Sunday, April 11, 2021

Sunday Sewing and Quilting catch up

Anyone else like me and have several projects on the go at once?!

Probably why I have so many WIP's!

This week I've been working on a few different projects. First up is curved piecing. I grabbed some fabric from my stash and love the outcome. More of this to come soon!


This cute eco snack bag was made with a free pattern from Minki Kim. Such a quick make and a great idea for snacks or an alternative for gift wrap. Thinking this would be a good idea at Christmas time in cute Christmas fabric! Minki also has a free You tube video for making it too. Check it out here!

Of the quilts I have made I started and finished them myself including the quilting. The basting process is the stage I really don't enjoy and probably the reason for lots of quilt tops being complete but not finished! I enjoy the quilting process and although I sometimes struggle with squeezing my quilt into my Bernina Artista and having to wrangle with it I like the process of walking foot quilting and free motion quilting. Recently, I was lucky to purchase a new to me Freestyle Quilting frame. This is an old style frame from Cotton Orchard Quilting. So far I've only had a bit of a play but am really looking forward to loading up a quilt and having a go at different designs and not having to put my back out basting the quilt top on the floor!  

Last up on the sewing table this week is an old WIP. This is the Maker's tote by Noodlehead. I've had the fabric cut out for ages but finally managed to make some progress! I do love a bit of colour matching and happened to have the perfect colour zip and Aurifil thread to use!


So, yes lots of different projects being quilted or sewn up this week and loving every single one!
What have you been sewing or quilting this week? Would love to know!

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Instagram Quiltfest 2021

Did anyone else feel that March flew by? I sure did, however was happy to take part in Amy Ellis' annual QuiltFest on Instagram for the month of March. It was such a fun month to learn about and discover Quilters all over the world. If you didn't catch it you can still go and check out all the inspiration, just use the hashtags #IGQuiltFest2021 or #IGQuiltFest

As Amy describes it "#IGQuiltFest2021 is all about quilters coming together in a positive space to chat about quilting, and show off our fantastic quilts! Let us know how you got started quilting, and just how much of an obsession it is for you."

So every day in March I posted a photo linked to a prompt. It was such a fun challenge, I got to discover lots of new quilters and got loads of ideas! 

If you are on Instagram and want to see beautiful quilts and be inspired go check out the hashtags! 

If you are new to Instagram a hashtag is a searchable word or phrase with no spaces, so if you search a word for example #quilting you will see all the posts from anyone who has added that hashtag to their post even if you don't follow their account. If you search #pinkstitches you should see all my handmade makes! 

Here are some of my posts from the month:


Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Quiet Play Pattern club 2021

I love challenging myself with new quilting skills and techniques and this year I am so happy I signed up to the Quiet Play Pattern club.

If you've never heard of the pattern club I highly suggest you check it out!

It's run by Kristy Lea of Quiet Play Designs and this is the third year Kristy has run it. The first one for me!

The 2021 patterns are focusing on a feature block with a border design, which I am loving. You could leave the border off the block but they are too great not to use. 

At the start of each month a new pattern arrives in my inbox, along with lots of tips and tricks and even bonus patterns. 

The blocks are all foundation paper pieced, which is now becoming one of my favourite techniques, as I love the accuracy you can achieve with lots of different shapes and patterns. 

Kristy is a lover of rainbow and I have seen some amazing rainbow blocks. I decided to go with a slightly different colour palette with my usual hint of pink, although have now decided I am loving the blocks so much I am also going to try a rainbow version too!!

Here are my January and February blocks....





If you want to check out the Quiet Play Pattern Club pop over to here. No affiliate links or anything like that just loving the club!!

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Hello!

How are we all? Well, what a year 2020 turned out to be, and to be honest 2021 has taken off in pretty much the same style. We've been in a national lockdown here in the UK since the start of the year and continue to be in one. Working from home has become the new norm, but I am so happy I have a creative outlet to focus on!

Quilting and just generally playing around with fabric has been my happy place, and if I didn't have enough fabric to play with I received a Cricut Joy for Christmas and have also delved into bullet journalling, well my own take on it! So plenty to keep me busy and lots of plans to make!

IG is still my go to place for the quilting community, inspiration and sew alongs but having seen a few others lose their account and having that happened to me before I decided I wanted to return to here to also document my quilting adventures. 

On my last post I left you all hanging on Week 6 of the Mini Series Sew Along. I had so much fun with the sew along hosted by Giucy Giuce and Alison Glass on IG and love my final makes. So here they are! I used all but one of the blocks to make a quilt, using some of my favourite fabrics Ombre by V&Co (Moda) and for the backing Ikea Britten Number fabric. 



Quilt measures H 156cm x W 140cm, quilted with Aurifil 50wt and Hobbs cotton batting (80% cotton / 20% polyester).

With the remaining block I made a project pouch, using vinyl for the front, which I love! 


So, I hope you are well, let me know what you have been stitching and if there is anything you want to see round here! I might even start up doing tutorials again! 

Happy Stitching!


Saturday, July 18, 2020

Mini Series Sew Along - Week 6


Week 6 - Triangle geese. I'm really loving these geese blocks as part of the mini series sew along. This was another 4 1/2 block and enjoyed every minute of making it!

2 more weeks before all the blocks will be complete!


Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Mini Series Sew Along - Week 5


Week 5 - Stretched Geese. 

I loved making this block, the simplicity of the background with the pop of pink in the stretched geese, definitely one of my favourites from the pattern series. Still tiny piecing at 4 1/2 inches! 
I also tried some fussy cutting with the little gold star - not quite accurate but getting better!

Friday, June 26, 2020

Mini Series Sew Along - Week 4


Week 4 of the Mini Series Sew Along was the Hexagon step block. 

I was now back in full swing with foundation paper piecing and really enjoyed making this block!! 
It would be great to sew some of these blocks with the hexagon in one solid colour or perhaps an ombre effect rather than the radiation style symbol, I might give that a go!!

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Mini Series Sew Along - Week 3


This was one of my favourite blocks of the Sew Along, the Pineapple block.
A lot more tiny piecing with this block, which took a bit longer, but very happy with the final result. Again another 4 1/2 inch finished block!



Friday, May 29, 2020

Mini Series Sew Along - Week 2

Week 2 of the Mini Series Sew Along was a traditional Courthouse Step block.
I continued using the same mix of pinks and background fabric.
Completed size of this block was 4 1/2 inches!


Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Mini Series Sew Along - Week 1

The block for Week 1 was a traditional Log House Cabin.
Love this block and ended up at 4 1/2 inches, which was some tiny piecing!!

Pink Stitches

Pink Stitches

Monday, May 25, 2020

Rediscovering my Sew - Jo!!

The last few weeks have resulted in time to reflect, think and plan a few more creative adventures.
I have re discovered my sew-jo and it's been wonderful!!

Reflecting on where my quilting adventures started, back when blogging and Flickr were my go to creative inspirations! I miss those days and communities, the sew-alongs and swaps but when one goes another one comes along and that was Instagram.

I fell out of love with IG when my account was taken over and I lost treasured photos, memories and people I followed. I never got back my original account and photos but whether coincidence or fate I am now back to my original account name and am slowly loving IG more and more.
I've also decided to pop back on here and document my sewing adventures a bit more! Who knows how long that will last, but I have loved looking back on old posts!!

Current on my sewing table is the Mini Series Sew Along on IG hosted by Giucy Giuce and Alison Glass. I've completed 8 weeks of blocks plus the bonus block and have a plan in my mind for what to do with my blocks, so I will see how that goes this week!!



I have really enjoyed the Sew Along, getting to discover new people and re visit foundation paper piecing!!

So yes, you may see me around here a bit more even if it's just a photo of what I've been making!!

Happy Stitching!!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Instagram update

So I never did get back my Instagram account after it was hacked. Sadly customer service with Instagram is the worst!!
So starting afresh! Here's whats been going on:

Love Peony season but it ends the start of July which is only just over a week away!!
Loving these colours and Sweet William flowers! 
A couple of nights ago I attended a new to me local @thequiltersguild group!! It was so much fun meeting all the ladies, chatting, tea, biscuits and 2 and a half hours of sewing!! YES sewing!! It’s only been about a year and a half since I last used my machine. I took with me a very old #wip I started at @fatquarterly retreat with the lovely @diaryofaquilter !! I managed to sew the last blocks ready to sew strips. It was a lovely evening and look forward to going again!
Look what arrived yesterday!! Thank you @sarahashfordstudio they are fab and look at that glitter! Can’t wait to fill them up!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Back up and running - well kind of!

Well I took a hiatus from social media for a while..... lost interest, wanted some time back because IG, blogs etc. are fantastic but I can lose a good few hours, plus I haven't been doing any sewing or quilting for absolutely ages!!
Then I felt the need to get back into it all until...... I got back on Instagram and my account had been hacked! Not going to go into it in too much detail in this post but lets just say we put our hearts and trust in a little app which has the worst customer support ever!! In fact I don't think there is even any support just little automated bots!
Then there is Flickr..... a platform I loved! It kind of started my creative journey, put me in touch with lots of creative like minded people in real life and the swaps and bees - they were great!!! BUT another company was taking it over and I decided to close my account down, hence the strange looking images on this blog right now! So I have a bit of tidying up to do, need to think about blogging, where it is going etc. etc. but for now I'm going to dip my toes back in.

So if you were following me on Instagram and maybe wondered why I blocked you, because I definitely didn't, you can now find me @Cara_Pink_Stitches

So for now keeping it short and sweet and hope to sweep off the very thick layer of dust from my sewing machine some time soon!!

Monday, January 1, 2018

2018

Happy New Year!
I managed to capture this stunning sunset on the last day of 2017, which was, lets just say a challenging year. Plenty of highs, good memories and laughs but also lots of tough times.
I am praying that 2018 will be a year of good health, happiness and fun times for all my family and friends! Who knows I might even get the sewing machine out :)


Monday, April 17, 2017

Saturday, April 15, 2017

2017 and a bit of a brain dump!

Hello!
Well you might be shocked or a little surprised by this post since the last post was, well like, ages ago!

And sorry no sewing/quilting make photos as I haven't touched my sewing machine since last June! I have palpitations just thinking about that! 

Reason for absence - selling my home, looking for a house, buying a house, renovating and redecorating said house to make it into my new home! 

There has been stress, tears, laughter and now lots of dust and I mean dust when walls get taken down but slowly it is all coming together. 

Yesterday, however, I seemed to have some kind of epiphany about my creative, sewing, quilting journey and having not sewn since last year what I was missing. 

I love being creative and sitting behind my desk with the sewing machine or just playing around with fabric! Most of what I used to sew was not for me. Sewing was for gifts, quilting Bees or swaps. I used to love getting to know new people from all over the world through bees and swaps, and having not been part of any for I don't remember how long I do miss it. 
My introduction into the sewing/quilting online world actually started when I received this book:


I discovered the world of craft blogs and Flickr. Flickr was my go to place for inspiration, quilting bees, swaps and retreats. Then Instagram took over and don't get me wrong I love IG (I'm a daily addict!) but since they changed their algorithms it is just not the same. I feel like I miss out on some amazing work as I just no longer see the posts, and yes I know there are notifications but that doesn't seem to work for me. 
So yesterday I logged onto Flickr for the first time in forever! Refreshed my groups, updated the app on my phone and am looking forward to re-discovering the world of Flickr. Plus the photos appear in chronological order - yay! Then I got thinking as to why I sort of left Flickr, what's happened to all the swaps etc. where did they all go!? Other social media outlets are partly to blame as I know I could spend most of my day trawling through all the different apps on my phone, blogs and websites. I even made an account on Ello and have hardly ever been on that! 

So brain dump over! 
And a question or two for anyone out there - were you on Flickr, are you still on Flickr, do you still take part in swaps etc, where is your go to source for sewing/quilting inspiration?

I think I was having a day of reminiscing back to the good old days! :) 

Anyway that's all from me for now - Happy Stitching and hopefully I'll be back soon, maybe even dust off the sewing machine!

Monday, December 5, 2016

11 months later

Yes, it's only been 11 months since my last post!!!
How did that happen?
Well this year has flown by and most of it has been taken up with selling my very much loved home and buying a new house which will soon be my very much loved home!
I knew it might take a while but not most of 2016.
Packing, moving and unpacking (well sort of!) has happened and now its time for decorating, literally from top to bottom.
Good news is I get to plan a nice new and slightly bigger office / sewing room - yay!
I hope to be back up and sewing sometime before Christmas, if I can find all my sewing bits and pieces, so look out for a new bag or pouch plus a load of quilt blocks that need making into a quilt!
See you all soon!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Hello!

Well hello there!!
Long time no see and if there is anyone still out there reading my blog, I'd be a little bit surprised as it has been ages, so if you are hello and thanks for stopping by!

A few pictures to kick off my blogging for 2016:

#2015bestnine - IG where I spend all my time! :)


New Year walks


Planning for 2016



Playing catch up on Bee Blocks for Bee Europa!




and experimenting with chickpea meringue! Yes that's right chickpeas - more of that on a later post!


Monday, June 8, 2015

London Modern Quilt Guild - a lovely way to spend a Sunday!

So yesterday, after a couple of months of annoying trains and engineering works typically on a Sunday, I managed to get into London and spend a lovely afternoon with my quilty friends at the London Modern Quilt Guild meeting. It was so nice to catch up with everyone and meet new visitors, and yes they travel far - a lady all the way from Australia!!
I always feel so inspired and ready to rush home and sew after the meetings and remembered to take some photos too! If you want to find out more about the guild check here!

Here are some of the highlights!

My number block for one of our charity quilts - number 5 although looks more like an S!

Gorgeous quilt design by Carina inspired by a piece of fabric!

Sharing quilts received as part of swaps - this was a mini, it is amazing!

A gorgeous quilt by Dorothy for Siblings Together

The merry crew!

Gorgeous mix of solids and liberty print hexies by Michaela

Gorgeous fabric storage made by Amanda with our member Colette's fabric!
and yes we do meet in a pub!! It's very lovely!