Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tutorial ~ Book Buddies Drawstring Bags


I'm pleased to be able to show a bit more sewing behind the scenes!   I've made these two cute and practical drawstring bags with an applique robot or panda and the tutorial is up today on Sew Mama Sew.


Just right for a quick gift or to help get your kids organised!  Thanks again Beth and Kristen at Sew Mama Sew.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Wonderland Dress ~ Make it Perfect


Once again we were lucky enough to test patterns for Toni at Make it Perfect.  It looks like Maya is growing out of size 5 dresses,  so how fantastic that Toni's patterns now come in sizes 0 -5,  and 6 -10.  Hooray,  we won't need to retire!


Wonderland is a pretty dress that can be worn as for celebrations,  but not the fancy dress that hangs in the wardrobe all the time and only comes out for the Santa photo's.  It buttons up the back,  has a sweet pleated skirt and cute trim to edge the hem and the sleeves.  Have a look at Toni's beautiful photos and giveaway here.

Maya's doesn't usually scooter in a dress and party shoes,  but wanted a very quick break from modelling :)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Block-a-Palooza ~ Blocks 13 & 14


Our computer has been off having a tune up for the past week.  Who knew having so many emails could crash the outlook file.  Well,  actually we do as it's the second time it's happened.  I'm really sorry if you haven't heard back from me in the last week or so.  I'll get there!

Block-a-Palooza is nearly finished with only two blocks to go,  that are lying cut out on my dining table.  Joy,  a bit of Friday night sewing on the way.

The first block picture was designed by Ryan Walsh Quilts and its a great fresh take on modern flying geese.  The block can be downloaded here


This block was another fun one and designed by Tia at Camp Follower Bags and can be downloaded here.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Maya's Molly Bolero


Thanks for all the help with yarn sites!  I'm so pleased to find a few new links and I know a few other bloggers will be visiting the sites too.  Bendigo Woollen Mills seem to be a favourite and I had forgotten about them.


Last year when I was commuting a lot for work I was knitting on the train and I haven't blogged it.  I made Maya this little bolero which she wears often to swimming lessons.  She feels like a ballerina in this one.  I've added it to ravelry here.  I used one of Bendigo's Classic wools in pink.  I've been back for an online visit this weekend and bought some more yarn for another project for Maya and one for myself.


I couldn't resist this pic of Maya winking.  I'm, glad now she is a school girl she can still do a bit of blog posing for me.  There was a bit more online shopping from me this weekend - oh,  I have been soooo good lately.  I couldn't resist some wool from Quince & co that I have had my eye on for awhile.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

My Creative Space .. Where do you buy yarn?


It's knitting again in my creative space.

I've been asking Kate questions for ages about her green cardi.  Just love it and if I could have found the same yarn I would have made one exactly the same.  But I couldn't so mine is pink (but a much duller pink than it looks in the pic).

So here is me,  with a Ravelry list of favorites as long as my arm,  but not sure where to get a good bargain, or great postage or good wool.  I'm not impressed locally.  Can you help me with your favorite links..please?

For more creative spaces,  visit Kristy

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Double Trouble ~ Callum turns 10..


Remember your first "double digits" birthday.  Turning 10 was so special.   Callum is the youngest in his grade,  and the youngest boy at his school,  so he was so keen to turn the big 1.0.

So much fun!  Happy birthday Scruffy xxx

Monday, March 7, 2011

Block-a-Palooza ~ Blocks 11 & 12


This weekend I managed to finally get up to date with the Block-a-Palooza blocks. Only four more to go!

I've only had to get the seam ripper out once,  and it was for this block in a big way.  I managed to miss the bit where I had to trim all the half square triangles,  so I had to pull most of it apart and do the trimming and start again.  Not like me at all :). This block was designed by Tacha from the Fat Quarterly team and can be downloaded here.


Block 12 was a nice and quick one,  and I am enjoying the no waste flying geese method now I am down to limited fabric!  This block was designed by Jennifer at Sugar Stitches and can be dowloaded here.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Block-a-Palooza ~ Blocks 10 and 11


I've promised my self that I won't start sewing my Single Girl Quilt until I have some other sewing commitments out of the way.  I do have a pretty impressive blister on my finger from the scissors rubbing while I hand cut all those templates out... and I would like to cut out another four rings ...

The Block-a-Palooza has been promised as a donation to the Queensland Flood relief so I'm working away at it.  Just look at those tiny little flying geese on the block above!  This block was designed by Scott at Blue Nickle Design and can be downloaded here.


This cute block was designed by Amy from Amy's Creative Side and can be downloaded here.  I'm starting to run short of some fabrics so there is a lot of measuring and careful fabric selection form here on in.

Two more blocks to show you tomorrow.  I'm all caught up again.

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