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.

Holiday Wishes Book

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.

Brisbane MQG Charity Quilt

  • 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. ❤️

Spooky Delights week 3 – borders

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How did your centre go? Hope you have had fun getting to this point. We’re up to week 3 of the FQS Spooky Delights Quilt-along.

img_7495I was hoping to be able to show off a finished table runner today, but the week got away from me. No better excuse than spending time with my lovely family for Mother’s Day though! Hope all the mum’s got spoilt. ❤️

This week we are putting on our borders. Click here for the pattern.

In the interests of “keeping it real”, I’ll offer the following advice… Make sure you measure your centre before cutting your borders. I’d used my other machine to piece my pumpkins and forgot to change the settings so my centre was a bit smaller than it should be. I increased the width of my first border slightly to compensate and make sure that the pieced border would fit perfectly. Easy fix if you check before you cut!


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The piecing of those little squares is a dream when chain piecing. Just sit and sew. Bliss!

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Pretty happy with my table runner so far and even managed to baste it and get my backing and binding ready so I should be finished in no time. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram to see it all finished! Thanks for stopping by. You can follow my blog with bloglovin’ using the link at the top of this page. Don’t forget to visit Fat Quarter Shop’s Jolly Jabber and the other bloggers taking part in the sew-along too!

Amanda of Jedi Craft Girl
Elizabeth of In the Boon Docks

Are you sewing along?


This week we are making the centre of our Spooky Delights table runner with the Fat Quarter Shop. This was so much fun to put together and it’s great that I will have a seasonal project ready ahead of time this year! If you would like to join us, grab your favourite fabrics and make your centre this week! Here’s the link to the first Jolly Jabber post with the fabric requirements and then grab the pattern for the centre here.


I had such fun piecing those pumpkins from my spidery orange and I fussy cut the doorways from my favourite spooky scraps. No guilt here for splashing out on a Fat Quarter bundle when I get another great project like this from the scraps! Check out the quilt I made from the rest of the bundle here.


I was going to hand sew the appliqué down but ran out of time. I’m happy to report that it looks pretty cute being sewn by machine. Phew!


Even looks creepier being sewn at night, haha. And here is the centre all complete and ready for next week’s borders:


Have fun with your centre this week and sing out if you are sewing along!

A Spooky Delights Sewalong

I’m so happy to be taking part in the Fat Quarter Shop‘s spooky delights quilt along. This week, we are having fun picking out fabrics to make this cute table runner, with both piecing and appliqué:

This is the bundle that I have pulled from my Eerie (by Basic Grey for Moda) scraps. 

One of the reasons that I love buying a fat quarter bundle of my favourite collections is the awesome scraps for smaller projects like these. Still loving this range!

Follow this link for the full PDF of what fabric you will need if you would like to join us. The FQS have also put together a handy kit too. Click here for the jolly jabber post and to follow the other bloggers taking part.

I’ll post next week with my centre. I’m going to work on my hand appliqué this week.

Cushion Swap!

As the swap wraps up, I’ve realised that I haven’t chatted about the recent #pcswapas (hosted by Alison and Sami) that I took part in on Instagram recently. Because my year is already chock-full of goals and projects, I decided that I wouldn’t commit to any swaps this year. The other issue is that we can’t really hang things on the wall at the moment and while minis are cute, they aren’t really that useful except when hung up. But my resolve gave way when I saw this pillow and cushion swap! A perfect way to brighten up this place.

It wasn’t hard to pick what I was going to make for my partner. She loved colour and one of her favourite designers is Alison Glass. So I broke the bundle of all my handcrafted fabrics and made this amazingly cute Rhonda block (pattern by QuiltJane). It worked so well as a cushion.

  

I quilted it fairly densely with straight lines using the foot as a guide. Jane’s pattern uses the tri-rec ruler and I love the more unusual shapes as a result.

Of course, the other part of the fun is receiving… It was a frantic week last week and I was thrown a couple of curve-balls on top, so receiving this lovely treat made my day. 

 
I do love me some hexies and my partner was kind enough to also send me a bag, which has been in use already as I tote around all our family’s stuff. So as much as I was resolved to not take on any more projects, I’m so pleased I took part in this swap. Thank you Sami and Alison, and of course to Helen and Monica

Blue-and-white Log Cabin Table Runner

I do love a good traditional pattern made with new modern fabrics, so when the Fat Quarter Shop told me about Classic and Heirloom Quilts by Betsy Chutchian, I was super-keen to take part in the sew-along and make a mini-quilt. I have been wanting to make a project with low volume and blue fabrics for a while now, and looking at the fabric pile reminded me of the blue and white crockery I grew up with in England. I just had to make a table runner.


The added bonus is that our dining table was looking a little sparse since I tidied my sewing room (previously known as the “room of doom“) and it became usable again. So it will definitely be in high rotation at dinner time!

To make the table runner, I simply made 12 (rather than 20) mini blocks of the Streak of Lightning pattern. I picked 6 light fabrics and 6 dark fabrics so have some close repetition and had to be careful when piecing. You could use a small amount (a F8 is plenty) of all different fabrics for a super-scrappy look.

I’m just so pleased with the result.

  

For further information on the book, you can visit here or watch this video.

My last do.good stitches finish – circles!

A quick post from me today with another finish! My goals for 2016 included 2 charity quilts and this is the first. For my last quilt for Cherish circle, I asked our group for circles. I received 13 blocks back and made 2 to make this cute little quilt. I was a little worried it would be too small, but all 3 of my kids have tested it out and declare it just fine. Phew.🙂

 We had some fun trying to take photos. My 10 year old tried desperately to hold it straight: 

Then my 13 year old had a go but the mini-one took over, as always, haha.

But it’s done and will hopefully be loved by someone who needs a quilty hug. ❤️

 
Do.good stitches is a charity quilting group bringing together modern quilters all over the world into smaller circles that make quilts for charities and individuals. It’s hosted on Flickr by Rachel of Stitched in Color. I was part of the group for over a year and made some great quilting buddies. Thanks for sharing your talents with me, ladies. More info can be found in the Flickr group here.