Monday, 15 August 2016

Tilda Fabric Giveaway; Cabbage Rose and Memory Lane


Today I am running a cheeky little giveaway for some beautiful Tilda fabric from the new Tilda Autumn ranges; Cabbage Rose and Memory Lane. I was sent 8 fat quarters of Tilda fabric by the super lovely people over at Stitch Craft Create to review as they are hosting a blog hop to showcase the gorgeousness of this Tilda fabric.


So, you can see that I had a mix from both the Cabbage Rose and Memory Lane collections. The inspiration for both collections comes from different eras; think sassy redheads from the 1960's for Cabbage Rose and sophisticated flapper girls in shades of bluey-black for Memory Lane. I love the old school charm of these prints and you know how I love a bit of vintage style floral (with added bunnies!).



I really wanted to show how the fabrics from both ranges could compliment each other so decided to experiment with a little strip quilting.  Now then, I am just a wannabe-quilter really but thought I would be brave and give it a go.  I even dug out my neglected rotary cutter which tbh, I'm a bit scared of as it bit me cut me the first time I used it.  It really is the easiest way to cut strips of fabric though and fortunately I didn't end up bleeding on the fabric this time.




First up, I made a new apron for my Curly Girl. I used a mix of fabrics for the strips and backed it with a solid in Teal.  Naturally, a new apron was a perfect excuse for a little baking (lemon drizzle cake and bloomin' yummy is was too). Ahem, please notice the pretty nails that Curly Girl was keen to show you.





I felt this fabric would make a great cushion to add a pop of warm autumnal colour to my squid ink blue sofa.  Equally this cushion would look fab in the garden but Curly Girl has other ideas and has pinched it for her bedroom, the little minx. Apologies for my poor photography; I am battling with a pc that randomly keeps turning itself off every ten minutes so difficult to edit the photo's to look their best. The colours of the fabric are much warmer and brighter than they appear here.   



The Giveaway
I have loved using this fabric and I'm really pleased at how my strip quilt apron and cushion turned out.  So, I'm sharing the Tilda love by giving you the chance to win the fabric 'scraps' that I have left over after my two makes.  I use the term 'scraps' loosely as there is roughly a meter of fabric here up for grabs made up of seven different prints.

All you need to do is leave me a comment to tell me what you would do with the Cabbage Rose and Memory Lane scraps.  Don't forget to make sure I have a means of contacting you so I can get in touch with the lucky winner. I'm sorry that this giveaway is only open to residents of the UK. Closing date for the giveaway is Sunday 28th August 11 pm. Good Luck everyone!




You can find the Stitch Craft Create blog hop here.  Go have a look at what the other participants have been up to and you can find the Tilda fabrics here if you would like to buy some. 

I'm rather pleased with how my makes turned out and thanks to Stitch Craft Create and Tilda for the lovely fabric. I think I might be brave and have a go at some proper quilting.

TTFN. Galx 

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Monday, 11 July 2016

Baking with Fred and a Reversible Toddler Apron


Remember my Chalkboard fabric bunting post a few weeks ago?  Well, as promised I have another make using the super chalkboard fabric; a reversible toddler apron!  One side of the apron is the amazing chalkboard fabric and the other side is a regular strong cotton fabric.  I had the most adorable model in the form of young Fred who looks really cute in his apron, minus his trousers but still wearing his black socks!  Clearly gets his fashion sense from his father...



The great thing about this apron is that the chalkboard side can easily be wiped down. I  like the idea that the chalkboard fabric side could be used for messy play activities and the reverse cotton side could be used for meal times.


There is the added bonus that your small person can write/scribble/decorate the chalkboard fabric side for added fun. 


Don't you just love Freds' little cooker?! So, so cute.  I think there may have been some scoffing of the cake mix and icing going on here but I love the look of concentration on his face whilst he's mixing.  Also, love the little black doggie helper, just waiting for a dollop of something to fall on the floor.


It was fairly easy to sew with, as before, but the difficult part is turning the apron through from wrong sides to right sides out.  |It needs a bit of force to pull it through and you need to be careful not to rip your stitching, but it seems to manage being man handled.  As long as you iron the cotton fabric side of the apron, you will get rid of any creases in the chalkboard fabric side. Don't iron on the chalkboard fabric directly, that would be a mistake-a-to-make-a.


Now I can't promise that it will survive everything that your small person throws at it without staining. If it's just a bit of food and dribble then I'm sure it will clean up well, but paint and glue might need a bit more of a scrub.  But that's no different from any other kids craft apron in my experience and I think this stuff is pretty tough.   

   
Thanks to Fred for being such a great model; I think he was paid in cupcakes! I'll try to show you how I made the reversible apron in a later post as I just wanted to focus on the lovely Fred for now.

Happy Monday!
TTFN. Galx



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