Thursday, 2 July 2015

.: catching up on bee blocks :.

Term 2 was some kind of crazy frenzy for us, so I fell a little behind on my bee blocks - this is really rare, as I hate being late for anything, ever.  So I spent Monday - the first official day of the school holidays - sewing up my bee blocks. 

For our Care Circle of doGoodStitches, Leanne asked for polka-dot quarter-circles (for May! ...), and emailed us all a template she had created in EQ7.  The polka-dot background could be any polka-dots, any colours.  And the quarter-circles had to be any-colour solids. 



Leanne also had July for our Care Circle (June was a rest-month, thankfully, otherwise I'd be sharing June blocks with you now too!).  These scrappy plus blocks are from this tutorial on the Bernina website, by Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts.  How cute will both these quilts be?!


And last up are Ocean Waves blocks for Rachel, for our Sew Sisters bee (which is made up of some of the girls from our Care Circle).  Rachel is currently working her way through making all the quilts in Denyse Schmidt's wonderful Modern Quilts Traditional Inspiration - there's an awesome #quiltthebook hashtag going on on Instagram.  Rachel has already made + received quite a few blocks, and the quilt is looking fabulous already. 


OK so that's me caught up until our next Care Circle month in August, and whoever is up next in our Sew Sisters bee for August/September.  Next on my list is finishing my Riley Blake challenge quilt for the MQG's latest fabric challenge.  xoxo cat

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

.: #cottonandsteelminiquiltswap :.

My Cotton+Steel mini has been finished, posted, and arrived safely with JoAnne in Arizona - so it's finally time to share some pics. 


The #cottonandsteelminiquiltswap was started and coordinated by Shannon from @modernstitchinmama on Instagram - and I signed up straight away despite my 'No Swaps in 2015' rule, because ... it's Cotton+Steel!  I was in team #tinselchen, led by Chen from @mushyhed.  Both Shannon and Chen did an awesome job in keeping everyone motivated and up to date. 


My partner JoAnne said she liked teal, greens, purple and beachy colours - so I made a little segue in trying to stick to those colours while making little scrappy 'beach huts', using Camille's Mini Dwell pattern.


It was fun choosing all the fabric combos for the huts, particularly the little fussy-cuts for all the doors.  My favourite is the little green rabbit.  And do please notice the 'Arizona' for JoAnne's home state!


I counted how many different fabrics I used, but of course have now forgotten.  It was very scrappy though, and I was so happy to use as many gorgeous Cotton+Steel fabrics as I could.  Here is the back (before I added the label).


And here is my final swap package - I added in some Furry Friends, one of our panels, and Peta's True North mini pattern.  Everything arrived safe and sound with JoAnne in a little over a week - awesome work by Australia Post and whoever they hand it over to in the US.


It's school holidays over here - at last, some breathing space, sleep-ins and no school lunches to make.  Hope your week has started well.  xoxo cat

Thursday, 11 June 2015

.: a little shop update :.

Just popping in to say we've reduced our t-shirt and also panel prices in the shop, so by way of joining in the party, here are a lot of photos for you to scroll through!


We would love to sell out of all our current designs, to make room for new ones, so when you get a minute, please pop across for a little look.


We are not even sure if we have shared all the t-shirt designs in this space, so here's a little reminder.


All our shirts - at the moment - have a quilting/sewing theme.


They're very light-hearted, and a bit of fun - and perfect to wear to a quilting class, sew day, to buy fabric, hanging out with like-minded friends, or just when you are sewing at home.


We created the #catandveesaidsew hashtag to go along with them.


The message board below was designed and made by our clever friends Katrina and Mark of Floral and Hardie.


We also have totes in the shop - they are a heavy canvas, and really great quality.  Here's a link to our 'I am a Maker' tote - since I can't find a photo on my system, which is kind of weird, but I figure a link is better than not sharing at all. 


And last thing to mention - nearly all our screen printed and digitally printed panels have been reduced too - we're keen to get some new designs happening, and so would love to sell all our current stock to make some room in our houses!   Here are a bunch of panel pics for you - some show the panels sewn into patchworked goodies (which are indicative only, as we now only sell the panels, not panels-sewn-into-other-things), others are just of the panels themselves - some may be sold out already - and not all our panels are shown below, there are more in the shop  - these are just the first panel pics I came across when scrolling quickly through my online photos. 












What a happy bunch of pics, don't you agree? :-)

Hope your week has been a good one, we are on the countdown to another weekend, wahoo!  xoxo cat
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