Thursday, 30 June 2011

Summer Clothes

Summer clothes, originally uploaded by {Leila} Where Orchids Grow.
Via Flickr:
What I'm wearing today...
This morning a random stranger complimented me on my outfit and I realized I had made it all myself :-) That's a sure way to make my day!

Spring top in grey cotton voile - pattern by Made by Rae free tutorial on Sew Mama Sew
Skirt from Nani Iro dots - pattern from One - Piece & Skirt Japanese craft book
Luna Lovegood Scarf free tutorial on crafster in organic cotton
Bag from vintage fabric with doily pattern by me.

x Leila

p.s  I'm having a Summer Sale in my shop

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Farmer's Crush

Two more blocks done for the Farmer's Wife Quilt Along.

#40 Friendship Block

And although at this point I'm finding this Farmer dude a little high maintenance...

#20 Churn Dash

..I must confess I'm having a little crush on him ;-)

Hope you all are having a lovely weekend!

x Leila

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Swap, Bee & Charity

It's been a busy sewing month. It always seems like this before the summer holidays begin and I know I'll be away from my sewing machine. I try and cram as much sewing in as possible as if that will help with the withdrawal ;-)

So are you ready for a bit of random sewingness? {yes that is a word!}

I made my mind up and finished my "spicing up the kitchen swap" package for my partner.

SUTK what I'm sending my partner..
I'm sending out a flowery apron, a potholder / ovenmit thingy that I'm quite fond of and a surprise little gift that would give too much away so that will remain a secret. I hope she'll be happy.

June is Fissiet's month and she asked for log cabin blocks with lots of lovely neutrals and little coloured accents.

FMB2 June block

I just love this mix of fabrics she sent out and log cabin blocks...well I just can't get enough of them!

After reading Jo's post about this wonderful charity called 'dress a girl around the world' I knew I had to jump in and make a dress too.
Every girl deserves at least one pretty dress right?!

Dress a Girl Around the World

If you'd like to read more or make a dress yourself you can find all the information you need on Louise's blog. It's a wonderful thing she's doing!

I guess there's nothing left to do here but a trip to the post office ;-)

x Leila

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

I'm featured!

How cool is this?! My + & X blocks quilt is featured on Modern Day Quilts today - yay!
I'm doing a little happy dance!

x Leila

Fancying the Farmer ~ a summer fling? ~

Ooooh I can see many romance novel blogpost titles in my future ;-)
If you have not heard of the Farmer's Wife Quilt along that's happening over on Flickr you might want to go check it out here It's a virus that's spreading fast through the online community and it's safe to say I got caught.

I lusted after the farmer for weeks waiting for the book to arrive. Finally today I heard the postman struggling to push something through my letterbox followed by a big thump...

Fancying the Farmer

So I ran to the copy shop with my Farmer's CD in hand to get all my templates copied. One huge stack of paper later I sat down behind Mr Pfaff to start what I hope will be a hot summer fling for me.

#1 Attic Windows

I find it quite fiddly working with templates, it's not something I'm used to. And of course I messed up my first block and squared the whole thing up too small! I'll have to redo this block at one point if. I decide to make the whole quilt because I don't know if I'll commit to this farmer dude just yet....I'll have to see the ring first ;-)

The next block went a little better because I eliminated the need for templates all together and just used my rotary cutter for the triangles.

#6 Big Dipper

Squared up correctly this time :-) This is going to be a great learning experience for me I'm so glad I joined in!

x Leila

Sunday, 19 June 2011


It's been windy grey and raining here for days. Not very promising with the summer break starting in only a couple of weeks. I'm wearing layers of clothing again and scarfs, it feels more like autumn here, sun come back!

So huddled up inside as I am, let me show you what my highspeed Pfaff and I have been up to this weekend.

SUTK Apron for my partner
vanity winning over the cold wind I had to take the ugly old cardigan off to pose for the photo ;-)

First off I'd like to reveal the mystery item I made for my partner in the Spicing Up the Kitchen Swap

Some of you guessed it already, it's an apron. I'm hoping it fits my partner's bill. I'll make her something to go along with it I just can't make my mind up exactly what. Not for lack of ideas more for an abundance of them I can not choose!

Some sewing for the shop as well..


A small clutch from one of my favorite Yuwa prints. This print has different fabric swatches with little notes scribbled in the margins, I love it! It's like it came straight from an old dressmaker's studio. {my imagination runs away with me sometimes!}

Granny Chic Pillow

From the old chair... a granny chic pillow cover made with vintage fabric and a doily- fun! I secretly want to keep this one.

And because I felt like I was neglecting the boys a bit, today I made these fun coin purses.

Pirate & Ninja Coin purse
you can find these listed in my shop

arrr arrr! They make me smile, my 5 year old boy thinks pirates are for babies but he does like ninja's.

So tell me how is your weekend treating you? Anything fun happened, did you get some sewing done? I want to hear all about it :-)

x Leila

Friday, 17 June 2011

I love sponsored giveaways...

...especially when I win ;-)

Look what the postman just brought me all the way from Melody Millers own cool is that?!

See the bit of Ruby Star Spring? I feel like such a rock star having a bit of this not yet released fabric in my hands.

Thank you so much Melody and Sarah!. Sarah hosted this giveaway and she's done one of the best interviews with a fabric designer I have ever read. If you haven't read it yet I encourage you to go have a look on her blog.

x Leila

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Sewing my little heart out... keep the shop full :-)

First off I so enjoy a good scrap busting project, my baskets are overflowing with little snippets I do not want to throw out. So I made this set of coasters. Aren't they fun?

Square Coaster Set

I even managed to use up an odd piece of lace and a flower applique that never found a home. I'm definitely doing more of these!

Then I felt the need to sew something a little more zen,  and made this sashiko tea towel.

Sashiko Tea Towel

You may remember I made a quite similar towel before and wasn't happy with the way the stitching showed up on the back. So I decided this time round I'd do the stitching on a separate piece of linen and stitch that to the towel so the backside is concealed. I'm quite pleased with this solution.

Ok, so I have been rather busy there's more!
You may have heard me rambling before about how I get words or sentences stuck in my head. I often hear people talk about how they think in images I believe I think in words...if that's at all possible I don't know! 

Cushion {sit in a chair and be good now}

Today this is what kept repeating in my head 'sit in a chair and be good now'...need I say more?

Pfff best go take my own advice and sit down for a minute ;-)
All of the above is listed in the shop along with more "you wash I'll dry" tea towels I sewed up over the weekend.

x Leila

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

~Kiss my bag ~

It's been such a lovely long weekend {we had yesterday off}
My brother's super talented girlfriend graduated from art academy and got to show her very own collection on this huge bi-annual fashion event we have here in town. I'm so proud of her, she did really well and got raving reviews!

Artez graduation show: Romy Kokke {the review is in Dutch}
To celebrate my brother gave me this amazing gift.

Kiss My Bag
Kiss My Bag by Petra Hartman
This bag is made out of painted canvas, it's pretty much a painting like you would normally find framed, turned into a bag. This art project is called "kiss my bag" {don't you just love that?!} designed by Dutch artist Petra Hartman.You can find these bags and more of her beautiful objects and paintings here the site is in Dutch but the pictures speak for themselves.

More bags for me :-)

{Goodie Bag Swap} Received

My bag from the Goodie Bag Swap arrived, it's such a bright and cheerful bag made with a mix of Echino fabrics. Jules / Relish Australia also included this cute little zippered pouch and some fab scraps. I certainly got spoiled this weekend!
I can't get enough of these swaps on Flickr it's all the excitement and anticipation...I think I am a bit addicted!

x Leila

Sunday, 12 June 2011

+ & X Blocks Quilt Finished!!

+ & X blocks Quilt

Quilt stats:
52" x 67"
Inspired by this amazing quilt by Setsuko Inagawa The tutorial how to make this block can be found on Amy Badskirt's blog There's a quilt along for this quilt on Flickr if you're thinking about making one yourself, lots of inspiration and advice can be found there.

+ & X blocks Quilt

I used tons of my favorite fabrics to make the blocks, the border is an amazing organic cotton I bought at Raystitch the colour is grown and it's so soft! The back is made from a wonderful Ikea fabric print with numbers.

+ & X blocks Quilt {postbox}

What can I say I love this quilt! So much so I went a little overboard taking pictures of it by the mill. If you're not sick of looking at it yet you can see more photo's here.

x Leila

Friday, 10 June 2011

~Friday~ ramblings

Remember me bragging about my brand spanking new Mr. Pfaff? It's gorgeous and I do not regret buying it, at all! But spending all your pennies on something big like that was a bit daunting for me {to say the least..}. Especially if only two days later the washing machine dies, oh no!
Lucky for me my father helped me out big time and the new one is being delivered today :-) I'm so thrilled because I can tell you hand washing is not an option with a little boy that insists on rolling round in the mud all day -every day!

One good thing about not being able to do laundry is there's more time to sew.
Here's a few things I made this week

apron collage

I love this large floral print from Meadowsweet for Michael Miller fabrics. It has a nice vintagy feel to it {that's not a word!}

pencil case collage
Both are the apron is still available in my shop

It's almost the end of the school year for us, and although I can not wait for summer break {no more dreaded alarm clocks!!} it's a bit sad as well. Because next year my boy will be going to the 'big' school *sigh* it's a cliche but they really do grow up too quickly!

Some of you have asked me about the kitchen towels they're sold out at the moment {insert me jumping up and down for joy!}. But I'm happy to say I managed to snatch up more of the same lovely linen I made the first two from. I'll be working hard to list new ones this weekend! If you have any text requests please drop me a line and I'll see to it :-)

x Leila

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

~Wednesday~ Small Sewing Projects

I am waiting for the weather to dry up a bit so I can go outside and take pictures of my new quilt. I am very excited about this one!

Pfaff at work

Meanwhile I've made some smaller things. This is a little peek of what I am making my partner in the Spicing Up the Kitchen Swap

A little peek for my SUTK partner..
 I spent a lot of time crocheting those flowers {there are more than the one you see in this pciture} and adding the crochet trim. I think it's worth it and I hope my partner will love this.
It's not time for a full reveal yet, for one it's not finished and I don't want to spoil the surprise. But soon I'll show you what it is, in the meantime give it your best guess! I'd love to hear what you think this is.

More kitchen things...I made these tea towels as well, playing around with an idea I had.

you wash 3

I love how these turned out! They're so simple yet really effective. The linen I used has a nice heavy quality to it, wich I think is great for a kitchen towel.

Put the kettle on 2

I listed these in my brand new Etsy shop The 'you wash, I'll dry" towel is already sold!!
Is it strange that I feel a bit shy announcing I opened an etsy shop?! But I did, and since I am still mucking around there trying out different shop banners and adding more items you get a 15 % discount if you enter the code SHOPOPEN1 at checkout.

Have a happy wednesday,

x Leila

Sunday, 5 June 2011

My Secret Obsession...

The wonderful Kerry of Very Kerry Berry is hosting this fun link up party where we all get to talk a bit about our secret obsessions!

I first saw the incredible artwork of Ashes and Snow in a magazine a few years back and was so moved by the beauty of these photographs.

It is so worth a visit to their website and have a look for yourself.

And in case you were wondering.. none of these photo's are superimposed or digitally edited it's amazing!

I know this is supposed to be about non sewing obsessions but can you blame me for throwing in a picture of my biggest obsession at the moment?

I'm happily quilting away it's so smooth I can't believe it!!

x Leila

Friday, 3 June 2011

I ♥ my new Pfaff

I know that most of the "tadaa I have a new sewing machine" posts feature a state of the art electronic device with bells and whistles, that on voice command will quilt a king sized quilt for you while you feed the baby and do laundry.
But today, I traded my old worn out Singer in for the Pfaff with IDT I have coveted for months.

I am in love!!

I ♥ my new Pfaff

If you're looking for me I'll be sewing my little heart out on this baby!

x Leila

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

~ Buttercup Bag ~ Fresh Sewing Day #3

I had such good fun reading through all your answers from my previous post!  I think I'll do that more often just throw a couple of random questions in, it's such a nice way to get to know each other a bit better.

Buttercup Bag

Do you have a 'to sew list'? I do, I have all sorts of bookmarks for tutorials I want to try and things that I want to make.  One of the things I had on that to sew list of mine was the Buttercup Bag from Made by Rae  It's such a cute handbag and it uses only two fat quarters!

x Leila


I'm linking up to Lynne's Fresh Sewing day. Every first of the month she hosts a link up party for anyone that would like to show off something they've made. Go have a look if you like it's fun!

Fresh Sewing Day
x Leila