Sunday, 23 February 2014

Heartfelt Home

This morning I worked on my 2013 Designer Mystery Block of the Month quilt from the Fat Quarter Shop. I have seen block nine on a couple of blogs this week so thought I'd better get block eight done before it arrives here.

Block 8 - Heartfelt Home by Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson


 I love these Avalon fabrics soooo much.


 During the week I also found some pockets of time to work on Scandinavian Rose. I am determined to finish this project this year. Hope everyone is having a great weekend ... mine seems to be flying by!


Sunday, 16 February 2014

A Little Bit of Progress

 Since returning to work time to stitch has been very limited. However this weekend I finished another Scandinavian Rose block so a little progress has been made.




 I am not very fond of satin stitch so I'm only using it for the circles.


I only have four more blocks to stitch before I can start assembling the quilt. Unfortunately I seem to have left the biggest blocks with the most stitching to last. The good thing is that the blocks are pre-printed on hanky linen so there's no tedious tracing to do. Tonight I managed to start stitching  this birdie block. I figure every stitch is one closer to finishing this project.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Little Patchwork Village

Over the last week I sewed down the binding on my Little Patchwork Village quilt. Looking back through my blog archives I discovered that the top was finished in January 2010!!


 I remember seeing the quilt and buying the pattern at the Australasian Quilt Convention in  Melbourne in March 2009.


 I have always loved Rosalie Quinlan's designs and this is one of my favourites.


 I always enjoy stitching her designs, particularly when they involve lots of redwork.

I was going to quilt it myself but last year decided to send it up to Sarah instead.

I didn't want the quilting to overwhelm the embroidered blocks so choose a large all-over stipple.


In making this quilt I was able to indulge my enduring love of red, white and pink.


I choose the red check used in the centre block for the binding.


My current Rosalie Quinlan project is Scandinavian Rose. Hopefully it doesn't take me quite as long to finish.
 

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Button Blooms

I have been making the most of my time to sew during the holidays. It is so nice not having to rush off to work each morning ... I may even have had a few pyjama days!!

My latest achievement is this table runner called Button Blooms.


This was one of the kits I received from Sarah as part of the Fig Tree Club.


The fabric range is California Girl and the pattern uses two charm packs for the blocks.


Each block finishes at 5 1/4 inch so they are rather dainty and cute.


I wasn't sure about the light blue posts and borders but now it's done I love it.


As is usually the case, it looks much nicer to the naked eye than in photos.


Today I am making some bindings for a couple of other projects. I really like binding which is just as well as I have a fair bit to do in the next few weeks.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Block 5, 6 and 7

It's hard to believe there are only 5 blocks to go in this years Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery Quilt. I put block 7 together yesterday then dragged out block 5 and 6 for a photo shoot.

As much as I LOVE Avalon I struggle with the really dark blues. The centre square in each block is supposed to be navy blue but I have substituted other fabrics from the range.

Block 5 - Stargazing by Vanessa Christenson



Block 6 - Sparklers  by Kate Spain


Block 7 - Lemon Lodge by Lisa Bonegan



I hope everyone had a great weekend and found some time for some stitching. I'm still working on Swoon. All the blocks are sewn and I'm ready to start assembling the quilt. Exciting.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Swooning Along

This week I've been having my own little Swoon fest. 


This quilt has been on my 'to do' list forever! I purchased the printed pattern ages ago and also have it as part of Camilles' Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simple class on Craftsy. I really enjoy making quilts from Craftsy classes.


So far I've finished 6 blocks.


 These blocks are BIG .... 24 inches.


 I'm using all my favourite Bonnie and Camille fabrics in red and grey.


 There are bits of Bliss, Ruby, Vintage Modern, Marmalade and Scrumptious.


 Each time I finish a block it becomes my new favourite!! Now I'm looking forward to sewing the blocks together soon.
Hope you are having a productive week too.


Thursday, 2 January 2014

Juggle

Between Christmas and New Year I pieced a Juggle quilt using Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille.


I started with two Scrumptious Honeycombs then cut the extra hexagons I needed from yardage. The Honeycombs come with a plastic template which is easy to trace around. I started off using one as a ruler but after slicing a bit of one side I decided it was safer and more accurate to trace first then cut!



The white background fabric is Moda Bella Solids 9900-98.


The Juggle quilt is part of Camille's Craftsy class Playful Piecing Techniques and I really enjoyed watching the class as I worked on the quilt. Camille had some really useful tips which helped make sure everything lined up properly. There was a little 'reverse' sewing but that was due to my 'perfectionist' tendencies.


I made my quilt bigger than Camille's original pattern adding an extra row for a more symmetrical look.


I loved every minute of making this quilt and hope to make another sometime soon.


Now I just have to organise some backing fabric and send it off to be quilted.

 
Having finished this top it was only right that I should start another!. Come back soon for some Swoon.





Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Gifts for Peg

Today I am sharing the gifts I made for Peg in our Friends in Stitching Christmas swap. This hanging angel is a Rosalie Quinlan design from her little Christmas book, Petit .. Noel. I struggled a bit with the ric-rac but got there in the end!


For the main Christmas Day present I made Peg the table runner version of Painted Ladies by Fig Tree.


I used Honey Sweet  for the butterfly wings ... 

and Butterscotch and Rose for the posts, butterfly bodies and  border.


I find that Fig Tree ranges mix really well together.


The lovely Sarah did the quilting on her long arm quilting machine. I chose the butterfly design as pictured below. The backing fabric is a Henry Glass neutral I found at Spotlight a few years ago.


I have done quite a bit of sewing since Christmas and will pop back soon to show what I've been doing. It is so nice to have some 'me' time after such a busy year.
Happy New Year.