Tuesday, 15 April 2014

A Spring quilt finish

Its sunny and cold here in Northumberland, just the right sort of weather for beach photos! 

I love this old pink building, it was painted this colour when it was in use during World War II 
It makes an interesting backdrop for a quilt! 

Backed in my favourite backing fabric (I promise I will used something else soon!) I think it looks lovely and fresh against the coastal colours.

With all of its soft minty colours and floral fabrics I thought it could do with a little zing in the binding and went for a scrappy binding with quite a few shades of coral. 

It is now listed in my shop ready to go to a new home! 

Monday, 14 April 2014

Quilt blocks and a winner!

Hexies, farmers wives and their ponies, bee blocks just a little part of my busyness this Easter holidays :) 

I will admit to having some doozies with the pony club, Y seams and I need to get reacquainted and back on speaking terms soon! 

Our fall out came about thanks to this block - Cowboys Star 

I am paper piecing my way through the book and for sanities sake I've blown the blocks up to 10.5" because if I'm being super honest, while I love the look of many tiny patterns-I hate sewing fiddly small blocks en masse. 1 or two aren't a bother but ask me to sew up 90 or so and I might be sick.

We started off well and I managed 1 quadrant without too any referrals to youtube tutorials.

Then this happened. 

Thankfully I had my seam ripper handy and managed to unpick and resew without the fabric folds.

Then just as I thought I was home free...

I have bott all idea even how this happened as when I've checked my points on the back it all looks to be spot on. So this block is now sitting in the corner waiting for me to get my sewjo back in gear and work out what on Earth went wrong with it.

The other thing I have managed to do this morning was pick a winner for my little giveaway Sorry if you've been waiting a whole week  while for this! 
1-6 comments gave me a fun dice roll on random.org :D

The winner is comment number 6, congratulations jednoiglec! I will email you and we can put together a fab crochet edged pillowcase for you! 

Hope everyones easter week is a good one and you get loads os sewing time to play! 

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Fresh Sewing day

Lily's Quilts

I'm Linking up with Lilys quits fresh sewing day for the first time in an absolute age and taking a quick look back over March's makes.

I'm surprisingly happy with the mix this month, a little hand sewing, some bee blocks, a nice crochet trim here & there and a colourful large lap quilt :) 

I still have this one needing it's rows sewn up, my Spring quilt with it's pretty florals has been waiting for me to feel better so that I can pop into town and pick up some wadding. I always seem to feel less drive to get the individual steps of a project completed if I don't have all of the supplies to hand.

What do you have planned for April? 

Monday, 31 March 2014

A little update and a give-away!

A week or so ago Abby from While she naps put together a really interesting post about User testing your blog or online shop and if you have either I recommend you have a look over at her blog as it is a wealth of information for bloggers and small business owners. 
The user testing post in particular caught my attention as I often wonder how readers/customers find my shop, so I submitted my shop to Peek and waited. What came back was valuable feedback about how the non-crafty community use Etsy. Some people that are new to the site use it the same way that I use ebay, that is with little interaction with the shop or person I purchase from, I buy from Ebay as a brand not an individual seller or their shop.
After watching the reviewer take a look around my shop and then disappear off into Etsy's main site...well I felt a bit rubbish. 
I don't like feeling down about something I love doing, so I set about looking for a solution and over the last week I've read so many reviews and recommendations! I decided to go with Big Cartel as well as keeping the Etsy shop open and see how that goes for a little while. As you can tell if you've came over for a visit the blog has a new look and my new shop Issabella's patchwork quilts is in the tabs ^ above ^  (One of the pluses of being poorly on the sofa is a lot of internet time!) 
Now onto the give-away part of the post, if you would like to win a custom made crochet trim pillowcase leave a comment on this post telling me about your experiences shopping for handmade items, the good, bad, funny or awful and I'll use random.org to pick a winner next Monday.

Give-away is now closed