Thursday, 27 November 2014

Moving Time!!!!

I am in the process of moving my blog over to (self hosting - i know fancy!!)
My goal for next year is to blog a bit more (it is hard using blogger on an ipad - hoping wordpress is easier) and do some tutorials and possibly some patterns! All while probably returning to work full time - sleep is totally overrated!

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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Sunday Sewing

I think the best decision I made this year was to join my local modern quilt guild - the Greater Western Sydney Modern Quilt Guild. I have heaps of fun at the sewing Sundays and meetings. I think the idea of talking fabric and techniques are lost on most of my friends so finding a group of like minded people is so exciting. 
We had a sewing Sunday today and I worked on a few different things. First up was my Quilt Con Charity blocks. Not the greatest picture but here they are. The top block is my own design, which it drew up in the iPad app Quiltography. The bottom block is a bit of improv left over from the top block.

We are also doing a Teeny Weeny Swap with the Brisbane Modern Quilt Guild and the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild. The idea is that the piecing is teeny weeny. For my partner I have made a mini Dilly bag with some churn dashes. I originally made 6" blocks but then decided I could go even more teeny.   So the 2nd lot I did were 3". And as I didn't want to waste the 6" they went on the base and back.

Now onto the winner of the Gypsy Wife QAL. It must be getting to the busy part of the year as there were only 2 entrants. 

Drumroll please .... Congratulations Rachel at  Farm Gal Designs 

Saturday, 1 November 2014

October Gypsy Wife QAL and link up


Welcome to my turn on the Gypsy Wife QAL for October! I am loving the pace of doing this quilt a little at a time. My quilt started out with a fat quarter pack of Sarah Watson's "Indian Summer" fabric range and I started to develop my palette around those colours. I even had a trip to Amitie Textiles (home of the Gypsy Wife!) last month when I was in Melbourne to start collecting fabrics for the strips.

For October, you should have the following plus now a love/hate relationship with triangles.

1 Nurses Cross (and I just had to fussy cut the word "Gypsy")

2 Old Maid's Puzzles

5 square in a square blocks 4" finished (4.5" unfinished)

I think my top tip for this quilt is to use glue to baste your pieces. I am a big fan of using glue in quilting, especially with tiny triangles. I use Elmers's liquid glue with the fine tip and I find it works a treat with keeping everything straight and not warping.

So if you are playing along with the Gypsy Wife QAL please link up your October blocks for a chance to win a $25 Fat Quarter Shop voucher. 
I will keep the link open until next Saturday morning (Aussie time!)