Sunday, 28 September 2014

Sizzix


I know it's been a while since I posted, but what with a combination of health issues and time it's been a teensy bit tricky. But I thought I would kickstart things with a little sneak preview of something a couple of my friends have been asking me to make for a couple of years. I took out my Big Shot from Sizzix and got cutting.


I made my Sizzix sandwich as usual and simply put it through the Big Shot. I got my cute rectangular pieces of fabric, within seconds. I was saying to Hubby that the longest part of using the Sizzix is choosing fabrics!

Hey presto, 5 minutes of work and a group of 2" x 4" rectangles cut!


I'm afraid I cannot show you more as yet, but I promise it will be finished shortly! Fi

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Pencil case and make up pouch


I made a couple of things last week which I forgot to share.

A cute pencil case


 and a mini make up pouch


Hoping to make some more of these in the next couple of weeks!

Friday, 25 July 2014

All about the summer really


 As the title of the post says, we've had another run of glorious weather.

It feels very Mediterranean here in Dublin at the moment.  Not complaining and I won't complain when we get a bit of rain too though (only for the garden's sake).

I don't make a big habit of cutting flowers for the garden but I made an exception to show off my table runner I made for a girl over in Tipperary. 


Feels very summery doesn't it?

I am ignoring my grass at the moment, I will have to buy some feed and get it into the grass, but my grass is a bit of a disaster at the moment, the heat ?

But I spend some time refreshing my hanging baskets and a couple of window boxes but also planting up these old coffee cups! I couldn't use them for anything else as they have hairline cracks, but they look great on my outdoor table.


 I also got a new delivery of white thread, yippee!  If you are interested in trying them, and I can safely say when you try them you'll be back for more, head over to my thread shop here



Finally I made some more balls yesterday and prepped three more yesterday late afternoon, although after I run my errands today I will be working on a pram quilt and sewing this evening.


So despite all the crap that's going on around the world at the moment I hope you have a peaceful and happy day today.

X Fi
 

Monday, 21 July 2014

A bit of garden news

I think this is the first year that I have been able to enjoy some flowers in my garden.

I have been focused on ensuring that I have a lot of greenery in the garden, I hate the winter garden when there's nothing to look at and I always wanted to make sure that certain plants I put in the garden would be evergreen and that's worked so far, but in the summer I was lamenting the fact that I didn't have a huge amount of flowers, and this year I bought flowering plants!



My chocolate plant is also in flower and some ranunckles which I love and put in as bulbs!

My plan was also to put some edging around the border of my grass (which I might add is not looking so great this summer).  Note to self buy some more grass feed.

I don't think the edging will happen this year, not with starting up my own business, have to concentrate on that.

Happy with the colours in my flower borders though! 

Sad news for one of my climbing hydrangeas, something was eating the you know what out of it so I just took it out, I bought it a couple of month's ago, shame...

Now to check if it's time to start planting any spring bulbs, have to be so ahead eh!

That's all my garden news for the moment!

Fi


 

Monday, 14 July 2014

Sizzix

 
Well I was very busy this weekend up in my craft room, between making patchwork balls for the shop and customers to finishing off a quilt.  And it's the quilt I would like to share with you.
 
I make my pram quilts using mostly fabrics pulled from my scrap basket, which I have to be honest is sadly dwindling.
 
I was a bit stuck for inspiration so I decided to flick through my Sizzix dies.  I chose this one which gives you a 4" finished square (4.5" unfinished).
 

I layered up my fabric on the die.  I only put about 5 layers at a time, I am sure it's not going to break it's just me. 

I made a Sizzix sandwich by placing a cutting mat on either side of the die, i.e, one on the bottom and one on top.  So cutting mat, die, fabric, cutting mat.


Rolled it through the Big Shot machine this is my favourite part!!

Hey presto!  5 x 4" squares with little or no hassle!


The odd time you might have to snip a thread that hasn't come away from the die, but that's no problem at all!

I cut another load until I had 20 squares in total and then started assembling blocks.



Working through all my scraps I made twenty blocks measuring 6.5" x 6.5".

Keeping it nice and simple I sewed four blocks together to make a row.  I did this until I had five rows in total.  Then sewed the rows together.  I added some white cotton around as a border and personalised this little quilt for a little baby boy.

Basted it and quilted it and finally bound it with some Stof fabric.  Here is the result.


I hope he likes it!


Full shot.


I have already started cutting fabric with two other dies for a scrappy quilt, blog post will follow soon, but the squares are 2" finished with a 2" rectangle, so excited!

X Fi





















 
 
 


Sunday, 13 July 2014

How to glue hexies

 

 So I have a secret project on at the moment which involves making loads of hexies. I have been basting them methodically but thought about a pic I saw on IG where a lady was proudly showing her glued hexie. 

So I rummaged around and found my Sewling Glue pen.  Hoping it hadn't dried out, although I had never even opened the packet I gingerly took it out of it's packaging.


Had a quick read of the instructions, very simple.

I started gluing. I still pinned my paper template to the fabric just because, but I soon stopped once I got the hang of it.


I dabbed a bit of the glue along the top of the hexie, on the fabric that is, folded the fabric over the paper template and smoothed it down.

I then moved along to the next side of the hexie and on each corner dabbed more glue and folded the fabric over the paper template.


I continued the process all the way around and ended up with a nice little hexie that took next to no time to make!


Simples!


EDIT:  Just to reply to a question that one of the girls left in the comments, I found it easy to take off the paper backing, I learnt quickly that only a proper dab of glue is required, don't go crazy.  Yes you can reuse the paper templates, not a problem. Hoping that helps. x

x Fi

Friday, 4 July 2014

Another beautiful giveaway over at Celticfusion Fabrics

My sponsor Celtic Fusion Fabrics is hosting another beautiful giveaway!
 


Would you like to have a chance at winning 10 Fat quarters from the new 'September Blue' collection from Dashwood Studios?

You can enter either via her Facebook page by leaving a comment and follow her page and for a bonus entry you can leave a comment on her blog.



Giveaway closes 10th July 2014.

Best of luck!