Saturday, April 11, 2015

Q2 Finish-Along goals!

We were away on holidays last week and I had plenty of time to have a think about what to put on my Q2 finish-along list so here goes... 

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

 1.  Bruce: this project is first on my list as I didn't get around to it last quarter...
2. Pattern testing for Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts again - this time I am using colours inspired by this Astrid bundle by Erin McMorris from my LQS Rainbow Patchwork.
3. Outlander Craft swap - I am on Team Lallybroch and have chosen some Scottish themed fabrics to use to make a couple of projects including a paper pieced pillow...

  4. Tessa basket by Green Letter Day - planning on doing some Cotton &Steel patchwork for this....
5. Wildwood fabric: I would like to try making a downsized Noodlehead "SuperTote" with these beautiful organic Cloud 9 fabrics.
6. Lizzy House MQS: I am on Team Riddle and have my partner already so am going to dig into my Lizzy House stash to make a mini quilt using one of the Thimbleblossoms mini quilt patterns. I just bought some of the new mini pearl bracelets to use too:)
7. DUACAL: I have done the first set of rows on this blanket but haven't gotten much further...
8. Table runners for Mothers' day: using some Terra Australis fabrics.
9 Cotton and Steel MQS: I have made a couple of practice blocks already which I might incorporate into an extra item rt two...
10.  I would like to make this shirt using a pattern from Anna Maria Horner with this lovely rayon.
Linking up again with Adrianne @ On The Windy Side for the Q2 FAL....

Friday, April 3, 2015

2015 Finish Along Q1

I had quite a few projects on my list for the first quarter FAL 2015 and I am happy to say that I got most of them done!!
2015 FAL at On the Windy Side
1. A mini Swoon quilt using Terra Australis fabric - check!
2. The #aussiebagswap2015 Cotton and Steel 241 bag - check!
  3. The #kittenmqs2015 mini quilt swap - check!
  4.  Bruce  - pattern by Jodie @ Ric-Rac: well Bruce din't get much of a look in this quarter - maybe next time!
5. Marsala Maples quilt using prints from various Denyse Schmidt fabrics- check!.
6. A Queen Bee bag from the Moda Bake Shop - check!
 7.My Rainbow Ripple Rug  - check!
8. A Quick Brown Fox pillow - check!
9. Pattern testing the "Star Jump" quilt for Jess @  The Elven Garden - check!
 10. A "Foxy Ladies" mini quilt for the #igminiswapOz - check!
So that is 9/10 for the first quarter - now to make a start on my list for Q2 FAL.
2015 FAL at On the Windy Side
.Linking up with Adrianne @ On The Windy Side for the  Q1 2015 FAL - thanks so much for hosting and keeping us organised Adrianne!

Queen Bee bag

A friend of mine needed a bag to store her quilting mat and rulers in and after showing her the "The Queen Bee Bag" from the Moda Bake shop, we decided that it would be the perfect pattern. 
She chose some lovely Japanese Buzuko Duck fabric, and some solid black for the handles.
To make the bag study enough, I did some straight line quilting through the layers of duck, batting and canvas to form the panels for the bag.
I resized the bag slightly to fit her cutting mat which was wider than my one, and she said that it fitted perfectly!
Linking up with Fabric Tuesday @ Quiltstory
Fresh Poppy Design
This was on my FAL Q1 list for this year so linking up with Adrianne @ On The Windy Side.
2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

IG mini Oz - Foxy Ladies

The #igminioz Foxy Ladies mini quilt is now on its way to my partner...
I used the Fancy Fox pattern by Elizabeth Hartmann @ Oh Fransson but I made these foxes smaller so they finished at 3 x 4".
These fox blocks are quite addictive to make and it didn't take me long to have a skulk of them ready for the mini quilt.
To send along with the mini quilt,  I made an Armchair Sewing pincushion using the tutorial by Amy @ During Quiet Time,
Along with a matching needle case in some sewing themed fabric.
This project was on my FAL Q1 list for this year so linking up with Adrianne @ On The Windy Side.
2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Monday, March 30, 2015

Terra Australis Swoon mini

The "Swoon" pattern by Thimbleblossoms is one of my favourites and after seeing Janelles beautiful quilt, I decided to make a mini quilt using some of the Terra Australis fabrics by Emma Jean Jansen.
I chose a few combinations of prints from TA1 and TA2 for the 4 blocks and cut all of the pieces out, and fussy cut a few of the designs for the centre block.
Once the blocks were made, I added in a few squares of the yellow and grey boomerang fabrics into the sashing.
And then quilted it in straight lines - I love how vibrant these fabrics are against the grey background. And although I do participate in quite a few mini quilt swaps, this one is definitely staying with me:)
Linking up with Fabric Tuesday @ Quiltstory.
2015 FAL at On the Windy Side
This project was on my FAL Q1 list for this year so linking up with Adrianne @ On The Windy Side.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Kitten Mini quilt Swap

Last week I mailed off the Kitten Mini quilt swap package to my secret partner and now that she has received it I can post some photos
I actually had the swap mama Marni (@ Frankiesfabrics on IG) as my partner and one of the things she liked were Drunkards Path blocks. So inspired by a pillow I have here which was made by Rachel (@ woodenspoon quilts), I did a scrappy version using various cat print fabrics including the Aneela Hoey Hello Petal Kitty Cats, Cotton and Steel Hatbox cats, and quite a few others from Catnap by Lizzy House.
I  tried to mainly use some of her favourite colours of black, hot pink, orange, lime and purple and fussy cut the prints to focus on the cats, especially "Frankie". 
The mini is backed in another cat print and is quilted in straight lines. I bound it in a cute kitty paw print fabric.
I also included a zippy pouch and mug rug (made using some of the cat blocks from over at Oh Fransson) and a few other kitty themed extras. A special thank you also to a few quilty friends who sent me some cat fabrics in exchange for some charm squares as they were much appreciated!
Linking up with Fabric Tuesday @ Quiltstory
Fresh Poppy Design
This was on my FAL Q1 list for this year so linking up with Adrianne @ On The Windy Side.
2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

"Star Jump"

A few months ago, Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts put out a call for pattern testers and now that she has released her wonderful "Star Jump" pattern, I can show the finished quilt I made.
I used some of the Denyse Schmidt Picadilly fabrics with a coordinating deep blue solid for the background.
The FQ friendly pattern is written for 3 sizes - baby, lap and Queen size. 
I made the "baby size" and it was a fairly quick pattern to put together as the blocks are quite large at 24" x 24".
This was quilted by doing some straight line quilting through each of the smaller blocks which form the Irish chain element of the pattern.
Once again I used the Ikea numbers fabrics for the back ...
 And bound it in one of the plaid prints from the DS Quilts Picadilly collection.
Jess has generously offered a copy of the "Star Jump" PDF pattern to one of my readers so if you would like win, please leave a comment - maybe tell me which fabrics you would use to make this pattern?  Giveaway now closed ! 
I will randomly draw a winner next week, And in the meantime if you would like a copy of the pattern, it is available here at Payhip.

ETA: The winner of the "Star Jump"pattern is Cindy @ Fluffy Sheep Quilting! 
I have emailed Cindy and will pass her details onto Jess so she can forward a copy of the "Star Jump" pattern. 
2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

This quilt was on my FAL Q1 list for this year so linking up with Adrianne @ On The Windy Side.