Monday, 25 August 2014

Would you like a Fabric Bomb? Giveaway with a Make - Around the World Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop of the Around the World Blog Hop! I know you've been reading a lot of Blog Hop posts lately but I have a few surprises for you, so stick around to see what's going on...

First of all, I would like to thank the wonderful Mara @ Secretly Stitching for inviting me to join in. You must go and see the photo of what she is hiding in her backyard in her Blog Hop post, it's incredible! 
Mara has, in a few months, become such a good bloggy friend and she is always surprising me and bringing me joy! Last week I received this special packet in the post from her, covered with stunning Greek stamps. It's a Fabric Bomb! 

I couldn't believe my luck, I had only recently joined the Fabric Bomb "movement" over at Elizabeth's Quarters and you never know when one of these peaceful bombs is going to hit you.
But what is a fabric bomb? Find out more, in Elizabeth's words: 

What would you do if someone threw (not literally, of course) a small bundle of fabric and thread at you and said 'make something of that, see what happens, then show me the results'. Would you be freaked out? Do you prefer the comfort of a brief, where you're directed towards which fabrics to buy and how to put them together? Or would the opportunity to be totally unrestricted, and let serendipity take its course, excite you and get your creative juices flowing? [...] what if one person gathered a little bundle (small enough to fit into an A5 envelope) of threads, fabrics, beads–whatever–and sent them to another person, who in turn made their own little bundle and sent it to a third person, and so on, and so on? Eventually, perhaps thousands of little bundles would be whizzing through the mail and we'd all be sewing creatively.
If you want to play along, here's what you do…
  1. The fabric bomber should try to be as creative in their selection of materials, buttons, beads, threads and whatnot, as the recipient will be in their use of them.
  2. The fabric bomb must fit into an A5 envelope, to keep postage costs to a minimum, and to make life easy for the postman.
  3. The recipient can make whatever they like with their fabric bomb–patchwork, toys, bags, collages, doodles, fabric books–anything goes. However, in the spirit of fabric bombing, the packet of scraps should be used creatively, preferably to try out something new, or something you wouldn't usually turn your hand to.
  4. You can add other fabrics to your make, but please don't just incorporate the fabric bomb into an existing make.
  5. You don't have to use every item in the fabric bomb in your make–but it would be great if you could!
  6. It isn't just about getting: once you've received your fabric bomb, please make a bomb of your own to send to someone else. Perhaps photograph the fabric bomb you've received, or the item you make with it. 
  7. Once you've done that, grab the fabric bomb button, post about your make, and prepare a fabric bomb (it must be a surprise, so don't reveal what's inside it) to send to one of your readers, so starting the process all over again.
  8. If you like, you can post pictures of your make on the fabric bomb Flickr page. 

Would you like to receive a fabric bomb and make something unique with the contents? Would you like to surprise somebody with a special Fabric Bomb? Then leave a comment on this post saying you're interested in joining (with your email address) and I will ask Mr Random to choose a name to send my bomb to. I will also send on all the names of those interested to Elizabeth to update her list. Remember you have to be willing to send on your own Fabric Bomb to someone else.

Back to the Around the World Blog Hop: I have to answer some questions now. It's like being back at school! OK, so here goes...

1) Where I live or have lived?
I live in the north of Italy. I have lived in the States (Minnesota), in the UK and in Holland. I have fallen in love with every country I have lived in and am very privileged to have had the chance to travel and learn so much from the different places I have visited.

2) What am I working on?
It would be easier to answer what I'm not working on at the moment! Let me see... I am working on four quilts, some luggage/gift tags, a key fob, two pouches, my Mum's blouse, Bee Blocks I am guilty of being super late with, a tote for my daughter Lucy, a Tilda teapot... Oh dear, is this only me or is there someone else like me who would like to sew a hundred things but only has two hands and not much time?

3) How does my work differ from others in its genre?
This Blog is helping me a lot to answer this question. I had never thought about it until I started seeing my projects adding up in the posts. I started wondering what those projects had in common. I'm still working on the answer but for now I've noticed I prefer small projects, mainly because I don't have much sewing time but also for the possibility to try out something new and see the results in a short time. I love adding my own ideas to a project or inventing something new. Every project has to be a challenge. Take a look at Tutorials page to see what I mean...

4) How does my creating process work?
I think a lot or maybe you could call it daydreaming! I often find myself thinking how I can make something I need and haven't been able to find in a shop. Or I see something and I think how I could change it to suit my taste. I might not like the fabric or the shape or it might inspire me to make something quite different. I always carry a Moleskin around in my handbag (one of the things that weigh down my bag!) and especially when I'm in a queue or waiting I jot down my ideas with little sketches and a few words to remind me the details. I've noticed that when I transform these ideas into a project they are very often a precise copy of the sketch, very close to the original idea.

I now have the honour of inviting some very talented Bloggers to the Around the World Blog Hop. I'm supposed to invite three and that is what I am going to do. I am also going to mention two other names, I'm not really inviting them but their names just happened to drop into this post! Things that can happen!!!

Let me introduce you to the wonderfully talented:

Aylin @ ayliN-Nilya:  Her work was recently featured by Jeni Baker in her blog and how can you not feature this stunning pattern?

She also co-hosts the European linky party MondayMakers, anybody in the world can join!
Fran @ PatchyRose...: She is the Queen of cushion covers and has a talent for pouches and bags. You just cannot miss her tutorial for making a Zipped Pouch here.

Catherine @ Knotted Cotton: the stunning photos Catherine takes explain her incredible eye for colours, textures and patterns in her quilts. Pure joy for your eyes! 

Catherine is also the founder of the Slow Blog Manifesto and Linky Party (on the 15th of each month): "The aim of the Slow Blog movement is to take the pressure off by reminding ourselves who we blog for - us!"

Knotted Cotton
Sandra @ Hohenbrunner Quilterin: OK, her blog is in German but just look at that pile of hexies and you know you want to work out Google's translation to see what she is up to. Sandra is super active in many QALs and her work is exquisite.

Vera @ Neglient Style: she is so creative, you can't miss her blog. Who else would transform a detailed mini quilt into a note board? You never know what she is going to come up with next. What you do know is that it's going to be a winner!

Remember to leave a comment if you're interested in receiving (and sending on) a Fabric Bomb. Mr Random will pick a name on the 8th of September. 
Leave a comment anyway because I love reading them! And thank you for reading this far!

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  1. Beautiful post! See I had no idea you had lived in the States and the UK, and no you are not the only one on #2, I have different projects on every surface I can cover, lol. especially if I have already ironed the fabric, don't want to do that twice.

  2. Great post Nesta! I would like to participate in the bomb thing. Fun idea! Thank you for sharing your tips on others as well. I need to check those ladies for sure.

  3. What a lovely post! I'm so happy to be in the company of Catherine at Knotted Cotton, who I already know. I'll enjoy taking a look at the other people, new to me. Can't wait to see what you do with your fabric bomb, what a great idea :-)

  4. You are not the only one who has hundred of ideas and only two hands. The urge to create is very powerful, isn't it!?
    A local quilting group has a variation of the fabric bomb - an ugly fat quarter swap. Each person swapped a fat quarter she did not like and then made something with the one she received. None of the finished projects was ugly at all! It looked like fun!

  5. so fun to read more about you and your creativity :-) And I love some of those quilters you have nominated - some of my favourites too :)

  6. The concept sounds interesting but for me there is not enough details. How much and what size fabric pieces are being sent? It is up to the sender as to what is included in each fabric bomb?

    I participate in a monthly international secret pal swap where there is a $10.00 limit and anything can be included. This sounds like a similar concept.


    1. There is no limit as Elizabeth's original idea was to use fabrics and material from your own stash. There is also a recycling idea behind, not necessarily buying more but letting somebody else use what you have. It's up to you to decide!

  7. You always learn something new reading these blog hop posts! I'm very tempted by the fabric bomb...

  8. Peaceful bombing sounds intriguing! I would like to participate. Thanks! notwendy at gmail dot com

  9. Heck yes - that sounds like so much fun!!! I love this idea and would be thrilled to receive and send and create. Lovely blog post :) amycav at hotmail dot com

  10. I think that I would like to be a "bomber". I do wonder though, do I need to have a blog of my own? I would happily email my "make" to the sender so that it could be published.

    I'm very curious as to what you are going to be able to concoct with your package.

    feel free to pass on my info: m3reyna at gmail dot com

  11. I would like to be a fabric bomber, how fun.. I recognize the pink fabric I sent Mara as a gift.. LOL.. she is great isnt she and lots prizes from her. Loved your post, mine isnt as exciting I am afraid, but I am in her list too.. LOL..Glad I am in Great Company

  12. It was lovely to read more about you, and your creative process. I so understand the "hundred projects, only two hands" problem! Thank you for the lovely mention and for inviting me to take part too.

  13. Thanks so much for linking me. I am glad to get to know you better. Love your creativity :)

  14. I want to be part of the fabric bomb movement. How great!

  15. great idea! I love that your design process is daydreaming!

  16. I'm so happy that I've found you and your wonderful blog! I love the things you make and the wonderful creative ideas and picutres you share with us! I'm always happy to see what's going on in your blog. And I'd love to be a fabric bomber - what a great idea :-) Thanks for linking me!

  17. visiting you from crazy mum quilts. I love the idea of a fabric bomb. So count me in.

  18. Sounds like great fun! I love to get mail! Comlisajohnson(at)gmail(dot)com

  19. Great post Nesta, you have a new follower - I LOVE your blog and creativity!!!