Thursday, 27 June 2013

Keep Calm and Craft On

Available from Etsy here

That's my mantra at the moment!!! There's so much to be done over the next few weeks - projects to finish, prep for FQ Retreat and not to mention looking after the Littlies with move-up days/introductions and paper-work and trying to plan some activities for the summer. Hectic I tell you!

So, what can I show you? There's a long over-due thank you to Hadley for my fabulous FQ Retreat name tag: I felt the luckiest girl alive when this dropped through my door.....perfect 1/2" Liberty Squares on the back and a lovely spool on the front. I think my goofy smile says it all!


I also finished my swap name tag and Emily received it today - it was inspired by the Bangles quilt in Sarah Fielke's Hand Quilted with Love and the selvedge was added just because I love the La Dee Da on it!!!!
Name tag by fabricandflowersuk

I've been fitting in some crochet here and there for the FQ swap and have started working on some hanging hearts and am also planning a couple of other things as well. 
The beginnings of crochet hearts by fabricandflowersuk

Besides this I've been working away on another Laurel - this time a dress with an invisible zipper! - which I'm hoping to share with you in a few days, it's been good fun, just need to do some faffing (a technical term!) with the side seams!


I'd better head off - got a bag to work on!


Hope you're all having a fun day, 

Sx

Todays sky ● blue with clouds earlier and now tipping with rain!






Sunday, 16 June 2013

June Siblings Together bee block ✔

How y'all doing today? It's been a busy few weeks over here and is going to continue to be so for a little while now. Did you know that five weeks today I'll be waking up at Retreat (five weeks - eek!!!). So so excited, but so much to do between now and them. It's going to be busy, busy!

High on my priority list was my June Siblings Together bee block. Last week I received the quilting supplies from Lynne and had set to prepping all my pieces.

I must take a moment to say a big thank you to all the wonderful sponsors that are supporting this bee, from feature fabrics from Moda, wadding from Lady Sew & Sew and backing fabric from many others, the generosity of the quilting community cannot be doubted!



       

            

      


Lynne asked for a Morning Star block using the fabulous PB&J range and posted an excellent tutorial if you want to make one yourself.
June Siblings Together Block by fabricandflowersuk

I had lots of fun making it, although I'd be lying if I didn't admit to feeling the pressure of making a block for such a quilting goddess!!! I still feel a bit of a quilting newbie so spent probably longer than was necessary debating fabric pairings and checking my seams, and used plenty of starch to make everything as precise as possible. Hopefully it will pass scrutiny when it reaches Lynne!

Hope you all have a great Sunday and will see you soon,

S x

Todays sky ● overcast. Meh!

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Fabric & blog hopping!

Hi everyone! Firstly, I'd like thank you all so much for the Aeroplane Bag love - I've been really touched by all the lovely comments you've sent me. So thank you!

It's just a quick post today so I thought I'd start off with some lovely fabric. My Liberty Lifestyle prize bundle arrived a couple of days. They're so gorgeous and although I'm not really sure what I'm going to do with them just yet I'm enjoying looking at and stroking them regularly for now!


I'm also very excited to let you know that I'm taking part in Plum & June's New Blogger Blog Hop

Plum and June

It's going to be a fun few weeks of getting to know lots of new people and picking up a few blog tips along the way.  Here's a list of everyone who's taking part;

Friday 7th June


Friday 14th June
Julie @ Jolie Maxtin
Melissa @ Melia Mae Quilting
Adrianne @ On The Windy Side
Molli @ Molli Sparkles
Laura @ Little And Lots
Valerie @ Between Quilts

Friday 21st June
Leigh Anne @ Ella's Cottage
Stacey @ The Tilted Quilt
Sarah @ Quilt Candy
Jackie @ NW Patchwork
Erica @ Happy Fabric
Stephanie @ Simple Sewendipity
Lauren @ Seraphym

Friday 28th June
Green @ So Sew Green
Gwendellyn @ The Rainbow Revolts
Jessica @ Stitched In Thyme
Kathy @ Kayak Quilting
Michelle @ Factotum Of Arts
Kris @ Sew Sunshine
Camilla @ Faffling

Friday 5th July
Friday 12th July
Friday 19th July
Kelsy and Amanda @ Everyday Fray
Ella and Nesta @ Ella & Nesta's Little Room
Nicole @ Modern Handcraft
Aylin @ AyliN-Nilya

Friday 26th July
RobinSue @ RobinSue Quilts
Elisa @ Lovelea Designs
Elizabeth @ In The Boondocks
Emily @ Sew E.T.
Em @ Sewing by Moonlight

Have a great day and see you soon,

S x

Todays sky ● quite overcast with the odd glimpse of blue

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Finally, an Aeroplane bag!!!

I did it!!! Last night I slip stitched the lining shut and snipped the final threads off my Aeroplane Bag.

I made a few changes to the original pattern, mainly because of supplies I had that I really wanted to incorporate into the bag. I'd treated myself to one of the PB&J mini charm packs (I find them a great way of buying a new fabric range for not too much money, I'm a little bit addicted to them!) that I really wanted to make into pocket panels for the bag and the leather handles that I'd bought a few weeks back were a great match to the red in the PB&J. It took a little while to gather all the supplies - Katy wrote a great post here if you're thinking of making one and in the end I went for car scrim, which I got from eBay for a good price - and after a bit of deliberating I came up with an idea and off I went!


I made two pocket panels - each one 3 squares x 5 squares (so a finished measurement of 6"x10"), but off set every other row so it wasn't too 'blocky'. One panel got made into a zip pocket, and the other a slip pocket. I used Sara's instructions on how to add a hidden pocket for each of these, and they worked really well. I'm not sure that my chunky zip insertion is the best example of how it should be done (!) but it works and was relatively easy to do. 

So without further ado, here's my new bag!
Aeroplane bag by fabricandflowersuk

I'm pretty pleased with it and am really looking forward to taking it with me to Retreat in July - it's gonna hold loads!
Aeroplane Bag by fabricandflowersuk

I did make a few other tweaks to the pattern; adding binding in between the top and bottom panels to balance out the red of the handles; changing one of the internal pockets to a slip pocket as it's such a roomy bag I wanted a way of organising and being able to grab stuff quickly. I also added bag feet to the bottom, but I forgot to take a picture of them!

I really cannot express how much fun I had making this bag and what a great pattern it is. I'm already thinking about how/when I can make another one: I really fancy making a scrappy one like Katy, and this time I think it will have handles as per the pattern!

Sx

Todays sky ● started off overcast but a glorious blue sky this afternoon!

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

A special bag

How are you all doing? I hope you're having as much glorious sun as we are - somehow it just makes the world seem a better, happier place don't you think!?!?!?! This morning we went for a walk around the lake and it was just perfect - bright and sunny and (dare I say it?!) not too hot.


Last night I worked away on a special project for my Mum. Some of you who have followed me for a while may remember me mentioning that she hasn't been too well recently.  Back in September I made her a Sending A Hug lap quilt and the day that she received it, she was diagnosed with cancer. It's been a difficult few months, as the initial treatment made her very poorly. She's starting to feel better but is about to start the next stage of treatment which is going to involve a few stays in hospital. I asked if there was anything that I could make and a wash-bag was decided upon!

Mum chose some fabrics for the exterior of the wash bag, and for the lining I used this pink cherry spot fabric. I'm not sure that I mentioned a little while ago that I was lucky enough to win a giveaway on Sandra Cherry Hearts blog? I received this fab goody bag of fabric, binding and buttons from The Sewing Boutique isn't it pretty?! And a perfect match for my wash bag!
My giveaway prize winnings - eek!

I used the Noodlehead Open Wide Pouch tutorial to make a large pouch with the only modification being to add some handles to make the bag easy to move around.
Making handles using pink spotty binding sewn together
For each handle I cut two strips of binding (you can find similar here) about 19" long and sewed them together to make them nice and strong before sewing them onto the bag, about 3.5" in from each side.
Open Wide Pouch with handles by fabricandflowersuk

I also used the binding to cover the end of the zip. It's certainly a very colourful pouch - perfect to brighten a hospital room! - and hopefully big enough to carry everything!!!!
Open Wide Pouch with handles by fabricandflowersuk

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments on my pincushion, I'm really excited to say that yesterday I heard from Liberty that I was one of the five lucky winners! There were so many fantastic entries by very talented people - you can check them out here - that I really hadn't expected anything so I must confess to doing a little jig around the kitchen when I got the email!!!!!

I hope you're all having a lovely day and see you soon,

S x

Todays sky ● beautiful blue, summers day. Woo hoo!!!!

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