Friday, 30 April 2010

Tag Along top is done!

Yay my Schnibbles Tag Along top is done!!  I am really happy with it now that it is all put together, I should learn not to doubt myself sometimes :)  It is not yet quilted, it has to wait it's turn in the queue for some time with Galloping Gerti (my longarm).

Another finish!  This time I made a little boxy bag for the Girly Girl.  I got the basic idea from the Cutsie Box Bag tutorial from the Apron Strings of an Army Wife blog, but changed it so all my raw seams were inside the lining so no raw seams are visible on the inside at all, and made it more square rather than a rectangle shaped.

The fabrics are some cheapies the Girly Girl picked out at Spotlight the other day, I have to say I just love the little birds (that is the lining fabric as well as the handle/tab).

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

A few finishes!

Well it's been a while since my last post, but I have been doing "stuff". It has turned cold here, Autumn is definitely here and Winter is on the way! And it has been wet outside, not that I am complaining, we still need all the rain we can get! However it has meant it has been too wet to go outside and take photos, but I finally found a big piece of satin to use as a backdrop, so here we go!

Firstly is this little clutch. I used the Scrappy Clutch tutorial from In An Igloo with a few modifications. I used left over layer cake squares, I only need 4 for the entire bag, 2 for the outside and 2 for the lining. This meant I made my pieces a little smaller where needed. I also sewed it together a little differently, I sewed the gathered skirt to the top bit first, and then did the side and bottom seams.

Then I moved on to these little flowers, which are from another tutorial (I can't find it at the moment, but there are heaps out there!).  The big blue on I stitched onto a hair-clip for the Girly Girl, the little orange one I glued to a magnet.  Next time I would use more layers and have the sizes of each layer graduating a bit better.

Then I also made a little pyramid purse from a tutorial by Living Creatively, this used the last of the scraps from my Sweetwater Bagalicious Club bag.  Again more zip practice, I have never liked sewing in zips but love bags with zips, so bought a ton of zips and figure once I have used them all I will be able to sew in zips with my eyes closed!

And I even got to use some of my (huge!) ribbon stash for the handle - gotta love that!!

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Still Schnibbling

OK I kept going, did a bit of un-sewing, some rearranging, some re-sewing, some more un-sewing, and eventually I have come up with something I like.  I think.  Yes I do.  Really.

Now to sew it together and then the borders :)

I have really enjoyed making this, I think this is the smallest quilt I have ever made, most of my quilts are a minimum of 80" on at least one side.  I have made a couple of smaller quilts for the kids to use in the car, about 40" square, but they seemed soooo small!

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Schnibbling along...

Well seeing as I am only a newcomer to the world of blogging I thought I would join in the Year Of Schnibbles for the first time this month.  So I went ahead and ordered my pattern and chose my charm squares, and here in lies my first mistake!  I chose Amy Butler's Daisy Chain range, and now that I think about it BIG prints and SMALL pieces do not go so well together.  Never mind, I went ahead and started cutting and piecing.  NOw my next problem, there are no lights and darks, the prints are all mediums.  So there is no tonal contrast, and little color contrast too.  I won't tell you what I am reminded of when I see the blocks put together, but it's not pretty LOL!

I thought maybe I could add in some sashing, I tried chocolate brown but it just did not work, then I thought about the same solid green I used in the small 9-patches...

But I am still not convinced.  Do I keep going and hope it works out in the end, or do I stop now and use the blocks I have made for a bag or something?  Or do I try and get some plain fabric in that blue that seems to pop out and do thin sashing with that?  Help!!

Sunday, 18 April 2010

And another bag....

Well I was on a roll, and I had Sunday afternoon with hubby away and the kids amusing themselves, what else was I to do?  So I dug out this kit I had bought from The Fat Quarter Shop almost 2 years ago!  At the time I thought it was lovely in pink and green so I went ahead and ordered, when it arrived it had RED in it!  Not only that, but it had RED AND PINK TOGETHER.  In the same bag.  At the time I just couldn't cope with that, so in the back of the cupboard it went! 

So now that I have decided it was time I just got over my whole "I don't do red!" thing I figured I would brave up and make the bag.  And you know what?  I *LOVE* it!  I could really get into this red thing, and I even think I could come to love red and pink together!  Who knows, maybe in the future I could even come at blue and green together too!!

The pattern is the Manhattan Handbag by Pink Sand Beach Designs, the fabrics are batiks in hot pink and almost fluorescent lime green, the spotty fabric is a red batik and it goes around the sides and bottom, the handles and the lining.

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Dandy Bag is done!

Well my Dandy bag is all done, I *love* this pattern, so simple, fairly quick, and it looks great!  I fussy cut a stripe fabric for the band, and used the same fabric as the lining.  The pink (Mod Girls Ingrid by Jennifer Paganelli SIS BOOM for Free Spirit) and the lining (Anna Griffin the Lulu Collection for Windham Fabrics) were from my stash, the green (Emily Bloom Designer Collection) I bought during Friday's shopping trip!

OK, what's next?

A bit distracted...

Well I thought I would take a few minutes to check out everyone elses blogs to see how they were going with their bags this weekend, and I came across this recipe for Lemon Meringue Pie made with condensed milk on Annie from Sew Nutty's blog so of course I just had to make it now didn't I LOL!

So then I finally get back to my Dandy bag, I have my fabrics cut, the tops and bands attached, and I am just about ready to quilt it!  Of course more distractions, I decided it would be easier to quilt it on Galloping Gertie so I had to take off the quilt I already had on there so I could pin it on!  I am finally ready but it will have to wait until the morning now.  Once I had laid my main fabric out to cut I realised it was kinda directional, but since I didn't want to change fabrics AGAIN I just cut 2 pieces, turned 1 upside down, and sewed them back together again :)

Oh and my fabrics!

Friday Night Sew-In

Well I have had a very lovely Friday Night Sew-In!  OK so I know it is actually Saturday here in Australia, but I figure it is Friday night somewhere in the world LOL!

I made the Spring Bucket Tote designed by Heidi from Handmade by Heidi and I am really happy with how easy it was and how nicely it turned out!  Well actually, that should be how nicely *they* turned out, because I made 2 identical bags, I will be giving one to my mum for mothers day in a few weeks times, which means not only does she get a special bag, but I will think of her each time I use my identical bag, because the fabrics are the same in both and are very much my mums style!  One thing I really love about this bag is it is reversible, the chicken fabric is on the inside, but the bag can be turned inside out and looks just as great!

I couldn't find any rope that looked suitable for handles, and I have no idea what Duck Cloth is, so I bought the kit, and Heidi was kind enough to email me the pattern so I didn't have to wait for the kit to arrive in the mail to get started!  My handles on these bags were made with a navy cotton twill fabric to finish at 2inches wide, the body of the bag was red twill, and the inside was quilting cotton.

So now I am going to make a start on my Dandy bag, I have changed my fabric choice completely, and am much happier with my selection now.  I won't show you what I have chosen yet, you will just have to check back later and see!

Friday, 16 April 2010


Well today was shopping day, fabric shopping of course!  I had a discount voucher, and it seemed a shame to let it go to waste, an "unfortunately" there was a minimum spend so of course I had to make absolutely sure I reached it LOL!  So these yummies came home with me...

Now anyone that knows me will know that I do not do red.  Ever.  Which is funny given that I am a volunteer firefighter and love my Big Red Trucks!  But there are so many yummy reds out there now that I thought it was about time I gave red a chance!

My mum has pet chickens, and the chicken fabric just seemed so her, so that will be the lining for my Canvas Spring Tote by Handmade By Heidi that I will be making during tonights Friday Night Sew In.  The plain red in the top picture next to the chickens will be the outside of my tote, and the plain navy blue in the bottom will be handles as I couldn't find the right kind of rope.

Then tomorrow I am very excited to be taking part in Dandelion Quilts Tote Party Sew In, and I will be making the Dandy Bag.  These are the fabrics I have chosen, the one on the left is Moda Bella in Chocolate (my lovely postie brought an ENTIRE bolt of it today!), and I can't decide between it and the purple on the left.  I will see how it looks once I start cutting I guess!

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

A visit from the postie

I love my postie, especially when he brings me lovely parcels!  Today's mail brought me my first kit from The Oz Material Girls The Bag Club, and it is very scrummy!!  I can't wait to get started on it!

I have been trying to decide on a fabric range to use for the Hexagon Quilt-A-Long, I have a few jelly rolls on hand to choose from, but none with matching layer cakes or FQs, and I am very much a matchy-matchy girl LOL!  But thanks to Quilt Taffy I will have some Jan Patek Harmony matching fabrics on their way soon, so I can go ahead and start cutting up my jelly roll - yay!

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Unloved quilt top

Well I finished Girly-Girls new quilt top last week, just in time to take it with me when we picked her up after her holiday at Grandma's house.  I have been hesitant to post about it, because I am not sure how I feel about it now.  I was so sure she would love it, but she hardly looked at it and wandered off before I had even completely unfolded it and hasn't mentioned it since.  She is 11, so is it a pre-teen thing?
So now do I go ahead and quilt it (I had left it so the Girly-Girl could choose the pattern), or put it in the back of the cupboard and forget about it?

I felt bad that I hadn't made a quilt top for The Boy so I whipped him up one of Pink Penguins fabric baskets (I am a bit addicted to these!).  He loved his basket, and after giving it a big hug promptly filled it with his most important treasures, so at least I had a win there!
I have made both of my baskets out of 2.5" squares instead of the 2" called for in the original, simply because I had them already cut and it was easier to adjust the pattern than to cut all the squares down in size.  I am sure I will be making some more so for future reference I made the bottom 8 1/2" x 12 1/2" and the lining 12" x 16".  :)

Monday, 12 April 2010

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Curly Whiskers!!

I have always been told that a day is not wasted if you have learnt something.  Well today I learnt a couple of things!

1) A cat's fur insulates not only from cold but from heat, resulting in being able to sit right in front of the heater for way too long!

2) Cat's whiskers are not heat-proof, and will melt when said cat sits too close to the heater for too long, resulting in melted curly whiskers...

Happy Birthday Grandpa!!

Thursday, 8 April 2010

My magazine addiction

OK I will admit it, I am addicted to magazines!  Not those trashy gossip type ones, oh no, I am addicted to quilt magazines.  I try to avoid the newsagents, but I had to post some letters and the newsagents is right next door to the post office, and in a moment of weakness in I went.  Well I found the latest American Patchwork and Quilting (April, we are a little slow over here!), which was a little exciting.  BUT the really exciting moment was when I spotted a new magazine I had never seen before, a FRENCH magazine (but in English)!

I had a quick flip through, lovely quality glossy paper, gorgeous pictures, and sooooo many quilts to look at.  The layout and photography are fantastic, it really looks like a great deal of time and effort and creativity went into putting it together, unlike some magazines these days that just seem to be slapped together and churned out.  And a good price too, a bargain for an international magazine.  So off it went home with me, and I am in LOVE!!! The cover quilt is definitely on my to-do list, love the Japanese quilt but all that applique is a bit too much.  A magazine worth looking out for, and definitely a keeper!

Monday, 5 April 2010

A new quilt

There is something quite special about completing the first block of a new quilt. It's a chance to see how the fabrics and colors will work together, and to check that everything has been cut to the right size before going ahead and cutting the rest, but it is also like a promise of things to come.

I have decided I need to use up some of my jelly roll stash, so I am making the Sweet Menagerie quilt from Moda Bakeshop designed by by Roslyn Mirrington of Bloom for my daughters bed.

The jelly roll I am using is a Tula Pink one, but from an older range, Full Moon Forest.  I have the first block made and it is looking very pretty!!