18 July 2017

A Hexie a Day Update

As promised last time here's an update of where Mum and I are with our 'a hexie a day' project....did you see what I did there.........this has now become a joint project, which is rather good fun!  Despite my very good intentions, with so many projects on the go, this poor little work in progress kept getting placed to the bottom of the list.  So when mum mentioned that she would like to sew some hexies, I very quickly put together a bundle of fabrics and EPP papers for her to get stitching, which she has been doing so now for the last few weeks!

As you can see whilst we've not managed a complete hexie flower a day, we do have a very lovely stack of flowers..nearly 80 and there is something very satisfying when you lay out the flowers on mass like this.....

I'm so pleased with the pretty colour scheme and fabrics, which are all Lecien fabrics from a variety of collections..... Durham Quilt Collection, Rococo and Sweet, Quilters Basics, High Tea, Mrs March etc.

You may remember, my initial plan, had been to sew the hexie flowers together with no path, but as the project has progressed, mum and I have decided to add a round of Bella Solid Porcelain. I think this will allow the fabrics in each of the flowers to sing.  The plan then, is to possibly add a second path using a contrasting colour to join the flowers together..maybe diamonds (6 point diamonds work with hexagons) combined with equilateral triangles rather than more hexies...but that's a long way off, so hold that thought!
The next round, which will involve in the region of 960 further hexies and a fair few glue sticks, which means this will be an ongoing project for quite some time.........

However...I think without a doubt, the end result is going to be worth all those many happy hours of stitching.

If you fancy a go at Engish Paper Piecing, you can find my little happy tutorial for how to make the hexie flowers HERE.  Honestly give it a go, it's the perfect project to take with you when you're out and about and for evening stitches whilst watching tv! And here's a list of all the Scrummy Supplies that we've been using for this project.

Lecien Fabrics can be found HERE
Paper Pieces can be found HERE
Glue Pens and Refills can be found HERE
Aurifil Thread can be found HERE

See you again soon and Happy Stitches!

11 July 2017

Catch up Time!

As always, at this time of year the weeks are flying by with the usual end of term activities..... sports days, summer fairs plus the general day to day antics of being a self employed, quilt shop and website owning Mum.  It's always a bit of a juggling act to keep all the plates spinning, but at this time of year it's even more of a struggle......thank goodness so far I've remembered to be in the right place at the right time......but oh my it is fun, and I wouldn't change it for the world!

In addition, last weekend we celebrated Mum and Dad's (Penny and Ian's) Golden Wedding Anniversary...what a milestone and my nephews 2nd Birthday.  So go and grab a cup of tea and a slice of cake, I've have got lots to share with you!

We're not a huge family, in fact, there is just my family of four, my brother's family of four and mum and dad!  We had lunch out and then returned to mum and dad's house for cake and present opening.  The sun was shining all day and we all had a fantastic time, so much so, I failed on the blog front and didn't take a single photo!  Sorry!

I did however manage some before photo's of the cakes Poppy and I made.....

For the Golden Wedding cake we used Peggy Porshen Lemon Limoncello Cake from her Boutique Baking book, but we substituted the buttercream for a swiss meringue butter cream, flavoured with lemoncurd.   We also added a drizzle of crushed raspberries from Mum and Dad's garden between the layers.  It was decorated with lavender, herbs and berries from the garden and to add a golden touch a sparkly 50 and a spritz of gold lustre.

Poppy was in charge of my nephews cake, a delicious chocolate cake (and cupcakes, which we forgot to photograph!)  She used our 'go to' cupcake recipe from The Hummingbird Bakery.  These were also topped with the swiss meringue butter cream that we flavoured with vanilla and as you can see she went for sprinkle, sprinkles and more sprinkles!

For a little present, I made another Heart Mini Quilt.... you can find the 'a little happy tutorial' for this HERE.

This time for the heart, I used a mix of Durham Quilt collection fabrics in the Natural colourway, with a pretty Lecien dot and a tiny pin dot from the Kate Greenaway collection.  The binding is the text print from Poetry.  The eagle eyed will notice the change of background dimension...I forgot to bring some Essex Linen home with me so I used a smaller piece of Putty, that I had to hand.  This measured 8 1/2" x 12 inches.  I also added the extra cotton label using some pretty tape I had in my stash.

If you would like to make one or simply love the fabrics, we've put together FQ bundle of the fabrics I used HERE.

In other Shop News...we've had some fabulous new arrivals......

Lori Holts Bee Backgrounds for Riley Blake..... these really are lovely low volumes, a must for any stash and obviously fabulous to use in any of Lori's own quilt patterns, including the BEE Happy Quilt....the sew along for which is due to start on the 28th August. (Lori's Bee Happy templates can be pre-ordered from us HERE...)   Find Bee Backgrounds HERE.

Nadra Ridgeway's much anticipated third collection Arbor Blossom for Riley Blake Designs arrived late last week.  It is extremely pretty and what a bonus....the fabrics all blend and work perfectly with Nadra's previous collections 'Bloom and Bliss' and 'Backyard Roses'.  Find all Nadra's pretty fabrics HERE.

Christmas has definitely arrived at Pretty Fabrics and Trims ( Don't be cross, I know it's only July!) and I'm busy adding all the new collections to the website, here's a little taster.....

Merrily by Gingiber for Moda Fabrics...just look at those fabby panels..... Find it HERE.

Sugar Plum Christmas by Bunny Hill Designs for Moda Fabrics... I love the Christmas colours and the sweet small scale prints...there are also some really good Christmassy blenders... find it HERE.

All our cherry picked selection of Christmas Fabrics can be found on the website HERE and as new collections arrive I'll add them to this section, so make sure you keep returning and taking a peek!

....and there's more.... (she says making a mental note not to leave it so long in between blog posts!)

We've also had several requests for restocks of both my Tilda Brick quilt packs, you can read all about my original version HERE and the second version (pictured below) HERE .....

and the A Little Happy Sew Along Merry Christmas Mini Quilt, which you can read all about HERE

As you can see,  both restocked packs are slightly different from the originals, but rest assured, both have the flavour of the previous and will make absolutely gorgeous new versions.  The NEW Tilda Brick Quilt Pack can be found HERE and the Merry Christmas Mini Quilt Pack can be found HERE.

Right I think that's all for today and I promise to be back soon...for those of you who follow me on Social Media will know, I've got a new Block of the Month quilt that I'll be sharing soon plus a pretty Tilda Dresden plate quilt that is nearing completion.  Mum has also been working behind the scenes on the Flirty 30's Dresdens and the 'a hexie a day' hexies...so LOTS to share.

In the meanwhile......Happy Stitches!