Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Joy of Giving - A Quilt for My Dad

One of the reasons I like making and sewing is the joy of being able to gift something you have made.

This year for Christmas I gave my Dad a quilt that I made from up cycled shirts.   I put out the call for old shirts amongst family and friends and received lots of lovely shirt fabrics.  


This quilt was improv pieced.  I had a love hate relationship with this - I loved randomly putting fabrics together but I did not enjoy the having to square things up to create the completed quilt top and it did languish in the to be finished pile for a long time.  So instead of a birthday present it became a Christmas present (whoops!).


The Back

The quilting is just straight lines, 1 inch apart (give or take).  Because the fabrics are up cycled they were very soft.




Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tuesday Stack - A Stack of Sewing

There has been a stack of making going on at Stitchbird.  Lots of handmade goodies ready for the Christmas season.  I thought I would share a small selection of some of the making.  This is a few of the kid's messenger bags, lace zippered purses and purses we have made for the shop.


You won't find these in the on-line store as they are only one of two made of each design.  But if you see something you would like please comment here or send an email.

                      

Have you been doing some Christmas making?

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tuesday Stack - Earthy


Stella Intermix Grey from Dear Stella
Jardin de Provence Spot by Daphne B for Wyndham Fabrics
Country Life Cow Parsley and Bees from Lewis and Irene
Jardin de Provence Floral by Daphne B for Windham Fabrics
Country Life Sheep from Lewis and Irene
Shimmer Sphere in Stone by Jennifer Sampou

The fabric that started this stack is the beautiful Jardin de Proven Floral.  With each stack I usually have a starter fabric that the stack is based on and in this case this was the fabric.


This week's Tuesday Stack is available for sale here.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Anniversary Treats

It is a year since we moved across the drive to Shop 25, Kilbirnie Plaza. To celebrate we are giving away fabric. For every $50 spent on fabric in store you get to choose a fat quarter of fabric. So our on line customers don't miss out we have a treat for you too, with a free gift for every order over $100. Thanks everyone for being such great customers and happy sewing!


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Golden Bay Toys are World Famous


This Golden Bay Toy's Caterpillar is going home with Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.  I wonder who will be the lucky recipient?  These toys are hand made by my brother-in-law, Murray in Golden Bay.  He does a wonderful job and it is great to see him getting this royal recognition.

And does this caterpillar turn into a monarch butterfly?  We think it might.

Stitchbird is proud to stock a range of Golden Bay Toys.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Tuesday Stack - Sherbet


Thank you Di for choosing this week's Tuesday Stack.  The colours remind me of Sherbet - sweet and delicious.  

From the top the fabrics are :
Atrium Eclipse Slate fron Joel Dewberry
Eden Wildflower by Tula Pink
Sketch Candy by Timeless Treasures
Atrium Cumulus by Joel Dewberry
Sketch Coral from Timeless Treasures
Eden Labyrinth Peach by Tula Pink and
Eden Deity Sherbet by Tula Pink

This week's Tuesday Stack is available for sale here.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tuesday Stack - If you Go Down to the Woods


This week's Tuesday Stack started with The Woodland fabric and grew from there.

Mesa Spirit Animal by Alexia Marcelle Abegg for Cotton and Steel
Dottie Goldilocks by Cotton and Steel
The Woodland by Kokka
Tokyo Train Ride Harajuku by Sarah Watts for Cotton and Steel
True Colours Lady Bug Mustard by Tula Pink

This week's Tuesday Stack is available for sale here.