Sunday, 22 June 2014

Baby Thomas is here

Hi all

A really quick update to bring you at this ungodly hour . . . damn these night feeds, is that our little boy Thomas made his merry way into the world at 9:12pm on Saturday 7th June.

He got off to a rough start and was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for 9 days and then I fell poorly with mastitis which further added to our time in hospital.

He has better nails than me!

The good news now though is that we are both home and making a great recovery.

Hope to be back stitching very soon


Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Fabric Scrap Swap (UK only) #1

Hi all,

I thought that it'd be fun to organise a fabric scrap swap with those of you who need some new fabrics to add to your already bulging stash. I love nothing more than new fabrics to use in my applique and patchwork projects.

I find that new fabrics (well, new to me that is!), can inspire all matter of fun interesting projects and my stash could do with an injection of new finds. . . . . . .

Message me below, via my Twitter account @EDiS_UK or mail me at to be included in this swap. I suggest the send-off deadline should be June 14th 2014.(I'll pair you with a swap partner by June 8th)

To ensure fairness and satisfaction all-round, all participants must follow these basic guidelines: 

  • The combined weight of your fabric must weigh 100g (4oz) before packaging
  • Fabric must be good quality
  • Fabric must be clean & relatively crumple free
  • Fabric should measure no smaller than 5cm x 5cm (2″x2″)
  • At least three-quarters of the fabric scraps should be cotton
  • Fabric must come from a non-smoking environment and must be free of pet hair!
  • You can include vintage or thrifted fabric as long as it meets the above criteria
  • Include any other treats or crafting / sewing goodies that you want to put in your parcel in addition to the above should you wish (don’t go mad – let’s keep this pressure-free!)
  • Send your parcel off to your swap recipient by 14th June
  • Keep in touch and let us know how your swap has gone
  • Only open to participants based in the UK.
As this is the first (of hopefully many) EDiS swaps, there may be some teething problems but ultimately EDiS can't be held responsible beyond arranging this fun and beneficial event by putting potential 'swappers' in touch with each other.

Please, please, pretty please only enter our swap if you will follow through.

I look forward to hearing from you and who knows, we could make this a quarterly event.

Gemma x

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Back to the Sewing Machine

So I haven't really made much of late, despite my best intentions but that is about to change. Pinkie Swear! ;p

Yesterday I sorted through all my fabric stash and I also had a look through some of my favourite sewing books, magazines and my Pinterest 'Crafty Inspiration' board. Now I have lined-up a few things which I'm about to crack-on with.

Loving these fabrics right now

Some of my fabric stash

Why is it that sometimes too many crafty ideas can be overwhelming?!?! It makes me spin on the spot!

To help get my head in the right place, I've decided that I'm going to start with a cute fabric height chart to hang on the wall in the baby's nursery and after that I'm going to:  
  • a) make a dress for my gorgeous niece who is about to turn 1 
  • b) make a wall-sampler alphabet picture for the nursery  
  • c) make another reversible  'Emmaline' apron (as I love the one I made myself a while back but could do with another for when it's in the wash)
  • d) continue with my totally hand-stitched long-term hexagonal patch baby quilt (which is slowly taking form).
my version of the 'Emmaline Apron' by Sew Liberated

Long-term baby quilt project

I've ordered some tape measure ribbon via eBay for the height chart and in the meantime (i.e - today!) I will start on the patchwork background element  (all being well and pregnancy procrastination mind-set staying away!!)

I've been sketching and thinking through some of the design elements which I can include on the height chart but at the moment I am opting to have lots of random cute images as opposed to a 'theme' as such.

I'm considering tractors, farmyard animals, a ginger cat (to represent Millie), cars, birds and trains at the moment. All these things represent us and where we live so I think that they will work really well and be relevant to our little boy.

Some of our neighbours!

Speaking of which, it's now only 2 weeks 1 day until he is due. Fingers crossed he doesn't keep us waiting beyond then as I really want a cuddle (and to get my own body back please. This one is useless and very clumsy!)

37 Week bump!
On another note though, the little man's nursery is looking good so far. We still have a few things that we want to do but seeing that he'll not actually really be using it for the first few months, we have time to get the finishing touches right.

My handmade bunting is now up
We're loving traditional wooden toys
Anyhow, in the meantime it's back to the sewing machine. I'll share project pics soon


Saturday, 17 May 2014

Feeling inspired

Hello all

It's truly gorgeous here at the moment in Cheshire. The sun is shining and our little boy is due in just over 3 weeks time. Very exciting times :D

I've been busy getting things ready around the house now that I have finished work (for the next few years at least) to be 'mum'.

I've also been looking through my Pinterest inspiration board and my favourite Flickr images and I am very much ready to get on the sewing machine and use some of these gorgeous fabrics that I have been hoarding for a while.

My first project is going to be a height/growth chart for our little boy - as inspired by the amazing Roxy Creations

I aso hope to get into some sketchbook work. I LOVED doing these in my role as Teacher but now feel that I really want to develop my own work in this way. Watch this space.