21 February 2016

100 day challenge check-in

I missed the 30 day check-in for the 100 day challenge that Jen (Quilter in the Closet) did but I do have some progress on my Minnie quilt - its started !!

minnie mouse pixelated

I thought I'd have to order some fabrics for these little quilts but after going through my solids I seem to have enough for both - as the quilts aren't that big and I'm only using 1 inch squares I don't need that much !

minnie mouse pixelated

I've divided up the quilt into 9 blocks and I've made the first block !  I'm using this bigger picture of Minnie to mark my blocks as I do them to keep me sane !!

Minnie Mouse graph

I couldn't remember how I finished my other little pixel quilts but after pressing the seams to the side on this first block I'm definitely going to press the seams open for the rest - I'm trying to resist the urge to re-do the first block !

Minnie Mouse pixelated

I don't have any progress on my other challenges but hope to have both of my pixel quilts done in time for our local show on 19 March !!

100 day quilt challenge

29 January 2016

work in progress on a Friday !

Tuesday was the Australia Day public holiday and I also had the Wednesday off work so took the opportunity to do some catch-up sewing.

I made the last scrappy nine patch blocks so I managed 56 blocks in 56 days ...

photo of four scrappy nine patch blocks

photo of four scrappy nine patch blocks

photo of four scrappy nine patch blocks

when I decide what sashing to use I'll sew the top together - I don't want to use white sashing in this quilt - I'm thinking charcoal but I'll probably end up using a silvery grey!

I've also finished one of the pillow tops I'm making for mum and dad - hope to get it quilted this weekend.  I'm using 6" jacks on six blocks for this little pillow - love the secondary star pattern - mum and dad picked out the fabrics when they visited last November.

photo of a pillow top using jacks on six quilt block

and I finally sewed together the Pack Patch Mini Quilt Along blocks into a top - it was a Flickr quilt-along hosted by Chase of Quarter Inch Mark and I finished the little blocks almost a year ago !!

photo of a pack patch mini quilt along quilt top

I'm going to hand quilt this one so it will be a while before its finished.

I also came across a mini charm pack of Bonnie and Camille's Happy Go Lucky so on the spur of the moment decided to make Moda's Love Quilt - its only a 12 1/2" block so I'll probably add some borders and make it into a pillow.

photo of a moda love mini charm quilt made in Bonnie and Camille Happy Go Lucky

have a great weekend !

20 January 2016

WIP Wednesday - the Sugar Block Club 3.0 edition

Amy at Stitchery Dickory Dock is hosting another Sugar Block Club BOM this year which I've joined.

January's block is the Churn Dash - love the changes Amy has made and the fabrics she has used - that purple ♥

I'm making my blocks from my hoarded Denyse Schmidt fabrics - better to have them in a quilt being used that being stored in a plastic box !!

I made the January block earlier this week - love these fabrics too !

All the information for Amy's free BOM is available here !

Linking up to Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday

13 January 2016

WIP Wednesday - the scrappy 9 patch edition

I've got quite a few scrap quilts on my horizon but one I've recently started is the scrappy 9 patch block by Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts - Amanda has all the details of this quilt along that she did back in 2009 on her blog !

Amanda Jean decided to do a patch a day quilt and I've been keeping up with block numbers but I've mainly been cutting out the blocks every day and then sewing them together all at once on the weekend. It seems to work best for me that way.

These are my blocks so far - I've really enjoyed going through the scrap bins to find these fabrics !

and this is today's block #44

pretty happy that I finally cut up the blocks for Random Reflections a few weeks ago as it means I have some pretty fabrics from the Bonnie and Camille Ruby collection to add to my scrap quilt !

Have a wonderful week !

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday

12 January 2016

100 day challenge

well I did say I wasn't going to join in the Finish Along this year but I've just found another challenge called the 100 day challenge being hosted by Jen over at Quilter in the Closet.


The idea is to pick three projects that you want to get done in 100 days from the beginning of January - I really want to get some quilts done for this year's Annual Show which is held in mid March - so I think this challenge might be perfect !!

My project picks are:
  • Mickey and Minnie pixel quilts (on my new project list)
I really want to do a pixilated mini quilt of both Mickey and Minnie - just need to organise the fabrics and I'll be ready to go ! I made the patterns using the V & A patchwork pattern maker available on the Victoria and Albert website. Excuse the terrible photo of paper !!

  • My Small World quilt - to be hand quilted (on my tops to be quilted list)
I'm going to do some posts about how this gorgeous little quilt came to be - I did post initially when I was about to start but have done all the sharing over on IG - I'd like to have this quilted and finished so that I can enter it into our local Show and also in the first Blogger's Quilt Festival this year in
May !

  • a made and finished present for my mum's mothers day this year !! (on my new projects list)
I've planned something from this book - its a secret !!

so do you want to join in too ?? just visit Jen at Quilter in the Closet and link up - its open for three more days !! The 100 Day Challenge Quilt/Craft Edition challenges you to complete 3 specific crafty goals in just 100 days. There will be check ins along the way before the big finale on April 15th, 2016 !

11 January 2016

weekend whirl !

and just like that I've got back into sewing - I had a bit of a lull towards the end of the year but I'm getting back into it and the weekend went by in a whirl !

I think I tried to work on all the projects this weekend :)

a couple of  pillows for mum and dad - a teal and blue zig zag and an orange, pink, and yellow jacks on six !

the last of the cut Whirlygig blocks made up - I need to cut the rest of the teeny blocks to make the rest of the whirlygig blocks.

and I'm up to date with my scrappy nine blocks - Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts has all the details of this sew along that she did a few years ago on her blog !


I also started a charm pack UFO quilt from a few years ago - my idea at the time was to make some quick charm quilts so I could practice my free motion quilting - well I do have one quilt finished but another still sitting in the cupboard waiting to be quilted.

The charms are from Kate Spain's Serenade collection and I've done up a half square triangle design in EQ7 - I'm calling it Serenade Crossing ! Just a few more HSTs to make and I'll be able to sew the top together.

Hope your weekend was fun too !!

06 January 2016

happy New Year !!

photo of fireworks

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and fabulous New Year - I started back at work this week which is a bit of a shock to the system after a luxurious eleven days off and lots of peace and quiet !! 

I managed to do a little bit of sewing but my main focus was organising and documenting my growing pile of quilt tops and WIPs - after only 7 years of quilting I seem to have amassed a huge pile of both - eeek !

I'm putting my list on its own page as I didn't want to clog up this post but the upshot is that I've got quite a list of projects which includes at least 31 quilt tops and about 60 works in progress - there, I've said it out loud !!

This is a photo of the bottom of my linen press and the top row is full of tops waiting to be quilted - on the bottom row there are two tops ready for basting and the fabrics on the left hand side are backing and binding fabric for projects not even made yet !! did I mention that my planned quilts list is almost as long as my WIPs list !!!!

I'm planning on concentrating on doing one of my WIPs at a time to try and get the list at least half done by the end of the year and rather than picking projects for a finish along I'm just going to go at my own pace and not stress :)  I'm actually giggling that I just wrote that as I'm currently working on five different projects !! I'll see how I go - the main thing is to get some of those quilts finished so I can wrap myself up when winter arrives, which isn't that far away for us Aussies !!

Even though I'm trying to get my already started pile down I am adding some new projects too !

Amy at Stitchery Dickory Dock is doing another Sugar Camp BOM which I'm going to join and you can too - all the information on the free BOM is here !  I'm also doing Jen Kingwell's Green Tea and Sweet Beans as a long distance sew along with my Mum.  The other new project I want to do soon is to make a cover for my beautiful Bernina that I've now had for 2 years - its overdue !!

oh and I'm also going to try and blog on a regular basis - I've been sucked into the Instagram vortex for a while but I really miss having more detail and photos that only happens with blogging.

and just to add one more to my WIP list, at the beginning of December I decided to make a nine patch quilt by making one block a day and using only scrap fabric - Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts has all the details of this sew along that she did a few years ago on her blog - and I've been keeping up mostly - over christmas I was sorting the scraps and cutting out the blocks and then I'd chain sew a few blocks at a time.  I'm more than half way through so I will have another top to add to the list in no time !

linking up to the first 2016 Work in Progress Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced !

12 October 2015

4th quarter of 2015 Finish Along

we're at the pointy end of the year and this is the last quarter I have to get some UFOs and WIPs finished ! again this year I haven't done that well in finishing old projects but I seem to have no trouble starting new ones :)

I was so slack I didn't even do a round up of my second quarter - well I certainly didn't have any finishes - and I also missed the link-up for the third quarter !!

before I list my hopeful projects for the last quarter I'm pleased to say that there has finally been some progress on the projects on my earlier lists !!

yes I've finished the tops of my Single Girl, Aviatrix, and Comma Plus quilts and I've made quite a bit of progress on my Scrappy Plates Polka Dot Dresden ! I'll do a blog post on each of them soon - if I wait until they're quilted I'll have forgotten everything !!

onto my last quarter list ... I'm adding the Nested Churn Dash - this quilt will be so amazing it needs to be done !

and the Scrappy Stars quilt - they are last year's Care Circle quilts and they have to be done before christmas - I'm also so over seeing these two photos !!

 I'm also adding this year's Care Circle Quilts to this list - the Scrappy Plus quilt

 and the Polka Dot Circle quilt

again, I really need to get these done by early December at the latest so then I'll have a clean slate for next year's Care Circle !!

my last project for this quarter is my Polka Dot Dresden quilt

I'm hoping that I might get the top finished by the end of the year - I've sewn down two dresdens so only ten to go !!

so that's a pretty small list with do-able projects - the 4 care circle quilts only need to be sewn together and quilted - with a little bit more work on the Polka Dot Dresden - here's cheers to dreams and wishes !!

Q4 FAL list
  1. Nested Churn Dash quilt
  2. Scrappy Stars quilt
  3. Scrappy Plus quilt
  4. Polka Dot Circle quilt
  5. Polka Dot Dresden quilt
Linking up to Adrianne On the Windy Side

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

30 May 2015

My Small World quilt-along

have you heard about the My Small World quilt-along taking place over on instagram?

I've been watching it unfold over the past month and quietly thought I might like to join in but knowing how much I have on my evergrowing list its only been a thought - that was until Thursday when I walked into my newsagents and saw the Quiltmania Spring Special sitting on the magazines shelf - I was actually quite shocked that there was a copy of the magazine in our little rural newsagents so of course I scooped it up without a second thought !!

Quiltmania Spring 2015 Special

which means I'm now going to join in the craze and make teeny tiny blocks and join them all together to make a super sweet quilt - its 33" x 52" so it will make a fabulous wall hanging for my sewing room.

I'm still thinking about what fabrics to use - it will be a scrappy quilt but I did entertain the idea of using my collection of Denyse Schmidt fabrics - I'll think about it more this weekend while I'm trying to get a few must finish projects finished !

If you're interested in checking out this wonderful quilt - the hashtag over at instagram is #mysmallworldqal and you can find all the info you need over at verykerryberry's blog.

19 May 2015

Gardenvale Beauty - Blogger's Quilt Festival

The Spring Blogger’s Quilt Festival is happening over at Amy’s Creative Side and I'm excited to be taking part for the first time !!

I recently finished a mini quilt that I designed for an upcoming issue of Fat Quarterly magazine.
The issue will be all about curves and I was lucky enough to receive some of the new Gardenvale fabric by Jen Kingwell to use, so I’m calling my mini "Gardenvale Beauty" and I’m really happy to share it with you.

close up - Gardenvale Beauty Mini Quilt

It’s a variation of a New York Beauty, using two rows of flying geese which are paper pieced.  I really love this little quilt and thankfully it turned out exactly as I envisioned !

I love the stripes that are in the Gardenvale range and I really loved using them for a little bit of impact in the centre of the quilt.

centre of Gardenvale Mini Quilt

The curves are fairly gentle and with paper piecing the flying geese come together easily.

I did some straight line quilting and outline quilting in the centre, outline quilted the flying geese, and stipple quilted the background.

stippling on outside of Gardenvale Mini Quilt

I’m entering my Garden Beauty in the Mini Quilt category – its going to be hard to pick a handful of favourite quilts as there is so much quilty eye candy on display.

Quilt Stats
Garden Beauty
size: 18" square
pattern: my own design
top fabric: Moda Gardenvale by Jen Kingwell
background and binding fabric: Kona Charcoal
batting: Warm and Natural cotton 
quilting: straight line and stippling
thread: Gutterman white and Mettler #710 (which is the perfect colour for Kona Charcoal!)

I hope you enjoy all of the wonderful quilts over at the Spring Blogger’s Quilt Festival !