Friday, December 12, 2014

Five Days in Rwanda

Savoring the world only takes place when you all get along.
The world makes no sense without friendship.
-  Rwandan Proverb

This year, my husband and I completed a 20 year dream and got to visit the mountain gorillas of Rwanda. During our trip, we visited a local school that is supported by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and got to spend time with some truly inspiring children who touched our hearts and left us wanting to help them further. This school is the children's opportunity to be educated, learn English and make a better life for themselves.

With that in mind, we came up with the idea of creating a photo-book of our travels to share our experiences and give back to these beautiful children. We are looking for help to raise the funds to publish this high quality hardcover photo-book celebrating Rwanda and it's gorillas. If we reach our goal 90% of profits from sold books go directly to helping to support schools helped by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.  
We are doing a fixed funding, all or nothing campaign and we need to meet the minimum goal of US$15,000 to be able to do the initial print run of the book. Please click the link and visit our indiegogo campaign and consider donating to this wonderful cause.

Thank you in advance for your contribution and support; even helping to spread the word is what helps to make crowd-funding work.  
We appreciate any and all help you can give us!
Paul and Nicola

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

California Quilt

Back in 2010 the kids and I went to California to visit close friends. We took a little road trip with them while there through Yosemite and lake Tahoe. My friend is a quilter in fact she is the one that got me back into sewing. We stopped at a few quilt stores on our road trip route and I bought a few fabrics there that reminded me of our trip together. 

I left the fabrics I bought on the road trip with my friend and she said she wanted to turn them into a quilt for me. Fast forward a couple of years and my friend has had a couple more babies and moved house too. I figured that my quilt was probably low priority in amongst all the hustle and bustle of family life so I chased up my friend and offered to take the fabric as is so I could try and finish it myself. 

Lucky for me she had already started the process at some point because when she sent them to me she had the blocks already assembled. Now it was up to me to sew them together. I had a few more fabrics in my stash that I had brought back with me back then and hadn't gotten around to doing anything with them so I pulled them out and worked on strips to break up the blocks to show them off more. 

I then pieced together what I had leftover to make the back, including a strip of California fabrics that my friend had sewn together of all her remnants too. I used a different fabric for the binding along with a few of the smaller leftovers. I am over the moon with it and can confirm it is lovely and warm to snuggle up on the couch with. It was a joint effort across the country which I am so happy I got to do with my friend Lucy. Thank you Lucy xxxxx.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Poncho Request

Here is another poncho. very similar to the last one as my friends daughter liked hers so much she wanted one just like her mom. One minor difference is the owl I made to decorate this one as this special little girl loves owls.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Mushroom Baby Quilt

What do you make the baby of a video game designer?

Dear friends of ours are expecting their first baby. Hubby and I are very excited for them and I wanted to make them something special. We tossed around a few ideas before settling on a Mario mushroom.

It needed to feel soft and cuddly for baby so I used soft minky dot fabrics in black and white. For the other colors I got sesame street flannel. Can you spot cookie monster, Elmo and big bird?

I had to draw it out to begin with so I knew how many squares of each fabric I was going to need. turns out there was 320 so it took a while. The whole thing was hand sewn together and then hand quilted to finish. Once I found out it was a boy I was able to bind it in blue.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Lego Tower Bridge

We treated ourselves to another Lego set at Christmas. This one was a family project as there were thousands of pieces. It was lots of fun to spend time together at the dining table while sorting and building. The finished thing is now our dining table centerpiece and we get lots of comments on it from visitors.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Creeper Cushion and More

April has been a tough month. I have been syringe feeding our guinea pig after he had to have surgery for gall stones. His recovery has been a long slow road but we are finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. With that in mind I haven't really done anything creative this month so I am sharing a forgotten post about the cushions I made my kiddos for Christmas.

My son: I bought a pack of green fat quarters in various shades and I have some black fabric in my stash. My son loves mind craft and I thought it would be nice to make him a creeper cushion. I worked out a pattern in my notebook and cut out the fabric I needed. I used squares on the front but on the back to save time I used strips as it was the front that had the face of the creeper. My son loves it and sleeps with it every night.

My daughter: I couldn't leave my daughter out when I was making cushions. Her favorite animal is the panda and she loves the color pink. So I got a similar pack of fat quarters as I did for my son but this time in pink and found some awesome panda fabric online. I chose larger squares this time as I was not making a face and the finished cushion looks great in her room and she loves it too.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Bean Bag For Toys

Simple and not too fancy project. I got the idea from Pinterest. I had a 2 yard long piece of fleece. I folded it in half, right side in. Sewn down two sides and velcro sewn the length of the forth. For my son to store some of his cuddly toys in. He has so many and nowhere to put them. With the bag filled with soft toys he can also sit on it too.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Pinterest Poncho

This is a nice and easy poncho idea I found on Pinterest (my new favorite friend). The post originates from Jo-Ann's I think. I am posting the pinterest picture

I used to follow the pattern and at the top of the post a blurry picture of me modeling the poncho before sending it to one of my besties. Minimal sewing involved.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Quilted Flower Coasters

Back to an old favorite. My mum loved the Christmas coasters I gave her a while ago but did not like that she had to put them away once the season was over and couldn't use them year round so I decided to make her another set this time with pretty spring flowers that she can keep out year round. Daffodils are the welsh national flower and tulips are her favorite. She loves them and the fact that she doesn't have to put them away.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Tea Cozy

I'm not sure if many of you will remember when I made my sister a carrier bag holder a little while back. I had more of the same fabric and wanted to make her a tea cozy to match. Most members of my family my sister and her husband included drink a lot of tea so it made sense. It was the perfect Christmas gift for them and they loved it.

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Reversible Bag

On our last visit to the United Kingdom to visit family, my niece gave me some fabric that she had purchased to make something with but had never gotten around to. She didn't have time to make anything with it so I wanted to use some of it for something for her. I picked two fabrics from what I was given and made a reversible bag for her. That way she could choose which fabric she was in the mood for and change it when she wanted something different.

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Fish Themed Quilt

A dear friend of mine had to move to Georgia this summer. before she moved, she had picked out the fabric for a quilt top. The plan was for me to teacher so she could make it herself. Then life took on a mind of its own and she and her family ended up moving before we could get started. The kids and I went to visit them during the holidays and I brought the fabric back with me. I put it together in my spare time and sent it to her in time for Christmas. I was able to piece the back together using 6 fat quarters and leftover fabric from the front of the quilt.

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Lego Caravan

This is a birthday present I got this year. I finally got around to making and finishing it. It looks awesome up close. I love VW caravans, takes me back to my childhood.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Colorado Quilt Store

While visiting friends in Evergreen, Colorado during thanksgiving week my wonderful friend took me here. It's one of the quaintest quilt stores I have ever seen. They didn't sell fabric unfortunately but all the quilts there were for sale and reasonably priced too. Needless to say I couldn't leave without getting one for myself. I forgot to take a picture of mine but as you can see I was spoilt for choice.

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Fabric Baby Book

I recently made a baby quilt for some friends (please see the post from July 26th 2013). While at the store purchasing the fabric for it I spotted a fabric panel that had the pages of a baby book on it and thought it would make a perfect addition to the blanket so I bought it then and made it to send to them for baby's first Christmas. It was perfect for him as it matched the blanket which his parents loved.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Pet Blankets

I bought 2 cheap fleece blankets from a local store. Cut each one into 4 pieces and sewed one of each sort together. I'm going to take them to our local humane society. One of our cats decided he was going to try them out in advance and it seems he approves. I may have to keep one back just for him :-)

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Flower and Photo Cards

I needed a break from all the sewing I have been doing lately. I decided to revisit an old love and make a few cards. The first one I made was from some stamped images I found whilst going through all the stuff in my craft room closet. I had repeated the image a few times with the idea of doing this ages ago, I just never got around to it till now. 

The rest I made were just photo cards using pictures of flowers that I have taken. Again put aside for the right time. It feels good to get stuff done. I am such a procrastinator. 

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hand Sewn Cowboy Quilt

After my success with the hand sewn quilt I made for my mum, I decided to make one for my dad too. He turns 80 this year. My dad loves everything cowboy and America related, this made my fabric choices pretty easy. I have been working on this all over the summer. 

We took a trip over to the UK to visit family and I took it with me so I could keep working on it. This also allowed my dad to get a sneak peak of my work in progress. I even had the chance to sit under the shade of a tree by a stream on a beautiful day in the fabulous grounds of St. Fagan's castle in Wales. One of my favorite places to visit when I go home. 

I wasn't able to finish it while I was there, even though I tried very hard to, but finally it is finished and winging its way to my dad in time for his birthday.

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Travel Cushions

I bought some cheap travel cushions from Target. They were only $3. each. I made a paper template and used it to cut out some pretty fleece I had hanging around. I sewed the pieces together to give me these more comfortable looking and feeling cushions. I made them for friends who have an upcoming road trip to their new home in Colorado.

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