Friday, 23 August 2013

New design crochet hook rolls

Thank you for all of your lovely comments about my newly designed blog!  Seems you all like it as much as I do :)

I also mentioned that I had been working on giving some products a new look.  My crochet hook rolls are one of my most popular products but I keep seeing very similar ones appearing from other sewers so I decided it was time to freshen up some of my old designs and make them a little different from the others that are on offer. 

I have added some snazzy binding to a few crochet hook rolls -

I love the look the binding adds, it's so fresh and clean, and I think it really makes the fabrics stand out. 

One of the great things is that with sewing up a load of these new crochet hook rolls it's really put me back in the mood for doing some crochet!  I had a go at a few of these starburst squares (believe it or not, the first time I've made granny squares). 

I'm planning on trying some cushions with the granny squares - starting small and hopefully meaning they won't stay as wips for too long before I finish them! 

Monday, 12 August 2013

Out with the old...


Notice anything different?

Welcome to my beautiful newly designed blog! It's clean, clear, fresh and pretty.....I hope you like it?

I'm so pleased with how it looks.  Over the summer I've been working with Saffy owner of Saffy Loves to come up with a new logo, new fonts, a new look blog etc, new everything! We've exchanged a lot of emails and Saffy was extremely patient with me (and all of my many requests!).  Saffy is also a friend from Instagram so I knew her style was right up my street.  This also meant that she knew my style pretty well too, resulting in a finished article that's just right! 

I designed my old blog myself, a couple of years ago when I just started to teach myself to sew, I never actually thought I'd get any readers, let alone followers!  And I had no idea my little hobby would turn into a business.  So I felt it was time to freshen things up, and I love my new look blog, the beautiful pastel colours, the lovely vintage sewing machine and the little floral touches.  Just gorgeous! 

Saffy does lots of design work, for all types of businesses.  So if you're looking for something to add the perfect touch to your blog, business cards, website etc, check out her Etsy shop - there's plenty for all budgets too. 

My blog hasn't been the only thing around here to have had a little make over - I've also been coming up with some new designs for some of my products....more on that next time :)

A new quilt

As soon as I saw the fabric line 'The Simple Life' by Tasha Noel I knew it was destined to become a quilt (for me!). 

I chose the red and white (and pink) fabrics from the line and ordered them from America (the best price). 

Finally I found some time to piece a very quick and easy squares/rectangle quilt top.  Here it is half-way through the knee-crunching job of basting!

Here it is all basted - masking tape and all!

I purposely used a very simple patchwork for the quilt top a) because it came together really quickly, and also because b) the large sections allow you to still be able to see all the lovely details of the fabrics.

In order to keep this quick I did rows of horizontal wavy quilting lines across the quilt, I think this has given it a lovely look without too much fuss.  After a final wash it came out lovely and crinkly.

The size of this one is just right for keeping me warm on the sofa, my other quilt is massive and could keep the whole family warm!

I made my binding from red fabric with white polka dots, I think it really adds a perfect finishing touch to the quilt. 

For the backing I used this lovely thrifted, vintage looking floral fabric (which I believe is actually and IKEA duvet cover!).

Now, cue lots of quilt photos!!