Tuesday, April 27, 2010

What have I been up to?

It's been a couple of weeks. The machine is being serviced so- no sewing for me since my sewing day with CraftyMummy. I've been painting my sitting/dining area, I even wallpapered a feature wall. A new skill for me, the rotary cutting mat and rulers were great for cutting the paper , but I did use a stanley knife and not my rotary cutter. The extra uses of craft things!!

So, no new sewing show and tell. Instead, here are some pics of the sewing machine mat that I made. It's got 4 pockets to hold things while I sew. I'm looking forward to using it. If I made another one I would quilt as I go rather than just piece and then interface to the batting. It was good to use up scraps and bits of fat quarters that have been part of my stash for a while.

The second pic is of fabric that arrived last week. I signed up for a block of the month - in 6 bits, which becomes a christmas style quilt. It's from Fat Quarter Shop and is called Holidays at Home and is my first go at a block of the month.

I thought that the main piece of fabric was really interesting. It's a stripy fabric called "Strip it" which you can then fussy cut to get the bits you want without having to piece them. A bit of cheat but I am looking forward to doing it. It's like a fused jelly roll, and gives me the freedom to choose the fabrics I want in the blocks.

Hope you enjoy


Friday, April 23, 2010

Amazing sewing room

Wow, I followed a few links from Crafty Mummy's other blog the other day. For those of you, like me, who dream of a sewing room and not just the dining room table then this sewing room will surely make you drool; ankastreasures. Her mum has the most amazing room, complete with ironing station, pull out cutting tables, good lighting and lots of cupboard space to hide the stash of fabric. I hope that you enjoy!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

New Quilting Bee website...

There's a lovely new quilting blog out there in the Blogosphere 
that is offering some great giveaways 
and information about online quilting bees.

Maybe we should have an online quilting bee, girls?...

Check out the giveaways HERE.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Another sewing day.....

Maivili and I had a lovely sewing day on Good Friday. Her quilt is looking great, soon onto basting and quilting. I did some hand sewing, almost finished my very country project.

My baby quilt is almost quilted, but my sewing machine is starting to squeak badly, I really should put it in for a service. But everytime I think about it  I think of a reason to use the machine that week. I'll add it to the to do list.

Here are some pics:

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Circle applique tutorial...

Janet at JMD Designs has put a great tutorial for getting perfect circle appliques on her site. Very easy to follow, and her stitchery and doll patterns look beautiful too.