Friday 11 September 2015

Farm Girl Vintage Sewalong

Hi. Today I'm a guest blogger for the Fat Quarter Shop's Farm Girl Vintage sew along.

Farm Girl Vintage is a fabulous book by the super talented Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet.

The book includes instructions for the sampler quilt on the front cover as well as lots of other projects based on the 40 + blocks in the cover quilt. The block I was lucky enough to make is called Summer Star. After a very cold winter here in Tasmania, summer is something I'm really looking forward to.

Lori includes instructions for making both a 6" and 12" version of each block. I choose to make 12"  blocks as I sometimes struggle with accuracy when constructing blocks with tiny pieces.

For fabrics, I used a mixture of Miss Kate and Hello Darling by Bonnie and Camille.

After making the first block I was so happy with the results I just kept sewing.

So far I've finished four blocks with another five cut out ready to sew. At this stage I'm envisioning a nine block quilt with simple sashing but who knows what I'll end up with!

Thank you to Fat Quarter Shop and Lori for letting me be part of today's edition of #FarmGirlFridays. It sure is fun to be sewing and blogging again.

P.S. Sorry about the big gaps in this post. If anyone knows how to get rid of them please let me know. It all looks fine in Blogger but when I publish the big gaps appear. Grr!

Monday 7 September 2015

Farm Girl Vintage Blocks

Hi. Remember me? Thought I'd have a go at doing a blog post (and see if I could remember what to do!)

I haven't done much sewing this year but have enjoyed working on a few Farm Girl Vintage blocks in recent months. 

Apron Strings was a nice easy block to start with ... 

and I really liked making the Autumn Star block even with all those tiny pieces.

Next up is my Baking Day block. I am using lots of Bonnie and Camille scraps for these 6 inch blocks. 

The Butter Churn block was a bit of a challenge for me as you can see from the stretchiness on the left.

The last one for today is my Canning Season block. I have had an aversion to navy blue in the past but am trying to include it in small amounts in these blocks. Must say it is slowly growing on me ... never thought I'd say that!

Okay that wasn't so bad. I always used to post from a PC (which has since died!) so this iPhone/iPad method is a whole new thing to master. 

Friday 20 June 2014

Designer Mystery Quilt

Ok, so tonight I'm having a go at posting from my iPhone.

On Wednesday I delivered my 2013 Fat Quarter Shop quilt to Sarah for quilting.
These pictures were taken before I attached the borders. I finished putting it together about 10 pm Tuesday night!

I love the Avalon range by Figtree Quilts but couldn't bring myself to use the navy fabrics. Too much of a red girl!

Hope these iPhone photos look ok.

Tuesday 3 June 2014


This was not exactly how I'd planned my return to blogland! 
Today I received numerous emails from concerned friends checking whether I'd sent a suspicious email they had received. Well, the answer was a definite NO!
So if you receive an email claiming to be from me and urging you to open a link to Google docs please delete it immediately. Gmail have been informed and I have changed my password so hopefully that is the end of the matter. So sorry for the inconvenience.

A lot has happened since I last blogged. Real life events made it hard for me to hang out here but I have started sewing again and hope to have some 'quilty/stitchy' posts soon.

Below is a peek at my Button Blooms tablerunner which has been quilted and bound since this photo was taken.

Just before Easter I started lurking about on Instagram and have become rather addicted. If you want to check me out I'm @auntiesquaintquilts. I've even started destashing some of my vast fabric collection and will be adding some more items on Monday 9 June at #greataussiedestash

 Hope to be back soon with a happier post.


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.