Sunday, November 29, 2015

Christmas gifts & sewing

 Christmas sewing is in full swing in my sewing room, Each weekend for a few weeks now I have been working on some very special gifts. Some are with Australia post already, winging their way to the other side of the world.  During the week I received a beautiful Christmas gift from my dear friend Alison, we joined a christmas swap on Instagram and Alison made  for me.  I received the most beautiful mini Christmas quilt, In my very favourite fig tree fabrics, Its so pretty and perfect for me.

 Alison also sent me the cutest tea cup. I love it.  Thankyou Alison I love all my gifts.

 I have been working on some  gifts for some dear friends, but I can only show a little peek. I love this pink snowman fabric.

 I have made some nice Liberty lavender bags, these are fun and so quick to. Great for using up scraps.
I'm sure you are busy working on your Christmas sewing to, have a great day and thankyou for stopping by my little blog.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Home made for Christmas

 Good Morning,I have joined up with the lovely Jenny of Elefantz to celebrate homemade gifts. I for one love to make Home made gifts for my family and friends. I love to see their faces when they open up my gift and they realize the thought and effort I have gone to  just for them.
 Its always a bit tricky as to what to make but once I get an idea I'm right to go. I always think about the colours I'm going to use and the purpose of the gift.
 I like to make useful gifts so I have made some very easy zipper pouches, these take less than a couple of hours to make.
 I had some christmas scraps so I whipped up this sweet pouch. Perfect for the holiday season.
 I made these 2 pouches from just 2 fat quarters, one for the outside and one for the lining. If you cut carefully you can easily get a big pouch and a smaller one  to go with it.
 I found these beautiful designs on pinterest. If you are ever stuck for an idea on what sort of gifts you would like to make, pop on over ans take a look, there is so much to see and get your inspired.

 I love these ear phones holder, so cute don't you think. The tutorial for making these can be found here.
I love these ipad covers to.

 Makes me want to start sewing right now.

I hope I have helped you come up with a few ideas for your gift list.

Happy sewing.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Keeping busy

 I have had a good week of sewing time this week, I have dragged this block of the month out of the cupboard and have been working on it everyday. I saw this same quilt all finished and it was stunning so that was all the inspiration I needed to get back to working on mine.

 I only have 2 blocks left to make and then the borders.

 Sarah quilted my little twirl quilt, it turned out beautiful, so now I  need to get the binding sewn on today and in the evenings I can hand sew it down.

 A little while ago I joined a christmas swap on Instagram, here are the goodies I sent to my partner. I made a basket and filled that with tea and chocolate, I made a little mug rug and a cute binding goody bag. I was happy with how they all turned out. My gift hasn't arrived yet but I'll be sure to share it when it does,

 My garden is bloomin' beautiful right now, my Lilliums look amazing, all the orange ones are in full bloom, then when they finish I have pink and yellow yet to flower and by christmas all my white Lilliums will be in flower,
 I have got a few poppies growing, they are so pretty. I don't have much luck growing poppies from seed. Any tips would be wonderful if you have any. I searched it up on the internet and some people say plant seeds in soil, others say they need light to germinate so sprinkle on top of soil, I did both and hardly any grew. I sprinkled at least 20 packets of seeds and none of them grew.
Wishing you all happy week, I hope you find some sewing time.

Thankyou for stopping by.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

So much to share

 I have had such a good week, last Friday I headed off to Camp Banksia for a quilting retreat with 15 other ladies. Boy we had some fun. Saturday night we had a little halloween party. That was hilarious, we all dressed up as witches.Sorry i don't have more photos, they were mostly on my phone.
 Here is Jo & Jen all dressed  up for the occasion.

 These were our sleeping quarters, very nice and toasty warm.

 Our sewing stations all set up.
 I worked on these pretty flower blocks,
 I made a few gifts, these were for Cathy.
 I took binding to sew on my new quilt but I never got that done.
 I adore this quilt, its so pretty and made mostly from my stash except the backing.

 We had a little swap at camp. I made this binding goodie bag for Sarah.

 Lynda made me this beautiful folding pouch, its so pretty. In my favourite colour and made from cath Kidston fabric. I love it and can't wait to fill it with sewing supplies. Thankyou Lynda. xx

 A couple of ladies left early and at the last minute we decided to take some group photos.
 Sweet Lib made us all a cute Halloween thread bin.
 Sarah & Lynda.
I had an amazing time, thankyou ladies for such a fun filled weekend. I hope you all had as much fun as me.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Using my stash

 When I look in my cupboards there is alot of fabric that I never seem to use so I thought it was about time to get it off the shelf and made into something fun and useful. I often buy fat quarters just because I like them, no plan or anything. I just think I'll use that some day. well yesterday while I was looking for something else I found this pretty fabric that I bought almost 2 years ago.
 It was one of those "this is so cute fabric I just have to have" purchases, then it sat there for way too long, it was only one fat quarter so while I was ironing it I thought it would make a great zippy pouch. It was slightly too big for one pouch so I cut out a 2 large rectangles then used the smaller two pieces for a smaller pouch. They were fun and very quick to make.
 I belong to  swap group on Instram and each month you need to send a small gift to your partner so I made these pretty lavender bags from my Liberty stash, they smell so good.
 I also worked on a few christmas gifts using my stash, It feels really good to be using fabric that has just sat there for quite some time.
 I plan on making these two blocks into mini quilts, I had good intentions to make this quilt which is a freebie from the fat quarter shop, but after 3 blocks I lost interest. I have way too many projects on the go so I thought it was time to move on and work on something else.
So its been a very productive "sew my stash" kind of weekend. If you dig deep enough into your cupboard you may find a few fabrics you forgot you had like I did.

Have a great day and thankyou for stopping by.
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