Sunday, April 23, 2017

"Bear Ridge" quilt

Earlier this year, Jackie Gillies of Keep Safe quilts organised a Virtual Charity Sew-In where participants could sew blocks to donate for charity quilts.
For those who wanted to sew blocks using a pattern, the Genny and Ruth pattern was suggested as an option.
These blocks sew up to 20" square each so I made 4 of them to make a 40x40" quilt.
I used some fabrics from my stash in oranges, blues and greys and have named it "Bear Ridge" after one of the prints.
This quilt will be donated to Keepsafe quilts and hopefully bring a little cheer to a child.
This project was on my FAL Q2 list for this year so linking up with the 2017 FAL team.
Kirsten.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Q2 list for the Finish-A-Long

We will be away for a few weeks during this quarter but I have a few projects that I would still like to get done before we go...
1. First up is a baby quilt made for Keepsafe quilts using the Genny and Ruth blocks that I still need to quilt and bind.
2. I am joining in the Pantone colour of the year challenge as green is my favourite colour - I was able to get most of these green and low volume fabrics from my stash:)
3. And another smaller project using the same green fabrics along with some of the Kona solid in "Parrot" which is a good match to Pantones "Greenery"...
4. A one hour basket for a friends daughter who is having a baby boy - luckily for me she chose an elephant theme. 
5. Another baby boy quilt to be finished is one using the Trip Around the World method of piecing.
6. And I really need to make the Passport pouch for our trip!! 
7. It is now autumn here in Australia so I have quite a few crochet projects planned - first is to finish a gift for my mum for Mothers day using some lovely Bouvardia yarn.
8. And I bought a few colours of the Caron Cakes to make a Desert Winds scarf for my sister-in-law for her birthday which I started in the car on our way home from Newcastle.
9. And also crocheting another one to keep me warm on our trip away...
10. Along with a colourful beanie:)
11. And a nice soft simple scarf in this lovely mustard colour that goes with just about anything.
12. And maybe I will get the beach ripple blanket finished this time.
Linking up my Q2 FAL list with the 2017 FAL team here.
Kirsten.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Ninja Stars quilt

One of the quilts I finished recently was the Plus Squared quilt by Emily Dennis which was a lovely quilt to make, so when I saw that Emily had put out a call for pattern testers for some new patterns I contacted her right away. 
Emily had a couple of patterns that she had been posting pics of on Instagram, one of which was the "Ninja Stars" quilt that I ended up testing.
I chose some of the new Cloud 9 Floral Deco fabrics along with a few coordinating solids with the tan background to make the baby size of the Ninja Stars quilt.
The Ninja Stars quilt is a jelly roll friendly pattern but can also be made from 2.5" strips or 2.5 square scraps, and comes in 2 sizes - crib and throw.
The blocks were quite straightforward to put together and I got most of the smaller size of the quilt top done in a full day of sewing.
I didnt think I would have enough time to finish the quilt due to work but then our town was sadly flooded after tropical cyclone Debbie came down the east coast, so I had a few "sew-days" until the water levels went back down.
The quilting was quite easy as I followed the seam lines down the quilt with my usual serpentine stitch.
And then I bound the quilt in the bright red solid which also went well with the backing.
This was a great pattern and I really want to make the non-scrappy version soon too!
Emily has more information about her Ninja Stars quilt on her blog (she used some gorgeous Tula Pink fabrics) along with her other new release "Sweet Summertime" which is a another beautiful quilt, and now has both patterns available for purchase from her "Quilty Love" shop.
Kirsten.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

2017 Finish Along Q1.

I had good intentions of doing lots of sewing but due to very hot weather over summer, only managed to actually finish a few of the projects on my Q1 proposed list of finishes
1. Abstract Elephant quilt:  still no further progress.
 2. AMH Painted Portrait dress: done!
3. Baby Animals quilt: done!
4. Butterfly quilt by Tula Pink - I have been saving my Eden bundle for this to do a different version of this amazing quilt.
5.Cloud 9 Plus quilt: thinking of doing a different design for this one....
6. Coastal ripples blanket: no further progress.
7. Colorway quilt: done!
8. Liberty Fancy Foxes quilt: done!
9. Matilda/Melba Swoon quilt: all of the blocks are made but still need to finish the quilt!
10.Necessary Wallet Clutch (NCW) : done!
11. Plus Squared quilt: done!
12. Summerlove Swoon Sixteen: didn't get a chance to start this one:(
13.Tula hexie quilt: no progress.
14. World travel wallet: no further progress.
So only 6/14 this time - hoping for a more productive Q2! Linking up with the 2017 FAL team.
Kirsten.

Friday, March 31, 2017

AGF Necessary wallet

After making my first NCW last year, I wanted to make another using some of the beautiful new
 Art Gallery denim.
The denim is a a lighter weight denim which is just perfect for these wallets.
For the lining I used a coordinating Cloud9 print and a solid fabric for the card pockets.
I used a slightly heavier weight interfacing for this NCW which has given it a bit more structure than the previous one.
This project was on my FAL Q1 list for this year so linking up with the 2017 FAL team.
Kirsten.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Liberty Fancy Fox quilt

I have always wanted to make the Fancy Fox quilt using Liberty fabrics like in the original pattern.
The Liberty fabrics are so lovely and just the perfect scale for the fox faces.
As I only had a few different prints, I chose to only make 9 foxes which is a nice size for a baby quilt.
 
And I quilted the foxes in using serpentine stitches going down the quilt the same way as I did on the "30 shades of Fox" quilt I made last year.
Then bound the quilt in a hot pink solid as that was one of the predominant colours in the Liberty prints.
I finished this quilt just before we went away for the weekend to celebrate our anniversary, and managed to find some nice locations for some quilty photos.
The above photos were taken near the lighthouse and breakwall at Nobbys Head in Newcastle NSW, Australia.
And one at Fort Scratchley which is a former coastal defence area built in 1882.
The back of the quilt is a pretty floral print which went well with the Liberty fabrics.
This was on my FAL Q1 list for this year so linking up with the 2017 FAL team.
Kirsten.