Sunday, December 4, 2016

"Ruby Tuesday" quilt

One of the ladies I work with recently made a couple of beautiful Log Cabin quilts and since then, I have been keen to make one myself.
I decided to make the "Room and Board" pattern by Camille @Thimblelossoms so gathered some fabrics and started cutting into them.
I used a mix of Bonnie and Camille's Ruby and their newly released Little Ruby and as I started this quilt on Tuesday 26th July, named it "Ruby Tuesday".
Later on I found out that 26/7 is also Mick Jagger's birthday and that the song was released in 1967 which is the year I was born - just a few little happy coincidences:)
I also had some white tone on tone floral leftover from my "Spell it With Moda" quilt, and also enough light aqua from the "Patchwork Swoon" quilt to make these blocks so was able to do a bit of stash busting for this quilt!
The blocks were very simple to put together and finish at 20" square and as I had decided to make a lap sized quilt, only needed to sew 9 of them.
The quilting was done along the seam lines every 2 inches using the Serpentine stitch again - I really love how it looks with all of the straight strips of fabric in this quilt.
For the backing, I used the ever-popular Ikea Britten fabric with a little strip of the light aqua down one side to make it wide enough.
And bound the quilt in my favourite B&C scallops print in aqua which is another fabric from the original Ruby range.
This was a really quick and easy quilt to sew and would be perfect for a beginner as it is just straight piecing and there are only a few seams to match at the end.
Linking up with Fabric Tuesday @ Quiltstory
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Monday, November 21, 2016

Water Colour Seahorse quilt

When I saw the Watercolor Seahorse quilt pattern by Elaine @ Summercrafter designs, I thought that it was such a clever design and have wanted to make it ever since then.
It was also perfect to use up the leftover strips from the Canyon Patchwork Swoon quilt.
The seahorses were fairly straightforward to piece - mainly squares and a few HST.
And I loved how the fabrics looked with the pretty aqua background.
I decided to use the serpentine stitch to do some wavy quilting across the quilt.  
We went to the wharf down by the river in Ballina for some photos.
And then stopped off at The Big Prawn on the way home for another photo!
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Linking up with Fabric Tuesday @ Quiltstory
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This was on my FAL Q4 list for this year so linking up with the 2016 FAL team.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Baby Shower Gift basket

The daughter of a friend of mine is expecting her first child (a girl) and she held her baby shower over the weekend.
I wanted to make her a few items for the nursery and chose some duck fabric along with a coordinating print for the basket, and a cute flamingo muslin to make a baby wrap.
Firstly, I made the basket using the "One Hour Basket" tutorial by Kelly @ Kelbysews.
I had enough of the duck print to make a matching Open Wide Zippered pouch using the tutorial by Anna @ Noodlehead designs.
Then I sewed the muslin wrap and a couple of burp cloths, and I even made a little baby card to go along with the gift.
This was the delicious Baby shower cake made by #honeybirdcakes which was a chocolate cake with choc peppermint ganache filling and Swiss meringue buttercream.
And some cute peppermint choc cheesecake "shots" which were so nice and refreshing on such a hot day that I may have had more than one!
Linking up with Fabric Tuesday @ Quiltstory
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This was on my FAL Q4 list for this year so linking up with the 2016 FAL team.
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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Colorway quilt along

Although I have quite a few projects on the go, I joined in another Quilt-along running during November...
I already had a F8 bundle of the Handmade fabric that I have been keen to use with a cute B&W dot fabric, and this seemed the perfect opportunity!
Then I happened upon a destash of a Handmade JR which suited the cutting of this particular quilt better.
The rest of the quilt is cut from my B&C stash and coordinating solids so I still have about half of the JR strips remaining to use for another project.
The print fabrics were matched with a coordinating solid

This is the test block I made which although it isn't perfect was a lot easier to sew than what I thought it would be.
And the next one, using a scant 1/4" seam which may have helped get those pesky points lined up!
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Linking up with Fabric Tuesday @ Quiltstory

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Scrappy Seahorses!

After making the Canyon Patchwork Swoon quilt for my daughter, I was left with some short pieces of the jelly roll strips.
I went looking for a way to use up these scraps and came across the Watercolor Seahorse quilt by Elaine Summercrafter which used lots of little 2.5" squares so I got out my seam ripper and pulled some of the strip sets apart.
As I was using colourful squares, I also decided to go with an aqua background appropriately named "Sea".
Lots of little HST's were sewn and trimmed before piecing the quilt!
This is the first of the three seahorses.
Linking up with Scraptastic Tuesday hosted by Leanne @ She Can Quilt and Nicky @ Mrs Sew and Sew.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Sunday Stash - Slow and Steady

I made a trip to my LQS store recently and added some "Slow and Steady" Tortoise and Hare prints to my Tula stash.
Many of the other Slow and Steady prints have already been used in my 100 Blocks City Sampler quilt (#kirstenscitysampler on IG)  but I needed few more which I can also use in the Hexagon quilt which I am planning to do soon.
Now, I am just waiting on an acrylic template to make the cutting of the extra hexagons easier...
Linking up with Sunday Stash over @MolliSparkles for the 200th Sunday Stash linkup!


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Fancy Forest Bunny pillow

When I made the Fancy Forest baby quilt earlier this year, I made a test block for the bunny first to make sure I had all of those little pieces worked out...
So at the end I had an extra block ready to make into a coordinating pillow.
I added some borders to make the pillow cover up to 16" square.  
Then did some cross hatch quilting after marking lines 1" apart with my hera marker.
For the back, I just made a simple envelope closure and then bound it in a cute dotty print.
Linking up with Fabric Tuesday @ Quiltstory
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This was on my FAL Q4 list for this year so linking up with the 2016 FAL team.

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