Monday, 15 December 2014

Le Challenge: Ink

Last month over at Le Challenge the theme was 'X'. I made a start on this, but failed to finish in time. I was lucky however that the fabrics I had chosen work well for this months challenge: Ink. 

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I used the great tutorial by Svetlana for this drawstring bag, and while I was at it I decided to turn two other orphan blocks that I had into bags as well. 

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So three Christmas presents made, all from scraps, and already filled with little gifts for three gorgeous girls who we are visiting this weekend.

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Linking up with Le Challenge and Scraptastic Tuesday.

Friday, 12 December 2014

A year (plus a bit) in the making!



A few stitches here and there while watching soccer, or sitting in traffic jams. Embroidering a whole block on the evenings my husband was out of town.  Hand quilting while watching episodes of 'The Paradise'. This quilt has been a long but completely enjoyable process. 

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The pattern is from the book 'S is for Stitch' by Kristyne Czepuryk. Initially I was following along with Liz's Stitch Along, but I couldn't even keep up with stitching a block a week and in the end just took it at my own pace. 


I used fabrics sent to me by the lovely Hydee, and added in a few of my own. I hand quilted using a light grey perle cotton. The backing is a fun chevron print and the binding is a plain Klona cotton.

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And then, thankfully, my sister had a baby girl and I knew this was the perfect gift for her!

Linking up with TGIFF and Finish It Up Friday.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

It's nearly Christmas!

I decided last week that it was time for me to make an advent calendar that would last! Over the years I have made advent calendars from envelopes, toilet rolls, muffin trays, cardboard boxes.. and those are just the ones I remember! This year I wanted one that would mean there would be no more panic at the start of advent in the years to come!

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I also wanted it to be small and light as some years we don't have Christmas at home. I found this great tutorial by Trillium Design and thought it would work really well because when we are travelling we can just take the stockings for the days we are away.

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I used fabric from a Christmas fabric swap that I was involved in earlier in the year, and the numbers came from a scrap pack from Maze and Vale (I realised too late that I didn't have all the numbers so I had to make some of them myself with a Sharpie pen!). 

I have had the pegs and tinsel wire for a while. It is supposed to be for hanging up Christmas cards. However we seem to get less and less of these as the years go by so I decided to use it to hang up the stockings instead. 

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Each stocking contains a Bible reading, an activity (this year chosen by my boys so they include things like a family nerf gun fight!) and of course some precious sweets or chocolates from home. We all look forward to reaching the end of dinner and enjoying this precious family time, remembering the true meaning of Christmas.

Linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday

Friday, 21 November 2014

Pretty

After my mammoth quilt finish last week, I needed a couple of smaller projects to finish up this week. 


First up was this drawstring playmat for a precious friend who just had a baby girl (finally there are some baby girls in my life - it seemed for a while there that everyone I knew was having boys!).  I used Jodi's pattern for this and it was brilliant - really easy to follow with lots of photos. The great thing about it is that when you are ready to go you can just pull the strings and it becomes a bag to carry around all that baby/toddler stuff!


Secondly I needed to whip up a quick birthday present and decided to try my hand at making a boxy pouch.

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Another great pattern, although I probably should have used some interfacing. I love that this fabric needed no embellishments or patchwork to make it look fantastic - I am finally appreciating the Tula hype!

Linking up with TGIFF and Finish it up Friday

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Bright Sky

What a journey I have been on with this quilt! I feel like it has consumed me over this past month, as it has been a path of intense learning, some frustration and a lot of joy! I am so thrilled to be able to share with you the progress I have made with my Free Motion Quilting especially.

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As soon as Alyce announced that she was going to run a QAL of her Bright Sky pattern I knew I wanted to join in. I love this pattern, and I thought it would be a perfect quilt for me to really get going with my FMQ. At the same time Jess (another of my favourite Aussie bloggers) was making video tutorials showing different FMQ designs - the timing was perfect!

I started with flowers in the central square - these were very wobbly and quite sketchy, but after agonizing for a while I decided to just keep going. There were long meanders in the points of the central star, followed by curves and then branches of leaves. For the outer star I tried pebbles, spirals, more branches and a spider web design!


I definitely made lots of mistakes, but I also improved so much as I progressed from section to section, and I have to say it was a lot of fun! I used very thin batting/wadding which made my life a lot easier too.

I love the overall texture of the quilt.
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As for the colour scheme, I had a specific friend in mind who loves green so I was immediately out of my comfort zone! I started with the central square fabric and worked outwards from there. I decided to go for a yellow binding because it brightens the whole quilt up and makes it feel a little more 'happy'!

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Also linking up with New to Me in 2014

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Le Challenge - Mix

So many ideas swirling through my head for this challenge, but in the end I went with one of my favourite sewing mixes - Liberty, Linen and Perle Cotton thread. Yum!







I envisage this as a small table topper but will gift it to a friend who loves Liberty and see what she uses it for! 

I am happy to say that all the fabrics used to make this were pulled out of my scrap box, so I am linking up with Scraptastic Tuesday as well as Le Challenge.


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Get it together!

I am completely lacking motivation to sew at the moment. I think it is a combination of the heat and 90% humidity, hubby having been away, and being at a stage of life (about to turn 40 - aagh!!) where I am having to make choices about what direction I want to take (decisions like this exhaust me!). So I keep walking into my sewing room... and walking straight out again! Hopefully I will get it together soon.

In the meantime, here is what I should be working on (sorry for the poor photos - again no motivation to get out my camera, they are just off my phone). 

1. My Bright Star Quilt - I have selected the fabrics and started cutting, but want to get this finished by Christmas!


2. A memory t-shirt quilt. I have no idea how to make this, but I need to stick with my commitment, keep my fingers crossed and give it a go! It needs a paper pieced killer whale so i think I will start with making that!


3. My ABC embroidered quilt. I am hand quilting this now, so it should be finished in time for the arrival of my sisters baby (fingers crossed it is a girl!)


4. I started basting these hexies a few weeks ago when I lacked energy to do anything. The plan is to make them into a cushion cover for a friend who offers us such wonderful hospitality from time to time


5. My mini quilt for the IG miniquiltswap. This is all cut - waiting to be sewn together.


6. My LeChallenge entry for this month - will be finished by tomorrow, it really will! 

7. A secret gift for mother and baby (I know what I am making, just can't show it here yet!)

I think that is enough to keep me going! I also have grand plans to make quilts for my boys for Christmas, but realistically ... I don't think I will make it this year! 

I am linking up with the lovely Katy.

Finish Along 2014