Some quilting, a tiny bit of spring…

Some quilting, a tiny bit of spring…

It is the Easter holidays so I am not really able to sew a great deal but I am slowly plodding along with some of the 8 quilts I am working on at the same time (!).

The beautiful indigo quilts is waiting for backing material so is on hold now, I will post some more pictures once it is done.

I am finishing a quilt for my lovely friend Salima, for her birthday on Monday. It is the Orbit Quilt Along quilt which I have blogged about before. I have decided she needs it in her life, as it is all flowery and soft and beautiful, just like she is!

I made another pincushion. I had all these gorgeous scraps sitting around…

I know the weather has been atrocious (we had a snowy blizzard here yesterday!!) but the spring flowers are trying their best. I had to bring these guys in to be able to look at them though, my garden is off the menu when it is this cold out!

I got a big delivery of seeds a few days ago, and even though it is April I cannot begin to think about growing things just yet. For that we need sunshine!

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Great British Sewing Bee…

Great British Sewing Bee…

How very exciting to see a whole series dedicated to sewing on British tv! I loved it. I did consider entering but a considered too professional and watching it tonight I think I would have done just fine.. It made me realise just how much I know!

So if anyone in London wants to learn to sew just like the contestants in the great British sewing bee, and you want to learn in small friendly classes or even one to one, cheekyhandmades can help.

The full class schedule is on http://bookwhen.com/cheekyhandmades or visit my website www.cheekyhandmades.co.uk for more details. Alternatively contact me on [email protected]


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Location:Thorpe Crescent,Walthamstow,United Kingdom

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Orbital quilt-along and many other quilts

Orbital quilt-along and many other quilts

London is positively arctic right now and all I want to do is stay in and sew (or knit). Good thing then that I have so many quilting commissions going on at the moment!

This one however is not a commission, I took part in the Orbit Quilt Along with LR stitched and I have decided to give the finished quilt to my lovely friend Salima for her birthday. It is almost done!

I am also making two quilts for Nikki, identical ones for her daughters Charlotte and Josephine. One is mostly done, the other one is right behind. I am loving the rainbow colours!

Lastly I am about to begin on Simon’s Indigo quilt. A beautiful quilt made up of indigo fabrics, including a length of vintage Thai hand dyed linen. Lush. To be backed with a funky mustard print. Probably to be hand quilted.

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Orbit Quilt-Along

Orbit Quilt-Along

Crazy busy as I am already are, making four quilts I have been commissioned to make AND writing an essay for my Psychology degree, I also decide to take part in the quilt along that Lindsay from LR Stitched set up. It was just too cute to miss out on!

The cutting out seemed to take just about forever, not helped by me trying to cut corners (or rather not!) by not using a rotary cutter and mat and not even measuring terribly well, and it has turned out not even cutting enough of everything therefore having to cut more as I go along…

But piecing it is so much fun and so addictive, it is my quilting crack! I just want to ignore my work and ignore my essay and race on with it! Bad girl…

Anyway it is not too late for you to join in so by all means follow this link and join me for some highly addictive and colourful quilting fun!

There is also a Flickr group (here) where people are posting their pictures. Cannot wait to get back to it! Join me?

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Fabric shopping guide!

Fabric shopping guide!

I guess by now you may have figured out I have  huge fabric habit…

So I thought I would share with you my favourite fabric shops, especially as I get asked by my students quite often where I recommend buying fabric.

Now you can find lovely stuff at your local market if you are prepared to root around and ask the stall holders what fabric it is (as often it is polycotton which I personally detest and would not use for anything other than toiles or for learners to practice on). And you can unearth some amazing bargains that way (£1/ meter for funky florals and cool checks).

But for most of my fabrics I either venture further afield to proper brick and mortar shops or most often, I go no further than my sofa and shop with a cuppa in my hand (or a glass of red like I am now!).

So here goes then for a list of great online fabric shops:

@ Fabric Rehab, a fantastically addictive online fabric shop. Most fabrics are sold by the FQ (fat quarter, a quarter of a yard) but can be bought by the meter by adding 4 FQs to your basket. A veritable smorgasbord of yummy fabrics and great customer services.

I have just spotted some fab retro cassette fabric I will be buying as soon as I post this blog post http://fabricrehab.co.uk/fabrics/retro-cassettes/

@ Eclectic Maker, a delicious online shop selling fabric, patterns, haberdashery and more. Check out this stack of cuteness:

@ Fancy Moon, I so love this shop… it sells Mexican day of the dead, Hawaian prints, cowboy prints, and camp as Christmas pin up fabric as well as many many more amazing hard to get prints, as well as patterns and haberdashery. Contact me for a discount code too! We love the guys n gals at this online shop SO much… Check out this cute Hawaian pin up print:

 

@  Sew-la-la, a cute shop selling lots of vintage inspired florals and spots as well as pompom trims etc.

@ The Eternal Maker, a wonderful shop selling all the latest Japanese fabrics as well as trims and buttons and tools and hard to get Japanese craft books. Look at this lovely flowery bolt of happiness!

@ Then of course there is Etsy. There is so much gorgeous fabric on there you could lose whole days on there (look under supplies). And shipping from the US to the UK is supercheap and pretty fast. Of course you run the risk your parcel gets intercepted by customs and you have to pay import duty but this has only happened to me a few times when I had boxes sent over, not when I order a few yards here and there.

@ Last but not least there is of course Ebay. Some of my earliest purchases were from lovely Ebayers (the Felt Fairy, Favourite Fabrics (see bundle below) etc) and some I still return to over and over.

HAPPY SHOPPING!!

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