Sunday, 22 April 2012

Umbrella Prints Competition!

Yes that Karen from Blueberry Park tempted me into the Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition! - well ok the lure of hand screen printed fabrics helped too....!


 Here is the fabric trimmings I received in my first package...






Wow I thought this will be a challenge to put all these little pieces of different colours together - not a colour palette I would have chosen myself!


Now I had an idea of something to help me keep little bits of fabric together while block building - you know you have cut them out but not sewn them up yet and more particularly you have chosen which bits go where and need them to stay in a special place!   


For me this applies in my sewing room between sewing machine and ironing board and when I am out and about hand stitching!


So do you want to see what I have made?


Well I bet you have just scrolled this far anyway....




The front





The back

I was channeling those Retro Flowers while making this! 



The inside in use

My first wee squares of a retro thirties mini quilt kit by Martha!  Totally small 1.25" squares


My scissors and mini pin/needle keeper


I added the ribbon to keep my scissors in place!




Some details


That ellie is thinking sew a little, live a lot - though how she sews with those big feet??








Aurifil thread comes in beautiful colours....doesn't it?


Now don't worry I won't be getting all big headed or anything - I don't expect to win though there are some nice prizes.  There is a judges' choice and a people's choice - so I may let you know and ask you to vote for me or some other talented person ( ok we all know I really mean me!)  but I reckon you may help me out unless like Karen - you are in the competition too!


I will remind you nearer the time if you don't mind!  Thanks peeps!


I used:







PS I did say my first package ....more to come but I need to think of another idea!  Trying to think of something quite different...that's hard cos it's all out there already isn't it!



20 comments:

  1. Oooh, love this, and it looks like loads of fun. I may, or may not have accidentally lobbed one of those packs into my basket on Etsy...

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  2. This is wonderful. So well thought out and each fabric used in the best way. I'll be voting for you!!

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  3. what a gorgeous make, so funky!

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  4. Very not you which is good because it is you now and I like it a lot!

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  5. Absolutely brilliant! You are a genius! Di xo

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  6. That looks brilliant!
    I like the creative use of felt. Impressed. :-)

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  7. Just tell me which key to press and I will press it. Great project there SS and practical too. Double bonus.

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  8. Lovely! When does voting begin? I am there but you probably knew that!

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  9. Wow! Nicky! This is great! Love the fabric and love what you have done with it :) Such a creative girl!

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  10. We do need the rain - our local reservoir is very low!

    But great quilt to distract us from the April showers and hail!

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  11. Great idea, I've been meaning to make myself a block keeper but have never got round to it - I just use a scrap of wadding on a book which is no where near as glamorous!! Let me know when it's time to vote and good luck with the 'non-public' vote!!

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  12. i love your selection of fabrics - you had some great prints - and love what you have done with them...tres cute...and with your beautiful piece and your loyal followers I'd be daft not to agree to halveses ;-)

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  13. Wow, I love it, when can I buy one from the 'Mrs Sew & Sow' sewing supplies shop? :-)

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  14. I love the trimmings! You made great use of them! All those little quilted details look great =D

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  15. Fab use of small scraps N! Loving Elle! Jxo

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  16. totally awesome Nicki - love the little ellie and that saying but in our case maybe its the other way around !! I'll be voting for you :)

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  17. great design and I just love your stitchy writing!! Cute elephant too :)

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  18. Well, how cute is that!! I love the retro flower and best wishes on winning :-)

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