Thursday, May 31, 2012

Giveaways

Seeing all the lovely prizes bloggers win, I have decided to start entering a few of these.  I am often put off by the sheer number of entries and think, I will never stand a chance, but you know what?

You have gotta be in it to win it.  So here is my first entry

Visit Hilaches here for her fabulous give away of your choice of three sets of 11 fat quarters

Every day sewing is a happy day

quilted hugs, Sue

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Is it really winter?


Last week we had cold wild and wet weather but look at today.......


I managed to get finished an hour early today and DH and I went for a coffee at the coffee shop that you can just see in the top picture. 

These photos were taken and 4.30pm this afternoon and it was still quite warm and sunny.   For those of you that don't know Adelaide the top photo is looking North to Glenelg and the bottom photo is looking south.  If you look straight out to see it is due west and we get to see some amazing sun sets.

When I arrived home I had two lovely squishy envelopes in the mail.  One was my May QBSA swap block from Raelene and the other was a piece of Dutch fabric from the very sweet and generous Ank as a birthday gift for me.

Seems like customs wanted to know what goodies I had received,


Now I need to think of something special to make using this fabric, any ideas ?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A new project

I LOVE starting a new quilting project, everything is exciting and new and I have indulged myself in one as  a reward for sticking to my list and getting all of my jobs done :)

Some months ago I came across this pattern in Homespun magazine and immediately fell in love with it.

When I took delivery last month of the dogwood rose fabrics from fabric direct I instantly knew that this fabric range was perfect for this quilt.

Here are the first three blocks, I wont be showing any more until the quilt is together, but its easy to see how pretty this is going to look in a shabby chic colour way.


I have also made two more blocks for my Farmers wife quilt.  One of them is a "ring in", its the pretty violet block that I made for Cathy in the 6 inch swap.  I really liked this block so I made one and am substituting one of the blocks and replacing it with this.  I have also made block 85, Square dance
Now I need to get to work on my second PIF obligation - pattern picked, fabric picked.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

The List is working

Here is the list I made on Friday evening, quite ambitious of me.

1. Quilting a Blanket of love to send to Cheryll (all Pinned and ready to go) DONE
2. Add borders to my French General Jelly roll quilt DONE
3. Block 5 of Shabby cottages (fabric picked) DONE
4. Make one or two Zakka projects (to catch up on the sew along) DONE (two)
5. Make one or two Farmers wifes blocks
6. Start my new Shabby chic quilt with Dogwood roses fabric
7. Plan my next PIF gift (pattern picked out but sshhh, its a surprise)

As you can see 4 items are crossed off and I am having a well deserved coffee (and chokkie biscuit) break.

Here is my work so far.

1. Blanket of Love
DONE


2. Borders on FG jelly roll sampler.
DONE

Now I have to make the quilt sandwich on this one (that's next weekend job)


3.Block 5 on Shabby cottages BOM
DONE

Rather than make little applique violets, I fussy cut some I had on and sewed them on, I think they look cute.

4. Make on or two Zakka projects. 
DONE 
Well I made two, but combined them.
The first one here is the sewing roll.

And here it is unrolled, the pin cushion that I have popped on it is actually a separate project.  These were quick and easy to make and will be perfect little tuck in gifts.

Now my coffee is all but finished so hi ho hi ho, back to my list I go.


Friday, May 25, 2012

Cold weather = Sewing weather

BBBBrrrrr Winter is here.  Its so cold and wet in Adelaide this week, so I hope to spend the whole weekend tucked away in my house, and in particular in my sewing room..

This arrived in the mail today which has got my creative juices flowing to try a few of these sweet little projects. Perfect for chilly weather sewing.

The other mail delivery I have received this week is more pressies from my Fat Quarter birthday swap.
Christine from MacDonalds Patch sent me a pretty red from my Favourite French General rage.  Gorgeous.


Pat sent me the sweetest soft green shabby chic fabric as well as the cutest chicken magnet, with a clever concertina address book inside


And last but not least the very generous Bev from Kanga happenings sent me a cute card with a stylish black and cream FQ, some large buttons (love these for the backs of cushion covers) and some nice neutral embroidery silk.  I also received a personalised embroidered fabric piece, and I need to think of something clever to use that in.  Maybe one of my Zakka projects.


I have quite a pile of WTD's to get through this weekend, (work to do) to name a few:

1. Quilting a Blanket of love to send to Cheryll (all Pinned and ready to go)  DONE
2. Add borders to my French General Jelly roll quilt  DONE
3. Block 5 of Shabby cottages (fabric picked)  DONE
4. Make one or two Zakka projects (to catch up on the sew along) DONE (two)
5. Make one or two Farmers wifes blocks
6. Start my new Shabby chic quilt with Dogwood roses fabric
7. Plan my next PIF gift (pattern picked out but sshhh, its a surprise)

As well as that I am going to be busy on the computer sending out the June partners, with 10 new members joining us in QBSA.  DONE
But tonight its off for a Thai feast followed by a movie (the 5 year engagement) with a few friends.

What are you doing this weekend, what ever it is, I hope you enjoy it. 
Till next time, quilted hugs,
Sue x

Monday, May 21, 2012

More spoiling for me

I feel like such a lucky lady arriving home to three nice squishy parcels.

The first one from my great mate Cheryll from Gone Stitchin (who is hosting this swap)

Cheryll sent me such a pretty chook fabric, and a gorgeous soft patterned fabric as well as the cutest buttons I think I have ever seen.  I really am getting the creative juices flowing on a chook themed quilt now.



The second parcel was from another bloggy friend Shez who spoilt me with three fat quarters (we are only meant to do one), all pretty florals.



Last but no means least is this pretty shabby chic pink floral from new friend Peta of just crafting my day away  Its just perfect Peta.



Sunday, May 20, 2012

Makes your heart melt

What a busy day in the sewing room today.  I had Mitchell's BIG boy bed quilt all pinned for over a week but had not got around to quilting it, and since I was going to his house for tea tonight (for my birthday) I really had to get a move on to get it ready for him.

So I locked myself away and quilted around all of the blocks in the ditch and did stipple on the borders.  DH came home from work just as I had machine sewed the binding on and just had to hand stitch it on the back.  DD's house is a 45 minute drive, and I got more than half of this stitching done on the journey there.

Look how proud Mitchell is with his new quilt snuggled under it with Nonno.  It just makes your heart melt.  The colours almost match his pajama's

Saturday, May 19, 2012

My Friday night sew in.....

Well I forgot to register this month (again) but did a spot of sewing last night like many others.

I managed to make one and a half slippers, and finished the second one off this afternoon, so Ta da




Here is my second pair of slippers - these are made with the first FQ I received in the birthday exchange, so they are a pressie for me. (and from O'Faigh - who sent me the fabric).



My plan for tomorrow is to start the quilting on Mitchell's BIG boy bed quilt, that is all pinned and ready to go.  If I work really hard I may get it all done tomorrow as we are having tea at his house and i can take it to him, even if I have to sit and sew the binding on while I am there.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

More goodies in the post

Leading up to my birthday next week I arrived home today to two more lovely squishy birthday gifts.

The first one is from my dear friend Maria from Life on the block who sent me not one but TWO stunning fat quarters, as well as a length of ric rac, a cute quilt label and heart button.


The second gift is from Lisa from my little creative wonderland that send me the cutest chook fat quarter and pretty card with Paris - I love them all thank you thank you thank you.xx



Monday, May 14, 2012

Lucky me

Another early gift arrived in the letterbox today, this one is from Fiona.

Look at all of the goodies she sent me

A gorgeous French General FQ
A cheeky chic pin cushion (or mini paper) weight cleverly made out of selvidges
A stylish floral button broach
Two pretty quilt labels and
Some yummy chokky eggs

All wrapped up in pretty tissue paper and along with a sweet card.  Thank you so much Fiona, you made the Monday blues go away.




Last night I made one of the little card purses from the pattern O'Faigh sent me for my birthday, I fussy cut the fabric so there is a bird on the front flap and also on the inside flap when its opened.  I will make a few more of these little cuties as nice tuck in gifts


Friday, May 11, 2012

Slippers

Further to my last post I have made my first pair of slippers.  I have to say the first one was difficult to make and the second one was a bit easier as I knew what I was doing (lining inside out etc).  I think over the weekend I may try to make another pair and I am sure that now I have practiced I will do a better job. 

I have a birthday coming up

Today I had a super busy stressful day at work and met DH for a nice glass of wine at the end of the day to unwind.  Feeling all lovely and relaxed I arrived home a short while ago to find not ONE, not TWO but THREE squishy parcels waiting for me.  (And the water bill) but who cares about that one.

The first package was my delivery of absolutely gorgeous fabric purchased from Fabric Direct.com. 
This range is called Dogwood Trail and I ordered two sets of half yards.
Take a look, how delicious is this

Now I need to search for a pattern to use it in.  Its such a pretty shabby chic range - just my cup of tea.

I also purchased this pattern to make these super cute slippers.  The pattern is a fabric direct exclusive.  I think I will lock myself in my sewing room tonight and whip up a pair for mum.


Inside of this big fat parcel was also two sets of fat quarters as a gift from fabric direct to use as a give away on my quilting group blog.  Read all about that here

And last but not least is my Birthday parcels.  I am participating in a small birthday fat quarter group where we each send one another a fat quarter in our chosen range for our birthday.  And as my birthday is coming up some of the ladies have sent the parcels early.

The first one is from the lovely Helen at Aunty Hennys blogspot its one of my favorites in the French General range with a cute sewing machine card.

The second birthday parcel came gift wrapped in cute fairy gift wrap - I was tempted not to open it till my birthday but couldn't resist.  It is from the very lovely O'Faigh from Oldbury cottage.  Inside was a gorgeous blue for my shabby chic collection, a cute coin purse pattern and a sweet to satisfy my sweet tooth.



Thank you ladies, I already feel so spoilt.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Zakka - what is it all about?

I have been seeing Zakka style popping up on a number of blogs and found a Zakka sew along group, so I have decided to join in the fun

I didn't really know what Zakka was so I googled it.  For those that don't know its a Japanese word meaning "many things".  The term means anything that can improve your home, life and appearance - sounds good to me.

Looking on the sew along site, there are so many cute little things being made, and they are all fresh and modern simple projects.  But where to find the patterns.  Well, more exploring on google and I found a Zakka sewing book with 24 projects in it. 

And from the projects I can see in the book and on the sew along this seems to be the book to use.  I found the book on a wonderful site called fishpond.com and it was at the bargain price of $13.50 with free postage.  So of course I placed an order.  Now I cant wait for it to arrive so I can start playing along and making all sorts of fabulous gifts.

Tonight I have been sewing a baby quilt for a friend that is expecting in a few months time, we don't know what they are having so its being made in a mixture of pinks, blues, greens and lemons.  Stay tuned to see the final product.

My plan for the rest of the week it to get Mitchell's BIG boy bed pinned and start the quilting of that this weekend.  And hopefully get the final borders on the French General jelly roll quilt.

So many quilts to make, so little time to make them...... and I keep on wanting to start new projects.  Ah the life of a quilter.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Leo's 2nd birthday

Leonardo turned 2 yesterday and a little party was held in his honour.
Here are a few pics taken on the day

Singing happy birthday

Cute farm animal cupcakes

with Daddy, notice he had a little fall and scraped his face

My beautiful son - proud daddy with the birthday boy

Nana Sue with baby sister Ziva

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Frustration and finishes

With all of the quilt finishes that I am working on my poor little Farmers Wife's blocks again have taken a back seat.

I am putting together a lap quilt for my girlfriend Deb's 50th birthday - with the blazing arrow blocks in the QBSA 12 inch block swap.  I am just waiting one more block to finish this quilt off.  I did however receive two identical blocks in this swap so this evening I have made a matching cushion to go with the lap quilt.  This gives you an idea of what the finished quilt will look like as I am using the same red to sash the blocks with, and bind the quilt.


Here are the Farmers wife's blocks that I have worked on this week.

79. Silver Lane
 This one is not really wonky, it was folded and its a bit crumpled in the photo.
80 Single Wedding star

81. Snowball
 My silly computer loaded all of the photos sideways, I think the fussy cut owl is cute in the centre of this block.
82. Spider legs
 The Spider legs block is terrible, and this is my second attempt - hence my frustration.  I think so far this has been the most difficult block to make, and looking at this I am going to have to give it another go.  Third time lucky I guess
83. Spider web
 I love love how this one looks.  I really like this block and may have to remember this for a choice in a future block swap quilt.
84. Spool
The photos all loaded side ways, the spool top is pink and the stripes run like if they were on a cotton reel.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

My sailing Regatta

Some more of my fabric purchases has arrived in readiness for a quilt to be constructed.  This one is to be made with blocks collected in the 6 inch group of QBSA.  I have made two of these (to practice my paper piecing skills)

Here are the blocks that I have started putting borders on.
I quite like them with just the side borders as the spots are elongated like eggs.


These two little cuties joined the carnival today and have sailed all the way from California


 And have look at some of the fabulous fabric that I have purchased to go into this quilt.  This arrived in the post yesterday (along with the spotty fabric).


Today was an absolutely miserable day in Adelaide, cold, wet and windy. But when I woke up this morning a spot of sunshine out my back window as my Bird of Paradise plant has its first flower.