Monday, 12 January 2015

2014: The year that...

...was Speedy-Fast (although based on the fact that I'm doing my first post of 2015 on the 12th day you could argue that this year is going the same way!). There's so much sewing I did that never got blogged, either because they were private commissions or just because. This year I'm going to aim for  shorter but more frequent posts!

...saw me having my first patterns published. So exciting! I've really enjoyed making and pattern writing for Simply Solids, Fat Quarterly and Quilt Now and hope to do more over the coming year.

...I took part in instagram swaps. They were so much fun - it's a great way for finding and getting to know lots of new quilty peeps, and my sewing room wall is starting to fill with inspiration! I've already signed up to another two - #ukminiswap and #makefriendsswap and I'm sure there'll be one or two more before the end of the year!!! You can find me on IG as @fabricandflowersuk.

...was thought provoking. With Littlest Boy starting school last September, I admit to having been thrown into a bit of a spin......Where am I going? What am I doing? and I'm still not entirely sure that I've got all the answers yet. I have at least now got a few ideas though which I guess is a good starting point so hopefully I'll begin tackling this next phase in my life very soon......(although there's always that WIP pile which doesn't seem to be going down to keep me busy!!!)

Hope you're all having a good start to 2015 and see you soon, 

S x

Todays sky ● grey, miserable and very rainy

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!

Friday, 14 November 2014

The past week (and a bit!) has been mostly about......

.....making a friendship star block for my local guild which will be made in to quilt for auctioning off for charity next year...

.....making shell pictures for our bathroom. We collected a load of shells from a lovely weekend visiting friends who live (obviously!) near the beach and using some flan tins and plaster of paris each of the kids made a little picture. I'm really pleased with them!

.....starting to quilt my mini for the #igminiswap with some gorgeous variegated Aurifil . I'm really hoping my partner likes this, it will be posted soon so not long to find out!

.....and finally there have been some duvet days! I seem to be averaging a call a week from the school at the moment, but the boys are at least taking it in turns to have a day at home!

Hope you all have a great weekend,


Todays sky ● cloudy this morning, but lovely and bright this afternoon 

Friday, 24 October 2014

A busy week!

Hey everyone! Is it just me, or is time flying by at warp speed at the moment?! It's been a crazy busy week with harvest festival x 2 (and on the same day too, I debated camping out at the school!) and then a phonics lesson with my 4yr old which included learning how to write 'van'. My 8yr old thought it was hilarious when we were talking about our day over dinner!

I also made myself a new bag!!!!! I am so very pleased with it - it turned out exactly how I had hoped, and I am super chuffed that my pattern matching worked - check out that front pocket!!!!!

It caused me quite a bit of head-scratching I'll be honest, and I had to recut one side panel to make it work, but it all came together in the end. The pattern I used is Michelle Patterns Messenger Bag - I'm reviewing it over on Sara's blog today as part of Purse Palooza (eek!) if you'd like to read about it in more detail - and I will definitely be making more of these. It would make an excellent Christmas present don't you think?

Other than that, my week has mainly involved receiving fabric parcels - yay! I was the lucky winner of a Fly Away bundle from Fabric HQ.....

Lots of Siblings Together bee blocks have been arriving - I asked everyone to make scrappy trips with no set theme, so it's going to be a riot of colour (and will hopefully all come together in the end!)...

And I treated myself to one of Karen's gorgeous scrap packs, so now I just need to decide on what to make with it all!

Hope you've all had a good week? The kids finish for half term today so sewing might be tricky over the next week, but I'll give it a good go! In the meantime, Mr f&f have got a weekend away by ourselves. I might be just a little excited!

Speak soon,


Todays sky ● overcast and drizzly. Boo!
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