Friday, 12 October 2012

Doll's Quilt Finished!

I seriously cannot remember the last time I finished a quilt! I actually had to go YouTube how to put on a binding it's been that long! Anyway, finished I have...but I can't show you until my recipient receives it. Posting is on the 4th November. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek.

So what do you think? All I have to do now is label it...I think I still have some printable material somewhere!

Monday, 8 October 2012

Quilt Bee


Back at the beginning of the year I posted about the EB 2012 Quilt Bee . EB is short for Essential Baby, an online parenting forum that I no longer frequent, but a group of us that "met" on there in a quilting forum still "talk" on FaceBook. So we decided to have a Quilt Bee. Of course, just as it started, I broke my leg, slowing down the process a tad! I also lost my sewing mojo for a little while, so some of them had to wait longer than was polite for me to get off my backside and produce the goods! The good news is I am up to date, and just waiting for the last package to arrive from Helen at Patchy Work of Mini Grey. So here is my catch up post on the 2012 EB Quilt Bee.

It kicked off over at AJ's Antics. She had us do some wonky stars for her.

I also did a blue one for her, but I can't find any pictures!
Next up was The Humming Cat who had us making granny squares.

Next up was Bec (I think! This is where I ended up with 4 months worth of blocks to catch up on !) who had us make log cabin variations for her. I ended up doing a couple of wonky log cabins


Next came Ninny and Maude with this gorgeous cross block. I love the gray in these.
At this stage I was doing a massive sew session in order to catch up! Next in the languishing line was Stitchin' Skilly who had us do this wonderfully bright and funky block.

As you can see, I miscalculated my cutting and ended up with a big of selvage in the top block. It should sew into the seam line! Great apologies were made.

Tin Whistle came up with a terrifying design that looks way scarier than it actually is.

There was lots of breath holding as I prayed the lines would all meet up!

Lastly the was Mand's Nest with these lovely blocks

As for my turn, I asked people to make coin stacks with batiks.

They have started to come back and I'm looking forward to turning them into a quilt top.

Despite my mojo going missing for awhile, I have really enjoyed this quilt bee. I'm hoping we do another one next year as I would like to do another in a small group who are fairly forgiving before I venture into the wider world of quilt bees!

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Mystery Quilting

A month or so ago Vol 21, No. 10 of Australian Patchwork and Quilting arrived in my letter box. As usual I opened it, glanced through and then put it aside for later. When I looked at it closer, I saw they were doing a mystery quilt. I've never done a mystery quilt so I though I'd give this one a go. It called for 10 FQ's of assorted light prints and 10 FQ's of assorted dark prints. I had a bunch of Japanese prints that fit the bill so off I went.

The second part arrived a week or so ago and last night, I was a fantastic wife and let my husband play the Xbox so I could complete part two. By the end of the night I had four strips and a lot of other stuff cut and stored in bags ready for part three.

I'm not really sure what the end product is going to look like, but I'm sure I'll find out next month!

Oh and is it just me or is not possible to get 121 five inch squares from 10 fat quarters? In the end I chose 11 FQ's of each light and dark because otherwise I was going to come up short!

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Peaking around the corner

Hmmm, well, hello. Been awhile and once again I've decided to make a fresh start and see if I can get back into this blogging thing! I kinda froze up there for awhile - got to a point where I didn't know where to start so didn't start at all! Anyway, have decided the only way to get back into it is to actually just post something! Hopefully over the next couple of days I will make some catch up posts so you know what I have been up to.

However the thing that prompted me to blog today was this.

You see, it's been so long since I actually finished a quilt, I'd forgotten how to attach the  binding! Thank goodness for YouTube I say! This tutorial is super clear and easy to follow. I'll be tagging it so I can find it again!

The quilt I needed to attach the binding to I can't show you! It's for a doll quilt swap so you'll have to wait for the big reveal. This is a little sneak peek though.

Not much to go on , I know, but hey, that's the way it goes!

Other than that, I have a few projects on the go.

1. Baby girl quilt - this is the one I started here. The top is finished but I have to quilt it.
2. Baby boy quilt - top finished, need to sandwich and quilt
3. Mystery quilt from Australian Patchwork and Quilting. - have done the first part. Part two arrived in the mail the other day, need to get to it at some stage.
4. Planning a scrap vomit quilt like the one here at I'm a Ginger Monkey. Have been cutting up 2.5 in squares but no actual sewing yet.
5. Putting together my blocks in a sewing bee. I'm waiting for all my blocks to come back so I can start putting it together.

Hopefully each of these projects will get their own posts over the next couple of days as well as one on the sewing bee blocks I've done for others.

Hope to see you again soon!