Tuesday, 29 March 2011

~Tuesday~ Small sewing projects

I have been so busy sewing for other people lately that there's very little time left to sew for myself. So I've been keeping myself happy with small projects. Like this set of circular coasters.

Circle Coasters

 At first I meant to do a tute for these but then there were bias binding and curved corner tutorials popping up left and right in blogtopia. So I thought if you wanted to make a set of these you would be able to gather up the information needed quite easily. If not let me know and I will do a tutorial anyway :-)
To challenge myself I made the bias binding out of Liberty fabric, I just love the soft silkiness against the coarser linens I used for the main fabric. And it honestly was not as difficult as I anticipated, in fact I found the curves much smoother with Liberty bias binding than with the regular cotton I used to bind this potholder.

Log Cabin Potholder

I'm not really the potholder type of girl, wich probably explains why I did not have any. So now that I do, I very well may find I am in fact the potholder type of girl ;-)
Oh how I love these liberated log cabin blocks, they're so much fun to sew and so versatile. I've used them on pillows, mug rugs, a wallet  {wich I haven't showed you because I insisted on using it before taking pictures and now it's all grotty and I need to make a new one just so I can use it for a pretty photo and there are just not enough hours in the day! lol}

potholder detail

Inspired by Kerry's stamps I got myself some Versacraft ink and started stamping away. I bought only a few stamps but I really need to get some more now. This is highly addictive don't say I did not warn you!

What I really should be doing is my getting my little garden spring ready, the sun's been shining this week yay! But I'd rather sew than pull out weeds, anyone fancy doing some gardening for me? 

x Leila

Sunday, 27 March 2011

~Pretty things that make me happy~

I've been spoilt rotten these last few weeks, between my birthday and winning Justine's give away I've got lots of vintage and handmade goodies to show you. :-)

Birthday presents & Give Away winnings
Cake stand made from vintage cups and saucers & typewriter necklace {birthday presents} Felt brooch, lavender bird and pencil case {give away winnings}

Vintage glass vases
Vintage glass mini vases.

French vintage DMC threads
Vintage French DMC thread.
I'm a lucky girl :-)
Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

x Leila

Monday, 21 March 2011

Give Away Winner!

The winner is located :-)

Thank you all so much for entering my give away what fun it was to read all those random facts :-) A big warm welcome to all you new readers I love having you here!

Before I announce the give away winner I wanted to show you this super cute egg rug Mary made.

It's such a thrill to see someone else make something from my tutorial, thanks for making my day Mary!

Ok, quickly on to what you really came here for. Mr. True Random Number Generator in all it's infinite wisdom declared # 75 the winner. Wich is karoliinahv who said: I have a degree in fairy tales. Seriously.

True Random Number Generator Min: 1 Max: 207 Result:75

{is there anyone who can tell me how I can post the random number generator results directly onto my blog?}

Congratulations karoliinahv! I'll be contacting you for your details shortly.

Commiserations to all the rest of you, I'll be hosting another give away fairly soon!

x Leila

Sunday, 20 March 2011

~ from the old chair ~

This month's Fresh Modern Bee 2 blocks are designed by Allison/ Pioneer Valley Girl. She sent us great instructions and beautiful fabrics by Kate Spain with some Kona Coal. I can't get over how much I love this colour scheme, it's gorgeous don't you think?!

I also made this tea towel to practice Sashiko stitching. I made the design up myself based on a more tradition Sashiko design that looks like scallops {really not sure if that's the proper name for the design or not!}

Since this is not an all over design in the traditional Sashiko style, I could not stitch it all continuously, wich obviously shows on the back.  But who cares about the back right?!
I love the simplicity of the red crochet thread against this linen. It almost makes me want to do the dishes....almost ;-)

What did you sew this weekend?
x Leila

P.S there is still time to enter my Give Away entries close tomorrow!

Saturday, 19 March 2011

For Japan

~ Give Away is still open here ~

I know many of you out there are just as shocked as I am about the devastation that hit Japan. If you feel like you want to help, here are a few of the wonderful projects that you could participate in.

For Japan with Love donate to raise funds for food, shelter and medical care.

Coming soon, Modern Relief Japan link

Elisabeth Hartman from Oh Fransson is having a raffle for Japan, you can read all about it here

Ayumi from the Pink Penguin is having a give away for Japan link

Jacquie from Tallgrass Prairie Studio is having a raffle for Japan here

My friend Lil/ Fissiet is collecting squares for Japan you can read all about it here

Quilters Blog Newsletter is collecting quilts for Japan for more info follow this link here

You can donate through the American Red Cross or any one of the many other charity organisations.

x Leila

Friday, 18 March 2011

Egg rug ~ a tutorial ~

Would you like to make a fun early easter project with me? It's quick and it's simple and I think a bunch of these would look so cool on the Easter breakfast table don't you?

Egg rug

All you need is scraps of white cotton, I used Kona snow for mine, and a small piece of yellow fabric for the yolk, a scrap of batting and thread.

Frying the egg:
I started with a very rough sketch as you can see, that's just the way I work. You don't have to be able to draw just trace out a curved ovalish shape on a piece of paper, go round and round as often as you need it really doesn't have to be perfect. My fried eggs don't look perfect and that's exactly the look we're after ;-)
Next cut out your paper egg, trace it onto your fabric and cut out your fabric pieces. I just layered the top, wadding and bottom fabrics, traced the egg on the top and cut out the whole sandwich in one go. But you can do them one by one if you like, it's just quicker my way :-)

Next trace your egg yolk on a scrap of yellow fabric, I used a small bowl for this {approx 2 1/2 " diameter} and cut out your circle.

There are many ways to applique, I chose to do needle turn applique for the simple reason I ran our of 'heat n bond' {or whatever that's called in your neck of the woods!} Feel free to applique the yolk wichever way you prefer!

So first step is to baste your circle about 1/4" from the edge, I eyeballed it.

The next part was a little tricky to photograph with only one pair of hands, but you use your needle to turn under the seam allowance pushing it up to the line where you've just basted.

It is really not as difficult to do as it may sound in the explanation. The basting line is so very helpful in maintaining the circular shape. Just use the length of your needle{ and your fingers} to turn under the raw edge up till this line, little by little as you're stitching the yolk down.

All done? just remove your basting thread

Make your egg sandwich {top piece of fabric with yolk, batting and bottom piece of fabric} and machine quilt in the ditch around your yolk

I finished the raw edges by stitching a 1/4 seam all around and then zig zag stitch twice, so quick simple!

Now you can boil your eggs, butter your croissants and set the table for a lovely easter brunch with your family!


If you make one I would love to see it!

x Leila

*Please respect my work, all tutorials are for personal use only*

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Give Away!

The entries are now closed, winner will be announced shortly.

Pfff I feel like I have been gone forever! But I am back :-)
I've borrowed a camera for the time being so I can take pictures again I was in serious withdrawal ha ha!
A little while back I reached a 100 followers, thank you all so much for taking the time to read and comment on my little blog! I also celebrated my birthday last saturday so I'd say this calls for a give away!

Give Away! 1

Do you like scraps? I love them! They are so versatile and I never feel nervous about cutting into them. There's lots of great scraps in here for you. A few wee bits but most are pretty decent sized some fat quarters or close to that. There's some solids but mostly prints by Denyse Schmidt, Moda, Laurie Wisbrun and more. So lots for you to play around with and create wonderfulnes.
To enter:
I like my give aways nice and simple so leave me a comment on this post to enter. To make things more fun for me to read please tell me a random fact about yourself.
Anyone anywhere can enter you do not have to be a follower of my blog to play. But for a second entry just leave me a seperate comment if you're a follower or become one.
You want more entries? Blog or Tweet my give away and leave a third comment to tell me you did :-)
The give away ends Monday 21st of March.

Good luck!

x Leila

Sunday, 6 March 2011

~Charley Harper Quilt Along~

I joined the Charley Harper Quilt along over on Flickr. I honestly had not seen much of his work before but it has a very familiar feel to it. I love this retro style! The idea is we all pick a favorite image to work with, what you make is up to you, a quilt, or just a block, pillow mug rug anything goes! You can read more about it here and here

I've narrowed my faves down to these three and I really can't decide wich one I like best!

So I'm thinking perhaps I'll do all three and make a set of pillows. Not sure if this is too ambitious of a plan yet but they look good together don't they?
If you're interested come on over and join us, looks like this is going to be a fun quilt along and you get to decide how big or small a project you make!

x Leila

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Technical Thursday

I'll just cut right to the chase, I broke my camera. Dropped it to be more precise while I was busy taking pictures for a new tutorial. So sad, it just went dszooo dszoooo dszeeee and then the lens was stuck at a weird angle and that was that. Replacing the lens costs more than getting a new one so I am now window shopping for a decent camera on a very tight budget. Suggestions are welcome! {seriously tight budget people, I need a bargain, or burgain as they call it on Ebay lol!}

A holiday picture from the archives.

So for now I'm around on email, flickr (without pics of course), twitter and visiting all your blogs.
 I'll be back blogging in a week or so, on a fancy new Macbook, a decent new(ish) camera, hopefully with a finished tutorial and a give away!!

x Leila

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Some more bloggy lurve & that dress again!

 I have been tagged by Marianne from The Quilting Edge how sweet is that!
There seems to be lot of blogging love going round these days and I'm all for it :-) Not so keen on the name 'tagging' we can do better than that right?
So I'm going to reinvent this tagging business {yes I can do that ha ha!} and call it Bloggy Lurve.

Bloggy Lurve works the same as the Liebster award you pass it on to 3-5 blogs that you enjoy reading and are less well know +/- 300 followers or less. In order to accept you mention the name of the person 'lurving' you and link back to their site. Easy. So in no particular order...

I'm sending the lurve to my friend Marguerite @ Adventures in Quilting and Sailing She is crazy busy right now doing really good things so she has very little online time. She may not be blogging much now but she'll be back with wonderfulness!

Next up is Justine @ Sew Justine Sew she's making beautiful things and she's such a sweetie! Justine really does Good work {with capital G}, both in quilting and in her everyday life :-)

Another much deserving blogging pal is Kaelin @ The Plaid Scottie She makes pretty pretty pretty things and she's having her blogiversary today. It's good to have quilting friends :-)

I'm starting to feel all warm and fuzzy aren't you? One more? yeah..

The Brilliant Kerry @ Very Kerry Berry I'm in awe with her paper piecing skills and seriously want to steal her stash, impeccable taste and she's just way cool!

Now I feel bad for all the people I haven't included :-S I really lurve you all! So lets pass it on and we'll all have the Bloggy Lurve previously known as tagging lol!

I ♥ my new dress!

If you've got time go check me out on Sew Mama Sew's Facebook page. I'm proud to be there :-D If you came here through SMS, welcome and thank you for visiting! You can read about my dress here

x Leila

P.S. Who's going to be my 100th follower?!