Beth Studley is a genius in designing wonderful things for me erm us to make..I have made loads of her Storage Pods and a few of her Project Baskets. I am an incessant shower offerer (that sounds wrong) and after showing Beth a few of my makes, the clever designer asked me if I’d test out one of her new patterns. I, of course jumped at the chance! More about that in my next blog post….
In the meantime, Nadine from Stitch Craft and Create emailed me and asked if I would like to take part in a blog hop to promote Beth’s new book, Mini Patchwork Projects. I could feel a smile creeping across my face as I read that email. There was no hesitation in replying with a very definite yes!!
So, Nadine sent me a gorgeous pile of Beth’s new fabric range, Radiance, to play with and make something from the book, you can purchase the fabrics for yourself using this link It was a surprise when the package arrived, I thought I had been bad again and had forgotten what I’d ordered, then it dawned on me haha
The colours and design of these fabrics took my breath away, I simply loved every one of them…
I then had to choose something from the book to make using these fabrics, now that was hard!
I decided I might try something that was new to me, Foundation Paper Piecing. It looked fun, and I loved how the process gives you sharp points
The Curvy Coaster Set
I tried it out on some of my own scraps first, there was no way that I was going to cut into the fabrics that I had been sent to try out without doing a trial run first, and also to see if I enjoyed the technique
It worked brilliantly well, I was hooked! Beth’s instructions were clear to follow.
I didn’t like how all the threads met in the corner though, I needed to refine my work!
I have that Curvy Coaster on the side table next to me where I like to sit and do my handknitting. I love it, and keep smiling and picking it up and admiring it
Next I had to decide on which of the Radiance fabrics I would use…I chose the ones that I felt might look good together, that was easy though, they all look good with each other
I didn’t stress too much over it and just went with my gut instinct
Don’t they look fab all together? So much fun to make, if you’ve not tried foundation paper piecing then you’re in for a treat
Then of course, I wanted to make something else and I knew exactly what that was going to be…the very pretty Reversible Trinket Bowl
I was in a hurry to make this one, don’t know why, maybe it was the shaping of it, I know that I love the clever shaping of those Storage Pods so making this pretty dish was going to be a doddle!
Well yes it was a doddle and yes, I made two but can you spot the difference? In my haste I’d misread the instructions which caused me to sew my darts 1/8th of an inch too deep. Do you know what? I love that error, it has made a deeper taller dish, I’ll make more like that and no doubt more of the proper version!…
Sewing the curved top edge needed a bit more concentration but the clever clever way that Beth tells us how to get a really crisp clean edge was a revelation to me Maybe I am late to the party and you might know how to do it already but it will be something that I use again and again in my bag making. If you want to learn this magic trick then you might like to buy the book😉 If not the whole book then the individual patterns are all available here and also on Amazon
the difference is more noticeable here
and here lol
The one above is the perfect one…
Maybe you’d like to own the gorgeous trinket bowl in the above photo? Just leave me a comment telling me which project in the book you like the best and why, and I’ll put all the names into a hat and draw a winner in a week’s time. So Friday 3rd June..who said June? Where is this year going???
You might like to go and read the other blog posts from this blog hop, there’s still more to come so keep checking them out
23rd May – Stitch Craft Create
24th May – Popular Patchwork
25th May – Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
26th May – Strawberry Patch Ramblings
27th May – Picperfic’s Fluff-n-Stuff
30th May – Sew Justine Sew
31st May – Very Kerry Berry
1st June – Very Berry Handmade
2nd June – Guest blog on Stitch Craft Create with Beth Studley