Thursday, 26 June 2014

How about a Quilting Selfie?

Summer has arrived and I've decided to slow down. Slowing down blogging means more time for sewing. There is more time for hand sewing too. I'd forgotten what a pleasure sewing by hand is. A part from being very relaxing it's also a bit like going back in time. It reminds me of when ladies used to sit together outside their houses and, with the excuse of sewing/mending, they'd have a chit chat. They still do this in Italy, especially in small villages.

So what's all this got to do with a Quilting Selfie? Blogland is our "small" sewing village and it would be nice to be able to look each other in the eye while we're sewing together. A Selfie could be a way of doing that. I know I always enjoy seeing photos of my bloggy friends at work. I love this photo by Mara (Secretly Stitching) sewing a feather while watching her children play in the park and the photos Hydeeann (Splish Splash Stash) posts of herself sewing and EEPing.
The idea of the Creative Selfie is Antonella's at Totto's Design and I think it's great.
So above is my selfie, sewing hexies for my latest project. It's a WIP at the moment but I hope to finish it for the weekend.

More hexies. Using some paper templates I found as a free gift with the magazine Love Patchwork & Quilting. If you're interested too, you can download free hexagon templates here. Very useful! 

Linking up with a few of the great parties on our Best Link Ups page

I'd love to see your Quilting Selfies! Have you taken one recently? Send me a link to your photo. Happy sewing! 

Linky Party C'e' Crisi

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Pom Pom Tutorial + Bookmark Tutorial = The Pom Pom Bookmark

What do you get if you put together a tutorial on how to make mini pom poms just by using a fork and a tutorial for making bookmarks? You get the Pom Pom Bookmark! A fun and fast project we used to make something to sell at Ella's end of school year concert to help raise some money for the school.

Ella made all the pom poms just by using a fork and some scraps of wool. This is the very easy tutorial at Small Good Things she used: Craft Tutorial: Make Pom Poms with a fork.

I made the bookmarks using this tutorial at Little Birdie Secrets and adding pom poms instead of the flower decoration.

The pom pom sticking out of the book looks really cute! These bookmarks are really fun to make and are good as little presents too. The trickiest part is choosing your favourite fabric!

(these two photos: thanks to Daniele Di Ciccio for taking these photos before the bookmarks rushed off to school!)

Don't miss our giveaway: until the 19th of June you can win a copy of Love Patchwork & Quilting. Just leave a comment on the post: A Perfect Picnic Blog Hop!

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts, TGIFF over at Riddle and Whimsy, Fabric Frenzy Friday at Fort Worth Fabric Studio and the other great Friday linky parties on our Best Link Ups page.

Also linking up to:  

Follow on Bloglovin

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Random Cool Stuff - Lots of giveaways included!

A list of random cool stuff:

  • How about receiving a Fabric Bomb? Elizabeth @ Elizabeth's Quarter has come up with this really fun idea: someone sends you a parcel containing fabric and other sewing goodies and your challenge is to make something with them and photograph/post about it. You then send your own fabric bomb to someone else, starting a creative chain reaction. If you're interested in joining, read Elizabeth's Fabric Bomb post here. Fun!

  • My bloggy friend Mara is having a fantastic Big Birthday Bash Giveaway on her blog Secretly Stitching to celebrate two birthdays: her daughter's and her own! Go and take a glimpse at the wonderful prizes you could win!

Plum and June
  • Last year I joined the Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop organised by Beth @ Plum and June. This Blog Hop changed this blog's life completely and a year later I have made many good bloggy friends thanks to this experience. This year the event has changed name and expanded. Below you can find the full list of The 2014 New Quilt Bloggers. Beth is also having a great giveaway this week here. Don't miss visiting all the talented new bloggers!

Michelle @ 
Michelle Bartholomew

Jana @ 
Jana Machado

Yvonne @ 
Quilting Jet Girl

Afton @ Quilting Mod

Barbara @ Suzy Homemaker

Mary @ See Mary Quilt

Rebecca @ One Wee Bird

Chelsea @ Patch The Giraffe (

Daisy @ Ants To Sugar

Rachael @ The Floral Suitcase 

Elizabeth @ And Pins

Jennifer @ Never Just Jennifer 

Alice @ Blossom Quilts

Stephanie @ Late Night Quilter

Camelia @ Camelia Elliott

Nurdan @ Hug a Bit Quilts

Lori @ Sew Psychd

Kitty @ 
Night Quilter

Christina @ Wips and Tuts

Marcia @ Cozy Capatiller

Jasmine @ 
Quilt Kisses

Janet @ Simply Pieced

Kristyn @ Melon Patch Quilts

Jo @ Riddle and Whimsy (

Rachel @ Quiltineering

Shauna @ Shauna's World

Pam @ 
Sewing Wilde

Lin @ Lin's Quilts

Cheryl @ Texas Quilting Gal 

Jenn @ Sew Crafty Jenn

Heather @ Bobbins and Bullets 

Serena @ Sew Giving

Carmit @ Quilting Rainbows 

Jenny @ Jack's Room

Elli @ Lovelli Quilts

Camelia @ Camelia Elliott

Sally @ Wonky Patchwork

Leanne @ Devoted Quilter

Karen @  Capitola Quilter

Linden @ Vine Lines Quilting

Follow on Bloglovin

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

How to make a Baby Poncho: Tutorial with free template

The last last two days here in the north of Italy have been so hot, it was funny taking photos of my Baby Poncho under the sun! But if you love sewing, you don't mind the season, do you? 
I designed The Baby Poncho for fresh days and cool evenings when you want to quickly slip something over Baby without all the sleeve hassle! 

The Baby Poncho in fact has armholes to make it super easy to slip on and to stop the poncho from moving out of place when it's on.

The Baby Poncho was made for Fort Worth Studio Fabric Blog and you can find the tutorial here, including a free template. The talented Lindsey invited me to write this tutorial for FWSF Blog's Oh Sew Baby! series. Don't miss the other posts on the series, there are some beautiful ideas for presents for babies. You could also win a $50 gift certificate for the FWFS shop just by linking up a post about something you made for a baby here.

Fort Worth Fabric Studio Blog

Join in our giveaway here (until the 19th of June 2014), you could win this fab magazine:

Follow on Bloglovin

Thursday, 5 June 2014

A Perfect Picnic Blog Hop: Italian Style Picnic + Giveaway!

First of all I would like to thank our ever creative host Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt and our lovely Cheerleader Mary at I Piece 2-Mary for organzing this fun event! I loved having a good excuse for making a picnic quilt and using it!

We were going to show you a lovely picnic spot here in the north of Italy but on the big day for our picnic it started raining. That wasn't going to stop us, was it?! So we decided to have an indoor picnic. We'd made a lot of picnic food and it wouldn't have been the same eating it at the table, would it?

Ella (9) made the smoked scamorza cheese Spiedini, with Lucy (2) passing the ingredients. I made some single portion quiches and put them inside some handy jelly moulds with a lid.

They are super yummy and quick to make: ready made pastry cut in circles, just one egg, a cup of milk, prosciutto crudo (seasoned ham) or speck, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Then pop them in the oven in a muffin tray!

I made some fairy cakes (cupcakes!) and we decided to use our portable fairy cake stand:

Ella decorated the fairy cakes with sugar buttons!

Ella also made these chocolate Strawberries... yummy!

I love how this picnic quilt brightens up even a rainy day! I used a fat quarter bundle of Sweet Dolce by Tanya Whelan. My favourite print has to be the one I used in the centre of the heart: it's called "Ella"! I added the pom pom trim because it gives the picnic quilt a gypsy feel! The backing is a laminated fabric I had in my stash and the colours happened to match! It's going to be useful on damp grass and it's easy to wipe clean.

Some photos of the different panels:

Enjoying our indoor picnic:

Our picnic basket became a fun game. Lucy loved sitting in it and being carried around!

And now for the giveaway: to have a chance of winning this copy of Love Patchwork & Quilting all you have to do is leave a comment! The giveaway is open to everyone and closes on the 19th of June. Mr Random will then choose a winner. 

Thank you for joining us on our picnic!

Don't miss all today's wonderful Quilters:

You can find the full program of A Perfect Picnic Blog Hop here at Mary's I Piece 2-Mary.

Mary has the Schedule for our PICNIC hop...

Linking to:

Follow on Bloglovin