Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Deeeaaar Santa

Dear Santa,
I have been such a good girl this year but please don't check with my 4 y.o. son as he told me I always make him frustrated because I say 'no' all the time. Oh the joys of trying to be a parent. I really have been coveting some Nicey Jane fabrics. They are seriously 'to die for'. To tell you the truth I have never written a letter to Santa. Yes even when I was agirl I did not write a letter to you. I knew you could read my mind as I always loved the present you left me. So I will leave the choice up to you.
Bless you Santa.


The wonderful Fat Quarter Shop is having a little giveaway. Check out the Jolly Jabber for details.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sew & Tell #5

Yes I made it!! I managed to get all the presents I wanted to make finished. I was better this year and didn't overload myself at the last minute. I had even made a couple earlier in the year. The roll call is as follows.
First up is a bag I made for my MIL's birthday which fortunately/unfortunately is Christmas Day. I have some goodies to put inside it. I really loved how it turned out. I wasn't inspired to make this until I found the fabrics. I actually had some other fabrics picked out but had kept putting starting the bag off for a later time. Then I saw the fabrics at a local quilt store and knew instantly that it was what I was looking for.

Second up is the same bag but this one is for my Mum whose birthday is at the beginning of March. She likes birds and I had found the kokaburra fabric some time ago but was just waiting for the contrast fabric to be decided. I am not really enthused about I project until I get the right fabrics. Both bags are lined with spot fabric and have a pocket inside.

Thirdly we have a dolly carrier I made for a birthday present. I actually made 3 in one go - 1 for birthday present, 2 for Christmas presents. I was very proud of myself for thinking that far ahead. As it got closer to Christmas I was like I already have presents for xxx and xxx. Cross those off the list. Very satisfying I must say.

And finally I got my last table runner completed. The one I posted about last week was the naughty one. For some reason the backing fabric gave my hassles. Naturally I wasn't happy and that stressed me out but luckily this one behaved and it all came together very easily. I machined the binding again. Loving that technique (thanks again Red Pepper Quilts). I found it very hard to photograph the table runners and get all the fabrics because of their length.



We are heading off for a two week holiday next Saturday (its my Mum and Dad's turn for Christmas) so this will be my last sew and tell for a while. I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year.
Please take the time to head over to Amy's and have a look at all the other Sew and Tell entries.

Sunday Stash #4

After reading and seeing so many beautiful turquoise and red quilts I have started my collection. I went to one of my LQS and found these gems to get me started. Truth be known I really had gone to get some supplies to finish some Christmas presents. Sometimes its hard to ignore the fabrics when they scream at you to take them home.
Hope everyone had a great weekend!
See other sunday stashers here.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Sew & Tell #4

Well after burning some midnight oil I have finally finished another of my Christmas gifts. Another table runner from another charm pack. I love the Rouenneries range by French General & Moda. I hope the recipient will like it. I am seriously stressing about Christmas. I am hoping this will help me get things done. I need to have two more things done. I am hoping the mojo continues long enough...
Check out other finishes at Amy's


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Renter's Delight

(photo from Grosgrain)

If you are renter's (like me) then take a look at Grosgrain. Wonderful ideas for decorating. The blog says it all. From their web site-
'Decorate your home with quick & easy to apply rub on vinyl wall art and lettering!

Have the look of hand painted and stenciled words on your walls without the work!

Each graphic is made of high quality, removable, self-adhesive vinyl. It can be applied to any clean, smooth and flat surface.'

And best of all they are having a giveaway. Check it out here.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Marie-Madeline Studio Quilt Giveaway

Marie-Madeline Studio is having a quilt giveaway. There are two quilts and you get to pick from the two. There is one made from Tanya Whelan's fabrics (Darla) and the other is made from Anna-Maria Horner fabrics. Both quilts are gorgeous. How to decide if you win. Photos are courtesy of Marie-Madeline Studio.

Check out all the details here.



Piece n' Quilt Christmas Tree Show

Piece n' Quilt are having a show and tell of Christmas trees, if you already have yours up. I have been more organised this year, about some things anyway. One of them is my Christmas tree. We live in a townhouse so space is somewhat limited. A floor tree wouldn't be able to compete with my son's toys and survive. We had a great time putting it up. I have some ceramic boot decorations he remembers and wasn't happy until they were on the tree.


Sunday Stash #3

What to do with these fabrics? I have had these fabrics for a while now (bargin price) but lately they keep cropping up. I was intending to use them as backings. I guess time and the fabric will tell me where it wants to go/who it wants to be friends with.


Have a great day!





Friday, November 27, 2009

Sew & Tell #3

Well it was a very close call whether I would finish anything this week. A total lack of motivation is to blame. I know I want to finish these things for Christmas but even that deadline wasn't working for me this week.

I did finish one of my table runners. It is made from a 'Wonderland' charm pack using a pattern from Moda Bake Shop called 'A Sweet Baby Quilt' by the very talented Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts. It came together very easy and I followed her quilting pattern. I really like it. The photos are pretty ordinary as it is night time and the light is poor.

What I am proud of is that I sewed the binding on by machine using the superb tutorial by Red Pepper Quilts. It worked a treat. For my first attempt I only had to fix up two corners (in a minor way, not major castrophe like I was expecting). If you would like to have a go at attaching your binding completly by machine you can find the tutorial HERE.




Check out other Sew and Tell entries over here.












Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Have you seen...

Have you seen the divine threads over at Quilt Fabric Delights. Sarah has a wonderful sample she has stitched using the threads. There are also Perle thread varieties you could use for quilting. Umm...thinking, thinking...what to make.
You might also like to enter the giveaway Sarah is running. Sarah has a great range of fabrics, patterns and is very helpful.

Giveaway at Retromummy

In case you haven't heard there is a giveaway going over at retromummy. Up for grabs is 12 fat quarters from the Grandmothers Flower Garden range by Rosalie Quinlan. Entries close Sunday. Just wondering what I would make with them if I won...

Friday, November 20, 2009

Sew and Tell #2

I am probably blurring the lines here as this quilt was finished a month ago however I couldn't publish photos until I gave it to the recipient. So its now finally 'finished'. I got to visit my cousin yesterday and give her the quilt I made for her new baby girl. She is one beautiful baby and I got to have some lovely cuddle time.


I am very proud to say all the fabrics are from my stash and only the batting was purchased. My cousin didn't find out what she was having so I tried for 'gender neutral'. Before I put the binding on it was looking pretty 'boyish' but luckily I procrastinated over sewing the binding. By the time I got around to the binding the baby had been born and I knew it was a girl hence the lilac binding. Lately I have been using a 3inch binding which is nearly like another border. I leave 1/2 inch batting and binding all the way around to fill out the binding and give better wear and tear. I had the quilt professionally quilted in an all over meander which is also a great wash and wear design.

Check out all the other great things on show here










Have a great weekend! and for those of us in Australia lets hope we get some cooler weather soon.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Giveaway by Aneela (Comfort Stitching)

Aneela is having a giveaway of some gorgeous fabric. Check it out over here. The winner gets to pick which one. Any of the fabrics would be most welcome in my stash. I have a few different 'gangs' in my collection but they are all friends and sometimes swap between gangs.

This photo was taken one evening in October from our backyard. The sky was incredible.

Have a great day!


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Sunday stash

One of my favourite activities Sunday morning is drinking a cup of nice hot tea and checking out the Sunday Stash entries. A very nice way to start the day indeed. My contribution today is my eagerly awaited fat quarter pack of French General's 'Rouenneries'. The colour palette in this range is just so gorgeous. I think I have found the pattern for these fabrics but you never know it may change. I think I will have to look at these for a while as they look so pretty all bundled up. Really loving the light grey/red combo.

If you would like to check out the other entries just pop over to here.





Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sew & Tell

I am so happy to be participating in my first sew & tell held by Amy over here Friday Sew & Tell. I got this quilt finished this week. It is a cot quilt for a baby girl born on Monday. The quilt top had been made for a while and was just awaiting quilting and binding. The parents told us that it was a girl so I was very happy to make a girly quilt. The pattern is from an Alex Anderson book called 'Baby Quilts with Love'. I am very happy how it turned out. Please excuse the fold marks (for those who notice).




Monday, November 9, 2009

MY FIRST POST EVER

After reading so many wonderful blogs I thought it was about time I created one so I could participate in all the wonderful quilt and craft action happening in blogland. So here goes... I thought I would start by showing some photos of some recently completed things.

First up is two 'Poochie Bags' I made from the tutorial on the http://thehappyzombie.com/ site. What a great pattern. Easy and very clear instructions.



Next are some items that were made for the 'Softies for Mirabel' project being run over at http://meetmeatmikes.blogspot.com/. There are 2 'Zet the Monsters' and 2 'Flat Neds'. The pattern for the 'Zet the Monster' is from the Australian Homeswn magazine and the Flat Ned pattern was purchased from http://www.rourkeandhenry.typepad.com/.


I am hoping to now get cracking on some Christmas presents.
Ta ta for now.