Friday, 13 March 2015

A Win & Some Birthday Sewing

I was lucky enough to win two Give Aways through the Grow Your Blog Party (that hasn't finished yet, so if you want to venture over to see what went on click on the link here.) 

I told you about the first gift which dropped into my letter box last week, and earlier this week I received this little parcel of goodies from the lovely Chantal who blogs At the Corner of Scrap and Quilts.

A sweet little card, a fat quarter of fabric with colourful prints of hands and feet, and the most beautiful fabric origami butterfly brooch.  All the way from Canada.  Thank you Chantal.  They are gorgeous.
How about going over to visit Chantal here.

It was my daughter's birthday on Tuesday, so I set to and made her some presents.

First up, I made a couple of Mini Design Boards from a tutorial by Lori Holt on the blog Bee in My Bonnet

I totally struggled with these.  The tutorial is simple to follow, and looked so easy!  But I am a total klutz when it comes to glue guns, and that binding is glued down.  I managed to get glue from one end of the workroom to the other, and on myself as well, and also managed to burn myself about 3 times for each board.  If I make them again, I will need to work out a different way to bind them which doesn't involve a glue gun. (or find someone who will do it for me!)

The other gift I made was a Quilted Knitting Pouch from a tutorial by A Spoonful of Sugar.

This was using a sewing machine, not a glue gun, so I was happy.  LOL

I quilted it with a cross hatch, then chose to double sew all the lines of the cross hatch.  I have never done that before and I really love the effect.  It makes the unquilted bits really puff up.

I had bought the fabric a couple of months back with my daughter in mind, but I had no idea what I was going to make with it.

I popped a bunch of knitting goodies into the bag as well.  Maybe I'll get my knitting notions back now. (giggle)

I think she likes it, don't you?

Today Joan had a pattern at Friday Quilters which inspired me, and I rushed home and dragged out my 2.5" strips.  First off, I pulled them all out of the baggie I had them in and laid them out in their colours to see what I actually had.

Aren't all the rainbow colours lush!
My initial idea was to do a top with brown/red/green strips but there aren't many brown ones and the red ones are pretty scarce too.  So I think it might have to be green/blue/purple that's what I have most of.
But in the process of digging through the scrap bins, I found the baggie with 6" pink squares, and got side tracked with them.  Should I make up a quilt with them??  Hmmmmm...

So you know what I did?  Nothing.  Zilch.  Nil. 
Instead I phoned a girlfriend and gasbagged for a good long while, and now I am blogging.  LOL  And now its time to go feed the man.  Oh well, there's always another day.

Til next time.....Keep on sewing.


  1. Hello Dasha! Lovely presents you made for your daughter and she looks so pleased with them! Have a lovely weekend! :) xx

  2. Instead of using binding for your mini design boards, try using thin, colorful, duct tape. I think mine was made by Scotch. It holds the batting down, looks cute, and sticks all by itself!

  3. I did not join in the Grow Your Blog party this year. I have not had the time to do much blogging this year, so far. I have not had much time. I help out with my grandchildren, still, though they are all school age now. I also try to be available as much as possible for my daughter whose husband is very sick with cancer. I love meeting all the new friends, but I didn't feel I could do the party justice this year. The gifts you received are really nice and the things you made for your daughter are very pretty. I especially like the little knitting notions bag! Have a beautiful and blessed weekend!

  4. Hi Dasha. Your knitting bag looks wonderful. Lovely win too.

  5. You've been busy! The little knitting bag is sweet! Lucky daughter!

  6. Lovely gifts all round there!
    I must cut my fabrics up into squares and strips, if only to store it more easily.
    Smashing pink squares, it will be fun to see what you do with them.
    I am planning on going across the Humber at the end of the month, so should have something to show you then from Saxby.
    I don't suppose Barton on Humber has any link to your ancestors too does it? Its on the other side of the Humber Bridge in Lincolnshire.

  7. Hi Dasha,congrats on your win and yep your daughter loves her knitting bag xx

  8. Those stacks of colored fabric are SO pretty - isn't it inspiring to see them all? I adore that quilted pouch! In the photo with your daughter, you can really tell how BIG it is! Nice! That quilting is very pretty, and the fabric is so happy. Glue gun attack! I've had many burns over the years too. I only use it when I absolutely have to :)


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