Thursday, December 18, 2014

WiP Wednesday: Sew Sew Modern 6 swap

One of the swaps I love is the Sew Sew Modern swap which is now up to round 6, and this time I decided to join in again.
This is the mosaic I posted to the group - I now have my partner info for this swap and have  started some sewing.
This was my initial fabric pull - a few colourful bundles of Anna Maria Horner fabrics.
I have now narrowed it down to this rainbow selection which I think will work well in the design I have decided on.
And I am now up to the quilting stage...
 Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Super totes for Christmas!

I have spent quite a bit of time over the past few weeks sewing up some Noodlehead Super totes for some friends who are wanting to gift them for Christmas presents.
And I have finished doing the top stitching on the last of the bags so now they are ready to send off.
I was able to choose the fabrics myself so wanted to try out a few of the fabric combinations I had been playing around with recently.
The Juliana Horner fabrics are one of my favourites.
 I chose the camera print for the front pocket of this one as it is for a scrapbooker!
Really love the orange and grey together.
And some Martha Negley mustard feathers with Cloud 9 Koi canvas.
Linking up with Fabric Tuesday @ Quiltstory.
Fresh Poppy Design

And these bags were also on my Q4 FAL list with the Finish - along hosted by Katy @ The Littlest Thistle.
Finish Along 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

SMS Giveaway Winner!!

The winner of the Sew Mama Sew giveaway is comment #98...
Which belongs to Zura who blogs over at Sew Retro ChicCongratulations Zura - I have just sent you an email:)

Thank you all so much for entering - I enjoyed seeing who your favourite designer/s were!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

Note: Comments now closed at 184 - winner announced shortly.

Hi and welcome if you are visiting my blog for the first time! 
Sew Mama Sew is holding their bi-annual giveaway again and this time around I have a FQ bundle of some Prints Charming fabrics.
 Prints Charming are an Aussie based team and I just love their bright and colourful designs! 
I am more than happy to post internationally too, so please leave a comment below. If you like, let me know who your favourite designer is. I really like Denyse Schmidt - here are a few things I have made from her lovely fabrics!
  • This competition closes at 5pm on Friday December 12 2014 PST which I think according to the time converter is 12pm Saturday 13th December 2014 here in Australia AEST. 
  • The winner will be drawn randomly later on December 13th and contacted via email so if you think you may be a "no-reply" blogger then please leave an email address in your comment so that I can get in touch with you.
  • And I usually try to reply to comments but it gets a bit crazy with the Giveaway Days so I may not get back to everyone, but please know that I read and appreciate all of your comments. Good luck!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

"Chicopee" Weekender bag

I went away last weekend and got to use my Amy Butler Weekender Travel bag for the first time! I actually finished this bag a little while ago but just realised I hadn't blogged about it all.
The bag was made mainly from my Chicopee scraps leftover from my feathers quilt -  I even used the off cuts from the back of the quilt for the zip panel.
I made a smaller feather from the Anna Maria Horner pattern for the front pocket and used one of the fabulous panels from Cat and Vee for the other side
I made these small plus blocks to use as the pockets for my Weekender Bag, using the measurements by Rachael (Wooden Spoon) on flickr.
The only modification I made to the Weekender bag was to make the straps longer so they were about 60" (which was the WOF of the denim) rather than the 48" in the pattern. This was my first time making piping and it wasn't nearly as tricky as I thought it would be...
But I did manage to go use up a whole pack of denim needles sewing up this bag as there are quite a few layers to get through!
As well as the Weekender bag support group on flickr, there are plenty of great tips in the Weekender sew-along hosted by Love by Hand,  Modern Handcraft  and Chrissy at Sew Lux (who BTW made the fabulous version Camille had on her trip out here to Australia recently).
Fresh Poppy Design

Linking up with Fabric Tuesday @ Quiltstory.
Finish Along 2014
And this project was also on my Q4 FAL list with the Finish - along hosted by Katy @ The Littlest Thistle.

Monday, December 1, 2014

"Leo" Super tote

Ok, so we are in December now and I have only just finished my mum's birthday bag using the fabulous Super Tote pattern by Anna @ Noodlehead.
Her starsign is "Leo" so that is an indication of how late this birthday present is!!!
But I so wanted to use some Cotton and Steel "August" prints for her bag and had to wait until my order for these beautiful fabrics came in.
I used the Hide & Seek in Green for the pocket along with the Diamondback in Teal for the front of the tote.
And teamed the August "Lion"  with some Cloud 9 organic Koi waves smiles in plum for the back and the recessed zipper panels.
This bag is quite deep so I lined the bag with a natural seeded cotton homespun so it is easier to see down to the bottom of it.
Hoping she enjoys using this belated birthday pressie! 
Linking up with Fabric Tuesday @ Quiltstory.
Fresh Poppy Design

And this project was also on my Q4 FAL list with the Finish - along hosted by Katy @ The Littlest Thistle.
Finish Along 2014

Friday, November 28, 2014

IGmini swap: "Dwell" mini

I haven't participated in many swaps this year, but recently signed up for the #igminiswap which has been run on Instagram.
For my secret partner, I decided to make a "Dwell" mini quilt using the pattern by Thimbleblossoms. 
I used fabrics from a few different Bonnie and Camille ranges: Miss Kate, Marmalade, Scrumptious, April Showers, and Happy Go Lucky. 
And they all feature the Sundae Scallop print for the roof which gives them a "tiled" look .
Each little house measures 3 x 4"  and I made the border a little wider than in the original pattern to bring the mini up to size. 
I quilted this mini in straight lines on the diagonal and bound it in an aqua solid which matches in well with the B&C fabrics.
This week I mailed the mini off to my partner, along with some little extras - it has a long way to travel so hoping it gets there quickly.
 This is the inspiration mosaic I originally posted to the group that I am in (curlysgroup).

This mini was on Q4 FAL list at the 2104 Finish-along hosted by Katy @ The Littlest Thistle.
Finish Along 2014