Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tula Pink True Colors Swap

A little while ago, i signed up for the Tula Pink True Colours swap on Instagram, and now that my partner has received her parcel, I can show the mini quilt I made for her. 
I used the Geometric Sewing Machine pattern by Kristy @ Quiet Play to make a rainbowy sewing machine.
I posted a sneak peek on IG and was trying not to give too much info on the design I was using...
For the swap we were to mainly use the Tula pink "True Colours" fabrics to create our swap item. 
There are also a few other Tula pink fabrics added in for a bit of extra colour.
The back is the Daisy Buds in silver with the Making Waves in Ink for the binding - paper piecing also creates some pretty scraps.
As an extra item, I also made a Goody Goody Binding kit using the great tutorial by Vanessa @ Lella Boutique.
Thanks so much to Kristi @ Sugarndspice77 for hosting this fun swap!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Le Challenge: EPP Modern Hexie pillow

This months theme at "Le Challenge" was "method" so I have used the EPP method to make some lime green fabric hexagons. 
I then arranged them in a stylized Christmas tree design and quilted them using the Modern Hexies tutorial by Nicole @ Modern Handcraft.
I marked out my quilting lines with a hera marker before stitching and I just love the effect created by the simple quilting!
I found a fun Christmas print for the back of the pillow which went well with the red binding. 
Linking up with Lucy and Nat over at Le Challenge.
Le Challenge

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Aussie Supertote

One of my favourite bag designs is the Super tote by Anna @Noodlehead, so when I needed to sew a gift for a friend travelling from the USA, this was the pattern I decided to do.
For this tote, I have used some lovely fabrics from Robert Kaufman's Under the Australia Sun range including the Gum blossoms, Gumnut leaf and Wattle Leaf prints.
It took a while to cut all of the pattern pieces out and quilt the bag panels but once that was done it was quite quick to put the bag together.
The bag has the Gumleaf print on the front pocket and on the back, with the other fabrics as accents.
For the straps and gusset, I used a lovely golden brown Bella solid in "Hay" which almost looks like tan leather.
This is such a roomy bag and perfect to use for carry-on luggage as you can fit so many things in it.
I actually have almost enough of the fabrics here to make another bag, although I may need to piece the back panel.
Purse Palooza 2015 at Sew Sweetness
Linking up with Purse Palooza 2015 hosted by Sara @ Sew Sweetness.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Scrappy Pineapple mini quilt

We have already had quite a few hot days here in Australia so for this Scraptastic Tuesday I have made a cute pineapple mini quilt which is just perfect for summer.
 I used the free mini pattern here on the Dear Stella site.
To make this mini, I went through my yellow fabric scraps and found enough to use, even fussy cutting a few of the prints.
And did some cross hatch quilting to finish it off which gave it a bit more of a "pineapple" look.
 Then bound it with a lime green spot.
Linking up with Scraptastic Tuesday with Leanne @ She Can Quilt.

Monday, November 2, 2015

A Scoop of Strawberries tote

 A few weeks ago I pattern tested the cute "Scooped" quilt for Samantha @ Missy Mack Creations.
And I have used these blocks to make up a summery tote bag.
I had sewn the 3 blocks I made from the "Scooped" pattern into a panel which was just perfect for the front of this bag.
I used a mix of prints from Bonnie and Camille and the new strawberries from "Hello Darling" were just perfect for these sweet ice cream blocks.
This tote design is based on the Noodlehead "Poolside Tote" but with a few modifications to accommodate the panel.
 I lined the bag in a colourful print and have added in a zippered pocket.
Linking up with Purse Palooza 2015 hosted by Sara @ Sew Sweetness.
Purse Palooza 2015 at Sew Sweetness

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Pretty In Pink Tote

Recently, I saw an amazing Geometric tote bag by Vanessa Christenson using her fabulous ombre fabrics.
So as soon as I saw this printed fabric I bought some as I thought it would be perfect for a bright and colourful tote bag.
Rather than making all of those HST's though, I just needed to cut out large pieces of this print to obtain the same effect.
I quilted in straight lines which created a really nice texture to the fabric.
There is a slip pocket on the inside along with a tab for keys.
And the corners are boxed to give it a nice sturdy base to stand on.
I couldn't find any leather for straps but have used some cotton webbing for the handles.
This tote finished at about 15" tall, 20" wide and 7" deep.
Linking up with Purse Palooza 2015 hosted by Sara @ Sew Sweetness.
Purse Palooza 2015 at Sew Sweetness

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Tribal Woodlands quilt

This is my newly finished Tribal Woodlands quilt which is my entry into the Small Quilt Category of the 2015 Bloggers Quilt Festival.
I started making this quilt a few weeks ago when there was a QAL on IG (#chellepluscheleqal) using the Jeliquilts Plus quilt pattern.
I decided to make a baby quilt using some FQ of the Tribal Woodlands prints, along with a few coordinating fabrics from my stash.
I cut my pieces a little differently to the pattern by cutting long rectangular strips in place of the 3 squares for part of the "plus" design which made piecing much quicker..
Once I had it basted, I used the serpentine stitch on my sewing machine to quilt along the horizontal seam lines.
I wanted to try something new for this baby quilt by rounding the corners before binding so I used a dinner plate as a template for trimming
Then  I made the binding by cutting straight grain binding for the long sides of the quilt, and joined in some shorter strips cut on the bias to go around the corners as indicated by the arrows in the above photo.
This quilt finished at 40 x 50" -  I really like how this has turned out and have plans to make more quilts like this soon!
Blogger's Quilt Festival - Fall 2015
Thanks again to Amy for hosting this wonderful festival of quilts!

Fresh Poppy Design
Also linking up with Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story.