Saturday, July 6, 2013

I gave the shop a makeover!

I have been busy updating the online store, making sure that my products and photography stand out and get the treatment they deserve. There are plenty of new products in store and more to come very soon. I hope you like the new look! You can visit the store at any time, I'm always open!

Friday, July 5, 2013

craft tutorial round up: : embroidery floss

Ever since I can remember, I have loved embroidery floss. I have always had a stack of it. I can remember making friendship bracelets, hair wraps and the odd cross stitch as a young girl. Apart from the obvious, there are so many uses for embroidery floss, so I have bought together a list of some great ideas to use up that dirty stash. And if you want to grab some more threads to add to that dirty stash, you have to try out the Sublime Floss, you can get it here in the shop (ahem, shameless plug!).

one: friendship bracelets over on

two: embroider a mini quilt ala the smallest forest

three: wrap some floss around twigs to create a wreath with a diy by duo fireworks

four: wooden disc jewellery by see that there

five: wrap some cutlery for fancy dinner parties by a fabulous fete - variegated floss would look divine!

six: a tassel necklace on the oh the lovely things blog

Monday, July 1, 2013

Marching penguins quilt

This quilt has been a long time in the making. I remember seeing it in a quilt magazine, tucked away in a shot of the From Me to You quilt studio. Just enough poking out to know I had to make it. I tracked down the pattern online and immediately ordered it. Calling all Penguins, by Laura Nowes was probably the first pattern I ever bought. Before that, I was working out of magazines mostly. I have to admit, when this pattern arrived, I was a little overwhelmed. It felt way out of my league! Over the next few years, I always had it in the back of my mind when buying fabrics, so if I ever saw a great 'snowy', 'sky' or 'penguin' fabric I would grab it and put it away for the quilt. Once I finally had all the materials I needed, it was a matter of really turning my mind to it and going for it. sometimes the right attitude is all you need!

Very carefully, I cut all the pieces and set to sewing them together. Honestly, once I had my pieces cut and ready to go, the top came together pretty quickly. I tried extra hard to make sure my points matched up nicely, something I am trying to work on every time I quilt. One of my favourite parts is the way the beaks flap out, I think they add an extra texture, which a certain little baby will love to play with! My lovely mum quilted it for me (she always saves the day) and I am really pleased with the finished quilt. 

This quilt will be given to the next baby born (due so soon!) to my beautiful best friend. I can't wait to greet him or her and I really hope that they will love this quilt, as it was always meant to be for this baby, even all those years ago!

Quilt Specifications:

Made for: Baby Bateman/Scanlan (due 24/7/2013)

Finished size: 43 x 50 inches.

Fabrics used: A variety of fabric purchased over a few years and a few pinched from my mums stash.
Pattern: Calling All Penguins by Laura Nowes under From Me to You Quilts. Pattern can be purchased through their Etsy shop lnownes.
Quilting details: Quilted by my mum in a wavy pattern with a variegated thread. Thanks mum!