Swoon Finish

I finally finished my Swoon Quilt. This quilt has been lingering about for what seems forever so it feels really good to be finished!

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This quilt was to be my July finish for A Lovely Year of Finishes but I missed the deadline by a few weeks. It is also one of my Q3 goals for the 2015 Finish Along so at least I can cross this one off that list!

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I made this quilt using a variety of yellow and aqua/teal fabrics, many of them from Joel Dewberry’s Notting Hill Citrine collection. I really feel as though I have stepped out of my comfort zone with this quilt.  It’s definitely not my usual style or choice of colour but I am happy with the final result.

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For the backing and binding I used a pretty aqua Bear Essentials fabric.

I really had no advance plan when I began quilting this quilt. I firstly outlined the centre star of the swoon “flower” and then stitched diagonally, horizontally and vertically between these stars without ever intersecting them (I had a lot of threads to bury!) I also eventually stitched in the ditch around each outer star.

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The result I think is simple, yet effective.

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I have quite a few classes and Quilt Alongs planned for the coming months so I am relieved to finally cross this quilt off my long list of WIP’s!

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Until next time, Deb 🙂

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

A Few Bumps in the Road

This has been a STRANGE week for me…

With the onset of winter down here in Tasmania, Australia, my car decided to NOT start in the mornings due to the cold.  It is still currently at the mechanics and I have been without a car for the better part of a week. Thankfully, we have the school bus at our doorstep but I have missed several appointments and my monthly Modern Quilt Guild meeting-Arghh!!

Also, we were without home internet connection for four – repeat, FOUR!! – days! (Not a good start to the New Quilters Blog Hop) By Friday, after two days sans internet, I was ready to call the whole thing off!

So we took our little old caravan and family away for a long weekend to Bruny Island and “got away from it all”. We went on a 14km bushwalk which took us nearly seven hours to complete. IMG_20150607_124934699_HDR And when we got home, the internet connection had finally been restored!

On a positive note, while I have been “house bound”, I have managed to get quite a bit of sewing done. I finally finished my Swoon Quilt top.

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I will admit to feeling relieved that this quilt top has been completed.  I had some trouble with bulky seams and my little machine really “clunked” over some of them.

IMG_20150610_102844932 Anyway, this pretty green and yellow quilt is not my usual style but I am happy with the chosen colour palette.

IMG_20150610_102856779A lot of the fabrics are by Joel Dewberry and mostly from my stash.

IMG_20150610_080928541I hope to get it quilted within the next few weeks but have a long list of must do’s before then!

2015 New Quilt Bloggers GroupFinally, I want to say a big hello to all participants in the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Hop!   I am excited about my involvement in this group and really look forward to visiting everyone’s blogs in the coming months. Thank you to those of you who are following my blog either on bloglovin’ or by email. I really hope that I can entice you to visit again soon!

I also want to say a HUGE thanks to our wonderful hosts:

Cheryl@Meadow Mist Designs

Yvonne@Quilting Jetgirl

Stephanie@Late Night Quilter, and

Terri Ann@Childlike Fascination.

I know we are all incredibly grateful for the generosity, support and encouragement these lovely ladies are providing to us newbie bloggers/quilters.

I’m hoping this week will be a great one, Deb 🙂

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

My FAL Progress and what Snuggles did…!!

Hi all,

I have REALLY been trying to stay focused and ONLY work on my listed projects for Quarter 2 of the 2015 Finish-Along (FAL). See my post here.

As shown in my previous post, 15 of my Autumn Leaves (aka Modern Maples) Quilt blocks have been pieced.  I am awaiting the delivery of one more Tula Pink FQ, which I purchased on ebay.  How wonderful if would be if I had more fabric from this beautiful Moonshine collection (…sigh!) but alas, my finances don’t stretch that far and so I will have to make do with six.

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And really, that’s ok!!

I finished one more block for my Swoon Quilt although I wasn’t particularly happy with how my seams lined up.

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Hopefully, once it’s all put together and quilted, these little imperfections won’t be as noticeable. I seem to be giving myself a really hard time at the moment when things aren’t perfect. I need to remember that I am only very new at this and I have a long way to go and much to learn!

Finally, I am almost half way through quilting my Crazy Orange Quilt.  I am doing some chevron straight line quilting and it is taking what seems like forever!

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IMG_20150414_173123527I am using Poly-wool batting for the first time (was 40% off) and an animal print flannelette (also marked down!) for the backing fabric.

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I am hoping that this quilt will end up really soft and snuggly, perfect for use on the couch in winter!

And now…what Snuggles did…

I turned my back for a second (well, ok, maybe a few minutes!) and our sweet little bunny started chewing on my sewing machine cord!  Not right through, fortunately for my machine and for Snuggles, but all along the cord so that you could see the copper wire in several places.

Let me tell you, the thought of being without my sewing machine was HORRIFYING!!!!

Luckily for me, my clever hubby is pretty good at fixing things so he chopped the cord off short (so now I have to use an extension cord all the time) and covered the remaining cord with some protective tubing in case Snuggles gets another chance.

I wish I had thought to take a before photo (perhaps I was in shock!) but here’s what it looks like now :

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And here is Snuggles.

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I wonder how many lives a rabbit has?? 🙂 Deb