Tuesday, December 18, 2012

2 New Quilts


Sometimes it's nice to whip up a fun quick quilt.

I grabbed some fat quarters of Girl's World Vibe by Sis Boom 

and made a Twister Quilt. 



I had leftover fabric...

 so I added some little elephants.


and made another top.



My wonderful long arm quilter Tanya Croft donated the quilting so together we've made these quilts for Inspirational Quilts, an organisation that gives quilts to children with Cystic Fibrosis or the children of families staying in at Ronald McDonald House during major illness and/or treatment.

Don't you think one of the best things about making quilts is giving them away?

Friday, December 14, 2012

Friendly Friday- Jan of Sew Surprising

It's Friendly Friday again! Today I'm featuring Jan of Sew Surprising. Jan chose not to do an interview but they say a picture is worth a thousand words so lets enjoy a few thousand words. 

Jan made the most awesome house block , I love that it's so modern.. very Frank Lloyd Wright! Such a perfect choice of fabrics. That bricked chimney is wonderful and I would love to have a door that exact shade of red in real life. 

Jan also recently surprised me with this amazing bag too. 

It's a wonderful patchwork of so many fun fabrics, lots with a sewing theme. 


and just look at what it says...


SEW! You can't quite tell from the photos that this bag is BIG. I put a folded queen size quilt in there to make the bag look full, and there was still room for more things! This is going to be my sewing class bag. I'll be able to retire the very unglamourous plastic bag I've been using. I always take a lots of bits and pieces, half my sewing room, but this bag will fit everything! I'll be the sewing belle of the ball wherever I go with this super tote. 
 It even has big beautiful pockets, fully lined with yummy fabrics.


I heart that heart!!

The coolest bag ever!!!! I love it!!!


Here's another fun bag Jan made for her friend who looks after children. 
 How perfectly cute!!

This spiderweb quilt reminds me of Australian opals. 

How fabulous is this scrappy quilt, so many different fabrics to catch your eyes and the grey centers give a sense of uniformity. 

When she's not creating fun bags and groovy quilts Jan's whipping up zillions of bright happy pillowcases for charities. 

Pop over to Sew Surprising to see what else Jan get's up to. She hasn't posted in a while but maybe she will if a few people say hello. 

Have a super fun weekend everyone!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A parcel of goody goodness!



A little while ago I was sitting in my house when there was a knock on the door...

 It was the postie bringing me a parcel. I wonder what it could bee?  I opened it up and found a Starry pile of fabrics, all the way from New York!!

It looked so pretty I just had to do a happy dance!!


 My friend Barb sure knows me well. Look at these beautiful dreamy florals and spots too.

 This piece reminds me so much of my florist days! You can almost smell the scent of the roses and lillies. 
 Thank you Barb!!! This parcel of goody goodness was such a lovely surprise!!

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There's still time...



To enter my Blog Hop Giveaway for 15 Minutes of Play by Victoria Findlay Wolfe. Leave a comment on the Blog Hop Post
 I'll be picking my winners at 9pm tonight ( Sydney, Australia time).  Good Luck!

You can still enter at these blogs too-

Nov: 26: "Victoria Findlay Wolfe", http://www.15minutesplay.com/
Nov 27: "Bonnie K Hunter", http://quiltville.blogspot.com/
Nov 28: "Alissa Haight Carlton, http://www.handmadebyalissa.com/
Nov 29:  "Pat Sloan", http://patsloan.typepad.com/
Nov 30: "Kimberly," http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/
 Dec 1st: "Karen Griska",http://selvageblog.blogspot.com/
Dec 2nd: "Angela Walters", http://www.quiltingismytherapy.com/
Dec 3rd:  Generation Q, http://generationqmagazine.com/
Dec 4th: "Tonya Ricucci", http://www.lazygalquilting.blogspot.com/
Dec 5th: "Michele Foster",http://quiltinggallery.com/blog-posts/
Dec 6th: "Scott Hansen",http://bluenickelstudios.com/
Dec 7th:"Amy Ellis", http://amyscreativeside.com/blog/
 Dec 8th: "Rachaeldaisy",http://bluemountaindaisy.blogspot.com/
Dec 9th:"Jackie Kunkel", http://cvquiltworks.blogspot.com/
Dec. 10th: http://www.ctpubblog.com/

Saturday, December 8, 2012

15 Minutes Of Play Book Blog Hop

It's my turn on the blog hop of the hottest book in town- 15 Minutes of Play by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.


Here's 15 reasons why I think this is a "must have" book:
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1) Victoria Findlay Wolfe totally rocks!!! An awesome quilt maker, She's really strong in the blogging and quilting community with her websites, BumbleBeans Inc and 15 Minutes Play. Victoria is tireless with Bumble Beans BASICS organising quilts for homeless people. It's great she's now sharing her quilt making tips and techniques in a book. 

2) Eye Candy - Oh my golly!! Talk about lots of  fabulous quilts!!! The pages are choc a block full of seriously fabulous quilts using Made-Fabric and Improvisational styles. 

3) Very Inspiring!! just flipping through the pages makes me want to run off to my sewing room to start Playing!! If you read this book at bedtime I guarantee you'll dream of quilts!!

4)  Different techniques for creating Made-Fabric- not just one, but several ways, all clearly explained with pretty pictures too.

5) A tribute to her grandmother.There's a lovely chapter in which Victoria honours her Grandmother and her amazing crazy quilts. Fabulous use of colour and fabric definitely runs in the family! 
6) It's Playful. Don't you think it's fun to be told to Play... with Fabric... Yes please!! 

7) Freedom! Rather than patterns Victoria gives challenges as a starting point. It's not all about having the right amount of yardage, or particular colours. It's about freedom for you and the fabrics you have  to just go for it and see where you go.

8) Scrap Buster- Oh yes- you'll be using up lots of scraps to make beautiful quilts! 

9) Blocks to get you inspired-There's a brilliant chapter on different blocks to get you started. Lots of pretty diagrams again! 

10) Instructions for the Dreaded Y Seam - in fact Victoria puts "Simple" in place of  "Dreaded". 


11) Always something new to see. This is one of those books that every time you pick it up you see something different, a different quilt will catch you eye, or a different challenge to try. 

12) Even if you aren't sure whether you want to try Improv piecing, though I think you would be tempted, there's still valuable tips about colours, movement in quilts etc. Her layouts for quilts and use of fabrics are always inspiring. 

13) Everyone can manage 15 minutes here and there. Just 15 minutes of Play will make you smile all day! 

14) Great ideas for group challenges, swap scraps or pick a challenge to see what you all come up with. 

15) Last but not least, I have a quilt in the book!!! How exciting!!! Most of the quilts are by Victoria but there are lots by other fabulous quilters like LeeAnn of Nifty Quilts, Tonya Ricucci of LazyGal just to name a few. I'm honoured to be included. 

Here's my quilt... Grandiflora, it's on page 32.

Now for the giveaway- I've got 2 books to give away.

The publishers C&T have a hard copy of the book for a US winner.
 and Blue Mountain Daisy, that's me,  is offering a hard copy to an International winner, that means everywhere else whether you're in Humptydoo, Timbuktu or Vanuatu.
I have to say some books might be okay as electronic books but I believe 15 Minutes of Play is a zillion times better in real life. 

So leave me a comment letting me know which of the above reasons attracts you to the book the most. And let me know whether you are US resident or not. One comment per person, please. 

I'll be using a Random Generator to pick the winners on the 12/12/12 - what an auspicious date!!

For more chances to win 15 Minutes of Play hop around to other spots on the blog tour. All the giveaways are open till the 12/12/12 .

Nov: 26: "Victoria Findlay Wolfe", http://www.15minutesplay.com/
Nov 27: "Bonnie K Hunter", http://quiltville.blogspot.com/
Nov 28: "Alissa Haight Carlton, http://www.handmadebyalissa.com/
Nov 29:  "Pat Sloan", http://patsloan.typepad.com/
Nov 30: "Kimberly," http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/
 Dec 1st: "Karen Griska",http://selvageblog.blogspot.com/
Dec 2nd: "Angela Walters", http://www.quiltingismytherapy.com/
Dec 3rd:  Generation Q, http://generationqmagazine.com/
Dec 4th: "Tonya Ricucci", http://www.lazygalquilting.blogspot.com/
Dec 5th: "Michele Foster",http://quiltinggallery.com/blog-posts/
Dec 6th: "Scott Hansen",http://bluenickelstudios.com/
Dec 7th:"Amy Ellis", http://amyscreativeside.com/blog/
 Dec 8th: "Rachaeldaisy",http://bluemountaindaisy.blogspot.com/
Dec 9th:"Jackie Kunkel", http://cvquiltworks.blogspot.com/
Dec. 10th: http://www.ctpubblog.com/


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Giveaway Day!!!

Hi - This GiveAway is now closed. thanks for stopping by though. 

WooHoo!! It's Sew Mama Sew GiveAway Day!!!


It's nearly Christmas so I'm going with a Christmas theme with 2 fun Giveaways. 


The first Giveaway is this awesome panel of Sheri Berry's 12 Joys of Christmas range with 17 coordinating fat quarters.

It would make a great advent calendar quilt or wall hanging.

These pretty baubles are along the bottom of the panel, just waiting to be sewn and hung on a Christmas tree.

17 yummy fat quarters from the same range.


Giveaway 2
 This is a fabulous Christmas ornament kit designed and made by Alicia Paulson of Cosy with Posy. So cute it makes your fingers itch to stitch.

It comes with all the felt, floss, wool, trimmings and bits and pieces to create the 3 very cute designs.

To enter leave a comment, Tell me what the weather is like outside your window right now.
If you're a super duper follower of Blue Mountain Daisy you can leave another comment...
I'll be using the random generator to pick a winner on Dec 7, at 5pm PST. or thereabouts, that might be the middle of the night here in Australia. 
I'm happy to ship to anywhere in the world. 


Normally I'd reply to comments but from past experience Giveaway Day can get very busy so I'll thank you all now for stopping by and taking part in the fun. Good luck! I hope everyone wins something!
And 3 cheers for Sew Mama Sew for hosting this great event. 
Have Fun!!!

This Giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all that stopped by!!
December 7th 6.30pm PST - The lucky winners are Melinda from 28 Peppermint Grove for the 12 Joys of Christmas fabric  and Suz of Patchwork n Play for the Ornament stitching kit. 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

One of my treasures

After reading Sujata's mention of Jaisalmer on her blog I was inspired to share one of my favourite possessions. A Rajastani mirrorwork bedspread that I bought in Jaisalmer in India about 12 years ago.

My mother had a yellow mirrorwork shoulder bag that fascinated me when I was a little Rachaeldaisy in the 70's so when I was travelling through India I was on the lookout for something similar. I ended up with a bedspread of 80 x 90 inches. With all the mirrors, dense embroidery and thick backing fabric it was very heavy to carry on my journey but it was worth it.

Fast forward to the future and a time of living in an apartment with no room to be hung, it had to be packed away. In the meantime I became a quilter so when I got it out again in our home I saw it afresh with quilters eyes.

All that patchwork of fabulous shapes hand stitching, crazy shapes, fabulous colours, ideas for applique.



 It comprises of lots of  pieces all stitched together onto a backing with this thin rope stitched over the edges.



Nice big chunky stitching on the back.



The pieces are from old textiles. Some bits are worn away, some mirrors are missing and in some places the dye has run, but that just adds to its character.





It certainly brightens up the room where it now hangs and reminds me of the beautiful place it is from.

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