Friday, 30 November 2012

Value Added QAL linky party

Value Added

It's time for us to wrap up the Value Added Quilt Along. It's been an absolute pleasure seeing what you have all been up to! There were stacks of lovely fabrics all neatly arranged according to value, pretty value blocks, black and white photo's of value differences and some of you have been super busy and finished your quilts already!

Even though we are wrapping up the QAL our tutorials and value lessons will still be available on our blogs.

Lesson 1 - Understanding value
Lesson 2 - Using value to lead the eye
Lesson 3 -Value patterns in quilts
Lesson 4 -Value dynamics

The Bargain Basement quilt tutorial can be found on Amy's blog here
The Jacob's Ladder quilt tutorial can be found on Jolene's blog here
The Value Dance quilt tutorial can be found on Rachel's blog here
The Boy's Nonsense quilt tutorial can be found on my blog here

So we thought it would be great to celebrate our QAL with a linky party to show off all your value added makes.
Have you been quilting along with us, did you do one of the value exercises, how did you get on with value? Come join the party and link up with us!

x Leila

Monday, 26 November 2012

Improv quilt

How was your weekend?
Ours was very windy and cold, perfect weather to stay indoors and sew.
I decided to dig into my never ending pile of scraps and start sewing, the only plan being to make a dent into said scraps.

improv quilt

This was one of those quilts that just sort of happened. I started off thinking it might become a cushion. A few more rows pieced I thought 'well perhaps it could be a fun kitchen mat'. And in the end it became this pretty lap quilt, with lots of wonderful tactile texture.
I just love when that happens!

improv quilt detail

It's made with a mix of mostly solids, lots of linen texture and a few pops of colour. I've quilted it in organic straight lines that are unevenly spaced to keep with the improvisational nature of the quilt. I just love the way straight line quilting feels on a quilt! This baby is listed in the shop in the hopes of finding a new good home.

improv quilt back

Today is the last day of my Black Friday - Cyber Monday weekend sale, last chance to grab a bargain! Remember to use BlackFriday20 to receive 20% off your order!

x Leila

Monday, 19 November 2012

Make up pouch

Have you started your Christmas sewing yet?
It suddenly hit me, there's only five weeks left and I have no idea what to make!! 
So I convinced myself I might as well start with some selfish sewing... you know one thing would surely lead to another... inspiration will strike if only I keep myself busy. Well at least that is what I keep telling myself ;)

make up pouch

I made this make up pouch based on Ayumi's pencil case tutorial. The dimensions are different and I used bias binding, but the overall idea is the same.

make up pouch - open

I love how spacious this little pouch is it makes it so much easier to rummage through and find that right shade of lipstick!

make up pouch - inside

I think I will have to make a few more of these, as Christmas presents this time!

Leila x

Tuesday, 13 November 2012


Autumn has arrived with it's mandatory seasonal colds and shivers. Now that we're just a little under the weather but no longer huddled up under a pile of quilts watching DVDs I can finally catch up on some sewing.

October was Tamiko's month in Cocorico her theme was Hawaii. I was glad to get a second shot at this theme as I wasn't too pleased with the block I had made her in Ringo Pie.
I settled on a pineapple block from Patchwork 318.

Cocorico October - Hawaii
I'm quite pleased with this cute little pineapple. Seeing as it finishes at only 5.5'' I decided to add a border to bulk it up a little.

Cocorico October - Hawaii

As usual with Kumiko Fujita block designs looks are deceiving, there were some tricky inset seams to tackle. It took me two attempts but I conquered them - yay!

One belated bee block down, four more to go I think, yikes best get cracking!
But before I leave, the inspiration for my block and the reason I couldn't stop giggling the whole time I was sewing this...

They sure look comfortable don't they ;)

x Leila

Friday, 2 November 2012

Boy's Nonsense tutorial - part 2

This is part two of the 'Boy's Nonsense' quilt tutorial as part of Value Added QAL. Part one can be found here 

Finished block size 10" x 10"

* I had calculated my blocks to be 10 1\2" unfinished but after squaring up, they were closer to 10 1\4" this could be an error in my accuracy or in my calculations - math isn't exactly my strong suit! Either way as long as your blocks are consistently the same size it doesn't matter much!

Lets make a quilt shall we?

Block construction:
  • Sew the 4 large corner triangles to the 4 rectangles.

  • Sew the 4 small light value triangles in pairs of 2 to two of your triangle and rectangle blocks.

  • Sew the other two rectangle and triangle blocks to both opposite sides of the centre square.

  • Sew both triangle blocks to each opposite side of the centre strip to complete the block.

  • Trim and square up the block making sure you leave 1\4" seam allowance from the top of each point.

  • Sew 10 blocks  with light corner triangles.
  • Sew 10 blocks with dark\medium corner triangles. 

  • Arrange blocks alternating light and dark.

  • Sew 5 rows of four blocks. 
  • Join rows to complete the quilt top.
  • Baste and quilt as desired.

    • Attach binding.

    Your quilt is finished!

    I hope you enjoyed my tutorial, if you have any questions or comments I'm here :)

    Value Added

    If you make this quilt or any of the other Value Added quilts we would love to see them! Please share your pictures in our Flickr group here.

    x Leila