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.


Sunday, 4 June 2017

Sunday Stash - 4/06/2017 and June One Monthly Goal

For this week's Sunday stash I'm sharing some flannels that I picked up from my local Spotlight store.

While it's not a very interesting haul, its a cause for celebration because it's the first time since having twins that I got dressed, left the house and made it to a fabric store.

I'm also linking up to the June One Monthly Goal with Elm Street Quilts as my goal for this month is to use these flannel prints to make some fitted bassinet sheets. Something about newborn babies makes me want to make ALL the things :)


May Beehive block

I realised that I forgot to share the block that I made for our May Queen Bee for the Beehive Quilts. Our may Queen, Eleri, requested the Wanta Fanta block with "navy, pink and dirty yellow in a crazy riot of colour and pattern". I'm normally more of a tone-on-tone (or same desinger) kinda girl but for this block I strayed way out of my comfort zone and made a block with multi-colour prints from different designers:

I have a feeling her quilt will be absolutely sensational.


Saturday, 3 June 2017

Sketchy Boards June Challenge

I wasn't sure if I would have the time to scrap after the arrival of two little babies but I surprised myself and made a project for the June Sketchy Boards challenge, which is to make a project inspired by the followings sketch and/or colour palette.

Admittedly I cheated a little and used a pre-made page kit from Paige Evans' first collection for Pink Paislee. I thought that the colourful geometric background was a good match for the colourful bricks in the second image, and thanks to the pre-made background, I managed to make a layout in the time between feeds!

Lots more Design Team inspiration can be found on the Sketchy Boards Challenge Facebook page.