Friday, June 28, 2013

Cushions, Quilts and Blankets - Oh my!

With a special little girl celebrating a birthday I knew exactly what I wanted to make her.  This Blooming Flower Cushion was perfect for a large arm chair she has in her room.

And because I am in love with this Brown Sheep Fleece from Tangled Yarns - I knew this was going to be just the right weight and look yarn for this cushion. 

All finished is my Mary Mary quilt - I simply quilted it following the lines of the diagonals on the design.  I used a Gutermann Sulky thread to give the tram lines quilted on both sides of the ditch a bit of a sparkle.

And because I loved the Amy Butler lark fabric so much I could not go past using it for the binding.  I love how quilts look all folded up.

Another project I have just finished is this Crochet Ripple Blanket also by Attic 24 and again in the Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece. (Not that I am predicable or anything) It is between Pram and Cot size as I wanted it to be that can be taken out and about easily.  This is for a new arrival due shortly. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A finished Scrap Rug and other projects!

Thought I would share with you this Scrap Rug I made a few weeks ago.  It has now found its home beside my younger daughters bed.  This was a great way to have a serious stash bust. I went through fabrics that would be long enough for the project and used a heap of fabrics that I had that didn't really match anything, were left over from other projects and even ones that I had bought and just did not like as much anymore.  

By the time they were all platted into the rug they all just seemed to go and the colours are more visible than the prints on the fabrics.  I did go through quite a bit of fabric in this stash busting Scrap Rug. 

A new project I started this week was with some of these fabrics from the Amy Butler - "Lark" range.  I just fell in love with the beautiful large flowers and loved the red, pink and navy.  I went through my stash as well to pull out some fabrics to go with these as I had only bought a few prints from the range.

My quilt of choice for these fabrics was "Mary Mary"  by Janelle Wind.  She is a very talented designer.  I have made quite a few of her patterns before and they are always well written and I love how quickly this quilt came together.  

Over the weekend I was lucky enough to get away for the "Threads of Friendship" Retreat.  As many of you may know,  I run a few Retreats with my Sew Along partner Claire - so to actually attend one as a "sewer" was just delightful.  These 1930's fabrics were what I took to work on.  The quilt pattern for these is "Fireworks"  by Thimble Blossoms

There were lots of laughs and projects going on over the weekend as well as lots of lovely ladies who were doing all sorts of Crafts.  Including Photo Books, embroidery, quilting, crochet, dressmaking - there were lots of ways to be inspired.  Along for the weekend among many other women were Janelle from JanellyBelly Bags and Things, Claire from Claire Turpin Design and Lisa from A Spoonful of Sugar.  

And certainly last but not least - here is the Crochet Granny Square Blanket I finished and gifted recently.  

I made it for my Dad - choosing bright but homely colours to remind him of his childhood.  I used one of my favourite yarns - Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece.

I hope he loves it as much as I treasured making it for him!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Shop Update and a new Sew Along Blog

We know that not everyone can make it to our Sew Along classes - so I have updated our Sew Along Patterns in my Etsy Store so that you can now get these as Down loadable PDF Patterns straight to your inbox.  Great news as this means that no matter where in the world you are you can now stitch up a storm.  

The following patterns are available with more being added very soon.  Some of our popular Quilts and sewing projects are on there way.

Stop by and check out our new Blog for Sew Along.  Claire has been an absolute SUPER STAR in getting this Blog up and running.  This is where you will be able to find out all the latest that will be happening at our Sew Along Classes, Workshops and Retreats.  We are also planning on adding heaps of helpful info for you about fabrics, sewing machines and all sorts of other planned posts.  And if you have any ideas for classes you would love to see us run we are always welcome to ideas.  We love to know what you would like to sew - leave us your comments.

You can even check out our latest Quilt design - Under the Umbrellas.

I have also set up a Pinterest page - you can check out what has me inspired here.
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