Tuesday, 15 August 2017

August SBT50 Aus challenge

The mid-month reveal for the August SBT50 Aus challenge is now up on the SBT50 Challenge blog. This month we have a fun sketch challenge to play along with:

The sketch can be rotated, flipped or adjusted, as long as we can see the bones of the sketch in your creation! For my DT example I rotated the sketch 90 degrees to suit the photos that I wanted to use.

Head over the the SBT50 Challenge blog for all the details and more DT inspiration. You've got till the end of the month so there is still plenty of time to play along.


August Beehive block

Just a quick post to share to blocks that I made for the August Queen Bee for our quilting bee group. Jane requested the Checker block in navy, teal and aqua and a white tone on tone for the cross bars.

I found out after I had finished the blocks that the teal I had used in the small HSTs was one of Jane's all-time favourite prints - a nice surprise for both of us :)

As usual, I am looking forward to seeing this quilt come together.


August ARTastic challenge

Today is mid-month reveal day for the ARTastic challenge blog. This month we feature this striking artwork by Joshua Miels called Illustrations.

The challenge for August is to create a project inspired by the above artwork and use Black and White PLUS One (which can be any colour). For my example, I made a pocket page using black, white and gold. I was inspired by the faces in the artwork to document my children at their current ages.

Head over to the ARTastic challenge blog for all the details and lots more examples. We hope you can join in this month.


Sunday, 6 August 2017

Snail paced slow along and August One Monthly Goal

For the past 30 weeks I have been sewing along with the snail paced slow-along hosted by Angie of Gnome Angel. We've been making one snail block from the Garden Snails pattern a week and sharing via instagram on Sundays. I've really enjoyed seeing all the different snail blocks each Sunday and had a lot of fun taking pictures of my snails in various gardens.

You can see all of my snails here.

The sew-along was originally supposed to run for 42 weeks (as there are 42 blocks in the quilt) but Angie made a decision to cut the sew-along short to 30 weeks, with last week being the official end of the slow along. I'm worried that without the weekly deadline this project will sit as a WIP for a long time so I'm linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal August Linkup as setting the last 12 snail blocks as my goal for August.

I'm not sure how successful I will be since we are moving house in 9 days, but I'm hoping for a last minute effort once we have settled into the new place :)


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

July One Monthly Goal Update

I'm linking up at the last minute to the Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal - July Finish Link-up and sharing my progress on a scrappy trip around the world quilt from V & Co fabrics.

My goal for this month was to make 4 blocks, and I only just managed to finish the last one in the nick of time!

Hopefully I can get in a bit more selfish sewing next month.


Monday, 31 July 2017

A bento bag and a tag

One of my colleagues is leaving our team soon in order to pursue her travel dreams so I made her a bento bag as a farewell gift. I'd seen a lot of these cute re-usable bags popping up on instagram and thought she'd appreciate one. While they are easy to make (I followed this tutorial), they are not easy to photograph :)

I also made a tag inspired by the July challenge over at Scrapbook Boutique:

 Inspired by the moodboard, I used lots of aqua and some travel-themed bits and pieces.

I'll fill the bag with some yummy goodies and give it to her next week.


July beehive block

Just a quick post to share the block that I made for Alison, our July Queen for my Beehive Quilts group:

Alison chose the Fizzy block in white, aqua, bright orange and a soft, pale, baby pink. This is my third time making this block (I made it twice for last year's bee) so I am no longed daunted by the curves. Perhaps one day I'll make a whole quilt with curved piecing.


Friday, 21 July 2017

July Kraft + challenge

I haven't played along with a scrappy challenge for a looong time, but I have two very good reasons for that (and their names are Gregory and Harriet). However, they are now two months old and quite enjoy being in a baby carrier so I've managed to get a bit of scrapbooking done.

I thought I'd play along with this month's Kraft + challenge, which is to use roses three ways:

For this challenge I made a layout documenting the last couple of weeks of my pregnancy, which was not all roses. I wanted to document the struggle but also how grateful I was to make it to 36 weeks.

My layout uses roses in six different ways. In addition to the word "roses", I've also used a rose patterned paper, rose die cuts, resin roses and some rose washi tape.

I also busted out a Heidi Swapp screen printing kit I had never used before and added some screen printed roses to my background.

I love how scrappy challenges encourage me to try new techniques and supplies. Fingers crossed I can squeeze in one or two more by the end of the month.


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

SBT50 July challenge

The July mid-month reveal is now up on the SBT50 blog. This month we have a pretty mood board to play along with.

For this challenge I was inspired by the image of the pooch to scrap a photo of my fur baby and I from when we were both quite a bit younger. My outfit also goes quite well with the other main image in the mood board - denim jeans with a black and white top.

I used mainly papers from the Kaisercraft Boho Dreams collection because they included lots of patterns present in the mood board; a nice black and white stripe, demin print and pretty florals. To finish the layout I added some black and gold glitter embellishments from the Crate Paper Hello Love collection. How perfect is that tag!

You've got till midnight 31 July to link up your entry and go in the draw to win a $50 prize from ScraphappyKat. We can's wait to see what you create.


Saturday, 8 July 2017

2017 Finish-a-long - Quarter 3 proposed finishes

Today I'm linking up my list of proposed finishes for quarter 3 of the 2017 Finish-a-long. Quarter 2 was quite productive, with several quilt finishes and a couple of babies :)

I'm hoping that quarter three will be just as productive so I'm listing lots of projects (more than I can realistically hope to achieve but I like to keep my options open). Most have just been rolled over from quarter 2, but some have been added in the mean time.

Small projects

I thought I'd start with a couple of small (non-quilt) projects I have on the go.

1. Bonnie and Camille raspberry kisses pillow - I'm making a pillow for my red rocking chair using a variety of Bonnie and Camille prints. So far I have made the pillow top but need to finish turning it into a pillow cover.
2. Les Fleurs pillow - I made six 6" blocks for the quilt-non sampler earlier this year from prints from the Les Fleurs collection. I'm planning to make three more 6" blocks and turn it into a pillow.
3. Fat eighth storage trays - I've been hunting for the right size tray to store my rainbow fat eighths for a while with no luck so I've decided to make my own using Nicole's (from Lilyella's Stitchery) sturdy fabric basket tutorial. I've finalised the design and have made a prototype. I'm hoping to make a whole series of these (one for each colour).
4. Zip up fabric tray - I've been doing quite a bit of handsewing in bed so thought I'd make myself a zip up tray pouch to keep my supplies tidy by my bedside. I've purchased the pattern, pulled the fabric and cut the interfacing but need to start sewing.

Swap projects

I signed up for a Bonnie and Camille mini barn quilt swap so there are a few projects I need to finish up this quarter.

1. The main mini quilt - I've got the quilt top partially assembled.
2. Mug rugs - I'm making my partner a set of mug rugs based on a few of the Thimble Blossoms mini patterns. I've cut all the pieces I need to make some mini blocks.
3. Basket - I'm planning to make a sturdy fabric basket to hold the mug rugs and have cut a bunch of 2.5" squares for the outer panels.
4. Cross stitch - I'm making a cross stitch swoon block mini hoop as an extra. I've got my materials and have drafted the pattern but need to get stitching.

Baby quilts

My two little babies have already outgrown the tiny quilts I made for their bassinets so one of the tasks on the top of my to-do list is to finish making their larger quilts.

1. I've turned a couple of test blocks for a scrappy trip around the world quilt into a mini quilt for my little girl. It's basted but needs to be quilted and bound.
2. I'm also making a quilt for my little boy using some leftover hourglass blocks from a quilt I made a few years ago.
3. Frances Firefly mini 1 - While I was pregnant I started making the twins a set of Frances Firefly quilts for when they move into their cots. I've selected the precut strips for the baby girl's quilt and have pieced the first block (through can't find it to photograph).
2. Frances Firefly mini 2 - I've also selected the precut strips for my baby boy's quilt but haven't started sewing yet.

Quilts for Rupert

Since the babies will be getting new quilts, I'm also hoping to finish a few quilts that I have on the go for Mr. 4.

1. Economy block truck quilt - this one has been a WIP for a long time (since Nana bought the blue dump truck print home from Germany a few years ago).
2. Disney quilt - Rupert has been collecting some prints from his favourite Disney movies and I've promised to turn them into a quilt for him. I'm planning a simple brick design to show off the large scale prints.
3. Rocket quilt - the little man is currently obsessed with space and the Solar System so I'm planning to make him a slightly larger version of this quilt.
4. Numbers wall hanging - last year I made him a Spell it with Fabric alphabet quilt for his birthday. I've been meaning to use to leftover strips to make him a coordinating wall-hanging with the number blocks.

Other little quilts

I'd also love to finish a few other little quilts I have on the go.

1. Hazel baby quilt - I'm planning to make a Hazel Hedgehog quilt using prints from the Eastham collection by Denyse Schmidt. I've cut a lot of the pieces but have been waiting for a time when I am not so sleep deprived before I start the complex piecing.
2. Colour me Happy hourglass quilt - One of my friends recently had a little girl so I am making her a quilt; using some precut triangles to make a simple hourglass quilt. I've assembled the hourglass blocks but need to make a date with my rotating mat to get them all trimmed.
3. Moxie quilt - I started this project many years ago and would love to get it finished. I've cut all the pieces and sewn some of the wedges but need to sort out some background fabric before I can continue.
4. Starflower quilt - I made an extra large version of the star flower block for the Honey Pot Bee in January and have plans to turn it into a children's quilt or a play mat for my little ones.

Current quilt-along projects

I have a weakness for quilt-alongs and tend to join in more than I can possibly keep up with. These are a couple of current quilt alongs that I am hoping to wrap up this quarter. For each of these I have made several blocks and am hoping to be able to keep up.
1. EPP party
2. Snail day sew along
3. Sewcial Bee Sampler
4. Scrappy trip around the world sew along

Past quilt-along projects

These are projects from previous quilt alongs where I fell off the wagon before the finish line. Most are from earlier this year but the Glisten-a-long WIP goes back to 2015!
1. Ombre gems quilt
2. Swoon quilt
3. Glisten quilt
4. Quilt block cook book sampler quilt

Denyse Schmidt projects

I have been hoarding my Denyse Schmidt prints for a long time and finally got around to chopping them up recently. Usually if I am cutting up yardage for a project, I also cut up yardage for other projects at the same time. So I now have several WIPs featuring DS prints :)

1. Icecream soda quilt - I'm planning to do quite a bit of hand sewing over the next few months so I've been preparing pieces to make an icecream soda quilt. I've stitched a few blossoms and have the pieces for another 20 or so blossoms basted and ready to go.
2. Scrappy DS quilt - I'm in love with Erica Jackman's scrappy DS quilt and I'm planning to make one the same. I've cut over 350 3.5" squares from almost 200 different prints ready to put together.
3. Star kisses project - I've also cut the pieces to make several star kisses blocks, which I hope to turn into a pillow or baby quilt.
4. Crazy rails quilt/pillow - All my cutting generated a bunch of strips that I plan to turn into a DS version of Crazy Mom Quilt's crazy rails quilt. I'm not sure if it will be a quilt or a pillow

Other quilts for me

These are all the other quilt WIPs I'd love to finish for myself  this quarter : )

1. Freckles quilt - One of my goals for this year is to master curved piecing. I've started making the Tula Pink Freckles quilt but still have a long way to go.
2. Bonnie and Camille log cabin quilt - This is a recurring item on my proposed finishes lists that I never get around to finishing. I've got a lovely pile of log cabin blocks from a swap ready to turn into a quilt.
3. Paradiso Wild Goose Chase quilt - A quilt I started early last year that I hope to finish soon.
4. Selvage quilt - The selvage quilt I finished last year is my all-time favourite quilt and I've already started on another one, this time using a spiderweb block pattern.

I'm embarrassed to say that this is not even a complete listing of all of my WIPs. Hopefully one day I will learn to finish a project before starting 5 more :)


Thursday, 6 July 2017

Sunday Stash - 2/07/2017 and July One Monthly Goal

Last week's Sunday Stash share is something that is not new to my stash, but rather something that I have been hoarding for quite a while: a couple of jelly rolls of Color Theory by V&Co for Moda Fabrics and some coordinating yardage.

I've pulled these out of hiding because I'm hoping to join a trip around the world sew-along (hosted by Meg of My Tea and Brie) and thought that using precuts would be a better idea for this sleep deprived mama.

Most of the sewing that I have done lately has been practical sewing for the babies or gifts for others, so my One Monthly Goal (hosted by Elm Street Quilts) for July is to do some selfish sewing and make a start on this quilt for myself. I'm hoping to have at least four blocks done by the end of the month.


Friday, 30 June 2017

Dawn Quilt

Earlier this year I put my hand up to test a new pattern for Sam of For the Love of Fabric. For this quilt I delved into my stash of Elizabeth Olwen prints. I used quarter yard cuts but fat quarters could be used also.

I just love how the big blocks allow the beautiful larger scale prints to be shown off.

I donated my finished quilt to Keepsafe quilts, a charity that provides dontated quilts to women and children who have escaped violent intimate partners. I hope that it brings comfort to women and children starting a new chapter in their lives.

If you'd like to make this quilt, you can read more about it and purchase the Dawn quilt pattern on Sam's website.

I'm linking up with the quarter 2 linky party for the 2017 Finish-a-long as this was one of my proposed finishes for this quarter


Baby blues HST quilt

Sharing the last of the three neonatal quilts I made for the Very Snuggly Quilts program. This one was made from 5" squares cut from my blue and low volume scrap bins.

I opted for a random layout (rather than the chevron I had originally planned) and I am really happy with how it turned out,

I'm linking up with the Q2 linky party for the 2017 Finish-a-long as this project was on my proposed list of finishes for this quarter.


June One Monthly Goal update

I can't believe it is the end of June already! Despite the month seeming to whiz by in the blink of an eye, I actually managed to achieve the goal that I set for myself this month: to make some fitted bassinet sheets from these cute flannels.

I have to say that fitted sheets on their own are not the very easy (or interesting) to photograph, so here is a pic of Gregory and Harriet in their bassinets during a trip to the park. You can see sheets made from the third and fifth prints from the above stack.

I'm linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal - June Finish Link-upNext on the list are some new bassinet quilts as they have already outgrown these ones.


Thursday, 29 June 2017

Baby blues improv log cabin quilt

Today I'm sharing another neonatal quilt that was on my list of proposed finishes for Q2 of the 2017 finish-a-long. This mini was made from improv log cabin blocks that I started in an attempt to use up some of the scraps in my overflowing blue scrap bin.

Once again, Mr 4 has done a great job of being a quilt holder.

The finished mini was donated to the Very Snuggly Quilts program, which donates quilts to children at the Royal Children's Hospital. It's so nice to be able to put my scraps and abandoned WIPs to good use.


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Starry sky mini quilt

Just a quick post to share the details of a mini quilt that I made for the Very Snuggly Quilts program. The Starry Sky block was chosen as one of the April blocks for the Honey Pot Bee and after making the block for the bee I thought that these blocks would make a cute neonatal quilt.

In an attempt to use up some of my scraps I opted for scrappy blue stars with a scrappy low volume background. Three more blocks later I had a 24" mini quilt.

My apprentice quilt holder was happy to help me take a quick photo :)

I'm linking up the the Q2 2017 finish-a-long finishes as this was on my list for Q2.


Sunday, 25 June 2017

Sunday Stash - 25/06/2017

I've been a bit slack with my Sunday Stash sharing (and blogging in general) lately, mostly due to the arrival of two little babies who are keeping me very busy. However, today we celebrated 5 weeks since their birth with a trip to our local Spotlight store (the Aussie equivalent of Jo-Ann's). As a result I have some new fabric to share for this week's Sunday Stash (hosted by Molli Sparkles).

Our haul from today included some super fun prints from the new collection by Laura Blythman. Unfortunately the store I visited was already sold out of a few of the prints and I only found these six:

I also picked up a few metres of an organic cotton solid in a nice purple shade from the bargain table (only $4/m!). Not pictured are the pack of 100 balloons (chosen by Mr. 4), some Heidi Swapp marquee lights, scrapbooking supplies, a top secret birthday present and some interfacing (the thing I actually went to Spotlight for).

Hopefully over the next few weeks I'll find some time to sew something pretty with these prints.


Friday, 16 June 2017

A quilt for Leila

Last night I received the wonderful news that my friend has given birth to a little girl. It reminded me that I still need to finish the quilt for the baby and that I hadn't shared the quilt that I made for her elder daughter using prints from the Underwater collection by Elizabeth Olwen for Cloud 9 Fabrics.

After lots of uhming and ahing over which pattern to use I ended up choosing a modified version of Elizabeth Hartman's New Wave pattern. The quilt top came together quite quickly once I had cut the pieces. I'd recommend using an acrylic wedge template if you have one - I made a template from template plastic (as per the instructions) and kept accidentally trimming my template and having to make another one.

To keep the quilt nice and soft I opted for minimal quilting and just added some free-motion back and forward lines along the white sashing strips.

I finished the quilt with some navy blue binding (I think dark colours are a better choice for toddler quilts) and then took it to the park for a few quick photos in the sandpit.

I love how it turned out and am tempted to make myself a larger version - once I have obtained a proper acrylic template!


SBT50 June challenge

It's already the middle of the month, which means it is time for the mid-month reveal for the Scrapbooking Top 50 Australia challenge. This month we are challenging you to scrap some non-perfect photos:

For my Design Team example I made a layout about our trip to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum last year. I'd been putting off scrapping the photos from this event because they were far from perfect; out of focus, taken from weird angles and had a yellowish tinge. However, I really wanted to document our visit, and these were the only photos I had.

I ended up using a sheet of patterned paper that was cream based (which helped to make the photos appear brighter) and printed the photos smaller. I also included a memorabilia pocket (to hold the brochure) and a large block of journalling to take the focus away from the not-so-perfect photos.

I'm really pleased with how it turned out and am glad to have captured this memory. I hope you'll be inspired to play along with these challenge and scrap some real, not perfect, photos.