Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Swap 'Til You Drop (STUD)

I made this mini quilt for the Swap 'Til You Drop (STUD) swap on Flickr. As my partner Leona has (finally) received it, I can tell you a bit about it.

It is a small quilt, measuring around 8" x 15" (tiny tiny triangles!) and was paper pieced using the Chasing Geese pattern from Forest Quilting. I tried a new method of paper piecing, which I *love* and highly recommend. It involves using Reynolds Freezer Paper, and folding the paper out of the way before you stitch the seams. This means you don't have to pull paper out of your stitching. Here is the tutorial that I followed. At first I was at a bit of a loss as to how to quilt it. Initially I quilted in the ditch around the borders and then bound the quilt ... but it wasn't quite right, so then I stitched the 1/4" lines in the borders and added some stitch-in-the-ditch around the geese. It is the first time I've quilted this way ... normally I do stippling.

I'm delighted with the completed quilt. I might have to make myself one in a different colour scheme.
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Monday, December 20, 2010

Layout headache

My project manager and I have been trying to work out how to position the stars.

Suggestions most welcome. I think a couple of the blocks are 'sore thumbs' in the sea of stars. Maybe this is good and they add interest. Perhaps it is too extreme and I should turn them into cushions or piece them into the back of the quilt, and then make some more blocks for the quilt front. (I won't mention which ones I'm thinking of .... I'll let you make up your own mind)
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More Purple Star Blocks

Ruby's 7th birthday is looming, and so is my deadline for her single bed quilt! Her quilt is inspired by "Seeing Stars" quilt. The majority of the star blocks were made by the various participants in the Virtually Bequilted quilting bee. I have needed to make a few extra stars.
(The above block is actually square ... it is just how it was hanging on my display wall).

I really like the purple fabric in this one, however, it may not end up in the quilt as it is a bit too dark against the other blocks.

The above two block designs came from Amanda Jean's Seeing Stars quilt-along.
I need to make another 1 or 2 star blocks in pink. They will keep me busy for the next couple of nights.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A productive year!

Just a few of the things that I've made this year. It feels great to look at them all together. It is also interesting to see how my interests have changed. The only dressmaking I did was at the start of the year, then my Knitting obsession kicked in, and after that I fell behind with my Virtual Quilting blocks, so spent a lot of time quilting to catch up! It will be interesting to see what 2011 has install for me craft-wise. I am having strong urges to do dressmaking at the moment, plus I have Ruby's quilt to finish.
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Monday, December 6, 2010

Pario Pannus dilemma

I miscalculated the width of the table runner that I am making for the Pario Pannus swap and have ended up with a quilt top of around 17" x 33", which is a great dimension for a wall hanging, and not so good for a table runner!
I considered trimming the design down to create the following, (around 12" x 33") however the flow of the colours isn't what I was wanting.

I spent a whole day debating how to approach the problem... how to find out what my partner would prefer without spoiling the surprise of the quilt! In the ended I decided to post photos into the Flickr group as I'd prefer to give my partner something that works for them! None of the participants know who I am making the table runner for, so that will still be a surprise, and the finished quilt will look quite different once it has been quilted.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

My Creative Space

Yesterday I posted my completed 'Swap Til You Drop' quilt to Oneygirl. I can only show you a sneak peek. When Oneygirl has received the quilt I'll post a complete photo.
I am currently working on my Parrio Pannus swap table runner. Once again, I can't give too much away with photos. However, here is a photo of my sketch in greyscale (which really doesn't do justice to the design ... )

Pario Pannus teaser

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Finished: Sanshi Table Runner

Last night I completed my Sanshi table runner (which will probably live on our piano). I am delighted with how it has turned out. It has quite an organic 'feel' and still needs to be washed, so it should crinkle up a bit more.

Today in My Creative Space I am getting ready to start sewing something for the STUD (Swap 'Till You Drop) Swap and the Pario Pannus Swap. I have both projects planned out and fabric purchased. For other creative spaces, visit Kootoyoo.
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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Sanshi table runner

About two years ago I purchased ten 7" squares of Japanese fabric from the Sanshi stall at the Quilt & Craft expo. The fabric has been sitting in my stash since then for the right inspiration to strike.

I decided that it wanted to be a table runner, to live on the top of our piano, or possibly on our kitchen table. Each square was chopped into 4 smaller squares and a lot of shuffling and rearranging took place to work out the fabric placement.

At first I thought this placement was going to be the one ... but I continued to shuffle things around as I sewed.

For the quilting, I stitched in the ditch around the Japanese squares, then did straight stitching on the central panel, with each row being around 1/4" apart. I deliberately varied the width between the stitching, and from a distance you can see quite a nice symmetrical effect. Unfortunately up close it looks a bit more like a mistake!

Excuse the poor photos. I still need to do the binding, then I will take decent photos of the end product.
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

R.I.P Dell Desktop

The last few weeks have been fairly frantic. My inlaws arrived from the UK. This is their second attempt to visit us this year. The first attempt was thwarted by the Icelandic volcano. The day after they arrived, our computer decided it was past its used-by-date and bit the dust. I had been regularly backing up ... but the backup had been giving error messages for about a month and I kept thinking "Ill do that tomorrow when I have more time". Silly silly me! I lost some sleep over that error of judgement, I can tell you! Thankfully Mr Computer Guru was able to retrieve all of our data. Phew!!!!

We had a 'bursting at the seams' house over the weekend as, in addition to my lovely in-laws, my parents arrived in their new-to-them caravan. During the weekend we went to the Castledare minature railway, which was heaps of fun. I really don't know why we haven't been before. I must say, the kids had a fantastic time in the 'van, and I very much enjoyed having a couple of very quiet breakfasts in the house while the kids ate in the van. B.L.I.S.S.

Our busy life continues tomorrow with Kid2 having Strabismus surgery tomorrow to correct his squint. Poor thing. He has to fast from 8am and we need to arrive at the hospital at 1:30pm. Not looking forward to the fasting at all. It is going to be tough!

As to the sewing/quilting side of things, a few weeks ago I was asking if anyone wanted to do a quilting swap. This has lead to the creation of the Pario Pannus Swap, and for November/December we are making and swapping a table runner. (Pario Pannus is latin, meaning to make or create cloth or rag). I have also joined another swap over at STUD. With our influx of guests, I haven't done any sewing/quilting, but I have many ideas, so watch this space!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

My creative space

A lovely star block received from Jen for the Virtually Bequilted bee.

For a quilt for a newborn baby boy, brother of Gracie.

A baby jumper and scarf, both requiring the ends to be sewn in, and the jumper needs buttons to be added.
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I am hopping mad!!!!!!!

I am so hopping mad I can barely type.

My vacuum cleaner stopped working a few weeks ago. I just picked it up from the repair shop. They found a blockage ... a large blockage ... this sodding great long piece of wooden dowel was lodged in the handle. (The knife is in the photo for a size comparison).

I am 99.9% sure it was the cleaner and not the kids who did it. A while ago I had to pull a full-sized cotton bandanna out of the vacuum cleaner bag, which I was sure the cleaner had sucked up. I'd fire them right now if I didn't have house guests for the next 3 weeks. We are certainly going to have a serious discussion about what gets sucked up.

I am completely gobsmacked.
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Monday, October 25, 2010

Setting Blocks completed

I've finished the Setting Blocks for Ruby's star quilt. Here a preview of how the stars will look with the setting blocks. The position of the stars will change. I'll decide where they go once I receive the remaining blocks from the Virtually Bequilted bee, and have made a couple of stars myself.
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Quilting Swap, anyone?

I was wondering if anyone would be interested in doing a Christmas Themed swap? It would be a bit like playing Secret Santa.

- Each participant would be assigned a person, and they would then make a mini-quilt for their person. The mini quilt would probably be a wall-hanging or table runner (or we could make mug rugs if the majority wanted).

- You would customise the mini-quilt to your partner's taste (partners will have to give clues as to what they would like, and preferably make a mosaic in Flickr to show some similar items that they like).

- The quilt will be using your own material and supplies.

- As you are making the quilt, you will be required to put up a few 'sneak peaks' in Flickr. (Your partner won't know that they will be receiving a quilt from you, so they will be able to admire the various 'sneak peaks' and speculate about which they may receive).

- It would have to be posted on or before a specified shipping date (probably around 7th December... so you will only have about 5 or 6 weeks to make your item). The shipping date will be strict ... as everyone will want to receive their 'present' and have enough time to enjoy it before Christmas.

Any questions?

If you are interested, please leave a comment. Also state which type of quilt you'd like the swap to involve ... ie mini quilt for wall hanging, or table runner, or mug rug. Only stick your hand up if you have enough time to produce and ship something. I know lots of us still have blocks to complete for VBQ so it may not be feasible to run the swap right now! If enough people are interested I'll organise something!
PS a Mug Ruby is like an oversized coaster. Large enough to have a mug and a biscuit sitting on it.

Saturday, October 23, 2010


A while ago I managed to snap this photo of my niece while we were at the zoo. She is running towards me and literally has both of her feet off the ground. It was a fluke shot as I was still raising the camera up and randomly pointed it towards her and pushed the button.


Thursday, October 21, 2010

My Creative Space

I'm working on the 'setting blocks' for Ruby's star quilt. Inspiration for the quilt is Amanda Jean's Star Quilt Along

I need to make 12 setting blocks. They are to the same dimensions as Amanda Jean's. Here is a mock-up. I still need to sew the components together.

And finally, here is the block that Rosemary sent to me for the Virtually BeQuilted bee. The block will be incorporated in Ruby's quilt. Apologies to Rosemary as I received the block a long time time ago and kept forgetting to photograph it and blog it.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Blocks received - Virtually Bequilted

Recieved from Janette & Christopher
From Janette & Christopher

Received from Alisa
From Alisa

Received from Carolyn
From Carolyn

1st June block received
From Frances

2nd June block received
From Fe

3rd June block received
From Kate

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Alisa's block - Virtually Bequilted

This block goes by the name of "Mosaic No 18", "Old Pointsettia Block", and "Spinning Stars". The design dates back to 1898. (I found the design in Jinny Beyers' "Quilters Album of Blocks &Borders").

Alisa wanted us to use colour and patterns to create 3D illusions.Unfortunately the block isn't as 3D as I thought it would be. (I even went to the extent of photographing the fabrics and pasting them into the block design in Photoshop before I started the block). Despite the 3D not being as obvious as I hoped, I really love how the block has turned out.

Virtually Bequilted - for Alisa

Construction of the block had a few dramas. I'd cut out every thing and had begun sewing before I realised I had cut all of my squares for the HST .5" too big. Eeeek!!! However, after I had calmed down I worked out it was a realtively easy to fix to trim everything down to size. Not sure if the trimming helped my points ... but the block has the best points I've ever achieved.

Virtually Bequilted - for Alisa

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Anna's block - Virtually Bequilted

For the Virtually BeQuilted bee. Anna asked us to create 4 blocks based on Noongar (Australian Aboriginal) seasons. A difficult brief! In my mind I was going to have to applique each block. The difficult question was, what to put on the blocks? The information that I read on Noongar seasons discussed the which flowers were in bloom during each season, and there was also some mention of animals.

I sketched the applique images based on photos of flowers and animals that I found on Flickr. I then used raw-edge applique to attach the images to the blocks.

Anna's blocks

Anna's blocks

Anna's blocks

Anna's blocks

Anna's blocks
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