Monthly Archives: August 2014

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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WIP Wednesday 1

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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!