Waterfall Raglan Dress and Top

I managed to send off both my giveaway packages this week, thanks to everyone who took part on Instagram. I made this patchwork pouch out of a stack of my favourite Anna Maria Horner prints using the In Color Order Lined Drawstring Bag tutorial . It took a bit of time as I haven’t done any patchwork in a long time but I really enjoyed the process and love the result.

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I used a pink and red striped Tula Pink print for the top of the bag which I think complements the colours nicely. I hope its new owner enjoys using it, and I’m thinking of making another one for myself.

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I’ve been meaning to share this top for a little while, its the Waterfall Raglan by Chalk and Notch patterns. I made both the top and dress versions for my daughter.

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I used a beautiful Art Gallery Fabrics knit for this. The fabric is from the Fleet and Flourish collection  by Maureen Cracknell and is called Swifting Flora Fond.

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I cut a size 5 for my daughter and it fits her well with some room to grow (she is just over 4 but quite tall).

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The loose style of the top looks great over trousers. She doesn’t have many tops at the moment so I am planning to make a few more using this pattern.

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I made the dress using a jersey which is overlaid with a cream corded lace which I bought from Simply Fabrics in Brixton.

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At first I thought the fabric would be fine to use as it has a jersey base but when I did the stretch test I found that it only had about 20% stretch due to the lace which is bonded on to the jersey. When I initially sewed the sleeves they were a bit tight so I unpicked and sewed them again using a 1/4 inch seam instead, which gave a bit of extra room.

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I also  used a thinner fabric to make the facing for the neckline and turned that inwards which made the neckhole a bit bigger. waterfall3

It’s a great dress for twirling in and the fabric makes it special. I also bought some velvet as I have seen some beautiful velvet versions online too.

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Giveaway winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway, especially all of you who now follow my blog! The winners are below:

1) Winner of the Fat 1/8th set of Andalucia fabrics:

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MoeWest – congratulations!

2) Winner of the 2nd fat 1/8th set

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Kelly Williams

3) Winner of the Aurifil thread set Image

The final  winner is Beezus.

I will be in touch with you all so I can send you your prize! Thank you again to all those who entered, and I am planning to host more giveaways in the new year.

Village Haberdashery Quilt Class Giveaway

 

Annie from the Village Haberdashery is hosting an amazing giveaway as part of the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway day!

One lucky winner will get to attend the Modern Quilting Sampler class run by Katy Jones from the popular I’m a Ginger Monkey blog. This class is worth £125 and you will learn a range of essential skills such as accurate piecing and assembling your own stunning modern quilt. This prize is open to UK residents only and you must be able to attend the class (on 18th and 25th May).

 

 

To enter, visit the London Modern Quilt Guild blog and leave a comment on the giveaway page. You can also sign up to the Village Haberdashery newsletter for a bonus entry. The competition closes at 6pm on May 10th.

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

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I have a couple of great items to give away as part of the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day 2013!

ImageMy first item is the very popular (and sold out) Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine. This is the Spring 2013 edition and has the stunning Marcelle Medallion quilt pattern from Liberty Love. There is currently a quilt along for this pattern so you can join in with other bloggers!

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You will receive a brand new unopened copy of the magazine which includes a free Nicki Trench mini book with 60 quilting tips (the photos shown are from my own copy). I also love this pattern:Image

 

There are several other quilting and patchwork projects in the magazine too, as well as features on new fabrics and techniques. 

I also have a gorgeous Wonderland by Momo Charm pack to give away. This is a lovely whimsical collection which was hugely popular before it sold out! 

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To enter, simply leave a comment – it can be about anything but I would love to know what projects you have planned for the spring! Also feedback on the blog and what I could do to improve it is always welcome. 

If you follow my blog using Bloglovin, you get a bonus entry! Just let me know you have followed my blog in a separate comment to qualify. 

This competition closes on May 10th and I will get in touch with you by May 12th – don’t forget to leave your email address or make sure I can find it! International entries welcome. 

London MQG Workshop with Lucie Summers

I travelled to beautiful Suffolk on Sunday for a workshop with Lucie Summers, who kindly hosted a screenprinting workshop for the London Modern Quilt Guild. I have admired Lucie’s work for a long time now, and own a little bit of the Avenue print which I have hoarded since 2008!  The weather was terrible (driving rain), so I did have a what-have-I-got-myself-into moment on the 80-mile journey but was immediately made welcome by Lucie and the other MQG members.

Lucie screenprints her fabric in her studio, which is a beautiful light-filled space.

The stunning improv quilt (and Summersville yardage!)

Isn’t it deliciously colourful?

Lucie ran through how to make the screens – a much simpler process than I had expected! She then demonstrated how to make one, before we all got stuck in.

Guild members busy making their screenprinted quilt labels.

Screenprinting patterns.

We took over most of the available floor and table space! After lunch and some more screenprinting, we looked at the award-winning ‘Portholes’ quilt made by Lucie and her mother.

The free machine quilting is stunning.

Lucie’s portholes technique, with her screenprinted fabrics.

This wall in the studio is packed with colourful inspiring pieces.


We had a wonderful day and learned so much!