Crafting Eye Candy!

Hello everyone,

It’s almost the weekend again. I was just having a little tidy up around the sewing room and I rediscovered my lovely Christmas crafting goodies so I simply had to share some photos of them with you. My family and friends know I love crafting gifts and they were so generous again this year.

In no particular order, first up is a pack of Bali Pops. This time they are in the Lorikeet colourway. I have no idea what I’ll be doing with them yet so they are sitting on my cutting table awaiting inspiration. You may remember that I made a large quilt top and a bag with the Brown Sugar Bali Pops my sister bought for my birthday last year and I still have some left. They really do go a long way! This pack is in lovely tropical colours.

CIMG3825 My dear friend Lin gave me these chocolates. What a fab sewing themed prezzie! The scissors are huge and white chocolate is my favourite 🙂 I’d actually given her a present including some craft embellishments in the form of buttons, cotton reels and scissors. So I couldn’t believe it when I opened my present from her.


Also a knitting themed note pad. I love this cartoon.


Lin has been raiding her stash again. She found these and decided she would never get around to using them. I definitely will! I’d never heard of waste fabric before (the one on the left) so I investigated and found out that it is for adding cross stitch designs to ordinary fabrics. You pin or tack it to the fabric, complete your cross stitch and then remove the waste fabric which is soluble. What a clever idea!


The following fabrics were sent to me by blogging friend Claire from France. Aren’t those owls cute? These are Japanese fabrics and they are so fine. I can’t wait to use them and I’m looking for inspiration. Any ideas? Also, what is the name of the flowers in the centre fabric? I’d love to know.

CIMG3830Claire also sent a fabulous handmade Christmas decoration for my tree which I’ve now put away with the other decorations so you’ll have to wait until next Christmas to see that, sorry!

Next, my daughter has been travelling again and she is always keen to add to my fabric stash from wherever she goes which I very much appreciate 🙂

She brought me these batiks in Bath, England. The one on the right has a sort of marbled design that you sometimes find on the inside covers of old books.


There’s also some Christmas themed fabrics, all with sparkly metallic highlights…


and a special surprise from Austria. Chickens!!!


I have no idea why she thought of me when she saw the chicken fabric 😉


The chicken fabric is from Stoff Salon in Vienna, Austria. I’ve included the business card in the photo and if you go to the shop web site you will see that the lady in the shop really does look like this. I’ll certainly visit there myself if I ever go to Vienna.

Some of you may recognise the two log cabin chickens in the photo. The red one flew all the way to the North East of England from Stowe, Vermont, USA and it was the original inspiration for the Chicken Run. The green one came from Australia. It was made and sent to me by Carla over at Granny Maud’s Girl. Carla was the very first winner of the Chicken Run 🙂 She has an amazing blog with the most gorgeous patchwork you could ever imagine.

The latest leg of the Chicken Run, over at the amazing blog Knettycraft was won by Laura in Oregon from May Rose Sewing. She has now held her own giveaway and will be sending this little beauty to Theresa, the winner in Chicago 🙂

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If you want to see all of the chickens so far, you’ll find the gallery here.

So, that was my crafty Christmas eye candy. I also received a selection of sewing machine feet and a large pack of spools. You can never have enough spools in my opinion.

My next plan of action is to delve into the box of Indian fabrics. I have finally decided what to make with some of them 😉

Have a wonderful crafty weekend!

Avis x

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  1. claire93

     /  January 16, 2015

    I think the flowers on Japanese fabric are quite simply a representation of “sakura” or cherry blossom – but that’s just my interpretation ^^
    your bali pops look lovely, and you were well spoiled with so many gorgeous carfting goodies.
    Love the chocolate scissors lol

  2. Hello, what lovely loot! I do love bali pops; I have three packs waiting to be turned into a quilt some day soon I hope. The Japanese fabrics from Claire are gorgeous – that one in the middle is cherry blossom.

  3. Hello Avis…. so many lovely gifts. I think the flowers are cherry blossoms. And the dragonfly fabric reminds me on katechiconi’s Worldwide Friends quilt.

    • All three agreed, cherry blossom it is. I wonder whether Kate has this one. There are so many lovely fabrics on her quilt and I have to say I LOVED the note you sent her with the hexagon letters 🙂

  4. Lucky lady…all that fabulous fabric AND chocolates!

  5. You lucky thing! All lovely gifts – can’t wait to see what eventuates from the Bali pops, I really like those colours!!

  6. Love Bali Pops! Best Gift!

  7. I’d say cherry blossom too.

  8. Lovely stash! Those bali pops are almost making me drool. More than the chocolate even 😉

  9. witchylin

     /  January 17, 2015

    I agree the flowers are cherry blossom. Japan’s national flower. Your Bali pops are such lovely colours I expect you will find something amazing to do with them. You received some lovely gifts all useful too. Except the chocolate that is. LOL. Like you I was surprised to find the embellishments in my gift. Great minds as they say. Have a wonderful crafting year using all your goodies.

    • No, the chocolate is very useful because it can help to delay the need for dinner which means I can sew for longer before stopping 😉

  10. Waste fabric is sooo handy. I do much more cross-stitch now I am not limited to Aida cloth.
    The cherry blossom flowers are called sakura in Japanese.

  11. I love the hen fabric, it’s Adorable!

  12. Isabel's Needleworks

     /  January 18, 2015

    Hi Avis..Love all your goodies, the fabrics are all gorgeous and I can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with for the indian fabrics, I know its going to be special 🙂 I was going to say that I’m not sure I could bring myself to eat the chocolates because they are so unique but I see you already have lol happy stitching.

    • I’m going to make lots of small blocks. The fabrics need to be sorted into different weights. Some of them will be ideal for pouches and cushions as they are heavier than patchwork cotton. I’m going to mix them up with patchwork solids that I already have and see how it goes 🙂

  13. Adore bali pops – lucky girl you are.

  14. Jenna

     /  February 12, 2015

    I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award

    • I’m sorry Jenna. I’ve been so busy and only just found this. I can’t accept awards at the moment as I simply don’t have the time to write posts. Congratulations on your award and thank you for the nomination. It was lovely of you to think about my blog. I really appreciate it 🙂


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