Friday, November 9, 2012
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Friday, September 7, 2012
I have been a good girl all year and have not bought much fabric. I have even destashed twice!! I waited patiently for the reveal of Anna Maria Horner's latest range at Fall Quilt Market and it didn't disappoint. I have been waiting patiently for Field Study to hit the stores and then I splurged and bought a full FQ set from Pink Castle Fabrics in a 20% off sale. The doorbell rang early this morning, it doesn't happen often and it was the Postie with some happy mail!
The only disappointing thing is that I am so busy for the next couple of days that I am not going to be able to rip open that plastic and have a proper fondle. I need to savour that moment for when I have a clear head and some time to sit and drool. And then it will probably go into a bag with the Good Folks that I'm hoarding until I have the current WIPs out of the way. I'm thinking a bed quilt if I can be brave enough to tackle a project that large.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
|Dodgy iPhone photo|
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Thursday, August 23, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
I calculated that it's only taken nine months to assemble this quilt top! I initially did all the cutting and assembled half the blocks in the space of a couple of weeks then it got put aside until a couple of months ago. I've been working on it in dribs and drabs. The rows have been assembled for a few weeks and it only took me a couple of hours yesterday to sew them together.
In regards to the size issue blogged here, I decided to leave off two rows and use them on the back instead. This brings it to a more manageable lap quilt size at 70" square.
I'll be bringing it along for Sew and Tell at tomorrow's GWSMQG meeting.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Have you heard the news? A new chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild is starting up in Sydney. It's the Greater Western Sydney Modern Quilt Guild. I'm really excited because I've been longing for some like-minded people to hang out with on a regular basis. The idea behind the GWSMQG is to have two meet ups per month - one Monday night for general meeting and catch up stuff, show and tell etc AND a Sunday sew-in day. Sometimes I would really like to go and sew somewhere else to get away from the constant interruptions. Plus it's nice to be able to share what you're doing and get input from others and learn a few tips along the way (like the right way use a rotary cutter - when I first started I had been cutting towards my body instead of away! D'oh!! But you don't know these things unless someone shows you!).
The other thing that I'm really excited to share is that I have teamed up with Amy & Sheridan to help out with the running of this guild. So the aim of the GWSMQG is to meet geographically central in Sydney. The first Monday meet up has been organised at Dooley's in Silverwater (Newington) on Monday, 20 August 7-9pm. It's an easy to get to location and we could even help you arrange car pooling with someone if you need a lift. If you are local to Sydney (or can get to Sydney) we would love to see you at our first meeting or a Sunday sew-in (details of the sew-in to be advised when we have our venue confirmed).
Check out the GWSMQG blog for more information and/or join the Facebook group to keep up to date with the guild's happenings. If you don't do Facebook then sign up to be updated via the blog.
Other local MQGs - the Sydney Modern Quilt Guild came out of hibernation this week and has announced some meeting dates, check out their blog for details. If you live in the Illawarra the Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild meets on a regular basis, details on their blog too.
Monday, August 6, 2012
I'm changing tack from yesterday and am introducing the Heath in lilac as a narrow border around the stars, followed by a white border and then the Heath chartreuse binding (if I can get my hands on more). The pale aqua fabric on the right is going to be the last pair of stars.
I'm excited that this is finally getting somewhere. I'll be glad to have this finished as it has been hanging over me for a few months and I was having trouble finding inspiration. Nothing like being re-inspired!
Monday, July 23, 2012
There were a couple of outings, a birthday party, teaching M to sew, a night out for my Mothers' Group Mums, catch up with cousins, play date with a school friend etc. I took some random photos with Instagram so here they are:
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Have you ever done any online courses?
Monday, June 25, 2012
A couple of weeks ago I had a niece celebrating her Holy Communion, a niece turning 13, and twin niece and nephew turning 11. Perfect opportunity to use Jeni's drawstring pouch tutorial. I made these pouches over the space of 4-5 days but it should only take a couple of hours to make one. I got lots of interruptions and I made one then decided to make the other three... Wait for fabric to arrive... You know how it goes.
As soon as these were made my kids were asking if they were for them, especially my two year old!
This one is for my 8 yr old niece who is very much into pink. Her family have just gone on a European holiday so I hope the pouch was useful for packing some little travel items.
In other news the kids have just gotten over a really bad flu virus. I was lucky to dodge that one. I have been trying to find a balance between sewing time and home duties. I find the home duties a real drag and get by on doing the basics. I feel like that's not good enough and I want to make our home more of a priority. I also have the incentive of a house guest next month so I'm aiming to spring clean and declutter one room at a time, I know having a clean house makes me happy (it's just that three littlies can trash it in the blink of an eye).
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Thursday, June 7, 2012
I was in my element with this one! I love using the girly fabrics in my stash. The only problem was that I was not having a good sewing day. I read the tutorial which stated you need a 6.5" x 24" ruler or template. I have two 24" rulers but didn't actually realise they were only 6" wide NOT 6.5". You can see where this is going.... I cut my first half-block with my ruler and that's when I measured and was swearing at myself for stuffing up the block. Here's my orphan half block, I'll have to find another use for it!
|The wrong size!|
Things seemed to go downhill from there. Instead of cutting exactly the same fabrics to remake that block I cut the fabrics I had allocated for the second half of the block (I now had two sets of the same fabric strips). That worked out OK, just not as I had originally designed it.
When I made block 2 I cut the second half block upside down! This meant that a couple of the fabrics I had planned to mismatch now matched up. Not a biggy but still not what I had originally planned.
So they are still useable blocks and I do really like them. They are just not as awesome as I had hoped they would be! Do you find that you have good days and bad days when sewing?
Thursday, May 31, 2012
The size of this quilt is scaring me, it's bigger than our living room rug! That's AFTER I trimmed those edges - I'm glad I did and it was pretty easy thanks to my square ruler.
I'm so intimidated to quilt this on my sewing machine since I have only quilted cot sized quilts before. I am considering doing it in two pieces and then joining them - kind of a quilt as you go technique. I know I read a blog last year where the quilt was quilted in 3 pieces and joined together - I just can't remember where it was.
Maybe I should just wait until I get my new, bigger, fancier sewing machine. I've got time to think about it as the batting won't be here for a few weeks since it's on backorder.
Anyway, I've got the blocks labelled into rows and ready to piece together. Does anyone remember reading the tutorial I mentioned or something similar?
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Bowties. To trim or not to trim, that is the question!, a photo by A Labour of Love on Flickr.
55 out of 56 blocks done. Just putting the last one together this morning - I lost the little squares but found them in my stash drawer before I cut new ones.
I'm tempted to skip trimming these blocks, I can see they are not perfectly square but I'm feeling lazy! Do you always trim your blocks?
Saturday, May 26, 2012
The entries are now closed on my give away and I've already drawn and notified the winners. I was too excited to leave it until later! To see the announcement head back to the original give away post.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Welcome if you're visiting to the first time, and hello to my regulars. It's give away time over at Sew Mama Sew and I jumped at the chance to join in on the fun. Since it's my birthday next week I wanted to celebrate with my readers by offering up these goodies.
I'm going to be giving away two prizes. Both packs contain a fabric range that doesn't really need any introduction - Good Folks! The reason I have decided to share this coveted fabric range with you is that the Good Folks Gods have been shining down on me lately and I have managed to acquire the last few prints to finish off my collection. Happy dance!!
HOW TO ENTER:
1. Leave a comment below letting me know what sewing machine you use and whether you would buy it again.
2. Leave a 2nd comment if you are or become a follower via Google Friend Connect, stating as such
Remember to leave an email address or make sure you have one on your Google profile so that I can contact you if you are the winner.
This competition is open to everyone internationally and will be open until May 25th, 5pm PST at which time two winners will be drawn randomly - the first drawn will win Prize 1, the second will win Prize 2. The winners will be notified by email and announced on this post.
Good luck and thanks for stopping by!
EDITED TO ADD THE WINNERS:
Draw 1/Prize 1:
Draw 2/Prize 2: