28 April 2018

its a Cubes quilt !

I joined in with the Fat Quarter Shop this month and made the Fat Quarter Cubes quilt - its another fun and fast quilt in their Shortcut Pattern series and it makes big blocks to show off some fabulous fabrics !!

I decided to use my stash and pulled out some of my hoarded Denyse Schmidt fabrics - I used mainly Washington Depot with a few other favourites as well.

This is a really easy pattern to put together - just some squares and rectangles arranged into big 18 inch squares and joined together with sashing - it also makes a big quilt, finishing at 66 x 87 inches !

In fact the longest part of making it was deciding where to place the blocks - that probably took me a couple of days - ha !

I'm planning on doing some free motion quilted wavy lines to finish it - I actually have the backing made and the batting cut so I'm well on my way and I'm determined not to let this one become a UFO - it fits my bed perfectly :)

if you want to make your own Cubes quilt then check out the Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber post to see some other fabulous versions of this quilt and get the FREE Fat Quarter Cubes Pattern and video tutorial! All you need is 18 fat quarters, 2 yards of background fabric, backing, and binding and you’re ready to go!

 Shortcut Quilt - Fat Quarter Cubes Quilt

19 April 2018

2nd quarter - 2018 finish-along

well after a successful first quarter (hey I got one finish - I'm definitely calling that a success !!) I'm gearing up to see if I can get another finish or two this quarter.

My plan for this year was to start from the oldest FAL that I'd posted all those years ago but I was quickly overwhelmed by how many finishes I have so I though that I'd just pick one or two from that list !!

My first hopeful for this quarter is from that list and is a quilt top I made over a couple of weekends back in late 2011 - the Max and Whiskers Wonky Quilt.

It then went into the quilting pile and I finally decided in 2014 that I'd pebble quilt in the borders around the blocks - well as a beginner quilter that took 3 years - I discovered it was really hard to quilt small pebbles with white thread on white fabric so maybe there are a few rocks in there too *giggles*

I finally finished the quilting in February last year - a year ago !! and I still haven't done the binding or made a label so I can call it finished !!

Hopeful number 2 is the Steam Punk Quilt - I started making these blocks last year and have quite a collection but obviously need a few more - I have fabric picked for at least another ten blocks so that's a start !

Hopeful number 3 is the Foxley Village Quilt - again a fairly recent UFO and really not that much of the top to do to get to the quilting stage.  Mr Fox needs a face though, poor Mr Sparrow needs an eye to see and some legs to perch on, and the flowers need some stems to be able to sway around in the breeze :) can you tell I'm not that keen on hand embroidery anymore !

Hopeful number 4 is the Double Nine Patch Quilt that I made in January this year for a Fat Quarter Shop quilt-along - needs quilting but hasn't seen the light of day since the first quarter !!

Hopeful numbers 5 and 6 are two cushions for my flamingo and unicorn loving twin cousins birthdays in December last year.

They were pieced in January and I have the backs done but of course I'm stuck on the quilting again - I really need to Just Do It !!!!

my list is longer this quarter but I know that I'll have at least two finishes and hopefully a few more can join the finish party in July !!

Linking up to the second quarter of the 2018 Finish-A-Long.

10 April 2018

Houston - we have a finish !!

Yes, an actual finish in the first finish-along of the year !! so I've just proven that miracles do in fact happen and I'm excited to share with you my sweet little sewing machine cover that I finally made.

After years with just a fat quarter as a cover, my lovely Bernina now has a fancy cover to keep the dust off her and as she is on display all the time it really brightens up the space !

I decided to use some of my favourite fabric scraps to make the cover and its just a simple fold over design - I figured as I (used to) use my machine so much I didn't want to be too elaborate :)

I was going to do straight line quilting on it but decided to use the opportunity for some free motion quilting practice using Angela Walters' paisley feather design and I'm really glad I did - I'm really happy with the finish!

You can see that I did straight line stitching across the middle - I'd already started that before I decided to do FMQ - and I'm happy to say it really helps the cover sit well on the machine.

So there you have it - one finish from my very small first quarter finish-along list !  fingers crossed the other projects on my list might get further along next quarter :)

Linking up just in time to the first quarter finishes of the 2018 Finish-Along !

16 January 2018

first quarter - 2018 finish-a-long

its a new year which means the start of another finish-a-long !! and as in previous years, I have another long list of hopeful finishes !!

2018 Finish-A-Long information

well actually my list for this first quarter is quite small - 4 projects to be exact.  I have one deadline and the rest is sewing just for me :)

#1 - Steam Punk Quilt
I'd love to make progress on my Steam Punk quilt this year - I've made a few blocks since my first block in April last year but I still have quite a few to go.

#2 - Foxley Village
I was hoping to get the last few Foxley Village blocks finished last year but with the move it hasn't seen the light of day since then !

#3 - Nine Patch quilt
I've given myself a deadline of the end of January to have this nine patch top quilted - hopefully it will be bound by then too.

#4 - Sewing machine cover
and the last item on my list for this quarter is the sewing machine cover that's been on my to do list since I got my new Bernina 4 years ago !!  I've managed to sew together a scrappy cover which of course just needs to be finished :)

Linking up to the first quarter of the 2018 Finish-A-Long - just in the nick of time !!

first quarter linkup

05 January 2018

Double 9 Patch Quilt Along

Its time to show you my version of the Fat Quarter Shop's Double 9 Patch Quilt - its one of their new patterns in the Classic & Vintage series.

I decided to use a Prima Homespun in Sorbet Pink for the background as I had enough yardage already in my stash and I have a lovely little stash of grey fabrics too so I decided to use those with the pink.  My sister had a pink and grey theme for her wedding so I knew they would look good together.

Its a very quick and easy quilt to make - in fact I made most of the quilt in one weekend !

The blocks are made with strips and once all the strips are sewn and cut, putting them together into blocks is a breeze and along with nice big plain squares, its fast to finish - which is just as well as I was in the middle of packing my house to move interstate when I decided I needed a break and spent a couple of days sewing the blocks !

Now I just need to quilt it !! I'm excited to make some progress in free motion quilting this year and I've been playing around with a couple of designs - this one I thought I could make some freezer paper templates of a flower to trace around as well as mirror the squares in the plain blocks.

I could also try Angela Walter's meandering flower design as a single flower in each small square and way bigger in the large squares.

I'm also keen to start using my new ruler foot and rulers so I'll keep playing around and do some samples but I'd really love this quilt to be my first finish for the year so I'm planning on having it done by the end of January !

You can check out the other pretty versions of the blocks and quilts at Fat Quarter Shop's blog Jolly Jabber. I especially love the colourful little squares versions - they look like sparkly stars.

If you’re ready to sew along, grab your supplies, download the FREE block pattern and watch Kimberly’s video tutorial for a step-by-step guide on making your block!  Meanwhile, I'll be back to show you the finished quilt in a few weeks :)

02 January 2018

December Quilty365 blocks

Happy New Year !!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year - I loved having my first Tassie Christmas in quite a few years :)

I've been seeing a lot of round up for 2017 and planning for 2018 posts around the internet and while I haven't thought about doing those posts yet, I am happy that I'm only two days late in posting the final linky in this year's Quilty 365 !!

I've thoroughly enjoyed hosting this linky through 2017 - although we didn't have too many starters its been fun having LJ and Jann consistently linking up with me - thanks lovelies :)

I was hoping to take the photos of the blocks at the beach or maybe just outside but whenever I think about taking photos it seems to be windy or overcast or both !!

I just put my design wall up this week (after two months) which must mean its time for some sewing around here :)

so onto the December blocks...

a mixture of bright happy summer blocks with the always included animal menagerie !!

this Art Gallery Fabric by Jenni Baker is one of my all time favourite fabrics - its just the perfect shade of happy yellow and those little flowers are adorable - just right for the first day of summer !!

some more "celebrate summer" blocks - if I was five years old again this sweet little summer dress would be my favourite :)

this sweet apple fabric is to celebrate my Dad's birthday on 23 December - he was born in Tasmania too so the apple theme is perfect :)

It was very hard only choosing 3 christmas fabrics - I have quite a few cute christmas fabrics - mostly from Cotton and Steel who are fast becoming my favourite fabric company !

of course there is the usual animal collection - I'm actually amazed at how much animal fabric I own !!

and these two blocks I thought were perfect for the year end - fireworks and bubbles from the champagne :)

so that's it - all the blocks chosen for each day of 2017 - I've enjoyed picking out every fabric and now I just have to sew them all - I'm hoping to have this top together by the middle of this year - I still need to decide if I want to lay them out in the months they were picked or just muddle them up and sew them together where they land - aaaah decisions, decisions !!

Thanks for following along (and linking up) on this year long journey with me and a special thanks to Audrey of Quilty Folk for letting me take over this fun project in 2017 :)

An InLinkz Link-up


07 December 2017

November Quilty 365

oh my - its the second last month of our Quilty 365 blocks - of course I'm late in posting but we'll overlook that, shall we !!

I was pretty busy in November as I moved from Tumbarumba in New South Wales to Tasmania but I still managed to pick out the fabrics for my daily blocks.

november quilty365 blocks

november quilty365 blocks

november quilty365 blocks

This special little heart block is for my mum whose birthday was on 1 November

november quilty365 blocks

and I chose this apple fabric as it was perfect to celebrate my arrival in Tassie :)

november quilty365 blocks

I also have quite a few Cotton and Steel fabrics this month as I'm making Jen Kingwell's Steam Punk quilt with them.

november quilty365 blocks

as well as some Tula Pink prints

november quilty365 blocks

and of course what would the month be without flowers !

november quilty365 blocks

well, next month is the last month in our 2017 #quilty365 sew along and I promise I'll be on time :)