Sunday, 19 June 2016

Farmer's Wife Quilt-Along | Block 78 Old Maid

I've been really slacking on my Farmer's Wife blocks I've got to admit... but knowing I was guest posting today means I've pulled my finger out and started farming again!

Block 78 Old Maid is one of my favourite quilt blocks, I love how simple it is to piece and yet how striking it looks. I love that you can really let your colour play go wild and create blocks that have totally different feels just by changing up your colour choices!

There are a few tips I can offer, first is be organised! Once my pattern and fabrics are cut {I'm paper piecing most of my blocks} I use a wonder clip to hold the relevant sections together.

As you'll notice from the photo's above I also colour in my block diagram and mark my pattern so I know which colours go where when I'm sewing the pieces together.

My next tip is to use a Sewline glue pen to glue your first piece of fabric down. I also don't always follow the numbers on the pattern with regard the order of piecing. As you can see in the photo below I'm starting from the centre and working outwards as it will eliminate any difficult angles to piece.

I piece all my sections first before giving them a good press, I find that this helps your accuracy when piecing the block together.

At this stage it is important to make sure all your fabric is placed correctly and that their are no errors.

Piecing the block together should be a doddle now! Make sure you pin the intersections so you don't lose any points and so everything is straight.

As you can see I went for the classic red and aqua combination which will sit well with my other bright and modern blocks.

Please tag your blocks on Instagram so we can all have a look! Use #fw1930sqal #farmerswifeblock #fw78farmerswife

You can find out all about the Farmer's Wife Quilt Along on Kerry's blog.

Friday, 17 June 2016

A little catch up!

I always seem to be playing catch up, do you?

It's been such a long time and there has been so much happening I thought I'd just share a few photo's of what the last few weeks have seen me doing!

There have been lots of family birthday's and meals out, including the big 40 for me....

I've worked lots at the shop and squeezed in some sewing time too, I really don't know how!

 I've made 3 Stitchy Pie needle cases so far, they're super cute! The pattern is by my friend Lucy, if you'd like to make one too!

I've had a project in Quilt Now magazine

I've nursed a really poorly baby that needed hospital treatment

It was the worst case of Noro virus any of my kiddos have ever had, poor thing. I needed a calmer that weekend I can tell you, luckily I'd treated myself to an amazing candle

 If you've not tried this brand I really do recommend them! All their scents are divine!

We've had a new baby in the family, ahhhh.

 Say Hi to baby Rocco, I'm one proud Aunty! Here he is with my mum, even though he's my husbands side of the family!

Today marks the 1st anniversary of my nephew's death. I'm feeling saddened and lost today, the world really did lose an awesome little guy when Elliot passed and we miss him like crazy.



Tuesday, 7 June 2016

And the winner is....

Wow, it seems you all love Beth Studley's new fabric collection and want to get your mitts on my giveaway bundle!

So without further ado here is who Mr. Random Generator chose from the 50 entrants!

The winner is comment 29, 

I will be contacting Vicki to get the bundle to her asap!


Monday, 30 May 2016

Beth Studley | Blog Hop | Radiance Fabric & Book!

It's my turn on the Beth Studley blog hop today! Whoop! Beth is a British designer and artist and has been designing fabric for a couple of years now! Radiance is inspired by crochet and antique lace and is Beth's 4th collection for UK based design house, Makower.

Photo by Beth Studley  
To compliment the fabric collection Beth has released a new book called Mini Patchwork Projects. This cute book features 6 mini projects from beginner through to more experienced sewer.

The images in the book are really lovely and the projects really compliment the fabric collection.

I was given a bundle of the gorgeous radiance fabric but I've not had chance to play with it yet as my baby has been in and out of hospital with a nasty bug this week. SO..... I've decided to give it away to one lucky reader......

Simply leave a comment and tell me what you would make with a bundle of Radiance fabric and I'll choose a winner on Friday 3rd June, deadline for entry is 12 noon.

You can also hop over here to Stich, Craft, Create and enter to win a fat quarter bundle and a copy of the ebook too!!

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Finish-A-Long Quarter 2!

Wow! Isn't time flying by?
I really cannot quite believe we're in quarter 2 of the finish-a-long already! I really hope that those of you who take part managed to bust some WIP's in quarter 1?!

I've got quite a few things on my finish list this quarter, not sure if that's a good or bad thing! Some are complete finishes and others are long term projects that I need mini targets to work towards otherwise they will fall by the wayside!

 So starting top left and moving clockwise here are the projects I hope to get finished this quarter!

1) Finish Sections 1 and 2 of the 'My Small World QAL'
2) Finish the Star Wars quilt for my hubby 
3) Finish the mustard & grey cushions 
4) Finish the Scout Tee I have cut out
5) Make 12 Farmer's Wives Blocks, that's 1 per week
6) Finish the FQS 2012 Mystery BOM quilt (carried over from Q1)
7) Complete Rosettes 3 and 4 of my New Hexagon Millefiore
8) Finish off the Washi dress I'm wearing in the photo!

I also need to finish quilting the EPP cushion from Q1 that I forgot to add into the mosaic!!! So that's number 9 on the list!

I'm linking up with Finish-A-Long via Nicky's blog where you can go see what everyone else plans to work on this quarter!

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Finish-A-Long Finish No 3!!

On a roll or what? My Cotton & Steel cushion kit has been lovingly turned into a cushion and the best news was I realised there was enough fabric for 2 cushions!! Woop!

You can also see from my original Finish-A-Long mosaic below that I have completed 3 of the 6 WIP tasks I set myself.

The 3 projects across the bottom of the mosaic have all been completed and are in use. The Spring Carnival EPP that needed hand quilting and turning into a cushion will carry over to the next quarter, as will the 2012 BOM Quilt.

The partially finished rosette from my 2015 'The New Hexagon Millefiore QAL' has been finished, as has rosette 2. This is the target I set myself for the quarter but I did not realise at the time that finishes had to be just that, completed projects. This means they kind of don't count but actually I'm going to keep putting the rosette's in my mosaics as it spurs me on to work on the project!

So how has the first quarter of the 2016 Finish-A-Long worked out for you? I hope you busted some WIP's!!

Monday, 4 April 2016

Finish-A-Long Finish No2 !!

So without further a do here is my 2nd finish for the Finish-A-Long!

My schoolhouse tunic! Yay!! It fits a little snugly as I cut this pattern out about 3.5y ago, long before Jett was born. I'm using it as a much needed incentive to finally lose the excess baby weight that Hunter and Jett have left me with I've got to say!

Another reminder of my intended finishes can be found in my original Finish-A-Long post back in January.
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