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10 May 2012

May blocks

last night I thought I'd do the May care at do.good stitches block - we're doing a herringbone block from a tutorial by Holly at Bijou Lovely.

I had some strips from a scrap bag I bought at etsy that were the perfect size for the 2.5" strips needed - so I made the first one and then made the second one but of course I hadn't read the tutorial right through to see that there are left and right side blocks and so I made another left one !


not sure what's going on lately but I seem to be re-doing things a bit !  Last night Pippi was wanting to go for a walk and I wanted to get the block done before we went - well, of course, I should have just gone for the walk instead of rushing !

so after doing two left side blocks, I went for the walk and then did the right side block when I got home - all going well until I trimmed the wrong end and of course the strips now don't line up - so I've got two left side blocks and one right side block and no more strips left so I've abandoned that project for now !


looks like I've got another cushion to add to my collection :)

this morning I did the May long distance quilting bee block for Lisa - she wanted a baby block and so I did a wonky star - and it worked first go - thank goodness - I feel so much better now.


and this is a little name badge I did yesterday to wear to my mum's patchwork group - apparently if you turn up more than three times without a name badge you get fined !! well I don't think that's true but that's what I was told :)


so I'm off to Brisbane for a few days to catch up with my family which means no sewing until I get back - I'm thinking the break might be just what I need !!

09 May 2012

april design camp 2 blocks

I'm slowly catching up with my flickr swap blocks - only one overdue block to do !

these are the april blocks for design camp 2 - members send fabric out with their requests and Mary wanted a herringbone strip and a strip of solid in each block.

this one reminds me of snakes and ladders


and I decided to do kind of a mountain with a river for this block - not sure if it worked but its different !


I'm off to my mum's patchwork group now - hope to get most of that overdue block done - that is if I don't chat too much !

have a great day :)

08 May 2012

feather your nest results

thanks to everyone who voted for my projects in the recent Feather Your Nest contest.

I ended up in the top 10 for the judges vote for my paper pieced clock so I'm pretty happy about that - apparently it was a pretty tight contest too - the winner was Jane of Buzzmills for her recycled paper bird mobile which is such a cute little project and she has uploaded a tutorial to her blog if you're interested in making one.

I was also in the top 10 for the popular vote as well - ended up sixth - which is also great and it was a fabulous experience which I'll do again - but next time maybe I'll start my projects earlier than the weekend before they're due !

06 May 2012

x & + blocks

For the April care @ do.good stitches block, Annabella asked for X & + blocks so she could do one or two quilts for the siblings together cause.

I decided to do four blocks and used fabrics from the denyse schmidt range available in australia at spotlight - I got them completed last week and trimmed them up and discovered just before I put them in the post that I'd trimmed them up 1/2 inch too small - yes, all four of them - eeekkk !

so I made some more - I was a bit low on the fabric as I really only got enough to make the blocks and have some scraps left over - I'm not used to paying $16.95 a metre for fabrics !  so of course I had to make another trip to spotlight to get a few more fabrics - I got some orange this time as well.



of course I had my little helper cheering me on while I was sewing !


Over the weekend my mum's machine embroidery group had an exhibition so I helped out in the kitchen for a few hours both days which was fun :)  they had quite a crowd there and I managed to take some photos late on Sunday when the crowd had dispersed a bit and I could move around !  as you can see, there is quite a bit of talent in this group.

frogs and a gecko
appliqued circles
quite a few items on display - notice the old singer
a very cute owl quilt which sold quickly !
would you like a cupcake - for your pins of course :)
so I hope you got some sewing done on the weekend too :)

05 May 2012

no sleep till brooklyn

its a sad day for beastie boys fans and the hip hop world with the passing of Adam "MCA" Yauch overnight ... I've been listening to triple j this afternoon (while sewing of course!) as they've been remembering him ... ♥


in brighter news ... my clock entry in the Feather Your Nest contest ...

has made it into the second round of the popular vote over at Stumbles and Stitches - voting for the winner is on now and is open until Sunday (or Monday Aust. time) if you want to take a look at the top 10 and maybe vote :)

02 May 2012

april finishes

I like these monthly reviews - gives me a chance to have a look at all the projects I've done - or not as the case may be !

I feel like I did quite a bit of sewing this month but it doesn't really look like I've got much to show for it !

oh well, at least I actually have finishes which is fabulous :)

but the list of projects that I wanted to get done while I am on holidays doesn't seem to be going down so must make more of an effort for May :)


another thing is there seems to be an overwhelming choice of red this month :)

I joined in the April table topper blog hop and noticed I had a few new followers which is always so lovely ...so stay tuned - at the end of May I'm going to have a little something just for my followers :)

hope you got some great projects sewn in April as well !

linking up to Lily's Quilts Fresh Sewing Day

Lily's Quilts
 

01 May 2012

feather your nest update

voting for this competition has started over at Stumbles & Stitches - so I'd love it if you'd take a minute to go over and vote - you can vote for up to three projects which is quite handy as I just happen to have three entries :)


voting is open until this friday - and again, fingers crossed x

feather your nest

I finished my projects for the feather your nest competition and uploaded them to flickr - not sure if they'll be accepted as I was working on US time and as you know - in Australia we're ahead and flickr has put yesterday's date on my uploads even though it was still sunday in the US when I uploaded them!!

so please feel free to get a cuppa at this point - you may need it - just saying !!

anyway, I had such fun doing these projects and of course, I've learnt heaps as well - such as ...
  • when you're on a deadline don't leave things till the last minute as everything that can go wrong will go wrong
  • don't do projects for the first time when you are on a deadline and you've left things to the last minute
  • unpicking is really just another form of meditation - just keep chanting :)
  • 3/8ths of an inch is 3/8ths of an inch - NOT 7/8ths of an inch !
  • always buy that little bit more than you think you'll need so that if you have to re-do something you have the supplies at hand

So I decided to make a few projects for the feather your nest competition - it all started when I picked up the green cotton top at the thrift store recently - I always wanted to make the paper pieced quilters clock by Sylvie Rousell from Issue 8 of the Fat Quarterly e-zine so I thought I could do that and use the green fabric as the background fabric.

Then I thought I'd make a set of Nova's Nesting Fabric Bowls as well or maybe instead and of course I had a kit for making a table runner that I thought might be a good project as well.

So you can see I had problems right there - too many projects to decide on - so of course I decided to do them all - that was on Friday, yes, just a few days ago !

I knew I'd need a few supplies to get them all done so on Friday around lunchtime I decide to go to shopping and I also visit a couple of thrift stores just in case - so around 5pm I get back home - so I've lost a day already !! but I did pick up a thrifted checked skirt and gorgeous linen skirt for fabric purposes :)

I decide to put the charm squares for the table runner on the design wall to decide the layout - the charm squares were on that wall until Sunday night before I finally decided that was it - I wasn't moving another square - I'd have to be happy with the layout I had - I also used the thrifted red fabric for all four corners - I did want to use it for the backing but I know why it was at the thrift store - there were holes all through it !


after that it didn't take long to do but I'm thinking I might have been a bit light on with the quilting - after quilting my dsq12 mini nearly to death I've now gone the other way and only quilted a few lines - oh well, I can always do a bit of hand quilting later if I feel the need :)


meanwhile I made the nesting bowls ... well sort of ...

I bought a fabulous pattern for Nesting Fabric Bowls from Nova who blogs at a cuppa and a catch up just before I came up to queensland and I should do a separate post about the fabulous pattern !

so - the nesting bowls...
I started preparing the nesting bowls and of course I had a brain wave and thought that I'd embroider some birds onto the feature panel as I'm using a little birdie fabric for the front of the bowls.  So I go ahead and make up the lining for three bowls that I've decided to make - 4", 6", and 8" - using the thrifted fabric with cute orange and yellow daisies !


and then cut and prepare the outers for all three as well using the cute birdie fabric I purchased last week and draw up some embroidery on the panels - I'm loving all the feather your nest references - fabric, pattern, and now embroidery !


I finally finished the embroidery on the small bowl and though I'd just check to see how long it would take to finish it up so I knew how long I'd have to get the others done - so I sewed it up and went to insert the lining only to find that I'd in fact read the instructions wrong and had cut 7/8ths of an inch rather than 3/8ths of an inch so that the linings for all the bowls were way to big - so at that point I gave up.

 
just a slight size difference !


The next day I realised I didn't have the required interfacing to redo all three linings so I decided to do just the small one to enter into the competition and I'll finish the others soon :)  and this way I'll have six bowls as I'll make new outers for the already made linings and then make new linings for the already made outers !

so after all this I decide that I still have time to embark on another untested project - yes, I think I might be quite mad !!

enter the quilter's clock and paper pieced at that !  so I print out the pattern onto scrap paper that my dad had as I couldn't find any plain copy paper - big mistake - always use plain paper that has not previously been used and preferably very thin paper when doing paper piecing - hot irons and ink from inkjet printers don't go to well together !

I pushed on and only had to unpick one seam which I was pretty pleased with until I went to sew the quarters together - I didn't line up the seams properly so unpicked all of those - wish I had of checked after the first one - but still - unpicking is a form of meditation, unpicking is a form of meditation - keep chanting !!

but really, it went together pretty easy after that apart from trying to get the thick paper off the back without upsetting the seams too much - though the clock mechanism was easy to put together - the only thing I'd do differently next time is to put batting or a medium interfacing behind the fabric to give it a bit of support before putting it in the hoop - as the green background fabric used to be a shirt it was fairly thin - and of course use plain, thin paper - but another fun pattern that I highly recommend - it will look so good on the wall of my craft room and I'll be able to keep an eye on the time for my deadlines !!

and just before I go ...

here's a photo of pippi with her new jumper - I bought a kids jumper from the thrift shop on Saturday - we had a cold snap and she was shivering badly - and modified it by taking it in at the back and front and chopping off most of the sleeves (yes, I did that in a spare five minutes !)

I just love the stripey mohawk look and also the cowl collar - and I think she loved it too :)


and this is a photo of her (very) late Saturday night - the face says it all doesn't it ! I think she was a bit fed up with all the sewing activity :)


now ... onto my other deadlines :)

30 April 2012

fat quarter idol competition

You might have heard about a competition over at Sew Mama Sew called Fat Quarter Idol - each week you have the chance to win a fat quarter bundle by picking 12 fabrics from a weekly theme.  The peeps at Sew Mama Sew then pick out 10 bundles they like and its put to a public vote - the person whose fabric bundle gets the most votes wins that fabric - great way to try to improve the stash I'd say.

last week I decided to enter - the theme was "meet me at the picnic" ... I went for the colours of the summer sky, sunshine and a beautiful sunset - all the essentials of a perfect picnic don't you think ... and I've just discovered (thanks rachael !) that my bundle is in the top 10 - now all I need is votes to win this fabric.
so if you've got a few minutes to spare this week you might like to go and have a look at the entries - you can vote for three bundles and if you like my bundle I'd love to receive your vote:)  they decide the winner on Friday !

and while you're there you might like to pick a bundle for this week's theme which is Daddy-O !  The weekly theme is posted every Sunday.

fingers crossed :)

26 April 2012

fabric frenzy

well - not really frenzy ... but I did purchase a few fabrics last week.

I went on the hunt for some fabrics to make the x and + blocks for the April care blocks and landed at spotlight and - with a lighter wallet - I left with this lot...


denyse schmidt fabrics that I think were spotlight (in australia) exclusives - I didn't set out to get these fabrics I just picked up about four from the shelves and then discovered that they were all DS fabrics - and of course each other one I picked up was the same - except for this gorgeous red which is a reproduction fabric from the Albert and Victoria Museum in London - I think I'd like to purchase a whole bolt of this one - there's just something about it.


and then I bought a few other fabrics ...


and just a few more ...


well, I do need some fabrics for my feather your nest projects !

I then stopped at an op shop as I'd decided to do a table runner in red for the feather your nest sew-along which requires the use of some repurposed fabric in the projects - well I actually found some red fabric $1 (rather than cutting up some clothing) and I also found this chambray with embroidered flowers - about 2 1/2 yards for $4 which I thought was a bit of a bargain along with some herb printed napkins $3 - there are 5 napkins and they are in fabulous condition (no tears or stains) so I'm not sure if I'll chop these up - I might just think about it for a bit !



so now I'm off to cut up these perfectly good pieces of fabric !

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