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Friday, May 30, 2014

New Collection is Taking Shape

Have been super busy this week preparing for a local Artisan market I managed to get a spot at tomorrow.  It's the Tweseldown Artisan Market near Fleet, Hampshire.  It's a really wonderful market that takes place on the fourth Saturday of the month.  And luckily for me someone cancelled! So I got their spot this month.  I had really wanted my new collection to be totally ready but time has not allowed that to happen.  But I thought I would share some of the lovely things that are ready and will be coming with me to market tomorrow.

A kindle case.


A group shot of new items.


A make up bag, now lined with waterproof lining! Teal in colour of course!


Another Make up bag!


Another Kindle case.


And another make up bag.


And a phone case!


And finally I made 4 of these, 2 with Matilda fabric and 2 with Charlie Fabric.  Complete with pocket for book and book!


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Been Busy Making Bags

I've been busy making bags, trying to decide on a style for a class I've been asked to do entitled 'Easy Shopping Bag'!  Well I have ruled some out for not being easy enough.  Here they are anyway!


The one above is definitely my favourite but would take too long for the scheduled class.   So think I will go with the one below.


This is along the same lines.


Not really sure about this one.  Would take too long but was quite fun to make.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Cute Little Price Tag Holders for Market

I saw on Pinterest a while ago someone had used some vintage spools to make place cards.  I thought it was a cute idea that would translate well to using as price tag holders for my market stall.  I managed to find some that weren't massively overpriced and today set about making them all pretty!



I added some fabric, lace and ribbons in my logo colours.  Curled a bit of thick wire around and attached it to the centre using a glue gun. 


Don't they look sweet!? Could also be used as photo holders!

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Giveaway Winners!

Well yesterday was super busy so I didn't get around to picking winners until this morning!

First up we have the winner of the first  giveaway for the Japanese themed fabric.  And that is going to:


Congratulations Julie!

Second giveaway was hosted via my Facebook Page and the winner is Kelly Bass.

Well Done Ladies - I have messaged you both so let me know where I should send your prizes!!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Giveaway No.2!!



Who doesn't love a good giveaway! I'm joining in the fun with Sew Mama Sew and giving away some goodies this week.  Drum roll please....I will be doing not one, but two giveaways! Yay! 

For those of you who are new to my lil old blog, let me introduce myself.  My name is Jo and I am a fabricaholic!  I live in England and probably like you I love making stuff!  I teach sewing to adults and sell home made goodies online and at local markets.



Top Row: 1. Silver Lining Pillow 2. Cherry Blossoms Quilt
2nd Row: 3. Little Red Quilt  4. Hoo's in the Forest  5. Petite Street
3rd Row: 6. Hidden Squares Pillow  7. Little Red Dolly Quilt
4th Row: 8. Market Apron  9. Blue Birdy Mini Quilt  10. Quirky Glasses Case
This post is for the second giveaway! If you haven't seen the first one then hop over here after you've seen this one!

So for the second giveaway I decided give away a set of my bunting.  The winner gets to choose one of the sets in the picture. You can see more detailed pictures in my Etsy Shop.



To be in with a chance of winning 
  • Hop over to my facebook page and if you like what you see hit 'LIKE'.  All 'likers' will be in with a chance of winning.  
  • Be in with a second chance 'Share' the facebook post on your facebook page.

The giveaway will close at 8pm (UK time) Friday 16th May.  

Have fun looking at all the other giveaways on Sew Mama Sew.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you liked what you saw. Feel free to take a good look around! :-) 

Giveaway Day!

GIVEAWAY CLOSED 
WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON

Who doesn't love a good giveaway! I'm joining in the fun with Sew Mama Sew and giving away some goodies this week.  Drum roll please....I will be doing not one, but two giveaways! Yay!

For those of you who are new to my lil old blog, let me introduce myself.  My name is Jo and I am a fabricaholic!  I live in England and probably like you, I love making stuff!  I teach sewing to adults and sell home made goodies online and at local markets.  Here are some of my favourite creations.

Top Row: 1. Silver Lining Pillow 2. Cherry Blossoms Quilt
2nd Row: 3. Little Red Quilt  4. Hoo's in the Forest  5. Petite Street
3rd Row: 6. Hidden Squares Pillow  7. Little Red Dolly Quilt
4th Row: 8. Market Apron  9. Blue Birdy Mini Quilt  10. Quirky Glasses Case


So the first giveaway is a small bundle of some really cute Japanese themed fabric.  I spent 3 months living in Japan years ago and totally loved it.  I think this gave me the love of travel and the desire to live in different cultures and countries.


For your chance to win this yummy bundle:
  • Leave a comment telling me where in the world you would love to live and why or what you would make with this fabric! 
  • For an extra chance become a follower and leave another comment telling me you're following!
The giveaway will close at 8pm (UK time) Friday 16th May.

For the second giveaway hop on over here to the next post!


And to check out all the other lovely giveaways being hosted by Sew Mama Sew head over here:



Thanks for stopping by, hope you liked what you saw. Feel free to take a good look around! :-) 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

A New Line for the Shop

After considerable thought and chatting with my pudding club girls (that's a whole other story!), I have decided to introduce some new lines to my shop! So I have been playing around with fabric. I bought some of those flex spring clips and decided to make it into a glasses case.


I lined it with the same cerise polka dot fabric that I appliqu├ęd the glasses on with.


Hmm iPhone case on it's way next I think....
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Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Wonder of Chalkcloth!

I've been busy sourcing oilcloth for an upcoming class making handy roll up chalkcloth placemats for kids.  I've seen lots of variations of this idea.  I knew I wanted mine to be made of oilcloth so it was easily wipeclean.  This way the back can be used as a placemat once the food arrives!  I also knew I wanted pockets for the chalk and a sponge to wipe off the designs and start again!  So this is what I came up with.


The top pocket will hold a sponge and the bottom pocket is split into two to hold sticks of chalk.


I'm teaching this as a class if you are local to Hartley Wintney, on Wednesday 28th May.
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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Finished Petite Street HST Baby Quilt

I managed to finish up the Petite Street baby quilt I've been making.  The fabric line is called Petite Street and is by Dashwood Studios.  You can get it locally to me here and here.  I had split a fat quarter bundle with a friend so I had a set of fat eights and decided to cut two large squares from each to make the HSTs.  I bought extra of the fabric for the binding and backing and used a white star blend for the rest.

I love the modern and simple look this quilt has.  Love how the quilting turned out.  Will have to try to get a better picture as it is hard to see the vertical lines which give the partial grid look on the white triangles.  I've popped it in the washer/dryer to fluff it up a bit! But maybe if the sun comes out tomorrow I might get some more pictures!

[Edited to add these next two pictures to show you fluffed up loveliness!]



You can definitely see those vertical lines in the fluffy pictures!


I'm happy that all my points match up! Yay that was worth the extra effort.



It measures 40 x 40 inches, so it's great for baby/toddler or even a lap quilt.  I had some unpicking to do as I didn't check my tension properly! Doh! But it took me about eight hours start to finish (7.5 if you don't count the unpicking!). I was hoping for 5 hours all in, so took longer than I thought.


I picked my favourite fabric from the range to put on the back.  Who could fail to love those fluffy little clouds! And I think the pink binding is a really lovely contrast, both back and front.


So tell me quilters, how long would it make you to make this quilt? And if you make quilts to sell, what sort of hourly rate do you factor in?  As this is the first one I'm considering selling, I could use your advice.  Obviously I have my own ideas and I have done research on Etsy, but I was just wondering what your personal experience is. Thanks :-)

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