Saturday, 13 December 2014

A bit of a spurt ...

How's your Christmas preparation coming on? Not even two weeks left ... oh dear! How did that happen?! 

I took part in our work's Christmas Gift campaign (you buy gifts for a child in care, all you get told is their age and gender, you drop them off and they are then wrapped and anonymously donated.) I wanted to add something home-made to the gifts I bought so made a London pencil case:

Merry Christmas, little boy, and God bless you x 

My sister was ogling my tote bag when we met up last week:

So she's getting one of her own for Christmas. The joy of scraps: 

I cut my handles at 5" and when folded they end up at 1 1/4" which I like:

Just needs quilting and putting together. Also, I have started on a Pants Bag for my cousin's daughter who's going to Paris in the New Year:

Finally, for dear SIL - out of the leftovers of her chicken bag, I cut out 36 x 3 1/2" squares, sewed them together, pressed open the seams (don't really need to but it does give a nice flat finish):

And placed it in front of the tree for a festive photo:

Something furry and amazing heard the baubles knocking and came a-looking  ... tried to hide from me but I spotted her: 

I love the cushion on our chair under the stairs too ... sooooooo very tempted to keep it for myself ... but I wont - we never do, hey?

And today - a first - Mum came over for the day and we sat together for a few hours chatting away in my sewing room, drinking coffee whilst we made some bunting (for dear niece's wedding next year):

Enjoy your weekend, linking up with the lovely Lorna and Amanda

Sew Fresh Quilts

Friday, 5 December 2014

London calling ...

Today's post is quite apt really. Splitting my week between London (job) and North Wales (home) is working out well but I do miss being in my home every night so that I can just slot in an hour's quilting here and there.

This fabric is so indicative of life in London:

And this is what I've made out of it for Christmas for my frolleague's 13 year old son:

And a larger Pants Bag for my frolleague (she's going to use it for socks):

I've also made a start on another quilt (but goodness knows when it'll be finished!):

I'm home for 2 weeks at Christmas and I WILL spend more time in my sewing room! I've so many UFOs to work on :(

Linking up with the lovely Lorna and Amanda:

Sew Fresh Quilts

Friday, 14 November 2014

First Friday Finish in Forever :)

It's just a little finish but a finish nonetheless and there's not many of them these days so I have to share!

Here's a little charm square bag made for dear SIL from this tutorial by the Missouri Star Quilt Co finished this afternoon. A close up of the quilting and lining:

And the finish:

Made from chicken fabric to celebrate sis finally getting her rescue chickens:

I also cut 36 x 10" squares for my Christmas Quilt:

And for a large Pants Bag (which will be a Christmas present for a colleague). There was just enough of the Christmas Quilt fabric left over for the ties:

So, if I pull my finger out I might have some more finishes to share ... soon :)

Happy Friday! Linking up with Sarah

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Friends, Fun and ... Fashion faux pas?!

Life is great, life is busy, we are having lots of fun in our new home - 4 months since the big move and it feels like one big holiday. 

Nearly every weekend we are seeing family and friends which is absolutely marvellous. If I was doing less of this (I really have no business wearing a 'onesie' at my time of life!):

I'd have more time for this:

The new windows are finally in and Nell is settling in nicely:

And a rare action shot:

I have nearly finished my charm square bag for chicken-owning SIL, loving the lining fabric which I bought in Amsterdam 2 years ago:

More friends and family visiting this weekend! The novelty of us being 'just around the corner' will wear off ... eventually?! 

And I just had to share this with you all ... LOL!

Linking up with the lovely Lorna - gorgeous butterflies :)

Sew Fresh Quilts

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Chickens ...

I have been working with my 'unsexy fabric' again today making more HSTs ... just 20 more to make :)

A month ago, my dear SIL bought 3 rescue hens. She has wanted some for years and has finally pecked her hubby into agreement! Meet Mabel, Gertrude and Hilda:

They are adorable, sis loved them immediately, and they've already produced a few eggs. I wanted to make her a little Christmas quilty gift so, of course, it had to  be hen-themed. This bundle caught my eye on eBay so I just had to buy it:

There was no selvage so I went back to the ebay listing and it only described it as - midnight blue hen house fabric - so I Googled that and it is made by Westfalenstoffe, who I admit I've never heard of. It says it's organic fabric sourced from Egypt and Pakistan ... never used organic fabric before - seems very fitting.

I'm going to make her another charm square bag (her choice) from this fabby  tutorial by Missouri Star Quilting. This will be her 'winter bag' - this was her summer birthday bag (which she really liked): 

Linking up:

Molli Sparkles

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Not so sexy Sunday Stash :)

Sometimes, your fabric choice just doesn't grab you. This Makower Spraytime bundle (and some others from my stash I'm using) is not the stuff to get your heart racing, it won't get me any 'oohs' and 'aahs' and it certainly wouldn't win any prizes in the Míss Fabric beauty contest! 

But, it is what I'm working with at the moment so I'm just going to have to suck it up and get cutting and sewing. 52 HSTs done and 92 to go:

This is for my 'frolleague' who has had a nightmare conservatory-building experience this year so am hoping the gift of this lapquilt will help her relax in there now it's all built and it has been designed to match her rug (the inspiration for this quilt):

Why don't you pop over to see the delectable Ms Molli Sparkles where there is a bundle of far sexier fabric to ogle at! Or my friend Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts who's fabric wins all the prizes this week :) 

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Gorgeous gift and a little finish :)

Like most of us, I'm sure, when I first started blogging, I wasn't sure if anyone would ever read my blog or if I'd even enjoy blogging. I hoped I'd at least make a friend (or two) along the way. And I have! One of my newest friends is Jasmine @ Quilt Kisses, a really sweet lady who makes the most delightful quilts (check out her latest for Halloween!)

This week, she sent me this gorgeous mini-quilt 4,500 miles across land and sea as a house-warming gift ... I love it! Thank you xx And the cutest handmade card:

Jasmine is not afraid to try out new stuff and her quilting is even better close up. I wish I had an 1/8 of her talent. 

She spurred me on to have a little finish of my own and I've been meaning to make a cushion for the fireside chair in the snug. So yesterday, I took my design inspiration from the rug in there:

Here are some steps along the way. Had to push Nell off the ironing table! I love making cushions with binding:

I tried some fancy black cotton quilting in the centre square - it did NOT work out! Hence the appliquéd centre 'kiss'! And the finish:

Linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom QuiltsIt feels really good to have made something this week ��