Sunday, 27 February 2011

Your big break?

Have you seen this yet?
Michael Miller Fabrics and Spoonflower are hosting Project Selvage a competition to find Michael Miller's newest fabric designer! How exciting is that?! They're looking for a baby boy fabric design, the winner will also be expected to design a baby girl line. But baby boy is what you should focus on to get in. All the details are on the site
 The deadline for sending in your design is the 24th of March so there's still time for you to enter!
I wish I could enter myself but there's no way I can on this old worn out computer of mine, even a simple photo edit takes forever these days. This looks like a cool chance for those of you dreaming of designing your very own fabric line and becoming a quilting rock star :-) Go check it out!

On another note, a lot has been said already on the topic of 'no reply' bloggers, if you don't know what I mean by that there's an excellent post here
I respect the fact that some of you wish to remain anonymous. Just know that if you ask me a question and do not leave an email address in your comment, it's going to be difficult for me to reply! I'm just saying ;-)

Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

x Leila

Friday, 25 February 2011

~Fab Friday~ {the things we do for fabric}

Sometimes fabric is so good it's worth jumping through hoops for, we all get that right? So when a friend is in need of dominating the 'Henna Garden Universe'  I am more than willing to oblige ;-)
Kaelin being the sweet person she is, sent me these gorgeous fat quarters as a thank you for helping her out with the international shipping.

~Fab Friday~

I LOVE them! Yay to online friends and fabulous fabric friday's!

Have a great weekend,

x Leila

Thursday, 24 February 2011


Has this ever happened to you?  I wonder...

I had this stroke of 'brilliance'  where I came up with a 'clever' look for a board to pin my postcards on. They always end up in a drawer and it's a shame because I love getting cards in the mail instead of bills and other boring letters. Anyway,  I made this board and in the final stages it got scorched by my iron @#%**&!!
A few deep breaths a day or so later, I'm getting myself together to start the whole thing over when I see this picture on Flickr which looks VERY similar to what I'm in the midst of making!
Now it's not like I had not seen anything like it before, in fact the inspiration for this board came from one of my Flickr faves {don't you just love this?!!} But still it left me feeling a bit discouraged from finishing my project. I have this need to be original, do you know what I mean?
I think you do, I think most of us want to be original and create something that has not been done before, or at least has not been done over and over again lol! Wich proves pretty difficult as we're dealing with quilts and quilting has been done for centuries.  It's pretty safe to say it has all been done before!

First let me just show you what I made. I took a blank canvas board, you can get those pretty cheap, and stapled this quilted top to it. Easy peasy!


Back to originality, what makes a quilt original? How do YOU try to stay fresh and original when there's so much out there already you can always find a similar creation to yours. Most days I just make what I want to make in the fabrics that I love. But this was one of those times where blogging and Flickr was making me insecure. I was feeling the pressure people! The pressure to be creative and original just like everybody else ;-)

Be back soon with my 'notebook paper quilted' pillow {oh no, she didn't just stop at one ha ha!}

x Leila

Sunday, 20 February 2011

My mother's dress...

...was blue with a large floral print. She often wore it with a blue leather belt and ankle boots. To me she was the most beautiful woman in the world in her blue flower dress. I wanted one just like mummy's and be pretty too! And although my mum sewed tons of pretty dresses for me, up till now I never had a dress that possessed the same magic as hers did.

But when I was trying on the new dress I sewed the other day, my little boy looked at me and said 'you're pretty mummy' and I recognized that look in his eyes... I finally have my own mother's dress!

I ♥  my new dress!

I used Anna Maria Horner dobby dot voiles and her Museum Tunic Tutorial  
The decision to combine the two voiles was born out of necessity, I only had one panel instead of the
1 1/2 needed, but it worked out quite well this way I think.
The only thing I would perhaps change is to place the little squares a bit lower, now they're a bit bulky around the waist. The pastry line voile is quite flattering with it's vertical stripes, it works well on the areas you may not want to draw too much attention to (hips, waist). So if you're tempted to try this version for yourself that's something you may want to concider :-) 

Did your mother have a special dress too? I'm curious to know!

x Leila

Saturday, 19 February 2011

~It's a Clean Machine~

Sometimes it's the little things that make my day :-)

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Feast your eyes
Have you seen this blog yet? Modern Day Quilts it's like unwrapping a visual present each day!

Feast your soul
Beautiful and moving stories from inspirational women. I am Enough.

Is it just me or do you have Penny Lane stuck in your head now too after reading the title to this post? very strange..

Have a happy weekend!
x Leila

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

~about a doll quilt, a mug rug and good etiquette~

My little monster has been quite ill over the weekend. We've been housebound since friday and I can tell you the walls are closing in one me! The silver lining of spending all my time between these four walls is of course sewing! I finished my mini quilt for the Doll Quilt Swap. Here it is all bound and quilted, still in need of a label and a name perhaps? Suggestions are welcome!

{Doll Quilt Swap 10} Finished!

I've grown to love this little quilt. It's been quite a challenge to come up with something I hope my partner will like. Judging from the extensive stalking I have done she has quite different tastes from mine. But she, like most of us in the swap, would like for her partner to make something they love. So I tried to do both. A little bit of my likes combined with some things I think she likes...lets hope I didn't get it wrong!
I ended up making something quite different from  my initial idea but I still really wanted to execute the 'ceci n'est pas un coq' quilt. So I made this mug rug. It's pathetic if you're the one laughing hardest at your own joke, I know! But it makes me laugh everytime I see it.

Ceci n'est pas un Mug Rug

Something completely different; Kat is hosting a series of posts by different guest bloggers Good Etiquette for the Modern Blogger  Today's day two so there's only one day's worth of cathing up, it's very interesting to read!

Sunday, 13 February 2011

You don't want to miss this!

One of my online friends Lynne has her very first Moda Bakeshop tutorial up today!!! It's really exciting, and supercool news of course :-) She has been teasing us for weeks with sneaky peeks and hints and now it's finally here:
Hexagon Park Hexagons and Sherbet Pips....sigh.

Hexagon Park for Moda Bake Shop Isn't it beautiful?! Don't just take my word for it but head on over there
and show one of the coolest people in blogtopia some love.
And then head on over to Lynne's for a chance to win yourself some Pips!!

Congratulations Lynne!
x Leila

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

{Doll Quilt Swap} Progress

Finally I made a start on my partners doll quilt. It took me a while to integrate my partners likes with my own. Determined as I was not to do another black bird I made a few starts on other ideas but ended up not liking them at all! So I caved and went with the bird.

DQS10 w.i.p.

Here's the start with the background fused and stitched as it was yesterday.

three options

Today I made the kite and the branch and some other details and played around with them a bit. None of them are fused yet so I can move it all around and see what looks best. Which one do you like best? I'm not sure. I quite like the first one because it brings together all the greens, but I think my partner may like some more colour. Perhaps I should add some flowers in the grass, either fused applique or embroidery.. I have the same doubts about the kite, I personally love the newspaper fabric but maybe my partner would prefer a shiny red or pink kite instead?
Decisions, decisions ha ha!

I would love to hear what you would add {or remove!}

x Leila

Monday, 7 February 2011


Every quilt  a mother makes for her baby is special, some are just a little more special than others. Kendra is awaiting the arrival of her adoptive daughter from China, together with her husband and three older brothers. You just know this little girl is going to be loved to bits!! {and probably spoiled rotten too lol!}
She asked us to send her a 5" charm of girly fabric infused with a good wish or a prayer for her to turn into a 100 wishes charm quilt. Now isn't that just the most wonderful idea?! I can't wait to see pictures of her little girl all snuggled up under her 100 wishes quilt :-) It makes me feel all sentimental that I got to contribute one wish together with quilters from all over the world to welcome this child into the world.

100 wishes charm

A princess for a princess, it seems only fitting ;-) I bet Kendra is going to have a blast ,after sewing for all these men in her life, she finally gets to overload on pink now!
x Leila