01 September 2017

August Quilty 365 blocks

Its the first of September - that means its time for another month of Quilty 365 blocks and it also means its finally springtime here in the southern hemisphere !! I'm so looking forward to some warmer weather after a cold winter but I think it will take another couple of weeks - we've had very big frosts for the past week !

I'm happy to say that I picked the fabrics for my block every day this month which is a bit more organised than last month !!

I have some cuties again this month including my favourite Dr Seuss one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish !!

I'm actually amazed at how much novelty fabric I have in my stash and I'm looking forward to going through my Cotton and Steel collection and also my favourite Heather Ross fabrics over the next couple of months !

We're now 2/3 of the way through making these little round blocks and I'm getting excited about putting them all together !

I'm looking forward to seeing your cute blocks so link up below !


01 August 2017

July Quilty 365 blocks

gee another month has zipped by and its time for the July Quilty 365 link-up !

It seems that I was too busy trying to get some free motion quilting done to do hand sewing this month and I even failed to pick a fabric every day !!

I did manage to get one block sewn - this fabulous shark fabric block !

and although I didn't pick a fabric for each day I did pick a selection of fabrics for the month ! I'm having to keep checking on my previous monthly blocks to try and make sure I don't repeat any of the fabrics although if that happens I've decided that I can always add them to the backing :)

I had fun picking out some fabrics in keeping with the winter theme including this sweet winter dress - wish I could fit into it - its so adorable !

and some cute duck fabric - or are they geese ??

and also this cute bird in the tree hollow - looks a bit like me trying to keep out of the rain and cold !

On a brighter note I have finished all of my May blocks - I'm going to do another post this month with all of my blocks so far - I'm dying to see what they will look like all together.

I hope you had a bit more success with your blocks this month !

19 July 2017

Photobucket fail !

Just a quick post about the recent goings on at Photobucket - a formerly free image hosting site. If you've wandered around blogs and the internet lately you might have noticed previously lovely images have disappeared and in their place are these ugly notices !!

They very quietly changed their 3rd party image hosting policy earlier this month and its gone from free to $400 US per year - add another $100 to that in Australian dollars ! Photobucket has now been accused of all sorts of things including blackmail after images just disappeared across the internet !

My blog buttons are still showing but I did get a notice today (3 weeks after the policy came into effect) that I needed to update so I've moved my Quilty 365 blog button to Flickr. I've updated the link under the blog button so if you've used this link you might like to update it - just copy the new one and paste over the old one !


The Photobucket link is still working for the moment but I'm sure it will disappear soon and I'll use Flickr for any other images that I need to embed in the future :)

So now that is sorted I can get back to some hand stitching !

08 July 2017

2017 finish-a-long Q3

Its time for the third quarter in the 2017 Finish-A-Long - I'm joining in this quarter with a list of quilts that need to be quilted !

Over previous years I've joined in the world wide event that is the Finish-A-Long and I wasn't really that successful in getting finishes done but I'm a bit more determined now (read - my UFO list is out of control!!) so I'm willing to try again - haha !!


I just checked back and discovered that the first list I made was for the 2013 Finish-A-Long and I'm very happy to say that two of the four quilts that were on my first list are actually finished (yay !!) however the quilting still needs to be done on the other two (boo !!).

I might go back through the previous lists and dig out the projects that still need finishing (hopefully there aren't too many) and put them on the last quarter list but for this quarter its all about the quilting and I'm hoping I have time to finish at least these six tops listed - all except one have appeared on at least one Finish-A-Long list !!

Nested Churn Dash quilt - a Care Circle quilt that has been sewn together and needs quilting and finishing - I can't decide on the quilting which is why this one has never been finished - I think I'm just going to do wavy lines with the walking foot if I don't come up with another idea soon !

Star blocks quilt - this quilt top needs quilting and finishing - I've got a free motion quilting plan for this one !!

Polka Dot Circles quilt - blocks need to be sewn together into a top, quilted, and finished !

Scrappy Plus quilt - blocks need to be sewn together into a top, quilted, and finished !

Pink Pez Mod Pop - this quilt is from my first Finish-A-Long post back in 2013 ! I had a quilting plan that I tried a couple of years ago and it didn't work so it was put away - I've now got another quilting design in mind so fingers crossed this one works :)

Mango Dreamin' - this quilt design is Jacquie Gering's Atomic Squares Quilt which appeared in Modern Quilts Unlimited and I just loved the mid century mod design !  I ordered the fabrics - Michael Miller's Cotton Couture in Tangerine, Star Fruit, and Mud - not long after I bought the magazine back in 2013 and since then its been waiting to be made.  I started cutting the pieces sometime last year and then finally pulled it out again a few weeks ago - changed my mind on the block and colour combinations I'd originally planned - and made the top!  I kind of have a plan for the quilting and I also have a plan for a few more of these quilts in different fabrics!

That's my list for this time - hope I can make my UFO list just that little bit smaller !! good luck if you're trying to get some finishes done too :)

Linking up to 2017 Finish-A-Long

01 July 2017

June Quilty 365 blocks

Its the end of another month so that means its time for another lot of Quilty 365 blocks !

I managed to get all of my blocks prepped and I even got a few sewn !

I really am having a lot of fun finding fabrics for these circle blocks although I am starting to wonder if I've already used a particular fabric so I'm having to refer back to previous blog posts to check !!

I'm also loving having the occasional coloured solid for the backgrounds.

These two blocks are my ode to winter - the first block reminds me of rain reflections on the street and the last block is of a bare tree which is what all the trees in my area look like now !!

I still need to search my Tula Pink scraps for some little circles but I knew I had this sweet little Raccoon just waiting to pop up !

I also made a few of the circles from scraps - I like having the teeny pieces of scraps being put to good use !

I hope you're still having fun making these little blocks - we're at the half way mark - woohoo !! :)

01 June 2017

May Quilty 365 linkup

another month went flying past and all of a sudden its time to link up the Quilty365 blocks you made in May !

I have another group of fun fabrics for my May blocks although I'm a bit less organised this month - May always seems to disappear quickly even though its got more days - why is that ??

its a bit of a mixed bag this month and I can see already see where I need to change the background fabric for one of the blocks but I think the text print is just perfect !

I love using scraps, especially those last precious pieces ! I'm adding some solid to the little gold star fabric in the bottom row below - I made a cloth doll for one of my nieces from that fabric so I love that I'll have a tiny piece in this quilt as a reminder :)

a favourite Melody Miller teacup with a Maze and Vale background in this lot along with some much loved Laurie Wisbrun Tufted Tweets, the purple fabric with teeny birds, and of course what is life without polka dots!

Also this month I made a special birthday block for my cousin in her favourite football team colours !

Another month of picking fabrics but not much sewing !! I hope to catch up with some hand sewing so my goal is to have all of June's blocks sewn by the end of the month :)


01 May 2017

April Quilty 365 linkup

ok - its the first of May so its time to link up the Quilty365 blocks made in April !!

I have a block for each day in April - it helped that I prepped a few blocks before I went away and I managed to sew a couple as well !

so happy to add a few cute rabbits and a butterfly too !!

and some pretty in pink blocks

always love adding flowers

and of course polka dots

some more fun to fussy cut fabrics

and I made a special embroidered block for Anzac Day on 25 April.

I hope you're looking past the fact that most of my blocks are not yet appliqued !! I'm hoping to catch up with some hand sewing sessions over the next few weeks but I am keeping up with choosing a fabric each day !

Can't wait to see what blocks you made last month so link up below.

Audrey over at Quilty Folk is also having a link up today (US time) for the finished quilts in the original Quilty365 that Audrey started - you can check out those fabulous quilts here !


30 April 2017

100 day challenge finale !

Its time for my finale post in the 100 day challenge - I'm late of course as I've been away but I'm so excited to share my challenge results !

My projects for this year's challenge were:
  1. sew the Aurifil 2014 BOM blocks and finish the quilt top
  2. sew the Foxley Village 2016 BOM blocks and finish the quilt top
  3. finish my cousin Susan's quilt (top done in 2011)
  4. and make a Plus quilt from start to finish (new project but being planned for a while !)
Aurifil 2014 BOM blocks - I managed to finish all of the blocks - need to add sashing and then quilt - another little challenge to have this quilt completed by the end of May :)

Foxley Village BOM - three parts almost done - hoping to get the last of the applique and embroidery done on these three parts and then I'll start on the last part - I'm challenging myself to have this top done by the end of May !

Susan's quilt - I'm so excited that my cousin Susan's quilt is finished and has been gifted to her ! I was able to hand deliver it last week and I was hoping to take a photo of Susan wrapped up in the quilt but the weather didn't cooperate on the last day so I'll have to take one next time we're together !

just one side left to bind in this photo !

and just out of the wash :)

Plus quilt - no progress on this one at all :(  oh well, there's always tomorrow !

so I'm pretty happy with the progress on these quilts and I think setting little challenges like these is a good way of getting almost done projects finished !!

Having a deadline of visiting my family in Tasmania was also very helpful in making me "just do" the free motion quilting on my cousin's quilt - as usual, when it was done I was wondering why it took so long - I really need to just leap and know that the net will appear !!

Linking up to the 2017 100 day challenge finale over at Quilter in the Closet

02 April 2017

March Quilty365 linkup

ooops I'm a day late in posting the link-up for the March blocks - hope its not just me that thinks this year is zipping along very fast !!

I've had a few other deadlines this month so I haven't actually sewn any of my quilty365 blocks !

I've also had thoughts about the backing fabrics for my circles - I don't have enough of one fabric to use for all the blocks so I'm going to use different fabrics for the backings but at this point I don't have my backings sorted however I have picked out my circle fabrics for the month !

It seems that I have quite a bit of fabric that's suitable for fussy cutting !!

Its really fun to find a snippet of fabric each day that I want to include in this quilt !

Last month Jann asked how everyone was storing their circles so they don't get lost which is a very good point considering this is a 365 day quilt along !!

I'm storing my monthly blocks in a separate zip lock bag

and I've also got a small plastic container that I'm keeping the bags in along with my marking pens and squircle template ! Hopefully the plastic container is big enough to hold my blocks until the end !

I'm off to Tasmania for a couple of weeks later this month so I will probably just have my circles chosen again this month and hopefully in May I'll have time to start stitching them together !

So I look forward to seeing the wonderful blocks that everyone else has made - I hope you're a bit more organised than me !!