Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Domesticated Diva Day

Sometimes you can do a lot in one day, but not feel like you have achieved anything. Today was one of those days.

Last night I finished the Amy Butler quilt top that I started this week....


This morning I finished this little quilt top for a special new project that I'm working on....stay tuned....


Master 2 has Playgroup tomorrow and for this week's activity they are painting eggs for Easter. We have to take two hollow eggs along and last week we were given the instructions on how to blow an egg. I had never done this before and it was quite an experience I must say. If you have never done it before, this is how it works....
  1. Make sure eggs are at room temperature.
  2. Take a sewing needle (I used a pin) and make two holes, one at either end of the egg. Make the one on the bottom slightly larger (a little bit smaller than a match head).
  3. Take a large needle and pierce into the yolk (you will know this has happened as there will be yolk on the needle).
  4. Place egg over a bowl with the larger hole down and blow into the top hole. It may take a bit to get going, but once it does, it should run out easily.
  5. Rinse the egg out in a warm solution of water and vinegar and leave to dry.
  6. Make an omelette with the egg! (or in my case, Banana and choc chip muffins!)

I haven't baked for awhile and I had a couple of over-ripe bananas so I used the eggs to make banana and choc chip muffins!


I even managed to make up another Blogger's Bundle (any excuse to look at fabric really).

Earlier this week I announced on my Facebook page that I will be closing my shop in the Old Geraldton Gaol on Saturday. I feel a bit sad about it but at the same time I'm looking forward to it because it will mean that I get more time to spend with Master 2 at home and more time for sewing. I will still be selling from my Facebook page and selected local markets, and will eventually open an Etsy store. 

I was going to make up some binding tonight but I think I will just go to bed and watch a movie. My Mum and Stepdad have an extensive collection of DVD's and lately I have been borrowing from it every time I'm over there. My latest loan is the Godfather collection. 

Ciao for now.

My Blogger's Bundle # 3

Seeing as though the competition over at I'm A Ginger Monkey doesn't end until 31st March, I decided to do another bundle up. This one is inspired by my son.

Boys Novelty Bundle
The fabrics are....
1.   Donkey in Water Jack and Jenny by Laurie Wisbrun for Robert Kaufman
2.   On the Go in Aqua Sarah Jane Studios Children at Play
3.   Rockets in Red Sarah Jane Studios Children at Play
4.   Ghost Geo Black and White Pac Man Fabric by Kyla May for Timeless Treasures 80s
5.   Wellies in Water Jack and Jenny by Laurie Wisbrun for Robert Kaufman
6.   Little Cars in Aqua Kokka Japan Cotton Oxford
7.   Making Paper Hats in Aqua Sarah Jane Studios Children at Play
8.   Foxlets in Blue Bell Walk in the Woods by Aneela Hoey for Moda
9.   Lizzy House 1001 Peeps Towers in Turquoise for Andover Fabrics
10. Guitars in Yellow Orange Heather Ross FFAIII Far Far Away III 3
11. Rocket Launch in Navy Sarah Jane Studios Children at Play
12. Fly A Kite in Teal by October Afternoon for Riley Blake Designs

Head over to Pink Castle Fabric's etsy store to see the other gorgeous fabrics they have.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Thursday, 22 March 2012

QCA Bee - April Block # 2

I had some left over squares so I made Sue a second block. I just had to use a different green and dark blue in this one but it turned out great and I like that the two blocks are similar yet different.

April Rainbow Starflower Block # 2
Rainbow Starflower blocks together
My sister text me this morning to tell me I had a parcel in our post box and it feels like fabric. She is dropping it over later. Can't wait!

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Red & Aqua String Blocks Continued

Today I am continuing with my red and aqua string blocks. I have decided to make them into a lap size quilt.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

My Blogger's Bundle # 2

And my second bundle....

Cooling The Fire

The fabrics are....
1.   Dotted Leaf in Red - Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit Fabrics
2.   Teeny Mushrooms in Blue Bell Walk in the Woods by Aneela Hoey for Moda
3.   Daisy's Dates in Cherry Reunion by Sweetwater for Moda
4.   Time for Tea Floral in Aqua Liz Scott Domestic Bliss for Moda
5.   Lizzy House Outfoxed Pearl Bracelet in Red
6.   Swoon in Aqua Ruby by Bonnie and Camille for Moda
7.   Triflora in Lipstick Pink louLOUthi by Anna Maria Horner AMH Quilt Fabric
8.   Dash Stripes in Blue Bell and Poppy Red Walk in the Woods by Aneela Hoey for Moda
9.   Pop Flowers in Red Woodlands Anthology Fabrics
10. Ta Dot in Sea Aqua by Michael Miller
11. Blue Birdie in Icing White Walk in the Woods by Aneela Hoey for Moda
12. Mono Pez in Aqua Pezzy Prints by American Jane for Moda

Don't be surprised if I do more of these, it's so fun! I just love putting fabrics together!

My Blogger's Bundle # 1

I'm A Ginger Monkey, along with Pink Castle Fabrics, is having a contest. Make your own fabric bundle using 12 fabrics from Pink Castle Fabric's website or etsy shop. The contest is open until March 31st and the two winners will each win their own bundle AND get that very same bundle listed in Pink Castle Fabric's store.

Here is my first bundle....

Frogs In The Rain

The fabrics are....
1.   Sea Garden in Ocean - Salt Air by Cosmo Cricket for Moda Fabrics
2.   Mono Pez in Gray Pezzy Prints by American Jane for Moda
3.   Dumb Dot in Charcoal Gray by Michael Miller
4.   Frog Prince in Indigo Prince Charming by Tula Pink
5.   Sea Garden in Mist - Salt Air by Cosmo Cricket for Moda Fabrics
6.   Hex Box in Indigo Prince Charming by Tula Pink
7.   Baby's Bunting in Cool Dusk Reunion by Sweetwater for Moda
8.   Kona Natural by Robert Kaufman
9.   Daisy's Dates in Graphite Reunion by Sweetwater for Moda
10. Moda Bella Solid in Turquoise
11. Circle Stripes in Cloud Gray Walk in the Woods by Aneela Hoey for Moda
12. Dot in Gray and Cream Ruby by Bonnie and Camille for Moda

Stay tuned for bundle # 2....

Thursday, 15 March 2012

QCA Bee - April Block Completed

Today I finished my block for April, the rainbow colour starflower block. I am so, so happy with how it turned out. It's just gorgeous and I'm really happy with the colours I chose for it. 

Half square triangles all trimmed down and ready to sew together
Completed block
I can't wait to see Sue's quilt when it's completed, it's going to be amazing.

See my previous post for links to tutorials for this block.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

QCA Bee - April Block

So April's block has been announced in the Quilt Club Australia Bee Group 2 and it's gorgeous! Sue has requested a Starflower block, tutorial at Samelia's Mum here, but in rainbow colours, like Ellison Lane Quilt's one here.

I went through my scraps and came up with these beauties, well, except for the orange, that one my Mum very kindly cut from her scraps and dropped off to me tonight (thanks Mum!). 


They work so well together don't you think?

I made a start tonight and was very surprised at how quick and easy it started to come together. Tonight was my first attempt at half square triangles and I must say I love them!


Looking forward to finishing this off and making another. I'm thinking it might make a nice cushion....

Monday, 12 March 2012

Blankets Of Love

Last night I didn't feel like doing anymore blocks for quilts that I am currently working on so I decided to do something completely different.

I saw a post on Kat's blog, Diary Of A Flutter Kat (A Mummas Time To Create), about Blankets Of Love and immediately knew I wanted to make some quilts for this charity. I had seen the idea previously but didn't know how to donate in our state.

What is Blankets Of Love you ask? Well, as Kat says on her blog, Blankets of Love is a charity that runs to benefit our local Perth children's hospital. They are basically little mini baby-sized quilts that are given out the the sick or premature babies to help give the families a little bit of homely comfort during their hospital stay. The families then get to take the Blankets of Love home with them at the end of the stay.

Diary of a Flutter.Kat

A few weeks ago I pulled out some larger pieces of fabric from my scraps and last night I cut out some squares to make a quilt top for a girl's quilt.


 I will also do a boy one at a later date.

Friday, 9 March 2012

Scrappy Improv Blocks

Tonight I have made a few more scrappy improv blocks for a quilt I plan to make for myself. I started these with a scrap bag I purchased from my local quilt shop and found that I had quite a few co-ordinating prints in my stash. Most of the fabrics are Michael Miller fabrics.

  

 I really enjoy making these blocks as there is no real precision required. You just sew scrap pieces of fabric together then just stick the 12.5" inch square over the top, cut around and you have a 12.5" quilt block ready to go! And they look fantastic!

These are the other blocks I made previously.


I'm thinking I will sash these in either solid white or black. What do you think?

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

More Blocks and Someone Else's Giveaway

After receiving some more red and aqua string blocks in the mail yesterday I was feeling inspired to make some more of my own.

Some of the lovely ladies in my block bee have generously sent me red and aqua fabric scraps with their blocks and last night I enjoyed mixing in some of their prints with my own. 


Speaking of fabrics, Samelia's Mum is giving away some gorgeous pre-release Vintage Modern fabric by Bonnie & Camille for Moda. If you would like to enter her giveaway head over here. You can also purchase this, and other fabrics, at her shop Fabric Buzz.

Fabric Covered Baby Wipes Containers

I made these on Sunday for the shop.




They are for sale on my Facebook page or from my shop in the Old Geraldton Gaol.

I absolutely LOVE the Dr Seuss one. The Dr Seuss fabrics are definately on my list of favourites.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Crayon Rolls

With my son having turned 2 last week (still can't believe it!) and then having a small family party for his birthday on Saturday, I haven't done any sewing at all! 

We have a cruise ship stopping over tomorrow in Geraldton so we are opening our shops in the Gaol. I realised when I was in there last week that I don't have many crayon rolls left after the rush I had on them before Christmas. I also sold two wipes containers on Saturday so I thought I better put a bit more stock in there for tomorrow's visitors. 

Today I made two new wipes containers, plus one for a custom order, and these two sweet crayon rolls.




They are for sale here and here on my Facebook page.

Photos tomorrow of the wipes containers....one is Dr Seuss....my favourite! :)