Saturday, 29 May 2010


What could be more exciting than coming home from work to find this waiting for me!

I was lucky enough to win a Sew Mama Sew Giveaway from this very kind blogger.

Not only did Judy send me the cute cat panel she had made, but lots and lots of wonderful scraps and snippets. Judy read on my blog that I am making my son an eye spy quilt so she sent me bits and bobs left over from making eye spy quilts for her grandchildren. How thoughtful and lovely is that? Quilty bloggers are just the best!

Thank you so much Judy - I am going to have lots of fun making things with these fabrics - they have gone to a very appreciative home! Judy is also planning a trip to the UK and I would love to meet her and show her some of my local area. What we don't have in fabric shops we can certainly make up for in castles, stately homes, car boot sales and craft centers! Oh, and cups of tea of course. Lots of tea :-)

Friday, 21 May 2010

Giveaway Winner!

Wow! 801 people left me comments - how fantastic! Thanks for stopping by :-) Now onto our winner. chose 685, The Accidental Crafter who lives in Australia.

She said:

'Who wouldn't like to recieve a bundle of fabric? Thank you for the chance to enter your giveaway. '

I have sent you an email and congratulations!

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Giveaway Day is here!

Hello and welcome to the Sew Mama Sew May Givweaway. It is also my First Blogiversary so a double celebration! I started this blog just over a year ago as a record of my crafty efforts, as a way of joining in more with all those amazing blogs out there and as a way of giving back - I felt that as I had received so much in terms of inspiration, friendship, tutorials and advice having a blog and doing the odd giveaway would help me pay back some of what I had been given. So without further ado here we go!

My giveaway is this bundle of fabric from my stash. It is an eclectic mix of fabric I have bought, swapped or been given over the past year. The bundle is made up of a mixture of different sized fabric pieces, from small snippets to bigger pieces with an assortment of styles and designers. I am not going to show you everything you might win (you can have the fun of discovering that when your parcel arrives!) but here are a few closer glimpses just to whet your appetite:

Interested? If yes, just leave me a comment! I am happy to post internationally and will leave the comments open until the evening of May 20th UK time. Good luck and enjoy all the other wonderful giveaways out there!

Saturday, 15 May 2010


It's that time of year again - the Sew Mama Sew May Giveaway day! For those of you who don't know anything about this, SMS coordinate a mass crafty giveaway all over blogland. It is fantastic fun, you get to visit some amazing blogs and of course have the chance to win some wonderful crafted goodies or supplies. I will be taking part once more, and by chance it coincides with my first Blogiversary! Well if truth be told I am a bit late, it should have been back in April but I didn't twig in time! Come back on the 17th for my giveaway and don't forget to visit Sew Mama Sew to see all the other blogs taking part. Be warned however - hours of your life will be eaten up blog surfing!

Sunday, 9 May 2010

union jacks

Well after a couple of weeks of sewing I finally have completed my six blocks for the 3x6 mini bee over on Flickr. Sewing time has been squeezed in around hectic planting and weeding on the allotment. The first spring crops are starting to be harvested, with asparagus, pakchoi and salads now a regular on our table.

As the only Brit in my bee I decided to go with a Union Jack inspired block, using the colour choices my beehive peeps requested. They caused a great deal of head scratching, a bit of swearing and some taking out of wrong seams and re-sewing but I got there in the end!