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 :)

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