Sunday, June 23, 2013

My first time as pattern tester!

There's a first time for everything and this weekend it was my first time testing a pattern for someone. YAY!

Kristy at Quiet Play is currently working on paper-pieced Star Wars patterns that are based on the Star Wars Lego figures. You can see the ones she worked on on her latest blogpost and she'll soon be making the available in her Craftsy store, entirely for free!

Being a Star Wars nerd myself - and having grown up with the movies and both my mum and dad loving Star Wars - just seeing the patterns Kristy already made got me extremely excited and brought out that famous tickle in my fingers to make, make, make, sew, sew, sew.
I had the chance to pick between a few and I picked Princess Leia and making her was sooo much fun!

Here she is, created mostly in solids, apart from her gown, and without any added features.

Then I put my thinking cap on and got creative, embroidering her hair with the machine and painting her face on using fabric paint. Her lips look a little weird, but that's because the paint was still a bit wet and I didn't iron over it again before taking pictures. What do you think?

I think she's a cutie and it goes without saying that I'll link this post up to Kristy's Paper Piecing Party. Just have to! ;)

Will you be making a Star Wars themed project when Kristy adds these patterns to her shop? I think I will make a quilt for my little brother, but shhh ;)

Hope you have a good start into the new week and see you next time!
xx Lia

Saturday, June 22, 2013

To all my followers...

Since Google Reader is retiring in a couple of days - boohoo, I know - I would love for everyone of you to follow me via Bloglovin' to still be able to read my posts, if you haven't already found a different solution for yourself.

You can follow me by clicking the following button or by using the little pink one on the right of this page.

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Hoping to see you all on the other side of this switch. And it would be great, if you could let me know what other blog readers you are using now that Google Reader is waving its bye-bye. 

Have a great weekend, everyone! I'm off out for a meal :) 
xx Lia

Sunday, June 16, 2013

A Stitch In Time

Once again it's that time of the month...and I just realised how that sounded, but I actually mean that it was time to work on the next block in the "And Sew On" BOM series by Kristy at Quiet Play.

I didn't want to be fashionably late again, so here's my block for June.

Once again I stuck to my theme and the same fabrics, the only odd one out so far is last month's block with the iron since I used light blue as the background fabric there and not white. But I am hoping to make up for that with one of the future blocks. As usual I can't wait for the next one, this series of blocks has taught me soooo much in terms of paper piecing. I didn't know anything about paper-piecing when I did the first block in January and since then I have learned a lot and also got addicted. So thanks Kristy for all the amazing patterns!

I'm also linking this up with Kristy's Paper Piecing Party. I won a free pattern in one of the previous weeks, so I just need to keep trying ;)

What are you working on?
xx Lia

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Bat-Hoot-Bag...

Finished work a little earlier than usual today and thought I could make use of the bit of extra time to finish the tote for my current swap.

I really hope my partner will like this, so without further ado, here's the tote I made for my partner :)

I made the bag out of a cotton-linen blend of fabric and appliqued the owl and branches on. Personally I think the owl looks a bit like batman, so this will be lovingly called the bat-hoot-bag. *coughs*

The front and back are both quilted, the front in free-motion. It's the first time I did this with my Singer machine, and found it to be a lot easier than on my mum's old machine, which was so difficult to do that it almost completely put me off free-motion. So I'm a little proud, since this piece turned out quite nicely in my opinion. Of course I still have a lot more to learn, seeing how I'm a complete and utter free-motion beginner. 

I used one of the fancy stitches on my machine to embroider the straps. That stitch has turned into my favourite for totes, I've used it a lot recently. Those leaves are just too cute. The lining fabric is a low volume flower print and I also added a small pocket, so my partner has some extra space.

Here are a  few more close-ups of the bag.

I also have a few little extras to send along with the bag, but I want to keep them a surprise to my partner, so won't be posting pictures of them yet. :)

And last but not least, I'm linking this project up as my entry to the Modern Mini Quilt Challenge hosted by the lovely Jennifer Mathis at Ellison Lane Quilts

Hope you all have a great day!

Until next time,
xx Lia

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Final blocks of the Summer Sampler Sew-Along

I finally managed to sit down and finish the last 3 blocks of the Summer Sampler Sew-Along by Jennifer from Ellison Lane Quilts. I know, I'm a week late, but I pushed it off for a bit to work on my tote for my swap and then work got in the way and other stuff kept me busy, too. That's life, right? 

Here are my last 3 blocks now.

Block 7 - Slice of Pie

Block 8 - Strawberry Cake

Block 9 - Ice Cream Cone

All of the blocks together.

Now I need to put sashing on them and create a mini quilt because I want to join Jennifer's Modern Mini Challenge as well. Not sure yet if I'll do it with this one or with a different mini quilt. Still got a week time to decide what to do, better get working on it!

I'm linking this post up to Kristy's Paper Piecing Party!

Paper Piecing Party

Have a great weekend everyone!
xx Lia

Thursday, June 6, 2013

My Fabric Basket arrived!!!!

Today was a good day! Because I had unexpected mail - unexpected because it was from a secret partner in a swap, but if I'm honest, I've been waiting patiently for something to arrive for a while now as most of the other partners sent and received already, even though deadline was only this week.

To make a long story short, I was part of a Secret Fabric Basket Swap, hosted by Leona's Quilting Adventures and it was super fun!

Here's what I received today, from Karin in Sweden

Look at all these goodies!

 A beautiful fabric basket with lots of room. It actually has the size of a mini-tote! 
Also note the super adorable postcard of a beaver taking his measurements to make a pair of pants! LOL!

Vintage buttons, a frame for a coin purse, thread and cough drops.

Lots of lovely scraps. I totally adore the cherry fabric! LOVE!

2 funky bell-pepper coasters and more scraps.

More scraps, some just perfect for fuzzy cutting!

Thank you sooooooo much, Karin! I love these and you really made my day! :)

I have to say, these swaps really make addicted. It's like Christmas and it gets me excited, although honestly Christmas in my opinion is the worst holiday of the whole year, hands down. But I just LOVE swaps and I love surprises, so...swaps are perfect.

And since I currently have my own swap running, I thought I could post a sneak peak of a little part of the tote that I am making for my partner. But just a tiny sneaky peak ;)

I should add that I finally got around to trying free-motion quilting on my Singer machine. Boy, it's easier on that one than on any other machine that I tried on before. This is the first time I actually managed to make something look halway decent, so I'm really a bit proud of that achievement right now. 

Do you have any free-motion tips for a total beginner?
I have purchased in Diane Needham's class "Design It, Quilt It" on Craftsy when it was on sale last week and so far have learned a lot. Thanks to Karen for recommending it!

Have a nice day everyone and see you next time,
xx Lia

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