Monday, November 28, 2011

I've Been Sewing!!


Don't you just love the feeling of finishing a quilt top. Those last few stitches in a seam are such a buzz. Well, I'm 3 times as happy because I've got 3 finished in the last couple of weeks, can you believe it?! First is the Oi Emu!! quilt. Sorry no photos today, I'll take some when it's hanging on our lounge room wall.

My 2nd finish is the Waltzing Matillda top!! At 96 inches square, it's bigger than my design wall! Yikes! Once I've sewn the backing I'll be taking it to a long arm quilter. It would be too much of a struggle on my domestic machine and I think a nice swirly all over pattern will look lovely.
Such pretty Matillda fabric, wonderful rich colours!!

Jumpin' Jack Flash is the name of my 3rd achievement. This top is 85inches square. A more manageable size for quilting myself. I'll have a go at some straight line quilting, nice and simple for a busy quilt.
The name of the quilt came to mind because the recipient is a Rolling Stones fan. I dug out my favourite Stones Cd's to listen to as I sewed. The title of the song Jumpin' Jack Flash just seemed to, well, jump out at me. I think it really suits the quilt.
I pulled out lots of fun and interesting fabrics just because I liked them and it seemed like the right time to use them. I realised when I was halfway through that the quilt is like a grown up I-Spy quilt.
How funny is this fabric of melting soap?
I love the circus lady riding a penny farthing bicycle on a tightrope.
The Cat in the Hat looks happy to be part of the quilt, or maybe he's thinking about drinking that carton of milk.


When I'm not revving away on my machine I've been sewing hexagons. It's so nice to drift off in a day dream only to find I've sewn another colourful little pile to add to my collection.



A parcel arrived from the lovely Melody and what should be inside but the wonderful apron I saw on her blog recently. It's almost surreal seeing it in real life and I feel so privileged realising it's for me.
Melody make the most wonderful hexagon flowers and a while ago she showed some with embroidered centers on her blog. I commented on how much I loved the happy little faces and Melody must have remembered. She is so thoughtful. How could anyone resist such a cute smiley pie and the surrounding hedgehogs are so adorable. Thank you Melody!!!
Okay, That's all for now. I've got some quilt backs and binding to prepare. There is something better than finishing a quilt top - and that's finishing a quilt!! or 3!!


35 comments:

phil dodd said...

Your jumpin jack flash quilt is a gas gas gas !

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Wow Rachael what great quilts....I love finishing a quilt too (not that I've made too many) but I also love to start one!!! Your fabrics are fantastic...such fun...Wishing you a wonderful week xo

circle retreat quilter said...

If only i could spend the time on my sewing instead of on the computer.... can u tell I a just jealous. well done i wish it was me.

Patchwork and Play said...

Fabulous! As usual! How wonderful is "Jumpin' Jack Flash"!!! I want to see more!! Hey..liquid soap! And "Waltzin Matilda" is lovely! Were you singing that while you sewed that one up!?? And Melody is such a sweet girl who makes pretty things too!

Michelle @ the quilted tortoise said...

Wow! You are on FIRE!!! I don't know where to start, they are all fabulous! And HUGE!! Your hexes look like yummy lollies too

Melody said...

As always, it is a pleasure to make something for some-one as lovely as you. Your quilts are fabulous - I especially love the idea of an I Spy quilt for grown ups.
Have a great week.

Little Island Quilting said...

Particularly love your JJF quilt!

Mary said...

Where to start??? Waltzing Matilda is Wonderful!!! Great fabrics and you used them so well....I can't wait to see it all quilted! Jumpin'Jack is delish!!! I love all the colors and the patterns :) And how sweet of Melody to send you an apron....such a sweet apron, too. You have been a busy girl, Rachael!!!

Karen said...

You really are on a roll!! Fantastic effort. The quilts look wonderful.
Waltzing Matilda is huge and has such wonderful colours. Can't wait to see the quilting done. And JJF is stunning. Great fabrics working so well together.
Does this mean you get to relax now?:)

Melissa P said...

Wow! You've been very busy. And immersed in such gorgeous fabric combinations. I agree that the Waltzing Matilda is going to look amazing once the long arm quilter gets done with it. And those hexies...amazing! Thanks for my dose of color for the morning!

Nifty Quilts said...

Wowie Zow!! Both of those tops are fabulous!!! Your friend will have a great time finding all the little treasures you've put in "Jumpin' Jack Flash." What a perfect name! I like the idea of designing to the Stones music. And your "Matilda" is gorgeous!! What a perfect use of those fabrics. And I adore your color combinations. Good show!!

Lindsay Conner said...

Oh my, major cuteness going on here!

beth said...

Oooh! I love your quilts!

holly k said...

I heart your jumpin' jack flash! How fun! I spy for sure!!

Jennifer said...

WALZING MATILDA I need jpegs emailed oh my goodness so gorgeous Rachael. I feel so blessed whenever you use my fabrics..xoxoxox jennifer@sisboom.com

Shay said...

Well Ms. Daisy you have been busy!Jumpin Jack Flash is my favourite of these three. I could spend hours looking at it.

Hexie sewing is totally addictive. LOVE your apron.

Stitchin' time said...

Love the Jumpin' Jack Flash! Lol, thought my eyes were playing tricks on me with that apron but the stripes are different widths on each side. Makes it more of an eye catcher. Love the smiling hexi pie with fluted edges.
Cheers,
Robyn

Sasha said...

I don't even know where to begin!! You have been sewing like crazy!!! Your quilts are absolutely gorgeous. I especially love the Jumpin Jack Flash quilt. I could look at all of the different fabrics for hours.
And your hexies!!! *swoon* look at all of those colors!!! I really really like them =D
Your new apron is so sweet! I think I would wear it around the house all the time just so I could look at the cute hexagon flower =D

Suzee said...

AWWW I love those quilts! You have the prettiest fabric in your stash! My mom made me a couple of
"scrap quilts" and it is like each piece tells a story = )The hexi's would look pretty in a glass jar like candy! love love love.

Ann Marie said...

Congrats on all the finishes! I like the adult I spy idea. What fun for the recipient.

regan said...

Rachael, you've really outdone yourself! Both of these quilts are stunners! I love the boldness of Waltzing Matilda.....such a statement! And Jumpin Jack is so fun, with all the wild farics! I can't imagine buying fabric with melting soap or View Master discs!, but now I wish I had! lol You really make me want to start my stash over from scratch! It's like a whole other world seeing your fabulous quilts! Thanks so much for sharing them!

Marg said...

Wow you have been so productive and such beautiful quilts. Love them, so vibrant and looking forward to seeing Ol Emu.
Jumping jack Flash looks fab and I love the adult I Spy aspect of it.
Lucky you to receive such a gorgeous apron, love the embroidery and the fussy cut hexies.

Lynne S of Oz said...

There must be something in the air. I've done three single bed sized or larger quilt tops since the start of the month.
The frangipanis started to flower a week ago. Bye-bye spring!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Wow you have really been busy sewing up a storm! I love the view master fabric and it does feel like a grown up I spy! I need to get back to my hexies too.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

I absolutely ADORE the jumping jack flash quilt! I'm drooling over those fabrics :)

Terry said...

Lots of happy feet in your quilts Waltzing and Jumping. Both so different and wonderful.
Always great to finish whatever the reason for making the quilt.

Clair said...

Love your quilt tops, but....oh, my heart skipped a beat when I saw your Jumpin' Jack Flash top! It's totally fabilicous!

Kathie said...

What fun!!!!
I love them both but the first one well has me captivated, as you know I do think I will have to make one of these for myself!!!! thanks for sharing with me!
Kathie

Barb said...

I'm over the moon about your Jumping Jack Flash quilt. This is the kind of quilt that I love!!
Your Matilda top is fab too, love that birdie.
what a fun post - and so much inspiration!

Sujata said...

You have been busy! Love that Jumping Jack Flash! Wow! It would be fun to make a grown up I spy version. You may have started something here!
Matilda quilt is beautiful too. Thanks for the inspirations!

melissa said...

Wow Rachael such awesome finishes! Waltzing Matillda is a real beauty, Love those JP fabrics, and the Jumpin Jack Flash looks amazing! I love the colours through the quilt , lucky recipient indeed!

Haha youll be all set for domestic duties in your gorgeous little pinny!

Have a great week!

x

bearpaw said...

wow, do you actually sleep at all?! I love your Jumping Jack Flash Quilt - awesome afbric choices! Take a look at my latest blog post where you have quite a few mentions!

Karen said...

You HAVE been sewing! Awesome! When you are in the zone you are in the zone. I love your Waltzing Matillda quilt. Its a fabulous pattern and a very nice size quilt (I love big quilts). Jumpin Jack Flash is great. You have some great scenes in there. When I saw the name of that quilt I didn't think of the song but of the Whoopi Goldberg movie with the same name. Did you ever see it? Have a great weekend!

smazoochie said...

Oh my gosh! Look what you can get done when you aren't spending half your day commuting to work.
Your Waltzing Matilda is an all time fav of mine, I am delighted to see it finished.

Tonya Ricucci said...

wheeee, I love your Jumpin Jack Flash quilt!!! awesome fun.

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