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 😉

 

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

Dog Gone Cute Quilt Update

I have been sewing up a storm these past few weeks – making up for lost time when my family and I were sick with the flu.

I have finished all of the blocks for my Dog Gone Cute Quilt and added the sashing and borders. Yesterday I basted the quilt top ready for quilting.

Finishing my nine remaining blocks was my September Goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes and I decided earlier this month that I wasn’t going to get caught out by leaving things until the last minute.

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As a participant in the Dog Gone Cute Blog Hop, I need to have this quilt ready for my scheduled reveal on October 13th. You can check out the other Blog Hop participants @ Sew Fresh Quilts.

There’s something about seeing rows of neatly spaced pins on a basted quilt top – maybe it’s the order that appeals to my slightly OCD personality 😉

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Anyway, at the risk of being a bit secretive, I have decided to show you a black and white photo of my finished quilt top.

So here it is – my completed (and more!) September goal for ALYoF:

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I really hope you will come back and visit again in a few weeks to see my finished quilt in colour.

Deb 🙂

September Sewing Goal

There hasn’t been a lot of sewing going on here these past few weeks 😦

Unfortunately, my two boys and myself have been quite sick with a nasty flu virus. We’ve had aches and pains, runny noses and horrible croupy coughs. Thankfully, my husband and daughter managed to avoid this illness.

The good news is that as of today, we are all feeling much better and I am relieved to say that I am eager and excited to get back to my sewing!

The one bit of sewing I can share with you are these cute little zipper pouches I made as party gift bags for my daughter’s recent 10th birthday.

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I had fun using some novelty fabrics and colourful zippers from my stash!

I followed a wonderful tutorial by Katy @ Sweet Verbena. These little pouches are quick and simple to make and the fabric is “quilted” onto felt. I added some little star charms  and filled them with some goodies for the party guests.

Now it’s time to set my September goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes.

As you may be aware, I have joined up to participate in the Dog Gone Cute Blog Hop with the lovely Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts.

My day to share will be October 13th. I have so far finished only three out of the required twelve blocks for this quilt:

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So, my September goal for ALYoF is to have all twelve blocks completed.

I have many more projects on the go and hope to be able to show you my progress in the near future.

Thanks for visiting, Deb 🙂

Cotton & Steel Quilt

I didn’t manage to achieve a finish in time for the July ALYoF party. But as promised, my Swoon Quilt is now complete. You can read about it here.

For my August goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes (link up #56), I set myself the task of a binding “re-do” on my Cotton and Steel Quilt.

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This quilt was originally completed in February 2015.  Looking back, I realise how much I have learned in six months. This quilting addiction/obsession – whatever you want to call it – has hit hard and fast!

I have several reasons for the binding re-do:

Firstly, I was not at all happy with these rounded corners. (Thankfully, I now know how to achieve a nice mitred corner 😉 )

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Secondly, I had some fraying on one part of the binding.

IMG_20150812_143122176I suspect this is because the two raw edges of the folded binding misaligned as I machine sewed them to the front of the quilt.

and Thirdly, just like my Amy Butler Quilt, I really wanted all of the fabrics in this quilt to be from the same fabric line. I didn’t have any surplus navy Cotton & Steel fabric back in February. The navy Spot On Robert Kaufman binding fabric I originally used has now been replaced with Cotton & Steel Basics XOXO in navy. I really like how the x’s appear and disappear around the quilt.

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For the backing, I used some gorgeous coral August Lion and Moonlit Arrow fabrics. I quilted in a crosshatch diagonal pattern.

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This quilt was made following the pattern Hourglass Twist by Karen Lewis. This pattern was featured in Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine, Issue 10.

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This quilt is a birthday gift for my daughter who turns 10 next week.

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Now I have a question for you:

Did you ever “re do” part of a quilt because you weren’t happy with it?

I’d love to hear what your experience has been so please leave me a comment if you’d like to share. Thanks, Deb 🙂

Linking up to A Lovely Year of Finishes @ Fiber of All Sorts and Sew Bittersweet Designs and Let’s Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts.

August Goal for ALYoF

I didn’t manage to finish my Swoon Quilt – my July goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes 😦

This really doesn’t sit too well with me as I don’t like to fail at anything. My husband thinks that maybe this is a good thing and that I should regularly “practise” not reaching my sewing goals in order to take some self imposed pressure off myself – Whhaaat??! I KNOW I can’t do that, so…

I WILL finish off my Swoon Quilt, which is half quilted.

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My August goal is to finish a binding “re-do” on my Cotton & Steel Quilt – a gift for my daughter’s 10th birthday in September. This quilt also deserves a proper post with photos.

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So, here’s to a wonderful August!

I am confident that this month will be successful, Deb 😉

Tote-al Finish

IMG_20150623_133632268Here is my finished Noodlehead Super Tote.

Up until four days ago, I really didn’t think I had any chance of finishing this project before the end of the month.  I almost didn’t even attempt to start it!

But in my usually fashion, I thought….what the heck, I’ll give it a shot!

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I nominated this Super Tote as my June finish for A Lovely Year of Finishes, hoping this would push me along (and thankfully it did).

It is also finish #3 for Q2 of the 2015 Finish Along.

Joining goal oriented ‘linky parties’ like ALYoF and the Finish Along are a great way to get those hard to finish (and hard to start!) projects out of the way.

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I’m a bit late joining the Super Tote party (this pattern was published in 2013) but I’m a big fan.  It’s a great size bag, with plenty of nice details that give it a professional and polished look.

I really love the pleated gussett, recessed zipper, exterior pocket (with magnetic clip) and gathered internal pockets. I chose to omit the piping detail and instead added an extra half inch of contasting Netorious fabric to the pocket lining. This was then folded over and topstitched to the exterior pocket fabric (a tip I found by reading reviews!)

I also added the recommended two layers of interfacing to the exterior fabrics for extra strength. I prefer a sturdy bag that stands up by itself!

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I chose a selection of canvas fabrics – much of it Cloud9 Koi – from my local Spotlight store. I did change my mind from my original fabric selection, opting instead to use a geometric DTD canvas for the main bag fabric and some lovely Koi dragonfly fabric for the exterior pocket.

I used Art Gallery Splendor Birds fabric for the internal pockets.

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Overall I’m pretty happy with this Super Tote and intend to start using it as my everyday bag!

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There’s only one week left in June. Hmmm…

I wonder if I can fit in another finish?

Deb 😉

Linking up to Let’s Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts

A Lovely Year of Finishes

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I have decided to link up to another online goal setting challenge!

A Lovely Year of Finishes is hosted by Shanna of Fibre of All Sorts and Melissa of Sew BitterSweet Designs. For this challenge, I have to list one project and finish it within the month. Should be easy, right?

I have 5 unfinished projects still requiring my attention for Quarter 2 of the 2015 Finish Along, but there are still many other unlisted and unfinished projects sitting nelected in my sewing room!

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My goal for May is to finish quilting and binding my Marcelle Medallion Quilt which has been sitting neglected for far too long!

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This quilt is already basted and I have started quilting it but I really need a big push to get it finished instead of being enticed by new projects (hmm…Churn Dash Quilt ring a bell??!!)

I hope I can do this…

Wish me luck, Deb 🙂