Thursday, 28 February 2013

A Little Bit Of Progress

Just a few things in the last week.

My red and aqua string block quilt has been quilted. I picked it up from my local quilt shop a few days ago. I'm very happy with it. Now to hand sew the binding and it's done. Only a year after it was started. Stay tuned for more on this quilt.

Two more Field Study stars (which are actually sideways in this photo).

I finally found the perfect pattern for Master 2's pirate quilt. Spinning Stars by Anna Maria Horner. You can find the free pattern here. One block down, 8 to go. 

Speaking of Master 2, it's his 3rd birthday tomorrow. Time sure does fly.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Sunday Stash # 17

Some new additions to the ever growing stash.

A stack of solids and this black text fabric to go with my Field Study charm pack. One of the wonderful ladies in the Quilt Club Australia group was kind enough to purchase and send me some of the text fabric when my local Spotlight had run out of it.

This is what I have in mind for it.

These two low volume prints were purchased and cut up into charm squares to be sent off to a Low Volume Charm Swap I am participating in. 

Some How The Grinch Stole Christmas fabric that was on sale at Spotlight for $3.00 a metre. Couldn't leave it there. Especially since I have a fat quarter bundle of this collection and I love anything Seuss.

Linking up with Fiona's Sunday Stash which this week is being hosted by the fabulous Molli Sparkles!

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Some Saturday Sewing

Master 2 (almost 3) was out and about today so I had some time alone. Of course, I spent it sewing. Something I haven't done all week.

I got this shabby chic baby quilt top finished.

Polaroid 9 patch block for Fiona at Finding Fifth. She is in the QCA Bee # 1 group and this is her block for February. She is going to use these blocks to make a quilt to donate to a child who has lost everything in the recent bushfires here in Australia. I'm not in her Bee group but as I want to do more charity sewing this year, and I have lots of polaroid blocks from the Say Cheese! Polaroid Block Swap, I decided to make her a block. You can find her tutorial here.

Last night I was looking at all things Nightshade online, looking for some quilt inspiration for these fabric remnants I was given (that's right....given) by my local quilt shop. So after I packed up and was waiting for Master 2 to return I had a bit of fabric play.

I also have some of the other prints to put with this. At this stage I'm thinking of doing random improv blocks of different sizes and then just filling the spaces between with a tone on tone black print. What would you do with it?

Monday, 11 February 2013

My New Design Board

I'm excited to be using my new design board for the first time today.

Shabby Chic baby quilt top

I have seen these in the blogging world and in our online quilting group, Quilt Club Australia, and have wanted one for ages. When I discovered that my best friend Fiona had one, she told me all about how easy it was to make AND gave me her left over flannel. Thanks BFF! Here is her design board....with her amazing blocks on it.

Source: Primal Hippie Girl

It's a piece of cornflute from Bunnings covered with flannelette and hung up with two skirt hangers. Simple but oh so practical.

Living in a two bedroom unit and having a 2 year old who has more stuff than me, I have a serious lack of space. Usually I will move his playmat off the floor at night to lay out quilt tops. I will still have to do this with larger quilts but now for my baby quilts I can just put it up on the design board.....and be able to leave it there! Hooray!

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Working Through The WIP Basket

My goal at the moment is to work on only whatever is in my WIP basket. It's been very satisfying to get some small projects finished and get some quilts to the almost completed stage.

Quilt top finished, backing pieced and binding made for this one. Blocks were already made and sitting in the WIP basket.

Quilting finished on the Cameo quilt and the binding sewn to the front. This is the first quilt that I have made for myself so I will be hand stitching the binding down. Could take a while.

Re-made the fabric covered baby wipes container that was supposed to go with the Scrappy Zoo baby quilt.

Some reusable snack bags for my cousin. I used this tutorial but instead of sewing down the outside to enclose the inside seams, I just overlocked them. 

Christmas placemat made from a left over block from the Very Merry HST BOF. I have finished the quilt top but I just need to take some photos.

Ok so this wasn't in the WIP basket. It's something completely new. In all fairness I had the idea and I just had to do one block to make sure it was going to turn out like what was in my head :)

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Friday, 1 February 2013

Truck Stop Quilt

Back in August last year I had one of my previous customers contact me and ask if I made single bed size quilts. She had previously purchased two baby quilts from me for her son and now needed a king single bed size quilt for when he moves into a big bed. Having only made one bed size quilt before, I was a bit hesitant. 

However, as she had purchased from me before, twice, the fact that she is great to work with as she knows exactly what she wants, and it was going to be a simple pattern, I said that I would make it for her.

She chose this gorgeous rare print, Truck Stop by Alexander Henry Fabrics, and the co-ordinating dot print. I then went and matched other prints in blues and greens as requested.

Solid border in Kona Navy and navy and white stripe binding. The back is a wide backing fabric in cream picked up from my local quilt shop. It matches perfectly with the colour of the Truck Stop fabric.

This is the first quilt that I have sent to be quilted on a longarm. As I only do straight line quilting at the moment (I WILL learn to free motion quilt this year!) and I was dreading the idea of wrestling this through the sewing machine, I decided to get it professionally quilted. This was definately the right decision. Sandi at TLC Quilts did a fantastic job. We chose a pattern that looks like a giant tyre track. Very fitting for this quilt.

It was collected this morning and I know it will be loved. Linking up with Quokka Quilts for TGIFF.