Thursday, 15 February 2018

from inspiration to reality

Feeling a little overwhelmed with all this house moving stuff, so I'm relaxing with sewing something I've wanted to make for a while now. This quilt was inspired by the work of Sheena Chapman and a photo of a vintage 30's quilt. Loving how Sheena works, it's improv in style, so scrappy & vintage-y, and she makes combining unco-ordinated fabrics look so easy.

Over the past year or so, I've been collecting little pieces of vintage fabric {from apieceofcloth} and I finally decided to make a quilt with them. I followed the measurements Sheena kindly gave me and I am really enjoying using up my vintage scraps and other odd pieces of fabric, including a few solids, in this. 
I don't know the finer details of this quilt, just going with my gut feelings really . . . like, my centres are the vintage fabrics, corner triangles mainly geometric, everything alternating light/dark as I go, and having an overall colour combo/focus fabric, like the wonderful Phillip Jacobs 'tree peony' fabric I'm planning to use in the borders. A class with Sheena would really be so wonderful! 

I put on the concert progamme on this afternoon and began making up my own stripey sections in roughly the same width and then pieced several 'square in a square' blocks using the vintage fabrics as my centres, easy as! And yes, I loved it, so I kept on going. Hope you enjoy all the progress photos so far.

And how about you, can you drop everything and just sew what you love too? 
Linking up with Kelly from myquiltinfatuation for 'needle and thread Thursday'

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

late night shopping

We've all been there, right?
A little late night shopping in our PJ's, jimjams, whatever,
and here's a little glimpse of my recent late night {online} shopping . . . 

 And talking about fabric
. . . . did you hear today that FreeSpirit have shut down?
All productions stopped,
including Kaffe, Philip Jacobs, Tula Pink, Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner,
& Denyse Schmidt, among many others.
I don't know many details but maybe check here to read a bit more if you are interested.
And there's lots of comments & thoughts over here at Rachaeldaisy's IG feed

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

sew stitch snap SHARE #19

Happy Wednesday everyone!
We are back this year with our Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE linky party

I'm sure you will agree, the online quilting community has provided us all with a limitless source of inspiration, support and encouragement. Julie from julielou and I decided that we needed a regular mid-week link up to share WiPS, starts and finishes. And to keep the love of blogging alive.
So we have created Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE - it doesn't matter if it's sewing or stitching, snap a photo or three, and share it to our link which we will co-host each fortnight.

First up, what's happening here in my sewing room? Well, as some of you know, I am between homes at present, so I've set up a small area to sew and am mainly doing hand sewing- like stitching down my Dresden Plates onto backgrounds for the barij & southerncharmquilts "wild bloom" quiltalong. There's seven of them all together, 3 complete full plates, 2 1/2 plates, 1 wonky one, and 1 1/4 plate. Time consuming, but so ridiculously cute.
And I'm loving adding little extra embroidery bits to make my quilt have more of a bohemian look about it, learning heaps!

- this little one ends up at 7 1/2" across, other larger ones are 9"

- and then, while packing up for the big, and final, move
I came across an old tin of Mum's with lots of little bits, perfect for my Dresden centres

There's a few gaps still and it's quite tricky to get it all in the photo,
but here's a little peek at how things are looking so far . . .

That's it from me this week.
Time now for another fortnightly 'Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE' linkup

Do you have a project to share this week too?
Just follow these simple guidelines:

1. 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.
2. Somewhere in your post, please link back to this one.
3. Also please take the time to read and comment on some of the other linked posts.

Thanks for joining in with us again this year
Julie & Linda

Saturday, 3 February 2018

a finish & other things

Here's another recent finish I wanted to share. My 'stars' quilt came back from the quilters late last year and I have finished binding it now. You may remember my quilt from this post here, way back in January 2017.

I used Victoria Findlay Wolfe's 'mostly manor' fabrics + scraps for my stars, and then I faffed about for ages trying to make up my mind about how I wanted to set these stars. Sometimes there are just too many options!
I finally decided to use a light VFW fabric for my setting diamonds, and then I opted to use a bright layer cake of Lecien fabrics for the larger setting triangles.
It was machine quilted by Annette de Ratt in an all over lazy daisy design and I used a Kaffe fabric for the binding. Finished quilt measures 125cm x 160cm.

And here's some other little things I'm still working on - the latest blocks for the barij & southerncharmquilts "wild bloom" quiltalong.
I've made a start on my Boho Dresden Plate blocks. They are the biggest part of this quilt. There's seven of them all together, 3 complete full plates, 2 1/2 plates, 1 wonky one, and 1 1/4 plate. Time consuming, but so ridiculously cute . . .

- I used my Dresden ruler to cut each blade 2.5" tall

- and these blades were cut at 3.5" tall

These three Dresden Plates still need to be hand stitched down and some extra bits & pieces added like lace, french knots, and maybe some little fancy stitches around the centres. Loving the gentle pace with this barijquiltalong - follow the IG link here to see all about it.

Another Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE linkup
will be starting Wednesday 7 February 2018 - hope to see you then

Monday, 29 January 2018

show & tell

Time for a little show & tell. 

Late last year I had two quilts back from Annette-the-quilter and I have been busy stitching down the bindings these past few evenings.
My vintage 'Blanket Bay' quilt is all finished now. It has the look of improv about it but I did use an actual pattern, see here. This quilt was inspired by beach holiday homes of the past, where furnishings were often an eclectic mix of mismatched florals, just like we had at our beach house. {see this post here for more about my quilt}.
It's quite a big quilt, measuring 165cms x 180cms. Annette quilted an all-over clamshell pattern, which I thought blended in nicely with the mix & don't match beachy look. I backed it with an old vintage sheet from our beach house and the binding is a blue & white narrow stripe.

Very happy to start the year off with "a finish" from the ever growing WiP pile!
Linking up with Cynthia for 'oh scrap' here

Sunday, 28 January 2018

barijquiltalong {more pics}

Loving the gentle pace of this quiltalong.
It’s such a lovely way to interact with other quilter’s and share a few ideas
- like adding a little 'coral stitch' to the leaves on my 'ivy vine' block

Lots more photos of other's progress too over here on IG @ barijquiltalong

Looking forward to the next pattern release,
I think there are quite a few Dresden Plates coming up soon

Sunday, 21 January 2018

strings on a Sunday

The house situation is slowly falling into place, it's taken a bit of time & juggling but settlement dates are all lined up nicely now. As I've got a little bit of spare time, I have been sewing. I want to get this old top off the WiP pile. this year. for. sure!

Another stash quilt, one I've had on the go -slowly- for a couple of years now. I had cut out a pile of 1 1/2 " strings and made up a couple of the sections, and then I stopped.
It's an easy quilt to make with lots of repetitive stitching, just what I feel like at the moment. It does take a bit of time to join all the strings out to the points of the triangles though, and the joining seams tend to get bulky, I guess that's why it's taking me so long to get this top together!

One complete star block

I'm using Kathy's pattern 'Pop Stars' from one of her earlier books with Sarah Fielke Material Obsession Two. Unlike Kathy's vibrant version, I'm embracing the all-over scrappy pastel look. I'm keeping similar blue strips for the outside circle (on most sections) to help make the spiderweb work. And I'm trying to get a good mix of light & medium fabrics, recycling some old favourites and alternating the warm & cool fabrics. The star blocks each work out at 21 1/2", it's going to end up quite a big quilt I think.

I've been adding the sections up on the design wall as I go, it's fun watching it all grow.

Four big star blocks done, 8 more to go, and then there are 8 half star blocks
But I can't make up any more yet as I'm waiting for more of the Kaffe spot to arrive.
Linking up with Cynthia for 'oh scrap' here  
and with Em for 'moving it forward' over here      

And here's a photo of 'the chair'
It was my mum's chair for many years, she had it in her bedroom. 
The original fabric was very faded
so the other day I decided to have a bit of a go at diy cushion covers.
I used a lovely piece of outbackwife fabric and I'm very pleased with the result.