Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Scissors fob with Vlieseline product - The Need a Needle Book Swap

Would you like a sneak peak at what I've made for my Need a Needle Book swap partner? It's a scissors fob! I love how it's turned out. I found out my partner likes turquoise and as I've been curious about trying out piecing small squares, I thought I'd give it a go (the squares are 1.5").

The piecing technique is by Oh! Fransson, using light weight interfacing. The first time around I made a mistake because I took the roll I use for appliquè and ironed the squares on that. Afterwards I realised my mistake and that the other side of the squares was now sticky too! So I started over again, this time taking the right roll off my shelf! I used a specific product made for this technique by Vlieseline: Quilter's Grid. I must say I'm impressed by how precise the squares match together without me having to fidget around with them. They came together like magic! Really, I'm not exaggerating. 

I hope my partner likes it! I think it would also make a handy mini pin cushion. I'm tempted to make one of these to hang from my car mirror, what do you think?

There is also a needle book coming, of course...

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Small, Medium and Large fabric Baby Blocks: Le Challenge

How do you learn the difference between small, medium and large? With Baby Blocks!




These blocks were so fun to make and once you start, you just keep wanting to add details and variations! I started off using whole 5" charm squares to make the large sized block and then decreased the size by one inch to make the medium sized block. The small block sides are just under 3" (before sewing them together). The fabric I used is nearly all Summersville by Lucie Summers for Moda. I just changed fabric for the small block as I wanted this block to be about texture. Here I used two soft minky sides and two laminated sides. The matt laminated fabric with big spots is Lialotta by Ikea. I loved using six different blue themed ribbons and trims for the medium sized block. This proves that my ever growing ribbon/trims collection is really useful for something! My favourite detail is definitely the giant sized button. It measures 3 1/4" and when my daughter Lucy was a little baby she used to love playing with one of these giant sized buttons. They come in bright colours and are very safe for babies. These buttons are great!

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Thursday, 3 July 2014

Four great, fast hexie projects with free tutorials

Looking for a fun and quick hexie project for the summer? Then check out these fantastic tutorials. They're great for trying out hexies (if you've never tried) or making a lovely personalised accessory. We've fallen in love with hexies!

HAPPY CRAFTY PINS by Diane at Craftypod:


HEXIE GREETING CARDS by Martine at iMake (you could easily make these with fabric scraps instead of scrapbook paper):

And we had fun making a Summer Hexie Mobile:

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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Summer Hexie Mobile - Briar Rose Challenge

Summer has started: enough busy beeness, time to relax. We wanted to celebrate with this fun Summer Hexie Mobile featuring the two fabrics sent to us by Quilt Sandwich Fabrics for the Briar Rose Challenge

If you'd like to have a go at making your own Hexie Mobile, we'll soon have a quick tutorial for you!

While the bees are busy buzzing around working hard...

Look at those cute frogs, having a great time:

Good ideas for a fun summer: 
talk much

sit long

laugh often

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