Monday, July 6, 2015

Quarter 2 FAL finishes!

It is now the beginning of July which means another quarter has gone by and I did manage to get the majority of my projects finished from my Q2 list of the 2015 Finish-along!

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

 1.  Bruce: this project is first on my list as I didn't get around to it last quarter...or it seems this one either:(
2. Sublime quilt - "Mis-Direction" quilt pattern test for Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts: done!
3. Outlander Craft swap: done!
 4. Tessa basket using the pattern by Green Letter Day: done!
5. Wildwood fabric tote: done!
6. Lizzy House MQS: done!
7. DUACAL: Down Under Cosy Crochet along done!
8. Table runner using some Terra Australis fabrics: done!
9. Cotton and Steel MQSdone!
10.  I would like to use some lovely rayon for this pattern from Anna Maria Horner - no progress but maybe this will be done in time for summer...
So a total score of 8/10 or this quarter which isn't too bad as I also did sew a few other things that weren't on my Q2 list. 
Now to think about the projects for the next quarter...

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Terra Australis runner

Terra Australis is an beautiful Australian themed fabric range by Emma Jean Jansen and I decided to make a runner for our outdoor table featuring these prints.
I chose some fabrics from the Outback colourway of the first TA range to make this runner which is also available as a free pattern from my LQS Rainbow Patchwork. 
This runner was made using a QAYG technique so it was very quick and easy to make.
The Waratah and kangaroo designs are probably my favourite ones in the runner.
And on the back is the Circles in Desert Sands print from the Terra Australis 2 range which features many Aussie icons.
This project was on my FAL Q2 list for this year so linking up with Adrianne @ On The Windy Side.
2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Lizzy House MQS

Another swap package was mailed off last month - this time it was the Lizzy House MQS.
I decided to make a mini quilt using the mini Red Letter Day pattern by Thimbleblossoms, as one of the very early Lizzy House fabric ranges from way back in 2009 was also called Red Letter Day:)
I used fabrics from many of her ranges in this mini quilt - Hello Pilgrim, Outfoxed, Castle Peeps, Constellations, and Catnap along with her fabulous Pearl Bracelets.
 The Lizzy House prints were perfect for fussy cutting to use in this quilt.
I quilted this in diagonal straight lines and bound it in the purple Jewels print.
To send along with the mini quilt, I made a little zip pouch using a rainbow of Pearl Bracelets.
Hopefully my partner will love this as much as I do!
2015 FAL at On the Windy Side
This was on my FAL Q2 list for this year so linking up with Adrianne @ On The Windy Side

Monday, June 29, 2015

Tessa Basket

Now that all of my sewing for swaps is done, I managed to do a bit of sewing just for me - this is also known as #selfishsewing:)
First up is a Tessa basket using the pattern by Green Letter Day.
I cut out into my Cotton and Steel stash to make up some patchwork panels...
And have quilted them in straight lines as I loved how this looked when I made the Noodlehead 241 bag earlier this year for the Aussie bag swap.
This is such a cute basket and it will be the perfect storage place for my C&S stash. 
Linking up with Fabric Tuesday @ Quiltstory
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This was on my FAL Q2 list for this year so linking up with Adrianne @ On The Windy Side.
2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Monday, June 22, 2015

Sublime - my "MisDirection" quilt

Jess from The Elven Garden recently designed another stunning quilt named "MisDirection" which featured in the Quilt Con 2015 magazine.
And as Jess was wanting to release the pattern, I volunteered to be one of her team of pattern testers.
The fabrics I used were inspired by a bundle I won from my LQS Rainbow Patchwork - these prints are from Erin McMorris "Astrid" range (which BTW always makes me think of the Cold Chisel song "Goodbye (Astrid Goodbye").
So I chose a selection of B&W and lime prints all from my stash and used low volume/tone on tone fabrics for the remainder of the pattern. 
The HRT's are in a made in a similar way to HST's so the whole quilt came together quite quickly.
I quilted this by doing quilting in straight lines on my domestic sewing machine echoing the main design which gives the quilt such a great texture!
And bound the quilt in some groovy lime binding before taking this quilt out to do a quick little photoshoot in our town.
I spotted this arty wall a few weeks ago and thought the VW combi was the perfect backdrop for photos.
The "MisDirection" pattern can be found in the Quiltcon 2015 magazine and Jess will officially be releasing the pattern in March next year.
2015 FAL at On the Windy Side
This was on my FAL Q2 list for this year so linking up with Adrianne @ On The Windy Side.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Fantastic Mr Fox pillow

The theme for the last X-factor swap on flickr was to use the classic English fabrics "Liberty". 
I decided to make a  Fancy Fox pillow using the pattern by Elizabeth Hartman as she originally used Liberty fabrics to make her Foxes.
I used some of the Liberty "Stile" prints which I was fortunate to win from Annabella a few years ago, along with some chambray for the pillow..
The Stile collection is based on Art Nouveau designs and the  Scottish designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
This pillow was quilted in a cross hatch design which is also a favourite of mine, and backed in some very British looking moustaches and top hat fabric.
I named this pillow Fantastic Mr Fox after the book of the same name which was written by the British author Roald Dahl as it was a favourite of mine when I was at school.
I have now sent this pillow off to its new home but I think I may have to make another one soon:)

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Linking up with Fabric Tuesday @ Quiltstory

Monday, June 15, 2015

Le Challenge - Single

The challenge theme last month at Le Challenge was "single" so I decided to make a "single" block using a "single" range of fabric.
I am planning on making a full size Norway quilt soon so when I saw this Norway mini made by Meredith (@mgrknits on IG) the other day I really wanted to give it a try.
I used similar fabrics to Meredith for this mini -  Elizabeth Olwens' Wildwood fabrics by Cloud 9 as the colours fitted the original design well.
Then quilted it in a dense cross hatch pattern with the mini finishing at almost 13". 
In hindsight, I probably should have left the block just as it was here though as I have totally mucked up the borders - I did use a 1/4 inch foot on my machine so not sure where I have gone wrong but as I was running out of time I didn't have a chance to go back and fix it:(
I only started sewing this on Saturday and inbetween going shopping with my daughter and watching my sons play soccer and doing some driving hours with them, I managed to finish this off on Sunday night. 
Linking up with Le Challenge.
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And also linking up with Fabric Tuesday @ Quiltstory
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