Wednesday, 17 September 2014

And the winner is...

Thanks for all your entries and spreading the word about le challenge! 

The winner is.... 

So that will be Lou who made the Clamshell Cushion. Congrats Lou! Will get in touch with you so that you can receive your voucher from the Fat Quarter Shop and your bundle of 10 vintage sheet fat quarters from Mary's shop. 

And don't forget to link up your 'MIX' projects on October 15. 

Monday, 15 September 2014

Next up...

We try to make the themes for le challenge interesting and not too specific, we love that you are all so inventive and creative with your makes and your interpretations of the themes!

This month is another very open theme with lots of possibilities, are you ready?....

The theme is MIX.

You could mix your mediums, mix some colours, mix it up and try something new. Honestly the more you think about the more you're head will be bursting with ideas!

Join us on 15th October with your finished projects and link up for a random chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Le Challenge #15 - Era

Welcome back! We are back in the swing of things and looking forward to seeing your 'era' finishes!

Here's what we've been up to:

Lucy made a start, read the whole story at Charm About You

Read about Nat's embroidered felt boxy pouch here

Check back tomorrow to find out the new theme and if you are new to Le Challenge find more information here - please read the guidelines!

For a chance to win a $25 Fat Quarter Shop gift certificate and 10 fat quarters of vintage sheets from Mary Emmens make sure you link up your finished projects based on the theme 'Era'. Please remember to include the button or a link to Le Challenge in your blog post or Flickr description and use the hashtag #lechallenge if you're linking up from Instagram.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

More inspiration from Mary Emmens

Today we're featuring the creative talent Mary from Mary Emmens, to share her fabulous vintage inspiration. She's also kindly offering a giveaway to September's winner and a discount code for her shop for everyone!

I was flattered to be asked to guest post for this month's Le Challenge theme of 'Era'. There are so many different ways to interpret this, you can probably think of more than me, mine is possibly restricted to something 'vintage'. If you know me you probably know that I have a fondness for vintage sheets. I believe that 'vintage' is deemed to be anything that is over 20 years old, my vintage sheets come from an era of the 1960's, 70's and even 80's. But whatever decade they come from it is the colours, the softness, the awesome prints that hooked me in. I started collecting them 4 years or so ago and have amassed quite a few. My first quilt using vintage sheets was this one:

Oh My Stars finished quilt
 I can't quite believe it; 111 stars of different sizes and different types including;

Oh My Stars
 Here are a few other quilts I have made with strings, charms and fat quarters:

Vintage Sheet String Quilt
     Vintage Sheet String Quilt 

I soon discovered that while making quilts used up some of my sheets, I still had plenty to spare so opened an Etsy shop to try and reduce my stash!

Chevron quilt made with vintage sheets
 Chevron Baby Vintage Sheet Quilt 

You can find quilt kits, charm packs, fat quarters and strips. I'm very happy to make up custom orders; cut other size charms and sometimes I can even supply yardage.

Vintage sheet baby quilt
   Vintage Sheet Baby Quilt  

Orbit Quilt
Orbit Quilt made from Vintage Sheets 

But it's not all about quilts! And to be honest a month isn't a long time to whip up a quilt for the theme of 'Era' so how about some other items I've been inspired to make, including bibs, aprons, bags and bunting:

Vintage floral pink bib
Pinny from vintage sheets
So you could go hunting for vintage sheets or other vintage fabrics, you may already have some in your stash. One of my favourite makes using vintage sheets is this bag from the Zakka Style book, teamed with an old pair of jeans, it's hardwearing and lovely to look at:

Zigzag Tote
I'm sure you can all find somewhere to hang up some bunting whatever fabric it is made from:

Vintage Sheet Bunting
One of the most favourite things I have done with vintage sheets is transformed a set of new stairs in our house from this:

New stairs - before
 to this:

New stairs - after
I hope I've provided you with some inspiration and to help inspire you to join in this month I'm donating a bundle of 10 vintage sheet fat quarters from my shop to the winner of the Le Challenge link, the bundle will contain fabrics similar to these below but are dependent on what other lovelies I find over the next few weeks!

And if you can't wait to see if you win you can use discount code: lechallenge to get 15% off any purchase in my shop up 15 September 2014.

Thank you so much Mary! Such beautiful makes and great inspiration, those stairs are one of the coolest things we've seen. I have previously made a cot quilt using one of Mary's kits and it's been loved by my two girls. Both Nat and I have joined in Mary's wonderful vintage sheet FQ swaps and we've thought about using them in our 'era' projects.

The link party will open on September 15th for you to link up your finished projects based on the theme 'era'. A random winner will be chosen and receive a $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop as well as a lovely bundle of 10 FQs from Mary's shop!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

And the winner is ...

No 10... Heidi from Red Letter Quilts! Congratulations! Your $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop should be arriving in your inbox soon.

Many thanks to all the participants (32, whoohoo!), small was clearly an inspiring theme - and it may have helped that we extended the deadline as well. Also a special thanks to all of those who make a dedicated post and project just for le challenge - and of course encourage their readers to link up to le challenge too! We do it every month, and we know how time-consuming it is. 

So now on to ERA, there is plenty of time, 2 months - or alternatively you may go on holiday and end up making something last minute - like myself... Actually I have an idea already, and it may involve using some fabric I have been itching to cut! What are you thinking? Will it be about the fabric, the style - maybe some vintage pattern? I am really looking forward to see all your interpretations. 

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Next up...

Some of you might remember last year we had an extended challenge over the summer, with no link in August, which gave you two months to work on a project or just take a little break! Well we're doing it again so this theme's link party will be in September.

Oh you want to know the theme?

Of course...

The theme is ERA

e•ra (ˈɪər ə, ˈɛr ə) 

n., pl. e•ras.
1. a period of time marked by distinctive character, events, etc.
2. the period of time to which anything belongs or is to be assigned.
3. a system of chronologic notation reckoned from a given date.
4. a point of time from which succeeding years are numbered, as at the beginning of a system of 
5. a date or an event forming the beginning of any distinctive period.
6. a major division of geologic time composed of a number of periods.

It's one of those interesting ones, there might be obvious ideas or you might want to ruminate on it. If you find it tough fear not, we will be providing inspiration as usual!

Join us on 15th September with your finished projects and a random chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Le Challenge #14 - Small

'Small' is an easy theme and yet there are so many ways to interpret it!

Here's what we came up with...

We found out something exciting last week at Made in Home

And Lucy made a buggy bag at Charm About You

We've decided to leave the link open a few hours longer each month (until 8pm GMT on the 16th) so you've a little extra time and can help spread the word about le challenge.

Check back tomorrow to find out the new theme and if you are new to Le Challenge find more information here.

For a chance to win a $25 Fat Quarter Shop gift certificate make sure you link up your finished projects and please remember to include the button or a link to Le Challenge in your blog post or Flickr description.

Share what you've made...