Sunday, April 13, 2014

Wishful thinking - my Q2 FAL list!

We are already into the second quarter of this year, so it ts time for another list of projects that I am hoping to get done by the end of June.
1. Cargo Duffle : inspired by a beautiful duffle I saw on Owens Olivia which uses the same fabric I did to make one of Amiras Girlfriends wallets recently, I would like to make a large quilted bag so am going to attempt of the Cargo Duffles from Anna @ Noodlehead.  I have all of the pieces cut out and have started quilting the large panels already. Sophie from C'est La Vie has just held a Cargo Duffle sew along, with more helpful tips in the flickr group too!
2. Umbrella prints Trimmings project: I purchased one of the Umbrella Prints Floating Worlds Trimmings packs and have already started sewing up the first of a few planned projects.
3. DS mini quilt swap: I recently bought a Fat 1/8 bundle of DS Ansonia form Westwood Acres and I can't wait to use this in the mini quilt swap. I am thinking of doing one of the many "mini" versions of quilt patterns available now for my partner.
4.  A "Social Tote" : I have already made the little pincushion which is included and I suspect that it may have been the easy part of the pattern :)
5. My sons are going to NZ with their Rugby club later this year so I making a rugby jersey inspired throw rug in their club colours that can be raffled as a fundraiser. 

And a couple of projects that are carrying over from last quarter...
 6. Table runner: 
and 7. Feathers quilt: using the beautiful blocks made by my fellow Aus Mod Bee members.
 Linking to the Q2 FAL list with Katy @ The Littlest Thistle.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Girlfriend's Wallet Pattern by Amira @ Little Mushroom Cap

A few weeks ago I saw a post by Amira, who was my partner for the Sew Sew Modern swap, and she was putting a call out for testers for her cute Girlfriend wallet pattern.
I had seen a few of the wallets that she had made and posted photos of on IG and immediately volunteered.
I made the first one in some Juliana Horner leaf fabric, using the woodgrain print for the tab.
And it was so much fun to put together that I made another one late last week, this time using Denyse Schmidt Chicopee fabrics for the inside...
And some black denim for the outside which  I pre-quilted in straight lines.
I can thoroughly recommend Amiras pattern - there are 16 pages in the pattern and her instructions are very clear. The pattern includes about 50 photos too, which makes it quite easy to understand the clever construction of the Girlfriend's Wallet. Amira has released the pattern now and it is now available on Craftsy and Etsy.
Fresh Poppy Design
Linking to Fabric Tuesday at Quiltstory.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Five Finishes for First Quarter FAL

It is once again time to link up for the Q1 FAL list hosted by Katy @ The Littlest Thistle. Back in January I listed a few things that I would like to do and I am happy to say that I have completed the majority of them.

1. First up is a project that I have selected fabrics for but didn't really get a look in this quarter - maybe next time...
2. Feathers quilt - it is too hot during summer in Australia to tackle a big quilt so I am really hoping to get these blocks sewn together and quilted in the cooler months which are coming up.
3. SSM4 project: this Noodlehead Super tote and crochet roll up were mailed off at the end of January to my partner.

4. I stitched up a pair of comfy lounge pants using this pretty DS fabric.
5. This ottoman was made using a tutorial by Made By Rae which I pinned a while ago. The fabric I used was a fun drill in a chair print - my cat seems to think it was made just for him and has claimed it as his own so it is already covered in grey kitty hairs:( 

6. I used my favourite black denim, along with some AMH feathers linen to make one of Anna @ Noodleheads fabulous divided fabric baskets and have already filled it up with some FQ.
7. I ended making a couple of items for the Pantone Radiant Orchid challenge - a scrappy Swoon "Soft Kitty" pillow and a Giant Starburst quilt. These pinks and purples have certainly grown on me:)
So with 5 out of 7 projects finished, I am linking up once again to the Q1 2014 FAL with Katy at The Littlest Thistle.
Finish Along 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Noodlehead Divided basket

One of the projects I had on my FAL Q1 list was Anna @ Noodleheads divided fabric basket I had made one of these recently for a swap (here) but really wanted to do one for myself too:)
So I started with some beautiful AMH "feathers" linen and chose a few other fabrics to use with it in the basket.
I used a pretty blue and white sewing themed fabric for the basket lining.
This basket is just perfect to keep my newly acquired stash from Spotlight's FQ sale last week!
Linking to the Q1 FAL with Katy @ The Littlest Thistle. And be sure to also check out her blog as she has some fab tutorials this week.
Finish Along 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

My Quilty Bucket List

When I saw Staceys post about her Quilty Bucket list , I could totally relate to it!  There are some nights where I lie awake thinking about all of the quilty projects that I would like to accomplish (one day!) so here are a few of the ones that I have had on my mind lately...
1.  After seeing all of the lovely Marcelle Medallion quilts last year I am very keen to make one myself - I received a copy of the Liberty Love book for my birthday along with some Liberty fabrics but not sure if I have enough for the quilt.
2. Make a sampler style quilt like the Gypsy Wife quilt. I have joined the Gypsy Wife QAL group on flickr and already have some fabrics in mind for this one.
3. I would love to make a low volume quilt - I recently participated in a Low Volume charm swap and have been "collecting" other LV fabrics.
4. And although they constantly make fun of my pile of quilts, I would like to make each of my teenaged sons a quilt before they leave home. I found a blog post I did about this back in August 2012 - I still have the stash of Parson Grey Curious Nature fabric and one of the other patterns I am now considering is the Lucky Squares pattern (above) which I tested for Jess last year.
5. After seeing Debbies recent post on all of the beautiful Swoon quilts she has made, a miniature version is on my list too - although the 8" blocks may be a bit of a challenge to sew:)
The Tilted Quilt
Linking up to the Quilty Bucket List hosted @ The Tilted Quilt. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Pantone challenge: Berry Orchid quilt

This quilt is my entry to the "Quilts" section of the Pantone Radiant Orchid challenge. 
The rich colours of the shot cottons made me think of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries so I have called this quilt "Berry Orchid"
I made it using the Giant starburst pattern from Megan @ Canoe Ridge Creations which she very kindly posted as a QAL.
This quilt combines a few of my favourite things about quilting - shot cottons, dense quilting with variegated thread and of course the "big block" design.
The 4 coloured fabrics in this quilt are beautifully soft shot cottons and I have used them with a cream solid background.
The backing is a tone on tone chevron print - I bought quite a bit of this backing as I really love it!
Now I have  a matching set.
And it has all been kitty approved too:) 

Pattern: Giant Starburst by Megan at Canoe Ridge Creations
Size : 60" square
Fabrics: Shot cottons in Ink, Fuschia, Garnet and Aubergine; Prima solid in Ivory.
Quilting: dense straight lines,Gutermann variegated thread #9969 

Linking to the Pantone Radiant Orchid challenge hosted by Adrianne @ On the Windy Side and Anne @ Play Crafts, and also in the flickr group.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

WIP Wednesday

After making the "Soft Kitty" pillow for the Pantone Radiant Orchid challenge, I decided to go ahead with another project that I was keen to make using some beautiful shot cottons.
This pattern is the Giant Starburst quilt by Megan @ Canoe Ridge creations - she also held a QAL for this at the end of last year.
Once again I am doing dense straight line quilting which I have now almost finished - luckily I am not working at the end of this week so I am hoping to get the binding done in the next couple of days!
2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Radiant Orchid
And if you haven't already, please pop over to see all of the gorgeous entries for the Pantone Radiant Orchid challenge !
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Linking to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.