Friday, 15 August 2014

Pay it Forward

Last November, I signed up to a Pay it Forward with Mary on Lake Pulaski and like she said in her blog post - "it is time to move it on"!  Thank you Mary - your hand embroidered tea towel was truly beautiful.

Pattern by Rebecca Sowers on Etsy

For my Pay it Forward, I am offering three people the chance to have one of these fun and colourful scrappy flower brooches sent to them in the post.  One of these flowers would look fab on a plain handbag or on a sweater, don't you think?

If you are interested, please comment below agreeing to the following:
  1. You will make a handmade gift for three people to give away on your blog (you must have a blog).
  2. You will do so within the next 365 days.
  3. You will smile while you PAY IT FORWARD.....I sure have!
The first three people who comment agreeing to the above will get a fun, happy, scrappy flower brooch!


P.S.  Please make sure I can contact you for your postal address!  Open internationally and the flowers will be posted in the last week of August.


Thursday, 14 August 2014

Big Bear

The lovely and talented Juliet of Tartan Kiwi put a call out for pattern testers. Once I saw the 'Big Bear' I KNEW I had to make him.

This is a 30 inch foundation paper pieced block and comes together really easily.  As ever, the hardest part was deciding which fabrics to use and then where to use them!

I decided to use my precious Art Gallery Pat Bravo Carnaby Street fabrics (I had 10 fat quarters) to make this gorgeous bear.  I wish now that I had used more contrasting fabrics for his back/hump against his light face.  I guess I will just have to make another!

My plans are to add a skinny border in navy (still undecided on navy) and then a nice wide border in Kona Silver to match the background that I used in the block.  Not sure what I will bind it in.

I hope to practice some free motion quilting on this guy too - wish me luck with that as I a seem unable to get the correct tension on my machine.

Thank you Tartan Kiwi for letting me test Big Bear.

Linking to WiP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced 

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

July 2014 month in reviw

Ooops - here I am with another very belated month in review.  Better late than never though, right!?

I loved the month of July. Once I returned from my great trip to Canada to see family and (new) friends, I set myself some deadlines and got to it!!  Here is what I achieved:

With all the sewing in July, I managed to cross off a few things from my Quarter 3 Finish Along goals, as well as A Lovely Year of Finishes July goal.  Yay - I love achieving things and crossing them off the list(s)! 

My favourite two makes of July were the Arrow Table Runner and the Ellie Travel Tote that I made for my partner [Clothwork Melissa] in the Sew Sew Modern Swap.  I even made a Melody Miller mouse and a thumb/finger pin cushion to go with it!  Everything coordinated. 

In July I also battled with did a bit of garment sewing, got caught up with the Aurifil Designer of the Month blocks, got busy with some hand stitching on my Oakshott 'Plaid' quilt and made my bee test blocks in preparation of being bee mama in August.  All in all it was a busy month and I enjoyed every minute!!

I received swap items as well so I will blog about them soon!


Wednesday, 6 August 2014

ALYoF August 2014 GOAL

My A Lovely Year of Finishes goal for August 2014 will be to finish my EPP Carnival project (Katy Jones pattern) from Fat Quarterly Retreat three summers ago.  Strangely enough, I worked on this again last summer but I haven't touched it since.  Perhaps NOW is the time... again??

Christmas Carnival

Wish me luck!

Linking to Fiber of All Sorts
A Lovely Year of Finishes