Thursday 21 July 2016

{forest floor} blog tour

hello! and welcome to my stop on the forest floor blog tour! i am a big fan of bonnie christines fabrics (you can see here and here) and it was an absolute delight to work with her forest floor fabrics, the designs are just as brilliant as ever!

in all my years of sewing i have never made a dresden plate before (i know!) so while drooling over and petting these fabrics i thought a dresden plate would be perfect and now i have a new mini quilt for my new bedroom :)

i just love that bunny! she will definetly be popping up in my other projects! the illustrations in this fabric line are soo sweet, it was hard choosing just four to play with :) i also think i will making a lot more dresden plates, it was super fun to make and it's great for fussy cutting the centres!  and me being me just had to add a little something more :) hence the doily! 

i absolutely adore these fabrics! and love the woodland-y feel that they have! i have some fabric left over that i am itching to make something else with :)

thank-you bonnie! for letting me play with some forest floor fabrics. make sure to have a look at all the amazing projects being made with this fabric here! and you should see the adorable quilt jayme made yesterday at finding sweetland and to stop by tomorrow to see what Maja Wlusek at Betyipiernaty has made :)

rachael x

Wednesday 20 July 2016

{a holiday to cornwall}

i just got back from a lovely week in beautiful cornwall! i've always wanted to go and im soo glad i did, i absolutely loved it! we went exploring all around and we were very lucky with the weather.
it was a long way, driving over 900 miles in a week and sitting in traffic for 2 hours on the way down and way back which is fine when your singing loudly to taylor swift (probably much to the annoyance of the other drivers.) our view waking up every morning was blue skies and the sea (i didn't realise how much i missed the sea being in derby.)

the days were spent exploring the beaches, eating ice creams and pasties! i was there for 7 days and had 6 ice creams it was great, and just my opinion but roskillys ice cream is better than kellys! as for pasties i am not a fan, that was james's thing (he even brought them back with him :) in the week we went to kennack sands my favourite beach and one that we paddled in many times! a day in falmouth (where i might have got a little burnt) was brilliant, exploring the streets and eating ice cream on the beach (we did a lot of this.) st.michaels mount was amazing, being able to walk across the path that is covered by the sea most of the day was a great experience, and while people may laugh at crocs they were the best shoes to wear the whole week, being able to paddle at a moments notice! 

being in cornwall we couldn't not have a cornish cream tea! now i am not a fan of jam but it was delicious!  and we followed it up with an ice cream (are you seeing a recurring theme here?) this was in cadgwith the cutest little fishing village and where we spent our last day after visiting the seal sanctuary, spending the morning giggling at all the funny seals! we also visited st. ives a place i definetly want to go back to! cobbled streets, fish and chips, ice cream and seagulls, perfect! my little present to me from my holiday was the cute little seagull pouch from the poppy treffry shop in st. ives, i think it is the absolute perfect momento from my trip away! it was just what i needed a nice, relaxing trip away beside the sea with lots of ice cream :) and i definetly want to go again!

rachael x 

Tuesday 12 July 2016

AGF Stitched - Palisades Quilt : :

hello! and welcome to my stop on the Palisades Quilt by Fat Quarter Shop and Art Gallery Fabrics. i say this about every quilt i make, but this quilt was sooo fun to make! and came together really quickly while looking like a really complicated pattern! 

i chose boardwalk delight by Dana Willard for my fabric, because it just screams summer and bright sunny days (and it really brightens up the grey days we've been having recently) it was a joy to work with and had me smiling while i was sewing away :)

the quilt pattern is brilliant and easy to follow! and while it does look complicated it really isn't and its such a fun quilt to make! it would be a great quilt to make for a new-ish beginner! 

it makes a nice, big quilt perfect for the long summer nights on the beach (one can dream!) or for cuddling under in our uk summertime :) the quilt is a free pattern so you can make it too! you can find the pattern here 

the fat quarter shop has also put together a fun video to help you make the quilt! i really like this quilt and it would look great in all different fabrics and how the fabrics really change the look of the whole quilt!

i still need to quilt and bind this quilt and cannot wait to have it finished i *think* it might be my new favourite, and i'll have to be careful because my mum has got her eye on it too :)

you should pop over and see all the other amazing quilts (they are totally awesome) 

Tina from Emily Ann's Kloset

 Melissa from Happy Quilting

Rachael from The Floral Suitcase

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl

Megan from Quilt Story

Heather from Quilt Story

Melanie from Mostly Crafty

Brooke from Silly Mama Quilts

Afton from Quilting Mod

Lucy from Charm about You

rachael x