Modern Sorbet Pillow Finish

Back in May, as part of the May is for Makers campaign, I purchased a Craftsy pillow pattern – Modern Sorbet by Seraphym Handmade. Drunkards Path blocks have always been on my “to try” list and I thought a small pillow project might be the gentler way to try curved piecing for the first time.

I chose to use several fabrics from the beautiful Moda Valley collection by Sherri & Chelsi. modern-sorbet6

I was amazed at how easy it was to sew these blocks together and can honestly see myself making an entire quilt using these blocks in the near future. Such fun!

I used a combination of natural homespun and Valley “Wheat Field” for the background fabric.

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I decided to quilt it spirally with my walking foot – a technique that I’ve only tried once before on my Quarter Log Cabin Mini Quilt.

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I really enjoyed quilting this particular project and am ecstatic with the finished result and texture. Quilting has been a bit of a struggle for me lately so it was nice to have a win 🙂

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The original pattern uses a zip enclosure which I was intending to make. But somehow I managed to lose my purchased zip after my last shopping expedition. (It actually wasn’t even listed on my shopping receipt so I suspect it fell out of my basket as I was walking around the store…)

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To save me a trip back to town, I made an envelope enclosure for the pillow back instead, using the leftover natural homespun. I also eventually chose to omit the binding. The finished pillow measures 21 inches square.

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This pillow is my fourth finish (#8) for Quarter 3 of the 2016 Finish Along and although I had intended to use this pillow for a gift, I’m not sure now if I will be able to let it go 🙂

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Linking up to MCM @ Cooking Up Quilts, Let’s Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts and NTT @ My Quilt Infatuation

Drawstring Bags

Many of my large scale quilting projects have gone by the wayside as the busyness of everyday family and work life accelerates at this time of year. I have instead tried to make the most of a few minutes here and a few minutes there to concentrate on finishing some of the small scale projects from my Quarter 3 goals list.

Making these cute drawstring bags – a free tutorial from S.O.T.A.K Handmade – has become my newest addiction.

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Just as I became similarly obsessed with making Noodlehead’s Open Wide Zippered Pouches last year, I have been making these little bags with Christmas gifts in mind.

(This little cutie below didn’t make it that far and was given as a birthday gift to one of my 11 year old daughter’s friends on the weekend 🙂 )

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Most of the fabrics I used were novelty linen/canvas fabrics with the exception of the emoji poplin.

  • Cotton + Steel Canvas “Playful”

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  • Cosmo Textiles Linen “Penguins” Happy Feet.

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  • Kokka “Trefle”

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  • Cosmo Textiles “Retro Foxes”

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  • Sopo Line (Japanese Fabric) “Nordic Forest”

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  • “Smiley” Poplin

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I really love the contrasting linen fabric casing and leather cord which add a special touch to this simple drawstring bag.

These bags constitute another finish to cross off my Quarter 3 list (#11) for the 2016 Finish Along.drawstring-bags8

Linking up to Main Crush Monday @ Cooking Up Quilts and Let’s Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts!

Reel Time Pillow

Several of my smaller goals for this quarter are making pillows using patterns from Quilt Now magazine.

One of these pillow patterns, called “On The Fence” (Issue 21), consists of blocks made from 2½ inch strips. I was able to use the leftovers from my Interlock Quilt Top which I made using a Zen Chic Reel Time Jelly Roll.  It’s great not to have any wastage and the added bonus is that I now have a matching pillow to go with my quilt!

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This giant pillow measures approximately 24 inches square and will be perfect as a floor cushion for our lounge room. For the back envelope enclosure of the cushion, I used some generic black and white polkadot fabric from my stash.

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This pillow is my second finish (#16) for Quarter 3 of the 2016 Finish Along and one of four pillows I hope to complete by the end of this month.

Deb 🙂

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Linking up to MCM @ Cooking Up Quilts, Let’s Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts and NTT @ My Quilt Infatuation

A Weekend in the Snow

Last weekend, my husband and I took the kids out of school for a few days and headed to Ben Lomond – Tasmania’s premier ski village and second highest mountain at 1572 metres (5157 ft) – for a much needed long weekend away.

Map from Hobart TAS 7000 to Ben Lomond Snow Sports, Alpine Ski Village Ben Lomond Road, Ben Lomond TAS 7212

This is our fourth year living in Tasmania and having previously lived in a warm, tropical climate, snow is still very much a novelty for us all. Although it is almost the end of the Tasmanian ski season, there was thankfully enough white stuff for us to have fun. We slid down slopes – with toboggans and without 🙂 – and even tried skiing for the first time.

After a few days of low cloud and limited visibility, the skies cleared and we enjoyed a rather adventurous two and a half hour walk up to the top of the ski fields. Because the snow and ice was beginning to melt under the winter sun, we had to choose our route carefully. It wasn’t always easy to spot icy pools covered in a thin layer of ice and snow!

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The views were spectacular and provided a wonderful opportunity for some quilt photos. Thankfully I had a recent finish that was small enough to fit in my backpack!

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This quilt – my finished Simply Colorful II charm squares quilt – was made using a free pattern at Michael Miller fabrics. You can read more about this quilt here and here.

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I added an extra 2½ inch border to bring the original 36 square inch quilt up to a finished size of 40 square inches. I quilted it with vertical and horizontal lines through the block centres and then also diagonally a quarter inch on either side of the “set on point” blocks.

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The backing and binding fabric are coordinating In The Navy sale fabrics that I picked up at my local Spotlight store.

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This is my first finish (#9) for Quarter 3 of the 2016 Finish Along so I really need to get moving and achieve a few more finishes before the end of September!

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Linking up to MCM with Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts and Let’s Bee Social with Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts

Slow Scrappy Sewing

First of all, I want to say thank you for all of your lovely comments on my last blog post. The reaction to my finished Interlock Quilt top was quite unexpected but so greatly appreciated 🙂

Unfortunately I haven’t been sewing a lot since.  I’m not sure why but lately I’ve been feeling quite flat and drained of energy and creativity. Life has been pretty busy this year and doesn’t look like slowing down any time soon. So I have decided to take some self-imposed pressure off myself and sew only when I feel like sewing. I’m optimistic that I’ll be feeling back to normal soon and that this little break will have recharged my batteries.

The one project I have worked on intermittently during these past few weeks has been my Scrappers Delight Quilt. I have managed to finish the first twelve blocks for this thirty-six block quilt (from the book Sunday Morning Quilts) and am now working towards completing the second twelve.

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I have found the process of randomly choosing fabrics based on size from my scrap buckets to be incredibly relaxing. It’s also been fun to recognise fabrics leftover from previous projects.

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I’ll have a laugh now and admit that I’ve become a real fabric “nerd” (a term I first heard from the amazingly talented quilter and all-round lovely lady Jess @ The Elven Garden).

I can recognise fabrics in my completed blocks by Amy Butler, Tula Pink, Joel Dewberry, Lotta Jansdotter, Anna Maria Horner, Malka Dubrawsky and Sarah Watson, just to name a few. Plus, of course, there is plenty of Cotton & Steel and Art Gallery fabrics in the mix.

So, admit it, are you a fabric nerd too? (ha ha!)

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I am up to Block #17 and could possibly stop now and make another baby quilt but I really want another larger quilt to use on our beds. This potential full sized 72″ square quilt poses a bit of a problem because my little machine really struggles with it’s small throat space. However, I think I can get around this by trying quilt-as-you-go (QAYG) for the first time. This method would also give me an opportunity to use up some of my batting offcuts – a true scrap quilt!

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In the meantime, I’m enjoying taking a bit of a breather and hope to continue playing with my beautiful scraps in the weeks to come.

Deb 🙂

Linking up with Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts for MCM, Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social and Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday

July OMG Goal Success

With only a few days remaining, I have achieved my July Goal for OMG (One Monthly Goal).

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My Interlock Quilt, a fabulous jelly roll pattern by Amy Friend @ During Quiet Time was started in the first half of 2015 with the very best of intentions. Unfortunately, it soon managed to become lost and abandoned in my rather large pile of WIP’s…

After failing to complete my June goal, I set myself the reasonable task this month of finishing the remaining eight blocks and putting this flimsy together.

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Let’s just say that I’m very happy with the result 🙂

I used a jelly roll from a collection by Zen Chic (Moda) called Reel Time. The overall theme is “inspired by elements and colors from the film industry.”

I love how this quilt has turned out and think that the combination of colours and fabrics, along with the black solid background, make it a great “man” (or boy) quilt. Luckily, with a husband and two sons, this quilt should prove to be a favourite!Interlock1

Happy to be linking up with Heidi @ Red Letter Quilts for One Monthly Goal, Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday, Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social and Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday!

Snow Photos

We had quite a lot of snow over the weekend and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to take some quilty snow photos!Snuggly Bricks6.jpg

I made this baby quilt – using the Snuggly Bricks tutorial at Polka Dot Chair – at the beginning of last year but only recently got around to quilting it. It has been sitting finished in the cupboard for a while waiting for a photo shoot.

The following photo made me smile when I discovered that the lion’s head and body matched up across the seam – a happy “accident”. The giraffe wasn’t so lucky…

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The cute giraffe backing fabric is sale fabric I picked up from my local Spotlight store for $3 a metre some time ago. The piece wasn’t quite large enough so I supplemented it with some Riley Blake chevron fabric from my stash. The binding was made using leftover backing fabric from my first ever quilt.

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I had a bit of a chuckle when I read a blog post this week about making baby quilts with no baby in sight! That is something I seem to always be doing but who can resist a small and quick project every once in a while?Snuggly Bricks5

It has been another slow week of sewing with little progress on my many other projects.

I did manage however to finish the remaining blocks of my Interlock Quilt and added borders to my Simply Colorful II charm squares quilt. I have also (finally) made a decision on fabrics for this year’s Meadow Mystery Quilt Along. I wanted to only use fabrics from my stash so requested a sneak peak of the pattern. I’ve tried to follow Cheryl’s fabric selection requirements but had to swap my D and E fabrics because I didn’t had enough of the white “Doodles” fabric. I’m hoping it will look ok.Meadow Mystery 1.jpg

From L-R:

  • Fabric A – Robert Kaufman Quilter’s Linen in grass
  • Fabric B – Moda Chic Neutrals in eggplant
  • Fabric C – Various fabrics in black including Cotton & Steel, Riley Blake and Zen Chic
  • Fabric D – Doodles by Sue Beevers for Northcott
  • Fabric E – Shot cotton in grey

This will be an “un-mystery” quilt-along for me this year.

Deb 🙂

Leaving you with more snow photos (click on the photo to see a larger image),

AND Linking up to Main Crush Monday @ Cooking Up Quilts, Let’s Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts and NTT @ My Quilt Infatuation.

 

 

Wild Winter Weather

We have experienced some wild and windy weather in Tassie this past week. We’ve had rain, snow and wind gusts up to 150 km/h resulting in uprooted trees, damage to several buildings in Hobart city and flooding in some areas. Thankfully, other than power outages and some phone and internet disruption, our house and property escaped unscathed.

Our three children, enjoying the freedom of mid-year school holidays, were excited to be able to experience a rare snow day at home.snow3.jpg

Sewing and blogging, due to school holiday chaos, an ongoing kitchen renovation and the above mentioned power and internet disruptions, has been mostly abandoned this week. However, I did manage to sew my Simply Colorful II charm square blocks together to make a small quilt top.

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As mentioned previously, I had considered using these blocks to make either a table runner or a larger quilt by adding sashing between the blocks.  (The free Ocean Breeze pattern finishes at 36 inches square).

I trialled adding sashing strips but quickly decided it interfered with the lovely “pinwheel” intersection between the blocks.

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So, my finished flimsy is as per the written pattern although I will add some borders to bring the finished size up to 40″ square. SimplyColorful12.jpg

It’s a return to our normal hectic routine tomorrow as the kids head back to school and I return to work. I am feeling optimistic of a productive third quarter with lots of finishes!

Deb 🙂

Linking up to MCM @ Cooking Up Quilts, Let’s Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts and NTT @ My Quilt Infatuation

2016 Finish Along Q3 Goals

I can’t say that I failed completely but I did only finish one of my set goals – my Colour Happy Quilt – for Quarter 2 of the 2016 Finish Along. This is not my best effort to date but also not surprising due to the crazy busyness of the first half of this year.

I haven’t had much luck with monthly goals either, having failed to finish my Mystery Quilt in June for OMG

However, I have decided to put this all behind me and move forward. I will have one entire day (during school hours at least) next term which I can devote entirely to sewing!

So here is my proposed list of finishes for Quarter 3. It is rather long but as I have a tendency to get easily distracted, I figure I may do better with more choice.

  1. Quilt my finished Plus Plus Quilt Top. I am itching to start this one but embarrassingly, I have so many quilts basted for quilting that I have run out of pins!PlusPlus10
  2. from Q2 Finish quilting my Mystery Quilt. I’m really struggling to find motivation for this project but with the new Mystery Quilt-a-long about to start, I really need to get this quilt finished.Mystery Quilt 1
  3. from Q2 Complete the remaining few blocks for my Interlock Quilt Top, Quilt and Bind. I have been rather inspired by seeing a recently finished and beautiful Interlock quilt here.Interlock4
  4. from Q2 Finish my Off Kilter Quilt. This quilt has been basted and I’ve already done some straight line quilting. Now I want to pluck up the courage to try a bit of fmq on it – gulp!IMG_20160314_160909235
  5. from Q2 Twenty-seven more blocks for my Scrappers Delight Quilt.scrappers delight1
  6. (Not an eligible-for-prize goal but one I need to achieve) Piece together a backing for my Aviatrix Quilt Top. This quilt is a monstrous 80 inches square and although I’m not sure how I’ll manage it on my little Janome, I want to try quilting it myself – hopefully a Quarter 4 goal.IMG_20151219_155517408Other projects on my immediate radar include:
  7. Hexie Framed Quilt – using a Road 15 by Sweetwater jelly roll
  8. Modern Sorbet Quilted Pillow
  9. Table Runner or small quilt using Ocean Breeze block pattern and Simply Colorful II charm squares
  10. Another Pattern Play Quilt – my own block pattern – this time with a scrappy look
  11. Drawstring bags for Christmas gifts – using the tutorial at S.O.T.A.K Handmade
  12. Modern Geometrics Table Runner
  13. Bag #1 using The Snazzy Slouch Handbag Sewing Pattern
  14. Bag #2 Trail Tote using this free pattern by Anna Graham @ Noodlehead
  15. Interwoven Quilt using Paradiso charm squares
  16. On the Fence Quilted Pillow (pattern from Quilt Now Issue 21)
  17. Colour Blocks Quilted Cushion ( pattern from Quilt Now Issue 14)
  18. Stargazing Paper Pieced Cushion (pattern from Quilt Now Issue 14)
  19. TMQG Embroidery Challenge (due 1st August – eek!)
  20. Cotton and Steel Quilt #3 – pattern chosen, fabrics ready…

This is my longest list EVER but rather than feeling faint, I feel super motivated!

Good luck with your Quarter 3 goals if you are linking up.

Deb 🙂

OMG July Goal

Unfortunately, I failed to achieve my June goal for OMG. I had hoped to finish quilting my Midnight Mystery Quilt but I’ve really struggled to find motivation with this particular project. (I guess that’s why I have so many projects on the go at any one time – my interest in them can fluctuate on a daily basis.)

I’ve been toying with several possibilities for my July Goal – including not making a goal this month at all – but have decided to try and finish a long overdue WIP.

Midway through last year, I purchased my first ever Moda jelly roll – one by Zen Chic called Reel Time. (For my non-quilting family and friends, a jelly roll is a roll of forty 2 1/2 x 42 inch strips.) IMG_20151008_181303279

I searched online for quite a while to find a quilt pattern that I felt suited this fabric collection. Eventually, I settled on and purchased the Interlock pattern, a fabulous quilt pattern by the very talented Amy Friend @ During Quiet Time.

I tossed up briefly between using an off-white or black solid for the background fabric. Of course, black won – I do like my bold, dramatic quilts!

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I managed to make some fairly decent progress last year and even had this project listed as one of my goals for Quarter 4 of the 2015 Finish Along. But then I abandoned this project in favour of some new ones…

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I’m about three quarters of the way through finishing my blocks for this project and just need a bit of encouragement to get to the finish line. I’ve recently seen a beautiful finished Interlock Quilt here and have gained some much needed enthusiasm for this project once again 🙂

So my July Goal for OMG  is to finish the flimsy of my Reel Time Quilt.

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Let’s hope I do better this month!

Linking up to OMG @ Red Letter Quilts