Thursday, February 28, 2013

Crafty Cooks Apron Swap

With the short winter nights nearly behind us (in the Northern Hemisphere anyway!) it is time for a bit of Spring Cleaning, well thinking about it at least :) Even if Spring Cleaning doesn't feature prominently on your to-do list, here is an opportunity to embrace your inner Domestic Goddess and look the part if not live it! In conjunction with Fiona, who is one of my blogging friends and who blogs at Celtic Thistle Stitches, I invite you to make and secretly swap a Half-Apron and your absolute failsafe, go-to recipe with would-be Domestic Goddesses around the world. Whether your style is Hostess with the Mostess DSC00644
Homecooking Heroine (Courtesy of Celtic Thistle) Patchwork apron
Or Kitchen Diva (Celtic Thistle) Retro apron Your swap hostesses have the ideal partner out there waiting to make the perfect apron just for you. This swap will be limited to 30 participants so you will need to register early to ensure your place. To join the Crafty Cooks Apron and Recipe Swap you will need to confirm your agreement to the Swap guidelines and complete the registration form at the Crafty Cooks Apron and Recipe Swap Flickr Group here Sign ups will close on March 15th, or when the limit of 30 participants is reached. All swaps to be sent no later than April 30th. As if the Swap itself wasn't exciting enough your Swap Hostesses have lined up some fabulous incentives to help you stay on track. My Photo Kristy at Quiet Play is offering Crafty Cooks Apron Swappers a 15% discount on her Sew Retro Paper-pieced patterns in her Craftsy store IntrepidThreadButton Julie at The Intrepid Thread is offering Crafty Cooks Apron Swappers a 10% discount for a limited time on fabrics from her online store. my etsy Pam at Uberstitch is offering a $25 Gift Voucher to one lucky Crafty Cooks Apron Swapper who completes the swap on time.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

WIP Wednesday

I managed to do lots of sewing this past week, I finished the piecing of my swoon quilt! Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


If your swooning over my swoon, like I am!!!! and you wanna see more gorgeous snowy photos, then you can find them  here

and I also managed to get some Bee Blocks done!  I’ve been sewing like a crazy lady the last week, it feels good!



I just have one bee block left to do for this hive and then I need to start on the sampler hive blocks.  I still have not decided which block I plan on doing yet so any suggestions for a fun easy block, let me know.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I am Swooning

This post is going to be photo heavy!  I am so excited to finally finish the piecing of my swoon quilt.  I have yet to add a couple of borders to it, but I thought I would share it with you anyway. .
I had my very helpful assistant (UKdad) hang the quilt from the deck, there is no way I would have had the arm span to show this to you.

DSC02385DSC02371DSC02379DSC02368This is one big quilt! at the moment it measures 90”x90”, and I hope to make it even bigger, I just need to decide how, then it will be off to the quilter, hopefully that will be sooner htan it with you.DSC02389

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Swooning and Sneak peak!

Life has been a little busy here recently, which is why the lack of blog posts.
But I have been sewing when I have had the time.
I have also been working on an upcoming project with one of my blogger friends Fiona who blogs over at Celtic Thistle. this is something that I hope to share with you all very soon, so keep checking up on me so you don’t miss out!  Here is a little sneak peak!!
I have also been swooning again! In fact I swooned 3 times yesterday! and completed the last 3 blocks of my Swoon Quilt.
So here are a few more blocks that I have made since the last time I blogged.
Now all I need to do is attach the sashing and borders. I want to actually use this quilt on my bed, the only problem being is our bed is a California king, so I need to figure out the best way to make it big enough. I think I will add a couple of borders, maybe one plain and one patterned, this is going to be one very large quilt.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

WIP Wednesday Bee Blocks


Test Block for 3x6 Bee, this wasn’t the block I planned on doing originally! I did a test block with another pattern and decided that would be it and then made another block and decided to trim them up only to find they were both the wrong size, so I learned a lesson, always when making bee blocks to test your first one to make sure it is the right size!  This block worked perfectly and the finished size is what it says it is 12.5 inches finished!

DSC022903x6 bee star block for lkhomework

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Piecedover at Freshly pieced.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Still Swooning

I am on a roll, here is the next block!
So I have seen yet another quilt pattern that I would love to make, in fact there are  two but they are both more or less the same so I need your help, have you ever used any patterns made by either of these people and which would you recommend.  In truth all quilt patterns are not written the same, some are wordy, some have great instructions, some don’t.  So I am not too sure which one to buy. So if you can give me a point in the right direction I would really appreciate it.
The patterns I am looking at are
Spin Cycle by Cluck Cluck Sew and The Labyrinth Quilt by Red Pepper Quilts

Friday, February 1, 2013



Another one to share, I had a little accident with this one, can you see the mark in the centre of the flying geese on the star?  My iron decided to spew water out on the block, I need to clean my iron, we have extremely hard water so it gets nasty very quickly.  I hope when I eventually wash this the mark comes out! unless anyone has any other suggestions?



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