Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Easter sewing

 My lovely friend Leanne and I had an Easter swap and this is what I sent to Leanne.  A Hatched and Patched bag, a little bunny, some Fig Tree fat quarters and some other little bits and pieces.  And of course some chocolates that were added to the package later before I posted, I hope Leanne got to eat some of them or maybe she shared them with her boys.........?  I am still watching my mailbox, we posted on the same day - but there are no mail deliveries till tomorrow as we get an extra long Easter weekend - today is Anniversary Day here...... yay, no school!


After finishing my scrappy trip top on Saturday, Sunday saw me finish my little pincushion for the Stitch-A-Long March project.  I'm making the little sewing accessories for the SAL in some of my favourite Fig Tree Strawberry Fields fabrics, will be nice to have a matching set by the end of the SAL.....



And late on Sunday night I started to cut out a new little quilt for dear friends who are expecting a baby in June.  I am using Posy fabric to make Sugar Dish.  I'm taking a gamble here, I have a strong feeling they are having a girl..... so I hope I'm right as this is certainly not a little boy quilt...lol.  I've always wanted to have a go at Dresden plates, so this little quilt will be my opportunity.....
I enrolled in Camille Roskelly's Craftsy class called Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simple last week, and after only a couple of lessons, I have learned heaps of shortcuts for cutting and chain piecing.  This one seems so obvious now, but it had never occurred to me to line up more than one strip at a time with the lines on my cutting mat and cut them all at once.  And with my jellyroll strip folded in half it was doubled as well.   Of course it is probably obvious to most of you - but being mostly self taught, it takes me a while to catch on!!  This is my first experience with Craftsy, I thought the classes seemed expensive, but there are 4 quilt patterns with Camille's class and I did use a 25% off coupon.......we crafters can justify anything if it suits us though.......

So having spent a few hours sewing this Easter I am very pleased with my efforts so far .......

I hope you have had a wonderful Easter too........ till next time.......Happy Stitching.....Nicky x

24 comments:

JenniDMills said...

Pretty fabrics ... I'll look forward to the finished photos. :)

shez said...

wow Nicky that is an awesome parcel that you put together for Leanne,such lovely gifts.You are doing so well with your classwork those blocks look fantastic.xx

Schulz Family said...

That is an amazing parcel you sent. Lucky friends. Sounds like your Easter was incredibly craftily productive

Ali Honey said...

Looks like you had a very productive long weekend.
We have had a little rain...little being the operative word there.( we need 100 mls please )
We haven't had rural delivery since last Thursday either - seems like a really long time and as our newspaper gets delivered that way now Saturday's paper will be way past it used by date.

Fiona said...

Lovely sewing.... the baby quilt looks very sweet... I was sure my son was having a girl and made a girlie quilt... well I was wrong ... so I hope you have more luck than me... but it's not a biggie to NEEED to make another quilt hey??? love the swap items you made too... very cute bunny... enjoy your extra day off!

Hugz

Michelle said...

Wow Nicky what a productive weekend!! Love the swap parcel, Leeanne is very lucky! And that quilt is looking beautiful!
Michelle

Lynda said...

You've made such beautiful gifts Nicky. I love the quilt you've chosen for your friend and the fabrics are so pretty.

Annie said...

Lots of pretty things in this post. What a fun gift package for your friend. I love that cute little bunny!

You always find the nicest fabrics. That pin cushion is adorable.

Nice to hear your class taught you those useful techniques. Simple things like that can make such a difference!

Terry said...

That bunny is so cute! And I love the pincushion! :0)

Anthea said...

Wow Nicky, beautiful gifts sent to Leanne, the stitchery on the bag is so dainty, just beautiful!
And your block sewing is coming along fast - looks like a great teaching from Craftsy - the fabrics are gorgeous...
What a pretty post! x

Noela said...

Love the gifts you sent to Leanne. Yes I have signed up for some classes too, they are very good. Might have to sign up for that one too. Hugs....

Charlie and Wendy said...

You have made so many beautiful things, lucky Leanne. And your new quilt projects are looking lovely too!

suzitee said...

Your Easter swap goodies are DIVINE! Love them all. I've been tossing up buying Camille's class too...there is ALWAYS something new to learn, and anything that saves a bit of time is a great thing, right? Your baby quilt is looking lovely...Posy is so so pretty. I've created very little over this Easter break :(

Maria said...

AHHHH - now I know what an SAL is! Beautiful, pretty gifts - the fabrics are really lovely. Happy Easter Nicky.

Christine M said...

You have put together a beautiful Easter parcel for Leanne. I love the bag and as for that little bunny, it is so cute! Gorgeous fabrics too. I'm looking forward to seeing the baby quilt.

Susan said...

What a cute little bunny. Love your pincushion, and what you've learned in class. Strip piecing was a revelation to me too. Not quite as satisfying as hand stitching but fast results. Have fun at your classes.

tales from a handmade home said...

That's going to be one pretty little girl quilt. I'm new to quilting so thank you for the tip on strip cutting.

Leeanne said...

I like what you made your swap buddy, very cute....I wonder what you will receive?
I have done a couple of Craftsy classes too, they a re great.

Sarah said...

Gorgeous bag and bunny. Posy is very pretty. Hope it's a girl!

Leanne said...

I absolutely love my gifts Nicky, you did such a beautiful job of everything, Now you have received your package I can post all about our swap on my blog.
I love the new quilt you are making, I made that one last year and its still waiting for binding. lol

Katrina said...

Hi Nicky, what gorgeous gifts you made - I love the little bunny, can I ask which pattern you used for it? Its so cute :)

Tatkis said...

I love everything you did! The bag and bunny are adorable, pincushion is so cute!
And the quilt would be so sweet - good luck!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Jindi's Cottage said...

Lucky Leanne, such a lovely Easter parcel...the bag and the sweet bunny are gorgeous...hope the posties have done their job and delivered Leanne's parcel to you...

Wendy said...

this is a post full of eye candy, but I keep coming back to that little bunny - so cute!!

I had never thought of lining up jelly roll strips like that either, you're not alone!

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