Wednesday, 22 November 2017

sew stitch snap SHARE #17


Thank you so much for all the great comments in my last post about my 'floribunda' quilt. It's lovely to read all your thoughts and your +ve feedback is very encouraging.

It's been another week of not too much sewing here. But, I did spot a very pretty sewalong happening here. Exploring some art textile with lots of fabric oppportunities & stitchery embellishments is a new direction for me, exciting, and seems like something that I could pick up now & then as time permits over summer.


And, I knew that little bundle of low volume fabrics would come in handy. . . one day.



I do love the look of a scrappy quilt and, just for a change, I'm going for more of an overall low volume scrappy effect. The idea really appeals to me just now. . . like all restful & pale, ethereal even, with a few 'pops' of bright.


Anthologie Quilt is a modern sampler with lots of lovely extra touches like collage, crochet lace and sashiko, giving it a little boho flair. For more details and all the quiltalong links pop over here at barijdesigns or here at southerncharmquilts.


It's been a while since I last used the machine applique stitch. I had to dig the manual out, but I got there in the end. Loving this floral collage idea. I've added little clusters of french knots to the centre of the flowers, and I've ordered this book Boho Embroidery from the library to get more inspiration of other little extra details I could add too. 


and 'la fleur' block is done too . . .


Time now for another fortnightly 'Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE' linkup
Let's take a look at my favorite pick from last week,
Glen from quiltswissy had so many great things to share.
Have a peep at her notebook cover, beautiful printing- makes me want to give this a go too


and I loved her improv stripes quilt

Pop on over here to see heaps of Glen's other inspiring projects.
(all pics reposted each time with quilter's permission)

Do you have a project to share this week too? 
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, starts or finishes. You can write as much or as little about your project as you like, and snap off a pic or three.
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.

Thanks for joining us
Julie & Linda

Monday, 20 November 2017

a little bit of lovely


 Lovely fabrics from #apieceofcloth arrived this week.


Every 3 months, approx. 1metre bundle of vintage fabrics arrives,
the idea being that over the year
there should be enough to make a lovely vintage style quilt.
Still undecided just what I will do with these fabrics, but they are certainly lovely to look at.
And very different from anything that is available here in NZ.
What's inspiring you today?⠀

a bit more #68
'sew stitch snap SHARE' is happening this week
see you back here on Wednesday

Saturday, 11 November 2017

finishing things






So tempted to start something new but it's getting so close to the end of the year
- time to finish up a few things first.






A few quilt details:
"Floribunda" quilt
Made from a mish-mash of stash fabrics
Simple shapes, random colour surprises
and I had lots of fun playing with the value placements in each block.
See here, here and here for earlier posts about my inspiration & progress photos
I used Amy from diaryofaquilter size chart for cutting these 'sawtooth star' blocks
{you can find it here}
Binding is 'violet static diamond' by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, see here
Finished quilt measures 165cms x 140cms
Lightly machine quilted all over by Leeanne from quiltmekiwi
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Has that 'end of year' feeling hit you yet?
Do you feel the pressure to finish a project or two, or is it just me?
Linking up with Myra for 'finished or not friday' here at busyhandsquilts
and with Cynthia for 'oh scrap' here  

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

sew stitch snap SHARE #16

Happy Wednesday everyone!

My not so pastel #vintagecomfort quilt has come back home from the quilters.
This colour combo with the playful stripe
was inspired by Sheena Chapman's work and what was here in my stash
- see here for my earlier pics & progress.




Finishing touches were beautifully done by Leeanne from quiltmekiwi
It's lightly quilted all over, as I love my quilts all soft & cuddly- perfect for snuggling under.





and, I asked Leeanne to leave the crazy patch section untouched
as I wanted to add some big stitch hand quilting


When life is busy,
I find a little hand quilting in the evening is a great way to unwind.

Time now for another fortnightly 'Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE' linkup
 Let's take a look at my favorite pick from last week.
Gayle from mangofeet has been busy making pickle dishes



It's a fun scrappy block, but I know from experience, they do take a bit of time.
If you are keen to give the pickle dish blocks a go too, see here for lots more inspiration.
Gayle's posts are very lively. . . with pickles, and monkeys, and sheep everywhere
- pop over here to see what I mean
(all pics reposted each time with quilter's permission)

Do you have a project to share this week too?
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.

Thanks for joining us
Julie & Linda



Thursday, 2 November 2017

fabric magic

While scrolling through IG today I learnt a lovely new word from amitietextiles feed  
"Fabracadabra ( Fab-ruh-kuh-dab-ruh) Noun  A mystical word or expression used when a fabric magically appears in your stash and you have no idea how it got there . . . or so he thinks!"

My first little surprise were these two geometric prints
my son & daughterinlaw bought for me while holidaying in Veitnam
- and they will be very useful


Then later this week there was a pretty parcel in the post
A small bundle from Amitietextiles
First up, from the Tilda quilt collection 'botanical red'  and 'sigrid dove white' . . . 


And yes, I admit I'm on a mission to collect a few more plaids
like these Gertrude Made Essentials - large & small Checks in Black & White . . .


This spindriftquilt pattern turned up too, lots of colour, fussy cutting & scrappy dresdens


And then . . . a few new fabrics from fatquartershop turned up as well (???)
Le Vintage Chic from Art Gallery Fabrics, a soft mix of pink, taupe and mint
- a very pretty low volume selection, the perfect alternative to use instead of plain white . . .



along with a small selection of Tokyomilk 'neptune & the mermaid' fabrics,
which will be great for fussy cutting I'm sure?  . . .


- playing with fabric combinations
is a great substitute for when there's no actual sewing time
J