Sunday, 13 May 2018

Evie's quilt

Back in January I made a new quilt top for my grandaughter, you may remember it from this post here. My colour palette was a pretty pastel combo of pinks, brown/grey and blues with gold accents, and was inspired by the lovely ways Susan from hopewoodhome combines colour in both her home interior stying and in her quilts.

It's been great working with this lovely calm palette. And there are so many of my favourite fabrics in this, including a little Liberty, Anna Maria Horner, Outback Wife, a basic blue & white check and of course the Kaffe border print mauve Guinea Flowers, which I've had in my stash for some time now.

I have recently had it machine quilted by Sandy Mayo from 'quilt me creations' (see here for her details). She used a twirling floral edge to edge pattern, one that gently flowed over the edges of all those 'bricks'.

I used a vintage floral sheet for the backing and the dusky pink binding that I think really finishes it off nicely - in a girly sort of way.

The finished quilt measures 150cms x 110cms
- love sewing the small-er stuff! 
And it's all ready now for Evie's first sleepover.

Linking up this week with Cynthia for 'oh scrap' here at quiltingismorefunthanhousework
with Julie for 'sew stitch snap SHARE' over here with Julielou
with Lorna for 'let's bee social' here at sewfreshquilts
. . .  and for the first time, linking up with Dione for 'Colour Inspiration Tuesday'
over here at cleverchameleon where there's lots of colour & inspiration!

Thursday, 10 May 2018

mixing things up: a barijqal update

My barijquiltalong quilt has come back from the quilters.
Sandy from 'quilt me creations' did a lovely gentle flowery pattern all over my quilt
(see here for her details)

I'm mixing things up a bit, adding a little 'boho' flair to this quilt.
There's lots of extra embroidery touches already . . .

and I'm now adding some big stitch handquilting,
a good way to slow down & be present . . .

. . . while I wait for the binding fabric to arrive.
For more photos & details of this QAL pop on over here to southerncharmquilts

Linking up to 'finished {or not} Friday' over here at busyhandsquilts

Sunday, 6 May 2018

up & down geese

 My 'flying geese overload' quilt is finished.
Meredithe from pomegranateandchintz
suggested last week that maybe I could try every second row of geese flying upside down
- thanks Meredithe, such a great idea, I love the effect!

After getting the backing pieced and the layers all basted, I did some machine quilting.
Lots of parallel straight lines, evenly spaced across the quilt.
And I used a teal solid for the binding, it seemed to tie the whole quilt together really well. 

The fnished quilt is approx. 45" x 60" a great 'throw' size for the couch,
and that's another project crossed off the long list!
Linking up with Cynthia for 'oh scrap' here
and with Kelly for 'needle and thread Thursday' here at myquiltinfatuation

Friday, 4 May 2018

throwback Thursday {photo overload}

I thought I'd join in with Sandra for a little trip down memory lane this week. This quilt is one I made many years ago, in my preblogging days. It is well loved and well used, and some bits along the binding are starting to fray now.
The little 'square-in-a-square' blocks are 4 1/2" and the finished quilt measures approx. 70" x 70". I quilted it with simple straight line machine quilting.

There are heaps of older smaller pieces of fabric in this, scrappy bits from my days of being a quilt shop owner. Patchwork wasn't as popular here in NZ back then and my partner and I struggled to make a go of it. We ran classes, attended every show that was happening, and printed out a monthly newsletter to drum up interest.
It was great initially. I had trained as a nurse so being self employed was different and exciting, and it felt good to be back working after babies. But as time went on and things didn't pick up, it became a really difficult three years. And we never actually managed to pay ourselves. I remember the last few months were very tricky, and we ended up pulling the last few bills out of hat one at a time. I went back to nursing after that.
It squashed my love of quilting for about 10yrs or so, but the lure of fabric, colour and creativity eventually won me over again.

Back to the quilt . . . it's definitely a pre-modern quilt! However, looking at it now, I'm still loving the soft gentle low volume palette, with all its quilty memories.

Linking up with Sandra here for 'throwback Thursday'

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

sew stitch snap SHARE #25 and flying geese overload

Welcome back to sew stitch snap SHARE
- where you can see what other quilting bloggers are up to.

First up, what's been happening in my sewing room. I must admit, I did struggle a little with my 'flying geese overload' quilt top. It's an eclectic mix of busy pattern & bold colour, and I spent quite a bit of time wondering just how to get this to work.

I initially pulled out the blocks that had grey fabrics in them . . . and then I decided to put them all back in again. I then put all the 6 1/2" x 12 1/2" blocks up on the design wall, alternating the warm and cool rows, with a few mixed up or blurred areas just so it wasn't too predictable.
I also made a few blocks that were monochromatic. And I grouped a few geese together, ones that had the same fabric running through them for some semblance of continuity. Here's where I ended up . . .

It's not my most favourite (almost) finish, but I'm certainly much happier with it now.
And I'm very keen to try a low volume version sometime,
I just loved piecing these using the nowasteflyinggeese method!

How do you carry on when something you are working on doesn't seem to come together as you had hoped? Do you try to find a way to make a 'flat' WiP better? Or do you move onto something more enjoyable? I'd love to hear you thoughts on this.

That's it from me this week, do you have a project to share this week too?
Just follow the simple guidelines:
  • Link up any post from the past week that features a sewing or stitching project you have been working on, 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, and share here.
  • Somewhere in your post, please link back to this one.
  • Also please comment on other quilter's projects too, a little quilty love goes a long way
Thanks for joining in, Linda & Julie

Friday, 27 April 2018

fabric on Friday

- so cute!

A lovely fabric bundle arrived this morning from Cottoneer Fabrics, 'rose bud' with blush rose pinks and earthy camel tones. Such a dreamy combo, carefully curated in a combination of cotton, linen, and merino wool textures. I can't wait to use these prints together . . .

Outback Wife Elizabeth in Pink/White (Cotton/Merino Wool Blend)
Dear Stella Scallop Dot in Rust
Essex Yarn Dyed Linen Blend In Leather
Ombre Confetti Dots In Sand
Cotton & Steel Add It Up In Taffy
Essex Yarn Dyed Linen Blend In Berry
Onnanoko Girl In Rose Pink
Anna Maria Horner Illuminated Graph In Metallic Fog
Yarn-Dyed Gingham Checkers In Chalkboard

Have you stumbled across any lovely fabric finds too lately?

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

a little more whimsy

I'm finally back to this today

I've been making these 'whimsy' blocks on & off now since June last year. They are from a quilt in Judy Newman's new book, 'quilts made for life made with love'- see here for more details.

I'm using lots of large florals and blending itty bitty prints. There are a couple of cheeky inset seams which I seem to have mastered now. I've found I need to use a scant 1/4" seam and pressing all the little sections as I go really helps. And machine piecing them goes a lot smoother if I leave adding those red & white stripe corner triangles til the very last.

With these four new blocks I've got a total of 25 now . . .

and here's a group photo so far . . .

Catching up with Emily for 'moving it forward' over here at emsscrapbag
and linking up today with Lorna here at sewfreshquilts for 'let's bee social'
Happy sewing,