Monday, November 10, 2014

"Outlander" Nova Tote

One of my favourite book series is "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon. I didn't study much history at school as I was a bit of a science nerd so I enjoy reading historical novels - even ones with time travel through the stones:) I first discovered this series over 16 years ago and now "Outlander" has finally been made into a TV series - which was amazing BTW!  The costuming in particular is just stunning, as is the Scottish scenery.
Back then I discovered that a few hours from where I live, there is a place called Glen Innes which is home to the Australian Standing Stone monument like the ones in the books. 
The series begins with "Outlander" (which was also released as "Cross Stitch" over here) and the main storyline is based around Scottish Highlanders in the 18th century, particularly Clan Fraser. 
Anyway, back to the tote bag....when I saw this gorgeous Tula Pink Moonshine "Deer Me" fabric, I couldn't help thinking of the Frasers of Lovat crest which has a deers head and I really wanted to use it as the feature fabric in the new "Nova Tote" pattern by Three Owls Handmade.
I paired the deer with some Anna Maria Horners' Mary Thistle in Seaweed from her "Pretty Potent" range to continue the Scottish theme...
On the inside I used another piece of the "Deer Me" print for a  slip pocket, and some Cloud 9 Dragonfly fabric for an additional gathered pocket as the second book in the series is titled "Dragonfly In Amber". Even the lining has some significance as the grey print resembles the surface of the "Standing stones".
I used my favourite black denim for the main part of the bag, and a bright lime solid for the binding as it went so well with both of the prints.
So now I have a very special bag to carry all my books around in:)   And if you get a chance to see the TV series or read the books, I thoroughly recommend them! The TV series is now on hold until April next year so I am currently re-reading all of the books for about the 4th time.
Linking up with the 2014 Purse Palooza hosted by Sara at Sew Sweetness,
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And also with Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story.
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And this project was also on my Q4 FAL list hosted by Katy @ The LIttlest Thistle.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Poolside tote gone Beachside

It has been quite warm here the past few weeks so with a few days off work, I thought I should jump in and make the "Poolside Tote" which is another wonderful pattern by Anna @ Noodlehead designs.
So a quick trip to the beach was in order to see how it held up.
This is quite a large bag which is just perfect for a day out at the beach or the pool as you can fit quite a lot into it.
I used some Coral canvas for the outside which is nice and sturdy. 
 And a Lisette icy-pole/popsicle print for the lining - very sweet and summery!
Linking up with Purse Palooza 2014 hosted by Sara @ Sew Sweetness.
And also with Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story.
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This bag was also on my Q4 FAL list hosted by Katy @ The Littlest Thistle.
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Monday, October 27, 2014

"High Tea" quilt pattern testing

A few weeks ago, Adrianne from On The Windy Side, put out a call for pattern testers for her lovely new quilt pattern "High Tea".  
The High Tea" pattern includes versions for sizes ranging from baby to Queen size -   I tested the Throw quilt /single bed size which finishes at 56" x 69". 
This size of the pattern calls for a couple of charm packs or 20 layer cake squares, along with about a metre each of the two background fabrics for the sashing.
This is really a fabulous pattern and it came together very quickly  due to the way the quilt is constructed, the main seams "nest" quite well and match up easily.
I had ordered a layer cake to use for this quilt which unfortunately went missing:( Then, as I was running out of time, I decided to cut my own charms from the "What A Gem" fabrics by Allison Cole, along with a few coordinating prints from Spotlight.
I really liked how well the navy, coral and emerald went with the grey and white solid background.
And the colours match well with my daughters room too.
Whilst this pattern is a great way to use up charm squares, it is also suitable for larger scaled prints.
This was my first time using the popular Britten number fabric from Ikea, which makes a fun backing!
So please go and have a look at Adriannes blog to see all of the other versions of the "High Tea" quilt pattern - I really love the original version of the quilt she has made using Bonnie and Camille fabrics!

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Linking up with Fabric Tuesday @ Quiltstory.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Dragonfly Trail Tote

Earlier this week, Anna from Noodlehead designs posted about a new Trail Tote bag pattern on her blog. 
I loved the look of this bag and decided to go ahead and make it using some Cloud 9 Dragonflies in teal, which is one of the prints from the Rashida Coleman-Hale "Koi" organic canvas range.
Prompted to sew something this weekend by Amira and her IG tag #mycraftyweekendplan, I ducked out to my local craft store yesterday morning and bought a zip, teal thread, fusible interfacing and some black denim for the strap. I did however, forget to buy some piping cord so I have left that off the bag.
The lining is a the Scattered Newsprint in aqua from Collage by Carrie Bloomston which matched perfectly. 
And the bag is just the right size to be able to fit in all of my daily essentials including the appropriately named book that I am currently reading....
Linking up with Fabric Tuesday @ Quiltstory.
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And also with the 2014 Purse Palooza @ Sew Sweetness.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Broadway Musical palettes

This week Jennie has suggested to use Broadway move/musical posters for the palettes, so I had to use the Lion King as we are going to see it in December.
 And Chicago  is another one that we saw a few years ago at QPAC in Brisbane - it was fabulous!
Linking up with Jennie @ Porch Swing Quilts.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pattern testing for Juliet @ A Tartan Kiwi

A few weeks ago, the lovely Juliet from The Tartankiwi blog put out a call for pattern testers for her newest paper pieced design. I haven't done a great deal of paper piecing but as this was an elephant I couldn't resist offering to try it out.
This was a wonderful pattern to follow and it all came together quite easily. And I was able to use a piece of the pretty new Denyse Schmidt Piccadilly fabric to fussy cut for the ear.
This is a 12 inch block and Juliet also has a larger 24" version available. She has also done a bear recently which is fabulous too! If you can, pop over to Juliets blog to see the other versions of the elephant and also the ones in the larger 24" size as they are all amazing!

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Linking to Fabric Tuesday @ Quiltstory.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Rainy palettes

This week the theme is "Rain" for the palettes over at Porch Swing Quilts. We have a subtropical climate where I live in Australia, so over summer we usually get quite a few thunderstorms and I love the look of the raindrops on the beautiful Frangipanis in our garden.
And a little quilt made from the cute (free) mini Raincheck quilt pattern by Camille Roskelly @ Simplify using Umbrella Prints fabrics..
Linking up with Jennie @ Porch Swing Quilts.