Wednesday 28 December 2016

the 'eventually' quilt

hello, hello, happy holidays everyone!
Lots of plans & projects in the pipeline, and yes, a little change in direction next year

First up, some summer sewing
... and I could no longer resist the pull of those hexis!

I'm using an old pattern called 'Candied Hexagons' by Kerry Dear
It's from an out of print magazine that I photocopied many years ago, maybe back in 2009?
The focus is on hexagons, how to slice them up and play with different variations.

Over the holidays, I raided my precious doilies, hankies & tablecloths drawer...

and rummaged through the stash...

I'm really excited about the fussy cutting possibilities with each hexi,
inspired by all these lovely ones here -
sweetsundayquilt a reworked version of the original colourful 'Candied Hexagons' pattern
by Emma at treehousetextiles

Everyday I've sewed a couple more... they make up quickly on the machine...
and it's great for just a little summer sewing inbetween everything else...

and just wanted to see some of my pretties up next to each other....

I'm having lots of fun upcyling these embroideries into my 'eventually' quilt
{need to think of a better name!}
it'll be a while before I can actually start putting it all together... but I'm loving the vintage handmade look

What are your sewing plans for the new year?

Linking up with Cynthia for 'oh scrap'  here at quiltingismorefunthanhousework
with Lorna here for 'lets bee social' #157
and with Kelly here for 'needle and thread Thursday'

a bit more #55
LOVE upcycling & re-using, a great way of valuing those lovely old embroideries and doilies
Lots of memories here in these two earlier quilts I've made

Friday 9 December 2016

p.s. my best 9 of 2016

I wasn't going to post again so soon ... but...
I wanted to join in the end-of-year fun that's happening over on instagram at the moment...
so here is my best nine collage for 2016...

Lots of fun looking back!
Thanks for all the +ve encouragement, comments & inspiration over the year.

And lots of fun seeing everyones best 9 photos over on instagram too...
here #sewingbestnine and over here #quiltingbestnine
Plus... there's going to be a linky party the day after Christmas, Monday December 26th
highlighting your "best" 5 posts from 2016 over here at meadowmistdesigns


Sunday 4 December 2016

taking a break

It's beginning to look a little bit like Christmas around here!

... and just 21 sleeps to go!

...digging out all the usual old Xmas decor bits & pieces!

... tea lights & candles for that subtle sparkle

... the beginnings of a little festive vignette on the dresser,
I love adding to it daily between now and the 'big day'

... just waiting now for Olive & Evie to come and help me decorate the tree


... taking a little break from blogging
... be back next year with lots more colour!   

Thursday 1 December 2016

midweek snapshot

up on the design wall...
improv tea towel WiP
still working out a plan here, more details of inspiration & progress soon, but having fun so far!

from the garden...
jamjar herbs & roses

off the bookshelf...
pondering next year's possibilities, a little EPP perhaps!

and in the post...
a fat 1/4 bundle of Greenfield Hill by Denyse Schmidt
a more traditional fabric range than some of her others,
one that evokes "afternoon teas, polite gossip, faded wallpaper" - a lucky find on Trademe!

How's your week going?

Saturday 26 November 2016

a few favourites #8

Here's what caught my eye today, all around home this time
... more summer colour from my garden

... some happy mail
new plaids & florals, love how they play nicely together

... and Annabel Langbein's latest book, lots of ideas for those long hot days of summer!

what are you loving this weekend?

Thursday 24 November 2016

one more finish

I've made a real effort lately trying to finish a few things
{and then I figure I can start a new some thing!}

... and now auntbetsquilt my moderne utility quilt, is finished too
I really enjoyed making this little quilt, and am tempted to make another in different colours!

It's a simple scrappy design,
with large pieces perfect for your special fabrics to shine
and with the 1/4 log cabin and flying geese blocks to add some 'quilty' interest

- for earlier progress pics & more details see here

clamshell quilting by Annette from WildCotton Quilting 

Linking up with Kelly for 'needle and thread thursday' here at myquiltinfatuation.
with Myra  over here at busyhandsquilts this week
and with Ann & Kaja for the monthly 'Ad Hoc Improv Quilter' here

Wednesday 23 November 2016

right place, right time

Popped out for my morning coffee
and right next door was the vintage 2nd hand shop...

A lady had put her lovely collection of tea towels up for sale
all Irish linen
each one with crotchet edging...

couldn't believe my luck!

I had a little play with a trial fun block,
mixing up bright modern scraps with vintage colour!

plan B almost underway!

Tuesday 22 November 2016

modern & vintage

Happy Tuesday!
I did have a plan...

... c'est tres hard though
I can't seem to cut up this pretty tablecloth just yet
{sigh} onto plan B!

Friday 18 November 2016

finishing my quilts

Thank you all so much for caring & asking if we are safe after my last post.
On a more cheerful note, I thought I would share my recent finish

'daisy days'
All done & dusted, just in time for Xmas... {sigh} it's only taken me since May 2015!
I guess it's a little bit old fashioned but that's ok, I still love this happy mix of fabrics...

I had it quilted in an allover pretty daisy pattern by Annette from WildCotton Quilting
- lots of lovely texture here now!

Each block is 8"
and the finished quilt ended up around 60" square

I used a template set made by Meredithe from pomegranateandchintz to make my daisies
The backing is made up of a scrappy mixture of green florals

and the binding is a pretty floral stripe from Denyse Schmidt
- a quilt all made from my stash!

{ for earlier progress pics follow the links here and here}

quilts make the best gifts, don't you think!
Linking up my finish with Amanda Jean here at crazymomquilts
and with Debbie here  for tgiff

Have a lovely weekend!