Saturday, December 26, 2009

More christmas crafting

Another christmas gift post. I can finally post the head bands that I made for friend's girls. I had a lot of fun making these and choosing fabric from my stash. Really easy to make, and I would agree a lovely idea. One friends girl wondered if they could be made in her schools colour's - uniform has to be one colour apparently.  Anyhow here is the link:Best band ever

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


I made this apron for my sister. It's fully reversible, flattering & very cute. Finished within an evening so quite simple. Inspired by pictures of the Emmeline apron I've seen online but I drafted my own pattern that met sis' needs [including large pockets & adjustable straps]. I can reveal it now as she's received it.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Nappy Bag

Thanks to the link on Shelle's blog for this bag. Made with fabric from Ikea, a good weight, and cool colours. I hope that Mo likes the bag. That was the easy part, now I need inspiration for the quilt to go with it. Link to cool diaper bag pattern.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Fairies all over...............


Here are the pictures of the quilt top that I am making for a one of my collegues little girls- Miss D. She is 6 and loves all things fairy and purple.

Now all I have to do is quilt it!

Bindings will be the dark purple used in the quilt.

Christmas presents...

I've been waiting to post this photo of the gifts I made for the Quiltitis girls. Having finally gotten together, now I can:-) I made each of them a table runner for Christmas with a variety of fabric from my stash - yes, I had way to many Christmas fabrics in my stash!! Simple squares and rectangles - quite quick once I decided what to do. Hopefully they'll get to use them this Christmas season.

Quilting day...

Well, we finally managed to get together for a day of quilting! It has taken much organisation but we did it. I didn't catch photos of the menfolk, but here are the Quiltitis girls and the cute kids. I have to confess I worked on a Christmas dress fo Little Miss rather than a quilt, but Di worked on a beautiful bag - see her post for pictures - and Shelle starting quilting a quilt for her Miss S - who had high expectations of Mum's speediness! You can see Maivili here ironing fabric to cut for her quilt too. Thanks, Girls, for a lovely afternoon.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

My first bag

No posts for a long time and then 2 in one night. Here is a picture of the bag that I made today. I still need to add a couple of decorative buttons but it is a functional bag until then. Made using a sweet roll- the 1 1/2" strip rolls from Moda, and some navy blue japanese style fabric that I had bought for my stash. Here is the "recipe" , from the Moda Bakeshop.

Well what a fantastic day of sewing.

I'm going to miss the meets at Shelle's house. However, I can now post the pictures of the quilt journals that I made. We now have no excuse not to keep a record. The pattern is from the moda bakeshop: journal cover pattern. Easy to do.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Well I know that I have been very quiet for the last few weeks. Holiday and domestic kitchen things going on. However, I have not forgotten the sewing machine and will have new photos of my xmas projects to post in a couple of weeks time. Until then they are a surprise. But I have got projects from links on Crafty Mummy's blog and the Moda Bakeshop. Looking forward to show and tell.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


I managed to escape the family & attend the craft & quilt show at the Brisbane Convention Centre for a couple of hours last Saturday. The display of quilts by the Qld Quilter's guild was really impressive - I think it was the biggest number of quilts they've ever had. Very inspiring of course. I just wish I had a photographic memory for all of the amazing things I saw.

One of this year's challenges was hexagons... There were quilts with hexagons as large as dinner plates, quilted-as-you-go, down to tiny hexagons no bigger than a 5 or 10 cent piece. When you think that these are hand-pieced it makes it all the more impressive. To see some of these amazing quilts visit the Queensland Quilters website though the photos don't do the quilts justice.

Then there was the market hall! I went to see the curve master presser foot demonstrated by it's inventor, Sandra Chandler-Lawhon, & was so impressed I bought it on the spot. I had a play with it last night & I think you will start to see curved seams in my quilts soon. I've always avoided them before but this little foot is amazing.

I also attended a free workshop, the name of which escapes me just now, on a technique I'll share with you at a later date.

Now I just have to finish a couple of UFO's so I can start on my new ideas...

Monday, October 5, 2009


Came across a fabric store that has free postage in Australia until Friday... Quilt Fabric Delights has instruction on her blog as to how to take advantage. I had to check it out and tey have a huge range of fabric so might be worth a look...

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Snowdrops all over

Well, not one of my quilts but thought that you might like to see the quilt mum found in a open house/ cafe near St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. The quilter must have had a thing for snowdrops, I can only imagine the work that went into this!! Even the flying geese blocks must have taken ages, and then there's the volume of applique. Not my cup of tea - but pretty spectacular.

A lap quilt for Miss 4

This was my first attempt at a quilt-as-you-go quilt. Each Dutch Doll block is machine appliqued & then quilted before joining together with sashing.

Great fun & very quick to complete.

A lap quilt for Miss 2

This quilt was completed for Miss 2 in July 2009.

Ribbon stars blocks quilted around stars & in the ditch.

A quilt for Miss 0

I began this quilt when I was pregnant with my first baby, 7 years ago. It got put aside for a time & was finished in time for Miss 0 to be born 2 months ago!!

Patchwork blocks - snowball & square in square blocks quilted in the ditch.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A quilt for Mr Happy...

This I-Spy quilt was made for my now 3 year old, Mr Happy. I had the squares cut from a previous project, so I created the design with sashing and a couple of bands at the top to get the length for his bed. Very easy! Machine pieced and machine quilted on my home machine.

A quilt for Little Miss...

This is the quilt I created last year for my Little Miss. She's into fairies and sparkles and castles
so I managed to find some prints with all of that and more! Of course, pink was the dominant colour, but I convinced her we needed some other colors too. The pattern is from "Australian Quilters Companion" Vol 2, No 3. The original is in greens and blues so this looks quite different. Needless to say, she loves it!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Well, the quickest I have ever finished a project. From this months AP&Q, the little Xmas quiltlet.

Nice to do something little and pretty.

QC quilt.

Here is the quilt that instructions will be printed in Quilters Companion

We are still in the process of submitting these to the magazine.

Friday, August 7, 2009

This is the jigsaw quilt I made for a friend's bub. I believe that they are now old enough to try to eat the sparkly bits off off the black border. Perhaps not the ideal choice if I had my time again. Easy to make but did use 3 rolls of adhesive bias binding!!