Friday, June 15, 2018

Ahoy Matey quilt

We travelled to Canada last year and met up with a friends daughter and her hubby in Victoria, BC - they are now expecting twins and the baby quilts I have for them are here
I also wanted to gift a quilt to the lovely parents-to-be so have finally finished this "Ahoy Matey" quilt from a pattern by Kristy @ Quiet Play designs so that it can be sent overseas to them.
For the main blocks in the quilt, I used a selection of batik fabrics in shades of blue, with a white solid for the anchor.
This was a very easy quilt to sew as it is just straight seams with squares and rectangles to form the anchor shape.
The original quilt top finishes at 42 x 48" but I added an extra row of squares around the quilt to bring it up to 54 x 60".
The backing was just perfect for this quilt with many shades of blue from aqua though to deep navy.
Hoping our lovely friends will be able to use this quilt to keep them cosy during those late night baby feeds!
This was on my Q2 FAL list for this year so linking up with the 2018 FAL team.


Sunday, May 27, 2018

Vinyl Project Pouch

I have been sewing some EPP hexagons for the Tula Pink "Hurray for Hexies" quilt for some time now and needed a little project pouch to keep them all in.
There are a few tutorials around for zip pouches such as the Simple Zipper Bag tutorial at Fat Quarter Shop but I chose the Vinyl project pouch tutorial from the Moda Bake Shop as I really liked the clear vinyl "window".
One problem with sewing vinyl is that it is slippery but by stitching a fabric strip across the top of the vinyl (the lilac fabric in my photo) it is then sandwiched between fabric at all times so it is quite easy to sew.
I just need to be more careful when pressing as hot irons and vinyl do not mix well!
This project was on my Q2 FAL list for this year so linking up with the 2018 FAL team.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

"Love Cats" quilt

Jenny Doan from the Missouri Star Quilt Company was in Australia recently and I was fortunate to attend one of the trunk shows with her and Sue Daley at the Gold Coast.
Jenny inspired me to start a new quilt using one of her fabulous MSQC tutorials - the Pins and Paws quilt.
And I couldn't resist using my stash of Tula Pink "Tabby Road" fabrics to sew the cat blocks in this quilt. 
I paired them with two solid fabrics - a creamy off white and an aqua blue for the feature blocks.
These blocks were quite easy to sew and I added a border in the cute "Eeek" print in BlueBird from Tabby Road.
I sent the quilt to my local longarm quilter Karen from Rainbow Patchwork for quilting and then bound it in the same aqua blue from the feature cat blocks.
There is a big sunflower farm near where we live so we went for a drive this weekend for some quilt photos.
It was a really lovely sunny day and such a beautiful place for some fun quilt photos.
There was a large fence at the entrance to the driveway which was also quite handy for arranging the quilt.
The backing is in many shades of blues which also shows off the fabulous quilting pattern.
Special thanks to my hubby for holding up the quilt and risking being stung by the many bees buzzing amongst the sunflowers.
This was on my Q2 FAL list for this year so linking up with the 2018 FAL team.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Aussie Ipad Pouch

For Mothers Day this year, I decided to make my mum a pouch for her new ipad as she is about to have a knee replacement operation later this week .
She will be using her ipad more often in the upcoming weeks as she recovers so I wanted to make her something pretty to keep it in.
The fabric features some of our colourful Australia birds including the Kookaburra and the Red-tailed Black cockatoo which is one of my mothers favourites.
I quilted the fabric to some bag batting to make the ipad case more sturdy then bound it in the lime green solid before giving it to her for Mothers Day.
This was on my Q2 FAL list for this year so linking up with the 2018 FAL team.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Q2 FAL 2018

For this second quarter of 2018, I am rolling over some unfinished projects from last quarter as well as a few new projects...

1. Tula Pink - Hurray for Hexies EPP quilt: I have sewn most of the hexies in sets so now need to join them all together....
2. Vinyl Project pouch: I saw a tutorial on the Moda bake shop recently and would like to make one to hold all those hexies (above).

3. Tabby Road quilt: pairing the Pins and Paws pattern by Jenny Doan from MSQC with the cat themed prints by Tula pink.
4. Ipad case for a mothers day gift for mums new ipad using some Aussie themed bird fabric.
5. Nessie quilt: a cute baby quilt using the pattern by Elizabeth Hartman. 
6. Raggy flannel quilt: using some pretty pinks, mint and greys for a cuddly quilt.
7. Star Bright baby quilt - using the Star Bright pattern by Kate Blakesley @ Swim Bike quilt: quilt top is made so just needs quilting and binding.
8. Ahoy Matey quilt: I made this quilt top last year from a pattern by Kristy @ Quiet Play using some beautiful blue batiks and need to get it finished.
9. Virus shawl: I have already used 2 balls of Bouvardia yarn but may need at least one more to make this shawl a bit bigger....
10. Outlander quilt - this is a printed quilt panel so I am using a pattern by Elizabeth Hartman to make some thistles to go along the border to make it into a more useable size.
11. Boxes and Crosses quilt: remaking this quilt in Emma Jean Jansens "Classics" B&W fabrics as the "Green Day" version I made last year is one of my favourites:) 
12. Oh Deer baby quilt: another remake of the navy and orange baby boy quilt I made last year using the scrappy tripalong method of piecing.
Linking my Q2 list up with the FAL 2018 team here.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Finishes for Q1 of 2018

For this first quarter of 2018, I am happy to report that I managed to finish 7/13 projects so that is just more than half of what was on my Finish-a-long list!
1. Tula Pink - Hurray for Hexies EPP quilt: no further progress.
3. Nessie quilt: No progress. 
4. Raggy flannel quilt: no progress.
5. Star Bright baby quilt: No Progress.
6. Swiss mint quilt: done!
7. Virus shawl: No progress.
10.Baby flannel quilt #2 : done!
 11. Outlander quilt : no progress.
13. Melba Caravan Tote: done!
Just need to plan my list for Q2 - linking up with the FAL 2018 team.