Friday, 4 January 2013

Under Starter's Orders

So, the lurgy has gone at last, and the cover is off my machine, and I have been sewing, and, it felt goood!!

But first, I must show you the wonderful giveaway goodies that I won from Christa Quilts via Lucy's blog. Now I am sure I just read about my win on or about Christmas Day and the parcel arrived yesterday, all the way from Nevada, in the middle of the holiday season.
My prize was $20 worth of stuff...........I did overspend a wee bit, but not a lot, but here's the great thing - Christa has a flat rate international shipping rate of $10, isn't that just great??
As I added items to my basket I also qualified for a surprise, free fat 1/4!
I got 5.25yds of Kate Spain's Fandango - I imagine this might be an old line, it was in the sale section at less than $5 yd but I love it and there is enough to be really useful. The fat 1/4 on the far left is the freebie and is so cute. Thanks Lucy & Christa, this was a super start to the year for me.
Talking of Lucy, she is Queen Bee in the first month of our Bee a Brit Stingy Bee - she asked us to make one or two feather blocks, following this tutorial by Anna Maria Horner. I haven't been in a Bee before so my first challenge was actually picking out fabrics and hoping that they would suit. This is a stash / scrappy bee so the Queen Bee doesn't have to provide the fabric, just give us an idea of what she would like.
I try to avoid doing much with templates but this was fun, the blocks finish about 9" x 18" (mine are untrimmed but well within the size) so quite a decent size and hopefully Lucy will be able to get a quilt top put together quite quickly.

My other sewing was for Judith's Bee Blessed - really easy blocks this month - if you fancy making a couple, it won't take long at all, especially if you have some spare jelly roll strips in your stash.(Rotten photo, terrible light)
So that's me off the starting blocks for January. I am back to "work" on Sunday with a workshop -
Part 2 of a Beginners' quilt, and then regular classes start back next Wednesday.


  1. I really enjoyed making those feather blocks and love yours. Great winnings you have there too Sheila

  2. Great blocks and I think those feather are fab! Hope mine turn out that well when I'm brave enough to tackle them!

  3. Great winnings Sheila. You will be sure to make something lovely with that choice. I like the feathers, I am still psyching myself up to get started on mine. Di x

  4. Great value fabric for your prize! Lucky you, combined with ace shopping. Loving those blocks too.

  5. Glad you are feeling better. Love your blocks esp the feathers - thanks for the Bee Blessed ones.

  6. Yay for being back in the saddle again!

  7. Gorgeous feathers S, and the BB blocks are perfect. Glad you are feeling better. My classes start back Monday (13 complete beginners coming!!). Jxo

  8. A very nice win. So glad you are feeling better. The feather blocks look lovely.

  9. Great that you are back on form Sheila! Now stay that way :^)

    Great blocks all - I'm sure Lucy will be tickle pink with hers!

  10. Glad you are feeling better Sheila and you're back in the saddle - enjoy your winnings!

  11. Great fabric picks, I love those stripes! I got an order today - she is so fast.
    The feather blocks are just perfect - love the colours and fabrics, thank you!

  12. I love your bee blocks and your choice of prize fabric!



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