Sunday, March 31, 2013

500th blog post continued......

Here are another few One-of-a-kind packages that my sister and I have finished.   The winner of a draw to celebrate my 500th blog post will receive one of these special packages  shown on my blog since last Wednesday until April 7th when the draw will take place.  Check back to Wednesday's post for the instructions.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Winner gets to choose.....

Here are our three latest one-of-a-kind selections that the winner of my "500th  blog post" can choose from on Sunday April 7th, by 5 pm Eastern Standard Time.  Mah Jong from Wednesday's post is also included.  And keep watching as we add more to choose from as the days go on.

You need to leave a message on my previous post to be entered into the draw.

Their final destination is Etsy, but I won't list them there until our winner has chosen their prize.  

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Still chopping up fabric....

My sister Helena and I are in heaven with all the lovely fabrics.  She's visiting from NY to help take care of Mum who is now living with me.  

So while she has been here, pretty well since Boxing Day, we've been surrounded by my boxes and bins of fabric.  And I have to say we've done the odd shopping trip for even more fabric, just so we have a wider choice!!  
This is Mah Jong, Helena's latest one.  These one-of-kind special packages of fabric all have a name. You may see four ladies in their kimonos, or you may not!  


This and "Hummingbird" both recently sold in my Etsy shop.

She's working on "The Shah" here.  It's always fascinating to see what she creates with a few pieces of fabric.
Special Note

This is my 500th post!  

I'm going to have a draw to celebrate.  The prize will be one of our special one-of-a-kind packages.  The winner will choose from a list of "names"  still being compiled.

Just leave a comment and your name will go into the random draw.  Deadline to enter is Sunday 7th April, 5pm Eastern Standard time.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Carribean Kid....

In the last post my sister, Helena, at 2am, was working on making a "mock up" of the fabric and embellishments from one of our latest Special Edition cq block kits.  

Of course you would have your own "kid's" picture in the middle, this one is my grandson Elijah.

This one we named "Carribean Kid".  
The kit contains 12 pieces of coordinating fabric, lace, beads, sequins, buttons and charms.  

The late night bedtimes paid off - we have several Baby Heirloom Crazy Quilted Block kits in my Etsy store.  Check them out.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Wowwwwwww~  I've had to use a fire hose to put out the flames, my one-of-a-kind were so hot, they disappeared off the shelves in a flash.  In total we created over thirty One-of-a-Kind Limited Editions.  We've come to end of this special fabric and will have to wait awhile to replenish the stock.

No stopping this Sister Act, though!  When the creative juices begin flowing, watch out, and watch this space.....below!

This looks familiar to some of you, but for new visitors to my blog, this is the basics of an Heirloom Crazy Quilted Baby Block, that can be used as a unique wall hanging, a special decorative pillow, or a cover for the baby's first photo album.  

This is our new way to help you visualize your finished product.

What you see here is a mock up of the block using some of the fabric, trim and embellishments that are included in the package.  These are just placed in position (not sewn) to give an idea of how to put it together, bringing out the beauty of the elements, including baby.

The package also contains a pdf booklet with step by step illustrated instructions plus many colour photos of embroidered seams, etc.  Batting and enough fabric to back and bind the block is also included, as is your baby's photo and birth details printed on silk fabric.  A colour photo of our mock up will be included in each package.  

Pink and green is just one of many colour selections that are available.  Several colour choices will be ready on Etsy by the end of the week.
You can see some finished blocks here

1 a.m Helena cannot stop!  


A week or so ago, I wrote that my sister is visiting and I mentioned then that she came across my small selection of unique fabrics and offered to do something with them.  

Well, my sister and I are still in the midst of these gorgeous beaded, sequinned and richly decorative fabrics and we're still having a wonderful time with them.  There are little sparkly bits of sequins and beads all over the floor, the result of chopping them up for the One-of-a-Kind selections I am now selling in my Etsy shop.  The first six packages that we made initially flew off the shelf, so we knew that not only did we love these fabrics, they were beautiful to others too.  So that inspired us to continue.
It's so much fun choosing pieces that go together, arranging them, and magically it seems, a name for the selection is born.  
This has been a labour of love because to put each selection together takes a lot of choosing, arranging, deciding which piece goes with each other, and what the story is behind the fabrics.  And each selection, ultimately, feels like a piece of art just in placing the pieces together. 

So here are some of our latest selections put together, on  Etsy there are more photos of the fabrics.  

The precious piece of beading in the centre was the inspiration for this selection.  Below the beading is pleated organza which reminds me of Jean Butler in Riverdance.

After Helena put this together, she called me over to look.  At the same moment we both said to each other "Russian Roulette".  A little telepathy here.

Aunt Maude is sitting primly in her stuffed parlour chair.  She reached deep into her closet (at least 60 years back) for just the right outfit to greet her many guests.

Northern Princess started out as "Soft Spring", but somehow as we were working on it, we mislaid two pieces of fabric, and therefore we had to substitute two others.  Suddenly we had the "Northern Princess".  

Here's a link to my Etsy shop. 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

CQJP2013 March's block

March's block finished.  There may still be a bit of stitching added now that I see it on the sceen!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Forgotten Stash....

How I could have forgotten this gorgeous assortment of embroidered and beaded fabric is hard to believe.  I had tucked it away probably because the pieces were not large enough to cut several pieces of the same to include in selections in my  Etsy Shop. 

My sister Helena is visiting and came across them tucked away in amongst my stash.

So, rather than tuck them away again, she offered to  put together some one-of-a-kind embroidered fabric packages. In each there will be eight pieces of richly embroidered, beaded, sequinned or special fabric.

Here's the first one she made up for the shop;  my sister has named it "Russian Opera":

Here's the link to my Etsy shop:  From my Stash to Yours

Sorry, they are all sold out.  More coming soon.