Friday, 18 November 2011

FNSI

Well I didn't get as much done for Friday Night Sew In as I wanted, but I am slowly getting there with this top.



Monday, 31 October 2011

Happy Halloween!!



Happy Halloween!!

(pattern and labels by Sweetwater for the Label Crew club!)

Friday, 28 October 2011

International Teachers Day


Today my kids school celebrated International Teachers Day. Now I know this is supposed to be held earlier in the month but because that always falls in school holiday time we celebrate it on the last Friday in October. I made these for my kids teachers, I used the Gathered Clutch tutorial by Noodle Head (you can find it here!). I filled them with miniature chocolate bars, and from all accounts they were a hit :)

I had been wanting to try this tutorial for ages, but I hate gathering and I hate zips, but the effort was well worth the result!

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

My design wall today



This is what my design wall looks like today!  The blocks aren't sewn together yet, so please excuse the fact that some are overlapping slightly making them look a little odd in size.  Oh and please ignore the other blocks peeking out the bottom, there are currently 4 projects on my design wall overlapping each other.
This is a Moda Bakeshop pattern - you can find it here - it was designed by Julie Sebire of "Narioka" and the original used Hideaway by by Lauren and Jessi Jung, but mine uses Flora by the same fabric designers.

I think this range is too new for yardage to be released yet, so I will have to wait to do the borders.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

My knight in shining armour (well almost...)



So what do you do when you realise your son has a dress-up night at cub scouts, and there is less than 1 hour until he has to be there?

15 mins to decide what he is going as (it was K night...).
5 minutes to grab his halloween spider zombie outfit and tuck in the stand-up collar and add a red t-shirt.
15 minutes to find fabric, trim, sew casing, add elastic - 1 cape done!
10 minutes to find white sticker paper and cut out a cross.
2 minutes to pick up a scrap of fabric that was cut off for the cape and tie it around his waist as a belt. 

Meanwhile hubby cut a sword out of cardboard and covered the blade part in foil.

Finished with time to spare!

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Woohoo I can log in again!!

 

Wow I had just about given up trying to get back into my blog, but here I am!  Did you miss me?  :)

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Stash update

Well yes I skipped a week, but in my defence I was away last week, so thought I would combine my 2 weeks into a single post :)

So week 3 stash report, I bought 7 meters of mushroom colored satin for a machine embroidery class I have signed up for.  So that is roughly 7.7 yards.

Now it has come to my attention that I missed something in week 2, I was lucky enough to win a Moda charm square pack in Origins from Kati from From The Blue Chair - thanks Kati!!  So I will add this in with week 3 - 0.7 yards :)

Used week 3: 0 yards
Used year to Date: 0 yards
Added week 3: 8.4 yards
Added Year to Date: 33.9 yards
Net Used for 2011: -33.9 yards

Now for week 4.  A quilt kit I ordered from Hancock's of Paducah before Christmas arrived, it is a Judy Neimeyer kit and will be a (very!) long term project.  I am doing the smaller 70" sqaure design, but have the extra foundation papers to turn it into the 90" square version just in case :)  so 17.5 yards.



Then I got some jelly rolls (Antique Fair and Oasis) from The Fat Quarter Shop, along with another 2 origins charm square packs - I decided it was so yummy that 1 was not enough LOL!  the jelly rolls are for the Postage Stamp Quilt-along that Rachel from P.S. I Quilt is running.  So 2.9 per jelly roll, plus 0.7 per charm pack is 7.2 yards.

Also block 8 from the Fat Quarter Shops 2010 Designer Mystery Block of the Month arrived - 0.6 yards.

Then because 3 Origins charm packs is an odd number I added another charm pack from Green Fairy Quilts.  Plus 0.7 yards.

And lastly my Label Crew kit from Sweetwater arrived - yummy Sunkissed!- 1 yard.

Used week 4: 0 yards
Used year to Date: 0 yards
Added week 4: 27 yards
Added Year to Date: 60.9 yards
Net Used for 2011: -60.9 yards

Wow!!  I guess that explains why I run out of storage space so quickly :)

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Weekly stitching and stash update!

Well I have had a great week quilting wise, not a lot to show but I have been busy!  I am working on the Chubby Star quilt-along on Tracejay's blog (yes I know I started a bit behind, but better late than never LOL!).

So in a momemt of utter weakness (and a little stupidity!) I decided I would make it in the california king size.  So I have cut enough strips to make 400 4-patch blocks with 1" finished squares.  And I have sewn them together.  And  I have cross-cut into 2-patch segments.  And sewn them into 72 4-patches.  Only 328 to go LOL!  I loved the colors in the original and am going with similar colors but using Verna.


OK my stash update for the week, I had a couple of orders arrived that were purchased before Christmas but I am still counting in this years total :)

Firstly from Hancock's of Paducah (gee I love that store!!), some Wilmington Splendid Hues fabrics for a bag (or 2!), Fig Tree Fresh Cottons for borders and backing for a layer cake quilt, Deb Strain's Love U owls for backing, and some Alexander Henry owl fabric because it was on sale and I love it :)  Total 19.5 yards,


Then from Crazy 4 Quilts I got some batik fat quarters "just because", and some bag kits (they were on sale!).  Total 6 yards.


Used this Week: 0 yards
Used year to Date: 0 yards
Added this Week: 25.5 yards
Added Year to Date: 25.5 yards
Net Used for 2011: -25.5 yards

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Happy New Year and Stash Busting...

Happy New Year!!  I am so glad 2010 is over and done with, 2011 has got to be a better year, right?

My New Years Resolution this year is to bring JOY into my life!!  In particular I am not going to put pressure on myself to finish anything, if I feel like starting a new project then I will, and if I want to put it away after working on it for only a few hours then that's OK too!!  If I start 50 new projects this year and finish nothing then that is OK, I give myself permission to do so!  It is all going to be about sewing for the sheer joy of it!!  It seems others are thinking along the same lines, check out Kelly from Charming Chatter's post about MUF's girls, she explains it far better than I can :)

This year out of sheer curiosity rather than a need to bust my stash I have joined Stash Busters, where we give a weekly report on how much fabric has come in, how much we have used, and a running tally of how our stashes have grown or shrunk throughout the year.  I have been wondering at what point I can count fabric as used, obviously not when it is just put in a container with a pattern, bu how about when it is cut out?  Or when the first block is made?  Or the quilt top itself?  So I have accepted that it will need to be determined on a case by case basis, but in most cases it will be when the quilt top is finished, and then I can count the backing when it goes on, and likewise with the binding.

So given that I am starting this from the 1st of January and reporting in every Sunday here is this weeks report that covers 2 whole days :)

Used this Week: 0 yards
Used year to Date: 0 yards
Added this Week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net Used for 2010: 0 yards

But I did start a new project, more on that in my next post :)