31 March 2010

A PACKAGE IN THE POST!!!

I don't often participate in giveaways but when I saw this one on Jenny's blog I couldn't resist.  My other half is keen on painting and drawing and Van Gogh is one of his favourite artists.  So the other day an exciting little package arrived in the post.  John has been very poorly in bed with what appears to be Swine Flu - so he was cheered up when I gave him the books. 


Jenny also included one of her lovely little knitted brooches and a really sweet hand made card.  I am always delighted by the friendliness and generosity of the blogging community!



Thanks Jen, there will be a little surprise on its way to you shortly!!!

24 March 2010

BAGS FROM SCRAPS AND A GOOD BOOK


I made this clutch purse and the zipped bag some time ago as a Christmas present for a friend; I was quite pleased with the way they came out. I used some leftover 'tubes' from a trip around the world quilt, which were all less than 1" wide and when I'd sewn them all together I placed a pattern on the resulting fabric pieces. I really love these little projects to use up my scraps, though I've just bought the Scrap Quilt Sensation book by Katherine Guerrier, which is great (currently on sale at half price from Amazon) so will be trying to SAVE all my scraps for a much larger project!

17 March 2010

A SAD GOODBYE AND SOME WORK FINISHED

I've been keeping busy just lately, partly because we've recently lost our beloved old dog Ben and the house is soooo quiet without him.  He was 16 years old and had a great life, but it's still sad when you lose a family pet.  Even the cat misses him, and that's saying something!

So I'm sharing some of the things I've managed to finish...


Some VERY scrappy cushion covers, destined for our little house in Crete

A cot quilt for my stall at the Craft fair, nice and bright!



Two very similar but not quite the same tote bags...

...and a messenger bag, nice and big with quilting detail. 
All of these were made with heavy cotton designer fabrics

and I finally decided what to do with the card trick blocks - two table runners.





10 March 2010

A LITTLE INSPIRATION AND A SCRAPPY BAG


This pattern has been designed by Dawn Hay to be sold to aid the people of Baseco who are living in poverty.  I just bought a pattern for myself having been inspired by the project and the bags produced so far, by Jenny of Elefantz and Fiona of Mother's Cupboard.  As I have oodles of scraps to use up at the moment, the measly $4 (£2.70) it actually cost for the pattern was well worth it.  I'll show you the finished bag at a later date!

I'm also very pleased to report that the Juke Box has now been sold, thanks to my blog post being spotted by a friend in Crete, who contacted a friend in Southampton, who came up to Derby and bought it!  Needless to say, both myself and hubby are well pleased to have it out of the way at last and thankful that it has gone to a good home!