Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Bright Fabric Triangle Jewellery (or Jewelry): Le Challenge + One Block Project

Le Challenge #11 is: Bright. The first thing that came into my mind was diamonds! Seriously (I'm a woman, that explains it!). Diamonds of course made me think of jewellery (or jewelry!) and as I'm working on the Triangle Quilt Along over at Paula's The Sassy Quilter, triangles and jewellery just clicked together and I couldn't get them off my mind. I also kept reading that geometric jewellery is very trendy this year... So I had a bit of fun and here's my entry for the Bright Le Challenge: Bright Fabric Triangle Jewellery!


I have to thank my personal and very patient photographer/daughter Ella. I don't know how she puts up with this model and still manages to take nice photos! 



This is the front of the triangle fabric necklace:


There is some brightness in the fabric: it's Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander (I bet you'd already guessed!). There is also some brightness in the thread: it's Aurifil's gold BRILLO 726 (in Italian Brillo means "I shine"!).
This is the back of the necklace:


And here's the bracelet. My colleague Elena kindly lent me her hand (well, sort of...) for this photo. She's a nail artist, when she's not working in our office. Every week I run to see what she's come up with during the weekend!


This is the snap on bracelet when it's open:


The Triangle Quilt Along has been very useful, you can't see very well in this photo but I swear the triangle points are perfect! This is made using strips of Botanics from a Jelly Roll.


We're adding this project to our One Block Project: it's about finding fun and useful ways of using single blocks. We'd be really happy if you'd like to take a look at our previous projects in this Flickr group.


Ella & Nesta’s Little Room


Linking up to:
Le Challenge


P.S. If you'd like to participate in our giveaway (open until the 28th of April) you can find it here!



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Monday, 14 April 2014

Storing ideas: Ella and Nesta's Little (Sewing) Room

Here is our cheap storage idea: some IKEA mini drawers transformed into a shelf above our sewing area:


Each draw contains something sew special: ribbons, trims, buttons, threads... We're thinking of labelling each draw using blackboard stickers but we're not sure about having all that black in front of our eyes...We love colour. Maybe some nice fabric labels instead. What do you think?

We're linking up with Kim at My Go-Go Life. We would like to thank her (and Mr Random!) for choosing us last week for the beautiful link up prize!

DON'T MISS OUR GIVEAWAY HERE!
(Ends 04/28)




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Saturday, 12 April 2014

A Special Giveaway - Thank You!

We would like to say thank you for all the generosity we have found in the first months of joining the Sewing Community with our blog. We have been so impressed by your creativity and by how you share your ideas so generously. To pay it forward and to thank you we have organised a special giveaway:


We have also been sharing the first of our tutorials for some fun projects. Click on the photos or go to our Tutorials page to see the full tutorials.




Now more about the giveaway: we are giving away, thanks to the very kind publisher, a copy of the second issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting to one lucky winner. This beautiful magazine dedicated to modern quilting is packed full of great projects and articles. Take a glimpse of what's inside this issue, including a Tula Pink booklet (the photos are from our copy, we haven't been reading the giveaway copy, in case your were wondering!):








To have a chance of winning this copy of Love Patchwork & Quilting all you have to do is:
  • leave a comment telling us what you look for in a blog, what is most interesting for you to find in a blog;
  • for followers new and old, another chance of winning: leave a second comment telling us how you follow our blog!
The giveaway is open to everyone and we will post the prize anywhere in the world (if the post office lets us!), closing on the 28th of April. Mr Random will then choose a winner who will be contacted by mail.
If you're interested in subscribing to Love Patchwork & Quilting, full of up to date news about fabrics, quilting trends, patterns and articles by favourite bloggers, you can find the button in our sidebar (affiliate link).  A note: we only promote products we buy and appreciate ourselves!

Good luck with the giveaway!


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Making plans: Finish Along Q2

I love making lists! The problem is crossing things off afterwards. Need a little bit of help here so I'm joining the Finish Along Quarter 2 over at Katy's The Littlest Thistle. Nothing better than a deadline to make things move faster...

So here's my list:

TRIANGLE QUILT: for the Triangle QAL over at Paula's @ The Sassy Quilter. I've already managed to miss two link ups and this is what my quilt is looking like at the moment. I am planning on speeding up though. It's a mini quilt so I'm hopeful.


The Sassy Quilter



FUN TRIANGLE PROJECT: the above quilt along inspired this fun triangle project I still haven't managed to finish (here's a peek), so I'm adding this to the list in the hope of finishing it soon.


CARDIGAN GIRLS: found two of these super pretty panels for 3 Euro (that's just over 4 Dollars) each and am planning to transform them into two lightweight quilts for my daughters' beds. 


Love the quotes on these Cardigan Girls panels by Monica Lee for Timeless Treasures.




ZAKKA BLOCK QUILT: love this quilt and now I absolutely want to see it finished!


This quilt is part of my list for The Library Project Quilt Along over at Adrienne's Chezzetcook Quilts

Chezzetcook Modern Quilts



EXPERIMENT PROJECT: I can't think up a name for this one but it's another project that has been hanging around for too long, because there is something I need to change... Work in progress at the moment.


My list in the end is longer than I thought it would be but there are some smaller projects here, so I'm positive. Now to work!


Finish Along 2014


DON'T MISS OUR SPECIAL GIVEAWAY HERE!
(Ends 04/28)


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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

We are not robots!

We would like to add our voice to that of our blogger friends of the Sewing Community whose posts have been pirated by the (now cut off) quiltpatternspro site. Yesterday our friend Elita @ Busy Needle Quilting  let us know that some of our posts had been pirated by this site. We were among many others whose posts had been taken without permission and without even a link back to the original blogs. In less than a day the Sewing Community has managed to block this scraper site.



We are not robots: we jot down our ideas in pretty notebooks, love looking at flowers and enjoy fancy biscuits with our tea. Our personality shows through our posts and our blog. You can't copy that.


Monday, 31 March 2014

The Zakka Block Quilt - A Lovely Year of Finishes

The Zakka Block Quilt top is finished and I'm so happy with it that I'm loading this post with lots of photos of it! I used nearly two charm packs of Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander I'd bought from Mad about Patchwork and I love how they look with the Essex Yarn Dyed in Black.



Set my goal for a Lovely Year of Finishes here and after an initial mistake piecing, all the rest of the top went smoothly!


This is my first quilt for The Library Project over at Adrienne's Chezzetcook Quilts and the quilt top was my goal for March for A Lovely Year of Finishes, so I'm linking up here:

A Lovely Year of Finishes



Also linking up to:

Creations by Nina-Marie



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