Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Vintage palette

This weeks theme for palettes over at Porch Swing Quilts is vintage. I really love the palette from the pretty collection of Pyrex dishes on Jennies blog.
This is a lovely old black 1928 Model A Ford Tourer that we hired for our daughters formal last year - such a classic car which certainly sounded a lot more modern with its V8 engine!
And a vintagey style patchwork Scrappy trip-along quilt made from over 180 different Denyse Schmidt fabrics - I love the softer colours in this palette. 
The next theme is "France".....linking up with Jennie at Porch Swing Quilts.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Jungle Avenue Sew Together Bag

A few weeks ago, Clair (clairsdestash on IG) posted some photos of the gorgeous Art Gallery "Jungle Avenue" fabrics which she also has available from an online store.
I was really keen to try out the very popular Sew Together bag pattern by Sew Demented and thought these fabrics would be perfect for this project. Clair very kindly cut the amounts of fabric I needed and sent them to me that week - it is nice to find local sellers as sometimes it takes weeks for packages to arrive from overseas.
I bought some zips to match the colourful fabrics and cut out the panels to make the bag. I wanted to use my favourite print from the collection (Elephant Skyline) as the outside of the STB. All of the other prints were used for the inside of the STB and the pocket linings, with the B&W "Dotted Boulevard" print for the binding.
This was such a fun project to do and I absolutely love how it has turned out - I had been a bit worried about the zipper installation but it was really quite straightforward.
I did have a bit of trouble with the binding which I ended up deciding to handstitch down as it looked much neater that way. 
If you are going to make one of these Sew Together Bags (and you should because they are fabulous!) then I would recommend checking out the Quilt Barn sew along which has plenty of great pictures and tips for each stage. There is also a flickr group here.
 Linking up with Fabric Tuesday at Quiltstory.

Fresh Poppy Design

Friday, September 5, 2014

Disney Palette

This week is Disney week over at Porch Swing Quilts and although my children are all teenagers now, we all still love Disney movies. I must confess that although I haven't yet seen Frozen which is one of the latest Disney releases, I am quite familiar with the songs as the boys sing them whilst in the shower:) 
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I love elephants and I have been collecting them for over 30 years so Dumbo is my choice for the palette this week. My other favourites would be Bambi and The Lion King - I named our cat Simba and I am looking forward to seeing the live production of The Lion King in Brisbane later this year.
And I found a little pouch I made from some very sweet Pinocchio fabric which was a gift for a friend. Linking up with Jennie over at Porch Swing Quilts.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Favourite photo palette

This week, the pallette at Porch swing quilts is a little different. As we have now made our way through a rainbow of colour, Jennie suggested to use a favourite photo to make a palette from.
Firstly, a pretty floral photo as it is the first day of spring here in Australia today - this is a Double Delight rose from our garden and it has a beautiful scent too.
And as today is also my twin boys 16th birthday, this photo from our daughters formal last year came to mind. Linking up with Jennie over at Porch Swing Quilts. Next up is a Disney pic...