Tuesday 31 January 2012

January Schnibble

The last few days we have been very busy doing some inside painting but I was still determined to finish my January Schnibble before the end of the month. So here is Full House all quilted and bound.

  I added simple straight line quilting hoping it would suit the linear nature of the quilt ...

 and a red on white spot for the binding.

Now I'm looking forward to seeing what Sherri and Sinta have chosen for our February Schnibble. Can't wait to get started.

Friday 27 January 2012

Christmas Gifts

This is the lovely gift I received from Sue for the Friends in Stitching Christmas swap. Sue made me this awesome bag ...

(Olly likes it too!)

 and pincushion from the Anni Downs' latest book, Some Kind of Wonderful.

Very cute! Thanks Sue.

I made for Sarah and after lots of procrastinating decided to make her the tree skirt from Natalie Ross' book Get Red Red Ready for Christmas.

Once I started, I discovered it wasn't actually that difficult! I enjoyed working on the appliqued lady bugs ...

and cute little  presents.

Sarah also received this stocking in matching fabrics made from a Fig Tree pattern.

To finish, I must show you the gorgeous string bag I received from Chris M at our Material Girls Christmas dinner. Such a clever idea and so very cute. Thanks Chris. I LOVE it.

Today I worked on my dresdens ... have made 7 plates so must share again soon .... and sewed block 8 of my 2011 FQS Mystery quilt. The last couple of weeks seem to have zipped by and it is now only 2 weeks until school begins again. Can't say I'm looking forward to it but I guess it will be okay once I get started again. Have a good weekend.

Tuesday 24 January 2012

Friends in Stitching 2010 BOM

Last week I finished the top of my Friends in Stitching 2012 BOM quilt. It just needed the two outer borders to be attached so only took a couple of hours to finish up.

 The fabrics are the original Rouenneries by French General. I don't have any backing fabric and thought I might be able to use one of the prints from Rouenneries Deux when they become available.

 Today I have been doing some of those jobs around the house that never seen to get done when I am working ... not much fun but I will be able to sew now knowing a few more things have been crossed off the holiday job list.

Thursday 19 January 2012

Full House

I have been playing with these ...

  to make this, my January Schnibble for Sherri and Sinta's Another Year of Schnibbles.

The pattern is called Full House ...

 and it uses 2 charm packs ...

and some yardage for the sashings and borders.

I plan to finish it with some straight line quilting.

Now to choose some backing fabric ...

 and baste with double-sided iron-on pellon. I LOVE that stuff for small projects.

It is sunny and warm today. I have just finished steam cleaning the floors and are now ready for another afternoon in the sewing room.

Nearly forgot to say, the fabric is of course Ruby by Bonnie and Camille. I am so looking forward to their next range Vintage Modern. I have even started a Pinterest board in anticipation of lots of lovely Vintage Modern items appearing in blogland.

Sunday 15 January 2012

Country Fair

 This week I've been working on Country Fair, a Fig Tree Club project from Sarah at Patchworks Plus.

The quilt is made with a Butterscotch and Roses layer cake and my version will have 36 of these blocks.

It is a really easy block to piece. Once you've made one you don't really have to think at all.

This blue is one of my favourite prints in the range.

When I took these pictures I'd made 18 blocks ...

but since then I've really motored along and finished the last block just a little while ago.

Next job is to add the sashings and join the blocks together. Hope you found some time to sew this weekend too.

Friday 13 January 2012

Scrappy Plate Club

Have you seen the Scrappy Plate Club over at Bunny Hill Designs? I was really excited when I discovered it earlier this week. Lately I've developed a love of dresden plates so step-by-step instructions on how to make my own dresden quilt sounded great to me. I even have a dresden board over on Pinterest if you're interested.

I decided to use pretty florals, spots and checks for my blades.

 Fabrics include Sweet Shoppe by Benartex, Flower Sugar by Lecien, Lecien basics and Pam Kitty Morning by Lakehouse Dry Goods.

I used the Easy Dresden Template by Darlene Zimmerman to cut the blades.

There are about 30 fabrics in my selection.

 They fit nicely into this container for easy storage.

 And 'ta-da' my first plate ... 11 more to go.

It was fun to learn something new today. Can't wait to piece the next plate.

Saturday 7 January 2012

Another Quilt Finish

Two quilts finished in the same week doesn't happen very often around here. In fact, I'm sure it's a first. After another big binding session All Wrapped Up is complete.

 The white background is much whiter than it appears in most of these photos. It is from a range called Sweet Shoppe which is one of my current favourites.

 The rest of the fabrics are from the Flurry range by Kate Spain.

The quilting was done by my talented friend, Leanne at Esme's in Launceston.

The blocks were really easy to piece ...

and the quilt went together quite quickly.

 I choose this red and white print for the backing ...

and the binding.

 Yesterday I had a lovely day at the Cherry Shed in Latrobe with some sewing friends ... some bloggers, some not. We stitched, laughed and ate from 10.00 am til nearly 5.00 pm. I had such a good time that I forgot to take any photos, however I'm sure Sarah will share some soon. Hope I don't look too gruesome!

Today I've been piecing a backing for a quilt top completed way back in 2004. It is rather different to the things I make now ... photos coming soon.