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Today's post is all about fabric - new fabric in store or coming soon to Fat quarter shop. They always pick a great selection across the many different fabric styles and here I'm talking about a few I have my eye on (that's probably a little understated - in truth I've probably been dreaming about all the collections in this post for months). First up is Biology by Sarah Watson, truly head over heels love for everything in this collection - amazing colour, a panel print, so much hand drawn detail. A must have in my book.
Next up, completely different in style but no less striking is Doe by Carolyn Friedlander. Again I love Carlolyn's hand drawn style and her sense of colour. These prints are truly versatile and I see so much potential in using them for everything from quilts to bags to dresses....
I was very excited to see the upcoming Folk Song by Anna Maria Horner, which seems to be a reprint of her much loved Good Folk's collection from a few year's back. I am swooning.
Something very pretty and in stock now is the Geometric Bliss collection by Jeni Baker
Or how about this delightful floral from Gramercy by Leah Duncan?
Something fun starting over at FQS soon is the Snapshots quilt-along - This consists of 12 picturesque blocks all made using traditional piecing. The quilt-along will benefit St Jude Children's Research Hospital and you can find out all the details here.
The folks over at Fat quarter shop have very generously offered up a giveaway prize of an Acorn Trail fat quarter bundle. This new organic fabric collection by Teagan White is adorable with some of the cutest prints around.
To be in with a chance of winning - Just take a look over at the fat quarter shop site and let me know what fabric you currently have your eye on. It can be either in stock or coming soon. The giveaway is international and I will announce a winner on Monday. Good luck and happy browsing!
Giveaway is now closed.
This week I have been living vocariously through the sewing of others. All the pouches in this post were made by friends of mine who pattern tested for me recently. Not only did they provide lots of feedback and ideas for what to include in the patterns (and quite a few grammatical corrections). They also produced some very pretty looking pouches as a result.
First up, is this dreamy looking version of my fold over pouch, made by Charlotte. She chose the prettiest Heather Ross fabrics to make them in. You can take a look at the inside of the pouch here (if anything, it's even sweeter than the outside and well worth the click).
She also made this co-ordinating set of my mini pouch and needle book.
Next up is another fold over pouch, this time made by Pennie. She beautifully fussy cut her cover fabric to perfection - look at how accurately she matched up the horses! I am in awe of Pennie, she sews as fast as she talks and it's pretty speedy.
The inside is just as pretty as everything else she makes.
Last but never least, Hadley tested my at a glance pouches. You can see how thorough she is, she made three just to be sure everyy instruction was fully tested. She also assured me that her pouches were most likely to be filled with loom bands by her daughters the minute they got back from school.
All this looking at sewing done by others has finally got me back into my sewing room and stitching. Everything is going a little slowly for now but I should have something new (finally) to show you very soon :)
I last showed this quilt when it was still a quilt top back at the beginning of the year. I managed to get it quilted and bound shortly after that and we used the finished quilt for our bed right up until summer. Then it was promptly put away until the beginning of this week when the weather has turned right from hot to cold seemingly overnight.
So now seemed as good a time as any to show the finished piece here on the blog. In the general scheme of things, I tend to make stuff, blog about it and then use it but it feels more appropriate to talk about this quilt now that it has been used and washed many times over.
I've blogged about the making of the top previously so I'll just talk about the final stages here.
1. The ovals were hand appliqued on to the background fabric but even though it felt a little heavy, I decided not cut out the background fabric from behind the appliqued shapes. With the benefit of experience, I feel that this was a good move. The quilt does not feel overly heavy in use but it is warmer than any other quilt I have. Which is good, since that is the point of the thing.
2. I decided to do the quilting in several ways instead of using one overall design. Firstly, using pale blue thread, I quilted the background or negative space in a kind of square spiral. I love the finished look but it was a whole bunch of hard work to do, since it involved moving the entire quilt round and through the throat of the machine three times for each spiral. I had added sashing to the sides of the quilt only, to make it a little wider, I quilted the sashing in a zig zag pattern.
3. As there was a variety of the fabric shades used for the ovals, from the very dark to the very light, I decided to use several colours of thread in the quilting of them. Firstly I used white, to quilt around each oval just inside the binding. Then I quilted a second oval in the centre of each one using the closest coloured matching thread I had.
4. I used a neutral thread in the bobbin throughout as the backing fabric was grey.
All the threads I used to do the quilting are by Aurifil. I have one of their colour cards which makes ordering colours online easy since you just need to know the shade number. I used the following colours in the quilt - white (2021), pale blue (2710), navy (2785) and neutral (2314). I've since updated my collection to include a few more matching colours - purple (2535) and blue (2735).
Quilt pattern used was from Denyse Schmidt's book Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspirations.
All fabrics from from Hello Petal, the background fabric is bella solid - 9900 63. Again, I have a colour card which makes ordering online in the run up to Christmas and getting a good matching shade, a trouble free experience.
Today's post brings together several items I've made over the past few months but haven't shown here on the blog yet. First up is this purse I made back in the spring. I'd wanted to make one of these for a couple of years, ever since I saw this one that Ali made. I used this tutorial.
This purse like all of the items in today's post has been in constant, heavy use for the past several months. It still somehow looks like I only made it yesterday.
After making the purse, I had an idea to make a matching - ish Super Tote. I cut out all the pieces one evening but it was too late to sew. The next day I had a hospital appointment, the one where I found out about my recent diagnosis. When I got home, I was trying to process all of the information I had just found out. Somehow I ended up in my sewing room calmy and methodically sewing together this bag. It helped so much to have something to do with my hands. Sometimes I'm so glad I learned to sew and this was one of those important times when it really mattered.
Again, it has been used non stop since then.
The only sewing I have done since the day I made the tote was to make this new mini pouch and needle book set. I use my original set to hold sewing items but I needed another to hold some knitting items - stitch markers and darning needles. I used fabrics from Catnap by Lizzy house. They fit perfectly into the pockets of my knitting project book pouch.
So since there seems to have been a little cat and mouse theme to all these recent sewing projects I thought it would be fitting to show you these felted mouse slippers I made during the summer. I used this pattern. And yep, you guessed it, these have also been in constant use since I made them. I just might have worn them every single day since then..
I made these 'at a glance pouches' late last summer. I wanted somewhere I could store things neatly and orderly so I could see what I have in there all at once. I can be quite messy at times but I always find if things are neat and tidy, I tend to be more productive.
These were quite quick to put together and I've found thery are perfectly sized to hold my essential tools as well as collections of Aurifil thread,
or embroidery flosses,
or paper piecing projects. Everything is all neat and flat and organised.
Which hopefully means that so am I!
Like the projects I showed you last week, I've been working on a pattern for these for quite some time. It's nice to get them neatly crossed off my to do list at last.
Don't be expecting any more patterns for quite some time though. I think I might have wiped myself out working on these the past few weeks. Thank you to my friend Hadley who thoroughly pattern tested these for me.
Hopefully I'll have some new sewing to show you soon :)
Today I'm going to show you what I've been working away on recently. I say recently but in truth this project started over a year ago. I wanted to sew up a handy pouch where everything could be kept together but was compact enough to carry around too. After a few attempts I came up with the idea of the fold over sewing pouch - a pouch + pincushion + needle book + scissor pocket all in one. It's the perfect thing for sewing on the go, English paper piecing, embroidery or just a handy kit all together when ever those sewing impulses take hold.
It also folds up neatly and quite stylishly too!
I also wanted to make a few super small pouches because I'm always looking for a place to keep small items together and came up with this this mini pouch and needle book combo. You can see how mini these are next to the Aurifil thread, they are tiny! The styling is the same as the sewing pouch even though the construction is surprisingly different. Both of these fit rather neatly into the sewing pouch too. The mini pouch is perfectly sized to hold things like binding clips.
The mini duo also work really well for knitting projects - I use the pouch to keep my stitch markers together and the needle book for darning needles.
You can find a pattern for the sewing pouch here
and one for the mini pouch and needle book here
Even though I started working on these all those months ago, I only got around to finishing off the patterns over the last couple of weeks. With the help of a couple of friends to pattern test and several billion hours spent working in illustrator and about the same in word (phew!). They are finally ready.
Now I just need to go and make a few more.
Oh and by the way, it feels so good to be back blogging :)
I am a bad decision maker.
Not in the sense that the decisions I make lead to bad outcomes. Just that I dither, um and ah and contemplate too much. Needless to say, I am not a fan of having to make a decision, I'd rather some one else do it for me. And as if to highlight this breif explanation, it's curious that some of my very best decisions have been made completely by accident.
The story that this introduction is leading up to happened several months ago. It had been a perfectly ordinary day, when quite unexpectantly I came across a lump in my chest. A very teeny - tiny lump but a lump nevertheless. I ummed and I ahhed but thankfully I did decide to go and visit my doctor as soon as possible. A couple of weeks later and I was sat opposite a consultant at my local hospital where I found out that the lump I had found (the teeny one) was nothing to worry about. However, the scan had concluded that there was a very suspicious looking mass nearby and this mass turned out to be breast cancer.
It's not the kind of news that anyone is ever prepared for and it took a lot of getting my head around. A lot has happened since that day regarding surgery and treatment. It's been a tricky road but I'm thankful I have had good support from my family and friends throughout.
It's not over yet by a long way. There's been a lot of resting (and knitting), a long list of things I'm not allowed to do and an even longer list of things I'm not up to doing.
I'm hoping I might see a return to being up to sewing soon but in the meantime I've been playing around on the computer with new idea's.
It could take a while but if there is one thing I do have it's time!
Today I thought I'd bring you a little showcase of pretty things I've seen made up in Hello Petal by some of you! These are always a pleasure for me to come across and of course give me lots of idea's for future projects. First up is this delightful quilt (above) by Jodi of Tickle and Hide - If you click over to her website you'll also find a free tutorial for making the quilt. I'm pinning it for future reference, gotta love the words quilt, tutorial and easy all in the same sentence :)
This night gown by At Luce Ends really made me smile too.
Love this drawstring bag by Amanda, definitely need to make one just like it.
And finally, more cats, this time made into a pouch by Jessica :)
P.S. If you make anything from Hello Petal, please make sure I don't miss it by posting it to my Flickr group.
If you are a new follower who has missed out on some of my older lines - Did you know I have a little contest going on until the end of March? The prize is a set of 6 charm packs, one each of Sherbet Pips, Little Apples, A walk in the woods, Cherry Christmas, Sew Stitchy and Posy.
To enter, all you need to do is make something using my Hello Petal fabric line and then do one (or more) of the following,
- Post pictures on Instagram and tag them with the hashtag #aneelahoey
- Post pictures on Flickr with the tag aneelahoey AND add them to my flickr group
- Post pictures on Facebook and use the tag aneelahoey
Your project can be a quilt, a bag, a childs dress..... it's up to you and your creativity. All fabrics used must be from Hello Petal but you are welcome to include a little solid fabric too. You can post just a picture of the finished item/s or in progress pictures too. All pictures using the above tags posted since the start of this contest and made using Hello Petal will be eligible for the contest.
OK - finally it's time to announce the winners for the 'spell it with moda' blog hop.
The winner of the Hello Petal Fat Eighth bundle is..........Courtney, who said - 'I really like crackle, I always love when a secondary pettern emerges. And 7 lines? Does this mean even more goodness is on its way?'
And the winner of the set of a Hello Petal layer cake and charm pack is ..........Catrin, who said 'I think that my favourite would have to be skip. You get to see more of your beautiful prints! I really hope that I win this - can't believe that there isn't a UK stockist that has the whole line'
Congratulations to both of my winners, look out for an email from me :) Thank you to everyone who joined in with the Moda blog hop and entered.
P.S. - In reply to Catrin's comment, if you are in the UK - the whole Hello Petal line is available from Fabritastic :)
Hello and welcome to my day on the Moda - Spell it with fabric blog hop. My name is Aneela Hoey and to date I have designed 7 collections for Moda. My newest collection is called Hello Petal and it is now available in stores. I've been busy sewing away with it as you will see below. For this hop, Moda have put together an entire alphabet of quilt blocks for you to use as you wish. As you visit each of the blogs on the hop you will be able to download pdf's for making each letter. As you might have guessed from the photo above my letter is A. You can find the pdf for making the A block here.
Here are a few of the things I have been making with Hello Petal - Granny square blocks.
Economy blocks (these are actually a mix of Hello Petal and some of my older lines along with a few fabrics from my stash).
This one is my Tobacco leaf quilt top which I'm working on getting quilted.
And finally my Magic stars quilt top. This one is still on the wall waiting to be quilted, I really need to do that soon. You can find the pattern here.
As part of the hop, we were each asked to answer a few questions -
My letter is - A
My initials are - AH
Favourite quilt block I want to try - Arkansas Traveller
Favourite author - Agatha Christie
Favourite sewing notion - Aurifil thread
Favourite word - abracadabra (my daughter is teaching herself magic, so I'm hearing this alot)
Favourite quote or motto - A stitch in time saves nine
As part of the hop, I have a couple of giveaways for you. First prize will be a Hello Petal fat eighth bundle and prize two will be a set of one layer cake and one charm pack. To enter - Just visit my shop then please come back here and leave a comment below to let me know which of my quilt patterns is your favourite. If you wish you can also let me know which letter of the alphabet is your favourite.
Giveaway ends on 28th of Feburary. International entries are welcome.
You can find the schedule for the entire hop here.
Please note - Giveaway is now closed
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