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!


Small:


Medium:


Large:



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!

Le Challenge

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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:






ENGLISH PAPER PIECING TRAVEL KIT by Haley at The Zen of Making:



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

Linking up to:

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and other great linky parties on our Best Link Ups page!

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Thursday, 26 June 2014

How about a Quilting Selfie?

Summer has arrived and I've decided to slow down. Slowing down blogging means more time for sewing. There is more time for hand sewing too. I'd forgotten what a pleasure sewing by hand is. A part from being very relaxing it's also a bit like going back in time. It reminds me of when ladies used to sit together outside their houses and, with the excuse of sewing/mending, they'd have a chit chat. They still do this in Italy, especially in small villages.


So what's all this got to do with a Quilting Selfie? Blogland is our "small" sewing village and it would be nice to be able to look each other in the eye while we're sewing together. A Selfie could be a way of doing that. I know I always enjoy seeing photos of my bloggy friends at work. I love this photo by Mara (Secretly Stitching) sewing a feather while watching her children play in the park and the photos Hydeeann (Splish Splash Stash) posts of herself sewing and EEPing.
The idea of the Creative Selfie is Antonella's at Totto's Design and I think it's great.
So above is my selfie, sewing hexies for my latest project. It's a WIP at the moment but I hope to finish it for the weekend.


More hexies. Using some paper templates I found as a free gift with the magazine Love Patchwork & Quilting. If you're interested too, you can download free hexagon templates here. Very useful! 

Linking up with a few of the great parties on our Best Link Ups page

I'd love to see your Quilting Selfies! Have you taken one recently? Send me a link to your photo. Happy sewing! 

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Saturday, 14 June 2014

Pom Pom Tutorial + Bookmark Tutorial = The Pom Pom Bookmark


What do you get if you put together a tutorial on how to make mini pom poms just by using a fork and a tutorial for making bookmarks? You get the Pom Pom Bookmark! A fun and fast project we used to make something to sell at Ella's end of school year concert to help raise some money for the school.




Ella made all the pom poms just by using a fork and some scraps of wool. This is the very easy tutorial at Small Good Things she used: Craft Tutorial: Make Pom Poms with a fork.


I made the bookmarks using this tutorial at Little Birdie Secrets and adding pom poms instead of the flower decoration.


The pom pom sticking out of the book looks really cute! These bookmarks are really fun to make and are good as little presents too. The trickiest part is choosing your favourite fabric!


(these two photos: thanks to Daniele Di Ciccio for taking these photos before the bookmarks rushed off to school!)



Don't miss our giveaway: until the 19th of June you can win a copy of Love Patchwork & Quilting. Just leave a comment on the post: A Perfect Picnic Blog Hop!


Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts, TGIFF over at Riddle and Whimsy, Fabric Frenzy Friday at Fort Worth Fabric Studio and the other great Friday linky parties on our Best Link Ups page.

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Thursday, 12 June 2014

Random Cool Stuff - Lots of giveaways included!

A list of random cool stuff:





elizabethsquarters
  • How about receiving a Fabric Bomb? Elizabeth @ Elizabeth's Quarter has come up with this really fun idea: someone sends you a parcel containing fabric and other sewing goodies and your challenge is to make something with them and photograph/post about it. You then send your own fabric bomb to someone else, starting a creative chain reaction. If you're interested in joining, read Elizabeth's Fabric Bomb post here. Fun!

  • My bloggy friend Mara is having a fantastic Big Birthday Bash Giveaway on her blog Secretly Stitching to celebrate two birthdays: her daughter's and her own! Go and take a glimpse at the wonderful prizes you could win!





Plum and June
  • Last year I joined the Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop organised by Beth @ Plum and June. This Blog Hop changed this blog's life completely and a year later I have made many good bloggy friends thanks to this experience. This year the event has changed name and expanded. Below you can find the full list of The 2014 New Quilt Bloggers. Beth is also having a great giveaway this week here. Don't miss visiting all the talented new bloggers!

Michelle @ 
Michelle Bartholomew

Jana @ 
Jana Machado

Yvonne @ 
Quilting Jet Girl


Afton @ Quilting Mod


Barbara @ Suzy Homemaker


Mary @ See Mary Quilt



Rebecca @ One Wee Bird




Chelsea @ Patch The Giraffe (http://patchthegiraffe.blogspot.com/)

Daisy @ Ants To Sugar

Rachael @ The Floral Suitcase 

Elizabeth @ And Pins

Jennifer @ Never Just Jennifer 

Alice @ Blossom Quilts


Stephanie @ Late Night Quilter



Camelia @ Camelia Elliott

Nurdan @ Hug a Bit Quilts


Lori @ Sew Psychd

Kitty @ 
Night Quilter

Christina @ Wips and Tuts


Marcia @ Cozy Capatiller

Jasmine @ 
Quilt Kisses




Janet @ Simply Pieced


Kristyn @ Melon Patch Quilts

Jo @ Riddle and Whimsy (http://riddleandwhimsy.wordpress.com/)



Rachel @ Quiltineering

Shauna @ Shauna's World

Pam @ 
Sewing Wilde


Lin @ Lin's Quilts



Cheryl @ Texas Quilting Gal 

Jenn @ Sew Crafty Jenn

Heather @ Bobbins and Bullets 


Serena @ Sew Giving

Carmit @ Quilting Rainbows 


Jenny @ Jack's Room





Elli @ Lovelli Quilts



Camelia @ Camelia Elliott


Sally @ Wonky Patchwork

Leanne @ Devoted Quilter

Karen @  Capitola Quilter

Linden @ Vine Lines Quilting http://vinelinesquilting.com/



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