Final Finish for 2015!

I am so happy to be able to show you my finished Aviatrix Medallion Quilt top!

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This is my December goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes (link up #47) and also one of my goals for Quarter 4 of the 2015 Finish-Along.

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The Aviatrix Medallion is one of many wonderful quilt patterns by the very talented Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Fransson.

I’m thrilled with how this quilt top has turned out and I’ve really enjoyed working with beautiful fabrics including Joel Dewberry Bungalow and Carolyn Friedlander Doe.

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The final “butterfly” block border was perhaps my favourite border although I also enjoyed making the mini log cabins.

This quilt top is a big one and finishes at 80 inches square! I’m still not sure how I’m going to quilt it or if I’ll even be able to fit it through my old Janome’s tiny throat space! But I’ll work that one out next year…

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With only four more sleeps until Santa arrives here in Australia, my sewing machine has been packed away until next year. I didn’t achieve all of my goals for this quarter but that’s ok 🙂

Thank you for visiting my blog and I wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful year ahead in 2016!

Deb x

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ALYoF December Goal

My December goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes will be to finish my Aviatrix Medallion Quilt Top.

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I have only one more pieced border to go and this final colourful border is made up of pretty “butterfly” blocks.

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I have made blocks for two out of my four colour groups so I am halfway there.

Only 36 more blocks to make…!

Deb 😉

Linking up to A Lovely Year of Finishes @ Fiber of All Sorts

Christmas Challenge Completed

My November goal for ALYoF (link up #8) was to complete a Christmas challenge project for my guild, the Tasmanian Modern Quilt Guild.

For this challenge, we had to use the three non-traditional colours of grey, red and aqua to create a Christmas item using a technique demonstrated at our monthly meetings throughout 2015.

I chose foundation paper piecing to create a Christmas table runner.

My first (and third) block was a paper pieced star block – actually a “flower” – a free pattern from shop martingale.

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I used some lovely Christmassy grey background fabric combined with Amy Butler Lark, Cotton and Steel basics and Studio RK Fusion Garden Geo Splatter.

My second block was a complicated snowflake block – a free pattern available on Craftsy.

I was a bit worried as I was piecing this block that it wasn’t going to work out. There were many pieces involved!

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But, thankfully it did!

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The three blocks were put together,

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and backed with some novelty owl Christmas fabric.

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I kept the quilting simple by outlining the main shapes in each block.

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So there it is – my completed November goal and a new project ready for my table this Christmas!

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Now to think up a new goal for this next busy month of December…

Deb 😉

 

My Aviatrix Grows

My Aviatrix Medallion Quilt continues to grow this week with the addition of Border 4 – comprising of tiny neutral grey squares, and Border 5 – forty colourful log cabins.

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It’s pretty hard to get a complete shot of this growing quilt – it now measures at 66 1/2 inches square with one colourful border to go. The final measurement of this quilt will be 80″ square.

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I’m enjoying this beautiful quilt more and more as it grows although it has been incredibly time consuming making all of those blocks!

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The next colourful border is butterfly blocks which I’m looking forward to starting at my next class with Jess Frost (The Elven Garden) this weekend.

I also received some wonderful news last week that I was one of the winners for October’s A Lovely Year of Finishes. I won a  free PDF pattern from the lovely Melissa of Sew Bittersweet Designs. For a person who rarely wins anything, this was a big thrill for me!

Thanks Shanna (Fiber of All Sorts) and Melissa for hosting this wonderful linky party. Through this link up, I have been able to discover many wonderful and inspiring quilting blogs and have received so much positive encouragement.

I really appreciate this support as I continue on my quilting journey.

Deb 🙂

 

 

Zipper Pillow Finish

I am happy to have a pair of finishes to share with you today.

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These 18″ cushions were made using some gorgeous metallic Buzoku Cotton Duck fabric and are Finish #2 of my Quarter 4 goals for the 2015 Finish-Along, hosted by Adrianne@On the Windy Side.

This is the first time I’ve made cushions using a zipper closure and I can’t see myself making cushions any other way from now on.

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I followed an easy tutorial by Pretty Prudent.

I have also been working hard this week on my Aviatrix Medallion Quilt.

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Here are my forty 6½ inch log cabins ready to sew on as Border #5.

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(but first I need to make Border #4…!)

Deb 😉

Loving my Aviatrix

Some things take a little while to aquire a taste for…even quilts 😉

It’s not that I ever really disliked my Aviatrix Medallion Quilt, it’s just a combination of factors including waning end-of-year motivation and my earlier experience of too scant seams which you can read about here.

Anyway, I’m pleased to tell you that I am now enjoying this quilt as it starts to take shape. I am attending a series of classes with the incredibly lovely and talented Jess Frost (The Elven Garden) at my favourite local fabric store Frangipani Fabrics.

It has taken me quite a few hours to get to where I needed to be for my fourth class.

After fixing up my hst border, I have now added on my Border 2 blocks:

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and my Border 3 x-plus blocks:

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The next border is some lovely log cabins!

I’ll be sure to keep you posted,

Deb 😉

ALYoF November Goal

This year is fast coming to an end and I’m starting to run low on energy and motivation.

So my November goal will be a project that HAS to be finished!

For my Modern Quilt Guild’s Christmas Challenge this year, we have to create a Christmas item using the three non-traditional colours of red, grey and aqua. It has to be made using a technique demonstrated at our monthly meetings during the year.

I have chosen paper piecing – my fave!

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This is my first block for what will eventually become a table runner 😉

Linking up to ALYoF @ Fiber of All Sorts

Star Wars Success!

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…IMG_20151028_134749598a quilt was made for a boy by his loving mother for his eighth birthday!

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This quilt was made using the Plus Quilt free tutorial @ For the Love of George. This project was started in March and you can read a previous post about it here.

I used all of my bought-over-the-course-of-twelve-months-with-this-project-in-mind-fabric but the quilt wasn’t quite large enough to pass as a snuggle/lap quilt.

(You can see this in comparison to my daughter’s Cotton & Steel Quilt below.)

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Thankfully I was able to find a matching tone-on-tone red “Pebbles Blender” fabric to use as a border and binding to bring this quilt up to a respectable size of 46″ x 60″.

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I found this great black and white print for the backing which I think helps counteract all that colour on the front!

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I have managed to keep this quilt a secret from my son and it is now hidden away until his birthday in a few weeks time. I hope he will love it!

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This finished quilt is my October goal for a Lovely Year of Finishes.

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Deb 🙂

Goal Link up #13 @ Fiber of All Sorts

Aviatrix Update

It’s time for an update on my Aviatrix Medallion Quilt.

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In my previous post on this project, I had just completed the centre star – a time consuming task involving matching the points on 72 diamonds!

Border #1 is made up of half square triangles and unfortunately this is where I had a few problems…

I sewed with what I thought was a “scant” quarter inch seam but unfortunately, my scant seam turned out to be WAY too scant! I ended up with squares slightly too large and therefore border strips too long. As apparent in the following photo, when I attached these border strips to the medallion centre, I had trouble matching the corner points and the fabric refused to sit flat.

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Note: I originally wasn’t going to show this photo as I felt quite embarrassed that I had made such a simple sewing error! But then I figured, this is my journal and I should be completely honest. And I will check my quarter inch seam diligently from now on!!

After a lot of unpicking and re-sewing (not to mention cursing and swearing!), I have a result I am much happier with 🙂

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I am now quite a bit behind in my Aviatrix Medallion class with Jess Frost (The Elven Garden) so I will be spending quite a few hours in this next fortnight trying to catch up!

I have already made a start on my Border #2

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and Border #3 blocks.

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A question for you : Have you ever made any sewing/quilting errors that you feel embarrassed about?

Come on, be honest and tell me I’m not alone!

Deb 😉

Dog Gone Cute Quilt Finish

Today is my day to share on the Dog Gone Cute Blog Hop.

This is also, coincidentally, my 50th published blog post 😉

A big thanks to Lorna@Sew Fresh Quilts for creating this Dog Gone Cute pattern, and also for hosting the Quilt Along and Blog Hop. I think that many of us have had a lot of fun making our versions of this quilt – I certainly have!

I hope you’ll take the time to visit todays other Blog Hop participants:

Ruth of Charly and Ben’s Crafty Corner
Tanya of Tanya Quilts in Colorado
Laurel of Quilts by Laurel
Kathy of Kathy’s Quilting Blog

For my Dog Gone Cute Quilt, I decided to make my pooches bright and colourful using fabrics from my stash. The background fabric is a Spotlight shot cotton in steel.

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I kept the backing subtle by using a Bear Essentials 2 fabric in soft grey and quilted it by stitching in the ditch around each puppy and filling in the background with some straight line quilting.

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For the binding, I chose a multi-coloured Maude Ashbury “Geofabulous” fabric.

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My finished quilt measures almost exactly 60 inches square.

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My youngest son has been eyeing off this quilt while I’ve been making it so this will be a birthday present for him when he turns 7 in January.

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Finally, here is a photo of our two much loved dogs Sammi and Cain.

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These two incredible companions were our “children” before we had children. Sadly, both of our beloved pooches are no longer with us, but I felt the need to include a photo of them in this post.

On a much happier note, let me introduce you to the newest member of our family, Chilli.

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This almost 6 year old Australian Border Collie x needed a new home and after meeting her, we immediately felt a connection with her. Chilli has been with us now for only a few days but is settling in so well.

We are looking forward to creating a whole new set of happy memories with her 🙂