Thursday, April 25, 2013

Zippers. Mermaids, Gifts & PDF pattern giveaway winner

Hi everyone,

I've overdosed on making zippered pouches this past month. The craft club I'm a member of does a fundraiser each year in May.
We are raising money for a childrens orphanage here in Spain. We only make small things as they seem to sell better.
I decided on a production run of zippered pouches.
First up is one I made in Tilda fabrics from this tutorial

Back view using pretty Tilda birdcage fabric which was also used for the lining

I made one large and two small in this pink print by Lynette Anderson. Tutorial here

They have a cute little cat charm attached to the zipper pull

and this blue project pouch again in Lynette Anderson fabric

The next one was made using the tutorial from the Pink Penguin blog. I used a few orphan charm squares

One in Eiffel Tower fabric

and this one with bow detail

A boxy pouch from a tutorial on this blog

and finally this one which is from a Norwegian pattern. I became very good friends with Google Translate during the process of making this pouch! I used pale blue linen from Ikea and the print fabric is by Bunny Hill.

With the sewing machine going non stop I haven't had much time for stitching so only one small finish to show this time.
This is from The Sampler Girl and I had fun stitching this along with friend Angela.

I received some lovely mermaid-y gifts from friend Pat. The new Kelmscott needle minder, scissors and scissor fob.
They are SO beautiful and I'm just over the moon to have them. Thank you Pat :)

I must have been very, very good because I also received this beautiful mermaid bookmark from Roberta. Roberta says she made this from a kit. Isn't it gorgeous?

also in the package this bag pattern. I've actually made the full size version of this bag many times but this is a mini version. How fun is that? I'll be making a few of these for sure.

and yet another surprise in the mail from friend Caz

I'm looking forward to making something with these pretty fabric FQ's.

One last make to show you is this wall hanging I have made for my grand daughter Amy.

The border fabric has glittery stars which don't show up that well in the picture but I chose this fabric because Amy IS a star and is making us all very proud. The dress on the skater is decorated with Swarovski crystals. Again, not showing up well in the picture but they have plenty of sparkle when seen for real.
I quilted the borders using big stitches and #12 perle cotton. I think my pictures are clickable if you want a better view of anything.

Grandson Robbie is following in his big sisters footsteps and is starting to win the cups and medals. All outfits made by my clever daughter.

I think that's it for this time but I know that you are waiting to find out who is the winner of the Little Purse PDF pattern offered by Stephanie of Loft Creations.

I used the Random Generator thing and the winner is #10 Phyllis (no blog)
Congratulations Phyllis. Stephanie will be in touch with you re your PDF pattern.

I'm off to UK on 3rd May. It's raining here but I think they have some sunshine there at long last.
Thanks as always for your continued visits to my blog and for your lovely comments.
Happy weekend to all!


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Loft Creations Little Purse pattern and PDF pattern giveaway.

Hi everyone,

One of my favourite quilting blogs to visit is Loft Creations so
I was thrilled last year when Stephanie allowed me to join her happy band of pattern testers.
Stephanie calls her group of pattern testers her Supremes and I have to say I feel I'm in exalted company as they all do such beautiful work.
The pattern I had the pleasure of testing is this one

If you've never made a bag before I can't recommend Stephanie's patterns highly enough. The instructions are clearly explained and you just can't go wrong.

Here's the bag I made using some fun fabrics by Michael Miller.

I think this would be the perfect bag for spring and summer. Use linen and change the look or try piping instead of ric rak or lace. The possibilities are endless. I know my daughter will want the giraffes so I'm going to need to make another bag for myself.

Stephanie has kindly offered a PDF version of the pattern to one of my readers. If you would like to enter the giveaway please leave a comment on this post only.
Please be sure you are not a noreply blogger as then I will have no way to contact you should you be the lucky winner.
I'll draw the winner on April 25th. Good luck!