Friday, October 25, 2013

Another start

We are away again this weekend. We are very lucky to have a beach house and we try to get away as much as we can. I am an active relaxer so I always pack my sewing machine, fabric and ideas.

I have made a start on my next quilt using heather baileys Nicey Jane fabric. I brought a jelly roll on sale. I could not believe there was one on sale, it's Heather Bailey!!!!! 

I have sewed all the strips into the sets and have started cutting. I love the colours, so summery.

I am still thinking about the pattern, have the blocks sorted but thinking still about the sashings.

And my girls in there matching skirts. 

My little cutey x


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A whole lot of pink

I am trying hard to use up some of the yards of fabric I have. I have has this very bright neon Riley Blake for a while now. Neons been very in fashion at the made me realise I had to move with the times and cut it. I knew Adele would love it and Greta would wear what ever I put her in.

Pumpkin Patch had a sale so I brought matching neon spotty tops and it reminded me I had the pink fabric. I dug it out and made a couple of skirts. I didn't really have enough for Greta's skirt, it is a little short but as she is still in nappies I figure it doesn't really matter. 

It is pretty bright, but I am  secretly envious, how could you ever been glum wearing something so happy looking!! 

I made Adele my standard ruffle skirt. 

And Greta, I just sewed all the bits I had left over and put in some elastic.

Yes, I think we have a happy girl!!

Greta is still asleep, so she is yet to see her skirt. I think she loves her top though as she is always walking around with it tucked under her arm. 


Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Worlds Quickest Skirt

I was feeling a little un-crafty. So I made what has to be the quickest skirt, for real, no lies!!!

I have just made a circle skirt

I had two yards of this Ty Pennington fabric and I thought this would be great for it. I have stashed it away, for no good reason, and with summer fast approaching, it really is a good mix. 

I put a simple merino grey band with it. Perfect for mums! 

I love a quick, rewarding project. Might even wear it tomorrow with a white singlet. Though I am guessing a calm day would be ideal. Any gusts of wind might flip the skirt up.


Ps I used this tutorial

Friday, October 18, 2013

All done

Finished the quilting and sewn down the binding.

I quilted stars and loops all over the quilt, making sure there was a star in every square.

I used the stripe fabric again for the binding. I thought it worked well with this too. This time I used a machine method to sew it down. And I am happy with how it worked. Much quicker and this really needs to get in the post, ASAP! I still prefer hand sewn, this though is a good compromise. 

I saw this flannel and my kids loved it. Who better to judge a child's quilt than children. I have noticed my scraps of these have vanished! 

All done! 

I know I sound ridiculous but I really do love each quilt I make. Something about the effort and feeling of achievement, this is off to a new home Monday. And I will miss it, better start a new one to take my mind off it!!


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Robots Done

I have just finished sewing the last row of this quilt. It's a simple quilt, but as the fabrics are rather busy it works so well. 

It consists of 81 five inch squares, a good 45 inches squared. I brought a half metre of the 7 fabrics and I still have enough for two more baby quilts. Well I think. I want to make a chevron styled quilt and maybe another square one. 

I just adore this fabric, Atomic Bots, but apparently it wasn't so much of a hit. A friend sells fabric and she had quite a bit of this. I would absolutely buy more and make Ryan a quilt if he was a little bit younger. What is not to love about robots?!?!?

And the colours are just lovely. I love the greens. 

Anyway, just have to get some backing tomorrow and finish it off. Not really sure what to bind with at the moment, maybe just a nice matching green. And then send to its new owner, certainly will be sad to say good bye.


Monday, October 14, 2013

Moving Along

Finished sewing the binding down last night. I have come to the conclusion I like the methodical feeling of handing sewing the binding. Slowly but surely I chip away at it. It's almost like therapy.

This is the biggest quilt I have ever quilted. I was very nervous I would mess it all up. But I am very pleased with how it turned out. It's funny, now I have started quilting my own, Blair let's me quilt to my hearts content. 

A bright blue scooters, flannel of course.

So moving straight in to my next project,

A whole lot of 5 inch squares have been cut..

For a cute baby boys quilt. Again for a friend who out of the blue contacted me to make this. I really like this fabric. Cute boy fabric without being too babyish. Will last for a while and I am making it a good couch cuddle size. Perfect for a cot and then dragged around for lounging on. Adele still uses her cot quilt, I find it all over the place so guessing this is a good size.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Another Pinterest

I saw a whole bunch of these made and I thought I would give it a go too.

It wasn't as easy as I thought to find a tray at a reasonable price. For a reuse/repurpose type thing it was quite pricey. It does look good compared to a standard black board. But I don't know, I really like the concept of reusing and making new things but even the black board paint was quite a bit. I brought the smallest tin and still have quite a lot left so I will be able to make a few more projects. 

Anyway, on a much more positive note, the kids love it. They have been watching the paint dry, no word of a lie, waiting to patiently to use it. Once it was dry we didn't have any chalk. But since we are home now and they might be in bed I found a couple of chalk pens so I am guessing there will be a lot of drawing tomorrow. 

I am guessing it will get a lot of use.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

A Halloween Dress

Whilst we don't celebrate Halloween in NZ, as soon as I saw this cute fabric I knew I had to have it. I made a dress for Greta but Adele was most upset that she missed out. I have a little bit left so if course I will see if I can scrap something together.

I love the scary ghouls, they look so friendly!! 

This wee witch is my favourite I think.

Again only action shots with this girl.

I love this dress pattern. It's nice and roomy for long merino tops underneath in winter, or as today, perfect as a summer dress.