Friday, 6 June 2014

Hexagons part 1

Here's a little "how to make" for the pieced hexagon patchwork, as I have had several requests

You need 2 sizes of hexagon, 1 for the paper pieces and 1 for the fabric pieces, this is the size used for the paper hexagon with a seam allowance of your choice all around usually about 1/4" / 6mm
I use normal printer paper for my hexagons, not the really cheap stuff just the normal weight paper. When I print stuff instead of recycling it in the recycle bin I cut hexagons from it. I also recycle leaflets and junk mail that keeps coming through my letterbox. I have used 2"/ 5cm sized hexagons (the paper hexagon size) but you can usethe size you prefer.

1. Place a fabric hexagon with the wrong size facing up and place a paper hexagon centred on top. You can pin the paper and fabric hexagon together if you prefer.

2. Fold over 1 edge, I usually run my fingernail along the seam (finger press). Tack the fabric to the paper by starting in the middle of the seam do a few small stitches or knot the thread to begin with (whichever method you prefer to do!)


3. Fold over the next seam and finger press, make a stitch or 2 in the corner through all the layers of fabric and paper. Make another stitch in the middle of the seam.

 4. Repeat until last fold. Fold the corner fabric to match the other sides, stitch to secure.

You need 7 hexagons to make a flower (my next hexagon how to make)

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Free Swatch

From 12pm EST on Thursday, June 5th until 12pm EST on Friday, June 6th, you can get a free, custom-printed swatch of  Spoonflowers new Faux Suede fabric, along with free shipping. (One free swatch per household. This is an international offer) there's more information on their blog

You can get your own design printed (or photo, kids drawings)  or choose from the 1000's of designs available swatch is 8" X 8" (20cm X 20cm) 
I ordered mine and will make a small purse from it like these ones I blogged about a few years ago:)

My spoonflower shop is for the prints in the photo and lots more :)

Friday, 30 May 2014

Blooming Marvellous Design Contest
I just entered the Blooming Marvellous Design Contest over at the Bags of Love website. That's my entry with the giant bee :)
Here's a little about it from from there site "
With summer on its way and the beautiful flower shows on the horizon, Blooming Marvellous is a new, unique competition, which celebrates gorgeous flowers and their impact on the design and creative worlds."

Pop over to there site to have a look at the great floral designs, clicking below

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Tote bag granny hexagon fabric arrived

My tote bag (Lined Tote Bag featuring a Crochet Print) fabric arrived today. I am so happy with the results of the printing. I will cut out and make the bag later this week and post the results :)

Saturday, 10 May 2014



Craftsy is turning 3 and to celebrate this weekend, they are having a Birthday Flash Sale!
Starting on the 10th May selected classes are available with up to 50% off, Hurry, offer expires on the May 11th at 11:59pm MT. 

Friday, 2 May 2014

Mom's Soda Bread Tea Towel

I had planned on doing all the competitions Spoonflower set for the month of April. For two reasons, because it was the Easter break and I had time off from my teaching work and two my mom would have been 70 this month she died this year at the start of January, so it is an upsetting month for us, she believed you should do positive things to be happy, so that's the main reason I set myself this task. I though there was 4 competitions set for April one each week but there was 5 and it is very apt that the last competition from Spoonflower this month is "Moms recipe tea towels" the brief was "No matter where you live in the world, nothing spells comfort like a home cooked meal from your mom or grandmother. Celebrate the important culinary women in your life this Mother's Day by designing a lovely recipe just like mom used to make. Recipes should fit a fat quarter-yard of our Linen-Cotton Canvas fabric. Entries will be previewed at the scale of a fat quarter (27" x 18")"
So the image up top is my entry "Mom's recipes - soda bread tea towel" with yes my moms soda bread recipe. is on it. She made this all the time often making extra to give to friends.  I have this recipe also on my foodie blog if you fancy making it :) My mom liked her fancy tea towels I am sure she would have been so happy to see the recipe on one.
To vote or just look at any of the entries in this week competition click on the link below, please remember to make sure you go all the way down to the bottom of the page and hit submit when you do vote so it is counted (you don't need to sign up to vote)

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Custom wallpaper contest weeks spoonflower contest is not for fabric, but for wallpaper.
Spoonflower print custom fabric, wallpaper, gift wrap and decals, I know they have done a gift wrap contest before but I think this is their first wallpaper contest.

The brief this weeks was "Floral coloring book wallpaper - At Spoonflower, we like to keep our childlike creativity and curiosity alive. That's why we're oh so excited about this week's contest: floral coloring book wallpaper. Create a black and white design that is ready for crayons, pencils, and markers to go wild. Designs are intended for wallpaper, but previews will be sized as a quarter yard of fabric (21" x 18")"
So I got the pencils, pens and paper out and started drawing flowers. I then scanned the rough images into photoshop, cleaned them up and experimented moving them around and I came up with this design. I enjoyed this contest.

To have a look at all this weeks entries and vote for the ones you like go to 
just make sure you go all the way down to the bottom of the page and hit submit when you do vote so it is counted, you don't need to sign up to vote