Wednesday, 12 June 2013

"40 Lattes Later"

For Stella. Machine pieced and Machine Quilted 50 strip Jelly Roll Quilt. Pieced back. 

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Monday, 28 January 2013

Monday morning project complete!!

Here is the top for Charlotte's Quilt. Found enough scraps to make the 25th block. Borders to be added, but first, laundry, kitchen clean and also 2 Bee Blocks that need to go in the post tomorrow. I may also get a run in today- gotta get moving. Halo of course is test driving the comfort level of the Quilt to give it her furry seal of approval.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Australia Day Weekend Project

This week I've been die cutting 2.5" strips and sewing them together for a 16 patch quilt for my little friend Charlotte's 6th birthday. All but 2 fabrics are stash. I have some spare strip combos that I'm going to cut for sewing later. I die cut using a big shot. And the other day I learnt I could cut my 4 strips that are sewn together into strips meaning everything is accurate. You can see a couple of photos if this and a finished block below. I'll finish piecing the top this weekend and them put it aside to make some bee blocks and cut fabric for some swaps. Machine desperately needs a service.

Thursday, 24 January 2013


Finally a project didn't escape Halo the cat and her vomit. Strips sewn for a 16 patch scrap quilt, now with a dressing of furball and regurgitated dry food. It was only a matter of time. At least this was the spare strips I'd put aside and not the main project. That's something to be glad of. Disappointment with the wedding quilt as not a mention of thanks has been received for the 100+ hours invested in that beautiful gift.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

LDQB 2013 January

This is the first block for the Long Distance Quilting Bee that I am a part of. This one is for Annika in Switzerland and is called Pieced Star. I got the block pattern from Quilters Cache.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

The Wedding Quilt - Completed

And here she is- too big to photograph on the washing line. Finished @ 10:30 am.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Operation Wedding Quilt Down to the Wire

And the race if officially on. After 16 hours at work yesterday I lost an evening of quilting. So it was back to the last bit today. I've quilted it- still waiting on official answer from aunty if I should do more. Below is some pictures of the final processes.
1) binding cut ready for pressing- I always make my own from WOF 2.5" strips pieced on the diagonal and pressed in half
2) binding pressed and rolled on a loo roll so it doesn't twist- there's nearly 8m there
3) still with the pins waiting to have binding put on
4) under the machine
5) little bit of impromptu there's plenty of time left border quilting
6) binding going on
7) first monogrammed label
8) Halo wishing it was hers
9) sewing on 24 feet of binding
10) binding blister because I find it hard to wear a thimble.
11) label going on

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

The Wedding Quilt - continued

It's project wedding quilt down to the wire. Last night I managed to puncture my nail with the needle. Next thing needle busted- amazing- not. Finger is ok. Quilting was continued. Should be finished tomorrow night so I can put on binding. Never again will I quilt a 6 ft square quilt again on my machine. Challenge done once and once enough. Looking forward to getting on with my January bee blocks and getting the machine in for a desperate service.

Sunday, 13 January 2013

This weeks project - The Wedding Quilt

I Pieced this late last year in preparation for being able to quilt it after the Christmas extravaganza. We are now down to the last week and let's say - the wire, it's due on the gift table on Saturday.

Especially For Emily

I pieced this top from pink scraps years ago. I've since revived it from the stash and made it into a quilt for my little friend Emily who turns 3 today.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Stash Organising

It's never ending isn't it? The passion for fabric and the desire to have it organised like a quilt shop. I've created a new tub today- Girls Jelly Roll Fabrics. Mainly half yard cuts of fabric that can be die cut in to strips for my current favourite quilt style. Its the mid year project to have some quilts made to sell around Christmas. I'm also going to split my backs and yardage tub in to 2 tubs. As I have enough back fabrics or lengths of fabrics for backs to have their own tub. I'm then going to put 1 yard cuts in to their own tub. I've got some long yardages on spotlight bolts. Thinking of having an orientals tub and a 30's tub as well.  I really need to win 1st division lotto (don't we all). That way I can just sew and sew. This weeks project, the BEHEMOTH that is the wedding quilt. Due on the gift table in just 9 sleeps. Watch this space for updates. I know it's going to be awesome and I'm going to be so excited to hand it over. I'm sending my first quilt to be professionally done next week as well. Friday 11/01/13, I'm meeting with some ladies from one of the Facebook craft groups for coffee in town. Friday night my little friend Emily's 3rd birthday. Going to her house for tea and then a crafty night with her Mum Bec.

Friday, 4 January 2013

A project for the weekend

A top I pieced YEARS ago. Putting it together now. Halo loves to lie on the tops even when they are full of pins.

09/01/13 let's just say the quilting of this leaves a lot to be desired. Don't use Birch quilting needles, they are crap and skip stitches. I did manage to get most of it quilted problem free however, The Janome disliked them immensely. As a result of this I have used some " patches" appliqu├ęd on using a satin stitch like zigzag. It actually looks ok and as the thread is the same colour as the back it's quite effective.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Stash Organising

Between quilts  I've been organising my huge stash. I've been using big tubs, small tubs, cloth tubs.
It's a feat. But it keeps everything neat. Some thing you can see haven't found a home yet or are out from a project I've been working on but I'm trying to organise in theme/ colour. E.g 30's / Orientals/ Eye Spy or Kids.