Thursday, 24 April 2014

Introducing Fabricworm (and a giveaway!)

Today I'm very pleased to introduce a new sponsor - Fabricworm!  Fabricworm is a lovely online store with a focus on modern fabrics.

As well as your favourite designer fabrics, they have a really nice selection of Japanese fabrics which you may not find elsewhere.


They also put together a big range of custom bundles which bring fabrics from a number of collections together, as well as some great stash building bundles.


Fabricworm also produce their own line - Birch Organic Fabrics. I have a number of these fabrics in my stash and they are very beautiful.


Finally, my local readers will be pleased to know that Fabricworm's location in California means that their parcels often arrive a couple of days quicker than parcels from further flung parts of the US!

Fabricworm are very generously allowing me to give away this lovely bundle of Birch fabrics in aqua and coral.

To enter, simply leave a comment.  Followers old and new can get a second entry by leaving a second comment. This giveaway is open to everyone (including international participants), but if I can't contact you, you can't win. If you are a no-reply blogger, please leave your email address in the comment. 

The giveaway will stay open until around 6pm Saturday April 26 2014 (New Zealand Time), and I will use the random number generator at to pick a winner then. Good luck everyone!

By the way, I usually respond to all comments, but giveaways can be a little overwhelming, so I hope you don't mind if I don't respond to your comment on this post.

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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Caturday Wisdom #65

A problem shared is a problem halved.  Ivy and Ralph

Happy long weekend! We will be eating all the Easter eggs and all the hot cross buns.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Introducing Sew Frisco

I'm very pleased to introduce Sew Frisco as a new sponsor!  Sew Frisco is run by husband and wife team Laurina and Allan and was founded in 2013 as the agent for Juki home sewing machines in New Zealand.  Laurina is a keen quilter and blogs at Chicky Quilts.

Since I've been spending a lot of time in Auckland lately I recently took the opportunity to visit and try out a Juki TL-98P and a Swiftquilter Machine Quilting Frame, which turns the Juki into a kind of mini long-arm quilting machine.  Laurina demonstrated how to set up the frame for quilting and let me have a good play on the machine/frame set-up.  It was a lot of fun and I've since purchased a Juki TL98-P and Swiftquilter combo.

I know my machine and frame has arrived in Wellington and I'm super excited to set it up and get playing over the Easter/Anzac day break.  I'll be blogging more about the machine and frame once I've had a chance to get to know them better, but in the meantime I wanted to introduce Sew Frisco.

Although they are based in Auckland, Allan and Laurina do demonstrate at craft and quilt shows so you may be able to see them in your local area.  As well as the Juki TL-98P which is a fully mechanical straight-stitch machine, they have a couple of other models with other features which would be great for more general sewing.  So far their customer service has been really outstanding so I would definitely recommend checking them out if you're in the market for a new sewing machine!

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Monday, 14 April 2014

A tote bag for travelling handmade

Lately I've been looking for more ways to live a little more handmade.  I'm psyching myself up to make a "proper" bag (maybe a Super Tote) so I bought some Soft and Stable in anticipation.  It's something that I read about at Sew Sweetness, and boy does Sara know her bags, so I had to try it.

Tote bag (with cat fabric!) 

I'm a bit nervous about sewing proper fancy bags with zips and pockets and all that jazz, but I could picture how to make a simple tote bag so I thought I would experiment with the Soft and Stable to make just that.

Tote bag (with cat fabric!) 

For this tote I used a relatively subtle cat fabric (which I really really love, in case you can't tell), together with Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Black (another favourite).  I quilted the exterior fabric to the Soft and Stable with lots of vertical lines.  I then added the handles, leaving room to add the lining.  I slightly boxed the corners, then added a simple lining to match.

Tote bag (with cat fabric!) 

I was really impressed with the Soft and Stable - it was easy to work with, and it's given the bag enough body so that it can stand up by itself, without being stiff or heavy.

Tote bag (with cat fabric!)

I'm doing a lot of travel at the moment, and I'll be using this bag for my carry on luggage.  It fits my laptop nicely, with enough room for the miscellaneous junk that I need to carry on but can't fit in my handbag.  I'm kind of in love, and very relieved that my "make it up as you go along" method worked out well.

Have you tried Soft and Stable?  Do you have any specialty product recommendations?

Linking up with finish it up friday at crazy mom quilts and Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts.

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Caturday Wisdom #64

Have a break, have a Kit Kat stinky meat puff. Ivy

This face is how I feel about Cadbury marshmallow Easter eggs. GIVE THEM TO ME.

It was funny last week to read how many of you could relate to the milk bottle ring being the holy grail of cat toys. Ralph will come running if he even hears the crack of a bottle opening!