Wednesday, May 21, 2014

WIP Wednesday

This week I am continuing to work on a little project that I started over the weekend.

I am attending a quilting class by Camillle Roskelley next month here in Australia and have decided that I need to make a tote bag to carry all of my sewing supplies to the class in, and this small Swoon block is going to form one of the pockets.
The quilt we are making at the class is the Red Letter Day quilt and I have already been having a play around with some fabric combos. I had a bit of a Bonnie and Camille fabric stash here already as I was planning on doing a Gypsy Wife quilt at some stage using fabrics from many of their ranges, so I am going to use some of them for the Red Letter Day quilt. I really love how their fabric ranges all coordinate with each other so well - the pretty red and aqua with pops of lime, grey, orange and navy is such a fresh colour combo.
So far I have chosen some Ruby, Marmalade, Scrumptious, Happy Go Lucky and I have just ordered a FQ each of Vintage Modern and April Showers as I didn't have any of these. My friend Cat (who is also going to the class) is swapping some Bliss FQ with me too so I now have the fabrics pretty much sorted!! 

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced 

Linking to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Spring 2014: Scrappy trip Along Quilt

Hi, and welcome if you are visiting from the Bloggers Quilt festival! Last year, I joined the Scrappy Trip along and made a quilt using 180 different prints from one of my favourite designers, Denyse Schmidt.
 Well, it is actually 182 different prints including the backing and binding:) I planned each block to have a darker strip running through the centre to form a diagonal pattern when the blocks were sewn together.
I used one of my favourite DS prints from Aunt Edna on the back  - a bright and cheery Orange Leaf. 
 I really love how this quilt has turned out - the Trip Along blocks were so easy to make!
It was quilted in a cross hatch grid which was quite easy to do - I didn't mark out my lines but just eyeballed them as I quilted.
Now that it is getting cooler here in Australia, we have this quilt on our bed and Simba also loves to snuggle up in it.
Quilt Stats-
Pattern: Scrappy Trip Around the World tutorial from Quiltville Quips and Snips here
Size: Lap Size - 60x72"
Quilting: Straight line quilting in a cross hatch grid pattern
Fabrics:180 different strips of Denyse Schmidt fabrics from Picnic and Fairgrounds, Winding Roads, Daisy Mae, Sugar Creek, Aunt Edna, Richmond, Chicopee, Flea Market Fancy, Meadowlark, Hope Valley, Katie Jump Rope, and Fancy Free.
Backing: DS Aunt Edna Multi Leaf on Mini Dot Orange
Binding: DS Aunt Edna Multi Dot Burgundy
As this is a scrappy quilt, I am entering it into the "Scrappy quilts" category in the Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy @ Amy's Creative Side.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Winner of SMS giveaway!

A little later than planned but I am happy to announce the winner of the Sew mama Sew Giveaway of the Mustaches FQ bundle.

Comment #125 was chosen using the Random Org number generator:
  1. And that comment belongs to Sarah!
  1. Congratulations Sarah - I have sent you an email to ask for your mailing address so I can post the FQ to you this week.
  1. Thank you to everyone who entered.
  2. Kirsten.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!


Firstly, I must apologise for the lateness of this post but I have spent all week trying to figure out how to number comments again - I finally found the answer here !  Anyway, as part of the Sew,Mama,Sew Giveaway Day/week, I have a bundle of 5 FQ  to giveaway - these cute mustache prints along with a few coordinating prints !

  • I am more than happy to post internationally too, so please leave a comment below. If you like, let me know what you might make from these prints.
  • This competition closes at 5pm on Friday May 16th 2014 PST which I think according to the time converter is 10am Saturday 17th May 2014  here in eastern Australia. 
  • The winner will be drawn randomly later on May 17th and contacted via email so if you think you may be a "no-reply" blogger then please leave an email address in your comment so that I can get in touch with you.
  • And usually I try to reply to comments but it gets a bit crazy with the Giveaway Days so I may not get back to everyone, but please know that I read and appreciate all of your comments.
Good luck and thanks for stopping by - hope to see you again!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Under my Umbrella

For the past few weeks, I have been busy sewing up my projects for the Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition and now they are all done. I discovered Umbrella Prints a few years ago when I came across a local shop stocking their fabrics and instantly fell in love with their beautiful prints and hemp fabrics.
I have tried to make the most of the Trimmings pack by making a few different projects from my original pack of Floating Worlds Trimmings.
Firstly is a table runner in the style of Sarahs lovely Stepping Stones runner. I cut a square from each of the larger pieces of prints which were in the Trimmings pack
It measures 42" long x 14" wide, and I have used a seeded cotton for the background, with a woodgrain print for the binding.
 Second up is a mini quilt using the mini Raincheck pattern from Camille Roskelly  @ Simplify which I thought was the perfect pattern for the "Umbrella" Prints fabrics:)
All of the Trimmings pieces are appliqued on and I have hand stitched each of the umbrella handles, then added some angled quilting to replicate falling rain. 
This mini measures only 8 x 10" and is now hanging in our dining room.
Next up is a shoulder bag for which I made a QAYG panel for the front pocket. along with some black denim for the rest of the exterior. 
It is lined with a cute elephant print and closes with a recessed zipper.
With all of the scraps I had left, I made a coordinating little zip purse/pouch which is lined it with some soft suede.
It is large enough to hold my mobile phone - our little underwater camera even fits in it nicely.
This was the Trimmings Pack which I started with - it really is amazing how far those small pieces will go!! 
I have already seen a few other beautiful entries for this competition - you can find more details on the Umbrella Prints blog . Thank you to Amy and Carly for holding this great comp again too.

Finish Along 2014
These projects were on my list for the Q2 FAL hosted by Katy at The Littlest Thistle.