Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Winner, winner, Chicken Dinner!!!

Well not a chicken dinner, but I have two winners for my blogiversary giveaways!
Firstly I would just like to say Thank You for all the people who left a comment and all the new followers! Hello!! * waves excitedly through the computer!! Hope you stick around!!

I'm a bit shocked by the 143 entries, I was wondering if I'd have enough for a fair giveaway!!!

So, enough of my waffle!! Mr Random did the honours and for the supplies and magazine he picked……
Who was ...

And for the handmade he picked……         


Who was

Let me know your addresses and I'll get the supplies off as quickly as possible and I get started on the cushion for you Helen! Last chance to pick a favourite!!!!

Sorry Blogger was being a a bit of a shit! You should be able to see the winners now, although it won't let me line them up nicely!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Minnie Mouse made it to the ball…..

Well the fancy dress party!!
It may not have been completely finished (lining unhand sewed and loose threads aplenty!), but it made it out the door and through the night, so it was a winner to me.
And someone asked me where I bought my dress from, although they could have been asking to avoid the outfit!!!!!
I used The Emery Dress pattern and 4 metres of cotton polka dots fabric from myfabrics.co.uk my belt was a black patient belt from M&S.
I made the size 18 because of my waist measurements and the fact that I wanted room as it's quite a fitted dress. But it was MASSIVE, I had to chop an inch off each of the back centre seams and take in the side seams too. I think next time I will definitely make 16, if not the 14 for the amount I chopped off!
I know I look deranged!!! I'm not really, this was just a 12 year old with a camera!!!!
I made View B without the collar and then shortened the sleeves to elbow length. I was petrified of the invisible zipper, but it was actually a breeze to fit.
This dress is seriously a comfortable dress to wear and be seen in, also it has POCKETS!! A dress with pockets is a god send and I think an invaluable day dress as they can hold so much. 
So, I will make this dress again……..YES (I'm already searching for fabric online) and I know this will be a well used pattern for all season dresses, I just need a few more hours in the day for sewing and a good fabric for my next Emery Dress!

So this is my completely Selfish Sewing Week make, the fabric arrived on Tuesday and with a lot of sewing I was wearing it by the Saturday, with everything else ignored and still sitting there waiting to be tackled!!

Selfish Sewing Week: Fall 2014 || imagine gnats

And there is just a few days left to enter my giveaways here! Go enter…… NOW! 

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Wip Wednesday

Things have been travelling at a crazy rate around here for the last few weeks and they don't look like slowing down! I feel like screaming "STOP I wanna get off!!!" but children's and the families social timetables and work stuff wait for no man nor mother, so I've just got to crack on with it and hide for a bit of sewing time in the middle of the night!!!

In one of these late night sewing session, I managed to piece the main top of my Fabulously Fast Tile Quilt that I started in Amy Smarts class back at Fat Quarterly.
I still need to get the borders on, but I love how it is coming together and it was a first time for me to sew quilt blocks on point. Chain piecing with a jelly roll does certainly make for a fast quilt top, if you exclude all of the time it has sat in my wip box over the summer of course!

And sitting at my sewing machine now is a major rush job of the dressmaking kind. I'm off to a fancy dress party this weekend and I have to tell you I HATE fancy dress for anyone over the age of 18!! OK maybe 8!!! So after hours scouring the internet and hating every skimpy outfit I found I decided to make myself a non-skimpy/might be able to be used again as a dress kind of one.
So, armed with The Emery Dress pattern and metres of polka dot fabric this is what I've made so far. I still have to add the zipper, sleeves, a bow and hem it, but I'm pleased with it.
Any invisible zip tips are welcome, as I need to tackle that this afternoon.
Can you tell what character I'm going to be……. as a clue my ears were dispatched from Amazon yesterday!!!

And my 3rd Blogiversary Giveaway is on over here, if you would like to enter.

I'm linking up with
 WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

3 years a Blogger - 2 GIVEAWAYS!!!!!

So much has changed since I made that first blog post 3 years ago, it took me ages to pluck up the courage to hit the publish button and I wondered if anybody would read it? Would people follow me!! Oh the pressure and all I wanted to do was share my makes, as I had no friends that liked knitting or handmade stuff.
I didn't really have any grand plan with how the blog would be and I think it has changed and evolved with me and my making, moving from just crochet and knitting to a lot of sewing and quilting and still a bit of knitting.
I think I pretty much blog as I speak, which may not create the best grammar or flow to a post, but it is just how the jumble of words come out of my mouth/fingers and get onto the page in the short space of time the children/house/job/cleaning/oh and sewing gives me!
I made loads of things, some have been shockingly bad and some have been really shockingly good, I've made clothes that I actually love wearing out and have had some lovely comments on.
I've been inspired to try, make and do so many different things by this lovely blogosphere and more importantly I feel like I have made some real friends, some that I have had the pleasure to meet at FQR and some that I would love to meet, but for now email will have to do.
So, anyway, what is a blogiversary without a giveaway!! I am offering you lovely lot, for sticking around here listening and commenting on my waffled posts the choice from two prizes.
drum roll please……….
This months copy of Love Quilting & Patchwork Magazine
 And these  f8th's.

Or No.2
A handmade cushion, made by me.
Now I might be slightly bonkers, but I've loved seeing the recent spell of handmade giveaways, so I was going to let the winner pick a cushion for me to make from any of the ones I've churned out over the years, heres a small selection of them or you can hit the Cushion tag to see more!!
I've made quite a few!

Of course, you could say, they are rubbish and can you make me one like this……… giving me some guidelines of size, theme and colours and I'll try and make you one to your description!!!!! 

To Enter 
For one entry all you have to do is leave a comment telling me which prize you'd like, supplies or handmade and if it's the handmade one, which cushion you would like.

For a second entry, leave me another comment letting me know your a Follower old or new I don't mind, just let me know how you follow,
either by Google Friend over there
or Bloglovin here
or by email 
or by another blog reader?!?

So, two chances to win. I will post anywhere in the world that has an address, just please please please make sure I can contact you with an email (if you are a no-reply blogger it can be really hard to track people down, if you don't get replies from any comments you leave here, you might be a no-replier, as I always try and email a reply to comments!!)

I'll leave it open until 1pm next Tuesday, the 30th September 2014 (UK time), good luck and thanks for sticking around for the last few years!


Monday, 15 September 2014

Color Affection Shawl

There has been a lot of knitting about here, but not much sewing since the children have gone back to school. We have all been trying to get into new routines and I am doing a lot more work from home and an extra day, which has meant that sewing has been neglected. But, I've been knitting away at my Color Affection Shawl.

I started this the day I went off to Fat Quarterly Retreat, on the train and then didn't pick it up again until we were off on holiday.
I managed to get quite a bit done on the plane, after a call out on IG if anyone had tried to take circular needles on an aeroplane recently, I was told by 3 people yes and then printed off British Airways policy (they say YES).
Knitting, wine and pretzels! 
I even met a fellow knitter at the baggage X-ray, as my bag was stopped because of the needles and I was told I couldn't take them on, but armed with my printout I sent him off to query it with a manager and she came back saying yes of course I could take them on and could she see what I was knitting as she loved to knit!!!
I kept knitting away at it since we got back and finished it last week and it has been very much in use around my neck these last few cooler days.
I used a shawl pack from Cuddlebums Yarn, which I bought from their Facebook page, the yarn is lovely and soft and was lovely to knit with.
I don't know if I've done something wrong, but my shawl is a lot smaller than is should be and I've loads of yarn left over, but I'm not frogging it and starting again!!
I used Soak for the first time to wash and block it, as I was given a sachet in out FQR goodie bags and it was really nice to use, especially as you don't have to keep rinsing all of the soap out like I normally have to with a wool wash liquid. 
I liked knitting this pattern, although there is a LOT of knit stitching, but it was great for not having to concentrate and just being able to knit in company or in front of the tv. 
I've already cast-on my next project, but this time I've gone for a nice chunky wool and a lace pattern, which is knitting up so much faster than the last two projects in 4ply! 
I've been keeping my Ravelry page more updated recently and trying to stick with picking a project off my favourites list, as theres enough on there to keep my fingers entertained for years to come!
Oh, and did you spot the photo bomber! If I'd have asked him to pose he would have laughed at me. 
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