Sunday, 25 January 2015

New to Me in January

Welcome to the first New to Me Link Party in 2015. A new year needs a new blog button, so here it is!

There is a definite Celtic flavour to my makes this month, which may or may not have something to do with the Burns Night Celebrations planned for tonight :) My first New to Me in 2015, my Highland Fling Cushion pattern was a biggie!

Okay, the photo isn't that big, but being on the cover of a magazine certainly was for me!

I have also been trying out a new technique for the last of the Sampler blocks for my Quilt Group quilt.

I have no idea what the technique is called, but it involves tracing a pattern on to Stitch & Tear and then layering up the Stitch & Tear, background fabric and applique fabric and stitching along the traced lines. Then the fabric is cut back to 1/8th of an inch from the stitched lines, which was extremely nerve-wracking (!) and then the edges are satin-stitched over. I quite like the technique, although I may have bitten off more than I can chew by deciding to go it alone with the pattern, rather than use the flower garland pattern provided :)

If you know what this technique is called, I would be delighted to hear it.

So that's my New to Me this month, now it is your turn to share all the fascinating things that you have been up to in January. As ever please help to spread the word by linking back to this post in your post and/or adding the blog button to your sidebar.

As ever check out the other links and leave a comment along the way. The emphasis of this link party is to celebrate the trying of something new, whether it works out exactly as planned or not, so a little encouragement here and there would not go amiss! 

The link will remain open until 23.59GMT on January 31st, so you have plenty of time to try something new and link up and join the party :)

And, whilst you are in the mood for linking, don't forget to link up to the Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew January Link Party here if you have been working on any Christmas / Holiday projects this month too.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Highland Fling

When the Katarina Roccella collection, Indelible, was launched recently I have to admit I fell in love with it and immediately started planning what I would do with it. One lucky voucher win and lots of head scratching later, this is what I eventually did.

My very first printed pattern in a magazine, the Highland Fling cushion!

Can you tell I am just a little over the moon by it :)

And not just in the magazine, but on the front cover too! Okay it is the smallest photo on there, but thrilling all the same. The lovely fox applique project on the cover is by my fellow blogger from the North East, Josie at Sew for Soul, so I am in great company.

It was very nerve-wracking sending off my cushion cover to be photographed I can tell you, but Julie and her team at Sewing World couldn't have been more helpful, even when I was swanning around Miami when I was supposed to be posting off the cushion cover :)

I am delighted to finally be able to share this finish with you, as I think I have exhausted my husband and sons' supplies of interest in the Highland Fling cushion by now!

So, if you are looking to celebrate Burns Night on January 25th, but not so keen on haggis or whisky (give me haggis over whisky any day!) then this month's issue of Sewing World might just have the answer.

Don't forget there is still time to be in with a chance of winning this Christmas Felt Bundle

by linking up your Christmas / Holiday Makes to this month's

Link up here

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Introducing Pocket and Pin

We have lined up a great selection of generous sponsors for the Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Link Party again this year, but some of them might not be that familiar to you so I thought it would be nice to give them a chance to introduce themselves.

First up is this month's giveaway sponsor the lovely Sarah from Pocket and Pin

who has donated this great Christmas Felt Bundle.

To be in with a chance of winning link up your Christmas and Holiday makes here

As well as lovely felt bundles, Pocket and Pin carries a great range of ribbons and trims and the sweetest little embroidery hoops for brooches and necklaces I have ever seen, but enough of that here is Sarah's story.

"At Pocket&Pin you will find the prettiest supplies for your crafts. Our (I say 'our' it's just little old me) aim is to find the best quality trims, ribbons, felt, fabric and buttons we can that will add the perfect touch to your handmade creations. 
I am an avid crafter myself and I enjoy nothing more than sitting down with my sewing machine or knitting machine and getting lost in a project! (when my kiddo's let me that is!)
I studied Textiles & Surface Design at university and went on to be a Freelance Knitwear Designer, selling designs to various companies/designers in London, Paris and New York. I later fell into buying and gained some valuable experience from the opposite side of the business. Pocket&Pin finally became a reality after my two boys were born. I returned to work part-time but obviously I was craving more time with them and I had a desire to return to my textile background, this led me to launch Pocket&Pin.
I love sourcing gorgeous trims, ribbon, lace, fabrics and yarns, both new and vintage. I hope through my enthusiasm I can inspire my customers to get excited about sewing and working on their own home crafts. There is nothing more satisfying to me than creating bespoke 'not available anywhere else' items that suit me and my home perfectly.
We've just launched the #habdash box. A monthly craft supplies subscription delivered to your doormat at the beginning of each month. This is the next big venture for Pocket & Pin and it is proving very popular. February's box sold out in an hour!
There is also a forever long list of things i would like to do and products i would like to stock and a little bit at a time we will get there!"

We can all relate to that :)

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