Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and are looking forward to ringing in the New Year in style this evening! Here, half of our family succumbed to the horrible chest infection that appears to be rampant everywhere this winter, including myself. Coughing while 9 months pregnant is no fun!! Anyway, thankfully after lots of antibiotics we are over the worst of it. Quite a bit heavier too, after eating all the food we had bought for visitors who then couldn't visit!

The year would not be complete without my annual collage of favourite projects from the year. It hasn't felt too productive, but I had forgotten that I got lots of nice things made earlier in the year when I was feeling better, and had fun going through my photos.

Happy New Year everyone - I'm hoping that I might see a return to normal production later on in 2013! But first, I have a baby to delivery - I'm hoping I might have some news next week - keep your fingers and toes crossed :-)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

A little Christmas magic

This year I have been really conscious that I haven't made one Christmas themed thing! Not like me, I normally make something to add to the Christmas decorations every year. But the thought of cutting and sewing pretty much anything in the last few weeks has been too much for me.

Happily, the magic of Christmas decided to sprinkle itself in my direction this week. Some intensive treatment with a brilliant physiotherapist in the last 3 weeks has finally had the desired effect and the basic things like walking and moving have been so much easier this week. Yesterday afternoon, I needed a little headspace and felt up to a little sewing. Having swooned over all the triangle quilts out there online this year, I decided to cut some triangles from my Christmas fabric scraps.

It went along suprisingly quickly, and I managed to finish up this cute table runner this morning. Not too big - it fits our living room coffee table perfectly, or we could use on the kitchen table.

It was a bit of a rushed affair - knowing my back had its limits for sitting at the machine, I rattled through the piecing and quilting without much attention to detail - hence, lots of wonky quilting lines, and the most careless ever machine done binding. But, once it is in use and I am not looking at it from 6 inches away, those flaws will fade into the background and I'll just notice the colour and the lovely little triangles!

I hope you all are ready for the big day, and that the kids are almost at fever pitch of excitement waiting for Santa, like mine are!! I'm not sure if I'll be back posting over the festive season, or into January as I want to spend lots of time with my family relaxing before the new baby arrives - and all the mayhem that will bring.

So I'll sign off by wishing you all a lovely, happy and fun Christmas and New Year, and just to say thank you all for your lovely comments, good wishes and friendship this year. I hope that after baby arrives and settles in a bit I will start to get back to my normal self again :-)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Giveaway winner!

Yay! We have 2 winners of the great giveaway sponsored by

First up, the winner of the bundle of 12 beautiful FQs was

who was Michala!

Congratulations Michala :-) 

The winner of the €20 voucher is:
 who is Aisling. Congratulations Aisling!

I will email both you ladies this evening to get your details :-)

Thanks so much to Patricia for kindly sponsoring the giveaway, and don't forget that she is offering a 10% discount to all FairyFace Designs readers through December 25th. To avail of the discount, please type the code FairyLaunch012 at checkout.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Some crafting for baby

I've slowly but surely been making up some little things for my new baby, which has been great fun. Having decided not to find out the gender again, and looking forward to a surprise on the big day, it was a little challenging to make things and try and make sure they were not too boyish or girlish. I decided to use red and green as my main colours, and worked the rest around that. Not being a big fan of plain white, lemon or pastels for babys, except for a few small things, I went for bright and bold colour. I didn't make a huge pile of things - mostly because I know when baby arrives I will want to use boy or girl colours for him or her.

So here's what I made.

Baby ripple blanket all done! I'm officially ready now :-)

A crocheted blanket for the car seat/buggy using the lovely Ripple pattern on Attic24. This is one of my fave patterns ever, and I just adore this blanket. Its made using Sirdar Baby Bamboo which is a bamboo/wool mix - I normally don't use wool as I can't tolerate it, but the content was low here so it was fine. It will be nice and snuggly and warm for my January baby. The picture above is filtered on Instagram, so this is a better idea of the true colours:

A simple little baby cardigan from Debbie Bliss's book Baby Knits for Beginners. This is a cardi I have knitted loads of times for presents, its perfect for newborns as there are no lacy holes in it for them to get their fingers caught, and the moss rib finishes it off so prettily. If baby is a girl, I might swap out every 2nd button for a cerise pink one as I love pink and green combos.

A swaddle-type blanket made with flannel on one side and cotton on the other - I love wrapping winter babies in a light blanket, not too tightly, but enough to make them feel warm and cosy.

And finally, some burp cloths using the leftover flannel from the blanket as backing - you can see the spotty ones in the picture up the top, I didn't get a separate picture. I also made some boys burp cloths with towelling backing for my sister and friend who both had baby boys in the last few weeks and they went down a treat.

So I'm pretty much all done - I might make a few other bits if the mood takes me in the next week or so, but I think baby will be pretty well outfitted in these :-) With just 3 weeks left to go, its all getting very real now and I can't wait to meet this little person!

PS - If you haven't already, don't forget to enter my giveaway for 12 FQs generously sponsored by Fililis - just go here to enter. Only a couple of days left!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Meet my new sponsors - Fililis - and a great giveaway!

I'm really excited to welcome Fililis as new sponsors of FairyFace Designs!

Fililis is a mother and daughter love-for-fabric affair, with a shop based in Waterford, Ireland. It is really great to have another online store selling bright, modern fabrics here in Ireland! Patricia's grandmother is a trained seamstress and her mother Celia learnt to sew at her feet. While Patricia was a late starter - it wasn't until her 20s that she got a sewing machine as a birthday present and took her first sewing steps – her love for everything textile hit her fast and hard!

Her mother, Celia, lives in Spain and she comes up with the most beautiful designs on a daily basis. Like many women in Spain and in their family, she sews anything from clothes to household items. She sews useful things that are incredibly beautiful. Here are some squares of the completely hand sewn life story quilts that she made for Patricia and her step-sister:


You can see the lifestory quilts here and here and I would definitely recommend to all quilt lovers that you check them out, they are intricate, beautiful works of art!

But in Patricia's opinion, Celia’s masterpiece was her wedding dress, sewn with lace that her great-great-greatgrandmother had woven by hand: "She designed, sewed and beaded this beauty, making me the most dazzling bride ever!"

Isn't it fabulous? Such a beautiful dress!!

While Patricia's mother is the inspiration behind Fililis, Patricia combines her degree in Entrepreneurship and her love for fabric to bring to the shop beautiful and bright quilting fabrics. While living in Canada for three years she visited many well-appointed quilting shops and felt the drive to bring something similar to Ireland, where she moved with her (Irish) husband last year.

Fililis has just launched as a shop in November 2012 and while they are still updating their catalogue on a daily basis and some sections of the page are still under development they would like to invite you to have a peak . Patricia is offering a fab 10% discount to all FairyFace Designs readers through December 25th. To avail from the discount, please type the code FairyLaunch012 at checkout.

But what would a launch be without a giveaway? And to celebrate their launch Patricia is very generously offering the following goodies to two lucky winners:

A bundle of 12 gorgeous fat quarters as pictured above (are you swooning? I know I am!) will go to the first name drawn by random number generator.

But if you're not first drawn, you are still in with a chance as there is a  €20 voucher for the shop for the 2nd name drawn.

Please note that this giveaway is only open to readers in Europe due to shipping costs.

To enter the giveaway, simply pop over and like Fililis on Facebook and let them know on the wall that FairyFace Designs sent you. Then come back and let me know you did in a comment on this post. For a second entry, pop over to Fililis and have a browse through the fabrics, then come back and let me know in a second comment which is your favourite.

Two random winners will be chosen on December 19th 2012. Please leave your email address in your comments so that I can contact you. If I cannot contact the winner, I will re-draw. The winners' details will be passed onto Patricia in Fililis who will send on the prizes directly.