Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Giveaway Day

Sew Mama Sew! is holding another Giveaway Day on the 2nd December. I took part in the spring one and had lots of fun visiting some wonderful blogs. Come back on the 2nd for a chance to win some fabric. Apologies to anyone who commented on my last two posts for not replying to you - I had to change my preferences to get rid of some spam and I stopped getting email notifications that you had dropped by! I now cannot work out how to 'reply' to your comment without sending you a random email that will not make any sense as the first half of the conversation is missing! This problem has now been fixed so everything should be back to normal. See you on the 2nd! (If not before!)

Friday, 20 November 2009

a big disaster

Well at first glance it might not look so bad, but look closer..... see the big, glaring mistakes? Four of them? Yep it all went pear shaped. I cut it all out, happily sewed it together, ironed it and prepared to sew the quarters together before noticing that the sides of the spotty triangle were not even. Much cursing and sewing later I managed to just about save the square. In amongst all blue language flying about I was struck by how unimaginative our swear words are, so decided to look to the Bard for inspiration via the Shakespeare Insults Generator. 'Thou creeping shag-haired measle' was a much more satisfying way of letting that block know what I thought of it!

My wonky star Christmas quilt is slowly taking shape - a bit too slowly at the moment, I need to speed up!

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Gnomes and Spiders

My sewing machine is poorly. I don't think it is terminal but a short stay at the Singer shop for some treatment may be in order. My lovely other half spent an hour trying to make it run again but something somewhere inside keeps sticking as the needle rises. Luckily a friend has a sewing machine that she only uses once or twice a year so I have borrowed hers on a long loan until I can get mine fixed. After faffing about for a while getting to know the new machine I managed to complete my mini gnome quilt. I was lucky enough to be sent some squares of Heather Ross by this lovely lady and when I saw the gnomes I just had to make something with them.

I am so pleased with how this turned out. I only had a small square of the gnome fabric, but it went a long way! I have no one in mind for this quilt - I made it on a whim and I really enjoyed not having a deadline to meet or a person to make for. I am going to hang it on my wall for a while before deciding what to do with it.

The backing fabric is from the children's section of IKEA.

I also completed my spider web block for the Euro Bee. If you fancy having a go making one here is the tutorial.