Thursday, 31 January 2013

Selvedge Spider Web Block

February 2013 block - QCA Block Bee 2

Tracey posted this great tutorial for her Selvedge Spider Web block.

I don't usually keep selvedges so it was good motivation for me to piece a few quilt backs that have been lingering in the WIP basket for too long. 

After cutting the selvedges from some backing fabric pieces, I then went through my scraps bins and found enough different designer selvedges to finish off the block.

I really enjoyed this block, it was easy and I loved the different technique. Can't wait to see Tracey's finished quilt.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Happy Australia Day!

For a special Australia Day tutorial on how to make this fantastic Union Jack block, pop over and see Molli Sparkles.

Happy Australia Day!

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day

Today is Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day! I didn't even need this as an excuse to go in there today, I actually had to go in for some binding fabric. 

My local quilt shop is Finch's Nest Quilt Shop and it's in Geraldton, Western Australia.

To say I love this place would be an understatement. I am often found in here, just aimlessly wandering amongst the bolts. 

Amy Butler fabrics

Kaffe Fassett fabrics

Flea Market Fancy Legacy

There are thousands of bolts of fabric, quilt kits, classes, thread, patterns and all kinds of quilting supplies.

Wide quilt back fabric

Flannel and just some of the kit quilts

You can even find some precious fabrics hiding amongst the bolts, like Lightning Bugs & Other Mysteries by Heather Ross. I nearly had a heart attack from excitement when I discovered it a while back.

Front of shop

Quilts in the cupboard are for sale

Lesley, Janine and Liz offer the best customer service in town, hands down. It is always such a delight to go in there. They are always so friendly and helpful.

Kit quilts on display

Just some of the fat quarters

Novelties and brights

50% off section!

You can visit their blog here to see some of the quilt kits they have available.

Baby Judah With His Scrappy Zoo Quilt

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Scrappy Zoo Baby Quilt

My Aunty Ann was expecting her second Grandson on the 14th January and asked me if I could make a quilt, bunting and fabric covered wipes container for her to gift. 

 The brief was that it had to co-ordinate with this little play gym that she had bought for him.

Using all scraps except for two fat quarters that I already had in my stash, I think I nailed it. I kept to the zoo/jungle animal theme and used only the colours that were on the play gym.

The backing and binding fabrics I picked up from Spotlight in their clearance section. 

This quilt turned out better than I even hoped it would and I just love it. I think I'm definately going to have to make some more scraps baby quilts like this. 

I used the Oh Fransson! Charm Squares Baby Quilt pattern. Always quick and easy, especially when you do straight line quilting.

My mum (the bunting queen) made the bunting. Thanks Mum x

I did have a fabric covered baby wipes container made up but the day before I was to deliver it there was an unfortunate incident with said container and a cup of tea. Needless to say, I have to make it again.

Let's finish with another shot of the bunting hanging in Mum's beautiful garden because, as she says "bunting makes me happy" :)

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Sunday Stash # 16

Here are a few things I picked up in the last week.

More spots, out on clearance at Spotlight.

I couldn't resist this sweet Three Little Pigs print, also on clearance at Spotlight. I can see this in a baby girl quilt.

These are backing and binding fabrics for something I'm working on at the moment. The backing was half price at my local quilt shop, Finch's Nest.

After my last post, here is a pic of my gorgeous little cousin Nathaniel enjoying his new quilt :)

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Vehicles Baby Quilt

My Vehicles baby quilt all washed and crinkly and off to it's new home with my baby cousin Nathaniel. I made this quilt back in 2010/11 and it never sold (I think because it's too orange) so I'm gifting it to him with love. We can't have him using his sisters pink and yellow quilt!

Monday, 14 January 2013

My Start To 2013

It's been very quiet around here lately but the last few days has seen the return of my missing sewjo. I have a couple of finished quilts that need posts but I thought I would share a sneak peek of them with you while I get these organised.

Commissioned baby quilt for my Aunty's new Grandson, who is on his way into the world as I write this. Just needs all the stray threads trimmed off and I will photograph tomorrow.

Commissioned king single bed size quilt. I can't take the credit for the quilting on this one. This is the first time I have had a quilt professionally quilted. Isn't it gorgeous? This also needs stray threads trimmed off and to be photographed.

I tested out the Molli Sparkles tutorial and finished this Union Jack block. You will find the tutorial at Molli's blog on Australia Day (which is the 26th of January for our US friends).

Paper pieced butterfly block for my good friend Fiona. She is in QCA Bee 3 and this is the block she requested for herself this month. I'm not in this Bee but she is making a quilt with these blocks for her step-daughter and I just had to make a block for her quilt. You can find the pattern here.

And last but not least, it's my month for the QCA Bee 2 and I have chosen the Great Granny Square block. This is the example block I made up. Some of my fellow bee's have made theirs up already and they are just fabulous. I can't wait to start receiving them. The tutorial to make these blocks is here.

Plum and June

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Sunday Stash # 15

A few weeks ago I picked up these gorgeous inspirational word prints from Spotlight. I went in there to get this spot print cotton/linen blend for a quilt I'm planning to make this month.

Then a few days ago, I went in to look for some fabric for a quilt back and binding and came out with these. The blue spotty fabric is the backing, at $6.00 per metre it only cost me $7.20.

These spots were $4.00 per metre so I got a metre of each. You can never go wrong with spots in the stash.

I may or may not have purchased this fabric to go with a Union Jack block that I am currently in the process of making from a tutorial. The ever gorgeous Molli Sparkles has made up a tutorial for an anatomically correct, non paper pieced Union Jack block and I gladly put my hand up to test the tutorial before it's released on the quilting world. Stay tuned.

Linking up with Fiona for her Sunday Stash.