Giveaway time!

Hello! Nice to see you here. I’ve decided that it’s time for another giveaway and the prize this time is a lovely book:

Sorry about the bad photo but I’m trying to pack, tidy and, most importantly, to find my camera charger with the spare battery. This is all very last minute before I’m off for a week in Switzerland.

Poor Master has to stay here and bring home the bacon.

Anyway, if you would like Joel Dewberry’s Sewn Spaces just leave a comment on this post. I’m happy to send internationally so, please, go on and leave a comment. I will draw a winner on the 8th of July 2012.

Good luck!

PS I will try to post some pictures from the book tomorrow but I can tell you that there some great projects in there.

Swaps and Bees

I’ve gone and done it.

First I joined the Brit Quilt Swap Round 3. I’m very excited about it as I love swaps. Not that I’ve joined that many before, this is only my third. However, I’ve loved everything I’ve received so far. You might remember the goodies I got at the Fat Quarterly Retreat. They are all in use on a daily basis and remind me of a fabulous weekend and some really nice people.

Then there’s the gorgeous knitted cushion I received from Christina. It sits on my bed and makes me happy whenever I look at it.

I got my partner’s details and as this is a secret swap I can’t tell you much but I’ll make sure to post a few sneak peeks as soon as I know in which direction the quilt is going. One thing I can tell you is that I will have to buy some fabric as I don’t have much in my partner’s favourite colour palette. It’s very exciting to be making something out of my comfort zone.

Second, I joined a bee and am so excited about it. I’ve met most of the members that have signed up so far at the FQ Retreat which makes it a little less daunting for me. I hope they’ll be honest and tell me if I mess up. I already know what fabric I’m going to send out when it’s my turn.

I won this fat quarter bundle of Tanya Wheelan’s Sugar Hill at the FQ Retreat and think it’s perfect for this.

 

PS Come back tomorrow as I will be having a giveaway.

 

Messy, messy

Amy from Amy’s Creative Side challenged her readers to show their messy sewing space and I’m happy to oblige. Last weekend my messy shelves meant I couldn’t find anything and kept losing things down the back while rooting around.

It was ridiculous, so I spent a little time (actually it felt like forever) going through my shelves and one box of fabric and now my shelves look like this:

I can’t believe it took me so long to tidy up. Sewing has become so much easier. Now for the rest of my fabric which is in boxes under the bed. Please send a search party if you haven’t heard from me in the next 24 hours.

Upside Down World

Today I brought Little Miss Bossy-Boots to pre-school as I do every Monday. Then I decided to ignore the housework and sit down to do some sewing instead. Ok, I admit it, I do that every Monday too. Anyway, I sat down to sew a bag for my mum.

I love making bags but ironing on the interlining is not my favourite job, so instead of doing it I procrastinated by sewing a zippered pouch. I took the lovely Echino bird print and made a pouch. It looks wonderful…

….on one side. The other side is a bit upsetting.

Yep, I’ve got an upside down bird here. Luckily this pouch was always meant for me so I’ll get a good chuckle every time I use it. That must count for something, mustn’t it?