swap round-up {part 2}

Quite a while ago, I took part in a lovely mini quilt swap, the #WinningLoveMiniSwap, run by Miranda (IG: @ihavepurplehair). The post date for this was in January and I was lucky enough to be a part of #TeamLoveConquersAll, a sentiment close to my heart. This world needs all the love it can get, not to mention a little more tolerance, understanding, and respect, for and by all of us.

For this swap, I was allocated the lovely Jackie Gillies (IG: @jackiegillies) to make for which for me was a little intimidating as Jackie makes beautiful quilts and is very well known in the IG quilty community. Most particularly Jackie is known for her #quiltblockstohealviolence project over on Instagram and as the founder of Keep Safe Quilts.

Jackie noted in her swap application that she loved saturated colours and modern, clean lines (just like me) so I decided to make her a rainbow/low volume mini using little windmill blocks.

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Here is the mini-quilt I sent off to Jackie… with a few extras!

And here is a close-up of the label…

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The cutest mini-quilt label…

 

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swap round-up {part 1}

Since the end of last year, I’ve joined in quite a few craft/sewing swap adventures and have managed to complete all but two. My last two swaps are all shipping at the moment, but because of the mountain of stress I had finishing off the last of my first-semester uni assessments, I fell a bit behind… eek!

I’m sending out a huge virtual apology to my two lovely swap partners because they’ll have to wait at least until the end of this week before I ship out their packages. Sorry girls! Here I’m borrowing from the lovely Cosima from Orphan Black.

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kind of my personal motto – source

In between stitches though, I thought I’d post some round-up posts of my swapping fun…

First up? The For the Love of Jane Swap! Hosted by Molly McMahon Martin aka Rose & Odin. It was a general craft swap and my partner was Erin aka @ermire and here is a peek at what I sent to her. I had a lot of fun looking for Janenite inspired goodies, like toffee, tea, girly stationery and pretty threads.

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Next came… the Rainbow Mini Swap hosted by the lovely Kate Basti and my awesome swap mama Terri aka @crookedwhimsy! This was a fabulous swap experience as I just loooooooove bright, modern fabric and low volume contrasts. And I really had fun learning how to piece these little wonky propeller blocks on the machine. Looking for fun, bright goodies to go with this mini was also fun and I really hope my partner, Chelle aka @chellempcs loved them all as much as I did!

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dinna fash lassie’s, it’s an Outlander swap!

Thanks for stopping by! This is a general craft swap for those of us who are either a fan of Diana Gabaldon’s fabulous books or the more recent TV series… or both! The swap is being organised by myself (alittlereddress) and Hannah (quirkyhannah).

As this is a general crafty theme, you can make whatever you like tailored to your partner’s desires and it can be one big thing or a number of things. All we ask is that you check out your partner’s feed and create something special. You can include extra items (handmade or purchased), but these are left to your discretion.

Now for the the important bit:

Sign Ups Close: 13th February 2015.

Partner Allocation: Will be sent out by 20 February 2015.

Deadline to Send: 01 May 2015 for International 14 May 2015 for Domestic.

Now for some pesky rules…..

  1. This is a blind swap – you will create something for your partner in secret and not reveal your identity until your package is received. You will not know who is creating for you.
  2. This swap is open internationally so there is a possibility you may have a partner in another country. If we get enough interest we will try and match where possible to keep postage costs low.
  3. The shipping deadline is 14 May 2015 for Domestic and 01 May 2015 for International. You may ship a little earlier but please do your best to ship on time! If you are unable to do so or need to pull out of the swap for any reason please let Hannah or myself know as soon as possible. It is not much fun to be on the receiving end where nothing turns up.
  4. This swap is open to all abilities and all crafters.
  5. You must have an active and public Instagram account to participate. This makes it easier for your partner to find out info about you and your tastes so that they can create items with you in mind. Posts from private accounts will not show up in the hashtag feed. I apologise to those who are unwilling or unable to be public but this makes it easier and fairer on all.
  6. You need to complete the online questionnaire available here. Please be as helpful as you can in your answers but also bear in mind your partner might not be able to cater to all your requests.
  7. Please post teaser photos on Instagram using the hashtag #outlandercraftswap so we can all see your progress and wonder who the lucky recipient will be!
  8. When you have sent your parcel please post on Instagram tagging either alittlereddress and/or quirkyhannah or email us.
  9. When you have received your parcel please post it and a thank you on Instagram tagging us and your partner.

Sign Ups are Now Closed!

Any questions? Comment below. We’re both really looking forward to this and seeing what you all create!

xoxo Kylie

mrs darcy

As a big fan of reading and the lovely Jane Austen, I literally squeaked when I came across a craft swap themed around one of my favourite authors and her fabulous {sometimes outrageous} characters pop up on IG. The ‘For the Love of Jane’ swap, hosted by Molly McMahon Martin aka Rose & Odin, is a general craft swap which means you can make whatever you like, tailored to your partner’s desires. If you like, you can make more than one thing and of course add some fun extras for your partner. To get to know what your partner loves best about Jane, the etiquette is all about secretly stalking their social media, because this is also a ‘blind’ or secret swap!

If you’re interested in taking a look at what the participants are working on, you can type in #fortheloveofjaneswap in your mobile IG app, but be careful not to swoon…

To get into the Austen groove, I got my creative on made a few downloadables for my fellow Janenites! There are versions in both A5 {148mm X 210mm} and A4 {210mm X 297mm} for you to enjoy. Just download and print!

 

 

 

Itching to stitch…

Well hello there! I’ve been away from this blog for such a long time that I thought it was time to pop back in for a moment and show you something pretty.

Thanks to the lovely Tania, I recently came across this new embroidery book by Gail Pan called Patchwork Loves Embroidery. As I also LOVE embroidery, I thought it must be time for another book review.

source: Martingale

I’ve reviewed this lovely tome over on the Sunbury Stitchers blog so I won’t repeat myself here, but suffice to say once my exams are over in the next two weeks, I will be whipping up one or two of these little pincushions. Tania and I have a history of crazy stitching challenges, so I’ve pledged to make one of these gorgeous pincushions with her as a challenge. I haven’t caught up with the Gisborne stitching group in quite a while, purely due to my mad commitments this year…more about that soon, but I do hope to catch them over the semester break.

source: Martingale

Here are some divine versions of these pincushions done by blogger Sameliasmum {see link below}. She recently had a giveaway for this book, but alas I was too late and missed out. Her colour selections are so me, all bold, bright and modern. I LOVE them!

source: Sameliasmum
Sameliasmum on Pinterest

By the way, if you need some embroidery inspiration and these images aren’t quite enough for you, take a look at my little collection of pins over here… You’ll find lots of links to stitching tutorials too!

playing catch up… {no. 29}

You may have noticed I have a lot of UFO’s. I haven’t even listed them all on my UFO page, because apart from the sheer embarrassment factor, you might find yourself scrolling and scrolling and scrolling so far down your browser, your arm falls off from the sheer strain of it!
So…in the essence of keeping things simple while also trying to shrink my HUGE list of projects (some started, some still in the planning stages and others just twinkles in my eyes) I’m going to endeavour to finish one thing every week (and not start any new ones).
I won’t name names here, but you should see one post every week showcasing a finished UFO item. It’s a big ask, but I do need to get things moving along a little. So here goes… the first item to be crossed off the list is the prototype of the Little Mister Softie and Cushion pattern. He’s been sitting amongst my sewing things as finished back and front pieces for a few months now and here he is…ta da….finished! I’ve embellished him a little, with specs and some buttons on his shirt, but you can make him up as is, straight from the pattern.

My little mister has specs, because he’s for my Gabriel who also wears them…

The most exciting thing about this particular project being finished is that this Little Mister was my final run through of the Little Miss/Little Mister patterns. Now that I’m happy with them and Little Miss is all finalised in my Etsy store, ready for crafty peeps to buy, I can finish off Little Mister and list him too! 
To celebrate, I’m going to giveaway a copy of your choice of either my Little Miss or Little Mister pattern, along with a fabric kit to make one up (colour way will depend on your choice of pattern).

All you need to do to enter is to leave me a comment mentioning what fabrics or colours you might use to make a Little Miss/Little Mister softie. Extra entry if you like my facebook page. Because this giveaway started a little later than I wanted it to, you have until the Sunday, 4 November to enter… yay!

my creative space – petite pincushions {no. 4}

A little while ago…at the Sunbury Stitcher’s Quilt Show, I had a lovely conversation with one of the shop ladies about her sweet little pincushion. She told me roughly how it was made, so I gave it a go and ended up with this delightful little thing. A perfect size to keep in the tin with my other hexie making items.

The orignial pincushion

Since then some of the ladies at stitching have asked me to have a mini workshop to teach them how to make one, so I thought I’d better come up with a less “fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants” method. My creative space this week is completely taken up with petite pincushion making.

When I made my prototype, I used various household items to trace around for the three sized circles needed for the base, the leaves and {for want of a better term} the pouffy centre. To make things easier I’ve made a set of templates for you to download and print out, so that if you feel inclined, you can follow along and make your own petite pincushion.

Other bits and pieces you might need, include a plastic milk bottle top, some softie fill, a small scrap of wadding, various scraps or smallish pieces of fabric {I used three complementary colours}, craft glue and general sewing supplies {needles, thread, scissors}.

your requirements…plus softie fill and a scrap of wadding!

Start by downloading the template and print it out. I copied mine onto template plastic as they’re going be used quite a lot during ‘the workshop’.

Cut out one circle from your ‘base’ fabric, seven circles from your ‘petal’ fabric (**Edited to add: I’ve included two option for your petals, size 1 and size 2. Size 1 petals give you small petite petals, size 2 gives you larger, floatier petals. Both look great!), one circle from your ‘pouffy centre’ fabric and one circle from the wadding the same size as your ‘pouffy centre’.

Take your circle of ‘base’ fabric and sew a running stitch all the way around the circle, close to the edge of the fabric. Pop the piece of wadding into the centre of the fabric so it’s sitting on the ‘wrong side’. Put the milk bottle top on top of the wadding, again in the centre of the fabric. Carefully pull up the thread so that the fabric gathers up over the edge of the bottle top and secure with a few small stitches. It doesn’t need to be overly tight, just as long as it’s gathered in a little like this…

Then take a circle of ‘petal’ fabric, fold it in half and then in quarters. Sew a running stitch around the circular edge of the fabric close to the edge. Pull up the thread so that edge gathers tightly and secure with a few small stitches as before. Repeat with all seven circles until you have seven petals.

Now take your final circle of ‘pouffy centre’ fabric and sew a running stitch all the way around the circle, close to the edge of the fabric. Carefully pull up the thread so that the fabric gathers up a little and stuff the small pouch with softie fill. Gather the thread up a little more and try to stuff in a little more softie fill so it begins to feel firm. Gather the thread a little more and secure with a few small stitches. You don’t need to completely close up the circle, just enough that you end up with a little cushiony, button shape…you won’t see the bottom, so it doesn’t have to be too neat.

Put a line of glue around the edges of the fabric gathered up around the bottle top and place the petals {gathered side facing inwards} evenly around the circle.

Once you are happy with the way the petals are sitting, put another line of glue along the gathered inside edges of the petals. Place the ‘pouffy centre’ on top of the petals and press firmly until the centre seems stuck in place. Wait for the craft glue to dry for a little while before using {as I obviously did here} and then you’re done.

Ta da! Hope your petite pincushion is perfectly pouffy! Why don’t you go visit some more creative spaces…. 🙂

my creative space

I was chatting to a {very talented} fellow stitcher last Tuesday night who mentioned she spent some time reading through my blog. Apparently she noticed I had an alarming tendency to show sneak peeks of projects that I’ve been working on, but never get around to showing the finished products… :]

OK, I confess! My secret is out. I start a lot more things than I ever finish… my UFO list is quite long and now I’ve been found out. Ahhhhh!

I’ve been trying very hard lately to take on things that I know I can complete over a couple of days {attention span very small} and have managed to finish my Chinese Whisper block {of which I’m very proud} and now this…

…my hottie cover for Cam’s Hottie Challenge. Here is the sneak peek!

Here is another one…

And here is the finished item. Yay!

Front of my bookworm hottie…

There you go Evelyn. I do finish things. This little hottie is part of a group entry for an exhibition at Open Drawer to benefit The Margaret Pratt Foundation organised by Cam of Curlypops. Go here or here and check out a whole bunch of wonderful entries!

Back of my hottie!

This has gone off in the post today. Thank you so much for organising this Cam, I really enjoyed the challenge and think it’s a great way to raise much needed funds for a brilliant cause!

Oh! And for more creative spaces – pop on over here!