Scrap Bags and Hexies

The last couple of months have been busy ones in our house and as a result it has been a while since I wrote a Sunday Stash post. This week I though I’d share a couple of my recent scrap bag purchases with you all. I’m a huge fan of scrap bags and have used them for many of my projects. I have yet to purchase one I haven’t been more than delighted with. When I saw that Southern Fabric recently had a Wrenly scrap bag for sale I couldn’t resist and I wasn’t disappointed. Although most scrap bags I buy usually contain wof strips of fabric this one was slightly different and contained 8 beautiful fat quarters from the Wrenly collection.

wrenly2 wrenly1 wrenly3My next addition was a box of beautiful scraps from the Barcelona collection that arrived earlier this week from Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic. When I saw a post on facebook at the start of the week mentioning that there were Barcelona scrap bags currently for sale on her etsy store ZenChicQuilts I couldn’t resist snapping one up. It arrived a couple of days later much to my delight.

DSC01639Because I’ve really been enjoying the wool appliqué work that I’ve been doing on and off over the past few months I decided that it would be a nice to have some wool scraps so that I could play around with a few of my own designs. After a quick browse on etsy I came across Quilting Acres and couldn’t resist purchasing two scrap bags of their beautiful hand dyed and felted wool.

woolscrapsMy last addition was not purchased as a scrap bag, but rather as a special commission of pre-cut 1.25″ liberty lawn hexies from the lovely Ali of Very Bery Fabrics. Unfortunately some of the order is now nothing but scrap 🙁 After a run-in with the postal sorting machine the beautiful hexies that should have arrived all neatly stacked and packaged

hexiesproperarrived in a very sad and sorry state.

postproblemsAfter much ironing and sorting through the pile I was able to salvage many of the hexies, but as the original order was specifically cut to order I won’t have enough of these hexies for the project I had in mind. Those that have been saved had been stashed for future use, those that are beyond saving will still find a use as stuffing in pincushions.



The good news is that as this problem was purely the fault of the post they should be reimbursing me for the cost of a replacement order.

Linking up with Sunday Stash which this week is being hosted by the lovely Alyce over at Blossom Heart Quilts. Hope to see you there.

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It’s Threadbias Competition Time Again

Threadbias are holding another design contest and this time around they have teamed up with Clothworks and entrants are being asked to design a baby quilt. The featured fabric for this design contest is the beautiful cute Critter Patch Organic collection by designer Alyssa Thomas of Penguin and Fish.

threadbiascrittercontestIf you aren’t familiar with Threadbias then it is well worth checking out. It is an online sewing community that is free to join and it also features an online design tool that lets you design your own quilt. Using this design tool and the featured fabrics I have designed “Critter Picnic” to enter in the contest:ThreadbiasCritter

I decided to go with a very simple design for this quilt. The design reminds me of scattered picnic blankets and I think that the simple blocks will appeal greatly to babies and young children. I also love how they showcase the fabrics used and provide an ideal platform for utilising a multitude of quilting designs, a great oppertunity to create multiple textures and points of interest for any inquisitive little person. Add some scrappy binding and I think this would be a really fun baby quilt.

There is still plenty of time to enter the competition so why not head over to Threadbias and create your own design today.

Autumnal Mosaic – Washed Earth

With the start of Autumn comes the seasonal mosaic contest from Rachel over at Stitched in Color. This season’s theme is Washed Earth.

For me Autumn is a season of magnificence. Of golds and reds, yellows and oranges of every hue. Of harvests and leaf fall, rich and bountiful.

But then there are the rainy days, the days of greys and muted shades when the colours become dull and their glorious hues are obscured. This is my interpretation of those days. This is how I see Washed Earth:

washed earth trial1

Evening Errors – WiP Wednesday

Over the past week my sewing space has turned into a major hive of activitiy and juggling acts as I work on various items for some of the swaps I have signed up for recently. This week it was the turn of my Halloween Sewing Swap items to go under the needle.

1235115_10202163910004068_377358314_nFirst to be completed was an owl hotpad pincher, perfect for helping to lift hot pots and pans.

owlpotCoasters were next on the ment. I went for something a little less whimsical this time partnering some fun black and white prints with a scroll work black background.

HcoastersI couldn’t resist adding a little more colour and fun to the backs with some fussy cut Stitchy Witchy Haunts fabric. I’m not quite sure about the quilting, I think some of it needs unpicking and restitching.

Hcoasters2After the coasters I decided I would try my hand at making a fabric bowl. I opted for one with a pentagonal base, English paper piecing style. I cut out my base and used Decovil interfacing in place of paper as I feel this will give the finished bowl good stability. I then went on to select fabric for my sides, again lining the pieces with Decovil. I though that alternating panels in Delightfully Frightful Candy and Spot On Tangerine would work well.

HBowl1Have you spotted my mistake yet? I didn’t until I started to whip stitch my panels together on the train to work this morning. It wasn’t going to be possible to alternate panels properly when working with a pentagonal base. So I managed a quick dash back to the chopping board this afternoon and now I will be making a bowl with multicoloured sides.

Hbowl2I should be annoyed at my silly mistake, but I’m not. I’ve put the left over panels away for now and as soon as I have time I’ll add a few more to them and make a bowl for myself, perhaps hexagonal based so I can try out alternating panels after all.

Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for Work in Progress Wednesday. Hope to see you there.

It Started with a Zip

Friday I did a little sewing and it started off with this.

monsterzipThat was followed up with a nice little pocket.

MonsterpocketI then went on to add a few of these.

MonsterbrSome fun with rattles, felt and fussy cut fabric resulted in these.

MonsterrattlThey will fit in a pocket.

MonsterpockerrOr in the zippered pouch.

Monstereat2My creation?

Why a monster of course!

monsterHe’s a 1st birthday present for a cute little boy we know. Monster has a soft flannel body, felt pocket and scale like head and limbs. There are jingle bells in his minky ears, and his zipper mouth opens up so he can be fed.

MonstermouthDinosaurs are his favourite food so it’s just as well there are two dino rattles for him to snack on.