Monday, 19 May 2014

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Winner

Thanks for all the great help with background choices guys! 

With the help of a random number generator (called Dave), we have a winner.

   'in response to I really like #4 right off the bat since the butterfly really pops out (the charcoal head does get a tiny bit lost but maybe some embroidery to bring it out). #5 is close but the pattern blends into the wings sometimes. But I may be bias because I think a navy pillow would look perfect on my cream colored couch in my charcoal grey living room ;) Thanks for the chance!, by Jules.'

  By coincidence this was the comment that tipped me over into choosing Navy, too.  The embroidery idea took hold and I'm sure will be used again when the fabric in my stash isn't quite right. a new skill to learn and a way to save the pennies = a win/win situation.

I'll be sure to add a picture here once I hear from Jules about how she'd like her prize

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Le Challenge: Nature

Butterfly in Blue

Hello to anyone coming over from Le Challenge, Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day or Life Under Quilts!

Here' my butterfly in Blue.

Le Challenge's theme this month was Nature - a few spring time family walks and the release of this lovely EPP pattern by Mud Pies and Pins coincided nicely and my theme was chosen.

I wanted a delicate floaty feeling, so used some a liberty lawn scrap pack, but ran out part way through. Not great planning, but it did mean had to have a proper think about how to bring in a different style of fabric. I decided to make more of a contrast between the two wings, as the front and back often look different in real life. I found this love volume print in my stash where I could align the prints along the wing.

I got totally stuck on what background to use - in my mind I'd wanted a soft green print with lots of movement, as if it were flying in the spring grass, but nothing I had quite fitted the bill. Thanks to the comments from the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway visitors I decided on the navy, and here's the finished article. (Giveaway closed 16 May, Thanks to Jules for the super helpful comment - check your inbox!)
Blue Butterfly

I did a bit of hand quilting to keep it all together.

A super helpful commenter also suggested embroidery to try and stop the butterfly's head disappearing into the background, so I gave it a go. I kept it fairly subtle with a pale blue thread (blanket stitch, if I recall school home ecc classes properly). I may need to learn to do a bit more -  it was a great 'sitting in the garden watching my wee one on her bike' kind of activity.

Hand Quilting and Embroidery Detail

The giveway's still open, but as soon as it's closed and the winner picked I can finish this up completely

Winner choice is

  • Butterfly cushion, or
  • Butterfly wall hanging, or
  • 2 of the fat quarters below.

Blue and White
Blue Flowers
Ditzy Red Print

One's things for sure - I really enjoyed this little project and I will need to make more butterflies. I can picture a meadow full of small ones hanging in my kitchen

Le Challenge

Monday, 12 May 2014

Butterfly Backgrounds

IT's Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day and I've got no time to enter any giveaways so thought I might do one instead. (so please excuse awful last minute pics) Giveaway closed, 16 May - thanks to Jules for your very helpful comments and easy to find email address -check your inbox!

I'm mid-way through a cushion cover / wall hanging featuring a butterfly from a mudpies and pins pattern and am totally stuck with my background choices. 

Would you pop on over and find me on instagram at blair_girl2, then come back here and let me know which background fabric you like best and why?  The most helpful comment or the one I like most will get the choice of a a couple of the left over FQs or the finished cushion or wall hanging, whichever you'd prefer!

I'm hoping to link up to Le Challenge on the 15th May, so I need to get busy sewing!