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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

September Gyspy Wife Blocks and Creativity


I love this months Puss in Boots block! and oops made an extra square in a square! It will just give me a few more options when I put it together.

I  listened to a fantastic webinar over at the Modern Quilt Guilds website from Anne at Playcrafts on the theme of "creativity" and her Quilt Design A Day (QDAD) group. I never really considered myself as "creative" - certainly crafty and productive but creativity was not something I thought of. So I decided to set myself a little challenge, there may have been a smack on mid-thirties birthday for me at the start of September and I thought it would be nice to start recording my something creative I did each day - whether it be designing, drawing, sewing etc. I also thought it would be awesome to see the evolution of projects I work on and it kinda shows how many things I work on at a time! Hopefully my failed #blockadayjuly blocks might reappear! So this is my Creative September - only missed one day even though I was in Melbourne for a few days!

 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Supertoting

A while back I made myself a supertote - perfect for hauling projects around and I even take it to work if I have paperwork to haul around! (might need a second ...)
I made it using my new favourite block "Fox and Goose" and used some awesome fabric from Jessica Wheelahan called "texttype". I think it is available from Material Obsession but I have her email if you are interested! It is is perfect mustard fabric and it is a little heavier than quilting cotton so it was perfect for my bag!


Well I also had a conference in Melbourne in September and decided to make a long weekend of it when two of my girlfriends also decided to tag along and make it a super long weekend! One of them lives in Perth so we don't often all get to catch up. Both my friends are quilters (or learning) so fabric shopping was certainly on the agenda. Therefore they both needed supertotes as well - how else where we going to carry fabric around??




And here were my fabric purchases... Amitie Textiles on the left and GJ's Fabric on the right. Supertotes did well :)


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

G + Y Wedding Quilt

I get very excited about making wedding quilts - there is just something special about making something celebrating such a beautiful event. My friend G from Melbourne recently got married so of course I had to make a wedding quilt. We had only met Y a few times as we live in different cities but I knew her favourite colour was green and I wanted to keep it masculine and minimalistic as I know G likes that style. After searching Polka Dot Tea for some perfectly yummy green and grey fabrics and playing around with a few designs - I decided that a simple plus quilt was the way to go. The green is a Michael Miller Cotton Couture in "Turf" - my new favourite colour!



I was really hoping to get a pic with a tram in the background but they ended up all too shady!

I used 4" squares and once I had laid out the quilt used this fantastic method from Poppyprint to sew it together.



It was really quick to sew together! I quilted it in a square random grid kinda way using a few different shades of grey and green aurifil thread across it diagonally.


The back is a light grey and a panel from Jeni Baker's Nordika range - it matched perfectly with the grey. I also embroidered a "G + Y"  into the panel but forgot to take a photo!



I was in Melbourne over the weekend so I got to hand deliver it to the recently wedded lovebirds!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Dilly Bag-a-long


Have you heard about the Fussy Cutters Club hosted by Gnome Angel - there is going to be a Dilly Bag-a-long using Judy Newman’s Dilly Bag pattern. 
As a recent convert to hexies I am going to be part of the blog hop so watch this space! I had my orange fabrics out the other night so I may have already started...



You can purchase the PDF of the pattern from Gnome Angel

Friday, August 29, 2014

Where did August go?

Wow, what a quick month! It was quite a productive one for me!

First if all, my Gypsy Wife blocks



I really cannot wait to put this together! Though the thought of cutting all those strips has me a bit scared!
I was super lucky to win last months gypsy wife QAL giveaway over at WIP Girl - a $25 Fat Quarter voucher. Very pleased to report this went on a bloc-loc HST ruler (plus then I had to fill the cart so I got a few backing fabrics)

I was originally down for November for Stash Bee but swapped with one of the other members. I have been thinking about this quilt for a while now - a bookshelf quilt for my little girl. She turned 4 the other day and is a massive book fan! You can see my tutorial over at the Stash Bee blog but here is my block!




Xx


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Gypsy Wife QAL Progress

Well I have been plodding along with my Gypsy Wife each month. I am loving how much this quilt is making me think and challenging me.
Here are my July blocks



And my June blocks


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.