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.

 

WIP Wednesday: The first!

WIP WedIn an effort to blog more regularly I have decided to join in on the WIP Wednesday posts that Lee at Freshly Pieced hosts. Spring has sprung so it’s time to start afresh!

So, what have I been working on?

1. I Spy Quilt

It's all in my head

It’s all in my head

Both of my sisters in law are pregnant (one due any day now, the other within the next month) so it’s been all about baby quilts lately. One quilt is already finished, so this is the second of my future nephew/niece’s quilts. It’s a bit of an improv log cabin idea based around some fussy cut pieces. Still not sure how they will all be joined together yet…this is definitely a work in progress!

2. Aussie Modern Instabee

This month I had the Ninja Star block to complete. I really enjoyed making this block…much less frustrating to my OCD sensibilities than the Trellis Crossroads, but just as pretty.

Ninja Star

Ninja Star

3. Quilt Top In A Day

Jelly Jam

Jelly Jam

Over the weekend I decided to do a bit of stashbusting and used up a mini jelly roll to complete this little baby quilt top. I plan to blog about this once it’s finished.

4. All of the other things

Too many to list…so here’s a picture :)

The To Do List

The To Do List

 

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Completed Pillow

A Bunch of Crosses Pillow

I thought I was all caught up with all my posts about completed projects, but I remembered another little project I have completed in the past 12 months! This was a lovely quick little number that I made for a Kris Kringle/Secret Santa gift in December last year.

If you have read my other posts you may recall this one where I talk about a crocheting Facebook group that I am a member of. It’s such a lovely group to be a part of with lots of very talented ladies (I don’t think we have ANY men in the group…not sure what that says) who are very supportive of each other. So it was decided we could do a secret gift swap amongst those willing to participate. The idea was that it could be a good way to get to know another member a little bit better, and surprise them with something that they might like. The gift did not have to be crocheted, it could be anything we wanted….bought/handmade…anything.

I had recently bought this book  so I thought the idea of a pillow case for my swap partner would be a nice idea, and a little bit different. I knew my partner was an avid crocheter and crafter, but she wasn’t a sewer so I figured I would use my sewing/quilty skills to produce something that would be OK. I also knew her favourite colours were purple and green…and that’s about it.

I decided on the ‘A Bunch of Crosses’ pattern by Katy Jones of I’m a Ginger Monkey fame. I love the pattern for its simplicity and the possibility to have fun with fabrics. I also knew I could cope with the simple straight line quilting it would need. So of course first up it was about getting together some fabrics that I thought my partner would like.

Completed pillow top

Completed pillow top

I loved using the newsprint in this project, it’s such a fave of mine and I was glad I had enough left over from this quilt.

Next I decided on my backing and started on some straight line horizontal quilting. The backing was a lovely Saffron Craig Dandelion print. I was very excited that I had received my Wonderclips as well, so this was the first opportunity to use them when adding my binding.

Wonderclips and binding

Wonderclips and binding

I love the lime green binding. I chose that colour as it picked up the lime green in the dark purple print I used in the pillow top. It helped that my swap partner also liked green…not sure she was expecting lime green though!

Unfortunately I didn’t have a pillow insert to take a final picture, but here is the finished product.

Completed Pillow

Completed Pillow

A closer look at the backing

A closer look at the backing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really enjoyed this pattern and I think I need to make a few more…this time to keep in our house!

 

Celebration Quilt

I think this quilt…I like to call it the Celebration Quilt…may be the last of the projects that I completed prior to the arrival of Peanut that I hadn’t already posted about. Like the earlier baby quilts, I was commissioned by a friend to make this for her first grandchild. Being paid for my work, and for a friend does add a bit of pressure, but I really did love the challenge of it all. And there was nothing like the deadline of the due date of my own baby to get me moving with this project!

This quilt was for a newly arrived baby boy and the brief was to include bubba’s name (a shortened version) and influences of his lineage which included Australian, South African, Greek, and Jewish. Initially that sounded like a pretty tough challenge but after careful thought I decided to use fabrics to represent the heritage aspects. I had recently discovered Spoonflower and figured that would be my best bet for finding fabrics suitable for this project. Boy was I right! I was able to get 8 different prints (each heritage influence was represented by 2 different fabrics) printed and delivered for the same cost as it would have been to buy here in Australia. The fact I was able to get it all from one site was the best thing as I really didn’t have time to schlep around Sydney to find what I was looking for!

After consulting with Jenn we came up with a design she was happy with, and fortunately I found a Melly & Me pattern similar to the bunting design quilt she wanted so I ended up using that. We mixed in some bright solids/print fabrics with the Spoonflower fabrics and a fabulous candy red and white stripe for the bunting tape.

Celebration Baby Quilt

Celebration Baby Quilt

I ended up machine appliquéing bug’s name onto the quilt with a simple zigzag stitch.

Applique and straight line quilting

Applique and straight line quilting

For this quilt I decided to try my hand at machine quilting. I knew I could cope with straight lines, and ended up deciding on stitching them 1″ apart. Phew…what a mammoth effort that was! Especially as I decided to just quilt in the grey area!! So many threads to bury once it was finished! I love the red & white stripe fabric in there..so much fun.

I realise now I didn’t get a good shot of the backing fabric which I loved, but here is a progress shot from when I was hand stitching the binding so you have an idea of what it was like. Don’t you love those dreidels!

Binding & backing

Binding & backing

Baby Alex has had this quilt for a year now. I know Grandma and Mum were both thrilled to receive it. I hope he has been snuggling up in it during these chilly days and nights.

Quilt Details

Pattern: Celebration Bunting Quilt by Melly & Me

Dimensions: 54″ x 74″

Fabrics: Spoonflower and my stash

Quilting: Straight line quilting on grey background 1″ apart, Aurifil 40wt colour 2606.

 

Update 30.7.2014 :

If you would like to see the fabrics from Spoonflower I used for the heritage influences check out my Pinterest board here.

A package full of bright fun

Getting up to date!

Another retrospective post. Just like yesterday’s post, today is all about getting you up to date with other quilts that have been finished in the past year or so.

I have a habit of finishing quilts for others but the one’s for myself tend to stay stagnant! Do you do that too, or are you a good finisher? I’m working on being much more focussed on finishing this year and not going….oh look, squirrel!!

One of my besties asked me to make a couple of quilts for the new bubs in her extended family for Christmas 2012. This was actually going to be the first time I was going to be paid for my work, so there was a little bit of pressure but generally I embraced the challenge. And although my friend didn’t know it at the time, I had recently found out I was FINALLY pregnant with Peanut so I was very excited to be making baby stuff!

I decided to use the same pattern for each quilt. As quilting was still so new to me I didn’t feel comfortable to make up my own design, so I decided on a simple pinwheel pattern for the quilt. A friend of mine in my quilting class had just finished a baby quilt using this pattern, so I decided to do the same. As the new additions to the family were a baby boy and a baby girl it meant I could make gender specific quilts. Funnily enough I found it really easy to choose fabrics for the boy quilt, but struggled for the girl….I thought that was a sign, I must be having a boy! Ha, so wrong!

Baby boy quilt

Baby boy quilt

I think you can see the pattern design better in the girl quilt.

Baby Girl Quilt

Baby Girl Quilt

I also love the backing fabrics for these…particularly the boy’s quilt.

Fun backing

Fun backing

A bit more subdued backing

A bit more subdued backing

I decided to hand quilt these as I was not feeling confident to machine quilt at this early stage. I love hand quilting so much. I kept a very simple design of concentric circles in the large squares, with just a small circle in the pinwheel blocks. You can see the quilting a bit better in the pictures below.

Of course, being gifts they had to be presented well. It was great to make something for someone else to gift. I hope the recipients love these quilts as much as I do.

A package full of bright fun

A package full of bright fun

Soft pink fabulousness

Soft pink fabulousness

Finished quilt size: 37″ x 48″