Monday, 9 July 2018

Farmer's Wife mini quilt

It's school holidays at the moment and my older son has been spending a bit more time with me in the craft room. While he's not quite ready to learn to sew, he is full of suggestions for what I should sew next. One of his suggestions was a quilt for his little sister's dolly.

I have a big pile of half finished projects and a long list of proposed list of finishes for quarter 2, so it was very easy to put together a little dolly quilt.

These blocks were made about 2 years ago as part of a Farmers Wife quilt along I joined but quickly fell behind in. I think one of the reasons I ran out of enthusiasm is that I approached the blocks without any plan for the colours or style, and found that they weren't working well together.

I do love sampler quilts though and may even try the Farmer's Wide sampler again one day. But not before I fulfilled a few more sewing requests from my little guy, including a new pair of space pajamas.


DS mini quilt

A few weeks ago one of my quilty instagram friends, Andrea, suggested that we do a Denyse Schmidt fabric swap. I'm a big fan of swapping prints - it's a great way of add variety to your stash without adding more volume, and is much more economical.

Andrea needed extra prints for her Tula Pink City Sampler that she is sewing up at the moment, and had extra of quite a few prints that I didn't have, so we each filled a small satchel of DS goodies for the other. I thought it would be fun to make a little swap extra so I turned my scrappy DS star kisses block (from last year's honeypot bee) into a little mini quilt for her.

This project was on my list of proposed finishes for this quarter. I had intended to make a whole lot more of these blocks (they are great scrapbusters) and turn them into a larger quilt, but decided that it was not likely to happen this year. I may end up making a bigger quilt in the future, but for now my scraps get to survive another day and I get to cross another WIP off my list.

These are the delicious prints she sent my way.

I'm looking forward to seeing Andrea's quilt come together, and to someday getting back to my other DS WIPs (yes, I have more than one project on the go using DS fabric).


Saturday, 7 July 2018

July One Monthly Goal

I'm linking up with the Elm Street Quilts July One Monthly Goal and setting my goal for July. This month my goal is to finish my not-so-scrappy trip around the world quilt that I started last year.

The fabric I'm using is mostly from a jelly roll of Color Me Happy by V and Co, with a few other prints from her other collections mixed. Last year I managed to make a total of four blocks.

I'm hoping to get another four finished this weekend (in amongst packing boxes because we're also moving house this month). I've got my strip sets sorted and ready to sew.

Wish me luck! :)


July ARTastic challenge

It's been a while since I shared any papercrafting projects but I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things, starting with this month's ARTastic challenge. The challenge for July is to make a project inspired by the following artwork by Roger Kemp, and to also use pen.

I was inspired to by the colour pink to make a pocket page featuring some photos of my daughter on her first birthday.

I used a pen to outline some of the elements (including the hand-cut "1") and to add the journalling. It's amazing to see how much she has grown in just a year. As you can see from the layout below (that I made earlier but forgot to share here), she was such a tiny little angel.

As promised in my last post, here's a look at the quilt that I finished up for her first birthday (one of the projects from my quarter 2 list of proposed finishes).

Given that it seems to take me a year to finish a quilt, I had better get started on the one for her second birthday :)


Frances Firefly quilts

I'm a little bit behind in sharing some of my recent finishes on my blog but now that the quarter 2 finishes linky for the 2018 finish-along is open, I thought I'd better catch up.

Two of the projects on my list of proposed finishes for quarter 2 were a pair of Frances Firefly quilts for my little ones. I started them last year, hoping to have them done before they were born. However, the angled piecing proved to be too much for my late-pregnancy baby-brains and I abandoned the projects in favour of simpler quilts.

This year I managed to get them finished at about 11pm the night before their first birthday.

These quilts were made from the Frances Firefly pattern by Elizabeth Hartman and a jelly roll from her paintbox basics collection. I love making them coordinating items from the same collections in different colourways (as you can probably tell from their mum-made rompers).

Here's a full shot of the one I made for my little man, Gregory.

I'll share a full shot Harriet's one in my next post.


Saturday, 30 June 2018

Hazel hedgehog quilt

Just a quick post today to  link up my finished Hazel hedgehog quilt with the Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal link up. Finishing this quilt was my goal for this month and I finished it this morning with less than a day to spare!

The quilt is make using the Hazel Hedgehog pattern by Elizabeth Hartman and prints from the Eastham collection by Denyse Schmidt. For the background I used a cotton/linen blend by Robert Kaufman, which proved to be a bit challenging to work with given the small pieces.

For the quilting I used an all-over sharp stipple FMQ design. I love this design; it's easy to stitch, allows me to avoid bulky points and gives the quilt a great texture. All the lines of quilting also make the quilt really soft, like a piece of paper that has been creased a thousand times. Plus, it's a great fit for the spikey hedgehog blocks.

The sun finally came out in Melbourne today so I was able to get a few quick photos of the finished quilt. It now just needs to be washed and dried and it will be ready for snuggling.

I'm also linking up with the 2018 finish-a-long as this was one of the projects on my proposed list of finishes for quarter 2.


Thursday, 7 June 2018

June One Monthly Goal

I'm linking up with the June Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and sharing my goal for this month: to turn these piles of strips into a Hazel Hedgehog mini quilt.

I cut up a layer cake of Denyse Schmidt's Eastham collection about a year ago, intending to make a hedgehog quilt for a friend who was having a baby. But after looking at the instructions, and how much time I had left, I ended up going with another (much simpler) quilt.

I've already made a few blocks over the past week. Here's one of my favourites:


Tuesday, 29 May 2018

May Kraft Plus challenge

Just a quick post to share a layout I made for this month's Kraft Plus challenge:

I thought this challenge was a good opportunity to document our tradition of making the 17th of each month a "hot date day". It's not always exciting or romantic (especially now that we have three young children), but my husband and I try to make time once a month to do something nice together.

I've addressed the "date" criteria in three ways; the word "date" in the title, a mini calendar and a date stamp.

I can't wait to see what changes are in store for the Kraft Plus challenge next month.


Ombre gems quilt

Today I'm sharing my finished Ombre Gems quilt, which I made using a jelly roll of Ombre fabric by V&Co and the Ombre Gems pattern by Emily Dennis. I shared the finished quilt top a few weeks ago but I've since finished it up and am currently snuggled up underneath it.

For the quilting I went with an overall sharp stipple. I really love this design; it's quick and easy to quilt, the irregularity of it allows you to easily avoid bulky points and it gives the finished quilt a really nice texture. The multiple 'crease' lines also make the quilt really soft, like a piece of paper that has been crumpled up a heap of times.

For the binding I couldn't go past a black and white stripe. This particular one is from the Handmade collection by Bonnie and Camille.

I tried to get some outdoor quilty photos while out walking with my family one afternoon. This time Mr. 5 decided that he would take the photos while I held the quilt. While none of his photos were keepers, my husband managed to snap this while wrangling two small babies and two large dogs.

I'll link up with the 2018 quarter 2 finish along when it opens as this was on my list of proposed finishes for quarter 2. I'm so happy to have another WIP from last year finished. Only about 40 to go!


Saturday, 12 May 2018

Happening now layout

I'm back again, linking up another last minute layout for the National Scrapbook Day challenges hosted by the Cut Shoppe. The final challenge is layering with a cut file. For this one I used three different cut files from the Cut Shoppe; Geometric Art;  and Guy Stuff.

Iused the Geometric Art cut file to make the patterned background. I'm really enjoying backing cut files with different pieces of patterned paper. It feels almost like making a quilt - but much faster. I also used the What's Happenin' and Guy stuff cut files to make the title and some of the embellisments. The controller share was perfect for these pictures.

I've now finished all the NSD challenges (with less than an hour to spare!). My cutting machine has seen more use this week than it has all year, and I can't wait to use it some more.


Love your laugh layout

Today I'm sharing a layout that I made for the May Scrapbook Boutique challenge, which has a pink theme:

I was inspired by the colour scheme of pinks, reds and gold to scrap a silly photo of my daughter and I. I found some paper from the Paige Evans Oh My Heart collection that matched the colours and went from there.

I added a cut file to the background (the free Heartbreaker cut file from The Cut Shoppe) to give the layout a delicate touch (inspired by the delicate flowers) and added some machine stitching down the centre stems of the cut file. I love how it allowed me bend up the sides of some of the hearts and give the layout some more dimension.

I'm loving the look of pink and yellow together and might have to revisit this colour scheme again - perhaps as a quilt.


Monday, 7 May 2018

May One Monthly Goal

I'm linking up with the Elm Street Quilts May One Monthly Goal and sharing my goal for this month. It's actually recycled from my OMG from March 2017 (which I didn't achieve).

This month I hope to make two Frances firefly quilts for my son and daughter. I had hoped to make them before they were born, but ran out of time. So, this month I'm hoping to have them done for their first birthday.

It's hard to believe that they are almost a year old already. How time flies!


Monday, 30 April 2018

A layout about me

I don't usually make layouts about myself (I'm usually the one behind the camera) but today I thought I'd play along with the April Scrap the Girls challenge and document a little bit about myself (or at least one aspect of myself). Most people know me as 'Kat the data nerd' or 'Kat the craft addict', but not 'Kat the group fitness instructor'.

This month I finally feel like I'm getting back in shape after having twins. Not many people appreciate how hard I've been working to make that happen or why it is important to me. I thought it would be nice to document my progress so I took a couple of selfies at the gym this morning (I never take selfies) and stuck them on a page with a few extra stickers and a whole bunch of journalling.

It's not the fanciest page I've ever made but I quite like how the page acted as a prompt for the journalling. I'm also linking up with the April Scrapbook Boutique challenge (black and white plus one) since I've used a colour scheme of black and white plus different shades of green (from a yellowish mustard green to a dark sage green).


April One Monthly Goal

I'm just checking in with the April One Monthly Goal link up (hosted by Elm Street Quilts) and sharing my progress on my Ombre Gems quilt.

For April, my goal was to finish half of the blocks (9 in total). I'm pleased to report that I finished all of them and have just finished putting together the quilt top.


The points were a bot of a nightmare to line up but you can't tell if you look at it from across the room :P Now I need to decide on a quilting pattern.


Thursday, 26 April 2018

April Kraft+ Challenge

Today I'm sharing a layout that was inspired by this months Kraft+ challenge.

It has been aaaages since I joined in the Kraft+ challenge but this one was an easy one for me to decide what to scrap about: my little sister's wedding.

For the 'something old' I've used an older Kaisercaft paper collection, which is actually called 'Something Blue'. I used a couple of blue bits and pieces from the collection as well, just to make sure the 'something blue' criteria was well and truly covered ;)

For the 'something new', I used a 'new' (previously unused) stencil to add a bit of detail to the background. The 'something borrowed' critera was a little harder but I think I've covered it three ways; 1) the design of the layout was borrowed (scraplifted) from this layout I saw on instagram earlier this week, 2) the lace was borrowed (re-used) from the wedding invitations and 3) the vellum elements were borrowed from another collection (I'm normally a one collection per project kind of gal so this is unusual for me).

I haven't added any journalling as this layout is actually for my sister's scrapbook and she'll add it later. She's not a scrapper herself (I am trying to convert her to the dark side) but has an album of pages my Mum and I have made for her (often at her request).

While I had the photos and supplies out I also made a couple of quick PL pages for my 2016 album.

I  still feel like I'm missing my scrappy mojo, but I'm hopeful that if I keep going with my 100 day project I'll eventually find it again.


A hottie cover for my hubby

This week my husband and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. We don't usually do anniversary gifts but this year I wanted to make him a little something to show him how much I appreciate him. He's already got his own quilt and patchwork pillow, so I made him a patchwork cover for his hot water bottle.

I also used up the mini raspberry kiss blocks that have been hanging around for over a year; and were on my finish-a-long list for quarter 2. I think they look pretty cute and are fitting given that it is an anniversary gift.

It's already been pressed into service so I think it's safe to say that he likes it.


Saturday, 21 April 2018

Scrap the Boys April challenge

I've been plugging away at my 100day project, spending a bit of time each day (even if it's only a few minutes) playing with paper. Today I managed to get in more than an hour (thanks Mr. Gray!) and managed to finish up a few projects I've been woking on this week, including a layout for the Scrap the Boys April challenge:

For this one I used a geometric cut file background to make a layout featuring one of my favourite pics of my little man that I hadn't yet scrapped.

If you look closely you can see lots of different geometric shapes; stars, circles, rectangles; squares, triangles and diamonds.

I also made a card for the April card challenge, but only belatedly realised that it was only supposed to be black, white and one other colour. I guess that's what happens when you try to scrap while severely sleep deprived!

I'm still quite pleased with the card and will pop it away for my little man's birthday later this year. He loves all things space and is a fan of sparkly things so I'm pretty sure he'll like it too.

While I had my papers out, I also made a project life spread about his visit to Scienceworks Museum last week.

It's been a very long time since I played along with the Scrap the Boys challenge, but I hope to get back to participating regularly, especially now that I have two sons to scrap about.


Wednesday, 18 April 2018

2018 Finish-a-long Q2 proposed finishes

The time has come to link up my proposed finishes for Q2. Quarter 1 was really productive - I managed to finish up 10 works-in-progress; four quilts, four pillows, a playmat and some patchwork bibs.

However, these were my 'lowest hanging fruit' (closest to finished and therefore easiest to pick off) so I doubt I'll be able to replicate these results in quarter 2.

This quarter I’m going to tackle my long list of WIPs from quilt-alongs that I joined but wasn’t able to keep up with.  I’ve included a few projects that are rolled over from Q1 but most of them are WIPs from QALs that I joined but wasn’t able to keep up with. 

Most are from last year (the Ombre Gems QAL, the Milky Way sampler, Scrappy trip around the world QAL, Sewcial Bee sampler, the Quilt Block Cookbook sampler, Quilt non sampler, the Honey Pot bee), but some are even older (the Glisten QAL, the first 1930 Farmer’s Wife QAL).

I’m also hoping to join in All the Animals sew-along and finish off some Elizabeth Hartman animal quilts that I cut the pieces for last year (the actual piecing turned out to be too much for my late pregnancy baby brains). Not included are my hand-piecing WIPs from last year’s QALs (the EPP party, Icecream soda quilt along) because I’m trying to keep it within the realms of possibility :)

Here's the extract from my WIP spreadsheet with the specific details.

I'm aiming high, but as the saying goes, you've got to aim high to hit high. Though honestly, if I can even finish off half of these projects I will be very happy.