Friday, March 20, 2015

Red and Blue Baby Quilt

I am quite impressed with my efforts to quilt this one as I do not enjoy machine quilting at all.

The blocks are 12" on the diagonal and my straight-line quilting is 4" apart.

And I found some really 'unexpected' fabric for the binding which I like lots! It is now attached, so I am set up for some hand sewing. If only my splint was one finger over, I would have a built in thimble.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Birds and Flowers

I am still avoiding the frog and turtle blocks in the Elephant Parade, but I have made the bird and flower blocks.

Next - the smaller elephants.

Oh, and I have a broken finger. It involved opening a locked door at school. And it hurt but not so much I thought it was broken. X-rays show it is - in the top joint. It is in a split full-time for 5 more weeks and then part-time after that. It's more of a nuisance than anything and it could be a lot worse so I can't complain!

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

A Pineapple and an Elephant (or five)

I think this pineapple featured in one of those weekly emails from a fabric shop. Pineapples remind me of Hawaii, and I do love Hawaiian holidays.

Anyway, the original free pattern and instructions can be found here at Sassafras Lane Designs. I am yet to quilt and bind my effort.

Now the elephants I saw in a link on Lee's Wednesday WIP @ Freshly Pieced. They come from Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts. When I saw the pattern, I thought I really couldn't be bothered with all that cutting - couldn't it just be paper-pieced. I googled paper-pieced elephants and they all had millions more pieces! So I cut just enough for one, to test it out.

I found it went from this to this ...

and then to this ...

... fairly painlessly. So I made 4 more. And when I photograph them, I will make sure the foot on the back leg isn't bent under.

I took the idea for a blue rather than white background from Rachel's photo in the flickr group.

It is a B x B QAL, but I am late to that party and may or may not catch up/keep up. I am also not loving the frog. I don't like them in real life. They give me the creeps.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Moda Modern Building Blocks Update

I am up to date with our Monday Modern's 2015 block of the month challenge. I have not sewn these ones in the exact order as the official guide because I wanted to feel like I was making progress, so sewed together what I had.

I really like the navy and green. Must do more of them. Pretty sure my Gran used to say, blue and green should never be seen [together].

And here they are sewn onto of the bigger blocks.

I spread them on the lounge floor to see how far I am with the project. Holy moley, it's a big one! It barely fits on the floor in the lounge. I had to clamber onto the couch to take the photo. The photo shows that I definitely need more navy to darken up other parts of the quilt so the newest addition doesn't stand out quite so much.

27/48 done. Lots of 6" blocks to go.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

First Finish for the Quarter

It's only taken about 4 weeks to get this quilt bound. However, it is now done and is my first finish for the quarter.

Generally, I am not a fan of pieced backs, but I didn't want to buy any more fabric so pieced the back for this one. And I don't mind it.

Carol Fearon did the quilting. Here is the maths if you want to make a one-block-wonder quilt of your own.

I had some trees cut down two weeks ago so probably all of my quilt photos from now on will be on the string I nailed to the garden shed! The remaining trees are either too close together, too far apart, too round, or the 'forest' is too dark for decent pics.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Skirt Making

I am loving the skirt I made back in November. It's in the weekly rotation and has been through the washing machine several times and is holding up well. I made a second one recently with the navy and pink fabric I cut into for the second tote bag,

I felt like making another one so visited The Fabric Shop in Lovegrove Cres, Otara to pick up some more stretch cotton sateen. The stretch means I don't even put a zip in - super lazy easy sewing. They still, 3 months since I bought the first lot, have a great collection of this fabric for $15ish a metre. 20 different prints at least. I get .7m as it's 150cm wide, costing me a big $10.50. (While it looks black in this photo, it's navy blue.)

I also got some with a black background and some black and white heavy knit fabric for winter skirts. So three skirts + thread for $42.30.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Won fabric and a Baby Quilt in the Making

I recently won four fat quarters from Nicky at By the Yard.

I like the dark print and the animals the best.

I have been working on a baby-sized quilt for a colleague.

This fabric has been on the shelf for at least one year, if not two or three. I supplemented it with the blue and grey dot, and the brown and green floral I used for one of Lucy the niece's baby dresses. Now it just needs quilting. I have to be in the right mood for that job!

Linking up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Moda Modern Building Blocks #4, 34 and 35

Block 4 was the final one I had to complete before the March gathering of our Monday Modern group. Then I went through my scraps to make a couple more 6" blocks.

By my count, that's 16 done out of 48. I wonder which blocks we will work on next? The four biggest ones are done.

I look forward to seeing everyone's progress tomorrow night. You can check out Linda's progress here. I think she is well ahead.