Saturday, 12 October 2013

A winner …

Thank you for all your comments/tweets and entries from my last post!

As promised, I have used the random number selector app on my phone to pick a winner:

Lisa P that's you! Do get in touch so I can send out your cushion.

Back soon!

Friday, 4 October 2013

#secretsewingproject ...

I've been dropping hints all over the place for the last couple of weeks about an exciting project I have been working on. Today, all can be revealed! Back in the summer, when I was laying about in the hammock, I got an email from Celia wondering if I'd like to make some things with a fabric collection she was putting together. My reply was immediate - I would LOVE to. How could I possibly turn down such an offer?! I have been a huge fan of Celia's designs and have cheekily framed a few of her cards to turn them into wall art in both my bedroom and kitchen.

A few weeks later, I received a very tempting parcel that was ripped open in a very exciting manner.

The fabric that it revealed set my heart aflutter. I literally couldn't wait to get stuck in.

Celia said I could do whatever I wanted with them and so I decided that I'd add some other fabrics to show them off. I've been wanting to use some Liberty tana lawn for a while and thought that the small flowery designs would compliment Celia's fabrics well. I also added some stronger greys to frame some of the blocks. With rotary cutter in hand, I was soon on my way to chopping up and recreating my own twist on things.  I emailed Celia just to say that I hoped she wouldn't be too horrified that I was having a whale of a time cutting her gorgeous fabric up!

First up (naturally!) was a cushion. The heart design was crying out for a log cabin block! And my knitting chair in the conservatory was crying out for a replacement for the rather dog-eared wooly number that has adorned it for the last five years.

I love the bold splash of red it has given that corner and so got cracking on making something for my kitchen too. Next up was a table runner. It's really tricky to photograph things on my kitchen table as the maple wood always makes everything very yellow-y. The runner is also quite long so it was hard to get a good picture.

I've decided to leave it until next month to use it on the table as it has quite a *whispers* festive feel to it. 

I have used all my scraps up by finally making a couple of little coaster sets too. One for me, and one can be found in my Etsy shop.

You can find Celia's Spoonflower shop here. I am very tempted by the Sea Hearts!

And now for the good part! 

With the remaining fabric I made a further two cushions; one is on its way to Celia to say thank you for letting me play with your fabrics, and the second is up for grabs as a giveaway.

Only the cushion cover is included, and it measures 45cm x 45cm. As with all my cushions, it is machine-pieced and -quilted and hand-finished. 

All you have to do is leave me a comment here to be in with a chance to win. For a second entry, tweet me - I'm @ttcdowling  

The giveaway will close next Friday 11 October and I will draw a winner on Saturday 12 October.

*edited to add: please try to leave an email address for me to contact you to enter the giveaway (noreplyblogger isn't very helpful!)