Friday, February 20, 2015

Nature's Journey Progress Part One

So Part One is now complete. So chuffed I'm on time (for once).
(apologies to those whom may have already seen this on the SAL Blog). 

I never realised how satisfying it was using up these teeny tiny scraps I had kept. 

In the majority of these blocks I have used some lovely fabrics gifted to me from my Aunty Anita who sadly passed away two weeks ago. An amazing woman, so many stories. A WW2 Royal Airforce veteran, who was doing Morse code for Churchill in the war. My Uncle (her husband) was at the Normandy landing but he never said much about this. The only stories were gleaned after a couple of pints of Guinness at the local pub in Dublin. 

Anyway, I'm really happy and grateful to be using these fabrics as a special memory to a wonderful lady who I will miss ever so much. 

Happy Stitching all 


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Thimbleblossoms and Fig Tree combination

Warning - Picture overload

Juggle Quilt - pattern by Thimbleblossoms
Honeysweet fabric by Fig Tree and Co

Over the last three months of 2014 I began this long term project to machine piece this Juggle quilt then hand quilt. It was made for my mother-in-law who was turning 70.

I really had no idea how I was going to hand quilt - well what design I was going to use. My ideas evolved as I pieced it together

The triangles were a little fiddly - especially given I cut about a third of the 200 or so using the wrong template. Beware the size you print your patterns at!

I ran out of time for a fancy quilt label. 

The hand quilting was a little too tight so lessons learned for next time. I may try a hoop. 

I adore this fabric range. 

I purchased this pattern in a Craftsy class by Camille Roskelly of Thimbleblossoms. It was wonderful to watch how she put this together before I attempted mine. 

The backing was by Denise Schmidt purchased at Spotlight. The binding fabric was a spotlight essentials range. 

My mother-in-law was very grateful and really loved it. 

Happy Stitching

Friday, February 6, 2015

Cottage Garden Thread Holder

I finally managed to make my own Cottage Garden Thread Holder. 

I completed the stitchery last year but just hadn't got around to making my own after I had made one for a gift. Similar inside to my last too. 

Still in love with this gorgeous Kokka fabric which I was so fortunate to have given to me by a lovely friend. 

The pattern is by Gail Pan by Gail Pan designs and I purchased my pattern at Patchworks Plus.

I also finished my January project for the Chookyblue Stitch-a-long

Busy prepping the blocks now for Part One. 

Happy Stitching

Monday, January 19, 2015

A very special project

This June, my mum will celebrate her 80th birthday. I'm hoping to make her a special quilt to celebrate as I haven't yet made her any quilts. 

After much deliberation I've decided to go with the above. 

I adore all of Judy's projects. I'm fortunate enough to live very close to Amitie where Judy works. (the next suburb actually, used to be in my suburb which was very bad for the wallet).  Amitie is owned  by Jen Kingwell of Jen Kingwell designs. . Given Jen is such a lovely person, she has also employed everyone in the store as lovely as herself. So it was my first quilting class that I took with Judy about 5 years ago now using this pattern - Town and Country. If you are ever in the area and want to do a class I can't recommend them enough. 

I chose the Rue Indienne range of French General fabrics. I figured you can't go wrong with French

I'm not 100% sure of this bottom brown/orange colour but time will soon tell when I get them all out. Hubby bought these back recently from his trip to the States for work. He hates it when he gets to the hotel and there is already a package waiting for him. Never a doubt as to what it contains.......

I also purchased this dresden quilt template which will hopefully make things easier. 

Another special project I'm intending on doing is this Lynnette Anderson cushion for my mum's sister. I'm yet to source the button and choose fabrics but hoping that won't be too hard

My aunt lives in tropical far north Queensland and I want to finish and take it up with me when we go up there to celebrate mum's birthday. Aunty Shirl loves her garden so I thought this might be appropriate. 

Well off to entertain the kidlets for one more week before they are back at school and kinder and I'm back to work. 

Happy Stitching all

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The 'ole faithful Christmas Table runners

Well this is the second year in a row I have completed these table runners to give as gifts for teachers. Once again I couldn't go past the Kate and Birdie Paper co fabric. This line is called Winterberry.

Last year I used Kate and Birdie Paper Co's fabric line - Winters Lane. Has to be my all time favourite fabric line. See those Table runners here.

The stitcheries are by Natalie Bird and can be found in her book - Tis the Season. They are super quick and easy to stitch up. I actually did an extra which I have popped away in my Christmas storage as perhaps I can use it next Christmas. The original quilt pictures can be found here.

These runners were made for my son's kinder teachers. Two of the three teachers have now taught two of our children and one of them has taught all three, so I wanted to make something a little special.

One runner was completed in a combination of the Winter's Lane and Winterberry fabric lines however I didn't get a picture! Time poor.

I've more to post soon as I'm a little behind in blogging. Those that follow me on instagram are kept well up to day. I do hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and will have a happy and healthy new year.
Happy Stitching