28 Feb 2011

.. and the (Liebster Blog) Award goes to

... and the award goes to

Well, actually I haven't been able to watch the Academy Awards yet but will go check them out in a minute and I thought that it is the perfect time to hand over my Liebster Blog award to 3 deserving bloggers. I received mine from Jodi on Come Tarry with me and now have to chose 3 lovely blogs with less than 300 followers.

I had to think long and hard, because there are so many lovely blogs out there and it is not easy to pick three. So all of you lovely bloggers rest assured that I adore all of your blogs and would give each and every one of you a Liebster Award if I could

... and the Award for my first Liebster Blog goes to

April Two Eighty: I love this blog because Brooke has a great eye for design and blogs about many different things, from her personal life, her everyday adventures, her frequent hair color experiments, to interior design and of course quilting. And what AMAZING QUILTING. She has a great sense of color and her fabric stash is to die for. So please go and check out her blog.

... and the Award for my second Liebster Blog goes to

Sew Justine Sew!: Justine is a fellow UK blogger and we share a love of all things quilty and fabrics and all the things in between. I love the way Justine writes about her life and love of quilting and always enjoy reading her posts. So go check out her blog and share the love.

... and the Award for my third Liebster Blog goes to

The Quilting Edge: You'll be amazed by Marianne's very unique style and her eye for colour and design. Her quilts are one of a kind and she is great at sharing her wisdom with her followers too. Her skill at quilting-as-you-go is absolutely enviable. Go have a look and you'll never look back.

Ok, this was hard. But it's done. Congratulations to the winners.

So for those of you who have received a Liebster Award here are the rules:
1) If you are tagged, then create a post on your blog and add the Liebster blog pic.
2) Link back to the person who gave you the award.
3) Choose 3 of your favorite blogs to tag, link these in your post too and tell the lucky people they have been tagged.

The aim of this award is to bring unknown good blogs to light, that means blogs with less than 300 Followers!

21 Feb 2011

First machine quilt. Hurrah!

I've finished my first machine made quilt a while ago and was waiting for some sunlight to take photos of it. well, think again, no sun in these parts for the next few months. Think I need to start taking them outside to take the pics. So for now the iphone and photoshop mobile will have to do.

The back in zodiac fabrics

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15 Feb 2011

Slight Improvement

My first little project using some fabric from my Seamstar hamper and it turned out quite well. I am still getting used to sewing on the machine and zippers are a bit tricky but I am getting there.

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11 Feb 2011

Fabric Bliss

I have splashed out on 2 fabric lines this month. (Yes Monkey, I kept my promise. but we only said this month, not THE NEXT MONTH :)

Tina Givens' new line Haven's Edge has already arrived and is absolutely gorgeous.

... and Patty Young's Sanctuary should arrive today or Monday, and as always Patty has managed to create something stunningly beautiful and contemporary.

But I need all your help. Here is my dilemma. I have these wonderful fabrics, whole collections sometimes and I absolutely adore them, but I keep looking at them, drooling over them, caressing them, but I never have the courage to use them. I keep working my way through old scraps or leftovers from previous quilts and never actually get to the big beautiful fabric lines.
I think it's because I am afraid I might ruin them and the quilt or gift I make will disappoint me and then I won't have any of the fabric left. And especially now while I am working on my Etsy shop, I don't want to ruin any of my fabric.

So what should I do? What should I use these fabrics for?

Maybe I should rearrange my fabrics and sort them by colour as many quilters seem to do these days? Maybe that way I would actually start using them more? At the moment I keep all the collections together, Tufted Tweets in one drawer, Flora and Fauna in another etc.

Let me know what you think, all your advice is greatly appreciated.

Love, Nadine

2 Feb 2011

Liebster Award

OOOH, Jodi from Come Tarry with me gave me a Liebster Award today. How exciting. Thank you Jodi. I feel honored.

I will do my homework properly and have a nice browse through all my favorite blogs to then hand on my award to 3 deserving bloggers.

Will post about my decision when I have made it. Soon. And no, I will not be bribed by offerings of fabrics or other goodies. (Even thoough that will be a hard test of my willpower :)

Love, Nadine

1 Feb 2011

Christmas again? Already. Yay.

Look what beauty has just arrived. Oh I am sooooo lucky, this bumper pack truly feels like Christmas again.

This box is packed full with lovely goodies from seamstar.co.uk

including some of the amazing designer fabrics Courtney offers in the shop. It's absolutely beautiful.

It also contains a collection if Anna Maria Horner Voiles and ribbons, zippers and a cute tin of sewing pins.

Now I have a few more questions for the experienced sewist:

- When using ribbons how do you avoid the ends unraveling?

- What can I do with these adorable voiles? I shouldn't use them for quilting, should I? They're too precious for that.

Love, Nadine