Butterfly and Blooms – Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition 2014

Last year I discovered the Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition and really enjoyed taking part so when competition time rolled round again this year I didn’t hesitate in joining it. The idea is simple, you purchase one pack of Umbrella Prints trimmings and use the fabrics within to create something. This year my purchased pack was focused on earthy tones

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I played around with several different ideas that I had for using these fabric trimmings, but in the end I decided that I wanted to try and use them to make one of my EPP butterflies. I’ve been working on several new patterns of late that I have designed to use with heavier weight fabrics as well as with the Liberty lawns that I usually use. This was definitely the perfect project to test out one of my new designs.

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Despite their being several different weights of fabric in the trimmings pack they all combined nicely to form the butterfly. I used the leftover trimmings to create a number of appliqué flowers to accompany the butterfly, which I had appliquéd to a cotton backing fabric.

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Although I would usually use such pieces to create mini quilt, pouches or other sewn items, this time I decided I would use the finished design to create a mounted picture.

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I backed the appliquéd cotton with a layer of fusible fleece interfacing before   mounting it on an 11″ square piece of thin board. This gives the finished picture a soft finish.

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My finished picture, “Butterfly and Blooms” is my entry to the 2014 Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition. On May 30th all of the entries will be pinned to the Umbrella PrintsTrimmings Competition Pinterest Board and you can vote for your favourites by simply repinning the projects you like best. If previous competitions are anything to go by there will be a wonderful selection of great projects to view, so be sure to visit the Pinterest Board between May 1st and May 5th.

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Have you Picked Your Favourites?

Voting is currently open in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival so if you haven’t already done so why not pop over to Amy’s Creative Side and vote for your favourtie two quilts in each of the categories. If you’ve not visited the festival yet then I can highly recommend it. According to Amy there are around 650 different enteries, and that is defintiely some serious eye candy.

I have entered two quilts in the festival this time. “Ripples” is in the mini category

Dragonfly2honeysmland “Insert Retro” is in the modern category.

RetrofloatingsmlOf course while I would love for you to vote for me I would much prefer that you picked your favourties in each of the categories and gave them your votes.

Voting couldn’t be easier, all you have to do is click on the little heart in the top right hand corner of the linked image of the quilt you wish to vote for. Clicking anywhere else on the image will bring you to the original post about that quilt so you can read all about it.

Voting remains open till the 29th but I recommend popping over sooner rather than later because if you are anything like me you will want to spend a lot of time browsing all of the wonderful entries.


Trains and Cats – WiP Wednesday

There are plenty of projects, some large, many small, making their way through my sewing space at the moment, but somehow each week it feels like I have very little to share when WiP Wednesday rolls around. Some of the projects are as gifts and I don’t want to spoil the surprise, come get finished quickly and some others are in such an early stage of production that there really isn’t much to share. This week, however, I do have one project that I would like to share with you and that is the quilt I am currently making for my nephew. Like so many other little boys my nephew has lots of likes, but I think his favourites amongst those are trains and cats and so I decided I would use both in his quilt.

Cat and Train Quilt WiP | Mud, Pies and PinsI chose some train prints from Wilmington prints Riding the Rail series along with Timeless Treasures’s Tossed Crazy Cats Brite and Moda’s Prisma Cats. I then added some matching Stonehenge Crayon Box blenders to the mix for added colour. Although I am not usually a fan of quilt patterns, much preferring to design my own quilts, on this occasion I chose to make a larger version of the “Out of This World” quilt that I had recently made, as this is one of the few patterns I have come across that has really appealed to me and that I can see myself making time and time again. It didn’t take me long to start churning out the blocks and piecing them together and I even had  little excitement when I finally finished my first spool of Aurifil.

Cat and Train Quilt WiP | Mud, Pies and PinsI did make one alteration to the pattern in that I decided I would leave the central section of the central block plain as I wanted to appliqué my nephew’s initial in the centre. That proved to be a bit of a mammoth task. I started by forgetting to reverse the letter S when sketching it out on the fusible interfacing, so of course I ended up with a backwards S when I cut it out of the fabric. Now this isn’t all bad as I had more than enough fabric to make a second S and the first mistake will be trimmed into a 2 and will be applied to a summer t-shirt for my own little 2-year old.

Cat and Train Quilt WiP | Mud, Pies and PinsHowever I went on to fuse the correct S upside down to the central block (yes there was a slight difference between the top and bottom curves of the S I choose to use) and of course I didn’t notice this till I had pieced the block to it’s neighbours.

Cat and Train Quilt WiP | Mud, Pies and PinsThis time the seam ripper came out and the central block was unpicked and all pieced back together carefully and the right way up. Finally, after much ado, I got all my blocks finished and pieced together and the top is now ready to border.

Cat and Train Quilt WiP | Mud, Pies and PinsI’m just going to quickly add three solid borders and then I will baste the quilt. As I’m using a green minky/plush fabric for the backing I am going to forgo batting in favour of some flannel and have bought a flannel sheet for just that purpose. It’s been well washed, so will hopefully shrink no more, and with any luck I’ll get this little quilt finished up by the weekend. Cats and Trains might not have been my first choice of fabrics to combine in a quilt but I am really liking the result, and I’m hoping my nephew will enjoy this fun quilt too when I gift it to him.

Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for today’s Work In Progress Wednesday. Hope to see you there.



Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew – May

Welcome to the May installment of Ho, Ho, Ho and On we Sew. For those of you who may be new to my blog let me give you a quick introduction to Ho, Ho, Ho and On we Sew. Back in January myself and Fiona over at Celtic Thistle Stitches decided that this year we were determined to be much more organised for Christmas than we were last year and we came upon the idea of holding monthly link up parties where we would share the decor and gift items we were making for Christmas 2014 and encourage you to get creating with us.

Each link party is being hosted by a different guest blogger who posts a tutorial on a gift or decor item, and each month we have a prize to give to one randomly selected linker. This month’s giveaway prize is thanks to the lovely people over at the Fat Quarter Shop who have given us a mini charm pack of 25th and Pine, the great new line of festive fabrics from Basic Grey.

fatquartershop25thandpineThe link parties open on the 18th of each month and close on the last day of that month. This month the link party is being hosted by Sian, who blogs with Simi over at buttons and paint. Sian’s tutorial is for an upcycled tie pouch, a really clever project that uses any old ties you might have lying around. Beut before you let me share with you my makes for the month.

Last month I was making bags for the little ones, this month it’s totes for the grown-ups. Now I don’t want to show you the bags that I actually made, as some of the recipients do tend to pop in and read my blog from time to time, but I can show you the another two very similar totes that I made at the same time.

Sassybags These were made for my two sisters earlier this month, one as part of a birthday gift, and the other one just because I could. I have to admit it wasn’t all plain sailing when I was making these bags. I started by getting in some practice with my latest new toy – the Olfa circle rotary cutter.

SassycirclesOnce I had cut out two circles from some Keep it Sassy fabric by Olive Sandwiches I attached them to the outer fabric for the bags, pieced the bodies of the two bags, boxed off the corners, and then I realised I had stupidly boxed the corners too much. Way too much.

SassyboxedNow this wouldn’t have been too bad if I hadn’t already trimmed them. I don’t know what possessed me! Seam-ripper-to-the-rescue-time. I opened up those seam, lopped off the bottom and added new bottoms to the bags in black fabric. Turns out it wasn’t just crisis-avoided-time after all, it was in fact massive-improvement-on-the-original-design-time. Happy days.

SassycorrectionsI quickly set about improving the linings of the bags to match. Yes I had made linings as I wanted the bags to be reversible, and yes I had also boxed them out without checking how they were going to look. I had alreday trimmed the top of the linings with the red fabric I had used on the outer parts of the bag so I added more of the same to the bottom of the bag and you have to admit that adding the red band to the bottom gives them a lovely symmetry. I used some Priscilla in Orange from Jennifer Paganelli’s Crazy Love Collection for one of the bags and Denyse Schmidt’s Florence for the other.

SassyliningThese two bags were very well recevied by my sisters and can only hope that the Christmas versions will be just as well received when they finally make their way to their intended recipients.

Now it’s your turn – have you been making anything for Christmas this month? Perhaps you need some inspiration, in which case I can recommend you pop over to buttons and paint and have a look at Sian’s upcycled tie pouch or why not visit some of the tutorials from the previous months. There’s still plenty of time for you to get creating this month and to join in the link party. Hope to see you there.

Giveaway Day Winners

A huge thank you to everyone who entered my Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day giveaway, and to all of you who sent me on birthday wishes. It was lovely to read all of your comments and ideas for using charm packs.

CharmsMay14There were plenty of baby quilts, bags, disappearing nine patch quilts and many more ideas along with plenty of people who had never used charm packs before. The two winners drawn by Mr Random were:

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#368, Karrie, who likes to make quilts and #430, Jana, who likes to make hotpads. Karrie wins the Kate Spain charm pack and Jana will be receiving Aneela Hoey’s Hello Petal. Congratulations ladies, you should have received an email from me by now. Your prizes will be in the post to you just as soon as I have your details, I do hope you will enjoy them.

Thank you once more to all of you who entered my giveaway, to Sew Mama Sew for organising yet another wonderful giveaway day, and a big hello and welcome to my new followers. It is lovely to have you here on Mud’ Pies and Pins.