Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Hooray for Fabric Stashing!

I have been in desperate need of some basics to add to my stash... SO, I  had a little splurge..
Shopping Spot number 1... A Stack of Kona Cottons from Marmalade fabrics.. Tammy has such a great range..140 Kona Cottons and counting!!
I also couldn't resist the new Heather Ross... and I found this cute Peach Dot from  HERE that matches perfectly!
I was actually surprised how soft and light weight the fabric is. I had imagined it in the same basket as her Far Far Away II collection. But its not at all... Its more of a quilting weight cotton.
and my shipping box wasn't quite full... just enough room to squeeze in a little Fat Quarter from Melody Miller's new range.
Next shopping spot... Skye Reve Fabrics.. She has a great range of  Dots.. and I'm waiting on another parcel..... I'll share those fabrics with you when it arrives...
Shopping Spot number 3.... from Fabricworm..   I had been waiting for this fabric to be released... I bought two Fat Quarter Bundles in Joel Dewberry's new line Heirloom.
 Fabricworm also have them on sale at the moment!! You can buy yours HERE
 I have cut mine up into little pieces for a new Quilt for a Magazine.. Hopefully I can show you before i send it off...
Well,......... these should keep me busy for a little while!
or at least another week or so   ;)
I'm off to finish a couple new quilts I've been working on.. I'll show you pics soon.... xx

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Do you dabble in this?

I have a thing for little girls clothes. I see so many cute ones popping up around the place but i cant stop making quilts long enough to try something new..

A close friend of mine who used to Quilt, has started an online business selling her cute dresses for little girls. I thought I would introduce her to you!!
Hi!! My name is Lorraine, and i'm excited to share my dresses with you today!
I am a wife, and mother of 5, and Nanny to 10 adorable children. I started Primrose Lane Creations around 4 months ago.  I love dramatic fabrics, some shout Pick Me!! and some whisper You Know You Want Me!!  Some you know straight away what to do with and some will sit on the shelf until one day you go AHA....
I love to make Unique clothing for Unique little girls. One of my Favourites is the Kimono dress.
It is dramatic in any fabric. I have made it ultra modern or Shabby Chic, and i only ever use a fabric combination once..
I make sizes 1-10 and some styles to size 16. 
I'm selling my dresses through Facebook.. You can find me HERE
 If you see anything you like, just comment on the photo page. I can also do custom orders for you!

...Pop over and check out her shop!! She adds new dresses all the time!
Thanks Lorraine! xx
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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Finished Quilt and Winner Winner...

Thank you to everyone who entered the Go Baby Giveaway...
 The winning comment was
Congratulations Teje from Crete, Greek Islands... Blogland is a very BIG place!
Check your inbox, I have sent you an email..
I hope you enjoy your Go baby and 3 Dies!

For everyone else who missed out.. you can check out Accuquilt on Facebook. They often have bloggers like me post on their wall when they are hosting smilar giveaways... You can have another crack at winning!

I got to do a little sewing this week.. I finished off this Quilt
and
I also started on this one...
Im going to start selling a few baby Quilts.. Watch my Facebook page for the sales album!

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Giveaway - Win a Go Baby and your choice of Three Dies...

Want to WIN an
AccuQuilt Baby Go Fabric Cutter
 AND
 your choice of THREE DIES???
I Chose the Birds Cutting Die and the Branches/Stems Cutting Die... and made this Quilted Bird and Branch Wall hanging, You can see my Tutorial HERE
and I'm excited to make some christmas stockings to try out my other Die, the Holiday Medley..
If you WIN... you can choose any three dies you would like!
Pretty Cool hey! and its around $300 in value!
To win a Baby Go... Just leave a Comment on this Post..
and
for those of you who follow Chasing Cottons on Facebook and
 'Like' my Chasing Cottons Facebook page.. Leave another comment on this post for an extra entry...xx
Goodluck!
Giveaway will close Thursday night Aussie time and Winner will be Drawn Randomly.
Also, If you would like 22 Free Quilt Patterns.. Click Below
22 Free Patterns - Download Now

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Saffron Craig..

FAT QUARTER SALE!!!
Saffron is having a Fat Quarter Sale.. Grab a bargain HERE
For all of us Aussies, she is still offering FREE POSTAGE!
AND
My gorgeous Silk Scarf arrived in the mail this week... Have you seen these??
I have had the flu, so i have spend most of the week in trackies (sweats) and in bed, i wasn't glam enough to take a picture of me wearing it... So, i stole a picture of Saffron modelling ;) Thanks Saffron!
It is so beautiful....
It's 100% silk and sized at 185 x 50cm, perfect to wear it in many different ways.
You can spoil yourself with one HERE
Enjoy your weekend....Giveaway up next!!
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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

New Baby Quilt..and info on Commission Quilts?

A close friend of mine just had a sweet baby girl.. Her name is Setita and she is the cutest thing. She is Half Aussie and Half Tongan.. So I have started making her this quilt...
Just a few progress pictures to share with you....
My inspiration came from Kate and all her amazing Stack and Slash Quilts..
I'm just finishing off the binding and I will show you full pictures when I'm done...

Hey it has got me thinking though... Would anyone be interested in Commission Quilts?? Would any body like me to make a quilt for you?? I'm not sure how it would all work yet.. If anyone has had any experience with Commission Quilts I would love some insight..
Thanks everyone.. xx
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Friday, August 5, 2011

Quilted Bird wall art Tutorial.....Go baby!!

Ever since I made this bird wall art, I have wanted to make a quilted version. But the thought of cutting individual branches, individual leaves and all the little birds seemed too much work so I decided to put that idea on the shelf until i could be bothered.
Then the lovely Carolyn from Accuquilt contacted me to see if I would be interested in a Go baby Fabric cutter. I had seen a few around in blog land but never quite taken the next step about actually looking into what they do. So when i received the email from Carolyn I excitedly jumped on their website, to check out and choose 3 of their cutting dies.  I tell you what, It was a hard choice. Although I think the square/strip cutting dies could be faster and quite useful, I wanted to try the cutting dies that I would never sit and cut out by hand and or are basically impossible with a rotary cutter.
And..... Guess what I found??? My branches, leaves and BIRDS!! Perfect! oh and I had to grab a Christmas snowflake one while i was there..
They worked great!
So... Wanna make one???
If you don't have a Go baby cutter.. You can cut them individually or pop back soon.. I'll be having a Giveaway to win one!!
You need:-
Fabric scraps... around 6" x 4".
Brown fabric for leaves and branches
1m or 1yard of fusible webbing
Background fabric I used linen and it was 34" x 22"
Small black beads for eyes
Pearle 8 Quilting Cotton - Different colours
Binding, Backing fabric and batting.
Take your pieces and iron them all on to your fusible webbing. Cut each scrap out, so each scrap has the fusible webbing attached. I took a few of these pictures after I had made my wall hanging...( I was too excited as i made it to remember to take photos along the way) .. But its the same steps..
Lay your piece of fabric or cute pieces on your die.
 Lay the cutting mat over the top. Stick it into the Go Baby cutter. Take one hand and push down firmly on the cutter and with your other hand turn the lever.
Take it out from the cutter and lift off your cutting mat. The cutter cuts up to 8 layers of fabric so it has no problem if you want to layer a couple in to save time. If i didn't push down hard enough I did need to snip the shape away from the outer fabric in a couple places.
Lift off your fabric and your birds will be cut nice, neat and the perfect shape.
I cut 16 birds. Next cut your branches... I cut 4 branch dies, and joined some together...
Lay them all out how you think you would like them to go.
 Peel off your fusible webbing paper and iron the branches and leaves on to your back ground fabric.
I then stitched a straight line down each branch in brown thread..
and stitched around each leaf to give a bit of dimension.
Next lay out all your birds.. I put mine sitting a little above the branches so i could later sew legs on them.
Again, peel off the fusible paper and iron them onto your branches in place.
Baste your three layers together. Your backing fabric, batting and top.
Using Peale 8 Cotton I hand quilted around each bird and each wing.
 I used some little black beads for eyes and I taught myself how to chain stitch on YouTube HERE for the legs...
Then you bind your little wall hanging/quilt and your DONE!! xx
 What do you think???
It was fast... easy... And like I said before, you could cut each little bird/ branch/leaf out if you wanted... OR you can enter my giveaway (details soon) to win one.
Also, with AccuQuilt... they are giving away 22 Free Patterns!!
Click to redeem your free patterns..
22 Free Patterns - Download Now
I hope i see a few little wall hangings popping up around the place and keep your eye out for the Giveaway coming soon xx

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