Friday, 30 May 2014

Sewing DIY Party Decorations

What do you do with a scrap of cupcake fabric? Make a party decoration! A party sign to hang on the front door when it's Party Time!

The fabric is Sweet Treats in pink by Michael Miller. When I was looking up the name of this fabric I came across some free templates for beautiful applique cupcakes (I've lost the link at the moment but as soon as I find it, I will credit the author!).  Using one of the cupcake templates I made the central applique block, adding some ric rac too.

I cut out  the heart for the self cover button from the cupcake fabric. You can just see another heart in the top right hand corner of the photo above. I sewed the heart onto the solid orange fabric that was used in the cupcake applique and then covered the button.

Who doesn't love pom poms? Or is it pon poms... 

For another party idea, have a look at the Fill My Pockets Bunting. I made this for Lucy's birthday:

Linking to:

Fort Worth Fabric Studio Blog

Creations by Nina-Marie

Patchouli Moon Studio's Weekend Link Party
The Inspired Wren

Linky Party C'e' Crisi

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Sunday, 25 May 2014

Sunday Stash: Briar Rose Challenge

This week I received a fun packet in the post. As soon as I saw it was from Quilt Sandwich, I knew it had my two surprise prints for the Briar Rose Challenge. I was really curious to see what was inside:

These are so sweet and I love the delicate colours. I have an idea in mind for my project, just have to work out how to put it together!

I added this Lush Uptown Wood Grain in Brown designed by Erin Michael for Moda and I love it (it's actually more brown than in this photo). Quilt Sandwich has it in Moss too, which also looks really good. The wood grain is going in the project too..

There is already one entry at the Briar Rose Challenge and you can read about it here or at Anita's blog Daydreams of Quilts. It's really pretty!

Linking up with Molli Sparkles Sunday Stash, this week over at Quirky Hannah, who is also hosting a fantastic giveaway!

Molli Sparkles

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Free Baby Sewing Projects + More Great Blog Events

There is so much going on in Blog Land you can't miss. First of all there's the Oh Sew Baby! series over at Fort Worth Fabric Studio. This is especially exciting for me because the super talented Lindsey has invited me to guest post a Baby Sewing Tutorial for this special series. And I'm also looking forward to the Linky for all Baby Sewing Tutorials: starting on May 27 the Fort Worth Fabric Studio blog is opening a linky party for anyone who wants to link up any old or new baby related tutorial. Linking up you have the chance of winning a $50 gift certificate for their shop! I can't wait to see all the tutorials, I love seeing new ideas/excuses for sewing for babies!

Fort Worth Fabric Studio Blog

Everybody in Quilting Blog Land knows about the Blogger's Quilt Festival! Now the voting is open and it's time to chose my favourite entries!
I've entered the Mini Quilts category and here's the post with the story of my Triangle Fabric Mountains. You can vote here for the Mini Quilts Category!

Heidi at Fabric Mutt is starting a new Quilt Along: The Graph Paper Quilt Along and it's all about using squares. I really like the idea that you can join and make a quilt or small projects. This is going to be really fun! The Quilt along starts the 29th of May.

Fabric Mutt

Starting on the 2nd of June is the Perfect Picnic Blog Hop. There will be loads of inspiration for picnic quilts and for a yummy Picnic Menu too, all included! One picnic the weather isn't going to stop!

Mary has the Schedule for our PICNIC hop...

The full picnic plan is here!

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Don't miss The Need a Little Needle Book Swap + SMS Giveaway Winner

Don't miss my bloggy friend Amy's new swap: The Need a Little Needle Book SwapEntries open until May 31, 2014. Create a needle book for your (secret) partner and mail it out by June 30, 2014. 
Just look at this beauty she's made to introduce her new swap and she's actually giving it away to somebody who joins the swap!

This is going to be as fun as her last swap: the Skinny Pinnie Pincushion Swap. Have a look at the Flickr page to see how we enjoyed ourselves!
This is the Hang it Up skinny pincushion I made for Debra, my swap partner:

If you're looking for more inspiration take a look at my Pincushions and Needlebooks Board on Pinterest. My personal favourite needlebooks at the moment are the super famous Nana Company Needlebook (you can find the tutorial here) and Nicole's Envelope Needlebook at Snip Snippets. So original and pretty!

And now the winner of our Sew Mama Sew Giveaway is,

drum roll please,

number 40:


Congratulations, Rosa! 

We would like to thank everybody who participated. Thank you for taking your time to answer our question about "what you are sewing at the moment or your next project". We were impressed by all the different answers we received. We read them all with great interest and are planning to write a post with a little statistics. There are quite a few surprises...

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Saturday, 17 May 2014

Story of the Triangle Fabric Mountains Mini Quilt - Blogger's Quilt Festival

Blogger's Quilt Festival time and I thought: oh, why not join in the fun?! I'm participating with my Triangle Fabric Mountains mini quilt, celebrating the beautiful mountains of Lake Maggiore, in the north of Italy.

I got the idea for the design of this quilt after I joined the Library Project Quilt Along over at Adrienne's Chezzetcook Quilts and decided to add a triangle quilt to my challenges for the Quilt Along. I had seen Jeni Baker's equilateral triangle quilt pattern "Trios Lap Quilt" in issue 1 of Love Patchwork & Quilting and was curious about piecing triangles.

And here's the sketch I made of an idea I had for a baby quilt using triangles to make a mountain scene. I sometimes draw on odd bits of paper or serviettes and then stick the drawings in my note book. This sketch is particularly scruffy! But it's funny how the main idea hasn't changed at all.

Then Paula at The Sassy Quilter hosted the fun Triangle Quilt Along and I thought it would be helpful to have a tight schedule for making my baby quilt, which in the meantime became a mini quilt.
So this pile of triangles:

got this long but very useful "tip cutting off" treatment:

And I thought I was going to go mad sewing 119 3" triangles, but when the rows started coming together I saw it was worth the trouble:

The final result:

The quilting is just around the mountains and the "cloud" machine embroidery on the white background fabric.

Title: Triangle Fabric Mountains mini quilt:
Size:  20.5" x 20.5", with 119 3" triangles
Fabrics: mainly Ever Kelly's Storybook Lane for Andover Fabrics
Quilt design: my own!
No binding!
All the Lake photos are by Daniele Di Ciccio.

I would love for you to vote for my Triangle Fabric Mountains mini quilt

And don't miss visiting all the categories of the Blogger's Quilt Festival:

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