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Work In Progress Wednesday

Ahh, this last week had a bank holiday weekend, and it was the first weekend in months that I didn't have a single other thing to do (not that I didn't have options, I was just good at saying no!)  My next few weekends are busy again (although for the life of me I can't remember what I promised I would do on the 6th September - anybody?  Anybody?), so this weekend I luxuriated in the 3 whole days to do as I wished.

On Saturday I perused my newly delivered Quilt Now magazine, then meandered on through an 8 month backlog of magazines that had lain unread.  That inspired 8 new pattern designs that I noted down for future use, as well as a clearout of old mags to take to the recycling at the tip.  On Sunday I started making the bag from my Sew Fine Fabrics, which in turn inspired my first ever video review/demonstration thingy, which will appear later this week.  Finally, on Monday, I learned how to edit said video, and wrote up a few things, and started pulling and cutting fabrics for my stop on the Craft Buds blog hop.

Finishes This Week:

Banded Messenger Bag:


In Progress This Week:

I've been chopping up bright patterned fabrics plus some low volume ones for my Craft Book Month contribution based on the colours in this mini I made, somewhat ironically, for Craft Book Month 2 years ago!


To Be Worked On This Week:

Blocks for my Craft Book Month creation
Step by step pieces for the class I'm teaching at the Stitch Gathering

Hope you've all had a great week!  Linking up with Lee and the gang:


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My super sweet friend Sara, of Sew Sweetness, is this week's Finish Along Sponsor Highlight.

Sew Sweetness

Sara has been an incredibly busy lady this year, and if some sneak peeks on her IG feed are anything to go by, things are only going to get bigger and better in the land of Sew Sweetness, however while we patiently wait for what's coming next, let's take a look at what's on offer right now:

The Big City Aurifil thread collection, brought out to go with her first fabric collection with AGF, in both small and large spools:


Big City Bags was also the name of her first book of bag patterns, and there's another one coming in October next year, but in the meantime her PDF pattern business has also expanded to paper patterns.   Here are just some of the patterns that are available now on paper for those with a printer and sellotape allergy:

The Bye Bye Love bag (although I could have lived without that song being stuck in my head now!)


The Camp Stitchalot Bag, which was created for the class she was teaching at Pink Castle's Camp Stitchalot earlier in the year:


The Dot Dot Dash bag, which, quite frankly, I just had to pick because of the fabrics!


There are a total of 20 PDF patterns available in Sara's shop right now, with 13 of them also available as paper patterns, maybe even in a shop near you!  I think you need to go and check them out...
A Banded Messenger With Sew Fine Fabrics

A while ago I was approached by the lovely Jodi over at Sew Fine Fabric approached me to see if I'd like to make something to show off the fabulous fabric in her Etsy shop.  Hmm, let me see, make whatever I like out of gorgeous fabric, tough decision...

Anyway, there was a little PO conspiracy between USPS and Royal Mail shortly after this, where they merrily batted that little parcel round the world about 3 times I reckon, since it was over a month later that it finally showed up at my office the day after I went on leave for the Commonwealths.  Consequently it was another 11 days before I was united with the fabric, and then there's been a lot of running round the country, oh yeah, and that pesky day job again, ever since.  This bank holiday weekend though was the ideal time to take it out and play.

My first challenge had been choosing the fabrics for my project.  There's a great range of fabrics in a variety of types and weights, including a lovely selection of organics which I homed in on.  Eventually I decided on some Organic Full Circle in Robin's Egg from Shape of Spring by Eloise Renouf for Cloud 9 Fabrics and some Organic "Bird Blossom" in Dark from the Eiko Collection from Birch Fabric (which is unfortunately sold out right now).

Now you should never underestimate the power of good packaging, because the way this fabric arrived completely changed my plans on what to do with it:


Do you see that lovely yellow chevron ribbon there?  Well I became obsessed with somehow trying to include something like that in my project.  I searched through my bag making stash - nada.  Then through my larger cuts for quilting - niet.  Finally, with an air of desperation, through my FQ collection, and miraculously came up with the perfect yellow, complete with chevrons!  Alas, because I got in in my colour club collection from Pink Castle a couple of years ago, and I got the side without the info on the selvedge, I have absolutely no idea what it is, but it goes well, no?


I made a fairly simple messenger, where the flap tucks into the band to hold it closed and there's a welt pocket in the lining, but I did try a new technique for the strap, using a buckle and eyelets to make it adjustable, and I think that worked rather well:


Thanks Jodi for the opportunity to play with this gorgeous fabric, and sorry it took so long to become a reality!

The rest of you, you really need to head over and check out the Sew Fine Fabric stock, with quilting cottons, home decor weight and knits, oh my!  In addition to the fabricy goodness, Jodi also stocks thread, Divine Twine and a nice selection of washi tape.  As a bonus, if you're in the US, shipping is flat rate at $2.50 while for the Canadians it's $4.50.  The rest of you will have to stuff envelopes as always ;o)
Quilt Now Issue 2: The Nautical But Nice Bag

The latest issue of Quilt Now was stuffed through my door this morning (and I do mean stuffed, the regular postie's on holiday and the guy that's covering is, well, challenged in the delivery department).  This is the new magazine being edited by Katy Jones of I'm A Ginger Monkey fame, and a few months ago a number of us were asked to contribute something to one of the first 3 issues, which had a variety of themes.  I went for issue 2, the Nautical one, and embraced my inner sailor/beach bum.


I found myself sandwiched between the lovely Reene, and my fellow Brit Bee, quilter extraodinaire, Trudi.  (Brit Bee Mama Lauli was in there too, with her own beach bag, which you can just see above on the front cover)

So here it is, the Nautical But Nice Bag (not named by me, alas, but I think I might just commission Katy to name all my patterns in future ;o) )


Although it's a fairly simple looking bag, I threw a few different techniques in there for a bit of fun:

  1. Raw edge applique
  2. Piping
  3. Magnetic snap setting
  4. Grommet/eyelet setting
  5. Inset zipper pocket
I also tried to put in plenty of photos to help you along, but as with all my patterns, if anyone needs any help with anything, I'm always here :o)



I hope you enjoy the issue, there are so many fabulous projects in there it will easily keep you going until next month's comes out!
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Craft Book Month

September marks the 4th Annual Craft Book Month at Craft Buds! This year, we're excited to celebrate all month long with a blog hop of inspiring craft book projects and LOTS of giveaways for sewing along with a sewing, knitting, cookbook or other craft book of YOUR CHOICE. If you are a craft book hoarder, you are not alone. Several years ago, I had an urge to dust off my craft books, unfold those crisp pattern sheets and put those patterns to good use by actually making some projects :o)

2014 Craft Book Month Blog Hop!

I've teamed up with some fabulous bloggers who will be showing off their projects made from craft books, all month long!

Monday 9/1: Fabric Mutt / Lindsay Sews
Tuesday 9/2: Rae Gun Ramblings / Craftside
Wednesday 9/3: The Feisty Redhead / The Fabric Studio
Thursday 9/4: Marci Girl Designs / Small Town Stitcher
Friday 9/5: LRstitched / A Prairie Sunrise
Monday 9/8: Hopeful Threads / sewVery
Tuesday 9/9: 13 Spools / Lisa Liza Lou
Wednesday 9/10: Stitch This! / My Sewcial Hour
Thursday 9/11: The Littlest Thistle / Fabric Seeds
Friday 9/12: Sew Sweetness / Clover + Violet
Monday 9/15: Inspire Me Grey

Link Up

9/1-9/30: Link up your craft book project at Craft Buds from your blog or Flickr account, and enter to win prizes. To participate in the month-long contest, just link up any project you've made from a pattern in a craft book. That easy! You'll tell us a little about the book, the project, how you personalized it, etc. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, October, 1!

Rules

1) One entry per person. 
2) Your craft book project must have been completed in 2014. 
3) Create a new blog post or Flickr photo (dated September 1, 2014 or later) and link back to Craft Buds/Craft Book Month in your post or photo description. In your post or photo description, make sure to list the craft book you used and provide a link if possible.
4) All winners chosen via Random.org. Some prizes available to international winners, so please join us!

Prizes

Visit Craft Buds and link up your craft book project during the window of Sept 1-30 and you'll automatically be entered to win some fantastic prizes from the Craft Book Month sponsors! More info coming soon . . .

Craft Book Month at Craft Buds
Work In Progress Wednesday

So, another Saturday, another mad road trip.  This time it was with the lovely Lynne from Tinking Along, and her husband who are over on holiday in the UK.  I took them on the extended Cameron Highland tour, taking in Loch Lomond, Rannoch Moor, Glencoe, Oban, Lochgilphead, Inverary and back to Glasgow again.  We had lunch at the Clachaig, at the end of Glencoe, which does fabulous, hearty local food, and then we stopped for dinner at the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar just outside Inverary.  It was a long, but fun day, and needless to say rather diminished my sewing ability for the week, but shh, just enjoy the photos of the day out instead ;o)

It was a little 'brisk' at Appin, overlooking Castle Stalker:



Jack was a little worried that this might be all there was for dinner:


Then the most enormous local mussels appeared as a started, and he got fell in:


Feeling that he hadn't had enough seafood, he dove into the hand dived scallops (also local) for the main course:


Ever a sucker for dessert, he decided to try and con Lynne into sharing her Eton mess:


Before rounding it all off with my lemon posset and raspberry coulis:



I hope you also got to spend a great week with friends :o)
Finish Along Sponsor Highlight Post - Imagine Gnats

It's Tuesday again, and this week I'm happy to be highlighting my friend Rachael from Imagine Gnats, one of our fabulous Finish Along Sponsors:

This year Rachael's been working on building up her fabric stock, and her shop now has a great selection of options which are great for quilting, clothes and bag making.  I did a little shopping list making perusing, and I think I need some of these in my life.  I have no idea what for, but any suggestions gratefully received...

Dotty sheep.  In lawn.  The only think I know how to make in lawn is infinity scarves, but, you know, dotty sheep!


Now my biggest guilty secret is my stash of Melody Miller fabrics, that I'm far too scared to cut into.  I think I need to add this canvas to my collection, don't you?


I love the Indelible line, and at Market was amazed at all the things that had been made from the collection.  I think this knit would be lovely as a dress, supposing I had the time and pattern to make one:


I might actually mix it up a bit with that fictional dress, using the Indelible for the skirt, and this for the top (otherwise I fear some of those circles could end up with, err, unfortunate placement...)


If no-one comes up with that dress pattern for me, I think I might have to stash these canvas tigers for a rainy day bag, what do you think?


I'm also swooning a bit for these Echino birds with the gold bees, also a home dec weight option (how much of the bulky stuff fits in one of those priority envelopes?!)


And finally, just in case you were doubting the quilty options, how about this Cotton + Steel blender?  I love the base colour of this one, never mind the bling!


So Rachael, about the size of that envelope...