Sunday, October 30, 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival

It's that time of year again!  For the Blogger's Quilt Festival  this time I thought I would post about a quilt that I made a couple of years ago now since I  finished another quilt similar to this one this week  This quilt is one that pushed two different boundaries for me.  It was my first time making an applique quilt and was also the first time I tried free motion quilting.  I used a combination of two of my favorite fabric lines (Flea Market Fancy and Katie Jump Rope by Denyse Schmidt).  I laugh now when I see how I quilted it to death, but it makes it nice and stiff to use as a wall hanging.  It now is being used in the kids playroom downstairs to dress up the wall.

SewHappyGeek Table Runner/Wall Hanging Swap

Not too long ago I signed up for the SewHappyGeek Table Runner/Wall Hanging Swap.  This is what I have been busy sewing the last couple of days for my partner.  She likes birds and red, aqua and pink as a color combination.  I have made these birds in a quilt for a wall hanging previously and I always wanted to try making it again.  I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do so.  This might also be the last time I free motion quilt on the domestic machine (at least for a while anyway) as the Big machine arrives next week.  Oooolala!  Now, I just need to post this!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Pezzy by American Jane

All 12 New Pezzy Prints
Old Pez on Top / New Pezzy on Bottom
Old Pez on Top / New Pezzy on Bottom
Old Pez on Top / New Pezzy on Bottom
Old Pez on Top / New Pezzy on Bottom
Old Pez on Top / New Pezzy on Bottom
Old Pez on Top / New Pezzy on Bottom
So, we asked for it and here we have it!!!  I have photographed some of the older Mono Pez with the brand spanking new Pezzy to give you a comparison of the two.  I love it, I love it, I really really love it  Thank you Moda and Sandy Klop for listening to us!  The new base cloth seems to be a little lighter with a tighter weave and the colors just a bit fresher.  As soon as the yardage is released, I will be stocking up on these fabrics to keep as staples in my stash:)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sampler Display Canvas

I was completely inspired by this post here from Pink Penguin and then caved and bought a canvas from BasicGrey.  Actually, I bought two since it was more economical with shipping costs (haha)...  Anyway, I really wanted to make one to hang in my sewing room--I will post a picture of it hanging once I've finished cleaning and organizing up in there.  Actually, this little project had me making a huge mess everywhere as I had to go through my entire fabric stash hunting down some of my favorites as well as sewing themed fabrics.  Cutting and ironing was all that was required!!!  A fun project!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Early Summer Mornings

I have to admit, I have not been able to get near to my sewing machine much this week as the summer heat is slowing me down.  I do suffer in the heat and with a combination of some day trips away, stomach bug and heat stroke from my weekly tennis day out (two days to recover!!!) I've been less energetic.  I've been tempted to have a swim in the river, but October is still kind of chilly for that yet.  Last week I was feeling great, finally getting caught up on the housework and getting projects done around here that need doing--then I crashed.  However, one of the benefits of summer are the absolutely amazingly beautiful mornings like we had today.  These are the kind of views we get in the mornings--it's so peaceful and I do love my life here:)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Wall Hanging for Sewing Room Finished

Sewing room you ask?  Yes, this is actually the sewing room.  You can't see the sewing area from this picture, but one day soon I will post pictures of the whole room.  My long arm (arriving November 8th!!) will be sitting somewhere where I am standing to take this photo, so I wanted to fill up some of the bareness of this room with this wall hanging as I will be looking in this direction often.  It really does look better in person, it was hard to take a photo of it in this dark area.  I also finally figured out how to make a faced binding (no border) using this tutorial here, which was excellent.  I decided to quilt this quilt simply with vertical straight lines.  Plus, I'd like  to add a thank you to my sister-in-law and mother-in-law for letting us "borrow" your furniture for a little while...

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Geese in a Ring Swap Round 3

I finished all my blocks for the Round 3 group of Geese in a Ring Swap!  Very fun --  I will always remember this block as my inspiration to finally try out paper piecing...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Garden Wall Hanging

So, inspired by my latest forays into paper piecing, a stack of new Suzuko Koseki fabrics and a recent look into the 318 book by Kumiko Fujita, I decided to make a wall hanging as a birthday gift for my MIL gardener...  Not sure still if it is too bright or her thing, but I will decide on that soon.  I drafted the pattern on EQ7 so the sizing and other things are a bit different to the book.  I'm still working my way around the program and to be honest, I printed the wrong size out and just decided to go with it.  Kind of glad I did as the blocks are 8"x9" instead of the 6"x6" I was originally going for.  Not sure how I am going to quilt this yet...

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Piece Bee With You for Jane (October)

Ok, so I'm sticking my hands up in the air for all kinds of things lately!  Maybe some of you are familiar with the Ringo Pie Quilt Bee as a lot of its members are quite popular bloggers.  We've seen some amazing things from them over the past year so a group of us wannabees (haha) decided to form another group along the same lines called Piece Bee With You.  The idea is that every month one member chooses a theme and we (there are 12 members) all try to use our stashes (hopefully modern fabrics) to come up with a pieced block in said theme.  This month Jane asked for dresses, but then elaborated the idea with examples of these blocks here.

Now, the idea of me joining a Bee that required drawing is quite laughable as I could be one of the world's worst drawers (even more laughable that I intend to be a long arm quilter!!).  My son regularly asks me to draw for him a picture of a tractor and only his sweet little self could see the form a tractor in my drawings.  So, I can tell you, that in producing a pieced block for the first time that I am quite proud of my efforts.  My husband may have made a comment or two about this poor girl looking like a nun, but I am going to ignore that.  I pushed the boundaries of size and made this the largest size that she wanted which is 10" X 10".  I am not quite proficient enough to go smaller.  Drafting was interesting, I ran into some hiccups, but I got my end result and that is all that matters.  I did happen to let my boys play in the sewing room while I was working on this (I normally wait until nap time).  I was just too excited about making this that I wanted a result right away.  Today's job, clean the mess in the sewing room that they made while I was sewing.... haha.

Sew Australia Blocks for October

Here are my two blocks done for Sally in this month's Bee for Sew Australia.  I am so glad that she chose a wonky star as one of her blocks as I have been wanting to make a quilt in this design for so long but did not know how difficult the block would be--the tutorial for this block you can find here.  The awesome part of being in a Bee is being forced to try new things.  It was kind of ironic too that for her second block she chose Geese in a Ring.  Not that I mind after having made them for my Geese in a Ring Swap (still taking new members ongoing) and also for my DS Doll Quilt Swap.  In fact, I was glad that I knew how to do it and now I am caught up with this Bee until next month:)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

New Ironing Board Cover

Both my husband and my best friend have told me that I would make a great tester for companies wanting to test out the hardiness of their products.  I have a tendency to wear things out fast.  I determined today that I better get a new ironing board cover after my "fancy schmancy" one bit the dust.  It really did look ok about two weeks ago, but I find they die quickly once they rip through.  This one was only about a year old.  I ordered it from a lady here in Australia who sells them at a way too pricey cost.  What I like about them is the clipping system that allows you to secure it on tightly to the board.  So, I decided today I would have a go at making one myself.  I cut out all the hardware (elastic is hardware?) and used some of my Ruby Star Rising reels that were hiding in my stash.  Ha, my sewing wasn't perfect, but the imperfect parts are hidden so it doesn't matter.  What matters is that I have a brand new cover that I adore and made myself!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Denyse Schmidt Doll Quilt Finished

Since I have a lot of sewing commitments lately and a lot of things to do coming up soon:), I thought that I would work on some of my larger sewing commitments today.  Here is the finished quilt that I have made for the Denyse Schmidt Picnic and Fairgrounds Doll Quilt Swap.  I had a hard time deciding at the end how to do the layout for this.  Originally I wanted to make the four geese without the framed-in blocks, but when I put them together all I could see was white!  I thought it was just too much and since this about using Picnic and Fairgrounds, I decided to add more of that fabric in.  Then I tried to lay it out with the geese exactly the same.  Not so good.  They looked liked robot geese all lined up--too much the same.  This was the best layout I came up with in the end.  I like it quite well.  I debated about the quilting on this one too, but in the end I was so happy I decided on a simple all over stipple as it was so hard to move this around on the machine.  The seams were so thick!  Well, I hope my partner likes it too!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Working on a Wall Hanging

I actually want to work on dressing up the walls in our house. I have quite a few places where I need to hang something to add to our home space.  I thought I would start with dressing up my sewing studio/family room in the new downstairs.  The walls are a dark green color with a chocolate leather couch and pink/red wood flooring.  I will post pictures once I quilt and hang this guy up on the wall.  He's about 40 inches square at the moment which seems about right.  The only thing is that I am hemming and hawing about what to do to finish this.  Here is a link to my original inspiration from Krista at Spotted Stones here.  Isn't her quilt absolutely amazing?  Hers is slightly larger than mine--her individual blocks are larger.  I love the way that she finished it with the tucked under art border and the way it makes such a stunning statement in the room.  I'm thinking I also want to do some vertical line quilting but I am tempted to add a bit of white around the whole quilt to lighten it up???  What to do, what to do...

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