ISpy + Backing

WIP Wednesday : The eighth

WIP Wed

What a difference a week makes! Peanut has had a much better week emotionally and as a result I am feeling much better, and I’ve managed to get quite a bit done (at least quite a bit in MY world).

1. I Spy Quilt

Borders are on, and I have found the best backing! It’s also a wide backing so I will probably have enough left over to make either a dress or skirt for Peanut, and/or back another baby quilt!

ISpy + Backing

2. Aussie Modern Instabee

I’ve actually started pulling fabrics…Yay!

3. Secret Solid Project

Lots of cutting this week.

Cutting all the solids...the beginning

Cutting all the solids…the beginning

Secret Solids...the beginning

Secret Solids…the beginning

4. Aviatrix Medallion

Still working on the centre medallion. EPP might be a bit slower but I still think it means I will actually get to work on this quilt.

Making paper pieces

Making paper pieces

 

An alternative way of doing things

An alternative way of doing things

6. SYDMQG 2015 Quilt

I finished all my green blocks for the quilt, and I have received two other people’s completed columns. Just six more to get now!

Green Blocks

Green Blocks

 7. All the other things

The biggest thing this week was that I completed the rebrand and relaunch of the Sydney Modern Quilt Group blog and we also launched on instagram! If you are interested in seeing what some of the quilters in Sydney, Australia are up to why not check out our blog or follow us on Instagram.

The rest of my WIPs/PHDs that have been stagnant this week:

Jelly Jam Quilt

Green Tea and Sweet Beans

Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Secret mini quilt.

Other Secret Quilt

As usual, I am linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday : The seventh

WIP Wed

Wow, seven consecutive weeks of posting on a Wednesday…I am impressing myself!

Only small snippets of sewing have been done here and there this week. Peanut has had a tough week. She seems to be on an emotional rollercoaster at the moment, and as a result so am I. It’s forced me to take a good look at how and why I do some things, and I’ve spent some time assessing what can be done to improve both mine and Peanut’s state at the moment. This is my most important WIP right now!

1. I Spy Quilt

No progress this week.

Rainbow I Spy

Rainbow I Spy

2. Aussie Modern Instabee

Nothing here either.

3. Secret Solid Project

Definite progress happening…lots more to go.

Secret Solids...the beginning

Secret Solids…the beginning

4. Quilt Top In A Day

Jelly Jam

Jelly Jam

Still no further progress with this one.

5. Aviatrix Medallion

I can’t believe there is progress on this, but happy to say there is.

Made my own paper pieces for the centre medallion. I was just finding the cutting and piecing by machine too fiddly, and with little time at the machine I thought a hand sewing project would be done faster.

Making paper pieces

Making paper pieces

 

6. SYDMQG 2015 Quilt

This week I also started work on my blocks for the SYDMQG group quilt for 2015. You will probably be hearing more about that soon.

Green Blocks

Green Blocks

 

As usual, I am linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Finish Along 2014- Q4 List

I can’t believe we are in the last quarter of 2014! Time goes by so fast!!

Well, the Q3 FAL 2014 list only saw 2 out of 3 PHD’s completed for the quarter! I am so happy with that. Being more realistic about what can be achieved in a time frame is so much more satisfying in the long run (for me at least).

1. I Spy Quilt

Top priority is the baby quilt for my new niece.

Rainbow I Spy

Rainbow I Spy

Borders need to be added to complete the quilt top, then it’s just quilting and binding to go!

2. Secret Solids Project

I won’t be able to say much about this one, but it is a lap quilt that has been started and has to be completed before the end of the year! It’s all machine paper pieced, and my first all solids project ever!

Some sneak peeks…

Secret Solids...the beginning

Secret Solids…the beginning

The cutting has begun

The cutting has begun

I have completed one block for this quilt so far…8 blocks and 3 half blocks to go!

I seriously contemplated adding a third project to the list, but I have to be realistic. I’d like to actually complete a full FAL list, and given the time my little girl gives me to sew I think these two projects will keep me busy. Oh there will be other sewing happening…but I think these two will be completed!

If you are interested in linking up to the FAL, please check out Katy’s blog The Littlest Thistle for all the deets.

WIP Wednesday (on a Thursday): The sixth

WIP Wed

 

1. I Spy Quilt

The rows are all sewn together and now it’s time to add a border to get this to a slightly bigger toddler bed appropriate size as I want this to be more than just a baby quilt.

BTW: SIL had a little girl!! The bling on this quilt is so appropriate now :)

Rainbow I Spy

Rainbow I Spy

2. Aussie Modern Instabee

No further progress on October, must get cracking!

3. Secret Solid Project

A new WIP to add to the currently active list. This is something I am quite excited about but I can’t share too much just yet, except for this little teaser…

Secret Solids...the beginning

Secret Solids…the beginning

4. Quilt Top In A Day

Jelly Jam

Jelly Jam

Still no further progress with this one.

5. All of the other things

Writing up my first pattern that I need to test soon after. You will see more in the coming months.

Aviatrix Medallion – progress stalled. Decided on paper piecing the centre medallion. Now I just need some papers.

As usual, I am linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday: The fifth

WIP Wed

Woohoo to writing this post on a Wednesday! Peanut has been asleep for 30mins so I figure I have another 15mins to take advantage of (based on her recent non-napping history).

Unfortunately though there’s not been much WIPing going on this week (see sentence above).

1. I Spy Quilt

I have one more row left to complete. Baby is still inside though so no pressure just yet!…

Update - since writing this post at lunchtime (it’s now 7pm) I’ve since heard my SIL is doing laps of the birthing pool!!! Now there’s some pressure.

So pleased I've added a bit of bling to this quilt

So pleased I’ve added a bit of bling to this quilt

2. Aussie Modern Instabee

No further progress on October, but as it’s the first of the month today I think that’s ok.

3. Quilt Top In A Day

Jelly Jam

Jelly Jam

Still no further progress with this one.

4. All of the other things

More SYDMQG 2015 work. Some changes afoot….

As usual, I am linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

A scrappy binding

Circus Circus!

I’m just sneaking in to the end of Q3 with another FAL 2014 finish!

This quilt has been finished for a little while, but we were waiting on our little nephew to make an appearance before I wrote about it. Yep, another baby quilt, although once again I have made it much larger than your traditional cot size quilt.

This quilt was made from a kit I bought from my LQS when I was pregnant with Peanut. At the time it felt like just the right thing to buy in anticipation of our little one’s arrival, but after she arrived it just didn’t seem to fit anymore. So, on the PHD pile it went!

When my sister in law told us she was having another boy, I knew this quilt was just right for the little man that was going to arrive. And two weeks ago baby S arrived, and the quilt was already finished! I’ve sent pictures to my SIL, so it’s now safe to share it here. We just have to wait until we get back to the UK to actually gift it…..or I may risk Australia Post…not sure!

Show some pictures already I hear you say!

The full quilt

The full quilt

My little girl loves this quilt and tried to help me shoot it…sort of!

Peanut wanted to help??

Peanut wanted to help??

Helping again?

Helping again?

The fabrics used in the kit were all Kokka fabrics but I’m unsure of the name of the prints. The fussy cut squares were all from one print though and had such cute images on them. The white fabric is actually a linen. I was cursing it when I was doing the piecing because with the looser weave of the linen the piecing could be quite challenging. And at times quilting it was frustrating because of the movement of the linen, but in the end I’m really pleased with it as it gives the quilt a beautiful feel…so soft!

Bears on skates are fun!

Bears on skates are fun!

You can almost see in the image above where I started my off-centre square quilting (stitched in the ditch around the square with the penguin in it and then kept moving out from this, quilting a square outside a square with one inch spacing).

The backing was also something I had in my stash and was perfect for this quilt. No pieced backing this time.

Dotty backing

Dotty backing

I love the scrappy binding and the wonky square border.

A scrappy binding

A scrappy binding

Wonky Square Border

Wonky Square Border

The colours in this quilt are just divine. So happy and cheerful for a young child. I can’t wait to give this to Baby S. I hope he enjoys snuggling in it for many years to come.

Details of the quilt:

Title: Circus Circus

Size: 55.5″ x 68″

Pattern: Based on Fussy Fairytales by Kate Conklin Designs

Fabric: Various prints from Kokka Fabrics plus a white linen for background contained in kit from my LQS  Cottage Quiltworks

Quilting: Off centre square quilting on domestic machine using Aurifil 40wt, colour 2021

Binding: Machine stitched with Aurifil 40wt, colour 2021

Backing: Green with Purple Dot print from Kokka Fabrics

Favourite Part: The fussy cut squares and the overall finish. Surprised myself with the quilting!

I love how bright and cheery this quilt is.

I love how bright and cheery this quilt is.

WIP Wednesday (on a Thursday): The fourth

WIP Wed

Writing these WIP Wednesday posts on a Thursday seems to be becoming a habit. Peanut’s daytime sleep has been all over the place since she got sick, so I have had little time to do anything unfortunately. The little time I had this past week was used for SYDMQG planning. My sew-jo didn’t even turn up for our Sit-n-Sew meeting on Saturday!! Crazy week all round. So, where am I up to?

1. I Spy Quilt

Not a lot of progress since last week. 3 rows completed and that’s it.

So pleased I've added a bit of bling to this quilt

So pleased I’ve added a bit of bling to this quilt

2. Aussie Modern Instabee

I’ve gotten as far as opening the book to plan for the October block, which is Stacked Windmills. I was trying to get ahead of the game, but it didn’t happen.

3. Quilt Top In A Day

Jelly Jam

Jelly Jam

Still no further progress with this one.

4. All of the other things

Mostly it’s been about getting things together for SYDMQG 2015 plans. Some changes afoot….

As usual, I am linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

So pleased I've added a bit of bling to this quilt

WIP Wednesday (on a Thursday): The third

WIP WedMy commitment to WIP Wednesday posts that Lee at Freshly Pieced hosts continues although it’s once again Thursday here in Sydney. Peanut has been unwell with hand, foot and mouth this week…ugh, I really didn’t want her to ever get this. For some reason it gives me the same shivers as head lice!! She had high temps for the first time ever over the weekend, and she just wasn’t her normal adorable self. Today she seems to be getting back to normal though thank goodness.

Despite Peanut not being well, I have managed a little bit of sewing.

1. I Spy Quilt

It's all in my head

It’s all in my head

I’ve finished the initial round of logs on all the blocks and am now working on getting them all to a final size of 81/2″ unfinished. I have fallen in love with these blocks. I can’t wait to pull it all together. But I have to get cracking as SIL is due in two weeks!

So pleased I've added a bit of bling to this quilt

So pleased I’ve added a bit of bling to this quilt

2. Aussie Modern Instabee

Yay, I have actually completed my block for the month. It will be posted today.

Come Together block

Come Together block

3. Quilt Top In A Day

Jelly Jam

Jelly Jam

No further progress with this one.

4. All of the other things

The arrival of some special fabric this week is very exciting. I have a couple of super dooper projects to get onto this month!!

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wed

WIP Wednesday (on a Thursday): The second

WIP WedLast week I started on my commitment to post more regularly by commencing with the WIP Wednesday posts that Lee at Freshly Pieced hosts. Unfortunately yesterday I was suffering with a persistent headache that I still haven;t completely shaken. I missed posting yesterday but I think it’s still Wednesday in the US so figure this can still count :)

I’ve really only been working on one WIP this past week….

1. I Spy Quilt

It's all in my head

It’s all in my head

I have completed 29 of 35 of these improv log cabin blocks as of yesterday. They are all different sizes at the moment so they will all need an extra log (so to speak) attached to them. Once that’s done they will all be trimmed back to be a consistent size. So, while the three squares of logs are consistently 1/2″ wide at the moment, the outer log will vary in width depending on the original size of the block. Then I will need to decide on a border fabric…I’m thinking a natural linen at the moment…just don’t have any in my stash!!

2. Aussie Modern Instabee

No progress on this month’s block yet. Need to get onto that!

3. Quilt Top In A Day

Jelly Jam

Jelly Jam

No further progress with this one.

4. All of the other things

Slowly but surely I will get to them, but at least these posts will keep me honest.

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Shoulder ties

A little birdie dress.

Side 1

Side 1

It has been almost two years since I made a piece of clothing….I have a number of projects almost complete…but this one is the first that has been completed in an age! I always seem to be much better at completion of projects when the finished product is for someone else other than me!

It’s also a lot easier to finish something when it’s only an itty bitty Size 1. This little dress was a birthday present for one of my good friend’s daughter’s first birthday. Baby A is a third child, but the first girl so I just had to make her a little dress. With the weather starting to warm up her in Australia, a little summer dress was needed!

I had bought this pattern for a simple, reversible A-line dress earlier in the year (of course with the plan to make a dress for my little girl). This was the perfect excuse to try it out. I was also determined to use fabric from my stash…so I was pleasantly surprised to find two fabrics that complemented each other quite well.

Side with pockets

Side with pockets

The pattern itself is very easy to follow, and it’s so quick to make up. I made this up over a few days during my little one’s daytime naps…so all up it probably only took around 6 hours. I did leave off the applique design on one side of the dress though. I thought the birdy fabric just needed to shine on it’s own.

I love the shoulder ties on this dress. It means the dress will be easy to adjust for a reasonable fit even if the dress is a little big at the moment (baby A is such a petite little thing).

Shoulder ties

Shoulder ties

It’s also a great trans-seasonal dress. I can easily see this being worn over a long sleeve top/onesie with tights on cooler days. I tried to keep the fabric choices appropriate for this as well.

Pockets detail

Pocket detail

One thing I did learn whilst making this dress up was that my little sewing machine has become something of a thread-snob!! It’s been so used to having Aurifil running through it’s veins over the past two years while I have been making quilts, that when I put a polyester thread (one I have used many times before while dressmaking) the tension just went nuts!! So I guess I have to stick to the good stuff if I want my machine to continue to run well (I really don’t have a problem with that!)

I love this little dress, and I have actually picked out fabric from my stash to make my little girl a dress in this pattern as well. So watch this space for an update on that.