Monday, 30 August 2010

about rain, a bird & some hexies

Autumn has started while summer never really came.
I feel like we've had nothing but rain ever since summer break started {that's not exactly true, but close!}

I've really missed  the long summer's days and lazy summer nights I was so looking forward to. We've only went swimming once!

Still I don't mind staying in so much, it gives me more time to sew.  My little man however is seriously bouncing off the walls these days.

I think we're almost ready for school to start again!

x Leila

Saturday, 28 August 2010


A while back I ordered these lovelies  from Seamstar

I told them to sit in my stash and look pretty for a bit because I was too lazy distracted to start designing a new quilt just yet.

I have this idea in my head of what I want to make but I'm not quite sure yet how I'm going to do it! Sounds familiar? no ~ must be just me then!

Here's some upside down progress on sketching  birds. So far so good but I keep getting lost on what the overall design of the patchwork should be.

Perhaps my mind's just stuck in the past a bit with my little monster turning 5 last thursday.

A whole hand! Time sure does fly! 
I'm getting old lol!

x Leila

Monday, 23 August 2010

Chasing Butterflies

On one of my non sewing days this summer, 
we went to see the butterflies at the Natural History Museum

Inside the museum it was jam packed and quite horrible. Luckily we'd already seen the dinosaurs and most of this gorgeous museum on a previous trip, so we were quick to explore the butterfly garden outside.

I simply lurve butterflies!

There were so many pretty ones to see, but most wouldn't stay put for their close up like this one.

I wish I'd remembered all the names of the different species. I was too busy trying to catch them {on camera} to pay much attention to the signs.

Don't forget to look down once in a while.

It was a good day.

x Leila

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

A bunch of P's Quilt

My first free motion quilted quilt is finished! {can you tell I'm proud?}

A little info:
Fabric is Aviary by Moda and simple white cotton {no brand or designer}
It measures approx. 52''x52'' { 130x130}

I chose stippling all over for the quilting {don't look too closely!} The result is not perfect, some very odd looking stitches in places, a bit of thread build up on both back and front and some puckering as well. But, I still love it!

It's a lovely soft & kinda romantic quilt that would be great for a summer pick~nick.

Enjoy your day!

x Leila

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Pinwheel Production Progress Pictures ~ Part Two {or a bunch of P's work in progress}

I found some time to sew!

More pinwheels finished.

This will be a little less than throw sized quilt to practice more free motion quilting on.

Enjoy your weekend!

x Leila

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

~My Inner Granny~

There are a lot of great things about summer break, having my little monster home, not having to wake up to the dreaded sound of my alarm clock {heaven!} getting to spend lots of time with the people I love, the food, the sun.
But it's seriously interfering with my sewing time!

So I needed a portable crafty project. Something I can take with me easily, that doesn't require much planning but still fun. Granny squares!

Oh my, are they addictive! Perfect little project for the summer. I just stuff my wool and crochet needle in my bag and off I go.

I can even put up with the rain now.

How's your summer?

x Leila