Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Purple Square quilt finish

This has felt like one of my quickest quilt for a while, but it still took over a year to complete. OK there was only a few days when it was worked on.

In 2009 when I was on mat leave I saw the pattern in a magazine and knew that it was the pattern I had been looking for to use the purple rose fabric. As I hadn't picked up anything for a while I headed of to the QS and picked up all the fabric for the top and binding.

Then it sat until the spring of 2010 when I was going on a weekend retreat and I decided that it would be the perfect project, so I got it all cut before heading out and finished the top.

In the fall I took it to the quilter and I got it back just before Christmas. I think she did a great job. We picked a patter that was quiet curing and included flowers and butterflies to match the images in the purple fabric but contrast with the straight lines of the quilt patter.
During my week of over the holidays I got the binding ready to go and finished in time to take it to my first guild meeting of the year. It feel so nice to finish a bigger project.
I am still not sure what I plan on doing with this quilt, but it is very me. It also looks great in my living room so it may have to stay.

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Sewing Corner

This was my last finish last year. My mum gave me the stitchery pattern and buttons for Christmas 2009, so it was nice to have it totally finished before the end of 2010. I think the button really make it, I love the sewing machine button.
I picked up some border fabric during a weekend getaway. I think it finished it of nicely. I kept the quilting simple, just around the zinger and then large stippling in the boarder.
I also wanted to share this great fabric my mum gave me this year and cute bag my brother sent, the best part of the bag was it came filled with some of my childhood favorite treats - all gone now.
Here are a couple of cute dolls quilts that my mum made for LM.
This rail fence she already had made, I really like it. Some times these simple designs just appeal to me.
This blue one she made special. It is so pretty, sorry not the best photo.
I had a frustrating time in the sewing room today. I was working on my jar table runner and was about put it all together when I found out that I had made the center an inch too short. I have enough fabric to redo it, but have not decided if that is what I am going to do. I should have stop earlier as I keep cutting things the wrong size. Oh well these things happen. Time to work on something else.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

12 Days of Christmas

I wanted to share the gifts I got as my 12 days of Christmas from one of the guild members. I had a guess when I saw how they were wrapped and I was right, not that it mattered but its fun trying to work out who your secret Santa is.
I was very happy with my gifts, there were also a couple of ornaments, but they were on the tree when this photo was taken. The hand made gifts include a bread basket liner, candle mat and pin cushion. This was so much fun to open every day. The black rolled up fabric is chalk broad fabric, I had never even heard of it, so glad she put a note what it was, I can't wait to find a project for that. She even included a dolls blanket and bag for LM. (Not to mention the chocolates for DH - eaten by time of photos)

I think these gifts were more creative than mine, I just hope the recipient of my 12 days liked their gifts as much. I only made one homemade gift and you may see a pattern here. I made a table runner. This is based on the same pattern but instead of rail fence blocks I did squares with the blocks in the center being fussy-cut Australian animals. This was my last gift and I hope it gives away that I was the Secret Santa.
For once I even made one for myself. The fabric for mine were all aboriginal prints, but its hard to tell once they were cut up. I had to be a bit more careful with the placement on this one to get the pinwheels to work. I love how they all look different from each other.