Monday, September 1, 2014

An exciting month

August was an exciting month. My daughter had her first baby, a little girl that they have named Willlow and I had the privelidge of being present at her birth. I can't believe that tomorrow she is two weeks old, it's been a whirlwind.

Her is my gorgeous daughter just one week before Willow arrived.

Here she is with her daddy, only a few minutes old

One day old

And last Saturday

The other big excitement for me this month is that I can finally reveal my darling daschunds quilt that is featuring in this months homespun magazine

 

It's always such a thrill to see your own creation spring to life on the pages of a magazine.

It has not been a big month of finishes, only this sewing case for August.

And this little knitted jacket for Willow for September.

I do not expect to have any more finishes for this month as ( insert happy dance here) I am off to Europe on 4th September for the rest of the month. We fly into Venice and then have a 2 week Mediterranean cruise, followed by a week in Paris. So until then, big love to all xx

 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Another finish

Gee, I have just realised that I have not blogged in almost a month, where has the time gone. As most of you life is busy these days with lots of Grandies to entertain, a demanding job and planning an overseas holiday.

I have still been able to spend some time sewing, and have finished this cute little baby quilt for a friend that is due in November.


I loved making this, it's such a quick and easy pattern, and the coloured bits are no more than 2.5 inches wide so a great way to use up left over jelly roll strips. I certainly would like to make a few more of these.

This version however was made up predominantly with left over squares from a scrumptious layer cake ( Bonnie and Camille), all it 3 of the foxes any how.

I have also completed the Rosalie Quinlan stitchery panel from LGS and have a project earmarked for this panel.

My row along flimsy is complete, so I need to think about quilting this one. It's so far my all time favourite quilt to make. Here is is without borders, I have the border on but no pics taken.

I also have a little finish, another custom order cot quilt, this is an order for an old work mate, who asked me to make it as a gift for another old workmate who is having a little boy. Her nursery is grey yellow and white but we decided to put in a pop of blue.

Well that wraps up July, see you next time, quilted hugs, Sue x

 

Another finish (almost)

Gee, I have just realised that I have not blogged in almost a month, where has the time gone. As most of you life is busy these days with lots of Grandies to entertain, a demanding job and planning an overseas holiday.

I have still been able to spend some time sewing, and have almost finished this cute little baby quilt for a friend that is due in November, all I need to do is stitch the binding down.

I loved making this, it's such a quick and easy pattern, and the coloured bits are no more than 2.5 inches wide so a great way to use up left over jelly roll strips. I certainly would like to make a few more of these.

This version however was made up predominantly with left over squares from a scrumptious layer cake ( Bonnie and Camille), all it 3 of the foxes any how.

I have also completed the Rosalie Quinlan stitchery panel from LGS and have a project earmarked for this panel.

My row along flimsy is complete, so I need to think about quilting this one. It's so far my all time favourite quilt to make. Here is is without borders, I have the border on but no pics taken.

I also have a little finish, another custom order cot quilt, this is an order for an old work mate, who asked me to make it as a gift for another old workmate who is having a little boy. Her nursery is grey yellow and white but we decided to put in a pop of blue.

Well that wraps up July, see you next time, quilted hugs, Sue x

 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Catching up

Public holidays are a great time to catch up on almost anything.

First we were surprised this morning by a phone call from my son, he had just dropped his wife at work and was dropping in with the Grandies, Ziva and Leo, lovely. They joined us for a cooked breakfast and then we took the dogs for a walk on the beach, I never took my phone or camera so no photos.

I also managed to finish this quilt last night, just in time for my daughter Sheree's baby shower next Sunday. Here is a pic of me testing the size in a cot - perfect.

It is backed in snugly fleece.

So simple, and so sweet. It's hard to see but the panels have an array if zoo animals, other than the centre spotty chevron, Sheree wanted this one as her nursery will have a hint of mint green.

I am so far behind with all of my sewing projects, so this afternoon, after pruning the rose bushes ( because some one once told me that's to be done on the queens birthday weekend), I spent the rest of today in the sewing room.

I am three months behind on my medallion civil war BOM, and I am pleased that I got two months worth done, these two nine inch blocks.

And a mitred corner border for the large centre panel, the 9 inch blocks will be on point around this centre square. I had to be careful to keep the directional print the same way, there was one seam of reverse sewing.

I am pretty pleased with my mitred corners.

I also got my June block swap block completed.

Well that's me up to date, I still have two other BOM's that are behind but I think I made a good dent in this today.

Now I am going to settle in to some hand stitching for the evening, I have designed my first ever stitchery and am working in that. Here is a sneaky peek.

Have a lovely week, whatever you are doing.

 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I had a birthday

Firstly, thank you to everyone that left gorgeous comments on my last post, sorry I have not replied to you all as life was very hectic personally and professionally over the last few weeks, I am hoping we are back to normal now.

Last Friday was my 51st birthday, so now I am clearly 50 something years old. Hmmm not sure how I feel about being in the second half of a century.

Thank you to all of the beautiful ladies that sent me fat quarters and numerous other gifts and cards for my birthday in Cheryl's birthday club. Here is a collage of the gifts and I hope I have not forgot to photograph any of them.

I plan on making new cushions for my lounge room in this colour way so stay tuned for he pics of those! (hopefully sooner rather than later.)

As you know my birdhouse wall hanging was in the May homespun, look how beautifully they photographed it.

This arrived home yesterday and now i proudly have it displayed on the wall in my sewing room.

I have another quilt in homespun in September, but they are very secret squirrel about projects so I cannot tell you anything.

I also have two designs in country' threads in November, a wall hanging with a matching quilt that I have called vintage caravans. I am allowed to show you a sneaky peek of that one.


My daughter Sheree is expecting a little girl in August, so I have set to work on a chevron quilt with a giraffe theme for her. ( the nursery is giraffe themed). I have also got my knitting needles out and am loving knitting little things. Here is a cardigan in progress.


All I need to do to finish it off now is sew in the other sleeve and front panel and knit the button bands. I have a yummy apricot bamboo blend to start another little jacket.

Two weeks ago was my hubby's annual awards night, and it am so proud if him. The awards were for the top performers at elders real estate for SA/NT and he was awarded elite status and ranked third in the state.


Doesn't he look suave in his tuxedo, all he needs now is a martini :)

Well that's me up to date, quilted hugs, Sue x

Monday, May 5, 2014

Doing a happy dance.

I can officially call myself a quilt designer now as my first design went to publication this week. I have not yet got my hands on a copy of Homespun, but I was alerted to the fact that it was out when a friend sent me a congratulations on face book. So here it is....

I called this spring scrap buster, as I used up my strip scraps for the birdhouses in the quilt, but then all of the appliqué is scraps, I never purchased a shred of fabric to make the quilt it was all from my stash which to me is he beauty if fun wall quilts like this. Homespun have renamed it "flying colours" in the magazine.

My other big finish this week was a custom order from my etsy store. The lady sent me this picture, and asked me to design a quilt incorporating the owl border on my popular owl quilt.

And this is what I came up with for her, it was posted today, I hope she likes it

 

Now that out of the way, I have a vintage caravan quilt to quilt for another magazine design, and I have my daughters baby shower in 5 weeks time so I need to get a move on with her quilt.

 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Baby brain

Everything for me is now focusing in getting my daughters baby quilts made. We now know that she is having a little girl so I could go fabric shopping, yippee.
This is my haul, and I plan to make a chevron style quilt with it. I just love those pink zebras


I have (almost) finished this panel quilt, as you can see I am half way through stitching on the binding. Sheree always loved Eyore as a little girl, so I hope she like this for her little girl. Ssshhh it's a secret.


I found this cute pink Winnie the Pooh fabric in spotlight that I have backed it with. Cute?

I haven't posted for two weeks, and this is the one of the projects completed, a Rosalie Quinlan stitchery that I have framed over a painting canvas to hang in my girl cave.

It is stitched with cottage garden threads and I have just joined their collectors club, here is the case I have made, using some cute quilting themed Lynette Anderson fabric that I picked up on my recent quilting trip to Melbourne.


Well I have a lot of sewing planned, so I better get off line and into it.
Quilted hugs, Sue x

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hexies and diamonds

Recently at let's get stitched I was shown the mystery of hexies, so I have been playing around with some this week and have made a couple of hexie flowers from scraps left over from recent projects.


The second one is made  using some William Morris fabric is my first attempt at fussy cutting them. I found it hard to get the template in exactly the same spot on each piece.

I am also half way through the custom order for the floral diamonds quilt. Here is half of it on my design board, I started on the second charm pack today and hope to complete the other half. I only have to make the flimsy as the customer wants to hand quilt this herself.


I can also show you a sneaky peek of my vintage caravan wall hanging that will be in Country Stitches Magazine later in he year. I also have a quilt to go with this wall hanging, the wall hanging is made from my sample block.


But it's really been all work and not much play for me, here is my new work photo for my business card, do you like it?