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Schnitzel and Boo’s Mini Quilt Swap Round 3

Late last year Kristi opened up sign ups for round 3 of the Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap over on Instagram. Of course I signed up and this time I also volunteered to be a swap mama too. For those not in the know swap mamas help coordinate the swap by making sure their group of swap partners all give and receive a mini quilt, if for any reason somebody has to pull out then the they arrange for an angel to send to the partner instead. Swap mamas also try their best to help their swap group with any queries they may have. This was the first time I’ve been a swap mama and I’m so glad I did it, I really enjoyed helping out both Kristi and my group, their were well over 800 participants in this round so you can imagine the logistical nightmare that could be!

My partner had said she liked bright colours so I went with it and made a bear paw block mini using some nice, bright, solids.

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I backed it with an Ikea print I had left from another quilt (which I’ve still not finished!) and added a hand written label.

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I also included a few little extras, including some of my favourite chocolate bars.

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I was a very lucky girl, I received this super package from my partner who turned out to be one of my sewing friends Pippa! I was so excited that my partner was someone I knew and she’d managed to keep it a secret! She completely nailed it! Get it?!

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When Pippa was posting progress photos on IG I had fallen in love with it so you can imagine how pleased I was when I opened my parcel! She also included some awesome extras for me, all wrapped in cute paper.

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The little house is adorable and how handy are those flight safe scissors?! I’ve got to be honest that chocolate did not last more than 2 minutes!! All in all it was a pretty great round, I’m just hoping there will be a round 4 soon.

Midweek WIP’s

I haven’t got a lot to share with you this week. I have been busy sewing but something that’s still not quite ready to share yet. Hopefully it won’t be long now and I can tell you all about it, I’m so excited! I’ve been plodding along with my quilt and I made a cushion but that’s a gift so can’t show you that for a few weeks yet either.

Wow this is summing up to be a pretty boring post sorry! There is one other project I’ve started which I can show you (well a little sneak peek anyway). My mum, nan and sister came to visit at the weekend so we headed to Milestones Museum for a bit of family fun. We all had such a good time and I would definitely recommend it for all ages, at the moment they have a fun Lego exhibition on so the monsters had great fun finding all the Lego exhibits. While we were walking round looking at the vintage furniture my sister was telling me how she would love a blanket that she could have on her sofa once she moves into her own place. She wanted something with a retro feel, quite clashy colours that wouldn’t match any decor. I knew exactly what she wanted so told her I would accept her challenge. As soon as our visitors left I got to work making granny squares from what I had in my stash.

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I’m a little ashamed to say that my yarn stash is pretty small. I haven’t been crocheting for that long so haven’t had a excuse chance to buy lots yet. Tuesday I headed to my local yarn shop and with the help of Monster 2 picked up some fun colours for Frankie’s blanket.

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A nice start don’t you think? Now obviously this is a work in progress so I’ll be adding more colours as and when I see them. This is the perfect project to pick up when I have a spare few minutes or when I’m watching a film in the evening with the hubby. Do you have a nice long term project you work on when you only have a little time for something crafty? Something portable is always handy, good for when you’re waiting at school pick up or on the train to work.

Midweek WIP’s

It’s that time of the week again! I’m quite surprised to say I have actually got a few projects to share with you this week as since moving I’ve found it really hard to get back into any kind of sewing routine, but here goes.

My EPP cushion hasn’t really gone much further, I’ve had a bit of a look in my stash but nothing is really jumping out at me for the background so I’ll probably buy something new.

I was thinking this
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Or this?
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Tonight I’m going to finish this fun little pot holder, I just have to hand stitch the binding and I’m done. I used a few scraps from my stash, the moustaches have to be one of my all time favourite prints and this was the last piece I had that was really useable.

You can’t go wrong with spotty binding.
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I’ve started a new crochet project too. I’ve had my eye on a nice, chunky infinity scarf with a hood but couldn’t decide on what pattern to follow so I did what any sensible person would do and decided to make it up. I opted for this really soft yarn from my new local wool shop, Pack Lane Wool they have an online shop too.

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So far this is all I’ve done, but in my defence it is crazy long and ribbed too so it’s not growing quite as fast as I’d hoped. It should be ready for next winter though!

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My last project of the week is a cheeky lil stitchery for my sewing room. Not really sure where I’m going with it yet but I like it so far.

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Midweek WIP’s

See I promised I was going to pay you more attention, I’m back already!

Sometimes I get to the middle of the week and can’t help thinking “Why is it so long till the weekend?!” or “Half the week is gone already and what have I actually done?”. I need a little mid week motivation so every Wednesday I’m going to share the week’s WIPs with you. Now I’m not going to promise that I’ll have a lot to share but at least if it’s in black and white it will make me realise what I’ve managed to achieve or give me the kick up the bum I need to work through my crafty to do list.

This week I’ve been working on a little EPP project. It started out as a doodle a few nights ago while I was watching tv.

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But then I remembered I had some precious Lucie Summers overprints that I’d been saving for something special and a few scraps of solids that just by chance coordinated perfectly, so my little doodle is now destined to be a cushion.

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Sunday was sewing club day so off I went with my biscuit tin of EPP goodies (aren’t biscuit tins just the best!) and had a lovely relaxing day stitching away. I’ve got one more piece to join then it will be finished but I just can’t decide what to use for the background and the back of the cushion? Something plain and neutral like a cream or grey? Or do I go for something a bit wilder? All opinions gratefully received.

How’s your crafty week working out? I’d love to here about your WIPs so feel free to share them in the comments 🙂

I’ve been a busy bee

For a few weeks now I’ve hardly touched my sewing machine, which is seriously out of character for me. The allotment has been taking up a lot of my time but I’ve still managed to finish this EPP project I’ve had on the go for a while now.

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When I say finished I’m probably stretching the truth a bit, the top is done but that’s it. I just can’t really decide what to do with it? Don’t you get that, you see some fabric and just get the urge to make something with it, get so far then realise you don’t actually know what you want it to be. I’m slowly warming to the idea of a floor cushion? A table cloth? Oh I don’t know, it can just be hidden for a while and then I’ll decide later.

This year I’m trying really hard to plan ahead, so I’ve started planning gifts for the ‘C’ word (not the rude one, the one with the guy saying “Ho Ho Ho”). I’ve even finished one!!

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Ta Daa!

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I’m so pleased with it, I am really loving crochet and have found loads of projects to add to my to-do list. I found the pattern for this Beanie on Ravelry. It’s called the Urban Jungle Beanie and was really easy to follow and make,seriously if I can do it anyone can. I’m going to make myself one too. I’ll be honest I would of kept this one but the person it’s for has a much bigger head than me!

After this little lot my neglected machine got a lot of use this week. I was busy with a couple of custom orders for Etsy customers and getting teachers gifts done. Monster no1 is moving into year 1 so he and a few of his class mates each drew a portrait of their teacher and teaching assistant on fabric for me to sew into cushions. I opted for a plain cream for their works of art and a heart print for the back, it’s even got metallic gold hearts, as if that’s not the best?

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They’ll be giving the cushions to the teachers tomorrow so I’ll let you know what they thought soon.

New Year = New Projects

If any of you follow me on Instagram or twitter you may have noticed I’ve decided to join the Scrappy Trip Along. Over the new year Brenda over at Pink Castle Fabrics and Megan of Lucy and Norman started a bit if an Instagram viral quilt along. It’s a pretty simple quilt but really fun to do, it must be if so many of us have decided to give it a go right? Why not give it ago! The ladies have set up a Flickr group here or you can find us all on Instagram using #scrappytripalong. There is also a tutorial which is very easy to follow here

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Here’s my first 6 blocks, I know they are a work in progress but you get the idea, oh and sorry about the dodgy socks, my feet are really cold this evening.

You might remember in November I took part in the Craftaholics Anonymous Handmade Gift Exchange, well my gift from the lovely Gina arrived.

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As you can see she really did spoil me (and my family) rotten. She made me not 1 but 4!! scarves, which somehow she managed to make in colours that all go really well with my petrol blue coat. A tote from Joanns, some perfume, coffee for hubby, popping candy and a quarter each for the monsters, even some Alaskan salmon treats for the dogs. It was like a second Christmas when this amazing package arrived!! I can’t thank Gina enough for her generosity.

Before I go I’ve finally remembered to show you a couple of the Christmas gifts I made. My dad got my mum a new tablet for Christmas so I made her a case for it, to match her make-up bag I made for her birthday, she does loves Snoopy.

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And for my forever travelling sister I made this Atlas tote. I made it to fit hand luggage requirements so she can take it with her on any of her travels. I made sure I put Asia on the outside, it’s her favourite place.
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Don’t forget you can still use code NEWYEAR13 to receive 13% off in my Etsy shop.

One Step Closer

Well we are back from camping and what an eventful few weeks it’s been. The night before we were supposed to be leaving Pluto decided to dislocate his knee on his “good” back leg, which meant an early trip to the vets the following morning and then a holiday destination change for Pluto. My lovely Mum let Pluto have a staycation at her house so that we could still have a few days away (Thank you Mummy!). Camping consisted of excited monsters shouting, lots of rain and lots of sausages. The monsters had a great time but unfortunately we had to come home a day early as Monster no1 was feeling ill. The tent was a success and we will definitely be going again, hopefully with Pluto.

Since being back I’ve managed to buckle down and finish my second quilt, Country Garden, for the exhibition. Both quilts are now photographed and washed so I just need to attach the sleeves. I’m really pleased with how Country Garden turned out. The bright green Polka dot back and pink Candy Stripe binding work really well with all the bright colours in the patchwork. This quilt is a 51″ square and will be for sale at the exhibition (a percentage of the sale goes to the Heart of Kent Hospice). If you are interested in purchasing this quilt please comment on this post or contact me using the form on the blog.

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It took me a long time to decide how I was going to quilt this, I spent quite a while just staring at it thinking (it takes a lot of effort you know!). I have always played it safe and worked with straight lines when quilting in the past but wanted to push myself and try something new so decided to go with a few curves. Also I really didn’t want to over quilt it; I thought it would end up looking too busy and spoil the floral top. In the end I settled for quilting a large, simple, line drawing of a flower. I drew the centre and first four petals and gradually built it up from there, I used a variegated green thread, I thought it would blend in well so that the design would only stand out in certain lights. I’m glad I tried something new, it was just want the quilt needed, don’t you think?

Are you going to the HOKH Maidstone Quilt Show? If you are let me know if you see my quilts (29 and 30), if you are entering the exhibition as well let me know as I would love to see your quilts too!

I feel like now these are done I have a quilt shaped hole in my life, I am going to spend the next day or two planning my next projects, I’ve got lots of things on my todo list and in the back of my mind a dirty “C” word keeps popping up – Yup CHRISTMAS. Has anyone else started thinking about Christmas makes yet? I can’t even begin to decide on which scrummy fabrics I want to play with, I do know Aneela Hoey’s Cherry Christmas will be on my list, you can get it now here at The Village Haberdashery!

My First Quilt Exhibition

I have been thinking about this for a while now, but I have finally decided to enter a quilt into an exhibition for the first time. Actually I’m really going for it and entering two! The exhibition is 31/8/12-2/9/12 and held in Aylesford, Kent. It is an annual event to raise money for a local charity, The Heart of Kent Hospice which is a great cause. I went last year and there was a great display of quilts as well as lots of fabric and others supplies to buy. Have a look here to find out a bit more about it.

At the moment both quilts are unfinished so I have got my work cut out, but hey I work well under pressure ha!

The first one is a single bed quilt I am making for Monster no1. He chose the fabrics (I think there maybe quilting in his future) which are mostly Aneela Hoey Sherbet Pips and I have finished the top. I decided to call it Go Fetch!

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I plan on backing it in the same fabric (not decided how yet though) and I have some red polka dot on white for the binding.

The second is a lap quilt, about 51″ square, called Country Garden. I haven’t actually started sewing yet but I did finish cutting and planning it last night. I’m really liking it so far and can’t decide whether to keep it for my living room or sell it at the exhibition.

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Sorry about the dodgy photo but I didn’t finish working on it until 2 o’clock this morning, I hope you can get the idea though. I love how all the clashing prints just all seem to come together. I’m not really sure what to do with the back though, what do you think? Something plain? Or maybe a bright larger floral, pink or purple? All ideas greatly received!

Well I suppose I should stop talking about it and start sewing, I have a busy few weeks ahead. Hope you enjoy your sewing this weekend too.