Lovely Liberty

Holidays don’t really leave much spare time for sewing, but it’s nice to have some portable projects to pick up and put down when there is a little free time. This summer I decided that I was going to try some English Paper Piecing for the first time. I found some lovely pre-cut hexagons in pink Liberty fabrics on etsy and decided these would be ideal to try paper piecing with.

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My husband recently bought a Silhouette Cameo and he very kindly cut me a stack of paper hexagons ready to start my piecing.

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In the few spare moments I’ve had to date I managed to start covering the papers. I’m not sure yet exactly what I’m going to make, although I’m leaning towards butterflies at the moment.

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I’m linking up with Work in Progress Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced. Hope to see you there.

Pretty Purples, Pinks and More

I’ve had a busy week creating but all of my creations are still under wraps, for another few hours at least. Today my sister gets married. During the past week I’ve finished making the bridesmaids dresses for myself and our other sister and made myself a small matching bag. I’ve also iced the wedding cakes and make themed cake toppers. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to share all these creations with you next week.

Before the excitement of our afternoon and evening of celebrations I thought I’d enjoy a moment of calm and share some of the recent additions to my stash. I’ve been adding some nice purples and pinks lately. This months batik fat quarter bundle from the Fat Quarter Shop was called Elderberry Jam and is rich in purples and pinks:

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I recently discovered Very Berry Fabrics through facebook. Ali, who also blogs over at Very Berry Handmade, stocks some beautiful Liberty fabrics and I couldn’t resist purchasing a few. They arrived in these beautiful little packages:

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My ordered contained a lovely selection of purples and pinks:

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as well as a few fabrics featuring blues and grey:

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I think I’ll use these in a cushion/pillow.

My last addition were a couple of locally bought fat quarters. I think all three are Benartex fabrics although I’m not 100% sure. I must admit I rarely buy fabrics locally because of the cost but I couldn’t leave these three behind when I spotted them in a local craft store.

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Linking up with Sunday Stash over at Finding Fifth. Hope to see you there.

Sunday Stash

 

Cuddle E

During last week’s work in progress post I showed you some of the details of a cushion I was making for a little girl 1st birthday. Now that it’s finished I’m happy to be able to share it with you.

I started with a patchwork of fabrics that I simply quilted 1/4 inch each side of all seams.

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With some creative cutting and trimming I shaped the patchwork in the form of a large “E”.

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I decided to use some minky scraps in pink and grey to back the pillow. I pieced together three strips to make a piece large enough to back the pillow. I then pinned the E patchwork to the minky layer, right sides together, and stitched around the shape of the E.

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Once stitched I trimmed off the excess minky and turned the pillow right way out. I stuffed it quite firmly then hand stitched the opening closed.

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No matter which way it is used I think this large Cuddle E is perfect for a little girl with it’s mix of colourful patchwork and soft cuddly backing.

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Winnings and More

There have been a few nice additions to my stash this week. A few weeks ago Julie over at The Intrepid Thread held a giveaway with a wonderful Dear Stella charm pack as the prize. This was no ordinary charm pack however, it was a mega charm pack containing all of the fabrics in the Dear Stella Spring/Summer 2013 lines and I was lucky enough to win this bundle of gorgeousness.

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I’ve only had the quickest of flicks through the fabrics, but they are all wonderful and once I return from holidays I’ll hopefully get a chance to really go through them in detail and plan a few nice project.

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At the same time Matilda by Alice Kennedy for Hawthorne Threads arrived in stock. I’d really love the fabrics in that collection so I quickly ordered me a bundle.

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To make the most of my order I added some yardage of the grey and berry linen tiles fabrics from Moda’s Winter’s Lane by Kate & Birdie Paper Co. These will be great for quilt backing, as background fabrics and for so much more.

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Julie also sent me on these two beautiful pieces of fabric which will work wonderfully with several pieces in my growing scrap collection.

intrepidthreadMy final addition this week was to my library of quilting books. Early this week I found out that the quilt design I had entered in the Wallflowers Quilt Design Contest over on Threadbias had placed in the final five and as a runner up I got an ebook copy of Growing up Modern by Allison Harris, as well as a $15 gift certificate to Pink Castle Fabrics which I am sure I will put to good use really soon.

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Linking up with Kristy at Quiet Play who is hosting this weeks Sunday Stash post. Hope to see you there.

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Chiffon and an E: WiP Wednesday

For the past two weeks my sewing space has been awash with yards of chiffon and crepe de Chine. I’ve been cutting, sewing, gathering, fitting and am steadily making progress on the two bridesmaids dresses I am working on.

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All this dressmaking hasn’t left much time for other sewing but I did manage to sneak in one other project.

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Some late night piecing and quilting resulted in this:

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Enter the scissors and a little creative trimming and I was left with this:

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A little more sewing, and some stuffing, and I should hopefully have a cushion/pillow to gift a little girl we know for her 1st birthday.

Needless to say no Work in Progress Wednesday post would be complete without a link up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced so here it is. Hope to see you there.