Sunday, 22 October 2017

show & tell on the Peninsula

Glenys & I had a lo-o-ong overdue catch up today.
She has recently retired and she showed me all the projects she's been working on. 


First up, her 16 patch blocks all in yummy Anna Maria Horner fabrics.
This is still very much a WiP
and I think she said she was planning on making about 30 blocks in total . . .


If you've got an AMH stash too and need more inspiration,
there's an Anna Maria sewalong happening over on IG at the moment.
Pop on over here to see heaps of other lovely AMH projects.


Her 'mum elephant & baby' quilt just needs the binding stitched down.
Isn't this so sweet in a pink & grey pastel pallette . . .




It would seem elephant quilts are very popular.
I did a search and found this, a whole parade of them!


And then, Glenys is also working on a quilt using all her doilies from her mum 
She isn't sure yet on the setting or if she will add borders and/or sashing,
but is taking her time, enjoying 'the process' and the memories . . .



but wait, there's more . . .


This is a large quilt that Glenys has just finished. 
It was a fabric pack, not her usual colours but she's had fun putting it together.
The pattern she used was 'Rustic Autumn' by Art Gallery Fabrics,
see here for the free pattern.
Loving all the bright mod fabrics!



Hope you enjoyed Glenys' show & tell
- I certainly did! 


Friday, 20 October 2017

my mixed up geese quilt



Last week I finished up this lovely cuddily quilt. You may remember my mixed up geese from this post. I had lots of fun combining a crazy mix of fabrics together in these blocks and with a light wool blend batting it has ended up so soft & cosy.







A few quilt stats:
'my mixed up geese' quilt
It's a mish-mash of scrappy fabrics & colour totally inspired by Margaret from semichaotic 
and I simply repeated one block from the sewcialbeesampler QAL earlier in the year
Floral border fabric 'Perennial Optimism' from the Bountiful collection by Maureen Cracknell
- loving the vintage vibe of this new-ish fabric
And I used an old vintage sheet for the backing
Machine quilted in a connected circles pattern by Annette de Raat
Quilt size 1.2m x 1.7m

Linking up with Amanda Jean for 'finish it up friday' over here at crazymomquilts 

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

on finding a favourite fabric

Ever find a fabric, one that you want to use in just about everything?
Well, this is my latest favourite find, "Gradi Flora" by Phillip Jacobs for Rowan . . .


. . . and it was hiding in my stash all this time!

I teamed it up with a pretty Liberty fabric
and now have one more 'whimsy' block to add to my collection.
{Oh, and for those tempted to make these sweet blocks,
I've discovered the trick to making them not so springy, add those final triangles last.} 

And how about you, is there one favourite fabric you tend to use over & over?
Linking up with Emily for 'moving it forward' over here
and with Cynthia for 'oh scrap' here


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

sew stitch snap SHARE #14

Hi everyone, how is your week going?
I have a finished quilt to share today






I used a Kaffe pattern that I'd admired for some time now, 'Ebay on Point' from his Caravan of Quilts book. Lots of fun using this eclectic mix of fabrics- Kaffes, spots, checks & stripes, AMH, lots of other little bits of Amy B., Jen Kingwell, Denyse Schmidt, outback wife, and some smaller scale reproduction fabrics.
The finished quilt measures 180cms x 145cms, and was lightly quilted in a 'modern ribbons' pattern by Annette de Raat with wool blend batting. {Earlier progress photos can be found here and here.}

And I've also been chipping away slowly at my 'whimsy' quilt, one block at a time. I'm finding there's quite a 'springiness' to these blocks, maybe because I am machine piecing them? Using a scant 1/4" seam certainly seems to help a bit. {See back here and here for more progress pics} 


I had a little play on the 'design floor' today, just to see how the blocks were looking all together, and I also wanted to check out how the borders were going to go, have a little look . . .


16 blocks down, not too sure how many to go yet but I'm very happy with these so far.

Time now for another fortnightly 'Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE' linkup
My pick from last time were these pretty 'delilah' blocks by Susan from patchworknplay
Have a closer look at Susan's fussy cutting, such a great use of fabric.


Pop on over here to see lots more & be inspired.

And what are you working on right now? Whatever you're sewing or stitching, you can link it up here. Just follow these simple guidelines:


1. Link up any post from the past week that features something you have been sewing or stitching, whether they are WiPs or finishes. You can write as much or as little about your project as you like, or simply let your photos do the talking.
2. Somewhere in your post, please link back to this post.
3. Please comment on a couple of the other Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE links.

We are trying to encourage people to read blogs and to keep blogging.
Hope you find some new inspiration too and thanks for joining us
Julie & Linda


Saturday, 7 October 2017

handkerchief corner quilt top {a little more progress}



I hadn't intended sewing today, lots of gardening took my initial attention. However, Leeanne from quiltmekiwi kindly sent me a few extra plaids, and they arrived today. They were all shirts bought from Op Shops, washed & dismantled to 'one day' be made into quilts.
So I popped into the sewing room for an hour or so late this afternoon and made a few more blocks for my handkerchief corner quilt. And don't those shirt plaids mix in so easily with all the other Kaffe pastel prints?


Interestingly, there are many versions of this block, and with just as many names too - 1/4 log cabin, handkerchief corners, and Ann from fretnotyourself added a few more - half log, housetops (her favorite), improv log. 


At present I have 20 blocks set 4 x 5, but am going to go a bit bigger . . .
it's fun trying to combine this unlikely mix of fabrics
Linking up with Myra for 'finished or not Friday' over here at busyhandsquilts
and with Cynthia for 'oh scrap' here  

Monday, 2 October 2017

tone it down


Taking a break from sewing all things bright & beautiful and trying out a 'toned down' version of a vintage inspired 'handkerchief corner' quilt from Kaffe's 'Passionate Patchwork' book.


I'm mixing up lots of pastel Kaffe colour with (slightly) neutral elements, like plaids, stripes & checks. Easypeasy sewing, but what's so interesting is how the color of a fabric is not really known until it is actually playing alongside it's neighbour. My little challenge is to achieve enough value contrast to look softly scrappy and patchy- some blocks worked out better than others today!


and just a few more . . .

Loving this gently faded vintage vibe, quiet (for me) but certainly not boring!
Linking up with Cynthia for 'oh scrap' here

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

sew stitch snap SHARE #13

Happy Wednesday everyone!


I have a couple of quilts almost at the 'ready for quilting' stage,
so this week I'm spending a bit of time piecing up backings and bindings.


Remember my 'floribunda' quilt, the one with a mish-mash of busy bright colour? (see here  and here for earlier progress photos). Well, as I was measuring up for the binding, I felt the edges were a little unstable. So I added an extra neutral-ish border which has strengthened things and seems to give a bit of a resting place for the eye.
And after some initial uncertainty, I like it! Hehe, instead of rows of flying geese, I think it now looks rather like those iconic bathing boxes at Brighton Beach in Melbourne!

{original beach photo can be found here}

. . . now all ready for quilting.

Time for another fortnightly 'Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE' linkup
And once again, there were lots of inspiring projects shared last time around. These pretty star blocks made by Karen from Karen'sQuilts...etc caught my eye. She started a new EPP project recently, Sue Daley's 'round we go' (see here for more details). I love that green fabric combo!


And what are you working on right now?
Whatever you're sewing or stitching, you can link it up here.

Just follow these simple guidelines:

1. Link up from any post from the past week that features something you have been sewing or stitching. You can write as much or as little about your project as you like, or simply let your photos do the talking.
2. Somewhere in your post, please link back to this post.
3. Please comment on a couple of the other Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE links - its fun to receive comments from new people, and we are trying to encourage people to read blogs and to keep blogging. Hope you find some new inspiration too!


Thanks for joining us, Julie & Linda

Sunday, 24 September 2017

a not so pastel 'vintage comfort' quilt






My not so pastel 'vintage comfort' quilt got the extra border treatment today. I'm using Judy Newman's pattern from her new book here and I tossed up for a while about making my version in soft pastels too. But I've seen some other inspiring colour combos over on instgram lately - see here,   here, and here . And, I'm a big fan of the modern way Sheena Chapman uses vintage fabrics, see here too, so I decided to be a bit adventurous, à la Sheena!

However, the other thing that also determines the direction of most of my projects is what I actually have on hand in my stash at the time. I mainly buy fat 1/4's, I figure that's a good way to get variety, and as I'm into scrappy quilts, variety is good.  The problem arises when I need larger amounts of fabric for borders, backgrounds and dividing strips, like today! Things got a bit touch & go with the red & white microdot background fabric and the wasabi green linen- both of which I ran out of midflight.

Still with this controlled pallette, a crazy mish-mash of old & new fabrics, a playful stripe, and lots of improv piecing, I got there in the end. It's quite a big quilt, approx. 170cms (68") x 200cms (80"), my usual spot on the deck for pics wasn't high enough, but you get the general idea.

Love to hear how you decide just how much fabric to buy? 
Linking up with Cynthia over here for 'oh scrap'.