Sunday, January 30, 2011

Little ducks everywhere

I have just started making this duckling quilt (another for the twins), and think the ducks are so cute.  I have to make 2 ducks in each colour one facing each way.  As we dont know if the twins are boys or girls or one of each I have put some pink and lilac ducks in the mix as the other quilt (bee my baby) is blue and green.

Guess what I will be doing today. 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Bee my baby quilt completed

Happy Australia day and happy me.  I spent the morning "brunching" at a friends house, relaxing under their vine covered pergola sipping some lovely Grant Burge champagne.

Mid afternoon was home and nanna nap time :), but then watching the cricket I managed to finish the binding on this nursery quilt Bee my baby.  I hand appliqued the bees, and decided not to overquilt it, only doing the ditch around the squares and quilting over the flight lines of the bees. 

So another UFO to cross off the list.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Block 1 - Adelaide floral sampler

This block was more of a challenge than I expected, as I am an old hand at applique having done at least a dozen nursery style applique quilts.  But the detail on this was way beyond eyes on elephants. :)

I got the border a bit crooked, as the fusible webbing slipped when I was ironing it on, and couldn't peel it off without fraying the fabric (I tried), but hey, quilts are not meant to be perfect. 

The final result nonetheless is quite striking, even if I do say so myself

Monday, January 17, 2011

A quick and easy baby quilt

As many of you would know my step daughter is expecting twins in March this year.  So I am busy busy busy making some nursery quilts.  I made her a mothers group tummy time one for her first bub (Mitchell), but thought she may need a new one so over the weekend whipped up this quick one from a quilting panel.

 Easy to do, just outlined the animals and leaves in free motion quilting and added on some side borders.  The affect is great and its an easy portable washable quilt for on the go mums.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

I have been tagged

Thank you to the lovely Cheryll from Lake Macquarie in NSW for recognising by blog. 


I will now tag some firends, and If you have been tagged and want to participate, there are a few rules:

1.  Tell your readers who tagged you
2.  Add a link to their blog
3.  Think of 3-5 people who you think deserve this award.  Inform them and post directions on your blogpost.
Please don't tag people who already have 300 followers.   The goal of this award is to get more publicity to blogs that are good, but not well known.  Thank you.
The friends I wish to nominate are:
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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Oops, I did it again..

Just when I made a promise to myself not to start any more projects until I had completed my UFO's I broke the promise.  I had to visit my LPS on the weekend (Patchwork by the Sea at Brighton) to pick up some fabrics for the planned nursery quilts for the twins, and saw a BOM that I had to join.

This one is a William Morris inspired quilt by Michelle Hill - The Adelaide Collection floral sampler.,  Quite appropraite as I live in Adelaide :).  I have always wanted to try one of her designs and this is all machine stitched applique.  The pattern comes in either a cream or a black back ground.  I decided on the black as the sample in the shop was made up in this colourway and it was stunning !

 I will post a pic of each block as I make them up, but for now here is the fabric pack and pic of block 1. 

Not sure why the pictures came out sideways :)

Monday, January 3, 2011

HIP HIP HOORAY - one UFO to tick off the list

Keeping true to my New years quilting resolution I stitched the last stitch on the binding of this UFO last night.  This one started when Cathy (one of my swap group members) requested a block in a diseappearing 9 patch.  Researching how to make this block I came across a tutorial on YouTube on how to make a lap quilt using this block from a charm square pack.  As I had one from Natures Notebook sitting in my stash ready to go the journey began.

That was about 6 months ago and I struggled to find this range of fabrics to finish it off.  I managed to successfully bid on a pack of some fat quarters on eBay (probably paid too much but I had to have them), and a local quilt shop had limited stock left but enough to do the blue and yellow borders to make a lap quilt.  I decided to use up the FQ's in a log cabin design for the backing so its a 2 sided quilt.  I love the fresh yellow and blue and pretty floral designs in the fabric. 

I quilted it in free motion with all over hearts with large stipple in the final border.