I've ever made coming in at 80" square so I feel it warrants a mention!

I have a real love of scrap quilts - I always admire how people put so many different colours together and BAM! it looks amazing - but have never actually made one myself. I'm just too much of a perfectionist and control freak to feel comfortable throwing fabrics together - I always second guess myself as to whether or not those colours really will work together in the end. So when I designed Scraptastic I threw in lots of background/neutral squares to help balance out all the other crazy colours. 

The quilt is made up by making two different sized blocks (lots of each, obviously!) which are then pieced together with partial seams/step-down piecing. It sounds scary, but it really isn't....this was my first attempt (honestly!).
Picture borrowed from Trudi when Scraptastic was on the quilt frame!

I had a chat with the lovely Trudi at FQ Retreat and sent her Scraptastic to work her magic on and wow - she really did the most amazing job, it really made the quilt. I can't wait for it to come home so that I can put it on our bed and snuggle now that the weather is getting colder!!!!

If you have lots of scraps Issue 5 of Quilt Now really is packed full of lovely projects (and I'm not just saying that!) that I want to try out, especially the scrap baskets!

See you soon,

S x

Todays sky ● mostly sunny but cold!

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