Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hexies and diamonds

Recently at let's get stitched I was shown the mystery of hexies, so I have been playing around with some this week and have made a couple of hexie flowers from scraps left over from recent projects.

The second one is made  using some William Morris fabric is my first attempt at fussy cutting them. I found it hard to get the template in exactly the same spot on each piece.

I am also half way through the custom order for the floral diamonds quilt. Here is half of it on my design board, I started on the second charm pack today and hope to complete the other half. I only have to make the flimsy as the customer wants to hand quilt this herself.

I can also show you a sneaky peek of my vintage caravan wall hanging that will be in Country Stitches Magazine later in he year. I also have a quilt to go with this wall hanging, the wall hanging is made from my sample block.

But it's really been all work and not much play for me, here is my new work photo for my business card, do you like it?

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Back to work reality ....

Reality has hit and this week I am back in the workforce, I have been zonking out every night so not much sewing to show this week. I am part way through these cute little initial stitchery it's designed by Jenny of Elefantz. Making them for my Grandies, I am not sure yet what I will turn them into.

Z is for Ziva
P is for Paige

I have a custom order for a quilt top for a lady in Switzerland from my Etsy store and she wants to quilt it herself .  This means that I only have to make the flimsy version of Samelias mum pattern fresh diamonds.  The customer chose the range "chance of flowers"  by Sandy Gervais for the quilt top.  This quilt is an easy one made with two charm packs and cream yardage. So today I have been string piecing the half square triangles, they look like mini bunting.

And trimming 72 half square triangles

Here is the lovely pile of fabric for my next project, a giraffe baby quilt for my daughter who is expecting in August. She is theming the nursery in giraffes.

Look at this cute pattern I found, I don't like the sun in the corner, so am going to pop in a branch with leaves on it in its place,

And I had a clean out of some boxes in my sewing room,and at the bottom of a box I found a pile of these blocks from a quilt I had starting making back when I first started quilting, probably around 2008.  I had completely forgotten about this.

I don't think I will make a quilt, but it will be enough to do a cute cushion, so I can whip that up in no time at all.

Well I better start sewing all those half square triangles together.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Some OPAM finishes

I was getting worried that I would not get anything completed this month, but then I received a custom order for a quilt, and I got stuck into that right away. My DIL's sister asked me to make a smaller version of my owl quilt for her to send to a friend in Canada that has just had a little boy.

This is the version that we came up with, and I am really pleased with how it turned out and love the colour palette that Tanya chose.

I also had a big sewing night last night and made a bag. This pattern is by Dawn Hay and was one of the patterns in our goody bag at Let's get stitched. I did some of the stitchery at LGS and finished it off at home. It's amazing how quick stitchery is when you use one thread. I used one of my new cottage garden threads called dog rose. I am loving these threads and have just signed up for their collectors club. It started in February, but I was still able to join up.

here is the Preston bag, I am so pleased with how it turned out and made it with a few fat quarters in my stash. The front panel has lots of handy pockets, and the back panel has two more.

I added in a mobile phone pocket to the lining, and also squared of the base of the bag so it sits flat and stands up. I did find it a bit of a challenge as I have only made two bags before, and never with lots of pockets.

I start my new job on Monday so my daughter ('who is a hairdresser ) gave me a new do, and fresh colour,ready for me to go back into the corporate world.

I have really enjoyed my month off and managed to get a lot of sewing time in.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

More lets get stitched

I am now Safe and sound at home, and reflecting on the fabulous weekend that was.
Stitching day was brilliant, and the anticipation of the goodies and guests awaiting us behind the curtains made us like giddy school girls and we were not disappointed. There were seven designers in total as you can see below.

Dawn Hay, Joy Coey, Vicki Tucek, Fiona Ransey, Marilyn Duncan, Jenny Reynolds, Vikki Columbine and ?.....

The big surprise was that Rosalie Quinlan was one of the guest designers, she is like a rock star in our world and it was lovely for her to sit at our table and spend time with us.

I was at the chatty table, with Mel from the house on the side if the Hill, Shez from enjoying life and Christine from Mc Donald's patch and some new sewing friends that are not bloggers, but blog readers.

 I have been friends with these three ladies online for quite a number of years, so it was a thrill to spend the entire day chatting with them face to face.

I did manage to get a little bit of stitching done, and Mel taught me how to make hexies. below is all that I accomplished during the day. I started on Dawn Hay's sweet bag as it had a stitchery panel and gave me the chance to learn hexies.
Our goodie bags were filled to the brim with gorgeous patterns, a homespun magazines and a charm square pack, so lots of fun stitching to do.
Today I played in my sewing room arranging all of my new treasures, this close up shows some of my pretty tins and trims and vintage inspired bits and bobs.
This is the top shelf of my fabric cupboard, below is a more distanced picture so you can see how it all ties in, so pretty. There are glass jars full of buttons on the shelf above as well as magazines and books.
I have also received another custom order for a mini version of my owl quilt, luckily I purchased some more owl fabric in Melbourne.
Only one week of leisure and I start my new job, so I hope to get lots of sewing time in this week.
Quilted hugs

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Let's get stitched Melbourne

( this is a long post)....,,

Here I am in Melbourne enjoying a fun filled weekend with a gorgeous bunch of ladies, some that I met at LGS last year, and others that I have known online for several years, but finally have the pleasure of meeting.

Yesterday was the bus tour with visits to some lovely quilting stores and lunch at Sassafras. Here's a few pictures from the day.

The tea pot shop

And here is my little bunch of lovely goodies purchased over the day. The adorable heart trim is red check, so cute, some lovely red fabric, a stitchery panel, and cottage garden thread. Lynette Anderson fabric, some owl fabric and a Dino pattern for me to make Grandies gifts. my only regret is that I did not purchase more stitchery patterns.

last night we had pizza night and games and wore our lovely name badges, we were each assigned a partner and had to secretly make a name badge for them.

My stunning badge was made for me by Michelle Armstrong from Hoki Quilts in New Zealand. we have ladies from every state of Australia here, as well as some from New Zealand.

Today was a day to do your own thing and relax or explore, so a bunch if us caught a tram into the city and played tourist. The first stop was an amazing little French inspired haberdashery store called Luccello's.

OMG , I could have spent hours in there. this is me with Narelle from far North Queensland and Sheryl from country Victoria. How divine are the bags, this pic shows both sides. We all look pretty pleased with ourselves.

this is the group shot.

Then we explored Federation square, and had lunch at South bank.

We passed the railway station, and popped into St Paul's cathedral.


Then we finished our city tour at the state library, taking in the beautiful La Trobe reading room.

Lastly, here is my stash if goodies from Luccello's

A vintage sewing kit, mini ric rac, two rolls of cotton ribbons ( one hearts, one birds )' some tape measure trim, hand painted buttons, a gorgeous French soap in a tin which smells divine, a fat quarter of French macaroon print fabric, and some red bias tape. I am in heaven.

Soon we are out to dinner,and then tomorrow is the big sewing day with seven designers present, such fun.