Monday, December 15, 2014

Swaps - My New Addiction

I promised you some actual sewing and not just fabric purchases, so this week I'm going to talk about my new addiction....Online Swaps!!

They are so much fun and it's a bit like an auction...your hand just randomly shoots up to join without checking in with your brain, and more importantly your schedule!!!

First up I have a love of all things Sarah. It started with her books

Specifically the Material Obsession books I and II. I just loved her sense of style and fabric placement, it all just seemed to click with me.

I have made my version of these two quilts, which you can see here

I also contributed to this quilt, which was made for Amy Lobsiger her co author on the Little Quilts Book

Which brings me to me first swap since the beginning of the year.

Sarah decided via Instagram to run a Little Quilts Swap using only patterns from her book of the same name.When my partner was a assigned I had a little freak out as she owns her own brick and mortar quilt shop!! WTF?! But I put my big girl undies on stalked her a bit and got sewing!

I always do one block first to test out fabric placement

Something you should know about all Sarah's patterns is this....they always look straight forward and generally are but they are NEVER as easy as you think! She is a master quilter and pattern designer and for results as good as hers there is always a technique that will test you!

Individually these units were a cinch to sew and not a huge amount of time was involved...but...theres always a but....getting them to sew up POINT PERFECT took some patience, accuracy and a few godammits!

But I was pretty happy with how it turned out and so was my partner! She cried...what a sweetie

These were the extras I made and popped in, the pouch is stuffed with chocolate and mini herbal teas.

This is the quilt I received from @sewcuteby lindsay....loooove

These are my all time favourite colours and the colours of Little OWB's room, which she based it on.
Plus these wonderful extras, fabric ,a purse and a seam ripper...always need an extra of these!!

I have two more swaps due in 2015. One is the #bitchesgetstitches Profanity Swap ( awesome ) and the #schnitzelandboom swap. Plus I've just signed on for the #rainbowminiswap which isn't due until March...luckily.
Somewhere in there I have another border due for Possum Magic !

There's another swap to talk about it but I think our eyeballs need a rest, talk soon my peeps x

I would normally link up with Alyce for Sew Cute Tuesday today, but instead pop on over and read her thoughtful post today about her home Country and it's recent tragedy in our news.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sunday Stash #19 - Xmas Snuck Up On Me

Christmas has snuck up on me!! I seem to have somehow lost a week and all of a sudden it's only 11 days away??

I did have a birthday last week and went out for a celebratory dinner which somehow turned into a scene from Flashdance at some club that had a lizard in the name????

Anywhooo....lets leave that alone and onto the fabric goodness.

Massdrop I love are awesomeness!

Lizzy House Catnap, warm fat quarter bundle.Cats aren't normally my thing....I can hear the gasps...but I have a few swaps coming up and many of you love the furballs.

I also have developed a very unhealthy relationship with Westwood much pretty all grouped together turns me into a robot buying crazy person, don't say I didn't warn you!!

They had a sale......Butterfly Dance by Natalie Lymer , I know I said no more cutesy prints for Little OWB....buuuuuuttt it was on sale! And Miss Kate jumped in too.

Plus they give you these cute mini charms for FREE....when you spend over whisper,whisper,whisper

But hold onto your knickers for these sexy beasts!!

Metallic Pearl Bracelets!! I know right? Shimmering awesomeness!

How have I not used these before?

The Rainbow goodies below aren't metallic, but I need more blenders not more sparkle.....

One more shot just to get you in the mood baby!
Perfect for the Rainbow Mini Swap I have going on in 2015!

More sewing related posts to come this week I promise!

Linking up with the ever resourceful Molli Sparkles and his fab new Sewing Space

Molli Sparkles