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Fussy cutting sewalong September roundup

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Hello everybody!

I am trying to catch up on this sewalong, and I am running a bit out of order.

So here's September! The theme was food and drink. I did 4 star flowers on this theme. Three out of the four were actually done in September.

And this month you have the added bonus of a soundtrack, because each block made me think of a song. Please enjoy!


Week 1 was identifiable motifs in the inner diamonds.


Strawberries! Strawberries are probably my favourite fruit. I was very much going for a 'strawberry fields' effect with the choice of green fabric in the outer diamonds. I think it works well.

Track of the block: Strawberry Fields Forever by the Beatles.

Week 2 was mystery sections in the inner diamonds. I knew what fabric I would use for the sections as soon as the theme was announced.


The fabric used is this one, which was a gift from one of my sisters many years ago.


It is such a fun fabric it turns up in lots of things I make, even though I don't actually like coffe…

Tulapalooza Dos Cuadrados/Heights and Depths Block

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Well it's two weeks late, but I finally got my September Tula Palooza block finished.


For this month we were using the Dos
Cuadrados pattern by Jordan Fabrics. I couldn't work out how to translate the strip piecing from the pattern to a single block, so I cut it out as lots of little pieces. Here is my fabric pull.



The meteor fabric was my part of my winnings from a Tulapalooza giveaway (mentioned here). I don't think this sampler quilt would have felt right if I hadn't found a place to feature it.

My original pull had just the black, white and pinm, but after staring at it for a few days (as mentioned on Insta here) I decided that, oddly for Tula Pink fabric, the feature fabrics looked too washed out. So I added in the green to lessen the tone contrast between the pink and the other two.

Unfortunately, I clearly wasn't thinking straight when I cut it out because I didn't cut enough strips of the pink. Which I discovered part way through sewing…

Etsy shop coming soon!

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I have some exciting news! Eve of Destruxion the Etsy shop is coming soon! Very soon in fact as at the launch I will be selling some Christmas decorations. Here's what some of them will look like!


They are about 4.5 inches big, not including the ribbon. I would love to hear your thoughts on them. Which one is your favourite?

I will also be offering customisable versions of this shape. Here are couple of pics of my proof of concept makes, I have some lovely  fabrics on order to offer my customers a choice of colours.



Again, I would love to know your thoughts. What colours or shapes would you like to see?

The next product I am going to be offering at launch is... memory cushions. I will be turning T-shirts and tops into cushions. The memory could be a life milestone, a child's first, a departed loved one or just the good times.

My sister entrusted me with a band T-shirt from a band she worked with and here is the resulting cushion!


I have lots to do to get everyt…

Upcycled play food

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I have been spending a lot of time recently on a Facebook group called the Up-Cycled Cloth Collective. They are a movement dedicated to keeping textile waste out of landfill. There are thousands of inspiring people doing their best to dye, sew and embroider all sorts of fabrics. I really want to try and do more of that sort of thing myself.


A lovely little human recently had her first birthday. Her talented mother made her a play kitchen for her birthday present out of recycled materials. So I thought she needed some upcycled play food to go with it. I made 5 little bits.
Photos are posed on my own children's play kitchen, which is not recycled but has been well used.


First up, I made a milk bottle. This is made out of an old T shirt, with cardboard from a cereal box inside to stiffen it. It is stuffed with fabric and batting scraps.


This was my raw material - this is all that could be salvaged from an old T shirt of my sons'.


My first attempt to make an apple…

Tulapalooza Hearts Crossed block

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Hello everybody!

Just sneaking this in before the end of August, here is this month's block. It was a very simple quick one, using the free Heart Crossed pattern by In Color Order.



As with all of these blocks, the pattern is for a whole quilt. To turn it into a block, I decided on a simple 9-patch, with four crosses. Here is my fabric pull.


I was going for coherent, with a bit of a scrappy feel. I decided on just the one colour for the crosses (the pink) and attempted a purple-blue-green colour gradient from top to bottom with the background squares. It also gave me an excuse to cut into my newly-acquired piece of Pinkerville fabric and to fussy cut a Loch Ness Monster.

I have been working quite slowly this month, as I have had the kids off school. The pattern itself came together quickly, but I worked in such small bursts that it took me over three weeks. It is easily doable in an evening, even working by hand like me. Here's a couple of in-progress shots.




I played around qui…