Friday, 30 March 2012

Nesting Fabric Bowls

A little while back Nova and I agreed to test each others patterns. She made some beautiful scrappy leaves and now it is my turn, yay!

Nova's latest pattern is Nesting Fabric Bowls. I don't know about you but I can always use more storage around the house, and these bowls are so versatile the possibilities are pretty much endless!

nesting fabric bowls
photo courtsey of Nova - a cuppa and a catch up
I can honestly say I love this pattern! It has clear instructions and covers each step of creating your own set of nesting baskets in a way that I am confident even the novice sewer will have no trouble at all whipping these up. But Nova provides so many options for customizing your baskets that if you have made these type of fabric containers before, this pattern still will come in handy!

I made two individual baskets rather then a set because I wanted to experiment with the pattern a bit.
With Easter just around the corner I wanted something cute for egg hunting.
This is the 6" basket embellished with a raw edge applique bunny. I added one long handle so it can be hung from one arm when searching for all the Easter eggs in the garden.

easter basket

What I found especially helpful was the formula Nova provides for calculating the measurements of your own custom sized container. I am pretty lazy when it comes to maths so any help I can get in that department I'll gladly take :)

My next bowl is made with custom measurements. I used some small patchwork blocks I made with Ayumi's Scrappy Hour Glass tutorial for this one.

Nesting Fabric Bowls

The pattern suggests using interfacing which I didn't have on hand. So rather than wait and order some I used fusible batting instead. This makes for a little less firm bowl but mine still hold shape and stand up on their own.

I still want to make an actual nesting set and a teeny tiny small basket ooooh the possibilities! They'd make great gifts don't you think?

Nova has kindly offered to give away a copy of her pattern! Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win :) I will leave comments open till midnight Sunday and announce the winner Monday morning. Make sure there is a way for us to contact you should you win!!

You can by the nesting fabric bowls pattern here

Thanks Nova!

x Leila

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Wordless Wednesday ~ Envelope Clutch

I love my new clutch!!

envelope clutch

Envelope Clutch pattern by Anna @ Noodlehead get yours here.
Fabric by Nani Iro.

x Leila

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Just a quick post to tell you about Siblings Together a charity that supports siblings separated by the care system. Lynne blogged about this earlier today and has made a group on Flickr for the cause.
The aim is to raise 50 quilts before summer, but I bet we can do much better than that!

I am donating my rainbow quilt.

Rainbow Quilt

If you would like to get involved please have a look at the Flickr group for more information.

x Leila

Monday, 26 March 2012

Ringo Pie March ~ Lava lamp fish

It is the first month of a new round of Ringo Pie. Ayumi picked grocery store as her theme which is wonderful because there are so many fun things to make.
There are shelves full of wonderful packaging, tills and scales lovely jars of jam and bottles with labels, dairy, veggies, meat and fish.

I chose fish.


I am not sure what possessed me! I thought it would be cute I suppose, and at one point I did think it was going to work. But then I had a closer look and all I could see was rockets, or lava lamps! I tried embroidering the eyes and some gills hoping it would help.

Ringo Pie March

But there is nothing that will disguise the true lava lamp nature of these fish. Lets just say they're whimsical ;)

x Leila

Friday, 23 March 2012

Wiksten Tank

After enjoying my Tova tops so much I knew I wanted to sew the tank top as well. By now you have probably heard already that Wiksten patterns are available as a PDF download. Most excellent news for all of us outside of the US!
So I got myself a copy of the tank top pattern as soon as I found out and started cutting and taping all the pattern pieces together. I quickly sewed up a non wearable muslin to check for size measurements and then dove straight into the precious Liberty Tana Lawn I had been saving for just such a project.

I was a little hasty as a day later I got a revised copy of the pattern more suitable for non US paper sizes. The result was a little struggle with the neck binding, but I persevered and it looks nice enough now.

Wiksten Tank
I should have given it a quick iron before the photo but lets just say this is me keeping it real, when I wear the top it creases ;)

I chose not to do the pocket, I think it is cute but I like the top just as well without it. I love the shape and the fit of this top, it is everything Jenny is so very clever at, simplicity at it's best. I like the low cut front and no gaping armholes excellent!

 The only thing that isn't working as well for me is the back of the neckline. Unfortunately I couldn't capture this on photo ( it is tricky taking photo's of yourself!) but it stands up a little.
I may have to take in the shoulder seams but I am worried it will leave me too little room at the arm holes. Or perhaps I should have lowered the neckline at the back a bit...any ideas?
I am not too fussed as I tend to wear my hair down anyway but I do want to improve my dressmaking skills so I know in the future how to fix these little things.

In other news, I am the featured Blogger's Quilt Festival quilter on Amy's blog today! 

The sun is shining, I must go out to play.
Have a lovely weekend,

x Leila

Monday, 19 March 2012

Cocorico March: County Fair ~ & a winner!

Thank you all so much for your well wishes. It's made me feel much better! I will get to the give away winner in a bit but first I would like to show you my latest bee block.

Megan asked us Cocorico girls to make blocks inspired by the County Fair. Here in Holland we don't really get anything like county fairs. All we have is a seasonal fair that involves lots of loud music, some rides, stuffed animals and lots of teenagers 'hanging out'. So I needed all the help I could get with this months theme. One thing that really spoke to my imagination was the rodeo, it somehow got mixed up with candy floss which resulted in this bright pink cowboy boot block!

Cocorico March - County Fair
I quite fancy me a pair of these for summer!
Do have a look at the group pool, I am always amazed (and a little intimidated) by the talent of my fellow bee mates!

Right, on to what you have all been waiting for the winner of my un-birthday give away is:

Congratulations Sydthewyd! I will email you shortly.
I so enjoyed all your birthday stories, the good the bad the ugly, thank you for sharing and letting me get to know you all a bit better.

x Leila

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

a very happy un-birthday to me! ~ give away time!~

I turned 33 yesterday, but I have not been feeling well lately. So I spent the day on the sofa with the curtains drawn, wrapped up in a quilt watching crappy telly and napping a lot. Do I know how to party hard or what? ;)
Today I am feeling a bit better, the fever is gone and I feel like eating again so I think it is time for some cake, presents and the give away I promised!

give away 3_edited-1

Up for grabs are four coordinating fat quarters handpicked by yours truly. From top to bottom they are Pinelope pincushions and scissors, a sketchy dot in red (by Holly Holderman? not sure), and two herringbone stripe prints in red and green from Sweetwater's Reunion.
I personally love it when I find a combination of greens and reds that doesn't remind me of Christmas in the slightest and I hope you will too :)
You will also receive a little house lavender bag I made with Kerry's tutorial and one scrappy leaf coaster.

To enter: leave me one comment on this post, I'd love to hear your birthday party stories the good the bad the ugly I want to know it all!
I will keep the comments open until midnight Sunday. Anyone, anywhere can enter just make sure there is a way for me to contact you if you win.

Good luck!

x Leila

Friday, 9 March 2012

A finished's been a while

I finished my Anna Maria Horner flower quilt!

The design is simple patchwork squares mixed with a few pieced patchwork squares all hand quilted using paper templates. I hardly ever make large quilts, I did once when I first started quilting but never again since ;) This one is big enough to cover my bed nicely I didn't measure it exactly but it is about 185cm by 215cm or 74" x 86"


I used Hobbs Tuscany silk batting and Little Folks voile for backing which makes this quilt so luxuriously soft and light weight despite it's size - I absolutely love it!!

Hand quilting detail

I decided to commit to a bed full of lush AMH prints and made a few folksy flannel pillow cases as well. I am thoroughly enjoying these warm and rich colours in my bedroom and all the different soft textures to snuggle up under at night.  

A cozy bed

The only problem with my bed being all cozy and warm like this is I never want to leave!

Thank you all for your votes I came in third in the Sew Mama Sew true love contest :) Please check back here Monday as it is my birthday and I plan on doing a little give away to celebrate.

 Have a lovely weekend,

x Leila

Wednesday, 7 March 2012


I have been on the sofa buried under a mountain of tissues the last few days - yuck!
So I do not have anything of my own to share today, I can not bring myself to get up and take photo's. Instead I would like to show you three new patterns from three very talented blogging friends of mine.

First up is Amy - During Quiet Time latest paper piecing pattern. These text fabrics are perfect for the block and isn't that handle beautiful?!

Watering Can Paper Pieced Pillow
Photo by Amy - During Quiet Time

Next up is Anna - Noodlehead, she made a beautiful envelope style clutch. The pattern has all sorts of options for a large or small clutch and different flap styles and pockets. So practical and stylish I love it!
Photo by Anna - Noodlehead
 Last but certainly not least is this amazing paper pieced pattern by Charise - Charise Creates. I remember seeing this block pop up in the Cocorico Bee group pool and my jaw just dropped! It is an absolute stunner don't you think?

Chalet Pattern
Photo by Charise - Charise Creates
Simply click on the name links to buy your own copy of these patterns and on the photo's to leave these talented ladies lots of compliments :)

I will be back once the sneezing has stopped!

x Leila

Friday, 2 March 2012

May I have your votes please?

Oooh excitement my tutorial made it to the final 10 in the Sew Mama Sew true love contest!!

Vote for your favourite three projects here

x Leila

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Fresh Sewing Day February

It is the first of the month and we all know what that means - it is fresh sewing day!
Here is what my February looked like:
  •  redecorating the sewing room - you will most likely not see me do that again any time soon!
  • lots of paper piecing - which I am bound to do more of this month ;)
  • my first pattern - yay!
  • dress making - something I really would like to get better at, I love my Tova!
  • the beginning of a sampler quilt, a long term project.

Fresh Sewing Day February

This week I have been happily pottering about with my scrappy leaf pattern. First I sewed some small leaves with the intention of making a lovely necklace like Charise did. But I changed my mind and made these two reverse applique coasters instead.
improv pieced, reverse applique leaf coasters
I love how they turned out!

Next I enlarged the pattern by 150% to see what a larger leaf would look like. It measures about 7" tall which fits perfectly in my hand :)

Leaf potholder
So I added a layer of cotton batting and insulbright for it to be used as a potholder or hotpad but I also think this size makes a nice coaster or snackmat.

Now hop on over to Lynne's to see what everyone else has been up to!

Lily's Quilts

x Leila