A special quilt for a special little lady

Morning all!

A few weeks ago I posted some sneaky peek shots of a memory quilt I was working on for this beautiful baby girl called Iris.

Photo courtest of Ruby Roux Photography

(Photo courtesy of http://www.ruby-roux.com)

Whilst it definitely pulled at the old heart-strings having to cut up her gorgeous garments, I knew that they were going to have a new life in the form of a beautiful quilt that Iris (and her family) could use and see every day. So scissors/sizzix in hand, I chopped and chopped  until I had enough special pieces to make this…

Iris Memory QuiltIf you look closely, you’ll see the baby grow she is wearing in the photo above (!)

I wanted to keep some of the original details in, so I did some fussy cutting around the pockets and some of the frills and tags, so that the quilt had some texture and depth to it, and Iris provided the most gorgeous little mice to live in the pockets!

Iris mice pic 1This has been one of my all time favorite quilts, and it’s been a joy to make! Thanks Kate for this wonderful opportunity, I hope Iris has many sleep-filled nights under it.

Leigh

Sewing Summit 2013

So finally I got around to blogging about my recent trip to this year’s Sewing Summit in Salt Lake City.  After last year’s event, I was more than a little excited to be able to attend this year, and even more excited when I found out my lovely friend Fi was getting married the weekend before in Texas, and that I was invited!! She truly was the most beautiful bride, and I was honored to be a part of her and Ryan’s special day.

Fi and Ryan's Wedding IMG_1716After their gorgeous wedding at The Red Corral Ranch, I had two spare days in San Antonio, before heading off to Salt Lake City for The Sewing Summit.  I spent my time enjoying the beautiful sights, trying out some of their amazing Riverwalk restaurants, learning a bit about San Antonio’s rich and vibrant Mexican History, checking out La Villita, the Market , The Alamo and just generally enjoying spending some quality time alone.  With three boisterous children and a very noisy household, it was a joy to have a few days where I literally didn’t have to talk to anybody!

IMG_1805 IMG_1798 IMG_1794 IMG_1071 IMG_1066 IMG_1781 IMG_1779 IMG_1780 IMG_1070 IMG_1766 San AntonioI stayed at the Riverwalk Vista which is a beautifully restored old building, literally across the street from the Riverwalk.  The rooms are gorgeous, the breakfast was fantastic, the Innkeepers were really friendly and helpful, and apart from a little noise on the first night, it as a really really lovely stay!

The Riverwalk VistaAfter San Antonio and two flights later, I found myself back in Salt Lake City for this year’s Sewing Summit, and it was really a lovely familiar feeling making my way to the hotel.

American AirlinesThis year I decided to be brave and share a room with two gorgeous ladies Jessie and Tracey who I had met last year, and it totally made my stay! They are the best roomies money can buy, they are both hugely talented sewists, and my belly is still aching from all the laughing we did!

Sewing Summit 2013I attended some fantastic sessions this year and met some really talented and inspirational women, and came away rested, inspired and yearning to do better, but if I’m completely honest, I was a little disappointed compared to how I felt after last year’s event.

The concept of Sewing Summit is a fantastic one – getting all those amazingly creative minds in one place is no mean feat, and getting to meet icons like Pat Bravo and Heather Bailey (to name but a few) are definitely worth traveling nearly 5,000 miles for!  Bernina graciously provided the most wonderful and wizzy machines (along with the most helpful and patient technicians) which were a  dream sew on, but I can’t help feeling that this year’s event was lacking some of the organizational elements that were in place last year.

There was no enthusiasm, no warm welcomes, little interaction with the attendees from the organizers, and the communication seemed to be a lot more disjointed than in 2012.  I know I certainly missed all the fantastic swag we got last year!  Having such a long background in Corporate Hospitality and Event Management probably makes me the hardest person to please at conferences, but I know after speaking with some of the other attendees that I was not alone in my disappointment. I’m still pleased that I went, mostly because of my fantastic roomies, and I am grateful for all the new friends I have made, but sadly I feel this will be my last time at Sewing Summit.

August and everything after… (not only a great album, but summarizes where I am right now!)

Hello readers… you will notice by my lack of posting that the summer holidays are going really well, and we’ve had an amazing amount of sunshine this year!! We have even managed to fit in a sneaky family holiday to Italy, and are finding it tough to get back into a routine since returning.

Quilty pleasures in Italy Quilty pleasures Jacob in Italy Quilty pleasures in Italy 2

I have been working on a number of projects over the past few weeks, mostly quilts like this one… Quilty pleasures Noah Cot Bed quilta little teaching… and after reading this gorgeous patchwork skirt tutorial from the very talented Melissa over at The Polkadot Chair, I knew I just had to try a scrappier version of it! I adapted it here and there because my daughter is slightly younger … but overall I’m pleased with the results (and so is my little cherub!)

Quilty Pleasures Amelia patchwork skirtSpeaking of Melissa – I am super excited that she will also be teaching at this year’s Sewing Summit, and I am even more excited that I will be attending it again this year. It was such an incredible experience last year, I learned so much, and have been able to put much of what I learned there into practice since.  The schedule this year is very impressive, and the next couple of weeks can’t go fast enough for me!

Well thats enough from me for now… the next time you hear from me will be after I return from beautiful Utah!

Leigh

create

Finally I am able to share with you the very exciting news I have been bleating on about for the last few months!

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Me and three of my amazingly talented friends have pooled together our knowledge, resources, time and talent to bring you “create“. We will be running local weekly workshops in the arts of Quilting, Cake Decorating, Photography and Aromatherapy.

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Our small, intimate workshops will allow you to learn a new skill, or re-ignite an old one, in a fun and relaxed environment.  These sessions will be held at Green Cuisine, where you will find, quite simply, the best coffee and cake available in Worthing.

Please come and join our facebook page so you can keep up to date on workshop dates, new events and exciting giveaways!

Happy Friday,

Leigh

Getting chilly for photos

Well Happy Monday to all of you!

Well, I say “happy” Monday, but this weekend has been anything but happy.  We had a rather large portion of the family stomach bug, and hopefully on the last bout of it now with son #1.

Last weekend however was a whole other story!

I finished this lovely quilt and it’s currently winging it’s way over to Monaco!

Me and three of my amazingly gorgeous and talented friends went off to a local beach in sub zero temperatures (okay maybe it was a bit above zero but who is counting!)  and missed the massive snowfall but just a couple of days.  We are collaboratively working on something VERY exciting at the moment, and we hope to making an official announcement within the next two weeks.

We were joined by the equally talented Emmy Lou who was kind enough to donate her time on Mother’s Day to take our pictures in the freezing cold, all in the name of art.  Here are just a few of the gorgeous shots she took… much more to follow.

Keep warm and keep reading for more exciting updates soon!

Leigh

“No binding” binding, and other stuff

Well hello there, and a very  belated 2013 post from me!

Many of you may know that we had some flooding in my studio (and home) last year due to adverse weather conditions, in fact, it was quite a lot of flooding!  After months and months and months of drying equipment, no floors, a horrible smell etc, I can confirm that we are on the road to having things “back to normal”.  There is still a bit of work to do, but it’s much improved and I am finally able to start working properly in my studio again.

I have quite a few exciting projects on the go, but this is the first to be finished.  I have been wanting to try this “no binding” binding method for a little while, and I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

On another note, I love that my quilts are so well-travelled, and so far they have been as far afield as Australia, Mauritius and Abu Dhabi to name just a few! The one I’m completing next will be winging it’s way to Monaco very soon, I only wish I was hand-delivering it!

Promise to blog more soon!

Leigh