Sunday, December 31, 2017

AMH Painted Portrait Dress

The Painted Portrait pattern by Anna Maria Horner is quite a versatile one as it can be used to make either a dress or blouse with options for sleeved or sleeveless versions.
As it is summer here, I chose to make a sleeveless version of the dress using some of the lovely feathers fabric from AMH Field Study.
Although I have used this pattern before, I again got a bit confused when sewing the yoke/armhole seams but have found a great tutorial by Made by Rae on how to do the yoke lining.
This just needs a quick press then I can wear it to a New Years gathering this evening!
This was on my FAL Q4 list for this year so linking up with the 2017 FAL team.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Tula Pink Butterfly quilt

The Tula Pink Butterfly quilt has long been on my to-do list and I had a put aside a FQ bundle of Eden fabric for when I finally got around to making it.
When Angie @gnomeangel announced the sewalong earlier this year I decided that it was the perfect opportunity to join in and make it at last!
The quilt looks more complicated that it really is as it is mainly composed of simple quilt blocks such as log cabins, flying geese and HST's - although those round blocks certainly were a bit more challenging! 
I used a Prima solid in silver for the background fabric and managed to buy some of the Eden moth fabric in Amethyst for the backing.
As this is a fairly large quilt, I sent it to my local quilter Karen at Rainbow Patchwork to be long arm quilted.
Now I just have to wait until it cools down for winter so I can put this quilt on our bed...
This was on my FAL Q4 list for this year so linking up with the 2017 FAL team.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Scrappy Trip to Stanthorpe quilt

It has been over 4 years since I made my first Scrappy Trip quilt using Denyse Schmidt fabrics and it is still one of my very favourite quilts.
So I thought I would make another using a blue/teal jelly roll along with a few extra grey and white fabrics.
To make the most of the jelly roll strips, I used a tutorial from Allison at Woodberry Way which uses the full WOF (42") of the strips rather than the original method from Bonnie at Quiltville.
The blocks from Allisons tutorial use 8 x 21" strips and finish at 16" rather than the original 6 x 16" strips which made a 12" block.
So to make a lap sized quilt, I only needed to sew 12 blocks to make a quilt of 48 x 64".
Then I simply quilted through the diagonals of the squares in each direction which gives a nice texture.
All of the blocks have the white tone-on-tone print running through the centre to create a pattern.
These photos were taken on a recent trip to Stanthorpe, so I thought it only fitting to rename the quilt to remember our weekend away.
This project was on my FAL Q4 list for this year so linking up with the 2017 FAL team.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Tula Sugar Skulls pillow

I have had the new Tula Pink book "Quilt with Tula and Angela" for about a year now so thought it was time to actually make something from it.
One of the many projects in the the book is the Sugar Skulls quilt, and as Halloween was coming up I decided to sew one of the blocks to use for a cushion/pillow.
The fabric is the Diamonds in  Raspberry from Acacia which is one of Tulas earlier ranges.
And I quilted the cushion in a crosshatch design using some matching hot pink thread.
Maybe next year I will make the whole Sugar Skull quilt as the block was quite fun to make.
This project was on my FAL Q4 list for this year so linking up with the 2017 FAL team.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Legendary "Yowie" pillow

I had a block left over from the "Legendary" quilt I made my hubby for his 50th birthday, so decided to make a matching pillow to go with the quilt.
This was actually the first tree block I made for the quilt and as I had arranged the batiks in a kind of ombre colour flow, decided to leave it out of the quilt as it looked quite different to the other blocks.
For those of you not in Australia, the "Yowie" is a mythical creature similar to the American Sasquatch/Bigfoot, who is believed to live in the Australian wilderness.
And the Yowie was sighted again recently when hubby went away for his  birthday celebration/fishing trip with some friends...
This project was on my FAL Q4 list for this year so linking up with the 2017 FAL team.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

"Woodland" Geo Gems quilt

I recently offered to test a new "Geo Gems" quilt pattern for Emily Dennis as I knew that I had some colourful prints to use in the quilt.
These cute "Woodland" fabrics are by the Australian designer Kat Kalindi, and were just perfect for a baby quilt.
The Geo Gems pattern includes sizes for Crib, Throw and Queen sized quilts and I chose to make the Crib size which finished at 45" square.

The pattern called for 5 FQ as well as 9 solids so I chose a few coordinating solids to go with the prints.

The blocks were very easy to sew and are great for showing off printed fabrics.
For the quilting I used the serpentine stitch along the main seams which has left the quilt feeling nice and soft.
And the backing is a blue check which went well with the shades of blue on the front.
The Geo Gems pattern is now available at Emilys "Quilty Love" website.
This was on my FAL Q4 list for this year so linking up with the 2017 FAL team.


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Proposed list of finishes for Q4!

Although it is quite busy this time of year, I am still hoping to get quite a few projects done by the end of this quarter!
1. AMH Painted Portrait dress: using some beautiful AMH feathers fabric to make a summery dress.
2. Crochet Christmas bunting: using some sparkly yarn to crochet some Christmas decor using the Granny Bunting Triangles pattern by Lucy @ Attic 24.
3. Flannel fox quilt: I used the 2x4 tutorial by Ashley @ Film in the Fridge to make these blocks into a baby sized quilt.
4. GeoGems quilt: testing a new pattern by Emily Dennis from Quilty Love - blocks made so just needs quilting and binding....
5.Legendary Tree pillow: I had a spare block leftover from the Legendary quilt so am going to make a matching pillow to go with the quilt.
6. Nessie quilt: can't wait to make this cute quilt using the pattern by Elizabeth Hartman 
7. Raggy flannel quilt: using some pretty pinks and greys for a cuddly quilt.
8. Rainbow crochet baby blanket: a friend has asked me to make a rainbow ripple blanket for her first grandchild...
9. Scrappy Trip along quilt: I have the 12 blocks made for the quilt already and just needs to be finished.
10. 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.
11. Swiss mint quilt: Using the Swiss pattern by Thimbleblossoms along with some pretty teal/minty fabrics...
12. Tula Pink Butterfly quilt:This sew-along is hosted by Angie (Gnome Angel)and Nicole (Snips Snippets)- I have all of the blocks made and just need to sew them into the sections....
13. Tula Pink - Hurray for Hexies EPP quilt: this will be a perfect project to sew over summer...
14. Tula Pink Sugar skulls pillow: needs to be done in time for Halloween... 
15. Virus shawl: This is a crochet pattern I have wanted to try for a while now - I have already used 2 balls of Bouvardia yarn but may need at least one more....
Linking up my FAL Q4 list with the 2017 FAL team here.