28 December 2014

its a summer bag !

so I'm supposed to be cleaning and decluttering my house over the Christmas break but I've sewn a summer bag instead !!

I was looking for some fabric a couple of days ago and happened upon some other fabric that I'd put aside to make a bag - when I think about it this bag has been on my to do list for quite a while - so I decided then and there to make it !

its a pretty quick bag to put together and I've made one before so it was finished in a couple of afternoons !

I changed it up this time - I used batting and free motion quilted a cross hatch on both front and back of the bag - it was so quick and easy - although I did mark the lines first.

I also had a zip in the bundle and now I remember I was going to try and do an insert pocket but in my rush to get it done I clean forgot so it has a sew on pocket instead !

If you've visited me before you will know just how much I love my Bernina and I was especially grateful that it comes with an edge stitch foot that makes top stitching such a breeze and gives such a professional finish ! woo hoo !!

the pattern is The Phoebe Bag by Rebeka Lambert from Artsy Crafty Babe and is available here.

so now that I've sewn something this week its back to the cleaning and decluttering !

linking up to finish it up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts.

25 December 2014

have a merry christmas !

I'm doing some cleaning and decluttering over this christmas break but hopefully I'll get in a couple of days sewing !!

I thought I'd share my favourite christmas song with you - I love the song Let It Snow but everytime I hear it I immediately think of the Bruce Willis movie - Die Hard !! instead of sharing that version I found Frank Sinatra's version - enjoy :)

have a wonderful christmas and new year !!

02 December 2014

aussie aviatrix quilt-along: border 5

almost the end of the Aviatrix quilt-along ! are you up to date ? I’m so looking forward to putting my quilt together over the Christmas break!
I’m going to share a few tips about sewing Border 5 – it’s the log cabin blocks and they are so fabulous!

I shared my progress up to border 4 last week – and I still haven’t finished the border 3 and 4 blocks but I have finished all of the border 5 blocks!

Linden of Vine Lines Quilting, the host of the quilt-along, is doing interviews on her blog with all of the girls doing the blog hop !! if you want to see the first "big" quilt I made, my sewing space, or a photo of pippi in the snow then head over and have a read ! 

I was so thankful that I cut all of the blocks out at the beginning of this quilt-along – its been so easy to sew each of the borders and its especially wonderful for this border as its made up of strips.

I spent a morning putting all the pieces together for each of the blocks and then I sewed them together – after doing the first couple of A blocks I decided to chain piece by block number as each block is a different colour and it was very quick.

I have a couple of tips for making this block:
  • make all of the A blocks then all of the B blocks as the pieces sewn off the centre are joined in different ways and this stops any confusion and unpicking – ask me how I know !! 
  • always double check that the block is sitting the right way up before adding your next piece !
  • press as you go and make sure you press – not iron - as they are small pieces of fabric and you don’t want to stretch them
  • measure each of the blocks and trim if necessary before sewing them together into the border – this ensures that your blocks fit together !

I hope you have fun making these blocks ! Next week Jenn who blogs over at PennyPoppleton will have tips on the final border – the fabulous butterflies !

The Aussie Aviatrix quilt-along is being hosted by Linden at Vine Lines Quilting. We're using Elizabeth Hartman's Aviatrix pattern.

If you’re on IG hastag #aussieaviatrixqal to see other blocks and quilts being made.