show and tell

Hey everyone, here is a wee bit of show and tell🙂

I know it seems like ages ago already but I made a couple of Christmas quilts for my youngest two.

Christmas quilt for master M.

Christmas quilt for master M.

I love the cute fabrics in this one for Master M. I scrolled through a million pinterest images of quick and easy quilt ideas and stumbled across this one by Just Quilty. I had yardage rather than precuts but it was easy enough to recreate this design. It is just the right weight for a hot and humid Queensland Christmas.

Of course one Miss K saw this she HAD to have one too. I was reluctant to get fabric that was too ‘young’ for Miss K, after all she will be 10 years old soon. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a gorgeous Christmas Jelly roll and added my own fabrics to it. I also made a matching quilted pillow case, just because.811

813

 

My next project was a play mat for a nephew soon to arrive. I had chosen these fabrics ages ago with this purpose in mind and had seen this quilt at One last stitch, and just adjusted the measurements to suit the size I was after. I think it turned out super cute and is nice and soft for baby to roll around on.  828

That was my last project for 2014!!

My how time flies. I say it every year, but then the next year whizzes by just as quickly. Did you make any new years resolutions this year? Normally I have resolutions of saving all my money, losing all my cuddly (wobbly) bits and running a super efficient sparkly clean lifestyle all without a single glass of wine. This year I have been a bit more realistic (I hope). I pledged to resist the temptation of buying delicious new fabrics and work on all the projects I have already waiting for me. My stash has steadily grown with my sewing addiction and I am running out of room. 805

But ……..

https://i0.wp.com/cdn.meme.am/instances/57877480.jpg

So here I am half way through January with even more fabric (have decided to search for a larger storage solution instead). However I have successfully finished two quilts, a library bag and hosted a sew along for 9 eager children. I am well on the way to completing all the unfinished, yet to be started projects waiting patiently for me.🙂

First finish for 2015. a gift for one of my brothers and his lovely wife.

First finish for 2015. a gift for one of my brothers and his lovely wife.

 

003

This was a pattern I saw in an Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazine, I have changed it slightly though.

007

Yes, this fabric is a recent purchase- but how could I NOT have it? Its perfect for Miss K’s Library bag🙂

 

These are all the lovely kiddos I had come visit me to learn to sew a Fancy Pillow case. They all had a great day and their creations are awesome🙂010

Well, that’s me for now, hope everyone had a great Christmas and New year. May your fabric be plentiful and your seam ripper gather dust. x

 

 

My hand quilted Double Wedding ring.

So in my last post you would have seen the dresses I made for a very special wedding. Well now let me show you the gift I gave the bride and groom. It is a hand quilted double wedding ring.

054

 

You can buy the pattern here. The quilt is made from fabrics chosen by the women of both sides of the family, making rings that represent both the bride and the groom, both family rings interlocking. Cute huh?

Naturally the quilt was quality tested by my supervisor Buddy the cat.

042

This quilt was a Quilt as you go pattern. I didn’t use a hoop, and struggled with finding a comfortable thimble
Hence my new callous on my finger

 

055

 

The back of the quilt is pretty as well.

 

049

 

So there you have it- I ADORED making this quilt, it was a labor of love from start to finish!

 

047

I am alive and well- and have been sewing like mad!

So honestly- What on earth happens to time?! I blink and months have past! Crikey!!
Wow I have so much to show you!! First and foremost- I have the absolute pleasure of sharing the news that I have two new sisters!! Two of my little brothers have gotten married since  I last posted. There really is nothing quite like beautiful weddings- especially when you adore those that are getting married.
And guess what!! I made the flower girls dresses!! And they turned out pretty ok!
Here is my Miss K in her dress. photo.php

kandrNot bad hey!?

Lets ignore the fact that I had previously unpicked a dress so much I had to throw it away and start again shall we?😉

I had a love-hate relationship with these dresses, I had trouble deciphering some of the pattern and ended up ‘winging it’ a few times. And for the life of me I couldn’t get my ruffles and hem lines completely straight. Argh!! I also made a few changes to the dresses, they are sash-less, and on both of the dresses the sizing measurements were cut across a few sizes as it was fairly generous. The pattern is B4967 Butterick.
I have not used many Butterick patterns, and I found the dresses challenging, it is more from my lack of experience working with slippery and fine fabrics and my inability to understand some sewing terminology. But I still love the end results.

51qATAb1kIL._SY355_

Hand Quilting

Here we are in a fast paced, instant, modern world. Crafters and seamstresses from days long gone had none of the modern day tools we use today, even fabric itself was scarce. They were thrifty and would sew out of necessity as well as for love. I find it all rather fascinating really.

It seems that quilting is a new and intense fascination of mine.  (I have a lot of quilting posts coming your way). Even my all time favourite author Jane Austen was a quilter!

 

jane%20austen%20quote

(Image courtesy of here)
Why on earth would I even look at hand quilting you ask? Well truth be told, I looked into it purely because I wanted to give quilting a go but my little tiny Elna was not walking foot compatible. I laybyed myself a new machine that had lots of features but I knew it would take me ages to pay it off. Enter the art of hand quilting.

I began my journey, as I often do, with YouTube. I found a simple block and machine pieced a top together (I lost a few points, but I left them like that. I have learnt to love my imperfections). And I even used polyester (eeep!!!) for the sashing and binding because it was all I had in my stash.

I do not have a hoop (although I am hinting for one for mothers day) and my basting was done by what safety pins I already had in my kit. But still I went ahead and quilted, my stitches were big but fairly even. It is very very far from being a perfect quilt, but I do not care. I loved making this quilt so much. Curling up on my lounge of a night and quilting that sandwich together did good things to my soul. It was just so..peaceful.

024026

 

This Hand Quilted lap quilt now sits on my Mothers lounge to keep her warm on cool nights while she reads or watches TV. She loves it and I loved making it for her.

Liebster Blog Award

Well, how is this for some happy news!? The lovely Barbara from barbarajanemade has nominated me for a Liebster Award! Barbara you made my day! Of course, being a new blogger I had absolutely no idea what a Liebster award was so I did a bit of research. It is an award given to fresh new baby bloggers by other bloggers. It is given to those with blogs with 200 or less followers. It spreads love and encouragement throughout the blogging universe. I am so happy to be a part of it!

If you wish to except the award you have been nominated for, the rules are as follows (copied from Barbara’s blog)

Thank the person who gave you the award,  linking back to that persons blog. Copy and paste the Liebster Award on to your own profile. Answer 5 questions your nominator has asked. Pick 5 blogs you feel deserve to be noticed (they have to have less than 200 followers). Ask them 5 questions. Let them know they have been nominated by leaving a comment on their blog.

d7ee3-liebsteraward_0

 

So now here is a little snippet of me, questions asked by Barbara:

Do you have a favourite sewing or knitting skill? I don’t think so, I am hungry to learn everything. I get completely lost in my projects and lose track of time. Sometimes til wee hours of the morning (a habit I really must break).

Why do you like it? My most recent projects have been quilts both machine and hand sewn! I have actually really been loving Hand Quilting. It is a tricky rhythm to learn but once you get the knack it is so relaxing to sit in front of the telly with your quilt in your lap and stitch away. I even found an amazing group of dedicated Hand Quilters from all over the world who have been a wealth of information. The group is celebratehandquilting. They are also on facebook.

How did you learn to sew or knit? I was never really taught by one person, just self taught myself by playing around on a cheap sewing machine- I did take a handful of lessons with my local fabric shop which was worth every cent, I grew so much more confident. I also did a few Craftsy online lessons which are also really helpful.

What is your favourite time of year? Weather wise- my favourite time of year hands down is spring. Festivities wise- Christmas time!!!

What do you like about it? Spring time in Queensland is beautiful, the days are warm but not yet too humid, and everything just seems that little bit brighter and happier.
Christmas time is a love that I have inherited from a family full of Christmas nutters! We start planning our Christmas very early in the year- Who’s house? What’s on the menu? How to decorate? Then there is all the Christmas crafts, shopping, Gift giving and gathering of loved ones. How could it not be a favourite!

So there you have it! Now lets introduce my nominees…

Drum roll please…

I wish to nominate

Liz from Busy Lizzy In Brizzy

Janet from Middle Aged Mama

RoseMary from heartandsoulquilts

Helen from Patchwork Bliss

Wendy from Wehago Designs.

I also want to sneak in another lovely blogger Kez from Stitching Ribbons

I have no idea how many followers these lovely blogs have, so if you have over 200, please just think of this nomination as admiration of your lovely pages. x
Here are your questions

Why did you start blogging?
If you could add a room to your house just for you- what would it look like?What are your top five favourite movies?
Tell me something you are looking forward to in 2014?
Tell me about a happy memory, one that makes you smile- no matter how big or small.🙂

Have a great day!!

Its been ages!!

Wowzers- its been so flippin long since Ive posted! I have been doing plenty of sewing but none for me! All gifts. And whats more.. I can only show you one because I havent ‘given’ the others to their new owners yet!

Meet the Rag Quilt. Its my first go at quilting. I have always adored quilts. They are precious keepsakes that wrap you up in the love they were made with.

1624715_10202447544684407_961520828_n

This quilt was made with cotton squares 6″ x 6″ and cotton batting cut at 5″ x5″. Its ragged up nicely in the first wash. I was so pleased!!! Now I just have to give the other gifts to their new homes so I can show you my other pretties!

1624196_10202447544724408_467872999_n