Sunday, 11 January 2015

New-ish year New focus

Well a whole lot of things have happened since Novembers post, not least of which was Him in Doors popped the question! I am now a fiancĂ©, sounds rather grown up doesn't it! We've been pootling along merrily for years, with the odd sarcastic comment thrown in by me about my unwedded status when he finally took me out for a meal sans daughter and asked me to marry him, needless to say I did accept :D 
(I should've guessed something was up when the stars aligned to have a child free evening out together!) 

Now back to your scheduled program of sewing and quilting!
I made another picnic quilt, this one is a long time gone to it's new home but I love the fabrics in it and still wanted to share it here :) I whipped it together with mostly Tula Pink & Violet craft fabrics in a sort of rainbow. I had fun muddling up the squares to get the colours to flow from one to another, almost like watercolour paints.

It's true what "They" say starch sprays, which ever type you use, make for an easier and more accurate time piecing patchwork.

I did my usual straight line quilting on either side of the seam, I like that it allows the fabrics to shine while helping to frame them nicely.

I love All Of The Colours!!! 

I thought this photo was quite sweet as depending on which way the quilt is folded you can pick out different colours.

Quilt on holiday! 

Full frontal (Oooh-Err!) 

I decided to get a little more organised this year *Him in Doors stop laughing!* and actually make the time to try out new projects that have caught my eye. So we've had a bit of an overhaul (That obviously involved me buying half of paper chase in the process) 
Todo lists at the ready and a reboot of my diet with another Whole30  I'm ever so slightly hopeful that this year will have more focus on streamlining and working smarter rather than harder to get to where I want to be. 

Monday, 10 November 2014

Citrus rush!

After plowing through my scrap bin it turns out I had rather a few larger chunks of citrus-y type fabrics, so whats a girl to do but make a quilt with them! 

I adapted the Turning Twenty quilt pattern I love so much and used each scrap for only 1 or 2 of the pieces rather than use a FQ to make each block.

It's backed in another Ikea fabric I really like, some spiky graphic flowers :) 

The serpentine quilting gives it great texture! 

I love how the colours glow! 

And another photo of the backing fabric, because I like it That much! 

This one is listed in my etsy shop ready to head out to a new home. 

Later today I will be teaching a beginners patchwork and quilting class at The Singer sewing centre I'm looking forward to meeting local ladies that have caught the sewing bug, I'll let you all know how it goes! :D

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Lots of Dots quilt By Green Bee patterns

As quilters we all know that when family or friends announce a new arrival, it's going to be a no brainer that the little one is getting a quilt to snuggle up with. 
Isabelle was no exception!
As soon as Him in doors knew he was going to be an uncle we started looking for bright, modern fabrics and a fun pattern to work from.

I knew I was going to be sewing with Cotton + Steel basics as the colours are fantastic and I'd been itching to break them out of the FQ bundle since they had landed on the door mat
and given that at this point I was pretty exclusively sewing the arcs on my single girl quilt I was happy to go with the curves when Him in doors pointed out the Green Bee patterns lots of dots quilt 

We had a plan! 

I have to say at this point I love this pattern. It is super straight forward, no enlarging of templates and space on the pattern to write notes to myself (i.e. 16 pinky-plumy-aqua wedges, 4 horse wedges, 4 rounded low volume L shapes. It made sense when I was sewing!)  It is a total win. 

The curves weren't too bad to sew, I use the "1 pin in the middle and wiggle the fabric under the walking foot" method. And Starch spray, lots of starch.

If I'd thought about it I would have tweaked the pattern to account for the fact I was using the same fabric for the centre circles, however in my excitement to cut onto the Mustang fabric I didn't think so spent a while worrying about horse butts, thankfully it worked out in the end - live and learn! 

The final layout and, again in my excitement to gift this quilt, the only photo I have of the whole quilt top. 
Backed in baby pink minky dots it is one soft, squidgy and warm quilt.

Due to the Minky doing exactly whatever it wanted while I was quilting it I ended up straight line quilting the whole thing to keep my sanity intact and my swear jar empty. 

The binding a a fun spirograph pattern on a blue background, rescued from a remnant bin without a selvedge so if you know what it is please shout out in the comments as I'd love to get some more. 

I did manage to remember to take a couple of photos of the "Dots" 

Gold, navy and raspberry is one of my favourite colour combinations

Aqua and pink is super sweet and I think the pops of navy stop it being too sugary.

Pink, plum and more pink in this one! 

This quilt was gifted to Isabelle for her birthday on the 10th of September and both Him in doors and myself hope she has many happy years snuggled up with it.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Fairytale Hexagon quilt

Anyone that has been in a flickr swap or bee with me knows how much I love a good fussy cut. This quilt is what happens when I get a collection of fabrics in my stash that are great for fussy cutting and the time to sew up a meeeeelion Y seams.

The way I selected the prints reminds me very much of the Fairytale forest quilt I made a few years back, basically if I like it I'm going to use it! 
The layout gives a nod to the traditional quilt pattern that I always think of with hexagons, Grandma's flowers.

I put my focus hexagons on the wall and then looked to fill the gaps with complimentary coloured solids, I wanted the finished quilt to almost shimmer - super hard to explain, like a cut gem will reflect different colours back at you :)

I machine pieced the top, so much easier with bigger hexies and loved how the back looked so snapped a quick photo before pressing the seams. As a side note if you haven't pieced hexies on your machine and want to, let me know and I'll try and put together a little walk through. It is so satisfying to whip up a hexie quilt at top speed! 

I decided to go with an aqua and white polkadot for the binding, which is machine stitched too, to stay with the soft solid colours in the filler hexagons but still be just a touch different.
I didn't want to distract form the fun fabrics with the quilting so I went with a simple straight line quilting through the hexagons centres creating a diamond pattern, I think it looks clean and modern.

And here it is all finished, photographed in the back lane not the beach as normal as I seem to remember it was rather chilly and no one fancied the walk! 

and a little close up

The plan is to have this quilt listed in the shop by the weekend ready to head off to it's new home just in time for Christmas!