Saturday, 31 December 2011

Bloggers choice

Thers's a fab little give away going on over at quokka quilts (oh quokka's - making me feeling even more homesick than new year and january usually does in London, sometimes I just long to be back in Oz but enough of that...).

You can put together a bundle of fabrics from the Fat Quarter Shop and then, the most awesome part, have a chance to win not just a fat quarter but a HALF YARD of each of them!!!! Wowee!!! I just had to enter as I love, love, love putting fabrics together. I created this bundle while talking to my sister on the phone (for an hour and a half) while she was having a new year at home and describing the sydney fireworks to me. I'm calling it Spring Roses as I cannot wait for Spring and all its colourful glory. the greyness of January is quite hard to take sometimes and these would totally cheer me up massively!

Happy New Year everyone, have a great one, wishing you peace, happiness and joy for 2012.

Friday, 30 December 2011

Makes for Molly

My baby niece is almost twelve weeks old now. As she lives in sunny Sydney I thought I would make her some little baby sun dresses. I used a cute Butterick pattern and made these little sundresss with matching frily knickers. Ahhhhhh baby clothes sooooo cute!!!

This one is lined with a beautiful spotty yellow fabric

The back

Frilly baby knickers

Oh yes and because I am obsessed with matchiness I had to do a bib too.

And then I did a version in blue, no ric rac on the dress and no pockets, lets face it what does a baby need pockets for?

I love these sweet buttons

Aaahh I can't wait to see a photo of her wearing them.

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

A year of makes

As 2011 draws to a close I have been thingking about all the things I have made this year and how much I have enjoyed participating in the various flickr swaps and bees. I've (virtually) met some really lovely people, learned lots of new skills and tried things I would never have tried without being on flickr. The internet has been such a wealth of inspirarion, full of great tutorials, wonderful ideas and fabulous examples of craft. In 2012 I plan to finish up lots of outstanding quilt projects, develop my little blog further and try my hand at designing a bag pattern. I have the most ridiculous number of bags and keep making more of them so I am going to try and channel my energies into design although I'm sure this will involve making lots of prototypes too.

Thanks to all those I have met on flickr and who have let me work with their fabrics and contribute to their quilt projects in some small way. Wishing you all a happy and peaceful new year and a crafty and inspired 2012!

Some of my 2011 bee blocks

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Baggie Pressies

December has been a blur. I've been pretty busy lately making Christmas and Birthday presents. First up is a knitting bag for my friend Amy who is an all round totally awesome crafty person. She introduced Crafternoon's to my life. We basically meet up do craft, eat cake and drink tea - bliss! The theme for her birthday is the completely inspired Krispy Kreme and Kava Ladies Tea party, the best birthday idea I have ever heard.

I made her this knitting bag using the Amanda's Knitting Bag pattern from the Sometimes Crafter's Etsy shop. I altered the pattern slightly to make the bag a bit wider so she could fit mor knitting stuff in and used some lovely liberty print fabric I had been hoarding.

and one without a kitty (not easy as they love being in the photos)

I also made this Nikki Tote for my sister with a mtching ruched happy pouch for make-up or other bits and pieces. I love this Joel Dewberry fabric and really want to keep this bag for myself but that would not be in the spirit of Christmas!