A Little Fairy ATC WIP

Finished Fairy

Just popping in to show you my finished fairy ATC, very threadbare but amazing all the same, really glad she actually looks like a fairy lol. Cannot wait to finish her over the coming week!

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Well I would really really like to start showing you little items which I am working on at a time, It seems like I work on a million projects at once, finish a thousand of them and then only show one of them on here.

So lets see how I will do with showing my projects weekly!

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Here we have is a (fingers crossed) fairy lol! (can you spot the stupid mistake I made when drawing the accents on! Yep looks like she has some weird boob stuff going on) I am doing her for my Very Berry Handmade ATC swap and I am so happy and excited to see her progress. She is very loosely based on the fairy above as you can see I used her general shaping and accents to make mine but that’s about it.

I don’t know how I am going to do her hair, I’d like to add in a couple of beads to just in front of her ear and I was thinking of swirls for her wings………………………………….and that’s about as far as I’ve got on ideas.

Yep and that’s my WIP Wednesday 🙂

Pink Castle Fabric Cotton and Steel Club – August (and a new project)

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So what can I say, I love the new fabrics which are under the header Cotton and Steel and I own quite a few of them myself (mostly shiny basic’s lol), but I couldn’t pass up the chance of getting more, especially after having spoken to Pink Castle Fabrics and learning that the club will incorporate any new fabric lines they bring out, so for me it was a win win situation.

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All of the together, the monthly club supplies 12 fabrics per month, 9-10 patterned and 2-3 basics, which is a lovely mix

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I love love love the cats that are shown here, fingers crossed I get some in the blue, if not I’ll be buying them!

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We got the arrows in the first month which is interesting!

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This fabric I love, you can just see some lovely lace attached to that border and it being made into a couple of cute pillow cases…….hmmmmmmm actually might have to save and buy some of this to do just that lol!

One of the best things I love and hate about monthly clubs, there are obviously items which you are going to love and ones which you are going to hate, thankfully there is nothing in the Cotton and Steel collections this season which I detest so much that I wouldn’t want it. There are allot which if I was buying myself I wouldn’t even touch though, the first fabric, the pink flowers, the doily’s and the place names to name the ones out of this month, but in all seriousness that’s what makes this exciting for me, to use something I wouldn’t normally buy, and for once I also knew instantly after I ordered the club what I wanted to make with my new fabric’s straight off, a lovely modern Farmer’s Wife quilt.

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I already have the book so that’s a plus point. I’m hoping to make 2-3 or more blocks a month, using just what I get from the club, she says! I’m hoping to make the King Sized quilt like normal, this will be made out of 145 blocks, and as the book states I’m going to have to repeat 34 of my favorite blocks or add some others. I don’t know which one I will do yet….. that will be a we’ll get to that bridge when we get there kinda thing.

So yeah, another project to add to the pile lol! Is anyone else doing the Farmer’s Wife quilt? Or has done? Was it a fun block project????

 

Strawberry Swap

When I was younger (not that I’m older but still) I used to do swaps and not one or two here or there I was almost a swap queen doing several each month, the older I got and the more school work I had to do I slowed down my swapping all the way to being non-existent. I have even forgot my craftster id and password so couldn’t even try again if I tried. I never even gave swaps another thought till after I done my mini quilt. I just loved every moment of making and I love Love LOVE making items for other people. probably just a wee bit more than if I am making myself something.

So with my love for swapping blossoming again I just couldn’t pass this swap up, and I have to say I’m very lucky I seen it, instantly I sent a message over (as I was cutting the time very fine) and joined YAY!

The older I am getting the more I want to send and receive items that are going to be used for year to come, not just items that are there. So once I learned that my partner was overeasy I knew instantly that I wanted to make another sew together bag, honestly I use mine so much and it holds so much, I need to at least make myself 1000 more for everything lol.

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I am so much in love with this one, yes its not perfect and as it’s only my second try and making one it was never going to be perfect, but I love its quirks. With the idea being a “strawberry swap” I thought long and hard on what I wanted to do. I couldn’t find any strawberry fabric I loved enough to buy to use and well when I seen these “cottage” inspired fabrics I instantly thought of clotted cream ice cream with strawberries in a vanilla syrup. So I was so sold. I tried to add as many of the different fabrics as possible  so its very scrappy inspired.

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How cute do these zips look, I tried my best to match them with the overall outer colours, still think the dark pink is to harsh but it add just another quirky item! Fun fact, my other half picked me up one lunchtime and drove me all the way to Onchan so I could buy the long white zip, how I managed to just buy a zipper the world only knows lol.

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The outside pockets are just the same as the front piece, striped and sewn together, I think it adds just another cute element. The insides are yep wait for it Lizzy House fabric I had which matched everything lol. and well whats a project of mine without Lizzy House, lets get it over with and just state I’m addicted…..next!

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The sides are just adorable. This strawberry fabric I received in a swap during Fat Quarterly Retreat 2014, I so wanted to have enough for both sides but it was cut a wee bit on a slant lol so going to find something cute to make with the rest of it, the gingham is well how can you have strawberries without gingham, yeah you can’t!!

Other interesting facts, this time I used super heavy interfacing and it shows, the construction in 100% more sturdy and it even stands up by itself, changing the interfacing has to be the best change I ever did, and at least I am learning…………..which is always a good thing! I also really need to buy a zipper foot using the 1/4inch seam foot isn’t the best, hmmm yep isn’t the best, a lovely look but 1000% harder! I also want to make another!!! Love love love the pattern.

The second item I made for my swap was some screen printed fabric, I thought this swap would be the perfect try to make some amazing fabric especially after my high of learning a new skill, kinda went to pot, I ran out of linen tried silk and yeah it just didn’t work, so had to hand paint on the leafs and the pips. The overall effect is something like what I wanted, I really wanted the strawberries more closely together and I was going to do more but yeah just wasn’t working, still happy with how it looks though, sorry the photo’s are crap!

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Yep so that’s it, I’ve already been bitten by the bug and have signed up for a few more, cannot wait to start getting crafting!

Fat Quarterly Retreat – Saturday and Sunday

YAY! Ok you ready for Saturday and Sunday?

First things first, the amazing goody bag which we all got, we were truly spoiled!! 4 fat Quarters, four charm packs, a lovely swatch keeper, some sample soaks, some elastic, and thread. Funny thing about the thread is, can you see the one below on the wooden spool, on the plane ride over we were looking at the new Quilt Now mag and seen this new thread in it and my first thought was “I have to get myself some of that, those wooden spools are sooooooooooo cute” So yeah perfect I have one to try lol. Cannot wait to figure out what to do with all the lovely fabric!

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SATURDAY!

Saturday morning was screen printing class, and WOW! I loved every minute of it and I soaked up everything that I could from this class, cannot wait to do some more screen printing, I already have such an amazing idea for my strawberry swap!

My first attempt, I decided due to receiving a plain goody bag I’d make it into a FQR 2014 bag lol

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I also had another go with some Swedish fishes

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My finished items, I also made some fabric, no idea what to do with it, just got overly excited to be able to do screen printing lol. The little bag with the fishes was done for Corrine!

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I couldn’t help myself buy some fabric, I’ve been drooling over her fabric for ages, no idea what I’m going to do with it, I JUST NEEDED IT IN MY LIFE lol!

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Corrine in her class which was in the same room as my screen printing class

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My second class of the day was quilt math, no photo’s because golly my brain was fried really really fried, but I learned so much about the math of quilts and how to calculate allot of things, very happy with the class.

Then it was onto some more Liberty shopping, we had been told over and over again that we needed to go to Shaukat Fabrics for some Liberty and were we disappointing, hell no! I seriously almost face planted myself, the selection of fabric was amazing.

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Ok I died and went to heaven when I seen this fabric, wish to God I knew what line it was from, as I really really really need to get my hands on some of it, maybe enough for a dress, yes enough for a dress would be good lol.

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Thankfully Shaukat had off cuts to buy so we had a good rummage and I found the below fabric’s to go with my previous two. Taking away the green, which I got just because lol, what theme can you see running through? Yep 70’s child all the way!!

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Saturday night we got back for some more shopping, I bought a lovely bundle from The Village Haberdashery (will show in a stash post, when I get around to sorting through my luggage, way to much fabric lol) and we stayed till the end of the quiz another late night.

SUNDAY

Yep no photo’s of my first class but it was in touchdraw which I managed to remember to download before going lol. It was a very insightful class, and I learned allot about the app,cannot wait to get my teeth properly into it and learn what it really can do!

My last class of the day was Modern Knots, and boy for such a simple idea it really is an amazing looking finishing piece. I could so see myself finish a quilt this way as it would be lovely and you can do it any which way lol. I also really loved listening Thomas Knauer, his stories were lovely and it shows that he has such a passion for what he does.

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The rest of the day was spent going to the actually Village Haberdashery shop, where I bought another couple of items! Hmmmm can really see a theme here with the Village Haberdashery, I think I must be obsessed lol!

We also stayed all day Monday, but I wont bore you with photo’s of the Natural History Museum, you can see them all on my flickr account though!

And that brings me to the end of my Fat Quarterly Retreat, and I have quite mixed feelings about it all, now I think back I actually loved almost every moment of it, it was lovely to talk to like minded. Would I go again, hmmmmm only time would tell on that matter.

Fat Quarterly Retreat 2014 Part 1 – Friday – Very very photo heavy

Well I am so late to the party, I think everyone is either asleep on the sofa or swimming in the fountain! Anyho, here are some lovely tidbits, of which I haven’t included all the photos but my favorites.

For the best I have split my Fat Quarterly Retreat into two parts, as I took a million photo’s on Friday and then yeah almost nothing for the rest, mainly because I was focusing so much on the classes, so sit back enjoy my really bad narrative and equally bad photo’s lol!

On Friday we got Michael up to drop us of for the first plane out for the day from the IOM, the sun was shinning and it was getting quite hot, and we were both very very excited!

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Touched down and managed to get onto the first train to get to our hotel, and I couldn’t help but take quite a few photo’s of the Tate and Lyle factory!

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Obligatory selfie on a train

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How amazing are these archways with the paintings/drawings behind?

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We got to our hotel booked in and meet up with Sue, to go shopping!! Cue more trains!

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Amazing shop windows

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I’ve been drooling over so much online for Anthropologie so actually going into the shop was amazing. I wanted it all, in the end I came out with one amazing fish door nob (in my wishlist). They also had some lovely quilting inspiration in the flooring and patterns.

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One day these mushroom dishes will be mine! If I wasn’t worried they might get broken in the traveling they would be already.

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AND THEN ONTO LIBERTY! To be honest it’s only recently that I’ve gotten into liberty and after having a proper walk around the store I could see myself buying so so much of the stuff. Thankfully I’m currently in the mindset of only buying fabric I really have a plan for, so I bought two different fabrics which I will show at a later date!

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The flowers outside the shop made me want to instantly buy a house around the corner and then buy flowers everyday to fill it!

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I wanted this suitcase so so so much

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One of the two colours I bought! Super swoon!

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My favourite photo of the whole weekend lol! Corrine got super excited about getting some Tula Pink, she didn’t get any liberty only because we were very overwhelmed and thought it was awful we couldn’t buy any FQ of the fabric!

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Then we found out the time and had to skip it to get back in time for the start! We stopped of at Muriel’s Kitchen, for a very expensive lunch! I had a lovely chicken escalope with some salad and a brownie which I never got around to eating lol.

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Then to the start of Fat Quarterly Retreat yay! A quick hello all around.

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And onto my first class which was paper piercing, I was hoping to learn something new in this class, but turns out I have been doing paper piercing right all along lol! Which is always a plus point, so I spent the time getting used to the machine, which was lovely might have to upgrade my £99 special lol.

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Cue a massive power cut half way through the class, turns out it was for half the street, but when you go down for a cuppa and a natter, and you see water pouring out of the ceiling and people looking very worried, makes you wonder and makes for a strange day yes?

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And then onto my finished item YAY! managed to make one bag (mines the grey and purple one with the very pink heart) I was very happy to finish and I learned a lovely tip about making box bags which more than made up for not learning anything new in the class!

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After class Sue and Sue and a couple of other people who I feel God awful about the fact I can remember their names (SORRY!!!) invited us to dinner at a cute Italian place called ASK. The food was lovely and the conversation was amazingly good too, I loved every minute of it!

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Then it was back to sew up some quilt tops for the Siblings Together initiative. For a first timer I felt very over my head, the competition side of it was amazing, and it was lovely to be included in such a good deserving charity action.

Onto the last photo’s of the day which were the amazing sunset seen from the terrace!

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And that’s it for the Friday, loads of photo’s of nothing really. It was a lovely busy day and we didn’t get to bed till some randomly late time due to it being so hot, so so so hot!

More of me

So these last couple of weeks, month’s golly probably years I’ve been trying to find somewhere that feels like me but online. I’ve wanted to have somewhere where I can track everything and look back and go wow did I really do that. These last couple of weeks have really brought this to the forefront of my mind, and soon I will be going on my own in the world and I will have my first ever home, somewhere which is just mine (and the other half’s lol, but the decorating is all mine!) and well I want to track it, I want to look back and know that however scared I am everything turned out ok in the end.

So why am I writing this here, well I was just going to keep this as a “craft” blog and even then it mainly stayed as a “fabric” blog, so I am morphing this place more into me, more into somewhere I can write my feelings while also showing my newest crafty item, or something cute I’ve just bought.

So let the journey begin!

WIP Wednesday

Hello!

Well doesn’t time fly, don’t have much to show you today as I am currently sewing up a storm, trying to get my sample swaps finished for the Fat Quarterly Retreat
Finally getting around to doing my samples for #fatquarterlyretreat yay. First one done and by golly dont I want to keep it! #swoonquilt #quilting #quilt #lizzyhouse #swoon #swoonblock #mini #miniquilt

And knitting up a storm in the hopes that I can finish this pair of socks before I get on the plane on Friday, I will be so gutted if I don’t manage to finish this stage as it’s the second to last pair!!
Attemptinv to finish my stage 5 #tourdesock socks before I get on that plane on Friday.  Knitting like the wind. Fingers crossed I do I'd hate to admit defeat on the second to last pair!!

Oh and I made my dad a quick birthday card for today!
Just made my dad's birthday card for next week! #gnome #studiocalico #card #happybirthday

And I’m so looking forward to getting on that plane on Friday and sewing/spending a storm lol!

Well Hello There

For the Fat Quarterly Link-up

Well hello there

I’m Nessy and I’m so excited to go on my first quilting retreat weekend, I don’t really know what to add to this apart from that’s me above, I don’t know whether I’ll colour in my eyebrows or not but you cannot miss me with the green hair, and even better is my sister is coming along to and she has blue hair so we are going to be amazing!

A few quick random facts:

I made my first mini quilt just a couple of weeks ago.
I am really really new to quilting even though I’ve owned a sewing machine for ages.
I have an obsession with vintage sewing machines and to count own 4.
I have way too much fabric, most of its yellow lol!
I have an obsession with Lizzy House fabric and wish I horded it all instead of using it.
I have two EPP quilts on the go, of which one I started golly over 3 years ago and I don’t even think it’s to single bed size lol!
And to go with the two quilts above I also have 2 machine sewed quilts on the go.
I love a decent brew and will probably be bringing my own honey/biscuits too much on.
I’m scared of flying, literally scared as hell, but know that you have to go against the grain sometimes.
I’ve had green hair for 6 years now.
I dream of making my own clothing.
Apart from sewing I also knit, crochet, scrapbook, dye wool, spin wool, card make and DIY. If you know of a craft I’ve probably done it I dabble in everything!
I love gardening!

I think that’s enough I could probably go on for days!

Below are the classes I am doing, and I really cannot wait to meet everyone, me and my sister will be in London from around 10am onwards and will be in the Strathmore Hotel café just pottering around, if anyone wants to join, we will probably nip somewhere for lunch before we go to our first class!

Friday pm
Mail Organiser with Tasha Bruecher
Block Party (cannot wait will be bringing loads of scraps)

Saturday am
Screen Printing with Karen Kewis (so excited, hoping I can learn how to screen print on fabric as have an amazing idea for my upcoming strawberry swap)

Saturday pm
Getting your Patterns into print with Jenny Fox Proverbs (hoping to learn something here)
Quilt Maths with Lynne Goldsworthy (the main reason we are going!)
All the afternoon activities!!!

Sunday am
Touchdraw with Lynne Goldsworthy
Modern Knots with Thomas Knauer

Should be an exciting weekend best of all me and my sister have taken an extra day of work and will be spending all day in the Natural History Museum, so cannot wait.

So yep hope that is all, we don’t bite and I cannot wait to make friends and find loads of blogs I should be reading, learning loads and spending money lol

Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap – Lets swoon over a mini swoon quilt

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Thought I would pop in with my latest mini quilt while I’m currently doing Tour De Sock, which is taking up all of my spare time. Cannot wait to show you the amazing socks I’ve been making!!

Anyho onto the mini quilt, I remember as soon as the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap popped up on my instagram feed I signed up instantly, the thought that I’ve never made a quilt let alone a mini quilt never crossed my mind lol.

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And then I got given my swapee’s information and well the only thing that came out of it was that my swapee liked pink, green and purple and yeah that was it, no other information apart from a very very basic pinterest account and a personal instagram account (still awaiting a yes to my add request lol). I tried to get into contact with several moderators with no replies back so I just swung with it.

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At first I decided to go with two lovebirds, the idea of which was on one of the bathroom photos my swapee added to her pinterest account. I drew it all out and well after looking at it for a week I just didn’t want to go through so much trouble when I didn’t know anything about who was receiving my quilt. I tried a couple of other ideas but just wasn’t happy with how they were turning out. In the end I went with my failsafe or at least my comfort zone and went with the Swoon quilt block and Lizzy House fabric.

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This block is my favourite of all time, I seriously have such a mega crush on it so much so that I am currently cutting up the fabric to make myself a king sized one (of which I have already shown one block) and I’m also cutting the fabric up to do one for my sister’s wedding quilt, even though she has been married over a year now, but that’s another story lol.

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The photos were taken on Port St Mary beach, I took the quilt specifically with me to take these photos when I went around the secret gardens.

The whole quilt measures in at around 18 inches squared, and was quilted with a medium batting.

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Hand quilted instead of machine quilted as I just love the look, it’s also got corners on so that it can be hung up on the wall!

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It’s also on its way to a lovely new home, and even with all the problems I had with this swap I loved every moment making it and cannot wait till my next swap of which I’ve just joined a strawberry swap lol!!!

Cannot wait!