Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Legendary quilt

When we went on a recent holiday to Canada and the USA to celebrate our 50th birthdays this year, I returned with plans to make a special quilt for my hubbys actual birthday which is coming up soon.
I purchased the Legendary pattern by Elizabeth Hartman and some of the fabrics whilst we were away as I was lucky to visit the Prickly Pear quilt shop in Montana, and the Rushin Tailors quilt shop in Skagway, Alaska. 
The trees in the quilt were made from the Bali pops jelly roll and I have used different strips for each part of the tree, and I found the perfect woodgrain print for the tree trunks.
The background is a Moda Basic Grey Grunge fabric in cream and the Sasquatch was made using a brown grunge blender.
I found the backing fabric at my LQS, "Rainbow Patchwork"  and the quilt was also long arm quilted there by Karen.
It was when we met up with the local "Sasquatch" in Harrison Hot Spings, on our second day of the trip that I knew that I just had to make the Legendary quilt.
Hoping hubby loves his new quilt and that it brings back memories of our first overseas holiday together.

Linking up with Amy from Amy's Creative Side for the Bloggers Quilt Festival - Fall 2017.
And this project was on my FAL Q3 list for this year so linking up with the 2017 FAL team.
Kirsten.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Scrappy patchwork pincushion

 After seeing all of the cute pincushions on Instagram last month for the #pinnieparade, I was keen to make one for myself. 
I chose to make the Deluxe Pincushion from the "Sew Organised For The Busy Girl" book by Heidi Staples (@fabricmutt), and for the front pocket I was able to use up some very small scraps of Bonnie and Camille fabric leftover from other projects.
This was so much fun to make and would be a perfect little gift for anyone who sews.
Linking up with Scraptastic Tuesday hosted by Leanne @ She Can Quilt and Nicky @ Mrs Sew and Sew.
Kirsten.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Matilda Swoon quilt

The Matilda Swoon quilt is the second of the Swoon quilts mentioned in my previous post.
This one has a different backing fabric and I used the same aqua solid for the binding. 
And it was also quilted in the same swirly pantograph design as the Melba swoon quilt.
Here are the two quilts side by side....sister quilts for my brothers two teenage daughters.
I really love how these have turned out and hope my nieces can enjoy them for years to come.
This project was on my FAL Q3 list for this year so linking up with the 2017 FAL team.
Kirsten.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Melba Swoon quilt

Earlier this year I joined in the Swoonalong on Instagram and started making some Swoon blocks using a mix of Melba and Matilda fabric by Emma Jean Jansen.  
By late January, I had 16 blocks sewn and then the weather got very hot here and I didn't feel like doing much sewing.
It is now winter here and I decided to sew a couple of extra blocks so that I could make 2 quilts, each of 9 blocks.
This is the first of the two quilts - it finished at about 62" square which is a nice lap quilt size.
This was quilted at my LQS, Rainbow Patchwork with a swirly design using a mid grey thread.
The pantograph shows up really well against the charcoal background fabric.
This quilt is a gift for my one of my nieces as she is about to finish high school.
Back soon with some photos of the second quilt made from these blocks....
This was on my FAL Q3 list for this year so linking up with the 2017 FAL team.
Kirsten.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Proposed finishes for Q3 Finish-a-long

My plans for this quarter include some blocks which were sewn back in January that are finally getting made into quilts.
1. Star Bright baby quilt - using the Star Bright pattern by Kate Blakesley @ Swim Bike quilt.
 2. Forever Friends plus quilt - using the Plus quilt by Kelly at Jeliquilts.
3. Melba Swoon - the first of two similar quilts made from the swoon blocks sewn earlier this year is already at the quilters so only the binding to still be made and sewn on.
4. Matilda swoon - also at the quilters, and the binding is ready for this one. 
5.Underwater quilt: fabrics are cut ready to sew ....
6.Legendary quilt: most supplies for this quilt were acquired whilst overseas recently so I am now ready to sew it all together.
7. Tula Pink Butterfly quilt: Joining in another sew-along hosted by Angie (Gnome Angel)and Nicole (Snips Snippets).
8. Beach Ripple crochet blanket: whilst it is still winter here I hope to be able to do some more crochet.
9.Cloud 9 Foxglove baby quilt: just sewing some simple strips for this quilt.
10. Swiss quilt: using some pretty minty/teal shades...
11. Crochet granny scarf: using a couple of the Cake Pop colour in the Caron Cakes yarn.
12. And finally, I decided to join in the 2017 Summer Trip around the world sew-along hosted by #myteaandbrie on IG. I am going to use some blue/green jelly roll strips and will add in more fabrics from my stash as needed.
Linking up my Q3 list with the 2017 FAL team here.
Kirsten.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Quilt shopping in the USA

Whilst on holidays overseas recently, I managed to come across a couple of lovely quilt stores in two of the towns we stopped at.
The first one was Prickly Pear Quilts in Helena, Montana USA. Hubby actually spotted it whilst we were having lunch so I wandered in to have a look around - luckily there was a pub opposite for him to visit whilst I was at the quilt store:)
I was only able to make some small purchases due to luggage constraints - the Legendary pattern by Elizabeth Hartman, a green batik jelly roll for the trees with and a cute little zip pouch. 
The reason for choosing the Legendary pattern was that we had stopped at Harrison Hot Springs in British Colombia, Canada, a few days earlier and hubby had his photo taken with the local "Sasquatch". I had said at the time that when I got home I was going to make the Legendary quilt to remember our time away. Also, I have already made a few of Elizabeths patterns and know how good they all are!
The other quilt shop we found was The Rushin' Tailors Quilt Alaska in Skagway, Alaska.
The walls of this store were covered in beautiful quilts.
And lots of lovely fabrics also - many of them also Alaskan themed.
The quilts were just stunning - hubby had come into the store with me this time and even he commented on how amazing they were!
And they even had a fabulous Fancy Forest quilt up on the wall.
I only bought a few brownish batiks to use in the Legendary quilt to go along with another woodgrain type print for the trees.
It was so enjoyable to be able to visit these stores and to see some different fabrics and quilts to what we have here in Australia.
Now, with the addition of some Basic grey Grunge fabric and more batik for the backing, I have all of the supplies to make my very own Legendary quilt to remind us of our wonderful trip to Canada and the USA.
Kirsten.