Saturday, March 31, 2012

A new project.... or a repeat project

As my friends and followers would know I fell in love with the jelly roll sampler quilt that I recently made for my MIL, and as I had another jelly roll sitting in my stash I have decided to make the same quilt in this colourway.

The range is Panier de Fleur's by French General, the colour palette of this range is French blues and reds, soft taupe's, greys and creams with lovely floral and bird designs.

The reason for starting a new quilt was I was waiting for this delivery to arrive - and it did on Friday

Yes, its the border fabric for Leo and Mitchell's BIG BOY bed quilts that I am making each of them.
But before I make a start on the borders for these, or do any more of the jelly roll blocks I am going to get my April block swap obligations done.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I have redeemed myself

Or at least that's how I feel.
I have taken a rare day off work today to clear my head and have spent it cooking and sewing and sipping coffee in the sunshine.

Sometimes life gets us down, and the pressures and deadlines of a job make you feel like you need to take a step back and catch your breath.   Call it a sickie, or truancy but when I only take 3-4 sick days a year sometimes you need a day for your mental health and well being too and that was my today.

On the cooking front my house smells amazing with a lamb rogan josh simmering away.
On the sewing front I have completed 5 more Farmers wife's blocks, and with the two rows and three blocks done last Sunday I feel caught up on this project now and can put it on the back burner for a week or so.

Here are the five blocks I made today.
74. Ribbons

75. Rosebud

76. Sawtooth

77. Seasons

78. Shooting star

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Super Sunday

What a brilliant week I have had this week in the sewing room I managed to make ALL of the blocks for Leo and Mitchell's BIG BOY beds and now patiently await the delivery of sashing and border fabrics to complete the quilt tops. And today its been sewing bliss. As a promise to myself I have worked entirely on the Farmers wife quilt blocks, and this included adding TWO more rows to the quilt.

How fabulous does it look all laid out. 
I have taken this photo (above) as it would appear on a bed building it from the bottom up. I have to be careful now to make sure any blocks like baskets are added the right way up.

The quilt is 7 blocks wide, set on point.   I have found that sewing rows on as I go along has helped me balance the colours.

Here are the blocks that I have stitched today.
70. Prairie Queen

71. Puss in the corner
72. Railroad
73. Rainbow flower
I have cut out block 74 Ribbons, but DH is home now so not sure that I will get much more done today. I intend to work on this quilt all week.  I have to admit that I was feeling a bit "over" this quilt as its a mammoth task and some of the blocks are quite fiddly with all of the little pieces.  However I am pleasantly surprised to be really enjoying it again, so having a break was a good thing.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Playing along with getting to know me

The lovely Fiona, (Bubzrugz) was tagged and had to answer the following questions and has invited us to play along, so here goes.

1. Your favourite flower/plant
I love all things green but tulips would be my favourite flowers.
I have a bunch of the on my dining table as I write this post
2. Your most memorable moment
This one is hard and easy all at the same time. Giving birth to my first child and being a mum for the first time is up there.  I remember the day my son called me to tell me that my first grandson Leo was born,  I was driving at the time (on hands free of course) and had to pull over to contain myself as I burst into tears of joy.
My daughter Sheree with her new Nephew Leo
3. Any identifying marks or scars
Well, I have two tattoo's, one of a dragon fly on my shoulder and one of a lady bird on my hip
I also have a scar on the inside of my arm from nail on a swing

4. Show your most favourite project you have made
Its a simple quilt, but I just love it

5. Who would you most like to meet?
I am not a celebrity buff, but I do think that Meryl Streep is an amazing actress and if I had to pick someone it would be her.

6. Your most awful food you won't eat
Any offal (just the thought of it makes me feel sick)

7. Where would you like to travel to
Tuscany in Italy, hoping to go there for my 50th birthday next year

8. Life goal/ dream... tell me....
To own a hobby farm with a cute stone cottage, grow vegies, have chooks, raise alpacas and sew all day long

9. Favourite snack food
Doritos, I didn't have to think twice about that one

10. What are you doing today
I work full time for a prestigious real estate company in Adelaide. Toop&Toop (you can google them), its pretty full on and I have to do open inspections most Saturdays, so my evening and Sundays spent sewing is my escapism.  As I work predominately at the high end of the market I do get so see some amazing properties.
I was the Top leasing partner of the year in 2011 so must be doing a good job (grin)

11. The first crafting project you made
My roosting roosters quilt was my first quilt, I bought the pattern and  a pack of check fabrics from the Adelaide quilting show, and set to work.  I cut it all out with scissors (including the binding) and used a zig zag stitch to do the applique

Now its your turn, why dont you play along too.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

TUTORIAL - Framed square novelty blocks, Mitchells quilt

I have started making Mitchell a similar quilt to Leo, but using only a layer cake and thought I would share this as a tutorial in case my friends would like to make a quick and easy quilts for one of their little ones (or big ones )

1. Choose your layer cake. I chose 10 little things by Jenn Ski

2. Pre cut your inner triangles by cutting a 3 1/2 inch strip into 3 1/2 inch squares

3.Then cut them into half square triangles ( I cut 4 layers at once to speed this up)

4.Sort them into piles and set aside

6. Now cut the outer triangles by cutting the layer cake into 8 sections
4 x 5 inch squares (layer cakes are 10 inches square)
then cut these into half square triangles

7. Sort them into piles and set aside

8. Cut the centre squares, I fussy cut these (as best I could) to utilise the prints.
The Squares are 4 1/2 inches x 4 1/2 inches

9. Sew on small half square triangle to opposite sides of the square

10. press them open with seams outwards

11. Sew on the other 2 smaller triangles and trim the dog ears and square up the block

12. The block should measure 6 inches square

12. Repeat this process with the four larger triangles.
The trimmed completed square should measure 9 1/4 inches.  

13. Make as many as these as you need. 

I am using 24 blocks in each quilt, so am getting 2 quilts out of one layer cake
(plus sashing and border fabric)

I am about to order some fabric online, and when it arrives will post stage 2 of the tutorial
Completing the quilt top

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Blocks completed Leo's quilt

Last night I completed 24 blocks that will form the basis of Leo's BIG boy bed.  Now I am going to set to work on some for Mitchell before I the purchase the fabric for sashings and borders

I am using the same layer cake 10 Little things that has lots of fun prints including trucks and owls which will be used for the centre block on Mitchell's quilt.

Here are some pics of the completed blocks, I am thinking of either a lime green or orange sashing to brighten them up and then a softer outer border perhaps in a blue or grey. How does that sound?

See the owls and truck - these will be used for Mitchell along with the fabric with numbers on it

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I love dogs and congratulations to Leona for 1000 followers.

I came across this in an email today and love it, so I have shared  it with you all
it is so true

Here is my lovely boys and I enjoying the beach last winter,
taking the dogs to the beach is one of my most favourite things to do.

Lastly but not leastly Congratulations to Leona on reaching the 1000 followers and to celebrate she is is having a giveaway - read all about it on her blog here

Monday, March 19, 2012

Starting Leo's big bed quilt

My two oldest grandsons, Mitchell and Leo are now in BIG boy beds, so I have a good reason to make them a new quilt each.

Firstly I am making one for Leo as he loves zoo animals. I have had a panel of animal prints for quite a few years in my stash, so this was a perfect opportunity to use them

So firstly I cut the panel up into squares.

Then matched them with some tone on tone fabrics

And some funky squares from a layer cake

How cute to they look

Now I have to get to work finishing them off,
then I need to decide on how I will put them all together.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Honouring committments

This weeks sewing has mainly been centred around getting my block swap obligations done. So I have made and send my 12 inch QBSA partner Brenda her blocks. You can see them here  .
I made my Christmas partner Vicki 2 blocks (as I was not happy with the first one) which you can see here  and my six inch partner Linda her blocks are here.

I am working on my Shabby cottages and have finished the stitchery on the first one.

And I have completed the applique on Block 2 - Valentines

 And block 3 - St Patricks day

The plan for this week is the stitchery on these two and to get cracking on more Farmers wife blocks as I am soo behind on them.

I am also in the planning stages of 2 new quilts for my Grandsons Mitchell and Leo as they are both now toddlers and into BIG boy beds - now that's a good enough reason for a new quilt each isn't it?

Monday, March 12, 2012

Long weekend- party on the river.

It was a long weekend in Adelaide to celebrate the running of the Adelaide cup (horse race).  Adelaide locals call it "mad March" as we have the clipsal 500 V8 motor race, the Adelaide Fringe festival, WOM Adelaide music festival and the Adelaide Cup. 

This weekend saw us take a trip to Blanchetown on the lovely Murray river to celebrate a friend from works 30th birthday. Donna hosted a lovely riverside dinner party on the banks of the river, and DH and I (and quite a few other friends from work) took the opportunity to spend the whole weekend on the river. Here are a few snap shots of the weekend.
DH and I arrive at the party
The girls from work - Donna is in the middle

Sunset on the river
I love watching the pelicans, there were 100's of them feeding at the lock

The following day we went for a ski (I stayed in the boat).

Friday, March 9, 2012

sharing Some clever ideas

As you know (see last post) I have made a quilt as a gift for my MILs birthday . It was made with a jelly roll and I kept the Moda ribbon and tag. Voila- how cute does this look.

I have stuck a blank sticky label on the back of the jelly roll label and now have a  matching gift tag, and ribbon.

I have also had a couple of comments on my Made with quilted hugs by Sue gift tag.  Here is the link as to where I ordered these from: (an Etsy store).
they cost me about $25au and were delivered in under two weeks.  I put one of these tags on every quilt, bag, softy, cushion that I make.  I also ordered matching adhesive address labels.