Tuesday, 28 April 2015

a bear doing a hand-stand

i'm still loving pink, yellow and aqua and while i'm still working on my night sky blocks i just got a *little*  bit distracted! have you heard about love quilting and patchwork magazine? you more than likely have unless you close your eyes and cover your ears a lot! i get it *nearly* every month but have never, ever made something from it (hands up who else gets magazines and never makes what's in them?) until i was looking through last months and was stopped in my tracks!

isn't it just amazing!! i just had to make it (and may have to make another one!) it is made using quilt as you go (or QAYG as the 'cool' kids say) and i've never done this technique before so i was excited to try it. (the pattern is by megan from quilt story)

and it was soo fun! i never really understood the whole concept of quilting as you go, but it's literally what it says on the tin, you sew a piece down and then quilt it, having done it now seems super obvious, but i could just not understand how to do it before!

i really like the look of the straight line quilting, cause i am usually a free motion girl, so it was fun doing straight-ish lines. and wow does it use a lot of thread, i used 2 bobbins! my cushion came together really quick and it is a really well written pattern. 

the pattern said to use piping, but i just decided to use binding, i used navy for that little extra pop! i think it sets of the sweetness of the colours perfectly

now that i've tried QAYG i want to make all the things, next up i think i'll have to make a QAYG quilt, maybe this one!

have you ever tried QAYG? did you like it and find it super fun? what have you made using QAYG?

rachael x

linking up with fabric tuesday

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

yellow, pink + aqua

the sun seems to have arrived and that means start a new project! it doesn't matter that i have many {many} unfinished quilts sitting in my sewing room, it should be a rule that when get it starts getting sunny you're allowed to start a new project!

i have seriously been crushing hard on the colours pink, yellow and aqua, they just go together perfectly! what started with just a couple of fabrics that i bought at the stitch and creative craft show (it's a show that happens twice a year and has lots of yummy fabrics you only ever see on the internet) turned into me diving into my fabric stash pulling all the yellows, pinks and aquas!

i didn't have a plan as to what i was going to make with them, i just knew i needed to make something! i looked through all my patterns and the one that jumped out at me was night sky by thimbleblossoms ahh perfect!

oh they're just so sweet, i am completely smitten and will be sewing away at this every moment i have! i've only made 4 blocks out of many, which is fine by me as i will never tire of this!

rachael x

linking up with wip wednesday

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

hattie the rabbit

do you ever make something and just fall madly in love with it? i am seriously in love with my latest finished project! 

so i'd like to introduce you to hattie the rabbit :) ooh isn't she just soo cute?! and i had soo much fun stitching her together. she is made with this pattern by alicia paulson

she is all hand-stitched, which if you know me i do not like hand-stitching at all! but hattie was worth it!

hattie loves to explore and loves playing with fabric (of course) she loves flowers and pretty dresses, she's not really girl-y but likes lots of girl-y stuff! but...

...her absolute favourite thing to do is climb trees and go on adventures, but she wishes she knew how to tie her shoe laces so she doesn't keep tripping over them on her adventures!

i used the kit to make her but instead of using the liberty fabric to make her dress and ears i used my absolute favourite print from wild and free by maureen cracknell i think i will be making many more dresses for her for all the seasons!

it wasn't one of the easier projects i've done, just because it's all hand sewn and i had to learn all the stitches (but seriously how fun is blanket stitch?) i'm glad i persevered and finished her, because she is just too cute to be left sitting in the big pile of all my other unfinished projects!

rachael x

linking up with fabric tuesday

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic

i love craft-y books! and when i saw that amy from nanacompany had a book coming out i was beyond excited! i couldn't wait and just HAD to get an advanced copy from nanacompany etsy shop (it officially comes out in april!)

there are sooo many adorable projects, but i knew i had to make the cutest bear cushion first! and i couldn't just make one! i think my next project will be the jam-jar pincushion.

see? i told you they were cute! i first started making a super-girly pretty one (using the same fabrics as my hexies) and in the middle of making it, my bundle of hello, bear! arrived, so how could i not make a bear cushion with bear fabric, perfect right?

it is such a fun pattern to make and we all know how much i love to make cushions they are just soo cute! i also had so much fun taking pictures today, i love that the better weather is coming (i'm one of those people that likes to talk about the weather!)
oh and how lovely are my three bird pictures by ashleigh bickerstaff! my desk will be getting its own blog post soon

i have listed the super pretty teddy cushion in my etsy shop
you can find the listing here

rachael x

linking up with fabric tuesday

Sunday, 15 February 2015

how high does the sycamore grow?

oh how i love pretty fabrics! playing with them, rearranging them and coming up with the perfect project. 

milk, sugar & flower ahh it's sooo adorable! those little birds might be my favourite! add in a little pam kitty garden and some 1930's repro's and you've got the sweetest little bundle! 

i didn't have a project in mind for these fabrics, but when they arrived they just screamed 'hexagons!' and super cute fabric deserves super cute {smiley} hexagons from wild olive! this is going to be a slow project for when it all gets too 'busy' that i can pick up and set down easily.

this fabric is perfect for fussy cutting! i have never english paper pieced (EPP) before but after reading lots of tutorials and watching lots of videos i finally started. and it's fun! ( i usually don't like hand-sewing) now i just have to figure out how to sew them together all nice and pretty :)

linking up with sunday stash

rachael x

Monday, 9 February 2015

layers of charm - a {free} quilt pattern

i am so happy to participating in the fat quarter shops new layers of charm quilt-y blog hop. remember ages ago i was doing some secret sewing? well today i get to share what i was making! 

this is such a cute and easy quilt to make, all it takes is one layer cake and one charm pack, and the best part! there is no cutting required *yay* the hardest part of making the quilt is choosing the fabrics!

i chose the boat house by sweetwater and a blue bella solids charm pack and i think they go so well together! i really like the whole nautical theme of the fabrics (and i had way too much fun taking quilt-y pictures with the boats!) i quilted with a big stipple because i thought it looked like waves (see the nautical theme again)

it is the perfect pattern to make over a weekend while watching movies! i watched how to train your dragon 2 while piecing, frozen while quilting and the lego movie while binding, that's how quick it goes together and that is with regular instagram breaks as well :) perfect! 

if you fancy having a go at this great pattern hop on over and have a look at the youtube video to see how it's made! and then grab a layer cake and get sewing :) it is a really good beginner quilt!

thanks for stopping by!

rachael x

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

: : hibernating : :

hello! i am slowly coming out of my christmas hibernation, did everybody have a good break? i did absolutely nothing and it was wonderful, after a busy few weeks at college and home it was nice to simply potter about the house and do things at a leisurely pace (mainly watching movies and eating cake!)

i'm going to try and be super organised this year! so i treated myself to an erin condren planner and it is just beyond amazing! and also super adorable! i already feel more organised just having it! also this is going to be my motto this year 'believe you can and you will' this year i'm going to believe in myself and not doubt everything and that i CAN do this!

how fun are paint chips? i am cutting lots and lots of triangles to make a big doodle-y, colourful forest. i am having so much fun playing with the layout and patterns. this is the first stage, hopefully the rest of my idea will work. oh and how cute is that 'R' banner made by the lovely ink and bobbin!

i haven't touched my sewing machine in 4 weeks! but i fixed that on monday night. it is so bloomin' cold (actually i love this type of weather) it had me digging out my hot water bottle and it drastically needed a new cover. so with this brilliant pattern (seriously so easy! and even more easy if you read it properly and don't have to unpick lots) and some super cute unicorn fabric (i just stashed 5 yards of it!) i had a new pretty cover for my hot water bottle! after seeing mine, my mum has already picked fabrics for hers! 

and i'm having a little sale in my etsy shop, use coupon code JANUARY25 to get 25% off (expires 31st january). i've been having a wee think about my 'business' and i've decided i'm going to change a couple of things around *exciting* so watch this space!

rachael x