Friday, April 11, 2014

Another WTF Card!

Just love using this fun sentiment for Forty and Fifty cards!  I used two challenges to make this card: Color Throwdown and Retro Sketches.

I have to say that I really struggled with the colour combination and ended up adding the black to create a more dramatic, comic book effect to match the image.

Here are the two challenges:


Oh What a Dilemma! Help Needed!

Well I was all sorted with the layout of the Petite Street Quilt until I made the mistake of asking my husband what he thought of it.  You know when people pause for a split second longer than normal before they reply and you just know they hate it!  Doesn't really matter what comes out of their mouths after that does it, it's too late.  So I turn to the knowledgeable quilting readers out there to ask for advice.  I have played around with these HSTs and now have 8 options which I NEED opinions on, so PLEASE comment!!

Option 1: The Diagonal Stripe

Option 2: Triangles

Option 3: Pinwheels

Option 4: Diamonds

Option 5: The Wonky Zig Zag

Option 6: Ribboned Pin-wheel

Option 7: Simple Star

Option 8: Complex Star
Other suggestions gladly received!  

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Rainbow Finish and some W.I.P.

Finally finished up the Hidden Squares Rainbow Cushion.  More pleased with it than I thought.  Still not sure that it has a place in our home, so not sure it's a keeper, watch this space on that one!  However I am totally pleased with learning the paper piecing technique.  And quilting such nice squares (I used washi tape to keep the distance equal and the lines nice and straight).  It worked a treat!

Years ago I had seen a beautiful quilt that had been quilted with rainbow variegated thread on a black background.  It looked stunning so I bought some of the thread.  I think this may be the first time I have used it on fabric.  

And now for the W.I.P.  I bought a fat quarter bundle of Petite Street a while ago and split it with a friend.  Yesterday I decided to cut into it and make some large HSTs.  My finished blocks will be 8 inch square and are to be used for a baby quilt.  My favourite has to be the cloud fabric! Planning to put that on the back, and bind with the pink and white spots.

Sharing at Fabric Tuesday and WIP Wednesday.  Have a lovely day!

Sew Cute Tuesday
Fresh Poppy Design

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hidden Squares Cushion all Quilted

Finally managed to find five minutes to quilt the paper pieced rainbow squares cushion and post it on here!

I decided to quilt a square of each colour around. Then used some variegated thread to do a few squares bordering around the square and then the remaining squares black.  I liked the framed look it gives. 

Now just got to decide what colour to bind it or aqua? Or other suggestions welcome...

It was lovely to get a bit of time to work on something that isn't for work. To be honest I don't know if I even want to keep this cushion! But it was good to try a new technique. :-) 

Sharing at:

Fresh Poppy Design

And at Not Just a Housewife.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Aren't Mothers Lovely?

Well here in the UK it is Mother's Day on Sunday.  I know I left it a bit late to buy cards and that became apparent when I went to choose said cards at the local shops.  The choice was totally rubbish - guess everyone else is super organised!  So I decided to make them myself.  I haven't made any cards in a while so it was fun to go looking for some card challenges to do and to get out the stamps, inks and punches.

I used the CASE Study Challenge for both cards and the Color Throwdown for the floral one.

The stamps for this floral one are from Stampin Up.  The Lovely You stamp is from Unity.  I cut the flowers out and raised them up on foam tape to add a bit of dimension.

The second one used a butterfly punch and a butterfly die.  I stitched the butterflies on and gave some of them trails.

If you're in the UK enjoy Mother's Day this Sunday!

I love CASE Study