Thursday, March 15, 2012

Purple crafting and some recent purchases...

Purple swap for my partner
About a month ago I was contacted by Rebecca from BecIam asking whether I would be interested in taking part in a 'Purple swap' to raise awareness for Epilepsy. March the 26th is designated Purple day and we were asked to make anything purple for our partners and have it posted to reach them by this date. 
It is always hard in a swap trying to decide what your partner might like and what their tastes are but having the colour already chosen definitely made this swap easier and I enjoyed thinking up things to make. The pillow I made is pretty much the same as the green bubble cushion I made and posted about here. I'm not sure if my partner sews but I made a little birdie pincushion for her because they are nice as just a little ornament too and of course it was a great excuse to make another one :-) The little zippered pouch is loosely based on this tutorial but I boxed the bottom corners so it would sit on its own and used 2 fabrics for the outer.

Back of purple bubble/circle cushion/pillow
I did a simple 3 button enclosure on the back using 3 different purple fabrics.  I do hope my partner is pleased with her purple parcel when it arrives!
Early bird from Spotlight
On Tuesday I had a day out shopping in Tauranga mainly due to Spotlight having a 30% off everything in store sale. I really like going to the Tauranga Spotlight store too as it's still fairly new and tidy and just seems to have different stock to older stores. I was very pleased to spot this print in their quilting fabrics section by Andover Fabrics. Spotlight definitely seems to be stocking  better quality items recently. I have a few of  these prints from this 'Early bird' collection and have them all put aside to make a new quilt for my parents bed so finding this print at $12.95 per metre was a bonus.
pretty tea towels
A few doors up from Spotlight is a large kitchen store that had a window display of these beautiful prints made up in tea towels, aprons and oven gloves. I think they are way too pretty to be used as tea towels, don't you? They are 100% cotton and are almost decor weight.  I can't wait to create something with them and have already pulled out fabrics to coordinate!

9 comments:

Ellen said...

Your purple swap items are lovely! I'm sure your partner will be tickled, ahem, purple. ;) What a great way to work towards better epilepsy awareness.

Needled Mom said...

All of the purples are so pretty. I really love the cushion!!!

Those do look like great fabrics for a tea towel.

Wendy said...

Great bargins, and I love what you've made. That purple cushion is just fab!

Julie said...

Love the purple cushion. I have the green floral tea towel too and have been waiting for inspiration to strike me - so I am looking forward to seeing what you create with yours.

Have a great weekend.

Catherine said...

Thanks Julie! You'll have to show me what you make with yours:-)

Katy Cameron said...

Your purple swap items are fab, and I have to agree, you couldn't use them as tea towels!

Rafael's Mum said...

Beautiful cushion Catherine and love the pebble quilting.

Karen said...

They are perfect purple swap pieces! You did a fabulous job.
I love that print you found at Spotlight and those tea towels are divine. I would have had to buy both colours too.

Bec said...

You are amazing Catherine, what talent, what energy!!!! Thank-you so much for swapping, what a very lucky Swapee.

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