Saturday, December 18, 2010

Looking good for 2011

There are two great quilt/stitch alongs happening next year.  Dare I try to do both?

First up is a Birdie Stitches block of the month.  Little Miss Shabby is going to be designing it for us.  How cute is that birdie???? (yeah I realise I have no idea how to get a decent sized picture of the button).

Also starting in January is what looks like a star studded quilt along.  Its two blocks a week.  That is probably going to be a problem for me in all honesty.  Also I probably won't be using the same fabrics but not sure if that matters or not. I am pretty hooked already.  Ummm

Anyone else got quilting plans ready for 2011? I think I have my whole year mapped (lol) if I don't get distracted (more than likely will happen).

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Gift Making 2010 - Part 2

Well how is everyone going with their preparations for Christmas (if applicable)?  Got all my pressies wrapped today.  I had lots of useful help (5yo was surprisingly very helpful).  He wrapped (just as good as his Dad) and practiced his writing on the tags. What surprised me was how long he stuck at doing the jobs.  Hopefully this is a good sign for his first year of school in 2011. I had a deadline of this coming Thursday as we are having Christmas with hubby's family then and Christmas Day will be spent with my family (they live about 400 km away).
I made another Poochie Bag.  This is a fab pattern. Thanks Monica. This bag is for a work colleague's daughter.  She will be going to hospital for a short stay soon and I thought she might like to take some precious things with her in a cute girly bag. These bags are wonderfully robust.  I love picking out the fabrics.

I made some Pleated Pouches.  I found the tutorial on Skip To My Lou. Its a great pattern.  I faced my zipper fear but am not sure I won the battle. The zippers are in but pretty sure its a crappy job. Nevertheless they are functional and hopefully recipients will be too busy opening and looking for the gift inside than examing my zipper inserting technique (fingers crossed anywway).

 Lastly I made some bookmarks.  Great way to use up some leftover jelly roll strips of Simple Abundance. I got the pattern from 7 Layer Studio.

Also made some bookmarks for some boys. All the ribbon for all the bookmarks is from a very small stash.  I congratulated myself for keeping ribbon from various gifts.  It certainly came in handy for these gifts. See I wasn't just hoarding it for nothing (LOL).

Take care my blog readers and I will catch up with you soon.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Gift Making 2010

Well the silly season is fast approaching and I have most of my present shopping done.  Cards have been posted.  I don't think I have ever been this organised.  I have made some presents but kept it to mainly small things. However I did want to make one big thing for a beautiful girl.  I used the Avalon pattern from Material Obsession Book 1 and used all flannels.  It has wool batting and was quilted with an all over meander pattern.  The photos really don't do it justice but it is so soft and snuggly.  It will be great in the cool weather.

Earlier in the year I had bought my Mum and Mother-In-Law a cup/mug each and then the mug rug craze started.  Of course I then had to make one for each. I used scraps left over from a Simple Abundance jelly roll.

 Lastly I got the 3rd block in the layer cake quilt along finished.  Love this block.  Its my favouite so far.
I just have a few little more gifts to make and to put the tree up.  Maybe this arvo if the motivation is there.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

What I've been doing

First cab off the rank is a house block for a little 'Friendly Neighbourhood' Beth is organising over at Love Laugh Quilt. Great idea.  My inspiration is from Material Obsession Book 1.  The BIG lesson I learnt from this exercise is that improv piecing is not for me.  I totally cannot do it.  My brain cannot grasp the technique.  In the end I am happy with my block.  It will hopefully be winging its way to Beth this week. 

The next quilt along being organised by Konda at Moose On the Porch Quilts has started.  This time its using a layer cake.  I am using a Hunky Dory layer cake.  What I have discovered is that this range probably doesn't have enough contrasting prints for my liking.  So I have borrowed an idea I saw on the Flickr group and will add the odd solid.  Here is block 2:

This is the first block.  Konda gets some great block designs for her quilt alongs that's for sure.

And if one quilt along isn't enough I have started a round robin quilt along being organised by Amitie.  It is my favourite Aussie quilt shop.  Luckily/unlucky its not my local quilt shop. This is part if the first block.  Its a ripper first block.  I have got it 75 per cent finished.  I just dug around in my scraps.  I have no idea what the final quilt will look like.  Leap of faith is required but I have no doubt it will be very good.

Next up is a quick baby gift I made.  The pattern is from Joelle Hoverson's book 'Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts'.  This is an excellent last minute gift.  It turned out so good.  The neat trick for quilting the layers together is wonderful. This pattern will definitely be used again.

Last up is some softies I made for an appeal being organised by Pip at Meet Me At Mike's.  Its the fourth year for the Softies for Mirabel appeal.  You can see what I made last year here.  It was also my first post ever.  I'd forgotten that.  Anyways this year I used the 'Square Bear' pattern from Jenny Ryan's book 'Sew Darn Cute'.  Its a fabulous pattern and they make super cuddly bears.

Many thanks to all those that use some of their precious time to read my blog and comment. I really appreciate it.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Life is tough

We are on holidays so I am feeling somewhat relaxed.  I have been spending a bit of time sitting here-
Eating lots of these-

 Looking at this a LOT-

And managed some of this-

Life is truely tough.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival October 2010

Welcome fellow Blogger's Quilt Festival visitors.  How great is this online quilt festival organised by Amy.  THANK YOU AMY!
Now to the nitty gritty.  This quilt is called Tropical Bliss and was finished in April 2005.  It is 99 per cent Amy Butler.  The fabrics are from her Ginger Bliss, Temple Flowers, and Gypsy Caravan ranges.  It has cotton batting and was machine quilted in an allover design.  Its queen size.  The pattern is from Altogether Patchwork and called 'Spring Floral Quilt'.  I simply added an extra round of squares to make it bigger.  I just love these fabrics and this was the first time I made a quilt nearly completely from one designers fabrics.  Did I say I love these fabrics.  This was a quilt made based on the logic of  'because I just have to have some of those fabrics and they look so pretty'.
I hope you have time to enjoy all the other wonderful quilts in the festival.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Sew and Tell #20

Yipee!!! I have finished all my official blocks for the quilt along being designed by Audrie from Blue is Bleu.  These are the last of the small blocks.  82 more small blocks and I will have my queen size quilt.  Hows that for stash busting-make a big quilt.

I have even managed to get my borders on my Charm Pack Quilt Along.  I used some Moda 3 Sister  fabrics.  Boy can those fabrics shed threads despite having a new blade and handling with care.  I love this quilt top. It was a great quilt along.  Hopefully going to make a start on getting the quilt back done this weekend.  Going to do some stash busting for this.

Apologies for the photos in the shade but its already hot today with storms and rain on its way so needed to get the photos done while I could.  I am hoping after its quilted and bound I will be abale to get some more/better photos.

I am linking up with Amy's Sew and Tell.  Its a great way to see some fab stuff.
Happy weekend to you all!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Catch up

I have been keeping busy with my quilt along. We had to make some nine patches.  Its been fun picking out the fabric combinations.

We made some nine patch stars for the quilt along too.  Below is a sample of some of my nine patch star blocks.  The official part of the quilt along has finished now.  I have some catching up to do.  However you won't be seeing this quilt top for a while as Audrie very kindly gave alternative instructions for a queen size quilt.  I am thinking I will be doing this BUT (yes its a big 'but') I will need to make 82 (yes eighty two) extra blocks.  Mind you I have enough fabric to make them.  Its just the thought of eighty two.

 I also used a pattern from the quilt along to make some blocks for Deb.  She is doing an awesome job of making quilts for those affected by the earthquake in Christchurch (New Zealand).


 My son also had a birthday.  He is now a big 5 year old.  He had his first party and had a fantastic time.  For party favours I made some flannel pillowcases and put a book (especially selected by my son for each person) in the pillowcase.  The boys got robots and the girls butterflies.  I ended up making 12 of the things.  My sewing machine did not like doing all the zigzagging of the edges.  Lots of sweet talking/not so sweet talk was necessary to get it all done.  It seems the parents appreciated the non-lolly gift.  Interestingly the girls really loved their pillowcases.

Next up I made some pillowcases for my bed.  I tell you they look so 'vintagy' with my sheets.  Probably because its no longer too matchy-matchy.  Even hubby likes the look.  He is not known for noticing these things normally.  I had made a few flannel pillowcases for winter and hubby actually asked if I would make some 'of those nice pillowcases' for our summer sheets.  All fabric was from 'the stash'.  I just love them and how they look on my bed.  Also the sewing machine didn't object to zig zagging these fabrics.  Gosh it makes sewing more pleasurable when you don't have to stop and start 3 times just trying to zig zag one edge.

4 pairs of pillowcases later I am DONE with these for a while.

How good is the aussie dollar at the moment!  Great for shopping overseas where its only around USD9.00 or less for a yard compared to $24.00 or more here (where I live).  I still try and support my local shops but when the prices are so high and with few specials offered its hard.

Well the weekend is almost over but it also means my 2 weeks off work is drawing closer. A family holiday is definitely in order.  Any suggestions for a holiday destination in Australia (must have some activities for a 5 yo boy & some for the parents)?  We are hoping to spend a week somewhere with just the three of us and then a week at my Mum and Dad's. First we have to get through kindy orientation.  Boy I find it hard to comprehend that my baby is now old enough to be heading to school next year.  Lots of mixed emotions happening thinking about this.  He is ready for school though.

I hope everyone gets some time to be creative.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Sew and Tell #19

Here I am again, two weeks in a row!!! I guess that means I have got something done that is worthwhile showing. Yeah for me. Its my blocks for Part 2 on the quilt along being hosted by Blue is Bleu. Part 3 blocks are in the works. I always seem to have one naughty child. One block that just doesn't want to co-operate. Does that happen to anyone else?

I am linking up with Amy's Sew and Tell. Hint: there is lots of other good stuff to check out.