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!!!

Sx

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!

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Making purses and a giveaway!

Hello everyone! How are you doing? I made a purse today - it was so much fun (although it took far too long courtesey of optician appointments, prepping for a Little Persons party on Saturday and parent-teacher catch-ups, but more on that another time!!!)

The lovely people at Trixie Lixie very kindly sent me a clasp purse kit to try out - it includes everything needed to make a purse (aside from your thread) and the kit I received included a yummy piece of AMH Field Study laminate. Result!

There are only a few pieces to cut out and the instructions are easy enough to follow. I did a couple of things differently mostly due to the laminate fabric: no pins were used in the making of this purse (!) as I didn't want to mark the fabric and I increased the length of the stitches when sewing the laminate sections together so as to not perforate the fabric too much. I also zig-zagged around the lining and used fray-stop on the gap to stabilise the edges as the lining fabric had a tendancy to fray and I didn't want to be losing any coins through a hole!!!!

A bit of embroidery floss to sew the purse into the frame and I was all done. Now, this is the first time I've used a sew-in clasp and it was a bit of a faff to start with - the hardest thing was trying to get the needle through the hole from the reverse side!!!! I found that having a finger directly behind the hole helped me to guide the needle but if you have any other tips for me I'd love to hear them! It's a lovely little project, only taking an hour or two all told. It's a really good sized purse, big enough that I'm wondering if it would be an ideal little travel pouch for my sewing notions......I reckon I could easily fit a small pair of scissors and a reel or two of thread in there......!!!!!


So, if you would like to try out a kit for yourself - and with Mother's Day in mind - Trixie Lixie are offering a 15% discount on any of their purse clasp or scarf kits using the code MUMSUNDAY30 (valid until the 4th April).

There is also a purse kit giveaway! One lucky person will be chosen by Mr Random Number Generator on Wednesday 26th March - all you need to do is to have a look around the Trixie Lixie website and leave a comment letting me know what you would like to be given as a present - there's lots to chose from with fabrics, patterns and kits!

S x

Todays sky ● mixed but there was definitely lots of blue skies and sun. Yay!!!!

DISCLAIMER: Trixie Lixie sent me a purse kit to try out. All views and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

March Siblings Together Bee Block ✔

This month we were asked by the lovely Carol to make a lovely block using Storybook by Katie & Birdie. Such a whimsical line, just perfect for little ones (who am I kidding, perfect for me to daydream under too!)

I can't quite believe this is Month Ten in the Siblings Together Quilting Bee already, just two more months to go and then we've made twelve quilts!!! Lots more quilts are needed though as the charity grows. I'm planning on making another quilt and if you would like to do the same, or to read about this fantastic cause, then please check out this link.

As always a big thank you to the sponsors who have made all these quilts possible...



       
            
      

Be back soon,

S x

Todays sky ● grey and misty. Meh!

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

What happened to February?!

February has been a bit of a write off in all honesty. It's been nearly a month since the lurgy first hit us but *whispers* I think we're finally beating it! There hasn't been a whole lot of sewing unfortunately, and although I'm late, I'm also linking up with Lily's Quilts Fresh Sewing Day.


Obviously, the first thing to mention is knickers!!!!! The swap was really good fun and I'm going to plan Round Two soon as lots of people have said they'd like to take part.


And there's also been some gift sewing too - weighted pincushion-threadcatchers are becoming my go to gift for sewing friends - and also a wall hanging. Both of these were made from scraps too, which is even better!

March is looking a bit hectic with some secret sewing and a quilt for Little Boys birthday at the end of March: he wants a "blue quilt Mummy" using mainly solids, and only the medium-dark blues. No pastels allowed here! This is completely outside my comfort zone, but I'm trying to embrace my inner-improv-ness (if that's even a word?!).

Oh, and in exciting news I've booked my ticket for Fat Quarterly Retreat - can't wait!!!

S x

Today's sky ● blue sky with clouds. It feels like spring is finally coming - woo hoo!!!
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