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.