05 May 2016

Batik Piccadilly Circus

Not quite three weeks ago I received a request for a custom-made quilt and today the finished quilt was sent off to the USA.  The customer had very specific requirements about colour and size, and she wanted the quilt made using the same pattern as one of the quilts I have for sale.  I had some of the fabrics in my stash and I was able to purchase the rest from my local fabric shop.


The quilt is for a wedding present and I was asked to embroider the bride and groom's names as well as the wedding date on the centre of the middle Dresden plate block.

Fortunately Karen was able to drop everything and do the quilting straight away - this saved loads of time and I finished stitching down the binding last night.

Time to get back to some of the other quilt tops in the WIP pile.  The Scrappy Churndash blocks are in various stages of assembly and are enjoyable to sew.


No progress on Starlight, Hopscotch or Scrappy Log Cabin for a while.

Bedroom reno progress:  quotes have been received for floor polishing, in-built wardrobe and electrical work.  Electrical work will be done next week.  No renovating for me this weekend - I'm spending the weekend with ChaCha and Gulliver.

02 May 2016

Binding

If you can't find me, I'll probably be buried under a mountain of quilts and binding - not quite finished making binding yet.



I received a surprise package in the mail this week - Sarah returned my two Star Wars quilts




and Karen has been busy quilting a cot quilt I was asked to make for a friend


 "My Blue Heaven"


and the batik "Piccadilly Circus"


I saw this beautiful block on Instagram yesterday


and it's a great design to use up the hundreds of Fig Tree half-square triangles I sewed up months ago


But first they all need trimming


Another WIP to add to the list.

No sewing over the weekend - my mum, sister-in-law, niece, brother and I started work on my bedroom renovation.  Lots and lots of prep work before we can start painting.


I'm pretty excited about this.

27 April 2016

Things on the Go

I have too many things on the go in the sewing room and I've had to start something new after receiving a request for a Piccadilly Circus quilt to be made from batik fabrics to suit a particular colour scheme and the quilt needs to be in USA by 25 May at the latest.  Fortunately it's a quilt that's pretty quickly put together once all the strips are sewn together and having a long weekend was a big help.

The aqua and chartreuse fabrics will be the backgrounds for the Dresden Plate blocks.



There needed to be a bit of shopping to buy backing for the quilt and it arrived the next day - fantastic service from Widebacks.  I also received two packs of lovely Bonnie and Camille "Vintage Picnic" fabrics from Sew Lux.  As a treat to myself, I joined Sew Lux's Bonnie and Camille Collectors' Club for the year so will receive a f/q bundle on three full ranges over 12 months.


I also purchased "Hello Darling" fabrics to use as backings for a couple of quilts.


While searching through one of my cupboards I came across this quilt - "My Blue Heaven" started in 2006.  It was so close to being finished - only needed three more borders and all the half-square triangles were made.



One night's sewing and it was done.  When quilted, this will join the donations pile to be sent off mid-May.


Before starting the batik Piccadilly Circus, I was playing with scraps making Scrappy Log Cabin blocks - these were very popular last year on Instagram but I'm always late joining these parties.  Feels great to be using up so many scraps and almost making a quilt for free.


Last week Miss ChaCha's crochet overalls were finished - these were started ages before she was born.  Of course, I forgot to give them to Elizabeth when they were down on the weekend but they went off in the post yesterday.


This little jumper was started before both babies were on the way and I sewed it up on Monday night - it should fit Gulliver next winter.


It was a busy long weekend with family and close friends and I have a lot to look forward to in the next few weeks.

12 April 2016

"Two Fruits"

The theme for our on-line group's first swap of the year was to make something using a Helen Stubbings pattern (Hugs 'n' Kisses).

Jo sent me such a lovely parcel wrapped in a fat quarter of Helen's fabric.  The design Jo chose is "Pretty in Pink" and is beautifully stitched using more of Helen's fabrics.

 

Notice the card from Chookyblue
My partner to send to was Jenny.  I made "Two Fruits" for Jenny - I did all the stitching on the plane to Singapore and stitched the clamshells on the flight home.

 



This was a fun design to put together fitting it all around a beetroot can - I didn't have a "two fruits" can.

I had a lot of 2-1/2" squares left over from the B&C Patchwork Swoon quilt and was looking for a block design to use them in.  One day last week I had a brainwave and the scrappy churndash block is the result.


All my sewing time since has been taken up making these blocks.


I have loads of blocks in various stages of progress but have now run out of background fabric - that will be delivered next Tuesday, so back to Starlight and Hopscotch.

Had the best day on Saturday - minded ChaCha while Elizabeth and Matt were out for the day and we visited Michael and Gulliver.  The littlies were so entertaining playing with each other.  I also had a bonus time minding Gulliver later in the day which Michael picked up Peta from work.

Mum and I, along with some of our friends, are going to a charity showing of "Eddie the Eagle" tomorrow night - don't know much about the movie but I do remember Eddie the Eagle at the Olympics.  Hugh Jackman is in the movie so that's a plus :)

04 April 2016

Fiddler on the Roof


My all-time favourite musical theatre/opera performer is Anthony Warlow.  Last year when the new production of "Fiddler on the Roof" was announced I bought tickets for Mum, Elizabeth, Jenni and me.  I was pretty excited by the time Saturday afternoon came around and we were finally going to see the show.  He was fabulous - such an incredible voice, wonderful stage presence and great sense of humour.


I've cut out another quilt from my Hello Darling f/q bundle - Hopscotch, a Thimble Blossoms design (surprise, surprise).  The bundle is now almost gone.


Lots of points to line up in this quilt - not my favourite thing to do but the effect is great with the 6-pointed star being made when they align.

More points to line up with Starlight - most of the triangles for the half-hexagons are made.  I think this one will be really pretty with the pink star points.


A couple of weeks ago I finished binding the two Text Me quilts that Karen quilted.



I have a couple more quilts to finish off then they will be sent off for donation.

Second-last 'Downton Abbey' tonight - a shame this wonderful show is coming to an end.

29 March 2016

Bonnie and Camille Patchwork Swoon

For some unknown reason I decided I wanted to make two Patchwork Swoon quilts - one in Fig Tree fabrics and the other in Bonnie and Camille fabrics.

The quilt is made using lots of B&C fabrics from many of their ranges ("Bliss" through to "Hello Dalring").  I sewed down the binding last week after Karen finished the quilting.

 
 

The backing is from B&C's "Hello Darling" range and the binding is the large red floral from their "Bliss" range.

Over the Easter weekend I was able to finish putting together two I Spy Star Wars quilts:  one single-bed sized


and the other cot sized - the pattern is a block called "Modalove Star"


They've been sent off for quilting.  Also finished off some secret sewing I cut out and started sewing strips together for a new quilt - "Starlight".

 

Last Thursday I went to the Royal Easter Show with my brother, sister-in-law and niece.  Haven't been for a few years and had the best day.

 
 


Bought myself a new handbag at the Show


Spent Saturday with my little sweethearts - always the best day.  Jenni made a dinosaur tail for Gulliver's high chair - it's fabulous!


Yesterday Mum and I went to see "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2" - loved it.

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