New Year, New Update

So, things got kinda funky towards the end of last year, where between uni assignments, exams and having to find a new job, I totally lost my sewjo. Thankfully after being forced cared for by beautiful friends, finishing a couple of big UFOs and starting a new job, I finally feel able to sew for fun again. Hooray.

I’ve had a couple of weeks off work for the Christmas break, and it’s been fun to stocktake on where I am and what my aims for this year are. I made 18 quilts in 2016, which was lots of fun and rather massive when studying, working, and spending lots of my time ferrying children around! This year, I’m keen to slow down and appreciate the process a little more. I need to give the new job a decent amount of my attention, and the kids will be adjusting to me not being physically around as much as before. So I’ll be mostly focusing on my La Passacaglia quilt. I’m 12 months in to my “quietest la pass” experiment and I’m loving working on it.

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After finishing the kids’ quilts, my next goal was a quilt I started for my friend months ago. She was so pleased to receive it yesterday. ❤

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I have a couple of other little side-projects on, but I’m also keen to get some more WIPs under control if I have any spare sewing time. There are another 15 quilts on my WIP list. I’m going to leave that list on my cutting table so I can peruse it occasionally, but I won’t be putting pressure on to get them all done this year. Sometimes, a project needs to marinate. 🙂

End of year wrap up (aka my kids finally all have bed quilts)

Hooray! Mummy goals complete! I have been promising my little two their bed quilts since my eldest received her “proper” bed quilt (yes, I generally experiment on the kids when making quilts) for her birthday in March. The little two’s birthdays are November and December, so I figured there would be so. much. time. to get theirs done. Well, I got hit with a couple of curve balls so it turned into a bigger challenge than expected, but thanks to a Brisbane MQG retreat mid-year and beautiful friends keeping me sewing, they have received their “proper” bed quilts. Phew!

My middle daughter received a Slice of Cake 2 (pattern by the lovely Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs) in Sew Stitchy (Aneela Hoey for Moda) fabric that I had stashed for eons. The background is grey-on-white sketch by Timeless Treasures.

My littlest received the Vintage quilt (pattern by Camille Roskelley from her book, Simply Retro) in the beautiful Coral, Queen of the Sea (Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda) fabrics. I actually bought enough of this for two quilts – one for Etsy – but I think that was a little optimistic!

My lovely friend QuiltJane quilted both quilts beautifully and the girls are happy little campers. Phew.

 

On a whim, I also decided to make an advent calendar this year. Another one of those projects that I had bought all the supplies for and then let sit for a year. Using a pattern from my LQS Quilters Corner as a basis, I created a little wall quilt with pockets for treats from Cotton & Steel Tinsel fabric. 🙂 So cute.

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And to finish the Christmas theme for another year, I finished this awesome little baby quilt. “Oh Christmas Tree pattern, fabulous quilting and Manderley fabrics by QuiltJane.

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Quarterly Review and Q4 2016 Goals

This year hasn’t really turned out as planned, but I think it’s been better in some ways. It’s been a big year so far, and I’d love to go out with a bang and get some WIPs whipped.

I only finished 3 of the 6 goals I set for Q3 (which you can find here, here and here), but given that the quarter has been so full-on and I finished a different 3 quilts too, I’m happy with those finishes. I really love the Cotton & Steel baby quilts, especially, and I have a box of scraps from those quilts waiting, so I will be making even more of those at some point!

So onto quarter 4…

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With all my assignments and an exam due in October, I will be a month behind before I start, but I’m looking forward to having a decent chunk of sewing time once the semester is complete (and maybe some sneaky sewing-for-sanity in the meantime).  🙂

Summer Breeze Sew Along

Springtime is here in Brisbane and I’m already starting to feel the days heating up. It really is a beautiful time of year. I have to admit to being a little sad to see the back of the cooler weather though, as Summer is not my favourite time of year here… Summer breezes are certainly sanity savers in these parts.

Today, I’m happy to be a part of Fat Quarter Shop‘s Summer Breeze sew-along. This is such a great pattern, that comes together deceptively quickly, especially with the use of the handy Creative Grid rulers. FQS have put together a great little video and have all the details you need on their website. You can find the kit here and the pattern here.

I decided to use all the blocks from the pattern and make two baby quilts instead of one larger quilt, and chose to use some of my favourite Cotton + Steel fabrics. One quilt is made with the “Raindrop” collection by Rashida Coleman-Hale and the other with the “Playful” collection by Melody Miller. The fabric requirements are the same as stated in the pattern, and these mini versions finish at 40.5″ x 48.5″, which is a great size for a cot or toddler bed.

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Playful Baby Quilt

Playful Baby Quilt

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Raindrop Baby Quilt

Raindrop Baby Quilt

Both quilts are quilted with this pretty swirly, bubbly pattern (yes, that’s the technical term, lol) and backed with Puddle Jump, one of my favourite Raindrop fabrics.

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Quilt Backing & Label

I had so much fun putting these together! Please visit the amazing quilters who are also taking part in today’s sew-along:

Melissa from Happy Quilting

Nicole from Modern Handcraft

Sherri N. from Rebecca Mae Designs

Sherri M. from A Quilting Life

Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts

Jessica from Quilty Habit

Leanne from She Can Quilt

Afton from Quilting Mod

Stephanie from The Modern Sewciety

Wild Goose Chase Quilt

Oh, this quilt. It made me work harder than I thought, but I’m so pleased with it. I fell in love with these fabrics (the collection is Sundrops by Corey Yoder for Moda Fabrics) as soon as I saw them. It’s unusual for me to be so enamoured by florals, but I was totally struck by this sweet bundle.

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The lovely Keera from Live Love Sew had just released new patterns, and I knew at once that I wanted to make a Wild Goose Chase quilt. I happily chain-stitched away to make the blocks and took them away with me on Brisbane MQG’s winter retreat to decide on the layout and sew together but I just could not get the layout to look right. I ended up making some extra blocks when I came home, jigged them all around again, and yee-ha, it finally looked like it did in my head!

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Hooray!

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The quilt has been long-arm quilted this cute swirly daisy pattern, which was a nice nod to the florals without being a flowery-overload!

And here she is all finished and ready for her new home. I’ll be pretty sad to see her go. This quilt will be listed on my Etsy shop, or you can contact me directly through my about page.

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Baby Rebecca

This lovely little quilt came about by helping my lovely friend QuiltJane with a spot of pattern testing for her lovely Rebecca Quilt pattern, which is available from Moda Fabrics via your local quilt shop or online at Fat Quarter Shop.

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I just couldn’t stop and ended up making twelve blocks. These came together so well.

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The quilt has been long-arm quilted with a subtle wavy-circles design and has finished at a great little-kid-size of 48″ x 64″.

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This quilt will be listed in my Etsy shop shortly, or you can contact me via the About page. Thanks for stopping by. x

Holiday Wishes Table Runner

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Hello if you are visiting me as part of the FQS Holiday Wishes event. Thanks so much for visiting my little blog. Please follow via Bloglovin’ or your preferred reader if you would like to see my upcoming free tutorials for simple baby quilts and my 3rd quarter projects.

Well this is a cute book! I was pleased-as-punch to be invited to take part in the latest Fat Quarter Shop‘s sew-along event, Holiday Wishes. Here in Brisbane, Australia, we are mid-Winter (well, as cold as it gets…) and for this expat Brit, there is something that feels quite lovely about making Christmas projects in the cold. It really is the perfect time for those of us in the southern hemisphere to make Christmas projects, and for those “up north” to get a head-start and save some sanity towards the end of the year.

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My hubby and I have very different perspectives on my sewing projects, so I sometimes like to ask his opinion, even if I’m not always happy with his answers! It’s one way to stop getting stuck in my own head! When I received this book, there were *so many* projects I was keen to make that I got pretty excited. I decided to pass the book to him and ask which one he would like for the house. As usual, he picked something that I didn’t, but I’m so glad he did.

Hubby picked this “All Snowed In” table runner:

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I opted to make it from Moda Bella Solid in Bleached White (which I affectionately call “my 98”, lol) and Michael Miller’s Fairy Frost fabrics which have that perfect frosty sparkle that I miss so much. I found a starry blue in my stash which coordinated, and instead of the bright cornerstones in the pattern, I went with the white fairy floss for a more subtle frosty feel.

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If I can wrestle it from my youngest who wants to use it for fairy play, I think I’ll need to organise a “Christmas in July” dinner to celebrate! Yum! Please do check out the FQS’s Jolly Jabber for the links to all four weeks of bloggers sewing along.

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Next up from this book for me will be this stunner:

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Oh for more hours in each day!

Quarterly Round-Up and Goals for Q3 2016

I love the quarterly nudge that the Finish-Along project gives. In quarter 2, I wanted to make good progress on my La Passacaglia and Splendid Sampler and get 3 quilts finished. Well, I got two finished, Fancy Forest and Baby Bruv’s Wedding Quilt, and the top finished for the third, which will be quilted this month. I have big plans for my Etsy shop this quarter and want to get at heap of things ready before the start of next quarter.

So here we go. As well as continuing with my Splendid Sampler and LaPass, my finish goals for Q3 2016 are:

  • Mr R’s Quilt – A gift to a friend for their mid-century home.

Mr R’s Quilt

  • Sundrops Wild Geese – Blocks are in progress… Love this fabric so much! This is the Live Love Sew Pattern called “Wild Goose Chase”.

Sundrops Wild Goose Chase

  • Mode Love Teen Quilt – Pieced this quilt top this week and keen to get this finished and listed this quarter.

Teen Moda Love Quilt

  • Baby Blue Rebecca – I have the top finished but need to get this quilted, bound and listed.

Baby Blue Rebecca Quilt

  • Finish and handover the BrisMQG charity quilt – this is a completed top at the moment, so just need to quilt and bind.

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  • Canyon Rebecca – Blocks need to be finished and need to decide whether to make two small or one large quilt, get it/them finished and listed.

Canyon Rebecca Quilt

With everything else that’s going on this quarter, these projects should keep me out of trouble. 🙂

Fancy Forest Finished!

I can’t believe I haven’t written a post on this one yet! My adventure in Robert Kaufmann’s Essex Linen and V and Co for Moda’s Simply Colorful bundles is done and I’m pleased as punch with the result. As soon as I saw the Fancy Forest Quilt hung at quilt market I went straight to Elizabeth Hartman’s shop and treated myself to a copy of the pattern.

Of course, as soon as my kids saw the printout, they insisted it be made quickly and for them… Well, like most quilters, I’ve had a million projects on the go, but I committed to getting it finished this quarter they got their wish 8 months later!


I decided to make blocks for the smaller size quilt but then sashed with 4.5″ sashing so it gave the blocks and linen a bit more space to shine. This ended up around 48 x 60 so it’s perfect for the kids to (fight over) snuggling under it on the sofa.

My friend Jane and I quilted it together in a cute vine/leaves quilting pattern. Hoping that some of her quilting cleverness rubs off on me – that machine is scary! 😆

I finished the quilt with stripy binding, because everyone loves stripy binding, especially me. 😀


Thanks for stopping by. 😀

Baby Bruv’s Wedding Quilt

A finish! Hooray! It’s winging its way over to the UK, hopefully in time for the wedding…


The quilt is based on the traditional disappearing nine-patch block, using 4 charm packs (fabric is the Sweet Serenade collection by Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics) with cream and “brown” grunge fabrics (also by Moda). It was nice and simple to put together which meant that it was finished on time! I’m really pleased with how it came together.


I quilted it at home on my Janome with triple straight lines in one direction and single in the other, vaguely in line with the block.

I do hope he likes it. ❤️