Giveaway Winners

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in my recent giveaway, I must admit I was bowled over at the number who popped by to enter, all of the wonderful comments I received and by the number of you who decided to stay and follow my blog.

ThanksAnd now on to the part you have all been waiting for: the winners. Yes I did say winners. As an extra thank you to my followers old and new, I have decided to also give away two Very Berry Fabrics Mini Scrap Packs of Libery Lawn to two of you.

After a few presses of the button over at random.org the three winners quickly selected were:

271113no1Commenter no. 63, Sarah, who wins the Rainbow Scrap Pack along with

271113no2 271113no3commenters numbers 101,Sherry VF and 142, Piroska who will both receive Mini Scrap packs.

Congratulations to all three of you. Please check your mailboxes for an email from me.

Thanks again to everyone who took part in this giveaway and of course to Quilting Gallery for organising their blog hop party.

Challenges Galore – WiP Wednesday

There’s nothing like a challenge to spice things up a bit. Several challenges, well that’s just fun. The deadline for the NYC Mod quilters Double Wedding Ring Challenge happens to be next Sunday, Dec 1st, and I’ve just decided to enter.

EZDWRChallengeBlogLogoOkay so I’m not going to make a full sized quilt, but I am going to attempt a single ring mini. My first challenge was of course the design. I don’t have any templates and don’t have time to purchase any so I drew up a quick pattern in EQ7, printed it out so I could foundation piece my rings and dove straight in.

The second challenge, well that’s got to be actually making a DWR. I have never attempted this before. In fact I’ve never sewn flat curves before (challenge three?). However, nothing ventured nothing gained and as I have faith in my abilities I dug out the stack of Liberty Tana Lawn charms I intended to use and got stuck in. The results I have to say were rather pleasing.

DWR1stballThe first of the four sides quickly came together and it is exactly as I had hoped it would be. Now I must admit this base is rather muted in colour and while I do intend to use the same fabrics for all four sides I also want some pops of colour in this mini. What better way to add more colour than with lots more Liberty prints. I’ve also got a stack of mini blooms in the works (those made with the quarter inch hexies I have become so fond of) so I will be adding those for colour. How and where, well you’ll just have to wait to find that out.

DWR1flowersThe final challenge – well to make the deadline of course. Time to get sewing!

Linking up with Lee’s Work in Progress Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced and as this is a project is filled with a couple of firsts for me I’m also linking up with New to me in November over at Celtic Thistle Stitches.

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What Would You Do?

I wasn’t really sure if I should write this post for several different reason but I decided at the end of the day that I would because I would love to get as many different opinions about this matter as I can before I do anything more.

As some of you may be away I have been taking part in several swaps of late and I must say that it is an experience I really enjoy. When signing up for a swap I am well aware that there will be sewists of all levels of experience and that could just as likely be paired with a novice sewist as I could with a highly experienced one. This doesn’t bother me in the least and I am every bit as happy to receive a swap item that is simply made as I am to receive something more elaborate. However there is one thing I do expect and that is that the swap item be well made. It’s simple swap etiquette really.

So you can imagine I was extremely disappointed (and more) to find the following on the back on a swap item recently received.

received1received2This to me is not well made. This is what I expect to find on the reverse of a practice piece of free motion quilting. This is not what you send a swap partner. This is what you practice on at home time and time again. In the meantime surely you straight line quilt, hand quilt or simply don’t quilt what you send to your quilt partner?

This is my dilemma. I really wish I knew what to do now. I am not sure if I should say something to my swap partner, if nothing else to spare future embarrassments? I must admit I have thought about returning the item to my partner as this has ruined it for me and I will never use it now in its current state, but there is work, and I’m sure love, gone into creating this otherwise lovely piece so does it not deserve to be used and loved?  If I keep it then I know it will only ever be used if I spend hours and hours unpicking all of this stitching and replace it with some simple straight line stitching (as my own free motion quilting is still very much in the practicing stage) to make this very pretty item usable, but do I really want to do that?

If you have any advice or words of wisdom regarding this then I really would love to hear them as quite frankly I am at a bit of a loss with this one.

The Last of Autumn

October to early November was a busy swap sewing time for me as I created lots of items for the various swaps I had signed up to. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been sharing lots of those projects and now it is time to share the last of those creations. It also seems rather fitting that I share the last of my autumnal projects now as we have just experienced our first snowfall and the arrival of more wintry weather.

And the project in question, well it is a pair of mug rugs that were created for the recent Mug Rug Swap over on Quilting Gallery for my partner in New Zealand.

AMRSmugrugsAs the mug rugs were to be autumnal themed I choose fabrics from a few of Sandy Gervais’s collections. I have stitched quite a few projects for family and friends in these fabrics so had quite a collection of scraps, charms and jelly roll strips at my disposal.

For the first mug rug  I followed the tutorial by Anjeanette Klinder to create a maple leaf design similar to those I had recently used to make autumnal table mats. To add interest and make the design into a more suitable mug rug size I added two columns of 1×1″ patchwork squares at each end of the leaf panel.

AMRSmaplerugI couldn’t resist using some of my quarter inch hexie blooms for the second of the rugs, and so I created a little garden in shades of autumn.

AMRSgardenQuilting on both mug rugs was kept relatively simple, as is my style, and both were bound with double fold binding in fabrics that I felt best matched the colours of the deisgns I had created.

I must admit that while I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the swaps in which I have participated of late I did feel at times that I may have overstretched myself a bit. Nonetheless, I got all of my projects completed and mailed out, even if it was at the last minute. Now I think it is time to move on to more festive sewing and finally get working on my Making Christmas list which has be neglected for far too long.

Blog Hop Giveaway

This giveaway has now closed. The winner will be drawn later today, 27th November 2013.

The Quilting Gallery is hosting a blog hop party with giveaways to celebrate giving thanks and I am joining in the fun and celebrations.

Blog Hop Party with Give-AwaysWelcome back to my regular followers and hello to all of you who are visiting for the first to me as part of the blog hop. I’ll keep this short and sweet because I am sure most of you will want to keep on hopping.

Today I’m giving away a rainbow scrap pack of Liberty Lawn Fabrics that comes from Very Berry Fabrics. LLSPLLrainbowI am sewing a lot with Liberty Lawn at the moment and, as I just love using these scrap packs, I thought I would give away one from my stash so that one of you can also discover how wonderful they are to work with. There is such a great variety of fabrics in these packs, perfect for the projects I have been working on such as my English garden cushion.

EGcushionTo enter the giveaway simply leave a comment below telling me what you would use this scrap pack for. Followers of my blog, or it’s facebook page, get a second entry. Just leave a second comment telling me how you follow me.

The giveaway is open till November 26th and International entries are welcome. The winner will be chosen via random.org and will be contacted by email.

To return to the blog hop party and the list of participating blogs just click on the logo below.

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