Friday, 29 March 2013

Good Friday Finish

This week I finished this rainbow quilt for my son's playgroup, Rainbow Playgroup, co-incidence? I think not. It is going to be the first prize in our Mother's Day Raffle. 

I based it on the Beeline pattern from the Scrap Republic book. Rainbow strip center and white/neutral base fabrics for the border.  

I backed it with this gorgeous floral print I picked up at Spotlight. I have a little bit left over that I'm hoping to use in a pieced back for my great granny square quilt.

I also made this cushion using a scrap vomit block. The colours and prints were carefully chosen though as this is going to be a birthday gift. 

Using Katy's tutorial, I made an envelope back. It came together really quickly. I see more of these in my future.

This Ipad pouch is also going to be a gift. I have been wanting to make one for my sister for ages but have been too scared as it calls for a zip! Her birthday is coming up so I made myself sit down and make a start on it after I did the cushion. I ended up finishing it as it went together quite quickly. I also see more of these in my future. You can find the tutorial at Freckled Whimsy.

Linking up with Never Too Hot To Stitch for TGIFF.

Monday, 25 March 2013


So you may have heard that Google Reader will soon be no longer. It appears that most people are heading over to Bloglovin.

I've jumped on the bandwagon. I'm liking it.

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Sunday, 24 March 2013

Sunday Stash # 20

Last week a few of you commented to say what a great mum I have after she bought me the Tula Pink book that I had been coveting.

Well this week she came over for dinner and said "Here, I got you this. I got myself a copy too". 

I didn't even have my eye on this one. So blessed. Thanks Mum x

As always, linking up with Finding Fifth for Sunday Stash.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Red & Aqua String Block Quilt - It's Done!

It's finished! Just over a year after I started it. After making quilts for more than 2 years this is the very first one that I have made for myself and I can tell you that I'm pretty chuffed with it.

I joined my first quilt block bee in February 2012. I was first up in February and this is the block that I chose. The string block. Tutorial at Film In The Fridge. I chose red and aqua for my colour scheme. 

I received so many lovely blocks from my fellow bees but I also had to make a lot myself as it was only a small 8" block. Initially I intended it to be a 60" x 60" lap quilt but I just couldn't bring myself to make any more blocks so it ended up 45" x 60". Which is still a good size for me.

The back was pieced using Nesting Chairs in Celebration by Laurie Wisbrun, Lotus by Amy Butler and some gorgeous red Timeless Treasures fabric I had in my stash. I went with a grey binding as it was a bit softer than black and it blended beautifully with the greys in the Nesting Chairs and Lotus fabrics.

The quilting was done by the owner of my local quilt shop, Finch's Nest. I have so many WIP's at the moment that I just wanted to get it out the way and I knew that my straight line quilting just wasn't going to do this one any justice. I made the right decision.

Master 3 and I went to the HMAS Sydney II memorial in town and took these photos. It was a typical windy Geraldton day.

The best thing about this quilt is that it's full of all the wonderful blocks from my friends in QCA Bee 2. It makes it really special having blocks in it that people have made just for you. For that reason I'm so glad that this is the first quilt that I have completed for myself. I will treasure it.

Linking up with Sew, Love, Live for TGIFF (for the first time in ages!)

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

WIP Wednesday - Some Rainbow Goodness

An unfinished baby quilt top. White/neutral base fabric borders yet to go on. Stay tuned.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Sunday Stash # 19

Just a small stash post this week.

4m of some Denise Schmidt fabric which will be used as the back for my Scrappy Improv block quilt, and Quilts From The House Of Tula Pink which my Mum gave me. Thanks Mum x

Linking up with Gemma at Pretty Bobbins who is hosting today's Sunday Stash.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

2.5" Squares

Since participating in a recent Scrap Vomit square swap, I have fallen in love with the look of small 2.5" squares.

This "Scrap Vomit" (I put the " because it's not really vomit, the fabrics were carefully selected) block is going to become a cushion that will be a birthday gift. The colours I chose were red, brown, black and grey. I actually think this would be a fantastic quilt.

I really enjoyed pulling fabrics from my stash for this one. It made me realise that I do have quite a good stash and I just need to do some fabric play every now and then for inspiration. You just never know what's going to work together until you start pulling them out. 

Because I'm very keen to start making Scrap Vomit blocks I decided to dig into my bag of scrap strips that I had set aside to make some Scrappy Trip blocks. I thought that I could cut the 16" strips needed for the Scrappy Trip blocks and then cut the rest of the length into 2.5" squares for Scrap Vomit blocks. I thought that I had better actually make a Scrappy Trip block to make sure that it's something that I would be happy to continue making more of. 

Yep, no problems there.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Belated WIP Wednesday

Yesterday I received the last of my Great Granny Square blocks from my fellow bee's in QCA Bee # 2. 

I laid them all out last night and discovered that I only had to make one more of my own to have enough blocks for a quilt top. Which was a relief after how many I had to make for last years quilt, the red and aqua string block quilt. Note to self: choose large bee blocks. 

Some people were very generous and made two blocks. Kate made me a block and added some more squares in so that I can make another. Here it is on my design board.

I cut into these fabrics for my final block.

I also received my Scrap Vomit squares from my swap partner. This is what I sent her.

And this is what I received back.

I'm looking forward to starting a scrap vomit quilt, although I think it will be that I make blocks here and there in between other projects that I am working on. So for now I'm just stashing 2.5" squares.

Next on the list is finishing a quilt top with my Scrappy Improv blocks now that I have purchased the perfect backing fabric for it. I acquired it from Spotlight the other day when they had their 30% off sale. It's great what you can find when you aren't even looking. It's a sign that I need to get this one finished.

And speaking of the red and aqua string block quilt, I have almost finished hand sewing the binding. One side to go.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Sunday Stash # 18

Some things I have picked up over the last few weeks.

1m of Paris Text print from Spotlight. $4.00.

1m remnant from Spotlight. $2.00.

1m remnant from Spotlight. $2.00.

Fat quarter of this super cute frog egg print from Sarah Fielke's new range, On The Pond.

A little bit more pirate fabric for Master 3's quilt.

The last 1.2m of this Nightshade Coven fabric from my local quilt shop. Joy!