Saturday, 8 March 2014
It's Carnival here in Italy! After phoning all the Disney stores in northern Italy to find the original Elsa dress from Frozen and not finding the right size, Ella decided there were going to be too many girls dressed as Elsa this Carnival. So then she went... Wyldstyle! An old black tracksuit, some ribbons and yellow face paint and voilà, Ella's transformed into the female heroine of The Lego Movie (which is now showing at the cinemas in Italy).
Thursday, 6 March 2014
Imagine my surprise when this morning I opened a parcel I received in the post to find this plump pincushion from the Queen of the Skinny Pincushion Swap and Bloggy friend Amy from Amy Made That! It's a thank you present for being her number one fan for this swap!
Isn't this pinnie beautiful?! I love the fabrics and the quote, I love everything about it! Thank you so much Amy. I've decided I'm going to frame it because it's too pretty to use and it's a wonderful souvenir of Amy's great Skinny Pincushion Swap. If you haven't seen the Flickr group don't miss it because there are some seriously talented ladies in pinnie world! Amy's already got another brilliant swap idea in mind I can't wait to join...
And here's a peek at my Skinny Pinnie for the swap. Just a peek because my swap partner hasn't received it yet!
Hope my partner likes the colours...
Can you tell this a pair of scissors? Please be kind and say yes!
Friday, 28 February 2014
Thursday, 27 February 2014
I am so glad to have joined The Library Project over at Adrienne's Chezzetcook Quilts because at last I've started a quilt I've been wanting to make for ages. The Zakka Block Quilt by Leslie Good in the book Zakka Style. I have just the fabric I wanted to use and a lot of motivation through the quilt a long, so here's to a good beginning...
..well nearly a good beginning because only when I ironed the piecing did I realise I'd sewn two identical charms one on top of the other (the blue trees) and now I'm going to have to unstitch this part!
This is the piecing I was meant to sew there instead of one of the top blue trees square, it must have been hiding somewhere on my sewing table. Does this only happen to me? I'm lucky it's not much to unstitch!
I've changed the pattern a little bit because I had two beautiful charm packs I'd bought from Mad about Patchwork that I really wanted to use and they are 5"x5" squares. The pattern in the book is for 6"x6" squares so I switched to the charm squares and added another column to make up the difference. It works really well with the width of the background material too and sewing charms makes this a really fast quilt to piece. You only have to cut the background material!
The wind was blowing while I was trying to take photos and I wish I'd taken one with it half lifted into the air, it was so pretty! But I was in a rush as the sun was setting and only afterwards, looking at the photos, did I notice that somebody must have been sitting on the piecing just before I photographed it!
Linking up with The Library Project QAL. Love looking at everyone's projects and getting a good peek at all the quilting books I haven't bought (yet)!
Sunday, 16 February 2014
Spoonflower recently had a very clever publicity idea: Free Swatch Day. You could choose a free swatch of their new fabric "Silky Faille" in any print on their site (or even design your own), with free shipping (even to Italy!). I love shopping for fabric from on-line shops, you have so much choice, but the drawback is you don't always know what the quality of the fabric is going to be like. That's why I like Spoonflower's free swatch idea.
This is the print Ella chose and it appropriately arrived on Valentine's Day! I was surprised how thick the "Silky Faille" fabric is and this will make it a lot easier to sew than I thought. Great for sewing clothes... I'd love to make an infinity scarf with it.
Spoonflower is soon having another Free Swatch Day for it's new fabric Modern Jersey, so keep your eyes open (or sign up for their community emails)!
And now for the winner of our Grow Your Blog Giveaway:
Congratulations Emily C @ Callenderscreations!
We'll be sending you your prize:
Happy Sunday Stash at Molli Sparkles!
Thought I'd take these photos before my neighbour repaints all these beehives. I love the texture and the colours of the wood, worn out after months under the rain and the sun.
Just went out to take the photos again because the weather has been so bad... but they're gone. The moment has passed.