Saturday, 27 September 2014

Sunday Super Stash

I never win anything. Usually. During the last month I won three different giveaways! Our corner of Blogland is so generous, there are so many wonderful giveaways, we're really lucky. I have enjoyed hosting quite a few giveaways myself and I'm planning another one soon... It's so fun giving and it's great winning too!



Thank you to Pink Chalk Fabrics:



Thank you to Quilt Taffy:


You filled my sewing room with lovely fabric I can't wait to start using!!!

All this wonderful fabric deserves to join Sunday Stash, doesn't it?!

Molli Sparkles


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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

50's Style Placemats: Le Challenge

Once upon a time I bought two tea towels from IKEA and they stayed for a long long time folded in a draw. I liked them so much I was afraid that the Evil Marks of the Kitchen would attack them. The spell I cast to protect them made them fall asleep for one hundred months (?!), hidden away in that draw until...


Fairy Le Challenge arrived and magically opened that draw, freeing the two tea towels from their long sleep...


with a wave of her wand, Fairy Le Challenge transformed the tea towels into four pretty 50's style placemats and made the Breakfast Table their new reign.


And they lived happily ever after.


P.S. Fairy Le Challenge also cast a spell by which the four placemats shall never be attacked by the Evil Marks of the Kitchen... how I wish!!!


Fairy Le Challenge lives here 
(in case you need help with something in one of your draws...):

Le Challenge


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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Kawaii Jar Ring Pin Cushion

Have a peek at my Kawaii Jar Ring Pin Cushion, courtesy of a free Spoonflower swatch of Faux Suede:



Isn't it fun? I love pin cushions made with Mason Jars and I have pinned quite a few on my Pincushions and Needle Books board. I can't buy Mason Jars here in Italy as far as I know. The make they sell here "Quattro Stagioni" are pretty but don't have the fancy lids! I even tried looking how much it would cost to ship Mason Jars... maybe I'll buy them when I become a millionaire! So not being able to make myself a Mason Jar pin cushion, I decided to make a Kawaii Jar Ring Pin Cushion.


And no, those aren't my nails. My colleague was kind enough to lend me her hands again for modelling this Ring Pin Cushion, which happened to match the colour of her cool nail art!


I have been taking advantage of Spoonflower's free swatch for new fabric releases because it's a great way of feeling the texture of material before choosing to buy some. So the Kawaii toast came from this fabric swatch called "Bread for Breakfast!" by Bora.

As you can see, there are quite a few jars in the swatch so soon you'll be seeing some more fun Kawaii ring pin cushions and a tutorial on how to make them!


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Monday, 8 September 2014

5 Sewing and Quilting Ideas you don't want to miss!

The more you look around sewing Blogland, the more you find fantastic projects to try out. Here are five sewing and quilting ideas you don't want to miss. They are original, fresh and modern (with a little vintage/traditional thrown in too!).



1. The first project I want to show you is by Ali Burdon: Jar Covers! They are foundation pieced with selvedges. This project is included in Love Patchwork & Quilting - issue 12Aren't they pretty? You can put a tin or a vase inside and voilà, you have a quilted flower vase.

2. I have fallen in love with this pouch: Double Exposure Zippered Pouch by Amy @ Amy Made That! Why do I love it? Because it has zips trimmed with lace that remind me of those beautiful Japanese lace zips that are impossible to find at the moment here in Italy (will somebody please import them?!). Another reason I love this pouch is that you can fold it in half and open it when you need to, so it's really handy and very pretty.




3. This project is a very clever and useful wall organiser with lots of pockets by Monica Solorio-Snow, who blogs at the Happy Zombie. This project is also included in Love Patchwork & Quilting - issue 12. I love her new fabric collection Sew Yummy (Cloud9). I couldn't believe my luck when I won a set of five inch squares of Sew Yummy thanks to Quilt Taffy's weekly giveaway post. Looking forward to receiving it in the post!


4. This month's Across the Pond Sew Along is featuring very pretty fabric origami butterflies. A part from deers, there are also butterflies fluttering about in the latest fabric collections. This origami version is too beautiful not to try out. 



You can find instructions and examples on how to use them here:
Don't miss the Across the Pond Sew Along Flickr page, where you can add your butterflies too!

5. Check out the fantastic quilts Michelle @ Factotum of Arts is making, they are incredible, front and back. This is just one example, "Neighbourhood" quilt: 

Neighbourhood_quilt_top_complete
And the back:


Have a look at her blog, if you haven't yet, because she is designing fantastic quilts!




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