Tuesday, 18 December 2012

One down, one to go

So here is the cushion/pillow cover for the second person who won my Sew Mama Sew giveaway.

I'm still pondering my options for the first person.

I had the words  'texty' 'scrappy', 'triangles' and 'linen background' to go on which was quite liberating in the sense there were no colours specified.

I hope I ticked all the boxes.

And the back:

And that's it.

I'm all done for 2012.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by - I'd like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a safe 2013.

I'll be back in the New Year.

Linking up to WIP

Friday, 14 December 2012

Where do your quilt ideas come from?

In my case, sometimes when I least expect it.

Some tidying up.

Which results in 'new' fabric being found.

And bits of fabric from past projects.

And pieces that you hoard because they have such large prints that you don't want to cut into them because you don't want to lose the pattern. So you just keep them and keep them for some indeterminate next quilt.

And then inspiration is sought to try and marry all those disparate finds together.

Kaffe Fassett's Quilt Romance

Which is how I have ended up with this.

I may go bigger, I may not.

I may just do a bit more tidying and see what appears to be added to the mix.

How do your quilts evolve?

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Some Secret Santa Sewing

The rule was that no more than £5 was to be spent...which I didn't.

Because as we all know...

...scraps are priceless.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday

Friday, 7 December 2012

And the winners are...

Thanks very much to everyone who entered my Sew Mama Sew Giveaway. I was a little overwhelmed by the response but still managed to read every single comment.

What an education. I had no idea that a word like 'steampunk' even existed for a type of cushion cover style and it was really interesting though to read what everyone would like.

And because there were so many of you that entered, I've decided to pick TWO cushion cover winners, as well as the charm pack and a wodge of my scraps winners. I do hope if you are the recipient of my scraps winner that you don't feel like you got the booby prize - I'll make them nice scraps, I promise!

First pillow cover will be made for:

Who was:

I'm OK with those words; it's her comment before that I shall struggle with 'Bold, Egyptian, Pieced.'
It'll certainly be a challenge.

Second person to get their own cushion cover will be:

Which was:

She also had a comment before with these words:  'texty, scrappy, triangles.'

Then the person getting the charm packet is:

Which was:

And finally, the person getting the creme de la creme of my scraps is:

Which was: 

Feel free to drop me an email with your addresses if I don't email you first.

Thanks everyone for a fun giveaway.

A pinwheel half-square triangle quilt

I first wrote about this quilt here (if you're interested there are measurements for the block size and a little 'how to' construct each block). It's also hanging out in all its unquilted nakedness on my blog header.

It's now all quilted up.

As you can see there are two types of pinwheels: ones using two fabrics of similar colour and ones that are an excellent opportunity to use fabrics with big patterns on them.

I definitely think having the little butterflyesque scraps of extra colour add to the movement and interest.

And the back probably gives the best view of how I quilted it: with a simple grid pattern either side of the seams.

I do like the challenge of a complicated quilt but equally, sometimes it's very relaxing just to put together a simple quilt which can also be just as effective  in its own way.

Linking up with Finish It Up Friday

Monday, 3 December 2012

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day

The giveaway is now closed

With Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day this time, I am offering to make someone their own cushion/pillow cover.

These are some of the ones I've made before:

To make it fun, if you want to be in with a chance, leave a comment with just THREE words to describe the kind of cushion/pillow cover you'd like eg. bright, scrappy, fun or monochromatic, modern, cool. You get the idea.

If you're a follower then you can leave an additional comment with an extra TWO words to add to the three you already left, giving you a total of FIVE words to describe what kind of cushion cover you'd like.

The winner will be drawn randomly on 7 December, after which I will have eight weeks to make and send the winner her cushion cover.

Second randomly picked number will get a Hometown by Sweetwater charm pack - there are some great text fabrics in the packet.

And finally, third random number will get a wodge of my scraps.

If you leave more than the requested amount of words, I'm afraid I won't include you in the draw.

Oh and if you use the word 'cool' I am going to assume you mean cool colours and not that something is cool style wise!

Good luck...make those words count ;-)
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