Tuesday, August 27, 2013


I've had a few lucky months of late, and have managed to score a few fabulous goodies.

First up, Nettie of A Quilt is Nice, ran a competition to win the new Craftsy class...

... and I won!  Whoop.  I've watched the first few lessons but am yet to make a start.  After seeing a few bags pop up around the place (including this one and this one by Rita of Red Pepper Quilts) I'm excited to have the opportunity to make one.

Thanks Nettie!

Next up I won this Kea pattern by the very talented Juliet of Tartankiwi.

Kea paper pieced pattern by Tartankiwi

Included with my prize was the opportunity to choose another of Juliet's patttern, from her Craftsy store, and I couldn't go past her fabulous Linked Squares.

Linked Squares paper pieced pattern by Tartankiwi

Thanks Juliet.  I can't wait to get my paper piece on!

Lastly, by definitely not least, today I received my a surprise package from the Triple Zip Pouch Swap.  When I ripped open the envelope I immediately gasped in delight - it was the exact pouch (made by Michelle of Squeek Crafts) that I had been eyeing off in the Flickr pool.  YAY!!

RECEIVED - Triple Zip Pouch & goodies from Squeek Crafts

Isn't it absolutely perfect?!  I am beyond stoked.  And the extra goodies are awesome.  Thank you so, so, so much Michelle!

So there you have it - I have been very spoilt.  Lucky me!  :)

What about you?  Any wins of late?  Feel free to brag.


Friday, August 23, 2013

Zippity Do Da

I'm being a bit naughty today.  I had promised Yvette, my partner in the Sweet Pouch Swap, that I'd keep the finished item as a surprise... but...

SWEET POUCH SWAP - bird pouch front

I'm really sorry but I couldn't resist.  I am ridiculously stoked about this finish and just couldn't keep my mouth shut.  I know, I know, you're not supposed to be so chuffed with your own work but, as I've been in a major slump of late, this has been a lovely breath of fresh air.


Yvette had stated that she liked bright, happy colours; linen and birds so I ran with it.  I hope this piece of rainbow-y goodness makes her smile.


For the first time, I used Noodlehead's tutorial for the Open Wide Zippered Pouch - and I love it.  The whole thing came together quickly and easily and the super spacious opening is perfect.  I will be making more of these.

SWEET POUCH SWAP - bird pouch inside

I found the lining fabric just yesterday when I ducked in to grab a zip and I just couldn't go past those bright jellybeans.  The colours match perfectly.

SWEET POUCH SWAP - bird pouch close up

Finishing at 11" x 8.5" this little beauty is now stuffed with sweet treats and ready for it's trip all the way to Tennessee.

I hope you like it Yvette!


Linking up to TGIFF over at Sewing by Moonlight.