Friday, 4 October 2013

Secret Sewing Project

You may have caught wind of a secret sewing project!
A few weeks ago at the beginning of the summer Celia send me an email to say she was designing her own fabrics... very exciting! But even more exciting, she asked if I would like to recieve a sample of the fabrics to make up into something. Yes please!
 
 
The fabrics arrived and the colours and prints were beautiful.

 
So beautiful that I dithered and dallied not wanting to cut into them - so many decisions about what to make and which combinations of the fabrics to put together.

 
Eventually I took the plunge and made a tea cosy featuring a lovely print (Ruby Hearts)  taken from Celia's woodblock "The Birds' Wedding".

 
Different birds front and back.


 
And fully lined with one of the other fabrics (Sea Sprigs)

 
I know that it is not terribly modest to say that it is quite lovely... but it is and I think that is more to do with the fabric than my sewing/design skills.

 
There was still plenty of fabric left so I embarked on a second project which took me right out of my comfort zone...

 
a pieced and quilted cushion cover.

 
With rather cute little buttons on the envelope back.

 
I'm sure you can see that these really are beautiful fabrics and they are available to purchase from celia here:
However if sewing is not your thing, both the tea cosy (sold!) and the cushion cover (sold) are in my Esty shop. Rather reluctantly I must say as I would quite like to hang on to them.

 
And because there was still some fabric left I have made a little padded purse to give away.

 
Finished with a zip and fully lined...

 
Perfect make up bag size (18 cm x 14 cm)

 
Just leave a comment by next Friday, 11th October and I'll pick a winner.
You can see what the other secret sewers Su and Tracy have been up to today too!

44 comments:

  1. These are gorgeous - I really don't want to reveal mine now having seen these and Tracey's!

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  2. You are rightly proud of that tea cosy, it looks perfect with that print.

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  3. The tea cosy, cushion and little bag are utterly delightful - I love your 'signature' covered buttons. Those fabrics are indeed beautiful and so are the things you have made with them. I'd love you to put my name in the hat please.

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  4. Beautiful fabrics and what you made with them are stunning. Love my name in the hat.

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  5. As I have already mentioned to Tracy what a treat for you to be the very first people to use Celia's beautifully designed fabrics. You have come up with some really attractive ideas.

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  6. Lucky lady having a friend like Celia!
    The teacosy and cushion and purse are lovely, particularly love the cushion with the buttons.
    I also like the naming of the fabrics, gorgeous!
    And yes, please pop my name in the hat!
    xxx

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  7. What great fabrics Gina - I love the red and white colourway! I especially love the cushion!

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  8. Really lovely fabrics, Gina. And such lovely things you made with them.

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  9. What lovely items you made from that beautiful fabric. x Jo

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  10. What fantastic fabric. You have really done it justice. I particularly like the cushion.

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  11. Celia's fabric is really lovely and I think you have made beautiful items with it.

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  12. how beautiful the fabric designs are Gina. love your tea cosy - I could learn to drink tea to use that! lol

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  13. Beautiful makes Gina!
    The fabrics are amazing, that shade of blue is heavenly!
    V xxx

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  14. The tea cosy is wonderful, the blue trim is just right. I love all of the secret seamstress cushions & think they would make wonderful Christmas presents. But oh the purse! The purse is very pretty & very desirable 

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  15. Really lovely things, especially that pretty purse. I think I will buy some of the birds fabric to make bags for Christmas gifts.

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  16. Gina, isn't Celia's fabric beautiful! I love what you chose to made from her designs. Your applications are fabulous...really responding so well to the design.

    Bravo! xo

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  17. Gina, sending you some of her fabric was a masterstroke by Celia. She has designed some beautiful patterns in fabulous colours and getting talented people like you and Su and Tracy to show us what we can make is nothing short of genius. As ever, everything you make has that quality finish and I love all of the things. Please throw my name into your give away because I'm unashamed in my desire for that bag. I look at tutorials online for making those time after time and yet I still can't sew a zip in without getting it all lumpy! I'd love to do it like yours.

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  18. Lucky you to have a friend like Celia - but isn't she lucky too to see the beautiful things you have made. Love them all,especially the little purse. Cheers

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  19. *sigh* red and aqua ... my favourite colour combo. Lovely makes, Gina. Love the covered buttons - I've run out but was thinking the same! xx

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  20. Gina they are gorgeous, I love the colours!!
    Twiggy

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  21. Well done Gina - they look fab - perfect use of that lovely fabric - and I see the teacosy has been snapped up already! xx

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  22. Beautiful fabrics and love your sewing projects.

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  23. Beautiful fabrics, i just love the birds! know what you mean about cutting into them!

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  24. You have used that gorgeous fabric in such an elegant way. I loved all the items, including that dear little button!

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  25. Truly beautiful fabrics and beautiful makes by you to show them off to their best. Well done to both you and Celia.

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  26. Celia's designs are all awesome and have translated beautifully into fabric ... I love everything you've made them!

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  27. What stunning fabrics, and I love what you've made with them, Gina, the cushion is especially lovely, the buttons really make it.

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  28. Beautiful Gina -- I love them all. As beautifully as you sew though, it's hard to believe that that pillow took you out of your comfort zone!

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  29. Hi Gina, lovely things you have made as usual. I love the bright red contrasting with the white and those cute buttons! The lavender bags are exquisite.

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  30. Lovely ways to use Celia's beautiful fabrics Gina!

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  31. I think you must have more hours in your day than I do - how do you fit it all in! And not get to be the size of a bus with all that lovely food you make.
    Yes please add me to the hat.
    Kath

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  32. Love your makes with Celia's fabric, look forward to seeing them in real life!

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