31.5.12

London Modern Quilt guild - Giveaway!

Get yourself over to the LMQG blog to be in with a chance to win this gorgeous bundle of fabrics being given away by the lovely Michael from Tricolette

fabrics left to right are:
Rowan – Amy Butler Soul Blossoms Peacock
Robert Kaufman – Modern Whimsy Circles
Free Spirit – Houndstooth Emerald
Free Spirit – Teacakes Faded Wallpaper
Robert Kaufman – Modern Whimsy Flowers
Robert Kaufman – Modern Whimsy Sheep

Go here to enter!

As Tricolette is where the LMQG meets once a month, I can tell you first hand what a fabulous shop it is.  It is well worth a visit for all those in London this weekend and as a added bonus, you get to walk down the Abbey road to get there :)

30.5.12

WIP Wednesday

Despite the heat making me want to lay on the sofa and do very little, I have actually pulled my finger out over the last couple of days and got some sewing finished.  I even managed to work on a couple of WIPS rather than just new projects.

Finishes:

Kindle cases - for my SIL and me

I'm going to be a walking MM advert on my hols!!



Flying geese pin cushion - this is coming with me to the FQ retreat, but its not for me ;-)


Tiny pleated zippy pouch - yet another little bag for my holiday!


So to the WIPS:

I finally put the made and attached the binding on my Granny runner.  I used the Weave design in coal from the Summersville line.  Let's see how long it takes me to hand sew this down - I really should practice machine binding!



My most exciting progress report is that my HMM bed quilt is back from the LAQ and I am absolutely thrilled with it.  I have made the binding (Kei honeycomb dots) and am aiming to have it attached by Friday, ignoring the fact that I have a house to clean, retreat supplies to gather and two suitcases to pack!

Pretty, pretty circles!
New/upcoming projects:
  • Hand stitched course - starts June 4th
  • Summersville quilt
  • Purse palooza - after all the practising I have been doing, it would be rude not to participate!
  • New quilt for the Kidlet using Peak hour fabrics.
Just wanted to thank all my lovely friends who have voted for my quilt in the Bloggers quilt festival - You rock!!

Linking up with Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday.

29.5.12

Sneaky peek!

My Half moon Modern quilt came back from the LAQ today and I am so excited to show a sneaky peek. 

This quilt deserves a grand reveal with decent pics and quilt stats, so for now I am going to show a tiny bit of the quilting.

Quilted by Long-arm quilting.co.uk
This afternoon I made miles and miles of binding, which I hope to get on in the next couple of days.  Then I just have to butter up my sewing buddy again to hand sew it down for me ;-)

It's the second week for the Let's get acquainted blog hop and the bloggers up this week are:

Plum and June May 29
    Heidi from Fabric Mutt
    Amy from Amy's Crafty Shenanigans
    
May 31
    Jodi from Tickle and Hide
    Jennie from Porch Swing Quilts
 
Please go and visit them, check out there cool blogs and leave lots of comments :)

And as it never hurts to do a little more plugging, please go check out the awesome nominated quilts in the Bloggers quilt festival and should your mouse want to click on my quilt and vote for me, I will be eternally grateful ;-)

28.5.12

Wooooo hoooo!

I was so excited to get an email today telling me that  my little quilt was nominated for favourite baby quilt in the Bloggers quilt festival...


 I am so grateful for everyone who voted for it, I really wasn't expecting to be nominated!

You might want to go check out the other fantastic nominations over at Amy's Creative side, especially Charlotte's, Hadley's, Laura's, Jenns, Nicole's and  Leanne's quilts ;-)

Go on get voting, you know you want too ;-)!

26.5.12

FQ retreat linky party!

This time next Saturday I will be trooping my away across London, dragging with me my mahooosive sewing machine bag and the 1001 other bits I have deemed necessary for day at the Fat Quarterly retreat.

So today I am linking up with all the other bloggers headed for South Kensington in a linky party, to get to know them a little better.


Fat Quarterly
So a little bit about me....

My name is Kelly I am 35 years old have a 3 year old son and a husband who I have been with since I was 17 years old. By day I am a Specialist Practitioner of Transfusion (it sounds swisher than it is) and the rest of the time I can normally be found sitting at the sewing machine, ignoring the washing and the fact that the house looks like a bombs hit it!

I look like this (minus the baby)...

Hair will be slightly redder and I will be minus the baby.


I have no idea what I will be wearing, but rest assured I will have put clothes on before I leave the house ;-)

I shall be sporting these accessories....



Gorgeous name tag made by Fiona of Poppy makes!
I am unfortunately only attending the retreat on the Saturday but I have the design challenge (which I know I'll be crap at!) on Sat morning and Lynne's paper piecng class in the afternoon.  I am going to apologise now for any juvenile behaviour on my behalf and for the fact that I have a potty mouth!


I can't wait to meet everyone
xxx



SMS - We have a winner!

I just want to say that I was gobsmacked at the amount of entries into my giveaway, I had 497 elligible entires when my hubby did the random draw at 9pm last night. 

 What followed was an hour and half of mild bickering as I tried to get numbers on my comments and asked for his help every five seconds!  

In the end I (meaning hubby) managed it (quick how to here) and we have a winner......

Number 80 is Emily from Strawberry Patch - well done Emily I am going to email you now!  Thanks so much to everyone who entered and all my lovely new followers :)






25.5.12

Hot date...

After a forced separation for the last week, I have a hot date with my sewing machine tonight and every night until I get this little list done!

  • 2 Kindle cases
  • 1 purse - my Mum nicked mine!
  • 1x laundry bag
  • 2 pincushions
I have just spent an hour pulling fabric - I could have sewn up a Kindle case in that time.


I also need to gather all of my supplies for the retreat which is now only 7 days - woo hoo!! 

 There is also the small matter of packing for our holiday and cleaning the house, I may be out of action for some time ;-)

 A quick reminder that my giveaway will close at 9pm tonight.  I have been overwhelmed with the response, so thank you all so much :)

Right, got to get to it!!!!!

23.5.12

WIP Wednesday

As I have nothing to show  for the last week, I thought I would take the opportunity of blogging pics of my two quilts I finished a few weeks ago.

The sun shined yesterday for what feels like the first time in months, so I got out into my MIL's garden and got snapping.  As I was taking phone pics, these two were the only slightly decent ones of the lot, photographer i'm not!!

Colour brick quilt

Improvish baby quilt
Then I took both quilts up their new owners, although only one agreed to a photo shoot....



I spent the rest of the afternoon having lots and lots of cuddles, without even a twinge of broodiness!


So, it is fair to say my WIPS are exactly the same as last week - NO progress!! ;-)

The next week however is going to be super busy with new projects, I have Kindle cases and laundry bags to make as well as a few more flying geese....



Linking up with Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday as per normal.

22.5.12

Blog hopping!

I am so glad that I have things to blog about this week other than makes, because otherwise I would have sod all to write about ;-).

Today is the start of the Let's get acquainted blog hop which has been organised by the lovely Beth who blogs at Plum & June.



The hop kicks off this week with posts at the following blogs: 


Tuesday, May 22
Kelsey from Kelsey Sews

Erin from Billy Button Designs

Thursday, May 24

Nik from Bold Goods

Alyssa from Pile O Fabric

If you get a chance please go check out there posts and leave a comment.  I am soooo glad that I don't have to go first and still have no clue as to what I am going to blog about when its my turn in June!

I have had a fantastic response to my little giveaway as part of the Sew Mama sew Giveaway day, thanks so much for all the lovely comments and hello to my new followers.

Now I am off to spend a few hours with my BF and her beautiful new baby girl and to top that off the sun is SHINING!  Oh happy happy days!

21.5.12

Sew Mama sew giveaway day!

It's giveaway day over on Sew Mama sew and I have decided to join in!



I have spent weeks thinking about what I would like to giveaway and today inspiration finally hit me...
1 yard of Buzz nitelight & Aurifil 12wt Wool thread


I have been hoarding this yard of Buzz nitelight from the Melody Miller Ruby star spring line for months.  I couldn't decide what to make with it or quite bring myself to cut it up, so I thought I would give someone else a chance to make that decision.   As it's 60" wide, it would make a cracking bag or a quilt backing.



I have also added a spool of Aurifil 12 wt wool thread in a matchy orange and the Flying Geese pincushion I made during the Mouthy stitches swap (I have to get the rainbow in somehow!!)



Close up of pin cushion
To be entered into the Giveaway just leave me a comment, that's it no hoops to jump through here ;-).  I will give you an bonus chance to win though if you are a follower or sign up to follow me.  

This giveaway is open to all, International entries are most welcome and is open until 9pm (British Summer time) on the May 25th .  I will let Mr Random generator pick a number and announce the winner on the 26th.

If you are a no reply blogger please remember to leave your email address in the comment box.

Good luck
x

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED :)



18.5.12

Blogger's Quilt Festival Spring 2012

Being a new blogger this is my first time joining in with the Bloggers' quilt festival  hosted by Amy's creative side and I have an oldie but goody quilt to share.



I made this quilt in January 2011, it was my first dip into the 'Modern' style of quilting, the first time I branched out in my own direction rather than following the same pattern in different fabrics. 


The first time I tried spray basting, the first time I did the wonky wavy line quilting...



This quilt was the start of an obsession with fabric and quilting, that despite the doubts of family and friends (I am not known for my long attention span!), has just got stronger and more expensive!


I mostly love this quilt because it was the first one I made to give as a baby present and it went to the prettiest little angel of them all...


It is predictably rainbow and very me :)


I am now off to check out the amazing array of quilts at the festival!

17.5.12

The cream of the crop!

Okay so maybe the best Moo post titles have already been done, I am a bit late to the party!

It didn't stop me skipping to the door yesterday morning in anticipation that my Moo cards just might have been lying there waiting.

They were.....




I had a little tussle with the kidlet about who the box belonged to, I won (just!)


These are seriously cool cards.  I shall be handing them out like sweeties at the FQ retreat, you have been warned!

My favourite is the kidlet self portrait

So thanks to Susan, who enabled me to get these cards, it was £10 well spent :)

16.5.12

WIP Wednesday

This month is flying by and for once I don't mind, as fast approaching is the Fat Quarterly sewing retreat in London and I can't wait!!!!  Thanks to a weekend of nights, I had two kidlet/work free days to indulge in sewing ( I probably should have done some housework as well...), this was good for my WIPS.

Finishes:

Tumbling little apples quilt for Siblings Together:
All this needs now is the label on the back which I will pick up at the FQ retreat in two weeks.  There is loads of information on the Siblings Together charity on  the Flickr page.



Baby quilt:
I used a couple of Stoery book prints for this quilt and some Kona white to make a super quick strip quilt.  This is with my sewing buddy who I bribed persuaded to hand sew the binding down for me ;-) (She likes to hand sew, I don't!!)



Camera case:
Made with the Keyka  Lou pattern and some pretty Summersville.



Fat Quarterly retreat sample swap:
I thought that the Tiny bag from Jeni's pattern would make perfect gift bags for the magnets.  I used the underground print and the Crown prints as it will be the Jubilee weekend in London when the retreat is on.  I am now thinking that I should have made a set of these for myself!

The Tiny bag to be filled with magnets!

For those who are wondering where the pretty ribbon went, they looked crap as the ties.  I gave them to my sewing buddy as part bribe to get her to sew the binding on my baby quilt ;-)


 W.I.P's:

No progress: 

Circle cushions - no progress.

Granny runner - have changed my mind on the Pezzy binding and am going with some Summersville instead.  This is today's sewing project, if I don't get distracted.





Half moon Modern quilt - Is on the Long arm as I type - getting very excited about getting this back!

In the pipeline:

Hand stitched class with Rachel from Stitched in Colour - starts in June.




Linking up with Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday.

14.5.12

A (nearly) wordless post....

FQ retreat sample swaps - Flying Geese magnets
Now just the little bags to make.....

In case the theme isn't obvious from the above pic....

Happy days!!!!!

13.5.12

A post not about bags or pouches

wonders will never cease!!!!!!!!

This weekend I have been on night shift and therefore it was written off before it had even begin.  I even missed out on the sunshine, (well if you don't count the two seconds of squinting between the car and the front door at 8am this morning). 

Knowing that sewing was off the agenda for the weekend, I spent Friday day sewing up a storm instead of sleeping.

I packed the kidlet off to nursery, rigged this giant spool up....
Ginormous spool of 50wt Aurifil


and finally got on with quilting my Siblings Together quilt. I decided to stick to outlining the tumblers, something which I would normally avoid (so I don't highlight my wonky seams!), but I think it highlights the pattern and lets the gorgeous fabrics shine!


Just need to make the binding and this is good to go!

While I was on a roll, I got cracking on a baby quilt for a good friend who has just had a gorgeous baby boy!  I used the Storyboek cheater print and matching dotty print and made a simple strip quilt.  I think it took about 2 hours from start.....

to finish.....

Calm front

Couldn't resist the Ikea rainbow backing!
I do love a wonky wavy line of quilting!

Hope everyone else got to enjoy the sunshine this weekend.
x