WIP Wednesday ………..Swap

Wednesday has arrived and it is a Work In Progress. …………………………

Swap 123r

 I am delighted to be participating in a  Paper Piecing Party – Fussy Square Block.  This party is being hosted by the lovely Amanda at What the Bobbin stop by and say hi!

Swap 1r

This little bird will be off to an international destination very soon taking with it ………………………..

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.A little bit of Liberty Cars for my special friend …………………….

Swap 3r

Sharing the love with hearts and flowers!

I am  having so much fun  fussy cutting and making these cute little blocks. I will keep you up to date with my progress as there are a few more to do. The inspiration to participate came from the lovely Cath at Wombat Quilts!  Cath is an amazing paper piecing!!.   Stop by Cath’s blog to be inspired and say hello.

I am linking this post with Freshly Pieced  WIP WednesdayMy Quilt Infatuation Needle and Thread Thursday and BOMS Away at What a Hoot!

As always, thank you for stopping by. Wherever you are in the world have a great day!

Sew Happy………………Marie x

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A Journey of love ……..hand pieced & quilted!

Hi  everyone,

Its a glorious Monday in sunny Melbourne, albeit winter, the sun was out and the temperature rose a few degrees thank goodness and I was delighted.  A few weeks ago I featured a Dresden Cushion that I made and promised a few pics of the quilt ……….

Sampler Quilt #3.1

This was my third quilt and third sampler!   I loved picking the fabrics for this quilt and chose  a  few of Kaffe Fassett and Bonnie and Camille Bliss fabrics.  It was so much fun watching this quilt evolve.  I hand pieced and hand quilted with Perle 8 cotton in varying shades of Turquoise and Coral.

Sampler Quilt #3 Cushion

The Dresden cushion fitted in beautifully and matched the Dresdens in the corners of the quilt.

Sampler Quilt #3 Basket

A close up of the basket !!

Sampler Quilt #3 Heart

A close up of the heart………my favourite block to make……..truly a labour of love!!!

I am linking this post to BOMs Away at What a Hoot.!

As always, thank you for stopping by.  Wherever you are in the world have a fabulous day!

Happy Sewing ……………Marie x

1930s is Alive and Well………

Hi Everyone………hope this blog finds you well and enjoying Friday!  I am focusing on my hand pieced 1930s Grandma’s Star quilt, one of my projects for the quarter 3   2013 Quilt- A-long  hosted by Leanne at She Can Quilt.

Grandma's Star 1

Grandma's Star 3

 I have had this beautiful border fabric for a while now. I just needed to get on with it which is why setting goals in the quilt along is a fabulous idea.   I chose a find grey strip to transition from the various coloured stars.  For the outer border, I chose a vintage print by Kei fabric “Petit Joli” .  It is always a challenge picking  a border fabric for a scrappy quilt, particularly with the myriad of colours in the stars.  I purchased the fabric from a local quilt shop Amitie.

Grandma's Star

 The  border, whilst busy in its own right,  softens the quilt and doesn’t take away from the stars.  Perhaps it is because of a lower colour value.  What do you think?  Is that why it works?

1930 Backing

I am backing the quilt with this lovely backing fabric, that has been in my stash.  It has that modern vintage look which  I think will work well. The next step, basting and then  my favourite part – hand quilting!  It is very cold in Melbourne and there is nothing nicer than being kept warm by the quilt you are working on.

Well that concludes my  finished  quilt top!  I linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts  for Finish it up  Friday, Confessions of a Fabric Addict Whoop Whoop and TGIF hosted by  Lynette at What A Hoot Quilts.

As always, thank you for stopping by.  Wherever you are in the world have a great day and fabulous weekend.

Happy Sewing……Marie x

WIP Wednesday……..Home Sweet Home.

Hi everyone……… I am focusing on my unfinished projects and this is one that needs to be finished soon for a very special person.

Houses 3

I love the trees and houses in this quilt.  I have to embellish with applique, to jazz it up a little.

Houses 2

As the  sun is so vibrant in Australia, I normally gravitate towards  a bright and vivid  colour palette.   The recipient of this quilt lives in the northern hemisphere and loves autumn colours.  I think its fair to say that the colours in the northern hemisphere are different from those in the southern.  I hope she likes my fabric choice.!!!  I just love mixing  fabric up to give a scrappy look………its so much fun.

Houses 4

This is my favourite tree.  I love the cut twigs.  I will keep you posted on my progress!

 I am linking up with  WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.  You can check it out here or on my side bar.

As always, thank you for stopping by.  Where ever you are in the world……..have a great day!

Happy Sewing ……….Marie x

Owls & Butterflies

Hi all,

 I thought I would showcase some of my finished quilts that I made prior to commencing my blog. So today I will start with my Owl and Butterfly quilt.   I made this quilt a while ago and I have just recently finished hand sewing the binding.  I just love it!  The Owls and Butterflies were so much fun to make!

Qwls Close Up 2010

The pattern for the butterflies was designed by Monica Poole – Butterfly Bliss .  I enlarged the butterflies for this quilt to make a 10.5″ block.  The Owls were designed by Carolyn Russell.  It was a great opportunity to learn and improve my machine applique skills.  I loved selecting the wonderful mix of fabrics such as  Kaffe Fassett,  Heather Bailey Pop Garden and other fabrics from my stash.  The pebble quilting on the background fabric  makes the Butterflies dance and the Owls hoot!!  The outer border was quilted with Butterflies.

Qwl Quilt 2010-13

I love how the bottom owl is looking upwards and the open/closed  fluttering wings of the butterflies.  The outer border is  Kaffe Fassett’s Duck Egg Big Blooms , one of my all time favourite fabrics.

I am linking this post up with Quilt Story Fabric Tuesday!

 

As always, thank you for stopping by.

Where ever you are in the world have a great day……Happy Sewing………Marie x

Cushions, Bags & Bees……………..

Hi everyone,  hope you are all well and enjoying lots of creative projects. Here is what is happening with me………..

Imelda Cushion Close Up 1

I made a quilt for my beautiful Mother in Law’s 80th Birthday and she loved it so much that she redecorated her room based on the quilt.  I was very flattered.  My daughter had been on holidays in the UK and she took a trip to see the family.  After an inspection of the beautiful room she said “Nana a cushion would be nice “.  So with this in mind, I acquired  the left over material from the curtains and began to review the scraps.  The curtain fabric is a beautiful cream linen with abstract flowers in varying tones of coral and a few grey and coral lines.  After salvaging the scraps I managed to make a Dresden plate ( which is also a feature  on the corners of the outer border of the quilt). I used a Bonnie and Camille Bliss fabric for the binding and it matches the quilts outer border.   The quilt had been hand pieced and hand quilted so I used a coral perle 8 cotton to hand quilt around the Dresden and added some circles to the centre. Here is a close up………..

Imelda Cushion Close Up

The cushion has been parceled up and is on its way .   I will show you  a picture of the quilt and cushion, in place, when I receive the photo!!

I have also been busy finishing my sewing bag……………

E Bag 10

There is a story behind this bag!  A friend Helen Hiemann,  who teaches quilting here in Australia, was bequeathed sewing material from an old lady who use to frequent her shop.  In the sewing supplies Helen found a very old book and this bag was one of the patterns.  I fell in love with it and made it in class.  It took a long time to make as the pieces were very small!  I used my scraps an eclectic mix of 1930’s prints and some recent fabric from my stash to make it.  The original bag had handmade handle but they were very flimsy and I settle for the grey handles which go over my shoulder and make it very practical.  I hand quilted the bag because I love hand quilting!!  Here are some close ups.

EB Frt

E Bag quilting close up 1

I have also been sewing some quilt blocks for  Bee Blessed!  This charity quilting Bee is hosted by the lovely Judith at Just Jude.  The blocks have been parceled and are on there way.  I will be looking forward to seeing how the quilt  turns out.   Here  is a pic of  the blocks that I made.

Bee Blessed Blocks 0713

That is  all the update for now.  As always, thank you for stopping by!

I have linked up this post with Crazy Mom Quilts finish up Friday

Where ever you are in the world have a great day …………….Happy Sewing ………Marie x

The Postman arrived…………….

It was just wonderful when the Postman arrived with a beautiful new book and fabric from the lovely Sarah Fielke…………………”

Blog Win Book

I am so excited to tell you that I won a book , a 100 Modern Quilt Blocks by Tula Pink.  I entered  a Giveaway on Sarah’s blog the Last Piece.  There were a few prizes on offer – Sarah’s book ” Hand Quilted with Love” and ” 100Modern Quilt Blocks”, plus others.  I had already purchased Hand Quilted with Love so I opted for 100 Modern Quilt Blocks, by Tula Pink.  I have just had a quick review.  It is a lovely book where Tula encourages quilters to follow their journey and design your own quilts!  Tula suggests that the book  should be used like a journal by identifying what you like and don’t like etc.  It is really quite an empowering book!  I also received a beautiful fat quarter of Sarah’s St Ives fabric range.  I chose the red butterfly and it is gorgeous.

A huge thank you to Sarah for hosting the Give Away and  brightening up a dull winters day in Melbourne.  I was so excited when I found out – I usually never win these kind of things.  Well here is to new beginnings!

Have a great day or evening where ever you are in the world.

Thanks for stopping by ……Happy Sewing ………………….Marie x