25 October 2014

April Charms - A Quilted Clutch

I can't say no to Ms Midges charm swaps and last month was all about Bonnie & Camille's divine fabric collections.  I made a quilt top with the Kate Spain charms and this time around I decided to stick to a clutch, a quilted clutch!

Yes I think I was crazy one night when I started cutting my April Showers charm squares up into teeny tiny 1.5inch squaresAfter piecing them back together in not the quickest fashion (I really need to find some more tutorials on chain piecing), I wasn't really sure how to quilt her given the squares are only 1inch.  A friend suggested cross hatching every other square which was one of the ways I was thinking (I'm all for lines, no fmq yet).  

I love, love, love how the front piece turned out!  I then added my new favourite way to use denim inside out, for the back and lined it with a grey cotton.  She's a little bit taller than my usual clutch so worked perfectly with a chunky frame.  I also added these cute little box corners, thanks to Michelle Patterns for introducing me to them.  

I'm calling her April and I think I'm going to keep her.  Now to decide what to use her for, any suggestions? 

Linking up with the Bonnie & Camille charm along.

09 October 2014

WIP Wednesday - Charms and a Family Photo

So much has been happening that I thought I'd share some highlights of the week.

Ms midge is running another charm swap and this time it's Amy Butler, so I couldn't say no.  My fabric arrived super quick from the fabric garden with a little sweet in the packaging.  Tomorrow's job is to cut this into charm squares.

And what do you do when you receive your charms?  Cut them up further into tiny squares.  Well that's what I did with a few of the Bonnie & Camille charms and so far it looks like this.

It's only 6x12", I'm not totally crazy!  This is going to become a clutch and I hope it turns out as well as I imagined it.  Loving it so far.

Today we spent the morning with Dannii from Kipindi.  She did an amazing job of capturing Oscar who would not stay still.  He just wanted to run in the park.  Here's a peek.

Can't wait to see the rest!

23 September 2014

Sewing for Me - August Lil Pip Challenge

It's so nice to be able to make pretty things isn't it!
I love making bags and purses, I really love playing with pretty fabrics and I love sewing...
Sometimes it doesn't always go to plan.  

Last month I hosted the August Lil Pip Challenge and set out to make myself a skirt.  I'd been given a huge bag of fabric and found a pretty floral print that I thought was perfect for the job.  I didn't want anything fancy so I measured the length and width plus a little bit and stitched down the sides.  Once I'd threaded the elastic I tried it on.

I didn't like it.  It didn't sit right.

So I tried it on again and I think I can make it work.  I need a slightly wider elastic and it needs to be shorter.  Just a little bit, knee length rather than below the knee.  I haven't made these changes yet but I'm sure I'll share it over on Instagram of Facebook when I do.

Have you ever tried to make something that didn't turn out the first time?  I'd love to know I'm not alone.

11 September 2014

What's been keeping me busy in August

Wow, I can't believe how quickly august flew by.  Here's what I've been up to.

I've had a few custom Fleur clutches and a Flirty handbag to whip up.

I also made a skirt for the Lil Pip challenge

And I've been enjoying time with my boys.  Oscar's working on his selfie look here.

We've been at the park a lot enjoying the sunshine.

What have you been up to?

13 August 2014

Hopping around the World

Jane from Lil Pip asked me recently to join in a blog hop that's traveling around the world.  With just a few questions to answer I thought it would be a bit of fun to join in.  So here goes.

What am I working on?

I have a few projects on the go at the moment.  At the top of the list few is:
  •   a skirt for the August Lil Pip challenge which I'm hosting this month   
  •   a couple of clutch purses for custom orders
  •   cutting charm squares for the Bonnie & Camille Charm Swap
  •   the pattern for the Emma Clutch Tote which I plan to release at the end of September
The Emma Clutch Tote

How does my work differ from others in my genre?

I'm not sure on this one.  I mainly make bags and clutches which I sell online and at markets and recently have discovered the world of quilting mainly for me.  I often let my stash inspire me.

Fleurette Clutch

Why do I write / create what I do?

I love to sit down and sew, it's my little bit of me time and my creative outlet.  I love when a bag comes together the way I imagined it would.

How does my writing / creating process work?

I don't really have a process.  With 2 boys, a 2 1/2 year old and a 6month old,  I take whatever time I can to sit down and sew and create, which isn't all that often while I enjoy them being little.  I'm constantly thinking of ideas and making notes so that when I have a bit more time on my hands I can see where they lead.

I'm passing it over to Amy from Actually Amy and Bridie from One Crafty Morning.  They'll be sharing their answers next week but why not pop over now and meet them.

03 August 2014

August Lil Pip Challenge

Have you been joining in the Lil Pip Sewing Challenge? 

Each month Jane has set a project to sew along to.  You can see what I've made here, here and here

This month the lovely Jane from Lil Pip has asked me to host the August Challenge which of course I said yes.  It is all about sewing something for yourself.  

A skirt, a dress, a top?  

Do you have patterns and fabric sitting around waiting to be made into something wonderful to wear?  Have you been pinning tutorials like me that you'll get around to making one day?  Or is there a pattern that you've been wanting to purchase?  This month you can choose what you make!  

I hope to inspire you along the way as well as be inspired.  To help you out Louise from Patterns Only is offering our readers 25% off* their clothing patterns.  Just use the code LB25 at checkout.  (*Not valid on already discounted items)  

Join us

If you join us, use the hashtag #lilpipchallenge in social media so we can follow you, join the Flickr group, use the blog button above and please link your blog post in the Linky Party below.

If you want to get prepared for future months (with fabric or pattern purchases) we will be making:
  • September - Crayon Art Folio by Gingercake or your own version depending on your needs. Could be a notebook style cover or recipe book cover as a Christmas present. Or a car caddy. 
If you have any ideas for future challenges, let me know with a comment. The idea is to be doing something different so it doesn't have to just be sewing related.

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Linky Party

The linky party is open to be continuous rather than a different one each month. So add your links here and make sure you check out the other blogs!

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What will you be making?

A Charming Kate Spain Quilt Top

I'm not sure I can quite express how much I love this quilt top.  The first reason is because of all the beautiful Kate Spain charms, the second reason is that this one's for me.  That's right it's all mine.

It is very simple but I think it lets the beautiful fabric speak for itself (and it is only the third quilt I've made).  Its not perfect as some of the points don't line up but then there are some that look like this.  Happy dance.

I have some Fandango in the cupboard that will make up the backing but I am not sure what colour to bind it with.  Would love any suggestions?

I have seen some beautiful quilts made during this charm along and maybe if time permits while running after the two little ones, I really want to try this design with the next charm swap.  I hope I'm not being too adventurous.

A big thank you to Melissa aka Ms Midge for organising the whole thing.  Here's a peek at the next one coming soon.  So much prettiness.