WIP Wednesday (on a Thursday): The twelfth

WIP Wed

OK, so pretty much the past month’s blogging has just been my WIP Wednesday posts….great consistency, but really boring, right?? I have had many thoughts on posts to write, but my gut was telling me I was just whining (a couple of disappointments lately) and I have learned to follow my instinct. I’m sure that was the right thing to do, for my own sake as well as you lovely readers!

So, to overcome the disappointment I have channeled my energy into preparing for Christmas. This ‘being organised’ thing has not been me in the past, but I have learned that Peanut just doesn’t work with ‘let’s just do it at the last minute’ …again, I trust my instinct. So, I have been writing lists, ordering gifts, and even making gifts. I just need to plan the food side of things and we should be sorted (albeit the execution will still need to happen)….but I’m feeling a little virtuous.

Pictures I hear you say…stop talking/writing and show me pictures!!

OK…a sneaky look at Christmas presents…

Old MacDonald's farm coming together

Old MacDonald’s farm coming together

1. Aviatrix Medallion

Nothing…I still need to source the blue Pearl Bracelets i have run out of.

2. I Spy Quilt

Still hand quilting

2. Aussie Modern Instabee

I’ve started on November’s block…a Triple Star

Triple Star..the beginning

Triple Star..the beginning

3. Secret Solid Project

{cough, cough} …next

4. Other Secret Quilt

Oh dear!

5. SYDMQG 2015 Quilt

Another column received…so things are coming together

6. All the other things

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.

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced though I am very embarrassed at this post!!!

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WIP Wednesday (on a Thursday): The eleventh

WIP Wed

Oh dear…..not much of anything this week.

1. Aviatrix Medallion

Nothing

2. I Spy Quilt

Started hand quilting.

2. Aussie Modern Instabee

Nada

3. Secret Solid Project

Oh dear….MUST.GET.ACT.TOGETHER

4. Other Secret Quilt

Sloooooooowwww progress

5. SYDMQG 2015 Quilt

Zip!

6. All the other things

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.

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced though I am very embarrassed at this post!!!

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WIP Wednesday : The tenth

WIP Wed

Cutting to the chase today as it’s late in the night.

1. Aviatrix Medallion

With the centre medallion completed my plan was to get all the fabric cut so I could progress with the borders.

All the cutting....

All the cutting….

I got a reasonable amount done but have since discovered one of my blue fabrics is short …. I need to find me some more of that blue pearl bracelets you can see a piece of in my plan!!!

2. I Spy Quilt

Basted ready for hand quilting.

Basted!

Basted!

2. Aussie Modern Instabee

Oops haven’t downloaded a picture of October’s block yet. Sorry, next week I will have it.

This month’s block is the Triple Star. I’ve been looking forward to that one. Must start thinking about the fabrics.

3. Secret Solid Project

Another block completed….

4. Other Secret Quilt

Began testing the pattern over the past couple of days. May have had a brain wave this evening …. need to test a new idea on how to piece one section. I must say I am happy with how it is looking so far though.

5. SYDMQG 2015 Quilt

Nothing further on this…may start cutting the background and piecing the blocks I have at some point.

6. All the other things

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.

In other news, I have also been going through the videos of an online course I purchased through Creative Live. It’s a course on using Adobe Illustrator and so far it’s been fabulous.

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

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WIP Wednesday : The ninth

WIP Wed

The weeks seem to fly by…I can not believe it’s time for another WIP Wednesday! I am managing to sneak in bits of sewing each day…mostly at night while Peanut is having a good long sleep. A little bit is better than nothing though!

So, what’s my progress been like…

1. Aviatrix Medallion

This is where all the work has been this week so I have moved it to the top of the list. EPP piecing finished and we have one complete medallion!

Centre Medallion

Centre Medallion

Part of me is wishing I had perservered with machine piecing this. But then, given I don’t get a lot of time during the day at the machine, I’m not sure I would have gotten this far in a week if I had. I will attempt to machine piece another medallion at some point…maybe for a cushion, maybe for the back???

2. I Spy Quilt

Nothing further on this except that I have cut the batting to size this week.

ISpy + Backing

Front and back sneaky peek

2. Aussie Modern Instabee

I have had a finish here! October bee block is complete and been mailed off. A few sneaky pics were posted on Instagram for the recipient to see over the weekend…here and here

And the finished block… I will show you next week when I know it has been received.

3. Secret Solid Project

The cutting continues…and some more sewing was done. I need to work faster!!

Cutting all the solids...the beginning

Cutting all the solids…the beginning

Secret Solids...the beginning

Secret Solids…the beginning

4. SYDMQG 2015 Quilt

Nothing further on this…may start cutting the background and piecing the blocks I have at some point.

5. All the other things

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 – I did make corrections on my initial pattern this week, but I do need to actually test this out now!

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

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A scrappy binding

Blogger’s Quilt Festival 2014: Circus Circus

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Look at me! Entering a second quilt in the  Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy’s Creative Side!

This quilt, Circus Circus, was finished only a few months ago now as a gift for our little nephew on his arrival to the world. The original post is here.

I first started this quilt when I was pregnant with our little girl. It sat stagnant for a while but I’m so pleased it’s completed, and I’m so in love with it. It’s perfect for baby S.

Circus Circus Quilt

Circus Circus Quilt

Peanut wanted to help??

Peanut wanted to help??

Helping again?

Helping again?

I machine quilted it on my little domestic machine, and while it was challenging because of the size, I am so happy with the finished product.

Bears on skates are fun!

Bears on skates are fun!

Wonky Square Border

Wonky Square Border

Dotty backing

Dotty backing

A scrappy binding

A scrappy binding

I love how bright and cheery this quilt is.

I love how bright and cheery this quilt is.

 

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!

So, if you have read this far…thank you, especially if you are already familiar with this quilt. If you like my quilt, why not throw a nomination my way by clicking here. Thanks lovely peoples.

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Shattered Star hand quilted

Blogger’s Quilt Festival 2014: My Shattered Star

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I’ve watched from afar the past two years of the Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy’s Creative Side, in awe of everyone else’s talent. This year I have decided to jump in and throw my hat in the ring. I’m proud of the finished quilts I have produced recently so why not show them off a bit, right?

If you have followed my posts this year you will already be familiar with this quilt, as I posted about it here. I’ve decided to enter the Shattered Star quilt in the small category. At 46″ x 46″ it seemed to make sense.

Shattered Star

Shattered Star

I can’t take credit for the pattern. The pattern was designed by my talented friend, Penny Poppleton and I was very happy to test the small size for her despite never having done that many HST’s before!

Hand quilted

Hand quilted

I am most proud of the hand quilting on this. It took a while but it was well worth it.

Pieced back

Pieced back

The homely touch

The perfect binding

So, if you have read this far…thank you, especially if you are already familiar with this quilt :) and if you like my little quilt, why not throw a nomination my way by clicking here. Thanks lovely peoples.

Details of the quilt:

Finished size: 46″ x 46″

Pattern: Shattered Star by Penny Poppleton

Main fabrics: A selection of about 20 fabrics from my stash

Background: Kona Snow

Backing : Mostly Posy by Aneela Hoey plus pieced section from stash

Binding: Summersville Spring

Quilting: Hand quilted with Aurifil 12wt 2021

Gratuitous 'arty' shot

Gratuitous ‘arty’ shot…with the exception of the ugly clothesline handle!

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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.

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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.