Thursday, January 26, 2012

Not Quite Resisting Temptation


I'm really trying to get a few WIP's finished without being distracted but there's 2 quilt alongs going on at the moment that I'm finding hard to resist. One is the Building Houses from Scraps where the participants make a little house block from scraps every day for a year!

The other project I'm seeing pop up on everyone's blog is the Swoon along, hosted by Katy of I'm a Ginger Monkey. The super 24 inch pieced block looks so effective in any colour combo or fabric style so it's not surprising that the The Swoon Along Flickr group has over 650 members!!!



I was blog hopping a couple of days ago checking out house blocks and seeing lots of Swoon blocks and all of a sudden I had a light bulb moment - How about I combine the two!?!

Houses + Swoon =


It'll make a sweet doll quilt and Gbf has already asked if this one can hang on our wall. I guess he's used to me sending my doll quilts away. As for a name I'm thinking Little Houses on Swoon Street or Sunny Day in Swoon Town.


There's another quilt challenge I couldn't resist - Liberated Amish 2012. This one is hosted by Tonia Ricucci of Lazy Gal Quilting. We take inspiration from Amish quilts and make something wonky, playful, strictly no pointy points!! Oh yeah - this one's going to be fun!!


Monday, January 23, 2012

Bargains, Bicycles and Fortune Cookies

but not a lot of sewing...

On Saturday I was out and about with Gbf, just strolling around our neighbourhood shops. We popped into the op shop/thrift store to have a poke around and look what we found...
A dinner set of very collectible Johnsons of Australia ceramics. The 5 dinner plates and 6 side plates have a variety different flower prints, 4 cups with saucers and 6 bowls. Would you believe me if I told you the price on all of these as a set was $8!??! But then what if I told you there was a half price sale on bric a brac. Yes, this whole set of fabulous tableware was only $4!!!! In fact I'd call it a Super bargain!!! Don't they look great with my fabulous tablecloth that Gbf's parents gave me for my birthday last year.

Here's a photo for Suz of Patchwork and Play. She posted some great bicycle photos taken at the Tour Downunder, and I was telling her about a holiday in India I had 5 years ago where I did a bit of bike riding. This photo of me was taken around Hampi in Southern India.

Here's a photo from the same trip that always makes me laugh! It was taken on New Years Day in 2007. When I'm in India I like to wear a Salwar Kameez. They are so comfortable to travel in and as a western girl I received a lot less attention dressed as a local, especially in smaller towns.

This is a close up of my favourite outfit. Those flowers are block printed over the entire top and the purple strip at the bottom are the matching pants, also hand printed. What an electric combo!! I always got lovely compliments when I wore this.
From India to China.... It just so happens it's Chinese New Year today! Kung Hei Fat Choi!!! Happy New Year!!! 2012 is the year of the Dragon. Usually I'd be able to go over to my magic fabric cupboard and pull out an appropriate fabric but I don't have a single fabric with dragons! I do however have fortune cookie fabric.

One of the little fortunes say " The best is yet to come". That sounds good to me. I wish you all a very happy Year of the Dragon and lots of wonderful things to come!!

and there will be more sewing in the next post... :)


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

L is for...


Just for a moment imagine me doing a cheer leader dance... "Give me an L!!"

"Give me an O!!"

"Give me a Veeee""

" And give me an Eeeeee!!"


"What do we get? We get - LOVE!!!" Rar Raa RAA

I finished The Love Quilt top. I've enjoyed using the Essex Linen/Cotton blend in natural for the background. It's such a great neutral colour with wonderful texture.

I couldn't leave it unpieced though, I felt it needed a few highlights.

Just a few pieces of lighter fabric here and there. They almost look like pieces of paper floating or falling.
I've made the top about 95 x 85 inches. I would love to hand quilt it in colourful perle cotton but I've accepted that I just don't have time. I'll take it to my longarm quilter and she'll make it extra special with her wonderful quilting. The backing will be this colourful Fruitti Tutti quilt I posted for New Years. I figure that way it can be a two sided quilt. A perfect wedding gift for some lovely friends of mine.

I hope you've been doing some lovely sewing lately..



Sunday, January 8, 2012

From Paper Clips to Safety Pins


Don't you just love paper clips!! They're such a simple design and yet so handy.

I use them to hold my fabric in place when I'm tacking my hexagons, otherwise I sometimes end up with crooked seams, because I'm busy day dreaming or chatting away. It's especially handy for lining up fussy cut hexis. I learnt this tip from Melody on The House of The Side Of The Hill Blog. Her fussy hexagon flowers are amazing!
I know some of you'll will be thinking why dosen't she use a glue pen? Well, call me old fashioned but I enjoy basting hexis. It dosen't take long and it's satisfying to see a little pile that you've just sewn.
Sometimes I play little games with the paper clips while I sew. I usually just mix up all the colours without thinking. But other times I go for a more coordinated look.
My hexis are more a side project, great for filling in time, 10 minutes here, 10 minutes there, after dinner when I'm chatting to Gbf, or a quiet afternoon listening to quilty podcasts. All those times have added up over the past few months and the quilt idea in my head is starting to appear.
I haven't sewn down all of the the hexi rings yet. I keep swapping them around to see what combinations I like the best. They'll each have 2 rings, it'll look more interesting that way, more depth and colour play.
I've raided my Sis Boom collection for these. I'm pretty sure I've included a bit of fabric from 11 of Jennifer Paganelli's beautiful fabric ranges. It's only missing her latest - Girl's World Vibe and there'll be Crazy Love coming out in March but I'm sure some of those fabrics will find a place in this quilt.
It's wonderful when names for quilts come to you as you sew. So far I've come up with Sis Boom Blooms or Jennifer's Garden, but we'll see, it'll be a while before this quilt it finished.


I've also been quilting my Dancing In Your Head quilt. I happy to say I've finished! I just have to sew the binding on and it's a wrap! I'll post glamour shots of it when it's done.

I hope you're having as much fun with your projects as I've been having with mine!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Wonderful Surprises

I'm very late in showing off some wonderful gifts I received from some lovely bloggy friends over Christmas and New Years. Before another minute passes here we go...

First up was Suzee from AppleHead Threads. She totally surprised me with this amazing package full of little presents. I unwrapped a special fold-up shopping bag. Though I prefer it unrolled so I can appreciate the pretty fabrics. Such beautiful purple roses. This has become my everyday bag.

Then I unwrapped not just one...
or two...
but 3 little purses!! Oh my golly, each one is so amazing. I love that they're all so different and each is full of character. Suzee said she couldn't decide which one to send so she sent me 3!! I'm so spoilt!! One I use for coins, one I use for my lip-gloss and one I use for my little cards.
Suzee of AppleHead Threads you sure know how to make someone's day!!

Next are these amazing gifts from Melody from the House on the Side of the Hill Blog.

A teeny tiny Angel beautifully beaded with little flowers. She'll be my lucky sewing Angel and keep me company as I sew and help make my stitches go where they should.
There was also this chirpy little ducky pin keep. How cute is the gorgeous yoyo detail on his wing. Melody has used such fun citrus colours, and her stitches are so perfect. But wait, that's not all...
A matching pincushion!! This now has the pride of place on my hand sewing table. Its cute, quirky and full of yoyo goodness. I love it so much!!!
It's wonderful which ever side you look at! Lots of pretty daisy details.
Thank you so much Melody!! Your wonderful gifts always amaze me and make me smile with delight!!


Last but not least was a Giveaway Day prize. I only won one prize but it was the best prize on offer without a doubt! This wonderful mini quilt is called Stars Over Paris and was made by Suz of PatchworknPlay. I'm used to seeing it as the header for her blog for the past year so it's quite surreal to see it here in real life. The hand quilting on it is soo precious and the fabrics are so wonderful. I do so love red/white polka dots!

I even love the back!!
So Suz, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for entrusting me to look after Stars Over Paris, I love this little quilt berry berry much!

Aren't I just the luckiest little daisy!!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!










Wishing everyone a wonderful,bright, colourful, rosy, spotty, dotty, fruitful, fun and very cherry berry Happy New Year!!!

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