Saturday, 7 March 2015

Bags Beads and Blocks

Once again I have been flitting from one thing to another in my craft room, still,  as they say 'change is as good as a rest'

Later in the year Higham Piecemakers will be having its bi-annual quilt show, where we  raise funds for a local Charity.  There is always a cushion raffle (so a cushion will be made later) and this year we are also having a 'Bagabola' (change from Tombola) so I have to make a bag.  A friend introduced me to Debbie Shore and her 'You Tube' tutorials, so I decided to make the zippered tote bag.  The instructions were really very good and, as you can pause the video, nothing escapes you.  I think if I made it again I would add a thin batting/wadding, but overall I think the bag is really nice and hopefully it will be appreciated.

Love this Ikea fabric

Pinterest is another time waster for me, but there are some wonderful things to put on the 'to do' list.  I added one before Christmas, and have only just got around to making it.  I was hoping to use some old jewellery, but in the end only used a couple of earrings (minus their posts) and lots of little glass beads.   This was so simple to make, I might go raiding the old necklace box for some different types of beads etc.  

Christmas bauble 

I also got an email from a 'flickr' friend.  I used to play on flickr a lot with swaps and 'quilt- a- longs', but flickr changed its format so I dropped out of a lot of the groups,  but the ladies that I used to swap with have what is called an 'Epiphany Group' and if someone was sick or has some tragedy and needs a hug, a begging email would be sent out and those that wanted would all make a patchwork block. They would then send it off to one wonderful person who would piece all the blocks together, someone (or a few) would donate the batting, someone would then sandwich and quilt.  The finished quilt would then be sent and the recipient would receive hugs (in block form) from all over the world.  A call went out this week and it was decided that we would all make a 8.5" block with a house on it  we could add trees or flowers and the colours we were asked to use were pink and green on a white background.
This is my contribution 

Wonky house with lots of love 

I have started working on the new challenge quilt for this month, but that is still a 'work in progress' so will have to show you that at a later date.

Happy creating. 


  1. Can't get over those tiny, tiny leaves!;)

  2. Stunning bag, if they all look as gorgeous as this you will raise lots of money for your good cause!

  3. Love the bag - hope I win it. Love the Christmas bauble too.

  4. Can I please win the bag. Think the litle house is great

  5. I love the little jewel picture, what a good idea. The bag is lovely, and your little house is just the sweetest