Monday, August 31, 2009

link to little birdie

Thanks to Bianca Jae Makes Stuff for the link, mollychicken. I will never, never, never save an idea without the reference point again.

While you're checking out the tutorial, have a look at the great log cabin cushion while you're there.

Hope you're having a good Monday!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

little birdie

This is a little gift I made as a small thank you to my yoga teacher who will no longer be teaching at my usual place. I will miss Nadine, she is a wonderful, generous teacher and a truly beautiful person. I used a little of my favorite Nani Iro in the mint & red double gauze. I must confess that I found the instructions for this little bird on someone's blog ages ago and when I saved it I made no reference to the clever crafty person, so my sincere apologies - I know it's poor form and I won't do it again. As I've now been blogging for a few months I have learnt to save ideas with the reference point.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

the hexagon extravaganza has commenced

It's quite a process - making a quilt from hexagons. Cutting out the paper templates, cutting out the fabric, sewing/tacking the fabric around the template and then sewing the hexagons together. I'm cutting and sewing together as I go, I couldn't imagine preparing hundreds of hexagons before sewing any together. After completing the first flower I thought "what am I doing????" but now that I've done a few I'm enjoying it. I keep saying to myself the overall look will be effective, it will, it will. The hexagons measure from straight edge to straight edge just over 1 3/4".

A couple of close ups and a couple more Liberty's were purchased this afternoon, I have to make sure I have enough...

Bells and I went to Patchwork on Central today, she chose 2 fat quarters from which I made a quilt for her big pink puppy (far right). There are no close ups for a very good reason, I did it on the machine in about 45 minutes - enough said. Rest well little friends.

table/handy bench

This is a table/handy bench hubby made a couple of weeks ago from second hand timber, it cost around $30 for the timber. Excuse the horrible brown cupboards and the floor boards with putty, we will be updating, sanding & polishing sometime soonish. I needed somewhere to store my blue pots, this is the perfect place.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

scrappy quilt is finished

I have truly loved making this quilt & I'm so pleased with the end result.
It's taken me around 4 months
It's soft & warm
It's all cotton & linen with wool batting
It's as scrappy as I could get
It's hand sewn (except stage 1 of binding)
It's hand quilted using linen thread
It's got some of my most favorite fabrics
It's for the couch
It's lovely (I think so anyway)
It's finished

Sunday, August 2, 2009

binding & a dolls quit from a while back

Even though I haven't quite finished doing all the quilting on the scrappy quilt, I had a burning desire to put the binding on. That is the only part I do by machine - the first stage of attaching the binding. Completing the binding by hand is the most satisfying part of making a quilt for me - the end of a journey. It's also a little sad/depressing - anyway I'm not there yet so let's move on... :)

This is a dolls quilt I made for bells last year sometime, it was made from the scraps of the first quilt I made for her. It's basically a log cabin pattern with a couple of borders, it was fun to make and it has helped a teddy or a dolly get to sleep many a night.

I am looking forward to this Friday, I'm meeting my friend Kylie at Amitie for one of their 20% - 50% off sales. After all I am in need of more Liberty fabric for my next venture, and if there happens to be something else that catches my eye - well, I'd better get that too as it will be at least 20% off, bargain! Who can resist a fabric sale?