Phew, 1st December already! Where exactly has the time flown to?! Anyway, being the 1st of the month, that means it’s a Fresh Sewing Day over at Lily’s Quilts, so here’s a round-up of my last month’s work…
Hmm, it seemed like I’d done more than this, oh well! I did man stalls at 2 fairs, and did plenty of stocking up of supplies, so it’s not TOO bad I suppose :o)
So after a trip to the doc’s (to get signed off for a week with an upper respiratory tract infection :o/) it was rather nice to be able to pick up a couple of fab parcels at the sorting office. First up was my wall hanging from the Sew Happy Geek Table Runner And Wall Hanging Swap from the lovely Karen. I admired this from the moment it was posted, however I got totally thrown by someone saying it was obviously a round table runner! It is, of course, a lovely round wall hanging (which totally appeals to my off-the-wall side) and I love the rainbow of colours. At the moment it will have to take up temporary residence on the living room door until I do my post-Christmas furniture reshuffle (I’m planning on getting more storage) but once my wall real-estate is sorted, I will find it a permanent home to display its full glory.
I was also lucky enough to get these gorgeous scraps in my parcel, aren’t they beautiful? I can see much drooling and stroking in my future!
My second parcel was from M Is For Make, who was having a great Cyber Monday sale, where I picked up some Echino fabric for my friend’s bag, and a couple of other pieces of Echino, plus a fat 16th bundle of Echo by Lotta Jansdotter. I have loved seeing the Echo line, but wasn’t sure how much I would really like it, and this was a nice, cheap way to find out, with decent enough sized pieces to make some things (you’ll have to trust me the whole line is there, I just wasn’t feeling co-ordinated enough to fan it out!)
Here is the Echino for the bag, along with the contrast black I chose for the outer, and the dotty fabric for the lining. The photos of the bag in Amy Butler’s book has a large feature button on it, and this button I found seemed perfect (sorry the detail isn’t too clear, but it’s a flower pattern in black on purple)
Are you still with me? Really? Okay, we the last thing I have to tell you about today is a new swap that will be starting up in January for Japanese x and + blocks. This will be a ‘contribute from your own stash’ block swap, where you make blocks in multiples of 5 (that is you can sign up to make 5, 10, 15 etc) and receive a pile of blocks back.
This is what they look like (photo via Amy at Badskirt):
Aren’t these fun? Amy also has a fab tutorial on her blog for how to make one:
So are you in? The swap will start on the 7th January, with blocks posting by 18th February (so LOADS of time) It’s open internationally, so you could end up with a quilt with blocks from every corner of the earth.
Okay, I’m done now, have a great day all!
Wow Ms. Katy, you have been and looks like will be very busy doing happy sewing things. Oma Linda
firstly, your finishes are lovely. Next, you know I am in for the swap.
i didn't know about the black friday/cyber monday thing until the following tuesday – bugger! i love that echo range – it's what's prompted me to become a fabric seller on-line!
Oooooo I love the rainbow colors on the wall hanging!!!!!
Reckon you have been pretty busy. Hope you are feeling better.
Wow, the wall hanging is impressive! And thanks for the link to M is for Make, i've been looking for a small bundle of echo for a while, I didnt even know F16th's existed!
Thanks for your encouragement on the circle of geese. I found a youtube tutorial and made one yesterday-so much easier than I imagined-and quite fun! So thank you!
By the way, I love your tree skirt!
I am really enjoying your weekly progress reports. I love seeing what you are working on. I especially love seeing what fabrics you are getting in the mail. I really can't wait for the bag to made of the beautiful selection you have chosen.
Yay for at least being able to stay home while you're sick! I hope you feel better quickly (so you get to enjoy the rest of your sick leave healthy, hehe.)
I just ordered Echo, too!
Great mosiac- love your colourful bear and the flying geese:)The + and x swap sounds like fun!
Wow, you've been busy!
I love the colours in your wall hanging. I like the idea of a round wall hanging. hmmm…. 🙂
Oooh love thatorange and blue bear- so cute!
Wow, I love the intense orange colors you use! I'm not that brave 🙂 You use them so well, I might have to try soon….
Your bears are just adorable…I like BLUE..He is my favorite. Thanks for sharing!! Hugs
Love love LOVE the round thing! What a great swap!