At the start of this month I attended a craft retreat in Yorkshire with some very talented crafty ladies. When planning which projects to take I had to consider the lighting situation & not knowing if it would be light enough to cross stitch. Because of this I decided to start a new project & work on Aida rather than my usual Linen.
I enjoyed going through my stash to see what I had, most of which are Lizzie*Kate designs, & I found I had all the threads & aida fabric to work the Less = More Double Flip-it series.
I started the project a week in advance of the craft retreat, mainly so that I was already going with the design.
This picture was taken on the train on the way to Leeds so is slightly blurred & a bit wobbly but it shows my starting point for the weekend.
Here you can see the progress I made over the craft retreat weekend.
Hopefully it won’t be too much longer & I’ll show you some further progress…. but then again… other crafting might get in the way
Last week I had a request to make another mini shopping bag. The bag is to be for a lovely little girl as a gift from “the new baby”. Colour requirements were Pink & Purple. I’m very happy with how it turned out & hope that she will be too
Fabric range is Vintage Summer by Blend
Back in May of last year I made my first weighted quilt. Weighted quilts & blankets are used as a relief for autism. You can read the original post here.
Just before Christmas a dear friend of mine asked me if I’d be able to make a weighted blanket for a relative of hers. A lovely little boy who is just 3 years old.
The first thing I did was set out to find some lovely fun & colourful fabrics for him. What little boy wouldn’t like this lovely mix of bright fabrics??
The range is Mixed Bag by Studio M for Moda fabrics. I ordered some extra yardage of one of the blues & found some plain red in my stash to add to the width. I already had the pellets from my previous weighted make so it was just a case of sewing it together.
It did take me a little longer than anticipated as just as I started the project, I also started my new job so all sewing went on hold for a bit
Anyway, the quilt is finished, it’s been delivered to it’s forever home & the family are really pleased with it. I just hope it helps with the little ones sleeping.
Overall, I’m really pleased with the finish
A couple of weeks ago I enjoyed a sewing day at a friends house. It was time to crack on with my #tula100 blocks. Having already cut quite a few out, it was just a case of sewing them together. That week I completed 8 of the blocks.
It’s going to be a struggle to find a favourite block but I LOVE how they’re all turning out
As the title suggests, it is indeed a New Year & in addition to that I have a new job!!!!
I actually started the job in December, hence my absence from the blog, but it gets well & truly underway tomorrow. I’m really excited about it, it fits in perfectly with the school run, the hours suit family life fine….. & oh yeah, I get all school holidays off work… result
It doesn’t come without it’s slight negatives. All of those being home life related. My sewing work & blogging work will of course take a bit of a back seat. That doesn’t mean that I won’t be sewing at all, I just won’t be taking on any work or commissions. I’ll be able to concentrate on my own projects as they won’t (always) be on deadlines so I get to work at my own pace.
There are lots of projects that I need to share, some completed cross stitch, new Block Of the Month (BOM) to start, as well as lots of other lovely fabric & stitching goodness.
Happy & healthy 2015 for you all.
This summer saw the launch of Dutch store HEMA here in the UK. They opened their first store in Victoria Station, London, back in June & this was closely followed by stores in Kingston & Bromley.
I was lucky enough to be invited to the opening day of the Bromley store
The store is full to the rafters of lovely products. From childrens toys & make up to home ware & stationary. Everything is extremely good value for money & the pricing couldn’t be easier…. everything in increments of 25p. With Christmas fast approaching you can guarantee a gift for every member of the family from this fabulous range.
Since their launch, HEMA has expanded even more in the UK. September saw the launch of their online store HemaShop. It sells products across lots of the HEMA ranges, including beauty, kids, home, stationery, cook & food. Of course there is the seasonal products too
Some of the advantages of shopping online include the low spend amount to get free home delivery… just £15!!! If you don’t require home delivery & you have a HEMA store near you then you can have your order sent direct to store for you to collect
Whilst there I stocked up on stamps, stickers, notebooks & pads. Tea, chocolate, hairbands & girls underwear among other things. The list goes on, you really can buy almost anything in HEMA.
Whether you shop in store or online with HEMA, don’t forget to check out their Christmas products, we’re loving the party ware
My quilt group exhibition took place the first weekend of October. Personally I had five quilts entered for display & one quilt as a raffle prize. Now it’s time to share with you some of the amazing quilts that were on display.
Which one is your favourite?