Monday, 21 April 2014

Butterflies

I still have this creative spurt happening.  I have numerous projects on the go at various stages!  I have a little pile of night stitching at the ready!  With today being miserable outside, we have the heater on, I have ironed the overflowing basket of clothes this morning, only due to the fact Hubby couldn't find a clean pair of jeans in the robe LOL  - why is that we enjoy ironing/pressing for our craft, but hate the ironing of clothing?!  Tea is in the slow cooker, and I am ready to sew for the afternoon! 

Today I wanted to share a couple of new finishes.  Yes, another Gail Pan project!  This is the Butterfly Dilly Bag.  Super quick and easy, the red stitched with Cottage Garden Threads 'Running Postman':

 
The blue version was stitched with the 'Latte' thread:
 
 
 
 
I just loved making these up. 
 
I have nearly finished a little tutorial for you.... Just needs a little tweaking then I will share with you all.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone!!
 
I hope you all have a wonderful, happy and safe one.... Don't eat too much chocolate :)

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Have you heard the news?

The lovely Gail Pan has just received shipment of her brand new book from the Simply Christmas range!!  Yes, this one is number 2!!  And, its anything like the first one, its going to be a bit HIT!  I have listed them on my website now, as a special PRE-ORDER price. 
 

We expect some stock hopefully next week..... Hop on over and pre-order yours now :)

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Raw edge applique

I have had quite a few emails asking how I did my raw edge applique on my Baby Showers quilts.  I thought you might like to see some close up pictures. 

For each pieced 'droplet', I straight stitched around the whole piece about 1/8" around the edge 3 times.  I like the effect that its not perfect.... Its not messy (well, I don't think it is?!), but I like the effect:

 
Also, I didn't use the heat n bond like the pattern states.  I thought as I was making 2 quilts, with 16 droplets each, I would have quite a bit of waste (as you cut out the centre to make it more 'snuggly' that stiff).  I just cut them out with a template, and pinned them to my background, and stitched them down:
 
 
With my solid droplets, I went around the shape twice:
 
 
I kept the thread colour the same on each applique, cream:
 
 
I plan on quilting over the whole quilt with an edge to edge pattern - Umbrella's, so fitting!!  So, it should be pretty sturdy.
 
What do you think of raw edge applique?

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Raining

As most of you know, I am such a Bonnie and Camille fan.  I keep a little collection/kit from every single one of their ranges from right at the beginning!  Cotton Blossoms, right up until now.  If I haven't made a quilt from their range, I have a kit aside....  When April Showers arrived, I saved myself a Layer Cake - with no plans.  I usually have plans!  Then I found THIS on the Moda Bake Shop recently - PERFECT!  So, Monday a week ago, I set to work.  By about 1pm, I had 2 flimsy's done, all from one Layer Cake and 1.5mts background for each quilt!  Raw edge applique - super quick.... I have been wanting to have another go on a bigger project since my Mini Raincheck (which I cant seem to find the post on that, so maybe I didn't share?), so this was another reason why I just had to make them.

I think I love this one the best - the staggered Baby Shower quilt using aqua background.

 
And here is the other one, white spot tone on tone background:
 
 
Pretty good from one Layer Cake don't you think?!
Adding these to the 'to be quilted pile'!  And, I have the PERFECT quilting pattern too.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Juggle-ing

A little something I whipped up recently is this cute Moda Honeycomb quilt.  Pre-cut hexagons are SO much fun to work with!  I planed to make this quilt with Happy Go Lucky AGES ago, but as soon as this cute Hubba Hubba arrived in stock I knew I needed to make it in that range instead!

Sophie wasn't at all impressed I was sewing instead of playing with her one night. 

 
I managed to get the top together in 2 nights.  The pattern is called Juggle, and I chose to make the smaller size with just one pack - plus 5 extra hexagons cut from the template included with the Honeycombs. 
 
 
Trimmed, borders attached and now all ready for quilting.....
 
 
 
 

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Easter sewing

I have been busily sewing Easter stuff recently, and this cute Melly and Me bag is SO cute!  It takes so little fabric and can be whipped up in a jiffy!  Itty Bitty Bunny Bag:

 
I had planned to make Belle and Burt too, but I don't think I will get over the line in time!!