Weekend Sewing

Weekend Sewing

I've been sewing squares again.  My inspiration for this lot of squares was the arrival of Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom's latest range  Beauty Queen .  I was poised with my rotary cutter, ready to cut up the pretty stack of fabrics  but then I had that thing where you can't cut up new and precious fabric. On the other hand the Beauty Queen fabrics were so pretty so I decided to use bits of them mixed and matched with fabrics from past Sis Boom ranges. The selection I ended up with is from about 10 different ranges from over 5 years.  I really like the mix of colours and styles I ended up with. I placed the squares on my design wall as I cut them and chose fabrics as I went along. I'd reach for the next fabric based on how it was looking, whether it needed more pink for warmth or yellow to brighten it. The combination ended up being lots of pretty florals and girly pinks and lemons with some punchy navy and even a bit of black and white thrown in for oo

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Magnetic Dynamic Improv Quilt.

Magnetic Dynamic Improv Quilt.

Okay, I couldn't stop at one packet of Trimmings, the fabrics are just too enticing. So here is another entry into the Umbrella PrintsTrimmings Competition.  I knew with this packet I wanted to make a quilt of some sort. I jotted down a few ideas but didn't settle on any in particular so I left it for the ideas to brew... As part of the competition you are required to take photos of the Trimmings Packet with it's fabric contents. What a fun excuse to play with shapes and colours. It made me think that these trimmings are fun -  Just the way they are! Lovely simple shapes to play with. Eureka!!! It was that thought that sparked the idea. I don't know about you but at the beginning of each year we receive magnetic calandars from local real estate agents. I can't bear to throw them away but I think they're ugly so I just leave them on the side of my fridge in case I need them. It turns out they were just waiting to be used in this pro

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Umbrella Prints Trimmings

Umbrella Prints Trimmings

Some of you may have noticed these brown packets of fabrics floating around blogland, but for those who haven't seen them before Umbrella Prints is an Australian company that produces organic printed fabrics for home decor, clothing and quilting. Amy and Carly do a wonderful job of designing contemporary yet timeless fabrics.  Each year, well, for the last 4 years, they run a competition to create something from a packet of their fabric trimmings. Somehow I always seem to find out after the competition has finished but this time I bought my Trimmings in time to join the fun.   One of the conditions of the competition is to take a photo of the fabrics with the signature packaging, the brown paper with it's round window. Easy - I just took a photo when the postie ducks delivered the fabrics. I let ideas brew for a while before coming up with The Big Idea.  It came to me when I noticed the fabrics matched the autumn colours of the garden. I laid my pieces

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More Prairie Points!!

More Prairie Points!!

Firstly I have to say thank you for all your wonderful comments about my Gypsy Carnival quilt in the previous post. I really appreciate each and every comment!  Well it seems I just can't get enough of a good thing because here's a mini quilt featuring more prairie points. It was my photo model for a tutorial I did on how to make Prairie Points and attach them to your quilts. Check out the tutorial here on the Craftsy blog.   From tip to tip the quilt measures 20 inches square. I've called it Prairie Point Steps because it reminds me somehow of a flight of stairs. Maybe it'll look more like that if we swivel it 45 degrees.  I used this cute black and white fabric on the back. From a distance it just looks like a random black and white pattern but when you look closely there's little scenes like this one.  Just the right scale for a little quilt.  I don't think this will be the last of my prairie point adventures... In the meantime

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