Thursday, August 29, 2013

Practice and excitement

In readiness for the PP swap, I thought I better practice, as I have not done a pp block in over a year, so I set myself a challenge on a hexagon shape, with tiny pieces.

This pattern was shared on quilt club, which is a facebook quilting group that I belong to. It turned out a bit wonky, but not too bad for a rusty beginner. I have quilted it, and just need to pop some binding on and will use it as a mini mug rug in my sewing room.

I also have had so e really exciting news this week, Homespun, my favourite quilting magazine have agreed to feature a pattern that I have designed.

I can't say any more than that as its all secret squirrel stuff. It won't be in the mag until next May, and I have a November deadline to get the completed project to them but am super excited to now be a "designer". It certainly has inspired me to design more and get those creative juices flowing.


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Seeing improvement

This was a real busy week, which meant I did not get a lot of sewing time, I managed to get some stitchery done and played some more with my birdhouse scraps.

I decided to pull an old quilt out when I was changing my sheets this week, and it is really made me realise how far I have come since I began this journey in 2008. I made this quilt long before I was a blogger so it has never featured on my blog but I am going to share it with you now. This was the second quilt that I had ever made and its called the blues.

I never used a pattern, just made it to look like a picture that was on a calendar, so all of the measurements were guesses. Looking back now I am amazed at how it all seemed to fit.

When you view it overall, it does not look too bad, but here is a close up section of my pinwheels. I don't think any of the points meet up, I had not heard of a 1/4 inch foot back then.
And here in my first ever attempt at Fm stipple, I did the stipple on the border and basic in the ditch around the large sections, not much quilting at all. Ia few years back i did think about doing more quilting on it but decided to keep it as an example of my beginning.
Here is my first quilt, roosting roosters

It's a simple appliqué quilt, I cut the sashing with scissors as I never knew about roller cutters, and appliquéd with zigzag as I didn't know about blanket stitch. i hand quilted in the ditch around the roosters. this quilt remains one if my favourites, and lives on the sofa in the spare room.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Playing with scraps

Today was my sons birthday, it was an early start with nana babysitting duties, calling for Dora the explorer on tv, and toast in tummies. Then we all went out for brunch at 10 at the Espy, ( to the locals), or the esplanade hotel, Brighton, right on the sea front. A lovely cooked breakfast was enjoyed from the cosy interior looking out to a stormy sea and driving rain.

I have managed to bring a touch of sunshine inside with these gorgeous daffodils. When I purchased them on Friday they were all in Bud, but how beautiful are they now they have opened.

Once everyone went about their day, I enjoyed the afternoon tucked away in my sewing room. First I worked on my jelly roll heart quilt completing the first quarter. I have to say its getting easier now I have the hang of how it all goes together, like a jigsaw puzzle.

While i was working in this I was under close supervision from Joey.

Then I started a new little project playing with my scraps, starting with little log cabin style bird houses.

 I will make a mini quilt wall hanging.
I have not even made a dent In these.

Now it's time to settle in for the evening with a spot of stitchery, and hope there is something decent to watch on television. How did everyone else spend their Sunday?

Saturday, August 17, 2013

A tough heart

A few posts ago. I mentioned that I was starting a new jelly roll quilt. I have done block 1, and have to say its not as easy as it may look.

You have to sort and cut all the little pieces out into zip lock bags. (Done during the week)

Plastic templates are used, so it's slow going, I have done the jelly roll, but still have do do the cream, but I wanted to put one heart together.

its not perfect, but I am sure it will get easier as I get more confident with this pattern and the technique. The little corner bits fall together to create flowers between the hearts.

I am killing time waiting for two little visitors to arrive. It's my sons birthday tomorrow, so he is going out tonight with his wife which means that Leo and Ziva are having a sleepover. ( one excited nana).

Then we will all go out somewhere nice tomorrow for breakfast.


Friday, August 16, 2013

FNSI report

Lots of blocks made tonight.

First it was block 5 in Quilt experiment. Simple pin wheel.


Then two blue and white six inch blocks for Michel, these are heading off to New Zealand on Monday.

And Sigrid in Germany requested any blocks, one in black and white and one with another colour. So I made two versions of pinwheels. I love the black and white wiry looking fabric, used in the one on the left.

I am bushed, so it's off to bed, outside the wind is howling and the rain is tumbling down, was a good night for staying inside and sewing.


Thursday, August 15, 2013


I am linking up with ladies all over Australia tomorrow night for Friday night sew in.  

I have to get block 5 of quilt experiment sewn up ( its all cut out) before block 6 is launched this weekend as I don't want to fall behind.  Then I will also work on my 6 inch block swaps and if there is time, some stitcher to complete block two of  "A year of blooms" designed by the lovely Wendy who is hosting this Fridays FNSI.  Pop on over to see her and join in too.


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Red work teddies

This week, I have managed to stitch two more panels for my red work teddy Christmas wall hanging.

Here is all of the ones I have done so far

This morning I unrolled another jelly roll

I plan to make the quilt featured one the cover....delicious don't you agree?

I have also been inspired by a quilt I found on Pinterest that will give me the opportunity to play with some of these scraps.

I think with all if these new projects, along with my growing pile of UFO 's I am going to be pretty busy


Friday, August 9, 2013

Pink Liquorice

Last night I finished pink liquorice jelly roll quilt.  I used a "shades of black” jelly roll along with some pink and some white from my stash.  I did not use all of the jelly roll strips up in the quilt, so have put them aside for a future project.


The quilt is made up with two blocks, which I alternated the greys and blacks to get a pleasing look.


I quilted this in a featherlike design between the blocks and on the border and then shadow quilted around each block design. It is bound in the same pink that is used in the blocks.


The backing is a simple cream sheeting that I have in abundance.  
If you look closely you can see the design of the quilting. 
 It was a good opportunity for me to practice my feathers. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

52 week challenge

I am playing along with Samelias mum in her 52 week scrap challenge.

We only started 2 weeks ago so still plenty of time to join in and catch up, the idea is to make one simple item per week from your scraps. There is a simple tutorial each week on how to make the item.

Week 1 was a scrappy heart pin cushion

Week 2 is a needle case for left over squares from a layer cake.

I also took the opportunity to use up the birds I cut she playing with my Gobaby. I can't wait to see what Anorina has in store for us in the weeks ahead.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

My week in stitches

This week I managed to get all of my block swap obligations sewn. I like to get them done early so I can concentrate on my sewing tasks.

Firstly I have put together pink liquorice and started fm quilting between the blocks in feathery style loops.

I have finished all the white space between the blocks, so now just need to do the borders.

Here is how it looks on the back, this view gives you a better idea of the design.

Today, I stitched block 4 in quilt experiment, this weeks block is shoo fly. The challenge for me was I am making my blocks 10 inches, and all of the patterns I could find we're 12 inch, so I had to switch my brain on.

I also made another swoon block, it's been a few weeks since I have made one of these, I think this one is my favourite so far.