A nearly wordless post!

Makeup bags are finished, I think the texty one might be staying with me ;-)

 I used the Oh Fransson pattern again.

My hera marker came out again!
 The lighting is terrible on these pics, but you get the idea!

I have asked Santa for a photo tent for Christmas;-)


A variation on a theme

Work and an upcoming job interview seems to be turning me into a slow blogger.  The job interview is freaking me out,  I cannot seem to focus on anything for very long and am wayyyyy behind on my blog reading.

I do have something to show for my week long absence though, a little purse action.  I broke into my growing stash of Echino and Melody Miller.

Christmas pressies galore!
For the bigger frames I used the same pattern I made following Emily's instructions.  For the smaller frame, I again used Emily's instructions but adjusted it a bit width wise.

The MM typewriter is my fave, although it isn't staying with me ;-)

For the lining I picked out some Summersville, pink pezzy and Metro circles...

I have another 4 smaller frames to make, but I have to confess I am a little bored of making these now.  So yesterday I started on the makeup bags instead....

The plan is to finish these today and then the rest of the week will be dedicated to hyperventilating about the dreaded interview.


Christmas crafting....

With 5 weeks to go, my Christmas crafting has started and today's task was cushions....

The first one I finished was the Polaroid block I made a few weeks ago, this is destined for a friend at work.

For the back I used some Moda extra wide dots in grey, which I had left over from my Bloom quilt and even put a zipper in!

The second cushion I have been working on is for my BF's little girl.  I have been away to Newcastle for the last couple of days for my MIL 70th birthday (part 2!) and used the train journey time to stitch up some cute acrobats using the Sublime Stitches patterns.

I added some Honeycomb dots to the side and did some wavy line quilting.  Just need to finish this off now, but need to buy a long zip in the morning.

Tomorrow I am going to concentrate on making the 9 frame purses on my list, which means there will be glue everywhere!


Ain't nothing going on but the rent...

Or so it feels round here at the minute!  I have spent the last week trying to fill in an application form for a new job, boy have these things changed since I last had to put my CV in with a covering letter!  That's the NHS for you though, they like you to jump through those hoops ;-)

So on the sewing front, I have managed to sew all of 5 Bee blocks in a week and my to-do list is getting longer...

My first lot of bee blocks were for the lovely Liz.  She asked for selvedge blocks in a design of our choice.  I couldn't resist making her a flying geese block and the circle block seemed like a natural second choice.  I am glad I got to try the selvedge blocks, but I won't be repeating it in a hurry ;-) 

The next Bee blocks were for Jo, who asked for help making a quilt to comfort a family member going through a very rough time. I love the block design she picked, much more in my comfort zone.

The real highlight of my week was meeting up with the LMQG on Sunday, we always have such a giggle and there was cake galore courtesy of the birthday girl and Pennie.  

Charlotte even bought me a gift, despite that I publicly doubted that she was turning 21 today...

An exact replica of her Kei dots purse!

Hapy Birthday Charlotte - you rock!!!!


Sew Seasonal Blog Hop

I was chuffed to be asked by Kristy and Alyce to take part in their seasonal blog hop.  They have designed 25 Christmas themed blocks (13 Paper pieced and 12 Ornamental blocks) which are perfect for your festive makes and are being offered for free download until the end of November!! Ornamental blocks can be downloaded here and the paper pieced blocks here.  
I was allocated number 12 of the Ornamental blocks and not being a massive fan of traditional Christmas prints,  decided to use a mix of the Robins and the washing line print from Aneela's Cherry Christmas and the  red deers from Momo's Oh Deer collection.

Block 12 - Ornamental patterns
These blocks are seriously quick to whip up!  I made three 10" blocks and decided that I wanted to make a Christmas runner for my sideboard.  So I simply sewed three blocks together, added a 2.5 border of the Cherry Christmas presents all round and then quilted with my super quick wonky wavy method.

Wonky waving the quilting!
I had some Kei Honeycomb dots left over from my HMM quilt so had my table runner finished within a couple of hours of starting!

grey days = rubbish pics!
For the back I used some Summersville scandi in London bus red...

 I have a feeling that I will have made some matchy matchy coasters using the 5" block instructions by the time Christmas comes along ;-)
 In case you have missed any of the action here is the blog hop list and be sure to pop over to Elaine at Dashasel Sews for her Sew seasonal make!:

1st November: Kristy from Quiet Play & Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts
2nd November: Marieka from Bespoke Bites & Jane from Where Jane Creates
3rd November: Susan from Patchwork N Play & Kelsey from Kelsey Sews
4th November: Janice from Better Off Thread & Erin from Missy Mac Creations
5th November: Lucy from Charm About You & Rebecca from Making Rebecca Lynn
6th November: Charlotte from Lawson and Lotti & Amy from Amy's Crafty Shenanigans
7th November: Jess from the Elven Garden & Cindy from Live a Colorful Life
8th November: Elaine from Dashasel Sews & Kelly from Jeliquilts
9th November: Beth from Plum and June & Fiona from Finding Fifth
10th November: Juliet from Tartan Kiwi & Fiona from Celtic Thistle Stitches
11th November: Taryn from Pixels to Patchwork & Anorina from Samelia's Mum
12th November: Megan from Jaffa Quilts & Jane from QuiltJane 
13th November: Gemma from Pretty Bobbins

Once all the hoppers have shown you the goods, it is your turn to link up a project made with one or more of the blocks to be in with a chance to win some fab prizes.  It can be any size you fancy as long as it is 100% finished.

And what are these fabulous prizes?! Well, so far we have:
Awesome Launch Day giveaways - check back November 1st!
2 x $10 vouchers
Joy by Kate Spain - full fat quarter bundle + panel
2 x $25 vouchers
1 x $25 voucher
$30 gift voucher
Japanese Christmas fabric - fat eighth bundle
Cherry Christmas charm pack

Oh, and that amazing Joy fat quarter bundle and panel from Intrepid Thread? Kate Spain herself will be selecting the lucky winner of that as the Grand Prize!!

Plus, are you needing some Christmas fabric supplies for the hop, or just your stash in general? Well, Chrissy from Sew Lux Fabrics has set up a special discount code on Christmas fabrics in her shop! So if you need supplies, be sure to check it out. The code is "sewseasonal10" and is for 10% off all Christmas fabric (Joy, Blitzen, and Sentiments) through November 18th. A charm pack or layer cake will work perfectly for Ornamental!

Grab the button, join the Flickr group and get sewing!!


Frame purse love

Just one little purse is all it took....

 to leave me wanting to make tons of these purses!

Emily's tute is fabulous!  Apart from a glueing incident, I had this purse made in under an hour and I love me a quick make!

 I have already taken a few Christmas orders from work colleagues and there is nothing I like more than making them part with their hard earned cash ;-)


241 tote - Vinyl style!

My attention span for most things is short very short!!  My love for my 241 tote and Go Anywhere bag have been waning over the last few weeks, so I knew it was time for a new one.
I picked three (2 panels and the records) of the Melody Miller Ruby Star Vinyl FQ's that I got in my bundle from the Village Haberdashery, butchering them to fit all the parts, inside and out! 

Front - with zipper!!
I missed off the side pockets on this one as I never used them on my first bag.

I added a loop to the inside pocket to attach my little purse too, I have a bad reputation for misplacing it!
Lining - made with the records and the offcuts from the panels.

I had made the strap all fancy and adjustable, then had to unpick and fix it when I sewed it in the wrong way.  I will try that again when I make the Sidekick tote in a few weeks ;-)

I tried the bag out yesterday on my annual date day with the hubby.  This pic was taken in a backstreet very near the dodgy sex shop bit of Soho (this was not the destination for our date day, although my hubby seemed to know his way around these streets very well!!!!).

I have a few more bags/purses on my to do list for this month, starting today with a frame purse using these....
Echino Decoro bucks and RK Metro circles
I used Emily's very cool tute to draw up the pattern (well I made hubby do it!).  Hopefully I will be back tomorrow with a finished purse!


Fresh Sewing day - November!

October has flown by in a flash and it is time again for a sewing round up for Lynne's Fresh Sewing day.

I was quite surprised with how much sewing I had done this month, maybe because I felt like I had spent most of the month quilting my bee quilt!

So for my round October round up:

Quilty things:
I have a nice little pile of quilts with only two of them still needing the binding sewn down.

From top to bottom:

and a  pair of cushions that my kidlet demanded I make, before I was allowed to get back on with my quilting ;-)

Polaroid blocks galore:
Polaroids for Say Cheese - Polaroid block swap

Classy Polaroids for Miss October in the Kinky bee

Polaroid block which is destined to be a cushion for ????
I also made 4 craft vendor aprons, 2 infinity scarves and a key fob - I think I have a little addiction to sewing!!!!

Next month is going to be dedicated to Christmas presents, I am finally in the mood for some Ho Ho Ho ;-)

Linking up to Fresh Sewing day at Lily's quilts.

Lily's Quilts