Saturday, February 7, 2015

A mighty finish. ( or 3)

This quilt was started in 2012, it was a BOM From the fat quarter shop, so with 12 blocks it took 12 months to make + plus the time it took me to add on the borders. I bought the backing fabric, and there is sat in my closet for over a year.

I finally took it to the long arm quilters a few weeks ago, and got it home yesterday. Here it Is being tested on my bed. I also made a cushion to match, so will pop that on the bed when I use it. doesn't it look great with my new shutters and freshly painted blue walls.

Here is a close up of the quilting. Big swirly flowers and leaves that don't detract from the overall design. I finished stitching the binding tonight so it's officially completed.

My other recent finish is Hazel hedgehog, which you saw pinned ready to quilt in my last post. I loved how this one turned out.

I have also recently had a custom order for yet another owl quilt, I think this one has been my favorite. I like the strong primary colours I used in the owls which matched the border fabric perfectly.

Quite some time ago I received a gift of Lori Holts great granny squared book from Ruth Fisher, a lady in Idaho USA who is a member of my swap group.

I had these flower sugar fqs in my stash, and added a few more colours and am pleased that I have finished 16 blocks. Here I am road testing the final lay out. Next to sash them. I love the bright colours and had so much fun making these blocks.

Well that's a lot of quilting, I am happy with my progress so far on getting UFO's done, but have to admit that I have been naughty and signed up for a new BOM. Well New Years resolutions are meant to be broken aren't they?


Sunday, January 18, 2015

January finish and promise to self

Most years I sign up for at least one, and often two BOM's and they can be quite costly when you work it all out. This year I have decided not to sign up for any. My only diversion to this is a Tilda club that I joined in November, which is a little package of Tilda goodies every two months which also includes a small project.

Instead I have vowed to myself to get the UFO s under control and also to make some quilts using fabrics already in my stash. I also have quite a number of blocks collects from my swaps I QBSA that need to be made into quilts.

finish #1 for 2015 is one if those quilts, made entirely from blocks collected in QBSA. My request in these swaps was any modern block in aqua, orange grey and white. At the time of saving these blocks my daughter and her partner were building a new home and Sheree wanted to decorate the casual living area in a beachy tropical scheme, and this quilt was for her.

I quilted it simply in random width straight lines in groups of three cross hatch style. I am very pleased with how it looks and Sheree and Sam loved it.

Today I have been sorting through my other QBSA blocks and have a few to put together.
I have also started a couple of quilts using fabrics from my stash, first one is tail feathers in several fig tree ranges. I had a jelly roll and layer cake and am using a mix of both in this quilt. I started it some time late last year, possibly in October. It's my sitting by the tv stitchery project.

The second start from my stash is the great granny squared. I was gifted this book from Ruth, a lady from Idaho who is a member of QBSA, and decided to make this using my flower sugar fat quarters. I on,y starred this quilt last week. I have to confess however that I have ordered a few more if these fat quarters in other colours to make the quilt more scrappy.

Lastly I have almost finish the Hazel Hedgehog quilt for my newest granddaughter who is due in February. This is pinned today ready for quilting.

But for now I have other more important things to keep me busy, as Willow has come for visit as mummy and daddy have gone to watch the Adelaide 36ers basketball.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

Gosh, that year has flown by. I have been trying to post one update a month but whoopsie, I missed December.

A few little finishes for December to show first. My lovely Tilda seaside doll, I have called her seaside Sally. I have started a new love affair with Tilda and have a couple of other doll kits to make up in the coming months.

Continuing my new love affair with a Tilda I have joined the a Tilda club and completed project one and two.

project one is a pyramid pin cushion.

Project two and armchair sewing caddy.

I have also mustered up a couple of pretty cushions from layer cake left overs and some matching fat quarters. The fabric is by Fig tree designs, one of my favourites, I love the soft apricots and greens.

Wrapping up 2014 it was a whopper of a year....

In January I took a risk leaving my full time job and taking on a 9 month maternity contract. But this week it has rewarded me with being offered a full time position in my new company commencing today.

Travel was amazing with my Month in Europe in September, a dream holiday that exceeded my expectations, this was to celebrate 20 years of marriage to my darling husband Sergio.

Getting my first quilt pattern published in April, and making a magazine cover in November both very exciting on the quilting front.

And last but not least was the birth of darling Willow, my daughters first baby, and grand baby number 8 for me, even more special to be present at her birth. Here she is enjoying her first Christmas.

So what's in store for 2015?

Another new baby, yep grand daughter #four ( grandchild #9) is coming sometime late February to my son and his wife, a new baby sister to Leo and Ziva. So a quilt is in construction for her with a cute hedgehog design

More on the sewing front I have a pattern being published later in the year, which I am  not allowed to say more about,  only that it's a sweet tote bag, my first bag design.

I have not signed up for any BOM's ( I normally do at least 2 a year) but instead plan to get my UFO's under control. I have two ready to quilt. The one below was pinned this week and is made from blocks collected in my swap group.  I hope to get this quilted in the next few days / week.

I also have three other quilt tops completed ready to quilt so I will be busy getting those ticked off the list. (Fat quarter shop mystery BOM from 2013, girls day out also from 2013 and the row along quilt from 2014).

I have a massive pile of block swap blocks to assemble I to quilts, and a few other partly completed BOM's to finish off and in between all of this I plan to make a few little Tilda projects.

I look forward to seeing what everyone else is creating. 
Happy 2015 everyone ....xx  

Monday, November 17, 2014

More UFO's completed

I started this teddy wall hanging in November 2012 without any real ambition to work on it with only a bit of stitchery done here and there.

On a mission to complete some long term projects this year I took the last few stitchery pieces to Europe with me to do while relaxing. Here it is some where in the middle of the Mediterranean.

I am pleased to say that tonight i stitched the last stitch in the binding, just in time to hang it up for this Christmas ( knocking off another long term UFO).


Another little UFO of sorts is this little red work stitchery cushion. I bought the pattern on a quilting trip in 2013, and the heart fabric and heart trim ( also used in the teddy wall hanging) were purchased in a quilting trip to Melbourne in March earlier this year.

I have also been making cushions for my grand daughter Willow to decorate her nursery, here are the three that I have made so far.

last but not least is my new love, Tilda. Last weekend I made my first ever Tilda doll, the ice skating angel. I have ordered another doll pattern as I had so much fun making this, as well as some Tilda books one being a Christmas one. I am looking forward to making some little gifts and Christmas decorations.


Monday, November 3, 2014

A busy weekend.

I have spent a very busy weekend crafting of all sorts. On Friday as I waited at home for any spooky visitors to treat with candy I stitched the binding on my Swoon quilt. This has been a WIP for more than12 months, in fact I cannot remember exactly when I started it. It is quilted all over with big loopy feathery type patterns on my domestic Bernina. The fabric is Paris flea markets by 3 sister which was a fat quarter set I had in my stash. I complimented this with a creamy all over rose tone on tone fabric.

Then I spent most of the weekend giving my bedroom furniture a make over. We are revamping our bedroom and have ordered timber plantation shutters for the bay window. I wanted a soft shabby chic look, ( we have had Baltic pine for the past 15 years or so).

I had heard about chalk paints, and one of my girlfriends had recently done up an old telephone table and I was keen to give it a try. Paints were ordered and Gillian came over for the day. Here are the before shots, I forgot to photograph them in my room before I started.

Here is the finished result. I am so pleased with how they turned out.

Then on Sunday I was hooked so I decided that the hall table would look better in blue ( the white has a blue coat underneath and I still had half a tin of paint left ).

Robbie is always up for a photo opportunity, usually it's sitting on a newly completed quilt.

How good does this look. And the whole lot was done in a weekend in my garage. I am on the hunt for my next painting project, would love an old beat up dresser for my sewing room to then fill with pretties.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A little finish and some cuddles

Only just getting back into the swing of sewing after my fabulous holiday and I have completed this little foxy quilt for a friend at work who is about to have her first baby in a few weeks time.  Rachael was a bit of a challenge as we do not know if its a little boy or girl, and she only likes neutrals and muted tones - nothing too busy.

I am so pleased that I found these lovely fabrics, and backed the quilt in super soft minky in a lovely shade of latte.

My other little adventure these past few weeks has seen me playing with scraps and I came up with a cute little tote bag.  I sent a pic to Homespun magazine and they said "yes please" so I cant share a pic, you will have to wait to see it in print.  Now to get down to some pattern writing, lucky I made notes as I stitched it.

I have made a promise to myself to work only on UFO's for the rest of the year so you should see some finishes coming through in the next couple of months.  The only exception being that my daughter has asked me to make some cushions for grand daughter Willows nursery, how can any Nana say no to that!

Here is the latest pic of my darling daughter Sheree cuddling Willow, so cute and snugly.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Europe 2014

I am writing this post from somewhere way up in the sky two hours or so out of Dubai on our way home from a months holiday In Europe.

My DH and I recently celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary, and this holiday was in aid of that milestone.
We flew into Venice where we enjoyed three days before a Mediterranean cruise.

Our ship was the celebrity equinox and it certainly exceeded our expectations, 5 star luxury all the way.
First port of call was the medieval walled city if Dubrovnik where we walked the city walls and enjoyed a lunch in one if the street cafés.

Next stop was the Greek Island of Mykonos, we both agreed that we would like to revisit this island and spend more time exploring.

After Mykonos we sailed for one day and then arrived at the exotic port of Istanbul. As we sailed into harbour I could hear the calling to prayer. We visited the blue mosque, Aya Sofia and cistern. As well as the Grand bazaar, spice market and Taxim square. Our ship was docked here for two days.

After leaving Istanbul we enjoyed two days at sea before arriving at Salerno, gateway to the beautiful Italian riviera and Amalfi coastline. Here we took a tour to the Isle if Capri, Sorrento and Pompeii.

Next stop was Rome, first we visited the Vatican and imagine our surprise when we got to see the Pope ride very close to us in his pope mobile.

After touring the city highlights we enjoyed an underground tour of the Colosseum.

After Rome we visited the beautiful city of Florence, and if course the famous statue of David and the beautiful white marble Duomo cathedral.

Next it was in to ritzy St Tropez in the French Riviera.

Our final port of call was Barcelona where we stayed for two days to see the city sights.

After visiting Barcelona we caught a fast train to Paris where wen ended our journey with five days exploring this wonderful city. I enjoyed among other things a glass of champagne at the top of he Eiffel Tower, a visit tithe moulin rouge, a tour of the Louvre and a day in Versailles

And so ends my European adventure, I hope you have enjoyed it, but not nearly as much as I did.