Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Vintage palette

This weeks theme for palettes over at Porch Swing Quilts is vintage. I really love the palette from the pretty collection of Pyrex dishes on Jennies blog.
This is a lovely old black 1928 Model A Ford Tourer that we hired for our daughters formal last year - such a classic car which certainly sounded a lot more modern with its V8 engine!
And a vintagey style patchwork Scrappy trip-along quilt made from over 180 different Denyse Schmidt fabrics - I love the softer colours in this palette. 
The next theme is "France".....linking up with Jennie at Porch Swing Quilts.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Jungle Avenue Sew Together Bag

A few weeks ago, Clair (clairsdestash on IG) posted some photos of the gorgeous Art Gallery "Jungle Avenue" fabrics which she also has available from an online store.
I was really keen to try out the very popular Sew Together bag pattern by Sew Demented and thought these fabrics would be perfect for this project. Clair very kindly cut the amounts of fabric I needed and sent them to me that week - it is nice to find local sellers as sometimes it takes weeks for packages to arrive from overseas.
I bought some zips to match the colourful fabrics and cut out the panels to make the bag. I wanted to use my favourite print from the collection (Elephant Skyline) as the outside of the STB. All of the other prints were used for the inside of the STB and the pocket linings, with the B&W "Dotted Boulevard" print for the binding.
This was such a fun project to do and I absolutely love how it has turned out - I had been a bit worried about the zipper installation but it was really quite straightforward.
I did have a bit of trouble with the binding which I ended up deciding to handstitch down as it looked much neater that way. 
If you are going to make one of these Sew Together Bags (and you should because they are fabulous!) then I would recommend checking out the Quilt Barn sew along which has plenty of great pictures and tips for each stage. There is also a flickr group here.
 Linking up with Fabric Tuesday at Quiltstory.

Fresh Poppy Design

Friday, September 5, 2014

Disney Palette

This week is Disney week over at Porch Swing Quilts and although my children are all teenagers now, we all still love Disney movies. I must confess that although I haven't yet seen Frozen which is one of the latest Disney releases, I am quite familiar with the songs as the boys sing them whilst in the shower:) 
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I love elephants and I have been collecting them for over 30 years so Dumbo is my choice for the palette this week. My other favourites would be Bambi and The Lion King - I named our cat Simba and I am looking forward to seeing the live production of The Lion King in Brisbane later this year.
And I found a little pouch I made from some very sweet Pinocchio fabric which was a gift for a friend. Linking up with Jennie over at Porch Swing Quilts.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Favourite photo palette

This week, the pallette at Porch swing quilts is a little different. As we have now made our way through a rainbow of colour, Jennie suggested to use a favourite photo to make a palette from.
Firstly, a pretty floral photo as it is the first day of spring here in Australia today - this is a Double Delight rose from our garden and it has a beautiful scent too.
And as today is also my twin boys 16th birthday, this photo from our daughters formal last year came to mind. Linking up with Jennie over at Porch Swing Quilts. Next up is a Disney pic...

Sunday, August 31, 2014

AMB AMH Chicopee feathers quilt!

I went up to Brisbane this weekend for a school reunion and got home on Sunday in time to snap some pics of my newly finished Chicopee Feathers quilt! 
I am so very happy with how this quilt has turned out!

I don't usually piece the back of my quilts but thought a simple strip of feathers was just right for across the centre.
It is the last day of winter here in Australia and the late afternoon sun was at just the right angle to show off the quilting.
Karen's quilting is amazingly perfect - almost like a breeze blowing through the feathers.
A very big thank you and lots of hugs go out to all of the lovely ladies in the Aus Mod Bee group on flickr - without you I would never have got all of these feathers made!
This quilt will always be so very special to me and remind me of the blocks that we all made for each other.
Size: 90 x 81"
Pattern: Feather Bed quilt by Anna Maria Horner
Fabrics: Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt, Prima solid in Light Grey. 
Backing: Daisy Mae by Denyse Schmidt.
Batting:  50% Bamboo/cotton
Binding: Chicopee Ladder Dot in Black - Denyse Schmidt 
Quilted by: Karen at Rainbow Patchwork, South Lismore NSW Australia
Linking to Fabric Tuesday at Quiltstory.
Fresh Poppy Design

Monday, August 25, 2014

Round The World Blog Hop

I was tagged by Debbie @ A Quilters Table last week to participate in the Around The World Blog Hop. Debbie and I met a few years ago when participating in the For the Love of Solids swap on flickr and have also swapped fabrics across the miles from time to time. And  it was Debbies fabulous Triple Zip pouch tutorial that finally convinced me to learn how to sew zips early last year which I have found so useful in now that I am enjoying making bags.
Firstly, a little about me I am a wife and mum to 3 teenagers and I live in the Northern Rivers region of NSW, Australia, not far from the beautiful Byron Bay. I also have a sweet grey kitty named Simba who often pops up in my photos:)  I started sewing again about 5 years ago when I took a quilting course at a local store and was totally hooked! Previously, I made simple clothes for the kids when they were younger, and have also done cross stitching and scrapbooking in the past.
Soft Kitty pillow for the Pantone "Radiant Orchid" challenge
1. What am I working on? 
AMB AMH Feathers quilt - My fellow members of the AusModBee group made these amazing AMH feathers blocks for me last year using Denyse Schimdt's Chicopee fabric and I finally got around to sewing them together a few weeks ago - not sure why it took me so long....Anyway, this one is back from the quilters now and ready for binding which I hope to get done in the next few days. 
Amy Butler Weekender bag: I am planning on making some QAYG panels using Chicopee fabrics and scraps from the feathers quilt (above) along with a cute printed panel from Cat & Vee for one side.
3. Why do I write/create what I do? 
I really enjoy the creative process of sewing - it may be the pattern or sometimes it is just the beautiful fabric and I just want to get in and make "something". I like modern designs and spend a bit of time browsing through Pinterest or other blogs for ideas and to get inspiration. I live in Australia, and our winters aren't too cold here so I although I love quilts, I like to make other things as well - bags are my favourite thing to sew at the moment!! Although in saying that, one thing that I would really like to make is a Gypsy Wife quilt. I really love the version by Twin Fibers and have been "collecting" a stash of Bonnie and Camille fabrics to make one - maybe next year...I also like to give handmade items to family and friends for birthdays and Christmas gifts. 

4. How does my writing/creating process work?
I worked as a Medical Scientist in a hospital Pathology lab for nearly 25 years so I am a fairly methodical and organised person. I don't have a specific sewing space (just waiting until one of the teenagers move out so I can reclaim a bedroom!!) and tend to spread out on the dining room table so I try to not have too much on the go at any one time so it doesn't get too messy out there!  I use a monthly calender template on my computer where I can type in any birthday dates, deadlines for swaps/bee blocks etc and also jot down ideas for blog posts using a different text colour for each event so they are easily identifiable. I try to blog at least a couple of times a week so write up and pre-schedule posts if I know that I have a busy week ahead. I like to make lists of what I want to make and try for the most part to stick to that list, athough sometimes a new pattern or fabric will be released and I just want to use it right away. Like Debbie, I also have the list on my phone so when I am waiting to pick the kids up from work,or football training, I can browse through it and add more notes it if needed. 
Thank you so much to the lovely Debbie for inviting me to be a part of this blog hop. On next Monday, September 1st, please pop over and visit Adrianne from NZ @ On The Windy Side, Leanne from Canada @ She Can Quilt and Katy in Scotland @ The Littlest Thistle for their Around the World blog hop posts.  
ArchiteXtures quilt: "Lucky Squares" Pattern by Sew Crafty Jess

The purpose of the Around the World blog hop is to introduce you to bloggers that you may not know about and are happy to have found, so I am hoping you enjoyed your visit to my blog today and continue to follow along with the Around the World Blog Hop....

Friday, August 22, 2014

Purple Palettes

Some pretty purples this week over at Porch Swing Quilts to brighten up the dreary weather we are having here.
A field of lavender out near Tamworth, NSW....
And my Soft Kitty pillow which was an entry for the Pantone Radiant Orchid challenge earlier this year. Linking up with Jennie over at Porch Swing quilts.