Sunday, February 7, 2010

little suburb baby quilt

little suburb quilt

As soon as I spotted this one and this one on flickr I knew i needed to make something similar, and fortunately my work supplies a nearly constant stream of new babies as recipients... This one is for a friend at work whose baby of unknown gender is due in June... so I'm a little ahead of myself here.

My favourite house

Now that I've finished this one I need to get going on a single girl quilt for a close friend whose baby is already 3 months old... its taken us the best part of a year to settle on a pattern, and I've now given up on letting my friend choose the fabrics, and will instead trust my own judgement on what she'll like!

Close up of tree

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Green tumbling blocks

Finally finished, a quilt i started intending to have it for winter, ready for the last half of summer - of course, as it was for me it kept getting pushed to the end of the list!


Tumbling blocks pattern, although there's not an awful lot of contrast between my light/medium/darks so not sure that the blocks really stand out. Machine pieced (y-seams arent really that bad when you get going, although admittedly are slower than standard piecing), and machine quilted. First quilt quilted with my new walking foot (thanks mum!) Of course now that I have a walking foot I'm horrified I didnt get one sooner, and keep thinking of all the tiny tucks in the quilting on the quilts I made for my grandmas which could have been avoided. Ah well.

Close up

I've used many of the same fabrics as my first green quilt, although this one has many more mid-green fabrics, so the overall tone is a little different. Bound in the same Katie Jump Rope print I used to bind the first green quilt. I am now completely converted from bias binding to straight grain binding. The trouble with having a background in garment sewing is it never even occurred to me that binding could be other than bias, until the overwhelming evidence of other quilters convinced me to try it! At least I've mastered the mitred corners, the first quilt has rounded corners because I simply couldnt figure out how to bind the squared corners (clearly I also couldnt figure out how to use the internet at that stage).


The last few quilts I've been sewing binding right side first, pressing and pinning and then ditch stitching from the right side. I think this one will be the last one I do this way, I think I'll go back to sewing to wrong side and then edge stitching from the front. While the back will inevitably be imperfect, I wont miss sections the way I am with this method, and I'm over the going back and restitching sections thing. Also I dont mind the line of stitching the edge stitching gives the front.

I have at least three quilts planned in my mind, including another quilt for my bed with more of the same green fabrics. Unfortunately I'm waiting on a pattern and some fabrics to arrive in the post before I can begin any of them. (My shoulder is saying its ok with a few weeks off sewing, it hasnt yet forgiven me for quilting this one start to finish in one sitting).

Oh and I should say - I LOVE it, I'm really happy with how it turned out. It feels right, it feels like me. Although I think the first green quilt with all its flaws may still be my favourite :)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Another grandma quilt

This quilt was a gift for one of my grandmas for christmas. Made primarily from a kit, with some additional borders added and some pillow shams created to make it into a double bed quilt.


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

baby quilt

I made this little quilt for a little baby born quite prem a few months ago. She's now home and doing well. Quilt was made from a charm pack of 30's floral prints (Aunt Grace I think they're called?) and the rest was a white ikea sheet with a yellow and white stripe I had on hand from a baby quilt i made a year ago forming the binding. I used pellon instead of quilt batting for the first time to make it particularly light and soft, so it can be used as wrap as well as a quilt.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

on the shelf

playing along with pip...

On the shelf

on my shelf: orange popular penguins - how i heart thee
and turtle toys from woolies... i love turtles. actually all of my shelves have turtles but these are my current faves.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

new bag

last weeks project: new bag

new bag

new bag

i've completely lost interest in making my green quilt... hoping if i take a break i'll get my enthusiasm back...

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


today I discovered that *finally* new fabrics are coming out from Denyse Schmidt.

Flea Market Fancy and Katie Jump Rope (her last two ranges) are my all time favourite fabric collections, but the new Hope Valley range are promising to be amazing!

meanwhile a poor quality photo of my current WIP - green tumbling blocks, for my bed. Current dilemma - what quilting design to use and do i experiment with hand quilting? free motion quilting? or stick with machining straight lines... would love to hand quilt but suspect it may never get finished if i go for that...

Unfortunately looks like a few more months til its available, but that just gives me more time to plan what I want to make - definitely loving this bluey greeny grey colourway. And thinking that given whats happened with flea market fancy (going out of print and becoming so hard to find) maybe i'll decide its a necessary investment to just buy a metre of each of them for the stash?

This is what I'm working on at the moment - green tumbling blocks for my bed. Big question is - if I start hand quilting it, will i ever finish it????