Friday, December 13, 2013

Hexies, Labels and a Parrot..


Gosh!! I'm so blown away by the wonderful response for my Sew Mama Sew Giveaway!! It's still open until Saturday 14th Dec 5pm Aussie Time so if you've still got time to join the fun in my previous post. It's been so fun reading through all the comments and lots of great suggestions for the little lady's name. A huge welcome to the new followers of Blue Mountain Daisy. I hope you enjoy visiting. 

Besides entering giveaways I've been sewing hexagons. Pat Sloan is making a birthday quilt and has requested blocks to include red and aqua. I know she admired my Sis Boom hexy blocks in the past so I thought I'd go for a similar style. When it came to the background I couldn't decide which red fabric to use so I went for a combo, and it's sewn off center so as not to be too predictable.

The blocks can be any size so I've left a lot of fabric around the edges that can be trimmed to what ever size is needed in it's placement in the quilt. 

I couldn't help making another little one when I came across letter fabric and the happy birthday teddy bear was the perfect center. Once again I left lots of trimming fabric. 

I've also been labelling quilts! Here's the label I made for Pockets Full of Posies. 

I've always felt my labels were a bit boring. It takes the fun out of labelling quilts so it's a job I always put off and only label them when I really have to.
That was until now-  I think I've really hit on a Rachaeldaisy label style with these hand drawn flowers.

I simply draw them with texta on paper.
   

Then print them onto printable fabric sheets. 

It's fun coming up with designs that suit each quilt. I might even go back and redo the labels on some of my older quilts. 


Last but not least, I'd like to introduce Mr King Parrot who comes to visit us sometimes. 

He sits on our outside table and chirps about his adventures in the tree tops.

Usually he flies away if I go to get my camera but this day I happened to have my camera handy and managed to get some photos. 

Fluoro orange and green , now there's some colour inspiration!! 

39 comments:

DeborahGun said...

wow - you have 1000 comments on your giveaway post - that is completely crazy!! Love your quilt labels - they seem totally you :-)

Kristy @ Quiet Play said...

Your fussy cutting on those hexies is absolute perfection!

Liane Weber said...

Those hexies are completely adorable! Pat Sloan will love the sweet birthday message!

Shaz said...

Great blocks you have done there for Pat! Isn't it wonderful when the wildlife comes visiting!!

handmadeby EvaRose said...

Wow, perfect blocks and awesome colours, love the one with the different red backgrounds

tubakk said...

Such sweet blocks! I love them.

Heather said...

As always you are such an inspiration. I love those red and aqua hexie blocks and your labels are fantastic. Great Idea to come up with a signature style for your signature!

Judy said...

What neat hexies! Thanks for sharing how you do labels. I have to admit that's my least favorite part so I'm slow to label my quilts. I bet you look forward to seeing the parrot when he visits you-how cool is that??

Mary said...

Wow! What a great post! Love your hexies and those labels are wonderful! I have not tried printable fabric. The parrot is so sweet..he matches the table cloth!

Paula said...

Love the hexies, great fussy cutting for them. The labes are great too, I use printable fabric for mine too and love playing round with deifferent design ideas for them.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Everything in this post is so fun! I love your labels! X

Donna~~ said...

Wow--love everything in your post. Your hexies are incredible! Will have to rethink my boring labels--such a good idea!

Deborah said...

Cute, cute blocks!! I'll let you know when my birthday is closer to the date!! :o) Beautiful labels!

beth said...

That hexie project is truly AMAZING! Just like YOU! ;)

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Your hexies are so cute.
I love your new labels! I also dislike making them and do feel they are boring, but you are making them look fun!
Parrots, now that is something you will never see around here!

Melissa P said...

That first hexie with its beautiful Sis Bom really pops! I love it!

Your brilliantly colored visitor seems to be right at home on your table. I'm sure he's ready to share his opinions about everything from color inspiration to flying. Glad you were able to grab photos to share.

And love those labels too! Great job!

Nifty Quilts said...

Oh! Your blocks for Pat are so great--especially the one with her name and the little bear. Bet you had fun making those! I love your labels too. You've inspired me to think about labels for my quilts too. I never thought about labeling quilts in batches.

Nifty Quilts said...

Oh yes! Those parrot photos are fantastic. He's all dressed for Christmas!

Vickie said...

Labels are not fun for me either...You have great ideas for yours.

Cathy H said...

Love the idea for your Labels....gorgeous fabric in the hexies.....

Quiltbenaco said...

Bellissima l'idea delle etichette!

L'uccellino (pappagallo?) ha dei colori veramente stupendi.

felice said...

I am in total awe of your fussy cut hexagons! Amazing!

regan said...

LOVE the labels! So great! And yeah, that orange and green combo of the parrot would make a fantastic quilt! lol

Terry said...

Labels are great. Yours are so you. Hexagon blocks are truly georgeously quirky perfect.
How does a king parrot hide in the trees? On your table cloth yes in a tree, only in Australia.

Marg said...

Another wonderful post full of loveliness Rachael. The blocks are beautiful,and your labels are perfect. I wish I could draw like that. I love King parrots, they have the most awesome colouring. So lucky that you had your camera with you to take a photo of him sitting on your table.

Melody said...

Everything you make is magical. Your hexies and labels are amazing. It's wonderful to have wild creatures come to visit.

Karen said...

Wow! You really have pulled out all stops.
Your hexie blocks are stunning. I am not usually interested in hexies, but these blocks are changing my mind. They are lovely.
Congratulations on your great idea for labels. They are so you! What a great way to pesonalise all your work.
Love those King Parrots. Their colours are so vibrant. We had them at our last house and I really miss them. I will make the most of your photos.

O'Quilts said...

Checking blogs for the first time in forever and I just knew that yours would make me smile...my famous friend!

greeblygreebly said...

Amazing job with the hexs! I especially love the wreathes, that is some amazing piecing.

Shay said...

Well look who's a popular girl then !

Love that hexie block . its adorable. The fussy cutting is perfect.

Your labels are fabulous too.

Kay said...

Your hexies are wonderful, love the fussy cutting.

Barb said...

What a colorful and fun post! The blocks you made for Pat are over the top fun! Love the fussy cut wreath you made - your background fabrics are so fun too. She'll love them and I'm sure they will be real stand outs.
Your labels are soooo wonderful! What a great way to make them and they are so you !
I have a total crush on your parrot. What a beauty. I simply can't imagine having such an exotic bird visitor.

Katy Cameron said...

Great blocks, absolutely love the ring of leaves you managed to work in there

leanne said...

Pat will LOVE your teddy bear hexy - I'd love to be standing next to her when she opens the package !! LOVE your new labels too - they are so adorable !

Karen said...

I love your hexagons especially the fussy cutting of the letters. I can just imagine you rifling through your stash exclaiming "I know I have the perfect fabric for the centre hexagon".
Your drawings will make wonderful labels and totally you.
Next time your bird friend visits say "tweet tweet" from me.

needleandspindle said...

I am just going straight for the labels. They are brilliant. They say something extra than just the info. I love that you have drawn these. Years from now, a textile historian will bless you as they 'read' your quilt.

Taccolina said...

Oh! That's an Australian King Parrot... I nearly fell out of my chair the one and only time I've seen one. So beautiful. Do you think he knows he tones perfectly with your quilts?

Sasha said...

Adorable hexies!! I love them =D I really love your quilt labels too. They definitely aren't boring and they add such a personal touch. Do you feed the parrot? He's very handsome ;)

Monica said...

I think those are excellent labels, Rachael. You've given me some food for thought!

How lucky to have an itinerant parrot visitor! I love parrots. They always look happy! It must be their outfits. :D

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