Sunday, 26 June 2011

Fabric & Plans

At last, I can show you my recent -ish fabric purchases and set some plans in writing to make sure I carry them out.
I've now got my new camera, it's a sony cybershot and very smart even if I do say so myself!
But all these photos below were taken with my old camera before the lead disappeared and before he stopped focusing :o)

The ones below are all fabrics from Fabric Land along with the pompom edging which is so 'in vogue' at the moment.  

This below, is a beautiful piece of embroidered fabric netting which I got from the charity shop some months ago now.
I've saved it for special makes as I know I won't find another piece as beautiful as this.
Honestly, the embroidered roses are gorgeous.

Below is more fabric land fabric.
I bought some muslins when i purchased this, withthe intention of making some items for my Etsy shop..
You'll have to watch this space for those ones, as I want to know what you all think when I've finished them.

These organzas were from the Range. These I bought about a week ago as all their organzas were on offer at 80p per metre!
Some of them are two tone which my old camera didn't capture very well. But maybe my new one will when I make up some bags and put on here.

This fabric is from a pair of curtains from a charity shop. I jsut couldn't resist them when I walked in and they were just hanging there. They are enormous, and were only £5 the pair.
£5 didn't seem much for such a vast amount of Toile style cotton fabric.  I just love this light blue. And I thought the fabric would look beautiful as cushion covers or tote style bags.
What would you all do with it?

And these below are some fabrics for my 'BIG QUILT PROJECT' as I call it. lol
My eldest daughter is 16 in August. (How we got here so fast i don't know!) And as some of you know she also has a few medical problems.  Well, we are being referred to Great Ormond Street hospital to see if they can help us, so i had the (what seemed like at the time ;o) good idea of making her a 16th Birthday quilt so she could take it to hospital with her too.
Well.....ermm......I've never made a quilt before, but i have done patchwork, and made quilted covers for pillows and little projects. But I'm gonna give it a go.

I'm making it from some of my special fabrics. Ones from the childrens clothes from childhood/toddler/baby stages. Ones I have bought especially for the quilt from lovel Jennies shop.
All the ones in the photo below came from Jennies shop..
Just look at the gorgeous vintagey-ness of them..

My daughters favourite things are dolphins, blue, asian, gothy (yuk, -to the gothy -sorry lol) type things, and butterflies!
So quite a mix.
As you can imagine, the quilt is gonna be a big mish-mash of it all,
(the two on the right underneath are from Jennies shop too)

But as long as she likes it, and knows it's made with love what does it matter?

I'm gonna add a few flowery bits cos' shes a girl right? And all girls like flowers :o)
(Oh, she also like skulls and the likes!) lol

And the piece of fabric below is from her very first dolly push chair that I saved when the chair broke.
She adored this chair to push her dolls and teddies around in, and doesn't know I saved the fabric from it to make her something when she's older.
There's also  a few trims to add..

And I'm gonna incorporate a dragon or two!

I'll keep you up to date with the progress. I'm hoping to start cutting this afternoon.
So wish me luck ;o)

Below are a few quilt covers that I bought brand new in the sales.
They were so pretty, and only £4.50 each!
And I thought £4.50 for all that fabric isn't bad is it?

Hey WAKEY, wakey ;o)
Still with me are ya? LOL
The fabric below is a gorgeous dress length. Again a charity shop buy. Four meters for £1.95!

And the last one is my favourite.
I got this fabric below from Jennies shop as well, when i got my daughters.
I just fell in love with it straight away. The roses are divine, and this picture by no means does this fabric justice!
The colours are so bright and fresh, yet it's vintage!

Well, that's it on all my recent-ish fabric buys.
Now I've just gotta get making!
I'm going to post my quilt as I make it, just for my reference, but feel free to offer any advice (much appreciated!) and any criticism (again appreciated as that's how we learn!) .
Below is a picture of q quick tin make over I just thought you might like to have a nose at.
It was a plain heart tin, that needed a nice cosy inside for storing delicate stuff.

So I put a felt bottom on the base, then covered it with fabric using my hot glue gun.

I think it turned out really pretty, and works a treat!

Well that's it from me today.
I'm off to do a spot of gardening inthe sunshine and then some cutting out!
Hope your'e all fine and dandy this sunny day.
Speak to you soon.
Take care, Love Donna . xx


  1. Absolutely beautiful fabrics Donna, and I love the Toile curtains, what a bargain! I'm afraid I'm with your daughter on the Gothic stuff, I love it, I would be a steam punk if I was twenty years younger and a bit thinner! Hope she is well, and fingers crossed that Great Ormond Street can help out. Enjoy the sunshine.
    Jo xx

  2. what lovely fabric - so so much!and such bargains. what fun you will have using them! x

  3. I am the same way about feeling like things are set in stone if I set it forth on my blog. Now you've done it! We're all going to be waiting for the quilt progress! It is going to be amazing and so very special... "mishmash" quilts are the very best. And made with love? Priceless! Thanks so much for sharing the fabrics from my shop, and for adding a link, too. You're the BEST :)

  4. What a gorgeous array of fabrics!
    The quilt's going to be fantastic, I love how you're going to be mixing new fabrics with ones that are special to your daughter and have memories for her.

  5. Such gorgeous fabrics and I love what you did with the tin.

  6. Lovely fabrics and the quilt will be lovely x

  7. Hi Donna, this is a test. Trying your helpful Blogger tip. I hope this works, Victoria

  8. Ta-dah!!! I un-ticked that little box, like you mentioned and look--I'm back in blog world! Oh, I could just hug you so tightly, Donna. Thank you so much!

    Happy squeals from across the pond, Victoria

  9. Hi Donna!
    Thanks for your lovely comment! Its nice to be missed!I just went AWOL without meaning too!
    I cannot believe how many lovely fabrics you have here, and such great deals - they are all so pretty, and i think its the loveliest thing to make a special 16th birthday quilt for your daughter.
    I started a quilt for my daughter (just turned 16) a couple of years ago, and decided a few weeks before her 16th birthday to finish it in time for it. All (all!!!)it needed at this stage was layering and quilting, the top was complete - well, despite many frantic late nights quilting by hand, Im ashamed to say it is still not edged even though the quilting is almost finished!
    Your daughter will love hers with all those special fabrics.
    I do hope the hospital can help your daughters condition.I hope she enjoys her work experience next week -what is she doing?
    Havent read your last post yet which i can see is about a new camera! Have fun with it, look forward to seeing the results! im hoping to get my hands on our new one tomorrow!
    Gill xx


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