Saturday, November 30, 2013

Down Under Doll Quilt Swap

A couple of swap items are now ticked off my "to do" list!
This is the mini made for the DUDQS using the Scrappy Sprouts tutorial by Tracey at Tracey Jay quilts.
I chose to make it even scrappier by using different coloured fabrics on each side and it ends up just over 17 x 20".
Also done is the Christmas Table runner for the same swap which finished at 16 x 48". I echo quilted this and bound it in a red and white stripe that reminded me of peppermint candy canes.
Just need to add in a few little extras before I mail these off early next week.

Fresh Poppy Design
Linking to Fabric Tuesday at Quiltstory. Kirsten.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Off to the Ball...

Over the past few months my daughter and her friends have been busy with her HSC exams, and after they were all finished last week the students attended their much anticipated Year 12 Graduation Ball.
The students usually organise some type of fancy or unusual transport to arrive at the formal 
(stretch limousines, hummers, fire trucks, boat trailers, horse and cart, even a double decker red London Bus etc...) and then walk up the "red carpet" surrounded by fellow students, friends and families.
We hired this lovely old 1928 Model A Ford locally - it has been fully restored but now has a V8 engine so we could hear it coming up our street!
The jacarandas always flower here at exam time (late Oct/ early Nov) and although there are not many still flowering this late in November we did find one to take a photo under. 
Gemma has had a minty/aqua coloured dress in mind for a while now and found this dress on a US site "Promgirl". It was really beautiful and even with alterations it cost much less than we would pay here as most of the formal dresses come from the US anyway! 
And her partner managed to find an embroidered shirt to wear which suited the vintage car perfectly.
We had thunderstorms and even hail every afternoon in the week leading up to the formal, so were lucky the rain held off until later that evening so we could take a few photos.
 And lastly a family pic - after a fairly busy day with hair, nails and makeup, we had a wonderful evening
The day before the formal I received these gorgeous flowers from my family as a "thank you" which was a lovely surprise - I am quite sure that when the boys graduate in 3 years time, that it will be a lot less stressful! 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

X factor pillow swap: X and + pillow

Last week I showed you the beautiful pillow I received from Brooke (Pitter Putter Stitch) in the X factor pillow swap, so now I thought that I would share more on the pillow I made now that it has reached it's new home at Pam's place. 
This round had a Low Volume theme and at first I thought that I would not have enough LV fabrics to make a pillow from...
Then I decided to sew some X and + blocks which was also the bee block I chose for my round of the Simply Solids Bee earlier this year.
I made 4 blocks which finished at 10" each using a tutorial from Ariane quilts, with some linen to make the "+" part of the block as I really like the texture the linen adds. Then I just did some simple straight line/echo quilting.
For the back I used a cute dotty bird print and the pillow was finished off with a grey stripey binding ending up at 20" square.
I have participated in all 7 rounds of this fab swap and have recieved such a wonderful variety of pillows from the following lovely ladies: Low Volume pillow from Brooke (Pitter PutterStitch), Cocktail Party pillow from Rachel(woodenspoon),Broken chain pillow from Cottilello, Hexie pillow from Amy (AmySewVT),  Fractured Jet Lag pillow  from Stephanie (spontaneous threads), Squares pillow from Leanne @shecanquilt,Circle squared pillow - Lisa (incorgiable2). (PS: the Scottie dog and owl aren't from the X factor swap but are up there to keep an eye on the pillows to make sure the kids don't throw them on the floor, as they are not usually lined up this neatly).
And these are the pillows I have sent off in return. The next theme is "Log cabin and Text" and is not due until 25th January 2014 so there is plenty of time to get sewing if you would like to join in.
Fresh Poppy Design
Linking to Fabric Tuesday at Quiltstory.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

WiP Wednesday

After making these HST for the Christmas table runner swap a few weeks ago, I have finally finished trimming them and have them all laid out ready to sew together. 
I was going to mix up the HST randomly but now I think it looks better in separate red and green chevrons.
And I have finished quilting the "Sprouts" mini for the DUDQS too - just need to decide the binding...
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Linking to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Brown paper packages tied up with strings...

These are definitely a few of my favourite things!! Firstly there was a package from Cat containing a colourful Starburst Spools mini. 
Cat used a pattern by Charise creates and it is just amazing. I really love the different fabrics she has used for each piece and many of them have special meaning - such as the word "green" (my favourite colour), some Denyse Schmidt prints and the kitty for Simba:)
 And now this little beauty from the X factor pillow swap has turned up on my doorstep.
Brooke @PitterPutter Stitch made this beautiful pillow for the 7th round of the X-factor pillow swap which had a Low volume theme. I really love how she has pieced this and the curvy quilting on the yarn dyed linen looks amazing!
 I need to go and buy another 20 inch pillow form to put this one in so that I can add it to my pillow collection. I have really enjoyed being a part of this swap  - the next theme is "Log cabin and Text" and is not due until 25th January 2014 so there is plenty of time to get sewing if you would like to join in.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

WIP Wednesday

I have been making some progress on the mini quilt for my DUDQS partner.
These blocks are made using the Scrappy Sprouts tutorial by Tracey at Tracey Jay quilts. Instead of the LV background Tracey used, I am using some of my stash of tone on tone fabrics as I think the sprouts show up nicely with the pale background.
I really need to get a move on this as some of the other DUDQS minis have already been mailed and received, and I still have to finish off the Xmas table runner for the swap too!
Linking to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced 

Winners of the Giant Chevron pattern!

It is time to announce the two winners of the Giant Chevron pattern giveaway from Jess at The Elven Garden.
 The Giant Chevron pattern giveaway winners are...

I love this pattern and can easily see myself making it in lots of different sizes. It is wonderful!!

Heather D.
I pinned your giveaway on Pinterest.

Monday, November 11, 2013

QAYG Chicopee bag

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Denyse Schmidts fabrics and and Chicopee is one of my favourites, so I decided to use some of these colourful prints to make another Noodlehead Sidekick tote bag.
I started with a QAYG panel and was going to make it large enough to use on both sides...
But then, I remembered how much I liked the downsized Anna Maria Horner feather that I made for the Mouthy Stitches tote swap last year, so made one to fit the panel for the larger size of the Sidekick tote pattern to use on the other side of the bag.
I teamed the Chicopee with some a very dark grey, almost black denim which sets off the vibrant prints perfectly. 
The Sidekick tote has a recessed zip closure and I added in a patchwork pocket on the inside, as well as a zippered pocket.
I bought the pieces of hardware to finish off this bag recently at a Brisbane craft show -  I have left the adjustable strap quite long so that I can use the tote as a shoulder bag, or as a messenger style bag.

 Linking to the Purse Palooza hosted by Sara of Sew Sweetness.
Sew Sweetness
And also with the 4th quarter FAL with Leanne @ She Can Quilt.

For the Boys - A Coastal Cruiser cushion!

Firstly, a big thanks to Amy and Madame Samm for bringing us another great blog hopIt is my day today to post for the "For the Boys " blog hop so I thought I would share a pillow that I made last week using the free "Coastal Cruiser" pattern from Tula Pink.
I haven't really done much applique but this is a fairly easy design to do and all of the pieces are marked clearly on the pattern - you can really change the look of the Combi just by using different fabrics!
I used some denim for the bottom half of the pillow front - you only need a piece about 20 x 10" for the pillow so this would be a great way to use an old pair of jeans!  I just did dense straight line quilting on the front of the pillow and then used a navy and white spot for the envelope back. 
And these are a few other items I have made for the guys in my family - links to each project are below the mosaic:

Thank you to Madame Samm and Amy for heading up this wonderful hop.  You can check out the rest of today's participants here.

November 11th

Also, please note that Amy has added more bloggers and days to the Hop which now runs to November 15th.  

Linking to Fabric Tuesday at Quiltstory.