Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Flowering snowball quilt

This year has been a year of firsts with my quilting, I joined an online bee, I learnt how to paper piece and then I decided to join my first quiltalong. It was with Mary of Molly Flanders Makerie and it was the Flowering snowball quilt.
This called for curved piecing (also a first) and now I am at the quilting phase and I am hand quilting(also my first large project to be hand quilted).

I chose this red check I had in my stash for the backing, it really adds to the cottage feel of the quilt, I think.

My attempt at quilting with Perle cotton, I am ok with the front but the stitches on the back are so small, I can't seem to get the angle right

Anyway, even with flaws, I love the way this looks, I just went with a plain white 5 inch border all round to increase the size of the quilt.


Thursday, 24 July 2014

Material Obsession

Well, last weekend I had the great pleasure of taking a short trip to the most wonderful quilting shop in Sydney, Material Obsession.
I always get a little overwhelmed when I visit there because every fabric is worthy of a quilt and I just can't make any choices.
Anyway to make it easy for myself I found some little bags of scraps, they were basically organised by colours and at $5 each, I bought 3.
To my immense glee I found that one of the packs I had bought which was a neutral looking bag from the outside, contained some of the most gorgeous fabrics I had ever seen. Some Tula pink and Sarah Watts (even though I did not know who she was before, I certainly do now!)

I decided to challenge myself and with each pack I am going to see how many blocks I can make.

Here is the progress so far with the first bag.

And here are the scraps I have left. Still have enough for a few more blocks, I think.


Now all I have to do is decide how I am going to use the blocks

Friday, 30 May 2014

#500 quilt blocks QAL

Ok, this is probably ridiculous because I don't think anyone has read my blog but I am starting a QAL from the book 500 quilt blocks as mentioned in my last post.
I plan on making as many blocks as I think I need for a quilt and since I have started I have picked a red pink purple blue colour scheme.
Join in if you want!

Block 1- Granny square

Block 2- Churn Dash

Block 3- Father's choice

I am not worrying too much about colours at the moment but I am going to try to stick to the scheme, I think this is something that unifies sampler quilts.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Back to it

Hi there,

I have joined an online quilting bee, through Threadbias and now I am seriously hooked, so many nice comments that now I just want to sew more.

Here are my blocks for May

I am really happy with how they turned out.

I have another idea now. I bought the book by Lynne Goldsworthy and Kerry Green, it is called 500 quilt blocks, I think I will try to make 1 block a month from there and maybe put them into a quilt at the end. Similar to the farmers wife quilt along. Ambitious? Maybe, but if I don't set goals, I won't get there.

Next idea..I'll save that for the next post.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Once a week may have been a little optimistic or Maybe I'll blog just once a month then

I made this little patch of 1 inch finished squares(it was a mistake actually). The colours were so beautiful and after it hang in my sewing room for a few days I needed to turn it into something useful.
so here it is

Monday, 20 January 2014

Some old projects

Here is a quilt I made inspired by Blue is bleu's mini rainbow quilt. Her work is so beautiful.

And here is a quilt I made from the remnant bin of my local quilt store for my baby boy.

I have successfully managed to grow some flowers this spring, quite the domestic goddess!