Sunday, March 30, 2014

Catch up!

It seems I'm more of an Instagrammer than a Blogger lately!!
There's been plenty of times when I've sat down to blog when something else has come up on the work front!
So here is a quick catch up of what I've been up to:
Being inspired by my new ironing board cover! Might have to make a quilt using this pattern design ~
Trying to get myself organised with a new planner / notebook ~
Completed some goodies for my Sew, Sew, Modern 4 partner and her daughter ~

Made another boxy pouch, which led to a fun little demo of how to make them at the London Modern Quilt Guild meeting in March!




Plus another one filled with goodies for my Mum for Mothers Day - Happy Mothers Day in the UK!


Started a couple of projects that I love but for now here is a sneak peek!!

So there it is, a bit of a catch up via Instagram - enjoy!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Swaps!!


One of the reasons for my absence around here lately, is a happy reason, as I've been busy sewing behind the scenes for several swaps that I signed up for!

This one was a very happy private swap that started with an email when it looked like I had missed the sign up deadline for Sew, Sew Modern 4. Camila had seen my post on Flickr and asked if I was interested in doing a small private swap. Of course I was and off I went planning and dusted off the sewing machine.
It was a happy coincidence in the end that we both got places in Sew, Sew Modern 4 as well!!
This was an amazing swap and just look at these goodies that arrived from Brazil! The pouch is amazing!!!
 
Camila had asked for a cushion in blues, greens and yellows and this is what I came up with. I really enjoyed making these and kind of enjoyed sewing the curves on the drunkards path! Weird I know!!
 
 
Concealed zips!
 
 
Extra goodies!
I love putting swap parcels together and am amazed at the generosity of fellow quilters/sewers and how exciting this little t'internet can be for things like swaps!!!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Book review - Modern Bee

If you fancy reading my review of the fabulous book by Lindsay Conner: Modern Bee - 13 quilts to make with friends, then head on over to the London Modern Quilt Guild blog! Lots of other fab stuff there too!!

http://londonmqg.wordpress.com

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Organising and Planning

Yes today has been about organising and planning!!
The Christmas tree and decorations are down and returned to the loft for another year, which meant a good dust, hoover and clean of the whole house! It felt pretty good :)
My little sewing space has had a clean and tidy prepped and ready and I finally got round to opening and filling out my new diary!


Sadly planning has not been for any exciting sewing project but for back to work on Monday!! Arrgghh - early mornings, planning, planning and more planning! One of my goals for 2014 is to try and maintain some kind of work/life balance, it's been pretty much a goal every year but never goes as planned but this year I'm going to work my hardest at getting it right!!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!!

Happy 2014!!
Hope the start of the new year has treated you well?! It's been a dark, wet and windy one here today so sadly the traditional New Years day walk has been postponed but time was used to start planning the new year with some decoration to my sewing/blog/crafty adventures planner!


I've got a few swaps I need to get going on so I've been busy jotting down ideas. A couple of my last makes of 2013 were for swaps too!
At the December meeting of the London Modern Quilt Guild we swapped needle books with members of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild. This was a really fun swap with amazing talent and thanks to Shevvy and Krista for organising the swap.
I made two books but somehow forgot to take photos, however arquilters kindly gave me permission to use her photo of one of the books I made.

 

I picked out of the bag two lovely books, the top one by happysewlucky which even has a little pocket where I found some extra goodies and the lovely bottom one which I am not yet sure who sent it.

 

The other swap was Coloradolady's Secret Santa Soiree. As part of the swap my secret partner had hinted at a homemade item possibly a pincushion so I made a jewel box pincushion using a great tutorial at The Sewing Chick. I think I'll be making a few more of these!

Top
Bottom!

Lily's Quilts
Linking up to Lily's Quilts

Monday, December 30, 2013

Looking back

As another year draws to a close I thought I would look back at some of my makes this year, it was only until I did I realised I didn't do too bad with juggling life, work and sewing and made a few more things than I thought! There were still lots of things that I wanted to do but hey they will have to wait until next year!!


I've also had lots of happy stitching adventures this year, chatted to lots of lovely new online friends and even had the chance to meet up with some in person!! Had a lovely time at the Fat Quarterly Retreat and The Sewing Directory meet up in London and also joined the London Modern Quilt Guild after meeting lots of the lovely ladies at the FQ retreat. Plus my lovely Bee Europa group is still going strong!


Thank you to everyone for making me feel very welcome in this lovely little online world of sewing/quilting, for every comment and like, it really is appreciated!
So it's see ya 2013!
2014 I'm ready for ya! (Well kind of!)

Saturday, December 28, 2013

My first completed quilt!

2013 saw the completion of my first ever quilt!! (Sorry the photos aren't the best quality!)


I've been meaning to write about this for ages so as we near the end of the year its seems about time I get round to it!
The quilt was made and given away several months ago, so I'll try and remember the details!
Not a good start as I can't remember the name of the block or the site where I got it from, so if anyone recognises it please let me know!
After constructing the blocks with a jelly roll and playing around with the layout I managed to make my quilt sandwich and baste it ready for machine quilting. This was definitely a learning curve having only ever quilted bags or items no bigger than A4 but this was my favourite part!!




I went with a stipple design for quilting and for the binding I sewed several remaining pieces of the jelly roll together to make a slightly scrappy but co-ordinating binding which I then machine bound.
I was really pleased with this little quilt and about where it was heading!




Having joined the London Modern Quilt Guild this year, members were busy making and donating baby quilts for our chosen charity so I joined in too. It was handed over to the Octavia Appeal (Friends of Royal Brompton Hospital). The Octavia Appeal helps the paediatric intensive care unit and ward.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Boxy pouch


As you may or may not know by now I love making bags and pouches!! These have been my main makes of 2013.
Quilts well..... 2013 saw the completion of my first quilt, baby sized, but still a quilt! I have a few quilt tops in progress which hopefully will transform into completed quilts in 2014 but for now its all about the boxy pouch!
I had seen lots of lovely boxy pouches on IG and Flickr and could never really work out how they were made with a lining but thanks to a wonderful pattern here I'm now a happy boxy pouch owner and have a few more in the pipeline with a few changes to the original pattern. This pouch is a great size and really handy for storing lots of bits and bobs!



Thursday, December 26, 2013

Happy Holidays!!

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas yesterday and Boxing Day has been much the same!
No early morning sale shopping for me, can't think of anything worse at this time of the year however I did manage a bit of sale shopping online at the Village Haberdashery - I couldn't resist the 50% off offer plus the comfort of the sofa, TV and chocolate!!
Hoping to get the sewing machine dusted off tomorrow as it's been a while, but I have been busy with lots of yummy holiday baking!!

 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Not long to go!!

Just stopping in to say......


Plus I've already opened my Secret Santa Soiree parcel! We don't know who our partners are yet but thank you!!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Sew Sew Modern continued ...

Yep remember the last post where I said I'll be back tomorrow.... well that never happened!!

So here we are mid December and counting down the days to Christmas!
Anyway as promised here is the gorgeous swap parcel I received for Sew Sew Modern 3 from Gingersnaps Quilts ~
Everything is gorgeous and I really got lucky with my swap partner!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sew Sew Modern

So I may already be planning for Sew Sew Modern 4 but as I've neglected my blog for a while I haven't got round to showing what I made and received for round 3!!
Round 3 was my first time in this swap and it was wonderful, and I'm amazed by the talent and generosity in this swap!
So this is what was keeping me and my sewing machine busy!




My partner mentioned they would like a bag for their big item so I decided to make my second aeroplane bag. I love this pattern and actually really enjoy the process of making this bag too!

As I'm slightly addicted to Quilt as you go at the moment I decided to give this a try in bright rainbow colours and was really pleased with how it turned out, in fact it was pretty difficult to give this one away!!
I also went with a wide open zippy pouch for the small items along with a few other goodies and I was more than happy when it arrived safely across the other side of the world and my partner liked the surprise!!
I'll show you the wonderful goodies I received tomorrow!!