April Hexies-A-Month Swap

February was a much busier than usual month with my youngest daughter’s birthday and my birthday.

Here is the Shopkins Kooky Cookie cake that I made for my little miss.

shopkins cake

The store front for my business Little Mai also closed during February (we are online only now) so there was a lot of work with packing and moving all the stock home and I am STILL trying to find space for everything!

So, as a result of my crazy busy month of February, I did not get a chance to organise the March Hexies-A-Month! My apologies to everyone that was waiting for the March swap. But I am a bit more sorted and ready to organise the April swap. Here are the details.

The ‘special’ hexies theme for April is CUTE FUSSY CUT prints and the colour theme is ORANGE.

I love cute fabrics and they are perfect for fussy cutting!

kawaii fabric

 

And here is a gorgeous mini quilt that Clover and Violet made using numerous fussy cut hexies with cute prints!

Hexagon-Mini-Quilt-1

If you would like to sign up for April’s fun hexie swap, here are the details.

  • You are required to send a minimum of 20 sewn or glue basted 1.5″ hexies per theme per month. 1.5″ is the length of one side of a hexie. You are more than welcome to send more than 20 hexies if you would like to swap more.
  • It is very important that you post the hexies to me by the 15th of each month, to allow time for me to receive them and to post the hexies out to everyone by the end of the month.
  • Please put the hexies in a ziplock bag along with your name, mailing address and email address.
  • If you are in Australia, please include a pre-paid envelope or satchel. Bubble or plastic envelopes are great as there is no risk of tearing in the mail.
  • If you are international you will be required to pay $7 AUD postage for me to send the swapped hexies back to you.
  • All hexies should be made using quality 100% cotton or cotton/linen blend quilting fabrics.
  • You can have duplicates. The idea of this swap is to use fabrics from your stash.
  • I will do my best to swap as fairly as possible, depending on how many people participate and how many different hexies are sent will determine how many there is to swap.

Please fill out this form to participate.

 

If you are outside of Australia, please click here to pay the postage fee.
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I will send a confirmation email once you have filled out the form.

Please feel free to spread the word about this swap, the more swappers, the larger the variety of hexies. And use the hashtag #hexiesamonthswap or #hexiesamonth on IG.

I look forward to hosting a fun swap with everyone!

February Hexies-A-Month Swap

I can’t believe that February is nearly here already!

For February, the ‘special’ fabric theme is LIBERTY FABRICS and the colour theme is RED.

Liberty Fabrics are one of my favourite fabrics and there are so many different prints available. I have a really good variety of Liberty after signing up to a monthly bundle with Westwood Acres but there are so many more that I know I don’t have. I plan on making a cushion cover with the Liberty Hexies from this month’s swap. What will you make with yours?

Here are some wonderful ideas:

hexiesA pouch or bag, this lovely one was created by Where the Orchids Grow.

liberty hexie A cushion cover, this one has been made by A Crafty Fox.

liberty hexie

Or a quilt cover like this beautiful one from Tied With A Ribbon.

Here are the details of the hexie swap:

  • There will be 2 Hexie Swaps per month, one ‘special’ fabric theme and one colour theme.
  • You do not have to participate every month and you do not have to participate in both of the swaps in that particular month.
  • You will be required to send 30 sewn or glue basted 1.5″ hexies per theme per month. 1.5″ is the length of one side of a hexie.
  • It is very important that you post the hexies to me by the 15th of each month, to allow time for me to receive them and to post the hexies out to everyone by the end of the month.
  • Please put the hexies in a ziplock bag along with your name, mailing address and email address.
  • If you are in Australia, please include a pre-paid envelope or satchel. Bubble or plastic envelopes are great as there is no risk of tearing in the mail.
  • If you are international you will be required to pay $7 AUD postage for me to send the swapped hexies back to you.
  • All hexies should be made using quality 100% cotton or cotton/linen blend quilting fabrics.
  • You can have duplicates. The idea of this swap is to use fabrics from your stash.
  • Scale matters, please try and choose prints that will work for hexies, smaller prints work best.
  • I will do my best to swap as fairly as possible, depending on how many people participate and how many different hexies are sent will determine how many there is to swap.

Please fill out this form to participate.

If you are outside of Australia, please click here to pay the postage fee.
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I will send a confirmation email once you have filled out the form.

Please feel free to spread the word about this swap, the more swappers, the larger the variety of hexies. And use the hashtag #hexiesamonthswap or #hexiesamonth on IG.

I look forward to hosting a fun swap with everyone!

Hexies-A-Month Swap

Do you love hexies and EPP as much as I do? Would you like to expand your hexie collection without purchasing more fabric? Then this swap is for you!

This Hexies-A-Month swap will enable you to have hexies in fabrics that are different from your fabric stash.

 

hexies

 

Here are the Details of the swap:

  • There will be 2 Hexie Swaps per month, one ‘special’ fabric theme and one colour theme.
  • You do not have to participate every month and you do not have to participate in both of the swaps in that particular month.
  • You will be required to send 30 sewn or glue basted 1.5″ hexies per theme per month.
  • It is very important that you post the hexies to me by the 15th of each month, to allow time for me to receive them and to post the hexies out to everyone by the end of the month.
  • Please put the hexies in a ziplock bag along with your name, mailing address and email address.
  • If you are in Australia, please include a pre-paid envelope or satchel. Bubble or plastic envelopes are great as there is no risk of tearing in the mail.
  • There is a participation fee per month which is the same whether you participate in only one or both of the monthly swaps. If you are in Australia it is $3. Alternatively if you located outside of Australia, the fee is $10 AUD  as I will have to pay for postage back to you.
  • If you are international, I will be happy to send your hexies every 2 months to make it more cost effective. I will refund the extra postage cost for the second month if this is the case.
  • All hexies should be made using quality 100% cotton or cotton/linen blend quilting fabrics.
  • You can have duplicates. The idea of this swap is to use fabrics from your stash.
  • Scale matters, please try and choose prints that will work for hexies, smaller prints work best.
  • I will do my best to swap as fairly as possible, depending on how many people participate and how many different hexies are sent will determine how many there is to swap.

For January, the ‘special’ fabric theme is Cotton + Steel and the colour theme is Low Volume. 

Please fill out this form to participate.

 

And please click here if you are in Australia to pay the participation fee.
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Or here if you are outside of Australia. 
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I will send a confirmation email once you have filled out the form and paid.

Please feel free to spread the word about this swap, the more swappers, the larger the variety of hexies. And use the hashtag #hexiesamonthswap or #hexiesamonth on IG.

I look forward to hosting a fun swap with everyone!

Fabric Basket Swap

Fabric Basket Swap

I love fabric baskets! They have so many uses and best of all, can be made in your favourite fabrics. I mainly use mine to help organise my sewing bits and pieces but you could use them to store toys, stationery, bathroom things, the list is endless. And I love crafty swaps, so I thought I would combine the two together! For those that have registered to participate in the Fabric Basket Swap that I am hosting, here are the details:

  1. This is a secret swap, so please try not to give away who you are making for.
  2. Feel free to post photos of your fabric basket progress on social media, I’m sure we would all love to see what each other is making. I will be using the tag #fabricbastswap2014 on Instagram.
  3. Please have your fabric basket in the mail by Friday, September 5, 2014. You can mail earlier, but please not before August 22 .
  4. You can send small extras with your basket, it is not a requirement though and is totally up to yourself.
  5. Fabric baskets can be as small as 6″ x 6″ x 6″ and as large as 10″ x 10″ x 10″. They can be any shape you like.
  6. If, for any reason, you are unable to complete your fabric basket, please advise me as soon as possible so I can ask for the help of a swap angel. You can email me, send a message via my FB page or on IG.

I used the Nesting Fabric Bowls pattern by Nova from A Cuppa and A Catchup to create the fabric baskets in the above photo. It is an easy pattern to follow and provides the instructions to make 6 different sizes and some variations like adding handles or making the baskets square. Here are some others that I have made.

monkeymaifabricbaskets

The two smaller ones at the front I purchased from Piggledee. She makes wonderful items using the sweetest Japanese fabrics. I used the ‘Fabric Bins’ tutorial over at the Birch Fabrics blog to create the fabric basket in the back middle. It is a very easy pattern to follow and sew. I recently purchased the Divided Basket Pattern by noodlehead which I am very excited to try. I am hoping to get a chance to make it over the next couple of days so will post photos when I finish the basket. If you would like some more inspiration for fabric baskets please have a look at my Pinterest board ‘Time for Fabrics’.

Hexie Block Swap

So, another crafty swap that I am currently involved in is a Hexie block swap.

I learnt how to sew hexies last year with the help of a couple of great tutorials. This hexie tutorial from Echinops and Aster and this one from Mommy by day Crafter by night were the most helpful to me.

I am not a great fan of hand-sewing but once I began making hexies, I quickly became addicted to them. I started sewing lots and lots of half inch hexies which I used to make pincushions like these.

Hexiepincushions

After making numerous half inch hexies, I wanted to progress and start a on hexie quilt like so many beautiful ones that I had seen. But I knew it was going to be a very long work in progress! So, a more fun, and probably quicker way to finish one was to join a group swap!

I am participating in a year long swap of diamond block hexies amongst some great ladies that I have met on Facebook. We have set ourselves a target of completing one block a month. Each of us have chosen a particular colour theme for our blocks. My colours are a beautiful combination of orange, aqua, grey and white. Here are just a couple of pics that I found on Pinterest to use as my inspiration.

Orange and aqua Grey and Coral

Here are the three blocks that I have received so far.

blockswapblogI haven’t quite figured out how I am going to combine the blocks for a quilt but this is definitely a wonderful, motivating and interactive way to make one.

And these are the blocks that I have made for monthly partners so far.

myhexieblocksI love random hexies pieced together so am using a different fabric for every hexie in my blocks unless my partner specifies a certain pattern.

I have started making hexies for another quilt using another favourite colour combination of mine, red and navy. I have no doubt that this one will take me quite a while to complete…

Dishcloths that I received

I just thought I would show you the lovely dishcloths that I received from the Dishcloth Swap that I was involved in. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to get a very good photo of them before I started using them though.

ReceivedDishclothsI have used the heart and navy blue ones as dishcloths and they are great! They are definitely a wonderful alternative to sponges. The multi-coloured one is being used as a washcloth which my daughter loves using. And my husband has even commented on how nice it is to use! So I think I will have to make some more! Thank you very much One Crafty Mumma for organising the swap and for getting me started on making dishcloths! xo

Mmmmm scones!

I’m sure many love eating scones as much as I do. And there is nothing better than freshly made, warm scones! I must admit though, the thought of standing there rubbing the butter and flour together for what seems like forever is not appealing and thus why I had never made them very often. That was until I discovered this CWA (Country Women’s Association) recipe over at raspberri cupcakes‘ blog. This is one of the easiest recipes and you can have the scones made and cooked in less than 20 minutes which, I think, makes them perfect for breakfast! And it also makes the ideal amount for my family, about 7-8 medium sized scones.

scones

Here is the CWA scone recipe as blogged by raspberri cupcakes with my version of the cooking instructions.

2 cups self-raising flour
1/4 tsp salt
150 ml pouring cream (I use Pauls Pure Cream)
2/3 cup milk

Preheat a fan forced oven to 200-210 degrees Celsius.

Sift flour and salt into a bowl.

Mix cream into the dry ingredients using the blade end of a spatula. Gradually add the milk until a soft dough is formed. Leave a small amount of milk to brush the scones with later.

Place the dough onto a floured surface. Gently knead the dough if necessary but do not over knead it or the scones will be tough.

Form an oval shape with the dough about 4 cm thick. I like nice, high scones but you can change the thickness to suit your tastes. Cut out the scones using a 4-5 cm round cutter. I actually use a drinking glass, floured lightly to cut mine.

Place the scones close to together on a cookie tray. Lightly brush them with some milk. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes until cooked through and lightly browned. Mine are on the thicker side, so take 15 minutes to cook.

Serve and eat as soon as possible! I like to eat my scones with butter and apricot jam whilst the rest of my family have theirs with only butter. How do you like to eat your scones?

Scones can be stored in the freezer uncooked for 2-3 months. When you are ready to bake them, put them straight into the oven without defrosting.

Enjoy! xo