19 July 2013

a few wins !

I can't believe its July and I haven't posted about my lucky little wins from earlier in the year - oops !

In the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day in December last year I was the lucky recipient of a fat quarter bundle of Bella by Lotta Jansdotter from the wonderful Leanne of She Can Quilt so my year got off to a good start.

photo from Leanne's blog - I couldn't get them to look this good !
I've finally decided to make a square in a square quilt with this bundle with some coordinating solids.

Then I won a gift voucher from Pink Chalk Fabrics as part of a giveaway by Rachel to "Celebrate" do.good stitches, the charity group I sew for.  I decided to purchase some solids to use with some charm packs I have.  I didn't see the email that I'd won until I got back from the cruise so it was a nice surprise when I got back home !

Kona Poppy, Charcoal, Ash, and Carrot
In January I entered Felicity's giveaway over at Felicity Quilts and won a copy of Modern Quilting by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen, a book that's been on my wish list for a while.  Its a pretty amazing book with some wow factor quilts !

I joined Kristy's And Sew On paper pieced BOM this year and linked up my first block and won a fabric scrap pack from Fabricworm.  Wow - their scrap pack is the most amazing stack of fabric - I received almost 3 yards of amazing organic Birch fabric - they are mainly from the set sail range - and just the other day I saw the square knots quilt by Amy Smart that uses the same fabric so I'm going to make that quilt - it will be perfect !

and this week I discovered I've won a double wedding ring template set from Emily through the NYC Mod Quilters EZ double wedding ring challenge blog hop !

photo from NYC Mod Quilters website
I've had a pile of Lost and Found fabric (by My Mind's Eye) put aside for this project for a while - I saw the pattern in an old Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazine when I was moving last year and haven't been able to find the magazine since !  I thought I'd put it in a safe place but I'm sure it will turn up.  Anyway now that I've won the template set I've got no excuses !

### updated - yesterday I received an email from Amy Smart to tell me I'd won a DWR template set from her as well - two wins in one blog hop - unheard of !!! I'm sure Amy will do a redraw :)

I feel very lucky to have won these fabulous prizes - thanks to some very generous bloggers !

17 July 2013

the pram cover handover

I finished Lucy's pram cover at the end of January and in early March finally caught up with Lucy and her mum to be able to give it to her !

so of course we had to have a photo of Lucy with the pram cover - I love how she's gripping hold of it !

I also bought a little tropical dress from Vanuatu while I was on the christmas cruise - its just a few sizes too big (lol) but she might fit into it in a few years :)  I think pink might be her colour !

Hopefully it won't take as long to get the quilt to her !

10 July 2013

3rd quarter to-do list

after just posting about non-finishes for the 2nd quarter of the 2013 finish-a-long its time for my list of hopeful finishes for the 3rd quarter!

of course my first UFO on the 3rd quarter list is Lucy's quilt which I am 100% confident of getting done as its already quilted and the binding is sewn on ready for hand sewing - yes, I almost got it finished for the second quarter but missed it by a whisker !

and my poor old Mod Pop will go on my 3rd quarter list as well - I managed to make the quilt top in the 1st quarter and I pieced the back in the 2nd quarter so I'm really hoping I can quilt and bind it in the 3rd quarter - I'd love to see this on my bed while its still winter :)

I'm adding just one more UFO from my previous lists and that is to finish the whirlygig mini wild thing - I managed to get the top done last quarter.  As its only a small quilt I'm going to try some easy (LOL!) machine quilting so I hope to get this finished as well.

and now for a couple of totally new UFOs that I'm hoping to get done this quarter ...

Last year I was in a flickr group - Design Camp 2 - and for my month I requested mod mosaic blocks based on a tutorial by Elizabeth Hartman and I can't wait to see this put together - I only received the final blocks at the end of last year so I'm happy to get these out of the box and onto the design wall !

I have already started trying to work out the placement and how to cut the background - I think I'll do a two sided quilt like Elizabeth as some of the blocks are quite big.

In October 2011 I decided to do a hexagon quilt using Julie from Jaybird Quilts Hexagon Quilt-a-long.  I cut most of the blocks and even blogged about it and that's as far as I got !

I'm using Summer House which I got as a fat quarter bundle through the Fat Quarter Shop Blogger's Choice club way back in September 2011 - the colours are a little different from what I'd pick for a quilt now - no pink - but I've since bought some pink roses from this range for the backing !!

it would be fantastic to get this quilt done in the third quarter so it would only be two years in the making!

well, that's my list for the 3rd quarter - hopefully its do-able !!

linking up to the 3rd quarter 2013 Finish-a-long over at She Can Quilt

she can quilt

08 July 2013

almost a finish !

its down to the wire for the second quarter finishes of the 2013 finish-a-long over at she can quilt and I'm not going to get the binding finished on Lucy's quilt...oh well, there's always next time !

the results of my second quarter list are ...

Lucy's quilt - just needed to quilt and bind this to finish but I only started the quilting yesterday so I'm pretty happy that its at least quilted and the binding is sewn on - just needs to be hand sewn down which we all knows takes more than a few hours :)  I'm hoping to get it finished this week though.

I promised my mum that I wouldn't show another photo of this quilt until it was finished so here's a quick sneak peak with the quilting done and the binding on ...

as its an hourglass block I straight stitched either side of the seam lines on the diagonals and I've only just realised this afternoon that this is my first "big" quilt that I've machine quilted - I was pretty happy with my set up - the ironing board was a big help

but I'm going to have to find somewhere else to quilt my Mod Pop as Lucy's quilt is only 40 x 50 inches and the Mod Pop is 60 x 60 inches and I want to do a bit more quilting so I think it will be a bit too much for my small sewing area - I think I'll give the dining table a try and see how I go !

speaking of the Mod Pop - no I didn't get it finished but I did get the back sewn together so that's one more step done - I decided to use some of the mistake curved blocks from the front and piece the back - it took quite a while to decide on the design and as I didn't want to make more blocks I went with the flower block - I'm thinking they are retro looking flowers so they should look ok !  (there aren't marks on the fabric - I've got other blocks on the design wall underneath)

and my other projects listed were my twin whirlygig mini wild things - I actually finished the top of one of these which was a pretty good effort since only some of the blocks were cut - I still need to get the other one done though (sigh)

I did have another project listed but I've realised that its not really a UFO - its a block I cut out after seeing some fabric (that's been in my stash for over a year) while I was on the phone a few months ago and it was like I hadn't seen it before and immediately had to make a dresden plate (as in as soon as I got off the phone) !  I'm intending to make a quilt top and have found some other stripe fabric to join these blocks - I'm also going to piece the plates rather than applique them but I've decided to put this project on the backburner until I get my UFOs done so maybe next year or maybe the 4th quarter !

well - that's my unfinished second quarter of the 2013 finish-a-long ... the next quarter has to be better doesn't it ?

there are some amazing finishes over at the linky party so if you need some inspiration you should take a look :)

07 July 2013

yoo hoo !

well hi there :)

I can't believe its been soooo long since I last posted.

I had a bad case of tendinitis at the beginning of April which kept me off-line for a few weeks - it took a couple of weeks to find out what was wrong but once I got some good drugs I was fine.  But having the sore shoulder kept me away from sewing as well - I actually spent a week on the couch as I was in quite a bit of pain as I couldn't sit up but I did manage to get a few hexies done that week - I'm now 1/3 of the way through my Hexy MF quilt-along!

I obviously got out of the habit of blogging fairly quickly but I have so much show and tell I'll probably be posting every day this month !

I signed up for the A Lovely Year of Finishes this year to get some of my UFOs done and I've only completed the January project - I did list an old embroidery to be made into a cushion for my February project and I didn't get it completed until May but I'm happy to report that I got all three UFO cushions done - better late than never :)

I'm hoping to link up with A Lovely Year of Finishes for July - just need to find one project that I can get done in a month !

Its also time for the final of the 2nd quarter of 2013 Finish-A-Long.  I have made progress on my projects for that but I still don't have a complete finish - I'm off to finish the quilting on Lucy's quilt as I promised my mum that I wouldn't show another photo of that quilt until it was done - I was hoping to have it totally finished but the hand binding will take a little time so I'll have to settle on having that done next week.

I'll be back later today (eek two posts in one day!) with my Q2 wrap - see you then :)