Sunday, December 06, 2020

Mod Flowers Quilt

The Mod Flower Quilt. 
This is one of those quilts that started with an ice for just one block.  

And then I thought about making variations of the block.

I joined them together with the white background fabric into sections.
And ket making more variations until I had enough for a small quilt. 

I found the perfect Westalee ruler for quilting the quilt.  Cute little flowers that for perfectly with the blocks. 

This was such a fun quilt to make. It was nice to not have a plan and see where it went as I added blocks. 
I think a bigger version of this is definitely in my plans!

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

Sunflower Quilt

Blogging has definitely taken a a back seat over the last two years since I have been back teaching, but I'm really missing being able to look back at things I've created and having a record of the quilts and the clothes that I have made. So I'm going to try (who knows how long it will last) blogging a little more. 

My Sunflower Quilt was finished last year, but when I checked today I realised I never blogged the finished quilt!
I loved making this quilt. Big blocks made from 16 fat quarters of Karen Lewis fabric in the best colours. 
I think this would look great any printed fabric or combination of solids.

Now off to finish reports and sort things for the end of the year so I can get to some summer sewing!

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Mod Flower Applique Quilt

My Mod Flower Applique Quilt is finished!! I have been slowly working away on this project for most of this year. Over the last couple of years I've really enjoyed having a slow stitching project on the go. Something I can pick up at night, if only for 20 minutes, while I watch something or talk to the girls.

I used a fat quarter bundle of Moda Solids for this quilt. Each block is a reverse appliqued flower which were then machine pieced together. 
Then I hand quilted each block with 2 strands of matching DMC embroidery thread, crosses for the backgrounds and centres and running stitch for the petals. It took forever, but it is totally worth it to get the amazing texture it creates.

 It is so exciting to see it finished, but I'm feeling a little lost without a slow stitching project. I have a few ideas for a new one, I just have to make a decision on which one to start!

Monday, October 12, 2020

Bright Flowers Quilt Pattern

Bright Flowers was originally published in a magazine a couple of years ago and getting the PDF ready has been on my list for a while, but others things kept taking priority until last week. So here it is - the Bright Flowers pattern!

You can find it here on Etsy.


Saturday, September 05, 2020

Zing Quilt Pattern

A new pattern!
Zing is a Layer Cake Quilt. With a finished size of 48" x 60" (122cm x 152cm) it is the perfect quilt for a child or for keeping on the sofa.
Fabric - I used Remix by Jen Kingwell which is so bright and happy, but this is a pattern that will look good in any fabric collection.
You can find the pattern here on Etsy.


Sunday, July 19, 2020

Simplicity 8418

My new favourite jacket - Simplicity 8418 in barkcloth by Leah Duncan for Cloud 9. 
I didn't make a muslin for this one, and luckily it fits perfectly. The fabric is a little heavier than what is normally used for a bomber jacket, so it doesn't have the best drape, but combined with the lining it is a very warm jacket. Perfect for the middle of winter here. 
The instructions were not bad, but I still couldn't work out how to finish the sleeves properly and I didn't want to take too much time to do it, so the seams are not inside the lining, but they will never be seen so it's not worrying me. I'm also not a huge fan of the pockets in the side seams - if I made this again I would definitely do welt pockets towards the front more. 
I am happy with it, I've worn it a few times and the fabric makes me very happy!

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Ready to Roam Rucksack

 The Ready to Roam Rucksack by Merchant and Mills has been on my list of things to sew for a while, but it did look a little daunting so it kept being pushed down the list. Wanting to make something interesting for Chris's birthday was the push I needed to give it a go.
I'm glad I did - it was a very satisfying project.
I had some oilskin/waxed cotton in my stash which I think might have come from (that or eBay) and I ordered a kit that included Ann the leather for the straps, and the fastenings.
If you are a beginner the Merchant and Mills instructions are not as 'step-by-step' as some other patterns, but shouldn't be a problem for anyone with experience. I did make a couple of errors which involved trying to remove rivets (not easy and not fun) but that was my fault for rushing and thinking I knew what I was doing.

Other than that this was a really fun project. The fabric was a lot easier to sew than I thought it might be and I've learnt some new skills. In fact I loved the finished project so much I bought another kit from Fibresmith to make myself one to cart my marking to and from school.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Radiate Quilt

Introducing the Radiate quilt!
An interesting, fun quilt to make that only needs two fabrics. Use two solids, two prints or one of each!
You can find the pattern in my shop

Monday, June 29, 2020

Simple Medallion Quilt

New pattern!!
The Simple Medallion Quilt is the perfect weekend project. Choose four fabrics and a background and get sewing! The finished size is 65 1/2" x 65 1/2" (159cm x 159cm) which is such a versatile size. Great on a bed or perfect on the couch as a lap quilt. It would work in any fabric or colour combination. The strips are wide enough to work with a bigger scale print, or use small prints or solids. It would also make the perfect gift for any occasion. 
You can find the pattern here on Etsy. 

Some different colour combinations I'd like to try. I really love this grey, yellow and orange version!