21 October 2015

merry christmas ya filthy animal

i've been working on this cushion design over the last few weeks

home alone 1 and 2 were my son's favourite movies for such a long time
i've seen them so many times, i could recite them verbatim

my son is not far from turning 21, he's no longer my little boy

this cushion will be a nice reminder each christmas of the boy he once was
and the super young man he has become

22 September 2015

grandmother's flower garden

it's an oldie but a goodie isn't it
at some point most quilters want to be able to make one of these

i started mine in March this year
on a holiday at the beach in Adelaide

i did post a little about this before
and my pics have been on instagram, if you follow me there

i'm using mostly 1930's reproductions in muted tones of green, blue, pink and purple

i love the yellow one, but it's been given the flick

it will be a long term project that i'll pick up when i've got time
i'm in no hurry

only 10 flowers done so far 

i like this layout
not a true garden path, just stepping stones

date started:  28 March 2015
hexie size:  1"

17 September 2015

a quilt, a doll and a dame

i've entered a quilt into a competition - the royal melbourne show

it's the first quilt competition i've ever entered 
 i'm not sure if i'm ready
i'm excited and a bit scared about what they are going to say
it's far from perfect

i'm really happy with my piecing, but my quilting leaves a lot to be desired, 
quilting is the least liked parts of making quilts for me

i think i need to make friends with a local longarm quilter
why doesn't trudi wood live in melbourne?
she's my favourite longarmer in the whole world

i've only been quilting for 2 1/2 years so i know i still have a lifetime of stuff to learn
but competitions are fun and having a deadline is helpful 

it's a giant dresden plate
the pattern is by lynne goldsworthy of lilysquilts

i've also made an entry for the handmade doll section
this one will be donated to the children's hospital after the competition
this isn't a first, i do this each year

she's so cute
i hope she is loved by her new owner

and that panda brooch ... i need to make another one of those

 i'm also entering the dame edna doll i made for the reginald competition
just because she's a bit of a show off ...
and she's so sparkly!

i was going to enter her last year, but i was away in new york (how awful)
so she stayed at home, in her little house in moonee ponds

i hope she makes the judges laugh

12 August 2015

i'm smitten

i've started a smitten quilt
it's designed by lucy carson kingwell 

i'm making mine using epp
i purchased the pattern and pieces from paperpieces.com

this is lucy's quilt

it's made up of large and small hexagons

i love how all the pieces look before they are stitched together

these are some of my hexagons so far

the first couple are large hexagons

oops, i got a bit carried away stitching these diamonds!

and these are some of my small hexagons

three of the small hexagons are stitched together
to make a large hexagon
(as well as three extra diamonds)

there are 53 large hexagons in this quilt,
6 half hexagons and
12 side triangles

i have a long way to go!

date started:  14 June 2015

16 July 2015

pinwheels and rail fences

i finally finished a quilt

this year i have been trying to empty my ufo basket
and i'm definitely getting there, but i still have a long way to go

even after deciding i was definitely going to finish this quilt,
it still took me 16 weeks to actually do it
i'm a serious slow stitcher and i get distracted easily

this quilt was a special one, it was for my daughter
i gave her the unfinished top for her 10th birthday ... she is now 11 and a half   :(

there are a couple of reasons it took so long

firstly, it probably spent a lot more time than it should've in the ufo basket

but the main reason was because i had decided to hand quilt the whole thing
what was i thinking?

i tried one block in a baptist fan, but it was taking hours and hours
i'm a fan of hand stitching but this was a much, much larger task than i had imagined

i decided it was ridiculous to think i could hand quilt the whole thing
so i unpicked the hand quilting i started
and took it to my machine for some straight stitching

i must've made a mistake when i was straightening up this block 
and just stitched it back on!

added some finishing touches with some big stitching using perle 8 on the pinwheels
this took quite some time, but it was worth it in the end

once the hand stitching was done
i trimmed it up and added some scrappy binding

... if you look closely this is the block that had the mistake stitched back on
i bet you didn't even noticed until you read this

and voila, it's done, finished and i have one really happy little girl
(and a puppy who likes to be in photos)

... and this is the back, just in case you were wondering

date started:  20 September 2013
date completed:  7 July 2015
quilt size:  61" x 80"
fabric for top: posy by aneela hoey
fabric for backing:  posy by aneela hoey
batting:  cotton
fabric for binding:  scrappy from leftover jelly roll of posy by aneela hoey
length of binding:  298" (756cm)