2014 Finish A Long

I participated in the Finish A Long last year and I really enjoyed having a little motivation to complete some of my many Work In Progress projects.  So it’s the Quarter 2 of the 2014 Finish A Long and I am signing up the following projects with  Katy  @ The Littlest Thistle.

1.  Grandma’s Star.

 

Grandma Star Collage

I hand pieced this top last year and I now need to  finish hand quilting this 1930s reproduction quilt and put on some binding.  I am hoping to finish it off this quarter.

 

2.  Triple Irish Chain

 

Triple Irish Chain r

I would like to complete the pieced borders, baste and then hand quilt.  If I  finish the top by Q2 and then hand quilting in Q3 I will be very happy.  If I spread some of the activities across two quarters at least I will be making progress!

 

3.  Green Tea & Sweet Beans

I would also like to work on my Green Tea & Sweet Beans quilt and I am definitely hoping to make a few more blocks this quarter:

 

Green Tea & Sweet Beans Collage

These projects are mostly hand pieced, appliqued and/or hand quilted and entering them in the Finish A Long helps to keep me focused and motivated.  Many thanks Katy for hosting the 2014 Finish A Long @ The Littlest Thistle!  Stop by Katy’s blog and check out all the fabulous projects.

I am linking this post up with Fabric Tuesday @Quilt Story, So Cute Tuesday @Blossom Heart Quilts, Lets Bee Social @Sew Fresh Quilts and WIP Wednesday @Freshly pieced, Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts  Stop by these wonderful blogs to see amazing project and support the linky parties.

 

Wishing you a fabulous week and happy sewing……………Marie xxx

Soft Velvety Bags

It is an overcast, cooler day in Melbourne!  I am sitting in the garden writing this post for my lovely new sewing bag!  It is so nice to be outside to enjoy the garden!

Sewing Bag 2

 I absolutely love this bag it is soft and velvety!!!  I bought the Anna Marie Horner (AMH) Loulouthi velveteen at Amitie Textiles a while ago and, as with all good intentions, the fabric sat in my stash patiently waiting to be sewed.   The bag is based on a pattern by Lisa Chandler @ Chandlers Cottage.  I modified the pattern to exclude the 3D embellishments as this fabric says it all! The bag has lots of room to hold sewing fabrics and large pockets to store sewing notions.

 

Sewing Bag Interior 1

The bag is lined with Michael Miller “Skinny Stripe” from the Poppy Collection and I love the AMH fabric at the base!  It just adds a point of difference and makes it even nicer!

 

Sewing Bag Handles

For the handles I used AMH fabric on the outside and lining fabric on the inside.  I attached interfacing to the lining fabric to give a little more support.   I top stitched down each side handles and the top of the bag for additional reinforcement.  I chose not to use any batting for the velveteen as I wanted to keep the bag soft and light!  The bag measure 20″ by 15″ !   I am looking forward to using it on my next sewing day……

I am supporting the linky parties and I am linking this post to  NTT @ My Quilt InfatuationTGIFF @ Quokka Quilts, Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts!   Stop by these wonderful blogs to check out all the lovely projects and/or link up and support them!!

As always, many thanks for stopping by and wherever you are in the world have a fabulous weekend.

Marie  xxx

 

 

Stars and Inspiration!

I absolutely love Stars and they  just keep reappearing in my quilting!  A very special and dear friend had a big birthday recently and I wanted to make her a quilt!   I settled on the Giant Star using the fabulous tutorial provided by Jenni Baker @ In Color Order.   I absolutely love this quilt and the softness of the colours!

Giant Star II Quilt 1.1

I ask my friend to give me a little colour inspiration to help me select the fabrics!  So she supplied me with the following photo of a hand painted ceiling of a Gaudi Building in Barcelona, Spain where she had visited earlier this year.

Giant Star II inspirations 1

This photo was the bases of the colour/fabric selection for this quilt!  I settled for a little blue Liberty with a few modern prints such as a yellow Sketch,  grey/coral Minimalista and a few spots!  The background fabric was a very light Beige cotton/linen blend!   As for the binding it has to be one of my all time favorite fabrics.  The colours in the binding are awesome – Black, Blue, Grey, Lime Green and White.  Who would have thought that such a small print could hold all these colours and it fits beautifully with the fabrics in the Star and the green numerical backing fabric.

Giant Star II quilting0.1

I had the quilt longarm quilted with swirls on the background fabric and straight lines to emphasize the Star points!  I am absolutely delighted with the quilting and I think my longarm quilting friend did an amazing job!!   For the backing fabric I chose a beautiful numerical print in a lime green!  The numbers are outlined with a deep blue which fits nicely with the colour scheme!

I really hope my beautiful friend  likes it.  I just want to wrap her up in Love!!!

 I am supporting the linky parties and I am linking this post to  NTT @ My Quilt InfatuationTGIFF @ Sew Fresh Quilts and Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Stop by these wonderful blogs to check out all the lovely projects and/or link up and support them!!

As always, many thanks for stopping by and wherever you are in the world have a fabulous weekend.

Marie  xxx

Happy Friday….. Happy Finish!!!

Happy Friday everyone!  Friday is a fabulous day and even more exciting when you have a finish.  I am so delighted to have completed my hand quilting for my beautiful Sister’s quilt!  I took a few pics quickly before it was packed into the suitcase to be delivered .  Unfortunately too early in the morning for a good outside photo.  When I started the quilt I posted about it here!   I chose an autumn colour pallette  to fit in with her décor. The large scale log cabin pattern showcases the fabrics beautifully!

Log Cabin 0.1

The pattern and fabrics are from Amitie Textiles and consist of Yuwa, Liberty Tana Lawn, Linen, Wool.  The block finishes 15″.   I wanted to make it a bit bigger so added some borders to frame it!  A light blue 1″ stripe fabric followed by the beautiful Orange Yuwa circle fabric. The quilt finished 60″ x 74″.   I chose to hand quilt the log cabins with orange perle 8 cotton following the square and rectangular shapes and then proceeded to use a circular pattern for the outer border!

Log Cabin Close Up 1

Close up of the rectangular hand quilting!

Lob Cabin 1 hand quilting

Close up of the circular quilting.

 

Log Cabin Backing 1

For the backing I chose a Kei Geo Style  fabric that fitted well with the large scale prints on the quilt top!  I hope she loves this quilt as much as I loved making it for her!

I am  supporting the linky parties - NTT @ My Quilt Infatuation, TGIFF @ Mila + Cuatro, Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict , Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts and Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts.  Stop by these wonderful blogs to check out all the lovely projects and/or link up and support them!!

As always, thank you so much for stopping by.  Wherever you are in the world have a fabulous weekend.

Sew Happy…………………………Marie xxx

Tessellated Pinwheels

It has been a while since I have posted on the blog; family commitments and holidays have kept me busy!  In my efforts to regain some blogging normality I thought I would share with you a quilt that I made sometime ago.   It’s a Tessellated Pinwheel quilt that I made for my daughter Amy!

Tesslated Pinwheels 1.1

Making this quilt was certainly an experience and a great learning curve for me!  This was my first machine pieced quilt!  I had hand sewn five quilts previously and hand quilted three of them!  I knew I had to improve my machine piecing skills and this was my time!  I generally love bold and colourful fabrics but my daughter wanted  a soft quilt with a little navy!   It was a struggle at the start to make the quilt because the colour choices were out of my normal scope.  As it turned out I absolutely love this quilt!   Now it would be so much in vogue because of the low volume feel!

Tess Pinwheels close up1

This pic shows a  close up of the pinwheels!  The fabrics are a mix of tone on tone creams and beige with a splash of navy!  The similarity of the colours does not define the tessellations easily but it does add to the softness of the quilt.  The navy pinwheels certainly play an important role in adding depth to the quilt.

Tess PinWheels Borders

I love the borders on this quilt!  On point squares, in tone on tone fabrics, frame the pinwheels followed with a navy strip and a navy chevron border.  The final border is cream pinwheels on a beige back ground.   In this instance, the borders are definitely important to frame the quilt and break up the tessellated pinwheels.  This pic also shows the long arm quilting of circles and love hearts!

Tess Pinwheels backing 2.1

She chose a French themed backing because she just returned from Paris where she was living for six months.

Tess Pinwheels Binding 3.1

I finished the quilt with a beautiful navy binding.  I do love a spotty binding.    It faithfully rests on Amy’s bed and it gets used and loved.  It is a beautiful feeling when your hand made labours are really appreciated. What more could I ask for!

As you will know I  am a great supporter of linky parties.  They help us find out the creative delights that are happening around the globe and they also help us to make new friends.  I would like to highlight  the monthly  linky party that Fiona @ Celtic Thistle is hosting with Paula @ Mud, Pies and Pins!  The focus of this linky is to promote making gifts for the holiday season through out the year!  Check out the February Ho Ho Ho & On We Sew here!

I am supporting the weekly linky parties  NTT @ My Quilt Infatuation, Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict TGIFF @ Amy’s Crafty Shenanigans and Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts!

As always, many thanks for stopping by and wherever you in the world have a fabulous weekend!!

Sew Happy……………Marie xxx

I love Star Quilts

I absolutely love Star Quilts!  There is just something about them that makes me happy!  Perhaps it is the association with Stars in the sky….they are always watching over us!  My very good friend lost her Father recently and I chose to make her a Giant Star quilt so that she could be wrapped up in love and know that her Dad will always be watching over her!!  I chose the Giant Star Quilt  tutorial by Jeni Baker @ In Color Order!  Thank you Jeni for a wonderful tutorial and pattern!

Giant Star 1.1

 I chose a beige linen back ground with red and black text fabrics and a few red, navy and black and white spots!  The color pallet fits very well with my friend’s sense of style and taste!  The fabrics were from my stash !

Giant Star 2.1

The quilt was long arm quilted with swirling hearts in the background fabric and lines in the star points.  I love this pic because it shows up  the quilting really well.

Giant Star Backing 1

I absolutely love this backing fabric!  It is so soft and definitely nice to cuddle up in!  The backing fabric is Spring Carnival Cotton Candy by Max New!

Giant Star Binding 1

For the binding, I chose a navy and white spot!  It worked beautifully with the linen fabric!  I think it is hard to beat a spot fabric for binding!  The quilt finished 60″ square which is a lovely size and it is now residing in my friends home in New Zealand.  I loved making this quilt it was so nice to be able to give it to her and at very sad time!  I have no doubt it will wrap her up in love for many years to come.

I am supporting the linky parties Lets Bee Social @ Sew Fresh QuiltsNTT @ My Quilt Infatuation, Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict ,  TGIFF @ Quilt Matters and Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts!

As always,  many thanks for stopping by and wherever you are in the world have a fabulous weekend…………….Marie x

Scrappy Trip Along!

Hi everyone,  I trust this post  finds you all well and enjoying the things in life that make you happy.  I have been busy sewing my blocks for the Scrappy Trip Along Swap hosted by Julie @ 627handworks !  Swaps are a great way to improve your sewing skills!  This swap has certainly provided me with the opportunity to use fabric choices and colour combinations  that I would not normally use.  It has also helped improve my sewing accuracy.  I am really happy with the outcomes.  Just hope my swap buddies are happy with their blocks!!!  Following is a pic of the block and the criteria supplied by my swap buddies!

Scrappy Trip 1.1

Block 1 Bright & Happy!

Scrappy Trip 2.1

Block 2  Colours of the Rainbow!

Scrappy Trip 3.1

Block 3 Orange, Navy, Turquoise/Aqua

( added a little grey & mixed strip to balance out)

Scrappy Trip 4.1

Block 4 Solids only!! ( first time working completely with solids)

Scrappy Trip 5.1

Block 5 ( no colour choice specified)

This swap has certainly provided me with learning opportunities!  The lessons I have learnt are as follows:

  • Be prepared to test out the block first!  This allows you to check 1/4inch seams,  seam alignment  and ensure the block size is accurate!  With this particular block a very very scant quarter inch is required and pin pin pin to match up seams!
  • Make a concerted effort to match the participant requirements!
  • Sew to the very best of your ability and give a block that you would be happy to receive!
  • Enjoy the block arriving at your door step and love the fabrics that are not in your stash!
  • Every swap is an opportunity to improve our skills and make new friends!

I am linking up this post with Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story, WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced and NTT Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation!  Stop by these wonderful sites and check out all the projects!

As always thank you so much for stopping by and wherever you are in the world have a fabulous day!

Happy sewing ……………..Marie xxx