22 February 2015

A Dear Jane day

today is the day I started my Dear Jane journey !

while I was supposed to be sewing something else I suddenly got to urge to start my Dear Jane quilt.

I've created a separate page with info about my Dear Jane and a virtual design wall to keep my blocks in order but thought that I'd do a post for the blocks as I go as well.

Today I picked out four of the easier blocks - A-6, B-13, E-10, and M-10

A-6 Uncle Homer

B-13 Four Corner Press

E-10 Five and Dime

M-10 Simple Simon
I still need to applique the melons onto the E-10 block but hopefully I'll get that done tonight !!

If you're new to Dear Jane, please check out Brenda Papadakis' Dear Jane website.

12 January 2015

starting again !

Yep - its time to list the first quarter for the 2015 Finish-Along - this year being hosted by the lovely Adrianne at On The Windy Side.

With a little better achievement last year than the year before it still took me quite a while to decide what to list for this first new year quarter !  I really don't like the idea of putting those well worn items from the past few years on again but they're still UFOs and they need to be finished but hopefully by adding a few new items I can mix it up !!

First up I'll put my two care quilts from last year on the list ...

Quilt 1 - Nested Churn Dash

Nested Churn Dash scrappy quilt

this year my queen bee months for the Care Quilts are May and July so if I get these two done in the first quarter it will give me a clean slate !

Quilt 2 - Scrappy Star - still need to organise a backing for this one !

scrappy simple star quilt

I'm also going to include one of my favourites from last year ...

Quilt 3 - The Single Girl

single girl quilt

as well as one that didn't even see the light of day !

Quilt 4 - The Polka Dot Dresden

polka dot dresden quilt

I'll also include two that I'm currently working on ...

Quilt 5 - the Aviatrix Medallion quilt

aviatrix medallion quilt

and Quilt 6 - my Plus Comma quilt

Plus quilt in Comma by Zen Fabrics

Lastly I'll include another from my 2014 last quarter list as it only needs quilting although I do need to order the binding.

Quilt 7 - Postcard from Sweden quilt

Postcard from Sweden a half square triangle quilt

So again, fingers crossed that I can get these done - normally I'd say that I hope to get a few done but this year is my year for finishes so I'm getting them all done !

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

06 January 2015

think pink - its a finish !

well here we are at the pointy end of the 2014 finish along and I'm excited that I've got a finish to share - yay !!!

Well, there's not that much to celebrate considering my list was pretty small but a finish is a finish and I'm taking what I can !!

In my list for the last quarter I had included three Care at Do.Good Stitches quilts and I'm happy to say that one is finally done !!

"think pink" is one of my favourite quilts - its made up of pink scrap blocks by members of the fabulous Care circle - I really loved quilting it and getting to look close up at all the gorgeous fabrics in each block!

I quilted it by echo quilting the stars in each block and It is now machine bound and ready to be given to its recipient - a local cancer sufferer.

While taking photos of the finished quilt down at our creek, Pippi decided to run straight across the middle of it with her wet muddy paws - thankfully the marks came out in the wash !!  but it meant that instead of getting a heap of great shots I had to race back home to wash it straight away !

Quilt Stats
"think pink"
size: 44" x 53"
pattern: spiderweb block from a tutorial by Marit at Quilt It
top fabric: various pink scraps of the bee members
backing fabric: pink and white Paisley Floral
binding fabric: Kona bubblegum pink
batting: Warm and White cotton 
quilting: echo quilting in the star spaces of each block
thread: Aurifil Bubblegum varigated #3660

linking up to the final finish-along party over at The Littlest Thimble - thanks for being a wonderful host in 2014 Katy !
Finish Along 2014

28 December 2014

its a summer bag !

so I'm supposed to be cleaning and decluttering my house over the Christmas break but I've sewn a summer bag instead !!

I was looking for some fabric a couple of days ago and happened upon some other fabric that I'd put aside to make a bag - when I think about it this bag has been on my to do list for quite a while - so I decided then and there to make it !

its a pretty quick bag to put together and I've made one before so it was finished in a couple of afternoons !

I changed it up this time - I used batting and free motion quilted a cross hatch on both front and back of the bag - it was so quick and easy - although I did mark the lines first.

I also had a zip in the bundle and now I remember I was going to try and do an insert pocket but in my rush to get it done I clean forgot so it has a sew on pocket instead !

If you've visited me before you will know just how much I love my Bernina and I was especially grateful that it comes with an edge stitch foot that makes top stitching such a breeze and gives such a professional finish ! woo hoo !!

the pattern is The Phoebe Bag by Rebeka Lambert from Artsy Crafty Babe and is available here.

so now that I've sewn something this week its back to the cleaning and decluttering !

linking up to finish it up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts.

25 December 2014

have a merry christmas !

I'm doing some cleaning and decluttering over this christmas break but hopefully I'll get in a couple of days sewing !!

I thought I'd share my favourite christmas song with you - I love the song Let It Snow but everytime I hear it I immediately think of the Bruce Willis movie - Die Hard !!  so instead of sharing that version I found Frank Sinatra's version - enjoy :)

have a wonderful christmas and new year !!

02 December 2014

aussie aviatrix quilt-along: border 5

almost the end of the Aviatrix quilt-along ! are you up to date ? I’m so looking forward to putting my quilt together over the Christmas break!
I’m going to share a few tips about sewing Border 5 – it’s the log cabin blocks and they are so fabulous!

I shared my progress up to border 4 last week – and I still haven’t finished the border 3 and 4 blocks but I have finished all of the border 5 blocks!

Linden of Vine Lines Quilting, the host of the quilt-along, is doing interviews on her blog with all of the girls doing the blog hop !! if you want to see the first "big" quilt I made, my sewing space, or a photo of pippi in the snow then head over and have a read ! 

I was so thankful that I cut all of the blocks out at the beginning of this quilt-along – its been so easy to sew each of the borders and its especially wonderful for this border as its made up of strips.

I spent a morning putting all the pieces together for each of the blocks and then I sewed them together – after doing the first couple of A blocks I decided to chain piece by block number as each block is a different colour and it was very quick.

I have a couple of tips for making this block:
  • make all of the A blocks then all of the B blocks as the pieces sewn off the centre are joined in different ways and this stops any confusion and unpicking – ask me how I know !! 
  • always double check that the block is sitting the right way up before adding your next piece !
  • press as you go and make sure you press – not iron - as they are small pieces of fabric and you don’t want to stretch them
  • measure each of the blocks and trim if necessary before sewing them together into the border – this ensures that your blocks fit together !

I hope you have fun making these blocks ! Next week Jenn who blogs over at PennyPoppleton will have tips on the final border – the fabulous butterflies !

The Aussie Aviatrix quilt-along is being hosted by Linden at Vine Lines Quilting. We're using Elizabeth Hartman's Aviatrix pattern.

If you’re on IG hastag #aussieaviatrixqal to see other blocks and quilts being made.

25 November 2014

aussie aviatrix quilt along

Earlier this year on instagram there was some talk of doing Elizabeth Hartman's Aviatrix Medallion quilt.  I'd bought the pattern but hadn't yet tackled it and then a few months ago Linden from Vine Lines Quilting decided to start a quilt-a-long and asked me to join in - it was the perfect opportunity to make this wonderful quilt with a heap of other Aussie girls !

The quilt-a-long started in mid-September and as is usual with me I started a bit late - originally I was going to purchase Kona solids to make my quilt in Elizabeth's colours but in the end decided to shop my stash and I'm so glad I did !  I grouped my colours like Elizabeth's choices in green, orange, blue, and violet ( well mine are more pink !)

I started by cutting out all the pieces - this is a very piece heavy quilt and there is a lot of cutting - I think it took me most of the weekend to do the cutting.

Then a few weeks ago I finally got to courage to start the medallion centre - sewing the pieces into quarters then a week or so later I finished it !

the medallion was fun to put together although it was slow sewing - with stories from the others about blocks not lining up I was making sure all my templates matched - sewing the four quarters together was a challenge and its still not perfect but I'm calling it done !

the first border was a breeze with my favourite half square triangles using the neutral colours and I really love how it looks.

the second border was just as fun - of course having all of the blocks cut previously is an inspired idea as you can just put fabrics together and sew - it took me most of the day to get to this stage though!

I've made a start on the third border by marking the 160 tiny squares on the diagonal - I used to think doing sew and flip was fun but after doing so many in the Quilty Fun sew-a-long and now these, my love has turned luke-warm !

I've also made the strips for the fourth border which looks like another fun border.

While I haven't quite finished the 3rd and 4th borders I have almost finished the 5th border - here's a sneak peak !

If you're on instagram hash tag #aussieaviatrixqal to see all the wonderful quilts being made - they look so amazing in all of the different fabrics !

My day is next Monday 1 December  Tuesday 2 December - I'll be showing my finished border 5 blocks and sharing some tips!

21 October 2014

building blocks tuesday

I've been wanting to link up to Jen's Building Blocks Tuesday for ages but weeks keep going by so quickly ! but today I'm jumping in with a rundown of the Aussie Modern Instabee blocks that I've done this year.

These are blocks from the Modern Bee book by Lindsay Conner.  When the book came out earlier in the year there was much excitement over on instagram to start a bee based on the blocks in the book.   After a few days there were quite a few bees started in the USA and then the girls in Australia decided to join the party - I think there are 6 or 7 Aussie bees now - maybe more !!

I'm in Hive 4 with 11 other Aussie girls and we started making blocks in March and will go onto next February.

My first block was for Jess who requested the Stacked Windmills block in soft blues and beige - being colours way outside of my box I was a bit concerned if I'd actually have any in my stash but I found a few fabrics and put together the block. After my initial hesitation, I thought the colours played really well together.

April's block was for Hayley who liked Cordelia's Garden and asked for scrappy flowers and a low volume background - I notice quite a few of the other girls are requesting low volumes so I needed to add a few to my stash !

The May blocks were for Kathy - she is doing a little boy's quilt and asked for orange, blue, and white Ziggy Stardust blocks - while the star is a little fiddly the finished block looks fabulous - it reminds me of a ribbon wrapped present.

Khristina asked for Bluebells Cabin blocks for June and as it was for a little girl my large pink and pretty stash was very handy.  I really love these blocks !

September was Lianne's month and she requested Trellis Crossroads blocks in scrappy colours with low volume backgrounds - this was another fun block to make !

if you're on instagram - use the hashtag #moderninstabee2014 or #aussiemoderninstabee to check out all the fab blocks that have been made this year !

Linking up to Building Blocks Tuesday

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20 October 2014

sew sisters bee

I make monthly blocks for the care circle at do.good stitches with a great group of aussie and NZ girls and we have so much fun in our group that we've decided to start a bee to make blocks for each other that we get to keep!

The Sew Sisters bee will be making two blocks each two months so its very low key and low stress and all about the fun of making for each other.

The first Queen Bee is Gina who asked for Rocky Mountain Puzzle blocks with fussy cut centres.

I haven't really noticed this block before but after making these two blocks for Gina I've decided to make a whole quilt of them - its such a gorgeous block and quite easy and quick to make - it also has my favourite half square triangles and an opportunity for sweet fussy cutting !

I'm going to make a quilt using scraps of my favourite fabrics - you don't need much fabric to make these 8" blocks - and I'm happy to say that I have enough fabric to replicate these two I made for Gina cause I love them so much !

I'm going to make it one of my slow sewing projects for next year and try and make 2 blocks a week - I''ll need 72 blocks - so hopefully this time next year I'll have a finished quilt !!

13 October 2014

last quarter - 2014 finish along

I've decided to join in the last quarter of the 2014 finish-along.  I was so over my list that I decided not to play in the third quarter - even I'm sick of seeing these unfinished projects !!  On a bright note I did finish two of the quilts that were on my second quarter list - yay.

I've posted about one of those finishes here and I haven't even done a post about the other little one - must do that soon !

so for the last quarter I revisited my second quarter list and decided I'm only allowed to transfer two of them.

the first one is the spinning stars quilt - I haven't even looked at this project since early this year - but I have decided to remove those pieces of pizza (thanks Linda!) and replace them with a hopefully better choice of fabric !

the other one is the Care at Do.Good Stitches pink spiderweb - I managed to get this one quilted in May and it just needs the binding - I don't know what it is that takes me so long to put the binding on quilts - need to address that problem !

I have two other Care at Do.Good Stitches quilts that need to be finished so I've listed them for this quarter.

the first one is the Nested Churn Dash quilt - the amazing Jane of QuiltJane published this Nested Churn Dash pattern early this year and I couldn't wait to try it out - so I chose it as my May block and I'm so happy that the care circle girls were into making these blocks too ! needs to be sewn together then quilted and bound.

the other one is the scrappy stars quilt - it was my month again in September and I asked for scrappy star blocks - again, blocks need to be sewn together and then quilted and bound.

I'm currently making the postcard from sweden quilt - its an amazing pattern by Kelly from Jeli Quilts - I've only been working on it on Saturdays and I'm almost finished sewing the top together so I'm adding it to the list.

and my last one for this list is my mini war and geese quilt - its another pattern by Kelly and the top is done - just needs to be quilted and bound but as my record for finishing off isn't great I thought I'd list it!

I have a list of other stuff that's due at various times over the next couple of months - littlequilts swap due late November, instabee modern blocks monthly swap, and a couple of pillows for a wedding at the end of October.  I'm also taking part in the Modern Quilt Guild challenge which is due at the end of November as well as my monthly Care at Do.Good Stiches blocks so I think I'm going to have more than enough to keep me busy !

linking up to Katy at The Littlest Thistle

Finish Along 2014