Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Winter mug rug swap - part 1

I wasn't going to join any more swaps for a while but I when I saw the #wintermugrugswap on IG I signed up as it was a quick little swap just for us Aussies.
We were required to make a "mug rug" for our partner which is really just a little placemat/mini quilt.  
I decided to do another of the Fancy Foxes for my partner, using some Tula Pink fabrics.
 To send along with the mug rug, I included a few different tea bags and some yummy chocolate.
There is actually another side to this mug rug but I am only showing this side as it might give away to whom this is intended for - when my partner has received it I will show the rest:)
Linking up with Fabric Tuesday @ Quiltstory
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Friday, May 15, 2015

Le Challenge - Wildwood tote

For the "wood" theme at Le Challenge, I decided to use some Cloud 9 Wildwood organic fabrics, by Elizabeth Olwen to make a Noodlehead Supertote.
I loved how these prints looked paired with denim, which is my favourite fabric to use in bags as it is sturdy and durable for bases the straps.
I used the Doily Flower Bag tutorial by Karen Meyers found on Sew Mama Sew to make a feature on the front pocket.
The patchwork for the back of the bag was made using a scrappy trip along block.
 And I just did echo quilting along the squares to form a grid pattern.
I added in a zip to the top of the front pocket and a slip pocket for the inside of the bag, along with a key fob tab so that I am not digging around the bottom of the bag to find my keys.
I downsized this tote to about 75% of the original pattern so it makes it a great size for a day-to-day bag.
Linking up with Le Challenge.
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And also with Fabric Tuesday @ Quiltstory
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This project was on my FAL Q2 list for this year so linking up with Adrianne @ On The Windy Side.
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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Peacock Garden gifts

Last week, I used some new Peacock Garden prints, along with some Cloud 9 Koi Pennants Waving canvas to make a One Hour Basket and some matching slippers.

I used the tutorial at Kelbysews for the basket and I think I will be making quite a few more of these !
The slippers were quite fun to make in these pretty fabrics - there is a tutorial similar to what I made here at Needle and Ladle.
These Peacock Garden fabrics are designed by Jane Farnham for Camelot fabrics and are in lovely shades of mint and blue with nice little pops of lime and pink.
I think they would make quite a nice gift for Mother's Day, a birthday or even for a baby shower...
 Linking up with Fabric Tuesday @ Quiltstory
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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Outlander craft swap

This week I mailed off another swap package for the Outlander Craft Swap on IG.
I was on #teamLallybroch and decided to make my partner a pillow using a fabulous paper pieced kilt pattern by Juliet @ Tartankiwi
The pillow is bordered in a celtic print fabric -  I added in the kilt pin for decoration so it can be removed by my swap partner later on if she wishes.
The pillow is backed in a deer print home dec weight fabric as the deer features on Jamie Frasers' clan crest in the series.
I also made a zip pouch using a few fabrics also following the "Outlander" theme - some dragonflies for the second book "Dragonfly in Amber", Scottish thistles and more deer.
And a couple of extra items for my partner - a notebook with deer and roses for Claire (the English rose) and some Scotch finger Shortbread biscuits.
And I included a card made using a photo of the Australian Standing Stones monument at Glenn Innes, NSW, Australia which I took a few years ago. The annual Celtic festival is being held there this weekend but there are severe weather and possible flood warnings current in our area so we decided not to risk going away - maybe next year...

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Linking up with Fabric Tuesday @ Quiltstory.

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This was on my FAL Q2 list for this year so linking up with Adrianne @ On The Windy Side.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

X-factor pillow swap - round #9

The X-factor pillow swap recently held another round with Drunkards Path blocks as the feature.
The pillow I entered is named "Tibouchina" after the purple flowering trees that are quite prolific in our area at this time of year. 
One variety (Tibouchina Alstonville) is named after the northern NSW town where it was developed which is also where I lived when I first moved down here from Brisbane over 25 years ago.
The late afternoon Autumn sunlight catching on these blooms is almost identical to the colour of the fabric in the pillow.
I used Lizzy House jewels in Magenta from Hello Pilgrim to make the "petals" of the flower.
Then quilted the pillow in a cross hatch design and backed it in a cute spot print, before binding in a coordinating fabric which has touches of the pretty purples in it.
So now that we have voted on the pillows in the swap, this one will be mailed off to a new owner this week:)
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Linking up with Fabric Tuesday @ Quiltstory

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Q2 Finish-Along goals!

We were away on holidays last week and I had plenty of time to have a think about what to put on my Q2 finish-along list so here goes... 

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 1.  Bruce: this project is first on my list as I didn't get around to it last quarter...
2. Pattern testing for Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts again - this time I am using colours inspired by this Astrid bundle by Erin McMorris from my LQS Rainbow Patchwork.
3. Outlander Craft swap - I am on Team Lallybroch and have chosen some Scottish themed fabrics to use to make a couple of projects including a paper pieced pillow...

  4. Tessa basket by Green Letter Day - planning on doing some Cotton &Steel patchwork for this....
5. Wildwood fabric: I would like to try making a downsized Noodlehead "SuperTote" with these beautiful organic Cloud 9 fabrics.
6. Lizzy House MQS: I am on Team Riddle and have my partner already so am going to dig into my Lizzy House stash to make a mini quilt using one of the Thimbleblossoms mini quilt patterns. I just bought some of the new mini pearl bracelets to use too:)
7. DUACAL: I have done the first set of rows on this blanket but haven't gotten much further...
8. Table runners for Mothers' day: using some Terra Australis fabrics.
9 Cotton and Steel MQS: I have made a couple of practice blocks already which I might incorporate into an extra item ...
10.  I would like to make this shirt using a pattern from Anna Maria Horner with this lovely rayon.
Linking up again with Adrianne @ On The Windy Side for the Q2 FAL....

Friday, April 3, 2015

2015 Finish Along Q1

I had quite a few projects on my list for the first quarter FAL 2015 and I am happy to say that I got most of them done!!
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1. A mini Swoon quilt using Terra Australis fabric - check!
2. The #aussiebagswap2015 Cotton and Steel 241 bag - check!
  3. The #kittenmqs2015 mini quilt swap - check!
  4.  Bruce  - pattern by Jodie @ Ric-Rac: well Bruce din't get much of a look in this quarter - maybe next time!
5. Marsala Maples quilt using prints from various Denyse Schmidt fabrics- check!.
6. A Queen Bee bag from the Moda Bake Shop - check!
 7.My Rainbow Ripple Rug  - check!
8. A Quick Brown Fox pillow - check!
9. Pattern testing the "Star Jump" quilt for Jess @  The Elven Garden - check!
 10. A "Foxy Ladies" mini quilt for the #igminiswapOz - check!
So that is 9/10 for the first quarter - now to make a start on my list for Q2 FAL.
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.Linking up with Adrianne @ On The Windy Side for the  Q1 2015 FAL - thanks so much for hosting and keeping us organised Adrianne!