Friday 13 September 2013

Marcelle Medallion QAL

Wow I have been neglecting my blog for a long time.  Only my second post for 2013!!!

I've had a lot going on and I've done lots of sewing, and one of these day's I'll put up another post.

But for now  I have joined Penny Poppleton's MMQAL and have completed the centre and the first round.

I am trying to use Kaffe fabric's and so far it's looking good.  The pattern is from the Liberty Love book.

I have been working on a special Aussie Hero Quilt and Laundry Bag to send off this week.  Here they are

Anyway enough for now be back soon.


Monday 4 February 2013

February 2013 already

As I alway say when I look at my blog....

Where have I been and what have I been doing, and why has it taken me so long to find the time to put up a post.

Well here goes....

Since I was last here what have I been doing.

Lots and Lots of Quilts and Laundry Bags for Aussie Hero's

Lots of trips to Jan-Maree's place to help colaborate and co-ordinate some of those quilts and laundry bags and helping with some blog posts...

Quite a few Thursday sewing days with our group - The Nine Patch Quilters

I have ordered lots and lots of fabric on-line and bought lots and lots at fabric shops.

I joined the Greater Western Sydney Modern Quilt Guild and attended some meet ups with them on a few Monday nights. I haven't been able to go to any of the Sunday Sewalongs, but hopefully soon.

I've started quite a few projects and new quilts...(hasn't everyone) Including a Mystery BOM from the Fat Quarter Shop, and a new one I am starting via the Spotlight facebook page using Sarah Fielke's new fabric range!/Spotlightstores?fref=ts

And........  I was asked to review a free e-book from Fons & Porter here is the link if you want too have a look   stay tuned for that one.

I have signed up for lots of Craftsy Classes and have been learning FMQ, Handquilting and lots of other things


On top of all these things I have managed to work as well. Wow... Anyway I will be doing alot more posting so please stay tuned.


Thursday 12 July 2012

Catch up on Aussie Hero's Sewing

So in the past month and a half I have been also doing some sewing for the Aussie Hero's

Here are a few that have been sewn and sent and also some that are works in progress
This one is Aboriginal print themed and has some lovely pebbling FMQ in each of the orange squares ... you might have to zoom in to see.

This is the laundry bag that accompanied it.

This is an Aussie themed quilt that I did some FMQ that looks like waves around the Australian
Shape in the middle ... zoom in again to have a close look.

 This is the laundry bag that went with the Aussie one.

Next are two quilt tops I completed and have been sent to Jan-Maree to have a quilter finish them off.  The pinwheel one had some BOM's that others had sent in.

The next two have recipients but are being finished at the moment. 

I'm calling this one Flora and Fauna as there is lots of Aussie Fabric in this one.. all around the edge is a nice wattle fabric

This one is Kookaburra Tea towel.... one of the teatowels that was donated to Aussie Heros.

This last one is a photo from my design wall.  It also has a donated teatowel in the middle and is an Anzac Biscuit recipe on it.... so all the fabric is food related... Maroons, Cupcakes, Coffee, Corn, Peas & Apples... I love it and I think we need to find a chef/cook to send this one too.

Thats all from me tonight... don't forget if you want to get involved in  Aussie Hero's Quilts just visit the blog or like them on facebook

Lastly I celebrated my birthday yesterday and here is a little shot of my flowers and cake I got in the morning  AHHHH

Til next time



Friday 6 July 2012

A Quilt for Someone Special

This post is to show you a quilt I have been working on for about a week or two. 
So 2 things I love about this quilt. 

1.  I love the Vintage Modern Fabric Range
2.  I'm giving it to someone who is very special to me..... It's a secret ATM

I made up the layout myself.  I used a charm pack of Vintage Modern, a charm pack of Bella Solids White, a couple of mini charm pack of Vintage Modern and the border was done in one of the fabrics from the range.

The lovely Carolynne did a wonderful job quilting it for me in a lovely panto.... can't think of the name right now .... will update

 As I previously mentioned I am doing the Fat Quarter Shop's 2012 Designer Mystery BOM
 I have completed Block 1 see below... sorry picture is a bit blurry....

I have purchased alot more... and I mean alot more of this collection cause I love it...  Watch this space..

Just before I go here is a quick piccy of Hunni... on her human cushion.... AHHH to be the queen of the house and have all the humans at my beck and call LOL

Happy Sewing


Wednesday 4 July 2012

Bags Bags and More Bags


I've been absent for a while again... too much to do.

Here is a quick post about some bags I have been making over the last month..

I have been loving "Under the Australian Sun Fabric" you can see the theme in these bags.  Oh also I've had enough of bags for a while... they can be a bit fiddly.

The first one is a little sewing bag.  Here is a shot of the front and the back.

The next one is a little Hand Sewing Organiser.. It has some nice little compartments and a pin cushion in the centre.

The last one is a nice big tote for carrying everything to class. Still needs a little hand stitching on this one.

Ok thats all for now will update on some other things I have been doing soon.

Aussie Heros - Lots of new quilts
Vintage Modern - love this fabric, have completed a special quilt for someone, also doing the Fat quarters Block of the month.  Also bought some more fabric can't get enough
Oh my Stars quilt - being quilted at the moment photo's to come.



Saturday 12 May 2012

Happy Mothers Day Gift Reveal

Happy Mothers Day to all the Mums today.

I can now reveal what I have been finishing off for Mum's present.  I had a quilt top that I made back in 1987 at a Tafe Course.  There was no rotary cutters it was all done with pencil lines and scissors.  I had even started to hand quilt it, and that's where it stopped.... It has lived in the top of wardrobes and old cupboards for ooohh I don't know about 25 years LOL.. Wow when you say it like that it' a lot. 

Well everytime I have talked to Mum since I started doing patchwork and quilts in the last year or so she has been saying  "when are you going to finish that one up in the top of my wardrobe??".  So today Mum I presented it to you as your Mothers Day present.  Never to be hidden in  the top of a wardrobe again. 

The only thing I am disappointed with myself is that I didn't take a before shot.  So first off it was huge.  It started off 107" X 107" and I had made it like a bedspread.  Pillow section at the top... long sides.  It also had about 5 blocks of hand stitching.  I started reverse stitching and gave the top and the backing a wash and took everything over to Carolynne's house for some advise and a costing to quit the top for me.

After more reverse stitching and resizing we ended up with a quilt 80"x80".  She used the fantasia panto as there was a lot of blank spacing that I had left for hand quilting some feathers.  When she was finished quilting was a masterpiece.  Once again she is a master !!!  As I said I had originally made it as a bedspread so after the reverse stitching I ended up with 2 blocks that I made into continental pillows

Here is the finished quilt and pillows on Mum's bed.
The pillows in the sun
Close Up of the centre
Close up of the quilting No 1
Close up of the quilting No 2
Ahhh hang on to it Dad!
Everyone helping to keep it still

And of course the post wouldn't be complete without a picture of hunnigirl... Here she is with my cat (living at Mum's) called Kramer giving her a kiss....Hunni has had a whack or two from him before so she is not keen to get too close... but she obliged for the photo.

Til next time


Tuesday 8 May 2012

Aussie Hero Quilts Updates

This update is a catch up on the other quilts and laundry bags I did for Aussie Hero Quilts

These two were made by other sewer in the group and I helped by quilting and binding them.  The first one I called the African Quilt
This was posted with the Anzac Day posting with some goodies for it's recipient.  The next one was a lovely Australian Fabric one made by Claire and I did a little free motion on some random blocks as well as some straight quilting.  This ended up as a Wounded Warrior Quilt and is now waiting in the hospital to be given to an Australian Soldier when they are injured and they are sent on to Germany (here's hoping this is not too soon!)  You can read about it and see it on the hospital bed waiting here

This is a close up of my free motion on one of the blocks... I am still learning.
The next two I made the tops, quilted and bound myself and sent off in the Anzac Day posting with some goodies.  The first one I called Pirate Patch, and it was a disappearing 9 patch pattern.

The next one I love as the red really stands out. Called Red Diamond.
And of course their packages wouldn't be complete without their laundry bags to accompany the quilts.  So here are the three that I made.
After they were sent out I felt very satisfied, as I'm sure we all did, that the group was able to get so many quilts and laundry bags over to the troops.

And then on the 1st of May I received the most wonderful email from a female soldier that had received one of my quilts, laundry bags.  It made me feel all warm and fuzzy.  The quilt had made it's way to Egypt to where she was serving.  You can read her email that Jan-Maree shared on the blog for all to enjoy. Soldiers Email

So of course this has inspired me again and here is a couple of sneek peaks of some new quilt tops I am working on

I am heading over to Jan-Maree's place for a more sewing on the 18th of May, so if you'd like to join us or would like to get involved please contact Jan-Maree through the website.

And now to complete my post here is a picture (well 2... oops 3) of Hunnigirl's tribute to the Aussie Hero's ..

"Like this Mum?"

"Oh now the sun is in my eyes"

"What about be on the lounger looking into the distance?"

Til next time