Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Egg Cups to Pin Cushions

found these cute egg cups in the Oxfam shop on the high street thought they would make a cute pair of mini pin cushions... voila

some spotty cotton, polyester batting, a needle and thread and some superglue, job done!

they are for sale here and remember you can get your free shipping code (within UK) from this blog ;)

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Giveaway Winner

First of all a massive thankyou to everyone who has participated in my giveaway all the wonderful comments and considered answers to my question :)

323 entries just blew me away! I asked a question that I do not really know the answer to in the hopes that I could crowdsource an answer.. it is something I have pondered many times and now I know that all your great answers have resulted in...

So it seems that the crowdsourced answer is DOG, although yes, it would depend on the type of dog, the distance the race was over and countless other variables, one day soon I hope that I can put this to the test ;)

So I have randomly picked a winner

and so the winner is.... comment 303
Starry eyed surprise
Thanks again to everyone for entering and if you would like another chance to win then enter my other giveaway open until the 31st May

Sunday, 22 May 2011

thai tree cushion

while visiting the grand palace in Bangkok last year I was taken by the formal gardens being tended with some very old fashioned clippers.....

these trees were fantastic, a lot of work but looked amazing

so from this inspiration came...
 I used a great work shirt 'donated' by my housemate to make the foliage and back of the cushion with a nice white quilting cotton with blue thread to sew the tree trunk
pics below of the making process, going to make some more with different shirts... just got to pic the next colour

Friday, 20 May 2011


Alas it is time to close the May 23 Giveaway Day so at 12noon UK time today I will pick a winner! to be announced this afternoon, you still have a chance to win with my other giveaway running until the 31st so you can still get your hands on some prizes...

you can win 10 Fat Quarters of these lovely spots


this fab little handmade pin cushion

All you have to do to enter is comment below telling me what you think can swim faster... A dog or a horse???

  • One comment per person
  • Shipping - Worldwide
  • Closing date 25th May 2011
  • Winner will be picked randomly 
check out my other giveaway running to win more...

Thursday, 19 May 2011

tray dyeing pics...

found some more pics of the tray dyeing process with all sorts of colours, great fun to do

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

WIN WIN WIN - Blog Giveaway

hello to everyone who entered, great response and so lovely to hear from you all :) I am going to post the winner tomorrow AM, sorry for the delay have been extra busy this week at my day job :( will be catching up with myself tomorrow and posting lots of nice new things including my JUNE Giveaway!!!

welcome to my May giveaway

First part of the prize is lots of lovely material:
  • 6 fat quarters of hand dyed cottons all cold water resist dyed by myself
  • 5 fat quarters of some fab spotty cottons
  • hand dyed blue cotton with block printed butterflies and hearts in blue and metallic green
6 fat quarters of hand dyed cotton

5 fat quarters of spotty cotton

hand dyed then block printed approx 30" x 18"

Second part of the prize, BUTTONS of course:

  • Some of my stash of vintage buttons, plastic, glass, mother of pearl, a real selection from my jars of pale buttons

approx 200g vintage buttons

And last but in no way least 9 x 12" butterfly patchwork blocks:
  • I will make up for the winner 9 butterfly blocks in the colours of their choosing they can be used for individual projects or to make a quilt top 
butterfly in construction

finished butterfly blocks

See how I make them here
So, what do you have to do to enter?

  1. Make sure you are following this blog
  2. Comment on this post what colours you would like your butterfly wings 1 entry
  3. Like my Facebook page 1 entry and post on the wall 1 entry
  4. The closing date for entries is the 31st May 2011
  5. The winner will be announced by the 2nd of June 2011

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Managed to finish this cot quilt over Easter weekend, had a lovely time sitting in the sun hand sewing the binding down, I do prefer the look of the hand sewn binding but as it takes so much longer I rarely do it... unless the sun is shining and I have somewhere to sit and stitch...

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

This butterfly quilt was so much fun to make...

I brill idea picked up from a quilt show, a really quick way of producing a lovely butterfly with minimal cutting, well until you decide to make a charm border in 2" squares.... that soon put pay to my quick n easy quilt, especially then when I decided to freehand quilt in such a tight pattern.

Already started the next one, will post up pics soon.

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