Thursday, 31 July 2014

Swapping...

All my swaps seem to be coming together right now! Firstly, my item for the Big Stitch Swap is ready for posting, as soon as the window of opportunity opens up on Monday :-)


My secret partner put together a very intriguing collage to drop hints about what she likes! As soon as I saw it, it made me think of these cushion covers which I've made before. However, as the theme of the swap was hand-stitching, I incorporated various stitch designs into the project, rather than machine quilting. I'll show you the rest of it once my partner has received it...


After watching a few Artist Trading Card swaps, arranged by Ali, I decided to take the plunge and join the next round! Then I read the small print, and realised just how tiny these cards have to be: 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches. That detail had passed me by when I'd previously admired the ones which appeared online... With less happening at the moment, I decided to start dabbling and experimenting, going with the theme of this round, getting away from it all.

 
This was my first attempt, complete with 'signature' on the back - I went with August as that is when the swap officially takes place. For this one, I sewed right sides together and then struggled to turn it around - but got there in the end! For my next attempt, I went with a binding, to see how that works...


Also tricky in its own way, as quite fiddly on such a small scale. This is the back of that one:


And a little shot of them together, mainly because I am loving my recent brainwave of using the Christmas tree as a prop!


Next week, I will find out who my partner in the swap is, and get a feel for their tastes. Hopefully I can employ some of these techniques in the card which I then make to send away. Must admit, these are very addictive, the perfect small project for lazy summer days! However, I did find the energy to baste my giant star:


This is from the first swap I ever did, the Rainbow Charm Square swap. The top was finished ages ago, but I followed a free online pattern, and ended up so disappointed with it that I lost my enthusiasm. However, better to finish it all the same! Just to complete the four swaps I've done, this is the quilt I made from the Low Volume Charm Square swap: this one certainly made me happy, and it lives on the sofa in daily use!


Thank you so much to everyone who asked about the sale I did a couple of weeks' ago. It was great fun! I had a lovely day, sitting under my gazebo, with loads of people coming in for a chat. Better still, I also sold a couple of quilts - Posy and Scrappy Doo - and several small totes and zipped up bags. So many people commented that they have a half finished quilt at home, and hopefully they left inspired to finish them!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Feeling lucky...

Weather permitting, this Saturday I will be having my first PatchyRose sale of quilts, cushions and bags! I was offered this spot only a week ago, and have been sewing every spare moment ever since... 


This plus quilt was inspired by a beautiful fat cross one which Maryse made recently. I kept mine to the width of the backing fabric, then made a large coordinating cushion. In all honesty, these have to be some of my favourite quilty things I've ever made, so I will be more than happy if noone buys them! Dipping my toe into the waters of a sale is only a result of our house being full to capacity, so I need to sell purely to make more... Quilters' logic!


Next up I used some of the gorgeous Catnap fabrics to whip up a tote bag and a matching zipped bag. Again, I will happily absorb these for my own use! There's definitely more sewing in the pipeline though, as I also won a giveaway!! I will admit to feeling a little embarrassed, as I am sure I have now won more than my fair share... As a result, I am now being very restrained, and not entering any more for a while! 


This particular one was kindly given by Carla, who works in this amazing looking quilt shop. Carla was recently able to create two different charm packs for the shop, and then allowed to give a pair away on her blog :-) Honestly, if I ever needed a personal shopper for quilt fabrics, I would go to Carla! Above shows the low volume pack, and below is a 'modern' pack.


I cannot wait to get started on these! Carla and I must share similar taste, ironically we have both just made very similar plus quilts without knowing it... I did check on the shop website for these charm packs, but didn't see them listed. If you would like to purchase some yourself, I imagine you could contact them and mention the packs which Carla made! Thank you, Carla.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

This was the week...

When I finished my Scrappy Dappy Doo quilt!



This was a really fun quilt to make, and a happy finish. I used a very special backing fabric, although it needed a little extra top and bottom...



I haven't been a huge fan of green since wearing school uniform, but I really love these pearl bracelets! 



This would make a perfect and quirky looking quilt for a single bed. Whereas this...




...was also finished this week, albeit a few months after it began! This will be lovely for a little girl, and would fit either a cot bed or a single bed as a nice throw.




I love those whimsical characters, engrossed in reading their books! And the sweet dandelions...








I keep thinking that I must make the effort and venture into selling a few quilts, even if it just pays for the materials... Production will only increase here, as this was also the week that Miss PatchyRose competed for the sewing machine... At first I reassured her that I hope to buy a new one soon, and then she can have mine! But by the evening, I realised we can't wait that long... So, my dear Granny's old Singer (1970s I think) came down from the loft and went into the guest room :-)




Oh, I felt quite choked up, and I hope my Granny is smiling down on us! I am certainly smiling, when I am sewing I can just glance round and see this across the landing - 



This week also brought more fabric from America:




A whole fat quarter bundle of it! Such a gorgeous range, I couldn't resist. I'm not sure I've ever had a FQ bundle - any ideas what to make with it?!?




I may merge the grey with it, and the cats will join my other pieces of Catnap in a quilt.




Lastly, I am so excited to be doing the Big Stitch Swap, organised by Cindy and Sarah. I've not done a swap like this before, and I am really enjoying the banter so far. This was the inspiration board which I prepared for my partner. Ideally there would be more hand quilting and stitching in there, but I panicked about using other people's photos and so stuck to what I could find amongst the members of the group ;-) It is a simple swap, we are each making one item and sending it off to one person - but noone knows who is sewing for them! 




So far I've pulled out some possible fabrics for my partner, but no sewing as yet...