Thursday, 4 September 2014

Too many pinwheels!

Well I think I have had my full fill of pinwheels this week to last me a lifetime! Just Jude's prairie points and pinwheels quilt class starts tonight so I've been busy trying to test the pattern for two different sizes: a cot quilt and a single bed sized quilt. I only have the quilt tops finished because they needed to be ready to display in class tonight...
Above is the cot sized quilt in boyish reds and blues.

Apologies for the bad photo...it was quite breezy outside so this was the best I could get.
As you can see this quilt is a lot bigger than the blue and red quilt. It has 30 blocks! 30 BLOCKS! The first one only had 12! I'm so flippin' glad to have finished haha...I do love the result though! The bright colours with the denim are just so me...unfortunately I don't think I can sneak another quilt away with me to uni ;(

Thanks for stopping by :)
-Shannon xo

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Thank-you brooches

So yesterday I got a fab surprise from two lovely ladies who go to Just Jude's sewing classes. As a thank you for carrying their machines down to the basement (where classes are held) each week they gave me some lovely goodies for uni!
There's a weekly organizer, flask, storage box and a gorgeous handmade card! To say thank you I wanted to make them something so decided on some brooches!
One of the ladies loves browns and the other often wears blues so it was quite easy working out what colours to use..
The buttons are fabric covered buttons that I made myself...Just Jude will be doing a post on them soon and where you can buy the little kits!
I absolutely love the shape and size of these brooches and am now imagining them in some bright Amy Butler fabrics...mmmm...maybe one day haha!

Thanks for stopping by :)
-Shannon xo

Monday, 1 September 2014

Sailing Ships

Today in between other projects I decided to make a couple of Bee Blessed blocks just for funzies.
This adorable little ship block is the bee block for this term and it was actually surprisingly easy to make! If you would like to make one and donate it to Bee Blessed you can find the tutorial here.
You can pretty much make them how you please as long as the background is plain white and the sea is blue...If you want a little more info you can head to over to Just Jude's blog!

Thanks for stopping by :)
-Shannon xo

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Lunch anyone?

Sooooo I have been pattern testing for Just Jude again and this time I've been making lunchbags! 
I actually made two (both with different features) but I really don't like the second one...I think it's because I made the same mistake two or three times from the get-go and from then on I just kind of hated it...I didn't even want to photograph it...it has been banished to a dark corner of my room. I would give it to someone but it's not even well made...there are seams showing where there aren't supposed to be seams showing because I had to do a bit of Frankenstein type work on it...oh well...c'est la vie!
At least I have the first one that I made and I really do love it!
For the bottom half I used some fabric from my fabric sample book that I talked a little about in my zippy pouch post. I paired it with some linen and I love the little vintagey vibe that it has!
On the inside I used wipeable fabric for the lining and little poppers as the closures. And just in case you're wondering I don't actually have any dividers/pockets in the interior...it's just a piece of kitchen roll haha.

I hope you're having a nice weekend!

-Shannon xo

Friday, 29 August 2014

Mount Stewart!

Well, the sun was out in full shine yesterday here in Northern Ireland so to top up our vitamin D supplies we decided to spend the afternoon at Mount Stewart...
Mount Stewart belongs to the National Trust so as with most National Trust places there is a lovely big house, with lovely big gardens, a lovely big lake and lots of general loveliness really!
They even have a mermaid!
You really get a feel for how old the place is when you see the trees...some of them are huge! 
This one just went up and up and up...I don't think I could even see the top...
Even though the weather has started to get colder here we did still manage to spot a few butterflies...
They're so pretty just like every other part of this place...
...including my mama (even though she's not really an official part of Mount Stewart!)

I will hopefully be back tomorrow with some more sewy goodness so don't forget to stop by :)
-Shannon xo

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Family day out!

Despite the weather being quite windy and cold today we decided to meet up with some of our family in Newcastle (Northern Ireland)! Thankfully it didn't rain even though the clouds looked quite threatening at times...

Just in case you were wondering, those people in the photo below are my family...I'm not a stalker or anything! Although I did kind of feel like their paparazzi!

We all had great fun at the amusements although there were some minor injuries...dodgems are more dangerous than you may think!

One of my favourite parts of the day was when we visited a little vintage shop on the highstreet. It was like a cute treasure trove full of pretty knick-knacks, vintage clothes, toys and so much more...
They even had a huge vintage hand-pieced hexie quilt!
I can't even imagine the amount of time that must have gone into that! The hexies are so small too! A couple of months ago I probably wouldn't have batted an eyelid at it but now that I am more into sewing and have hand-pieced things myself I really do have such a deeper appreciation for things like this and can marvel at their beauty (I know that sounds cheesy but it's true)!

Overall it was a fab day out despite the fact the we were quite weather-beaten when we got home :)
-Shannon xo

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Zippy pouches

So as promised today I will show you a few of the things that I have been working on for the past week or so. They aren't very interesting...just some bog-standard zippy pouches...but I thought they were pretty and wanted to show them to you!
I started by making the elephant one. I absolutely adore the fabric and I thought it would be cute to have as a little pencil case.
I then went on to make a pouch out of some old curtain sample thing...y'know those books that you could get that had lots of big squares of sample fabric for curtains and what not? Well I have one of those and I must say it is very handy for little projects!
I like the other side a bit better because it has a big flower on it...however my iron managed to burn the top of it and it's not a pretty sight...

The next pouch I made will be for a friend...I made it to accompany a 'uni bucket' that I will hopefully be making for her soon! (A 'uni bucket' is just a fabric bucket that I will put some little goodies in as a 'good-luck-on-starting-uni' gift!)
I love this fabric from Ikea because it's so artsy and quirky..kind of like my friend haha :)
The final pouch that I made is a little bigger than the rest as I wanted to use it to store my sewing things and I needed something that would fit my scissors. I again used some fabric from my sample fabric book and I paired it with some linen and a little ribbon for decoration!
All of these pouches have boxed corners and pretty linings (of course! Linings are one of my favourite parts!)
I had actually forgotten that I had used that green fabric for the lining in the grey pouch so when I opened it today for the first time in a while I was like "Oh!" and then started smiling because it was such a nice little surprise...Is that sad? Haha :/

I hope you enjoyed my post for today, come again soon :)
-Shannon xo

Monday, 25 August 2014

Time for a catch-up!

Hello there! It's been a while hasn't it? I've been a wee bit busy since my last blog post...well maybe not actually that busy but between getting A-level results, being ill and a few other bits and bobs I haven't really been able to blog so I'm going to try and quickly fill in the gaps now...
So to start off, yes I got my A-level results and yes I got what I needed to get into my course at Derby! Yay! As of 13th September I will officially be a uni student..scary stuff!

In other news; over the weekend it was my Grand-parents golden wedding anniversary and we had a lovely family gathering at Brownlow House in Lurgan where my grand-parents had their wedding reception 50 years ago!
The place was buzzing with relatives young and old and it was so nice just to all be in the same place at the same time!
These are all of the grand-kids! It can be mayhem when we're all together haha!

My grand-parents with my aunt, unlce and mum (Just Jude)
My nana and grandad seemed to really enjoy the evening...they're not usually big into the whole grand occasion thing but I think they just loved that everyone was together.

And of course this blog post wouldn't be complete without a selfie!

Tomorrow I think I'll do a post showing some of the things I've been making recently...a little random collection but oh well :)

Thanks for stopping by!
-Shannon xo

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Swirly Wirly

So yesterday I was having a wee bit of a slumpy, frumpy tired day...y'know those days where you just kind of slump about the house just wanting to crawl into bed and hide from the world for a while? Yeah well that was me yesterday and usually if I'm in that mood I get a craving for something really unhealthy to eat...this time it was cinnamon rolls! I definitely think cinnamon rolls are my weakness...even just thinking about them makes me drool...
I used a recipe by Laura Vitale that can be found here and if you're still not sure about making them then you must watch her video tutorial. Her reaction at the end will surely persuade you of how good they are, trust me!

Sewing wise I have been working on pattern testing Just Jude's Pinwheels and Prairies Quilt and I just thought I'd show you my progress so far...
The pictures aren't fab but I'll photograph it properly once it's finished!
Thanks for stopping by :)
-Shannon xo

Friday, 8 August 2014

Bucketing down..

Well for the past few days here in oh not so sunny NI it has felt rather a lot like winter...grey clouds, cooler temperatures, lots of rain...
...I've even been wearing jumpers and trying to resist the urge to dig out my boots in hope that the weather will soon cheer up. The silver lining to this rain cloud however is that I feel much more inclined to sew...I suppose because there is no sunshine to go out and enjoy.
Over the past few days I have been pattern testing yet again for Just Jude, this time making fabric buckets..
They are so unbelievably quick and easy to make it's crazy! They are quite addictive too...you can't just make one and be done, you have to make at least 2 or 3 more (which is easy because Just Jude offers the measurements to make 3 sizes, with or without piping).
I made 3 sizes: A large one with a pocket and boxed corners, a medium sized one with piping, and a small one with piping. They can of course be made using the same fabrics as a set but I decided just to make them all different so that I wouldn't get bored.
One of these could easily be rustled up in an hour or two and filled with goodies to make a sweet little gift for someone...I'm thinking of possibly making a few for my friends as 'uni buckets'...so I'll fill them with different little things that they could use/bring to university in September!

I hope you all have a great weekend :)
-Shannon xo

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

I think I'm in love...

Is it possible to fall in love with a quilt? I think I just have...I started making a Plus Quilt on Saturday as a thank you present for someone and I think it's going to be quite hard for me to part with it.
I love how fresh and vibrant the colours are and how well they all work together considering the fabrics are scrappy...

...and how the stripey binding just adds another level of quirky fun.

The back before and after quilting
For the back I used a denim chambray material with a strip of scraps that were leftover from the front. The strip may not necessarily be 100% straight but hopefully it won't be scrutinized too much when it's given over to it's new owners.

I will be sad to say goodbye to this quilt but I'm sure that it will be well loved in its new home!

Thanks for stopping by :)
-Shannon xo

Saturday, 2 August 2014

I spy Amy Butler

So after finishing the schoolhouse cushion earlier this week I decided to make a little chenille rug that I will hopefully be able to take to uni in September to decorate my dorm room.
This chenille rug consists of a few layers of fabric that are quilted, cut, bound and then put in the washing machine so that the raw edges can fluff up to give it the lovely soft feel.
I used a variety of bright colours to match my bedroom accessories and hopefully it will really brighten up my dorm room when I go to uni in september!
For the back I used a towel that I got from Ikea and for the binding I used some Amy Butler scraps.
I definitely have an obsession for Amy Butler fabrics I think...they're just sneaking their way into everything at the moment!
For example I was pattern testing again for Just Jude this week and I managed to include some Amy Butler fabric in a table runner for our lounge.
The economy star blocks were surprisingly easy and fun to make so I definitely wouldn't mind making them again. I was thinking about trying to incorporate them into a quilt one day but I don't know if that's a bit too ambitious...
I quilted this by free motion stitching a little daisy chain type pattern over the entire thing..
I still can't quite decide whether or not I like the finished piece but aw well...I had fun making it anyway.
This was a class that Just Jude ran today so hopefully she will upload the photos soon to her blog so you can have a wee peek at what everyone was up to!

Thanks for stopping by :)
-Shannon xo