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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Block a Day July

I bought some new tubs to start sorting my scraps in colour order the other day. I grossly underestimated how many scraps I had! One out of the 4 boxes kinda got sorted. When I say scraps I mean like 1" squares and tiny odd shaped scraps. Some got sorted into a box to take to childcare for collage but some I could not part with! I was thinking I needed to do something improv to start actually using them. The lovely Adrianne from On the Windy Side then decided to set herself a Block a Day July challenge - so I decided to play along. I decided to do QAYG mainly because I think it will be another for of scrap busting all those odd sizes of wadding I seem to accumulate. I will be putting them together using the Pile O Fabric method from the 2013 Skill Builder which I finished at the start of the year.
This is my first batch - Rainbow!!!!




I am also practicing my free motion skills. I am making great use of the online tutorials from the Free Motion Quilting Project by Leah Day. I am using the very sophisticated method of sorting it alphabetical and choosing the first design from each letter. I think it is pushing me to try something that I perhaps would not have usually tried.

I am hoping I can keep the momentum up for the whole month - along with my other projects and work and kids etc yikes I also have a conference paper to write!!!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Guess who got a quilt frame!

ME!!!
I have been toying with the idea for a while now and then a friends mother was selling one... it happened to be Mothers Day... well it happened! It is quite large and I am still playing around with it. I really need a new machine to go on it as my Janome just does not have the throat space to do the designs I want. Seriously considering a Juki and saving up! It is funny when I go shopping now as I constantly ask myself  - new machine or new {insert random object here}.


My first go - not too bad!


then my first big project

This quilt is for my friend Kristy (or Kiki as my kids call her) she asked me to make one in red and aqua - not usually my colours for quilting and she gave me free reign over the design. I decided I wanted to do a half square triangle quilt with all different designs. My almost 4 yr old daughter wanted to design one of the blocks (can you guess which one) which made it a really personally quilt for my friend who loves my kids so much!


I quilted it fully on the frame - in a scallop all over pattern. I broke the thread so many times in the middle of the quilt it was starting to drive me crazy! Maybe it is a tension issue? I had a little issue with the quilt bleeding when I washed it (even with using 2 colour catchers) - just two fabrics I used in the centre panel bled. No too noticeable but I think I will be more careful using red and white next time.

Of course the backing had to contain shoes for the shoe lady - lucky i found this awesome print.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Outside my window: Twinkle Twinkle

The Quilter's Guild of NSW and Quilters Companion Magazine and Brother International (Aust) Pty Ltd are running a under 35's quilt competition with the theme "Outside My Window". I only JUST fall into that age bracket so I decided to enter *bites nails*. I struggled with the theme for a few weeks but then decided to make some stars!

With my bundle of Kona Summer 13 colours I won from the Feather QAL, I took out all the bluey colours and matched them with another fabric in my stash. The star blocks are a paper piercing pattern from Ula Lenz called Foldstar. I enlarged them and decided to use a LV background. I also decided to add some interest and use a black star and yellow star in opposite corners (OK that was code for I didn't have enough blues..)



I bought some Lizzy House Constellations fabric to back the quilt and while i was pondering the plain border I had planned decided I should try to replicate the constellations fabric. Lots of tiny equilateral triangles. But I am so happy with how it turned out!



I actually thread basted this on the quilting frame which was an interesting exercise. Was not quite confident enough to do the quilting on it though! For the quilting I did a falling star sort of pattern. The border is done in a milky way sort of vortex swirly pattern.




GWSMQG and a Sew Together Bag

I have been a part of the Greater Western Sydney Modern Quilt Guild for a few months now and am absolutely loving it! I love being part of the sewing community online (how great is Instagram!) but to part of a group that meets and sews and talks about fabric is amazing! Plus I get to escape the kids for 1 day a month just to sew!
Last weekend we made Sew Demented's Sew Together Bag led by our guild leader Lorena. Now the bag looks complicated but as long as you are used to zippers (and even if you are not) it isn't that bad! I am trying to keep all of my little sewing supplies in mine at the moment because I am constantly losing them.

I did the QAYG method and used some scraps left over from by Tsuru Quilt which is still unfinished! I made some flying geese and randomly put it together.






While I had the pattern fresh in my mind I decided to whip up another for my Sew Sew Modern partner in her favourite colours. I am not usually a pink person but I am super excited how this came out!


Friday, May 16, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival May 16th-30 2014

Welcome to the Blogger's Quilt Festival - May 2014 hosted by Amy at Amy's Creative Side

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Well my blog has been very quiet of late but man have I been busy! The quilt I am entering would almost certainly be my most favourite quilt to date (and it is all mine, I ain't sharing!!)



The pattern is awesome Feathers by Alison Glass and Nydia Kehnle and the fabric is the gorgeous Koi fabric from Cloud9 Rashinda ColemanHale, plus a few Alison Glass fabrics thrown in and Essex yarn dyed linen in black. This was my first time quilting with linen and I am totally in love with it!


 

With the quilting I tried to echo the patterns in the Koi fabric. So I did some circles to kind of make a ripple effect. I used freezer paper to cut out enough circles for one line then free-motion quilted around them. When my freezer paper no longer stuck I used glue instead! I also did some feathered arrow ends in between in the ripples. The texture on it is just lovely.



The backing is one piece of Alison Glass fabric (can you tell i kinda have a crush at the moment) and I used glue to match up the pieces so you cannot seen the join.

I think I am a little proud of this quilt - I even entered it in Australia's First Modern Quilt Show  - white gloved ladies touched it!


Thanks for visiting and be sure to drop by some of the other amazing quilts at the festival.

Details
Size: 55"x 66"
Pattern: Feathers from Alison Glass
Quilting: Free Motion Circles and Arrows
Category: Modern Quilts

Friday, January 31, 2014

Bye January

Well January, what a random productive month!

My Finishes...















My Bees and BOMs...


In Progress...


And I have been eyeing off the Gypsy Wife pattern by Jen Kingwell for AGES! Then I discovered there was a year long QAL. I am certainly a sucker for a QAL so pattern has been ordered. I have done a quick fabric pull of some items I acquired in the Great Aussie Destash - Indian Summer bundle and some Nordika. I am loving the icy palette so I think that might be my base fabrics and the rest will be supplemented from my stash.


GypsyWifeQAL




Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Skill Builder BOM 2013



I finally had some time to try to photograph my Skill Builder BOM in the daylight! I say try cause this quilt is BIG! We made great use of the kids trampoline and my tall hubby on a chair. Still the wind decided to pick up, then the dog tried to photo bomb - I think this is the closest I am getting to photograph it!



I started the Skill Builder BOM last year as I mainly wanted to "try" free motion quilting and develop some other skills. Well I can say I am thoroughly addicted to it now (and glue basting!). I was only using scraps for this quilt as my main aim was to develop skills. I used a palette of pinks, blues, yellows and greys. Now I am certainly not a pink fan so I originally never intended to keep it. Now I cannot part with it! It is like a catalogue of free motion stitches for me, as every block in the border is done differently. You can certainly see how my confidence was built throughout the quilt.


It was mostly all scraps - the exception being the grey and backing which was yardage in my stash. I got to the border stage and I almost didn't put it on as I had run out of the grey yardage. I was visiting my hometown over Christmas and I knew I had originally bought it from Spotlight, and they were having 40% off so I bought some more yardage. Then got back to Sydney to discover that it was a different shade of grey! I ummmed and arrrred and then decided to continue with the border. I made the joining binding strip a different colour to seperate the greys. I love how it looks now!

I had so much fun making this quilt. I definitely think the Quilt As You Go method is great for larger quilts that I find difficult to quilt on my little janome. Big thanks to Alyssa for such an awesome pattern! Now bring on the Skill Builder 2014!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Yellow and Grey...

Sometimes you just need a quick and simple quilt to do. I think as I get more confident with different skills I just focus on the more complicated piecing (which is fun but certainly more time consuming!). I had just got back from a mothers group playdate and cursed myself for still not having made a quilt for a new bubba of one of my group who I had promised one to. I was scrolling through bloglovin and saw the As Easy as ABC QAL from Blossom Heart Quilts. Instant inspiration! I would spell out his name with the blocks.



I knew the colours of his room were yellow and grey so I dove into my stash and found some cute contenders! I trimmed all the blocks to 8" x 10" and quickly pieced the top and back in one night! 



I quilted it in a wonky chevron, marking the lines with my Hera marker ( which is my new favourite tool!) and bound it in a light grey.



I love a quick finish! Now I can't wait to see them again to give it to him!