Friday, 28 November 2014

Getting my Christmas List on

I've been getting ahead of the game!  Yeah!  I know some of you will be shocked at that statement,

So if you want to know how, and see what pile of loveliness I made with these ...

Head on over to the Sizzix Blog here 

to see how my preparations for my Christmas Lists have been going, 

And the good news is, there is still time for you to get on top of your Christmas lists too!

Friday, 21 November 2014

Sizzix Christmas Blog Hop - Day 5

Well, its that time of year again, and this years  Sizzix blog hop is focusing on gifts.  If you haven't already got a clue what to make, then there are already some great ideas from the Sizzix team already!

Monday 18th November: Jo Carter
Tuesday 19th November: Katy Jones -
Wednesday 19th November: Jessie Fincham -
Thursday 20st November: Angela Southey -
Friday 21nd Trudi Wood - Me!
Saturday 22nd November: Mercedes JimĂ©nez Campuzano -

I am always so last minute when it comes to hand made gifts, and this year is no exception.  However, I have a great little 'go to' gift idea that will come in handy for the last minute 'oops, did I miss you out' or the person in the office you have in the secret Santa and haven't a clue what they like!  Or better still, your favorite person, just because you can!

So for my gift, I am using my scraps, because I have way too many, I've chosen scraps from the Modern Maple Leaves quilt.  (there may be an ulterior motive here!)

The 2 1/2" square and the 4 1/2" square Dies

from my scraps I cut 2 1/2" squares, in fact 16 in total
I sewed these into 4 patches, and then quilted them, with scraps of wadding 
(I used a double layer of 100% cotton wadding as that was what I had to hand at the time)

When they were all quilted I used the 4 1/2" die to cut the quilted patchwork into the right size. 
I also cut 4 more 4 1/2" squares for the backs, from some more scraps (left over backing fabrics) 

Laying one backing square on top of the quilted 4 patch, right sides together, I stitched around the edge with a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving a small gap (approximately 2 ") for turning.  The pokey stick (a chopstick) is ideal for easing out the corners 

I clipped the corners to reduce the bulk, and turned the little coasters right sides out.  

Press all seams and ensure the opening is folded in and pressed.  

Top stitch around the edge of each coaster approximately 1/8" to finish and to seal the turning gap. 

and before you know it, a set of coasters,  just perfect for giving!

Now how quick was that!  Even I can manage a few more sets before the big day!

There is a competition to go along with the blog hop, be sure to go enter, there are some great prizes to be won. 

The competition is open to all residents of the UK and EU excluding Ellison employees. The products listed cannot be exchanged for goods, or towards the purchase of goods at any retail outlet. It cannot be exchanged for cash, or replaced if lost or stolen. An alternative prize may be given. Winners will be chosen at random on Closing date: Friday 28th November at 10am GMT. The decision of the judgement is final and no correspondence will be entered into.Your details will be processed by Ellison Europe (Creators of the Sizzix brand).

Saturday, 1 November 2014

October gone in a flash

Its been so long since I did a summary blog post, its about time don't you think!

So whilst I've not been around much, I have been busy

I managed 5 customer quilts, 3 of which were custom quilted

then there was a little bit of secret sewing, now known as Market prep for Katy

there was a cushion too, but I will do a separate post about this lot, I think its fair to say Priory Square is very special and deserves a little more attention.

and of course I finished one of my own quilts

Which I already blogged about

and a small teachers gift at the special request of the teenager

So, whilst you may have got the impression I was ignoring you all, 
I was indeed a tad busy!

So, I am going to link this up with Lynne at Lillys Quilts for  Fresh sewing day, 

Fresh Sewing Day

See you there!

Friday, 31 October 2014

A finish at least!

I have so much to catch up with for blogging

But at least I can show you a finish.  

Remember this from my FAL list?
I know, its only been on there all year!

( Know that because that fabric loaded on the long arm was the first fabric loaded up on it when it arrived back in January!)

 I first started this quilt way back, on my very first visit to Lynne's, and finished the blocks in July 2011!

Anyway, back in September, in between customer quilts and before the teaching started back, I hunted down a suitable backing and loaded it up for a little 
special me time!

look, all fancy rulers and everything! 

and this Aurifl 2026 was just perfect for those soft buttery yellows

so before I went off to the Brit Bee Retreat, I found fabric from my stash, lets face it, thats not difficult, and I may still have a good selection of Sunkissed by Moda in there, and I got this baby to the point of hand stitching the binding down.

so I could sit, listen to all the chatter, eat cake, because its never a retreat without cake!
And finished this baby off!

And I love it!

So there you have it, 2 blog posts in a row after a noticeable absence!
Lets see if I can catch up on few other things that have been happening too!
Keep your eyes peeled!

Autumn Leaves - Modern Maples

I can't believe its been a month since I last posted!
(I'll remedy that later!)

But for now, Lets talk Autumn, and if you would like to take a look over Here at the Sizzix blog today, or any other day for that matter,  you'll be able to see, and read about how I played with these lovely fabrics .....

taking a modern block, and am very close to turning them into a quilt for the season.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Pretty Paisley Daisy

So today starts a new adventure for me,  and you can find all about it and the Paisley Daisy I've been playing with as part of my Stitch Gathering Preparations

In fact, you might just find me there on a regular basis.
Just sayin'!

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Pea Room Block of the Month - August

Is it really June since I posted?   Shocking!  
Where did the summer go?  Mustn't complain, it was such a good summer!

So catching up then,

The first block is Northumberland Star
just take a little extra care to follow the directions for piecing this one
(just sayin')

and the second is Rising Star

Honestly, this one is so quick, and very satisfying to make!

I'll see what I can rustle up before the next meeting, 
you may want to stand by for a little paper foundation piecing :)