Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Finish number three

African Angles
This is a repeat finish but it was added to another post so for the purpose of the Finish Along here it is again. For further info see first post and scroll down.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

A round up of finishes for first quarter

Yay!! After a stitching marathon last night to complete the binding (I wasn't going to bed until it was done) - my Swoon quilt is finished.

Bella testing out the new quilt
And now it's Bowser's turn
Full inspection and approval has been made

This is the back of the quilt - a rather frugal attempt to use up fabric in my stash instead of buying more. What started off as a quick idea in my head turned out to be quite a long winded project as I made cutting error after cutting error finally managing to piece together something big enough. It wasn't square however and was a nightmare for the quilter. Thank goodness for machine quilters! Love the giant baptist fans.

So below is an update on my first quarter finishes -there have been a few set backs but all in all it is nice to see a couple of projects off the list. Will keep plugging away the following quarter.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Spin Cycle Progress

Just loving making these fun little blocks from my latest splurge fabrics - 9 blocks down - 14 to go!
Much brighter in real life

A little more orderly - Spin Cycle Blocks from a pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew

Monday, 21 March 2016

A bit of a splurge

Maggie, Mum and I headed off bright and early for the Brisbane Stitches and Craft show last Saturday morning. We had a lovely day oggling all the latest fabrics and patterns and hoping to re ignite my smouldering flame of creativity I splurged on some beautiful new fabrics to make Spin Cycle by Cluck Cluck Sew. These are a mixture of Tula's Chipper range and others from Carrie Bloomston's Paint and Collage ranges with a little Kaffe thrown in for good measure. Went to Spotlight this morning and purchase the background fabric (pale aqua solid) and the accent solid (silver grey). Ready to start cutting!
I know there are still many projects on the "to finish" list - guess I will just have to add this one too.
Inspired! - Should have chosen 13 fat quarters - ended up with 15 - think I have a problem!

Bareroots Stitchery Quilt - another finish

Bareroots Flower Quilt
This quilt, like many of mine "finishes" for 2016 has been in the cupboard way to long waiting to be quilted. Believe it or not it only need three of the outer borders quilting and the binding and it could have been finished long ago. It is a sweet little quilt with many hours spent on each little embroidered block and surrounded with my favourite old fashioned florals that I was absolutely smitten with at the time of conception. Yay - nice to see it finished.

Another Finish - my African cushion

My African Cushion
 Put the zipper in and finished off with some stuffing today! Love all the copper, grey, brown and tan prints mixed together. I wanted something to go on my new grey quilt and unite the other colours in the room. Years ago Maggie and I went to a couple of quilting retreats in Coffs Harbour - I think they were called Creative by the Sea. On one of those trips I purchased the African ladies print from a Coffs Harbour store and it has been on my bedroom wall ever since.

The print that has inspired my bedroom decor for about 8 - 9 years

The new cushion at home on my bed

Saturday, 5 March 2016

A long time between posts...2 Finishes

Due to a combination of starting a new full time job and a pesky elbow, quilting progress has been somewhat slow of late.... Hopefully I will get back into the swing of things soon.

However the last two weeks the machine has seen a little action ....

Bluebird Park Tumbler Cot Quilt
As March fast approached and the arrival of my nieces baby boy was getting closer, I knew I had to get on with this little quilt. I used nuwool wadding and a really speedy echo quilting to retain the softness. It came together in a flash and is now ready (all bar the quilt label which I will personalize with baby's name and DOB etc once that is revealed).

Next up is my Tube Top quilt (a Cozy Quilts pattern), beautifully quilted by Maggie from Maggie's Quilting Treasures. I originally made this as a raffle quilt to raise funds for National Breast Cancer Foundation and my Trek for a Cure, however as always I underestimated what I could actually achieve in 24 hours a day and with other fundraising events taking up time, this idea got shelved. 15 months after the Trek it is now finished. I think I will have to keep it now, it has taken on a whole different meaning for me now. Love the waving quilting and despite a brain freeze whilst cutting my binding ( I cut it 1 3/4 inches wide - I normally cut 2 inches which made stitching down rather tight) I love the finished quilt.
Think I will call it - Peaks and Troughs

Love the quilting

Made entirely of batiks
So I am feeling a little more motivated and have enjoyed having binding to stitch down at nights .... will have to get another one ready for binding - should have enough time this afternoon to do a bit of quilting - happy days!

Sunday, 17 January 2016

First finish

Yay! First finish is my little charm square quilt. Not sure how why or when I came across these charm squares, not really colours that I would normally choose to work with. Anyway just a quick little quilt that had been waiting for quilting. I was originally going to straight line quilt it then I realized that my rows weren't exactly straight. I saw this quilting pattern in the latest Simply Moderne
 magazine (50 shades of geese quilt) and thought I would give it a go. Although the quilting in the mag is obviously done on a longarm and is perfectly symmetrical and even, mine is alot more organic and a little wonky in spots and I chose to run the pattern on the diagonal instead of vertical. Considering I haven't quilted on my domestic machine for a couple of years I am happy with the pattern and the final finish. It does add a lovely texture and movement to an otherwise rather boring quilt.   For a close up of my quilting inspiration click HERE.

 Now that the animals have all checked it out and given their tick of approval it is safe to say I can move on to the next one!
A close up of my quilting 

Thursday, 14 January 2016


Participating in the Finish Along 2016 and having a rather ambitious load of quilts to get through, I thought I would tidy my sewing room and in particular my cutting table. My cutting table is very large which is great except that it also becomes a dumping ground at times and can have several projects, books, patterns, piles of fabrics etc on it all at the same time I am working through the project of the moment.
The aim was to put away anything that wasn't on the list, tidy it all up so that I would be orderly and ready for major progress.
However I wasn't expecting to find a charm pack of Moda Bluebird Park hidden in the mess. I had long forgotten about this. I had cut a cardboard template for a tumbler and this was with the pack.
In March my niece is having a baby, so I put two and two together and ended up with the above little quilt in progress.......

I didn't quilt have enough in the charm pack but did find a couple of strays in my stash that fitted in perfectly. I have scoured the internet for metreage to complete a little border in the teal hedgehogs (se above and binding in the teal linen look Thankfully Fifi's Fabricology are able to supply me. Great online store with heaps on sale at the moment. I was good and stayed focused!!!
So a slight deviation from the plans but this was only a quick little project, back on track now - well until me package arrives....

Friday, 8 January 2016

Here's my list - Finish Along 2016

 A selection of projects to be quilted in the 1st quarter of the 2016 Finish Along. Check out the rest of the list and projects here . I have linked up with Archiethewonderdog

It is wonderful seeing everyone WIP's - I look forward to seeing them finished.

Friday, 1 January 2016

Finish Along

I have joined the 2016 Finish Along with Archie the Wonderdog.....I have scoured my cupboards and found some projects that have been waiting all too long for some attention ( and some I can ashamedly say have been waiting for over 10 years), compiled a list and are ready for the challenge.
So far my list includes 3 WIP's and 9 finished tops in various stages of quilting.
Here is a snippet of what's to be finished in my first quarter
Aussie Beauty - partially hand quilted
Made from beautiful Reece Scannell shot cotton and feature Aussie flora prints, I started this back in 2012 after purchasing the fabrics at the Queensland Quilt Show October of that year. I didn't use a pattern I just worked around using the prints to their fullest. Where this project that started relatively quickly came unstuck was the on set of summer weather. I am hand quilting this one with pearle 8 cotton so having a quilt over me in the Queensland summer heat just wasn't going to happen. Poor thing has been in the cupboard ever since. Still this one will have to wait till the end of the quarter for some more attention unless we get a cold snap, but it is out of the cupboard and in the pile of to dos.
New York Beauty - Karen Stone's Pattern
I started this at the end of 2006 - yes 10 years ago! Again my quilting has been my down fall. Love the quilt and all the work I put into it but I chose the wrong batting (way too thin) and have been disappointed with the result. However, finished is better than perfect and this year I will finish this one and move on.

Peppermint Candy Canes 
This one was only found about 2 weeks ago, and what I found was heaps of strips of reds and creams, the feature sashing fabric and piles of other fabrics that I had pulled together to complete this quilt.I had just watched scrap extraordinaire Bonnie Hunter in action on the Quilt Show and inspiration took hold. I had completed about 1/2 metre of one cream braid but having the strips ready to go was just what I needed. Being that Christmas was fast approaching and that I had just finished the little red and white Christmas tree table runner, I think the red and  cream quilt seemed appropriate to work on.
After a sewing day with Maggie earlier this week and a few more hours yesterday, this one has now moved from box of fabric and not even a 1/3 complete to in the quilting pile ...yay! I know this one was started out over 10 years ago, I don't know why it was lost for so long....
Feeling positive that 2016 will be the year of finishing, but hopefully time for a few new projects too.