Favourite Quilts…..

Molly Flanders is hosting a favourite quilt linky party so I thought I would join in the fun!  I enjoy most of the quilts I work on but my absolute favourite is Summer Umbrellas.

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I made this quilt for my beautiful sister to help her celebrate a special birthday.  I chose this quilt because I love scrappy quilts, I love hexagons and I love love hand quilting.  It took me a very long time to hand quilt because I quilted in the ditch on every row of the strippy hexagons.  I quilted the white hexagons with a feather pattern and love heart in the middle using various colours of perle cotton 8 and I quilted the border with  feathers also.

Summer Umbrellas Close Up

This close up pic allows you to see the quilting and the backing fabric I chose a soft lilac tana lawn fabric for the back.  It was so soft and cuddly.  A lady that I sew with often describes the art of quilting as the activity that allows you to intimately know every stitch, piece of fabric and sewing of your quilt.  As this was very long quilting exercise for me I think that is why I love it so much….

I am linking this post up with Molly Flanders, Needle & Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, Woop Woop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Finish Up Friday@ Crazy Mom Quilts.

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

Sew Happy ………………..Marie x

From Little Things………

It has taken a while to settle into the blogging world and I have found so many beautiful, kind and helpful people and it truly warms my heart.  The blogging world gives you lots of inspiration to follow your creative journey!

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Stars in Your Eyes Quilt July 2013

Quilting From Little Things by Sarah Fielke

Quilting Books are another source of inspiration.   One of my favourite books  is “Quilting From Little Things ” by Sarah Fielke.  Not only is it a great book title it is such a true saying.  Sarah influenced me in a huge way as I began my quilting journey.  I love  her bright modern take on quilting and her appreciation and respect for the quilts of the past.  I attended a class with Sarah at Amitie Textiles in Melbourne.  I chose  the Stars in Your Eyes pattern to conquer inset piecing.  As I finished this quilt in  July this year I can now add inset piecing to my sewing skills.   Craft Buds are hosting the Craft Book of the Month and it is a great opportunity to highlight this quilt and a fabulous book.  You need to have completed your project in 2013 and reference the book you have completed your project  from.  Stop by and have a look at all the wonderful projects  and check out the rules  here!

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Bring Me Flower BOM

Speaking of little things, my little pieces of fabric have been sewn together to complete my second block in the Block of the Month (BOM) Bring Me Flowers  by Amitie’s  Jen Kingwell.  I love the mix of colour and the selection of fabrics.  A  little Liberty in this block makes it feel so nice.  I am so looking forward to the next delivery!

I am linking this post up with Craft Buds Craft Book of the Month, Quilt Story Fabric Tuesday  ,  Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday and Crazy Mom  Finish It Up Friday.

Thank you for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Sew Happy ………..Marie x

Mum’s Retro Apron……..

Hey it’s Friday and I am sew happy that I have a finish…..  my Retro Apron!  It is a great feeling when you have a finish………..

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I just love this apron.  I used a free online pattern Retro Fun: Vintage Style Apron published on Sew4Home.  The pattern is for a double sided Apron.  I thought that lining the apron, to make it double sided, used too much fabric so I opted to make it without the lining.  The body of the Apron is one piece which still requires yardage but I think the finished look is worth it.  I love the frill on the bottom.  It is so 1950’s.  The mix of red and green polka dot  with the big flower print just adds to the vintage.  The green and red polka dot fabric is Dottie by Moda and the yellow and red floral fabric is Swell Urban Chicks for Moda.

Whilst I didn’t make a reversible pattern I did add some of the finishes such as double sided ties and lined pockets.  I even sewed the apron using a French seam to ensure no fraying and a neat finish. A French seam is a seam stitched first on the right side and then turned in and stitched on the wrong side so that the raw edges are enclosed in the seam.  I haven’t sewn French seams since high school.  Amazing what you remember when you need too.

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I have included this pic to show the reverse of the apron with  a French seam and double lined stitching for reinforcement.  This is a fun apron to make.  It took me the better part of a day to sew it up.  It is a great gift  for friends.  With lots of talk about the holiday season it would make a great Christmas pressie in festive fabric too!

I am linking this post  up with Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt InfatuationBrit Sewing Thursday at Maybush StudioTGIFF at Missy Mac Creations ,   Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of A Fabric Addict  and  Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday.

I appreciate the time you take to stop by and love hearing your comments.  Please visit the linky party hosts and check out the beautiful work on display and say Hi, G’day, Good morning or Good evening.  That is the great thing about blogging friends it has no time restrictions!

Wishing you all a safe, fun filled weekend!    Sew Happy………………Marie x

Sewing & Fabric and all things nice!

Just  a quick post to keep you up to date with my sewing and  fabric goodies!!  I received my Amitie BOM (Block of the Month) in the post this week.

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Bring Me Flowers BOM

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Bring Me Flowers BOM Close Up.

I have hand pieced this block.  I love the mix of colours!   I think this block has a very eclectic look.  This is such a popular BOM.  Amitie is now on round three and I was lucky to get in!  Just because you live local is no guarantee!  So if you see a BOM you are interested in then be quick!!

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A Beautiful Fabric Bundle…..

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A little bit of Neon………………….

These bundle of goodies  came in the post also  and I was so excited!!  It was my fabric from Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts!  Beautiful fabrics and gorgeous colours.  The quality is fabulous.  Thank you Alyce!

I would like to say a huge thank you to Heather & Megan at Quilt Story for highlighting my Double Wedding Ring Block on Fabric Tuesday!   I am absolutely delighted!!!!

I am linking this post with Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story and WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.  Stop by and say hi and have a look around at the loveliness!

As always, thank you for stopping by and have  a great day.

Sew Happy……………..Marie x

My First Quilt…………

Well here it is my first quilt , hand pieced and hand quilted!  I was hooked line and sinker………..and haven’t stopped quilting since.

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I use to walk passed my local quilt shop with my daughter’s on their scooters.  I always said one day I will make a quilt.  They just use to giggle and push on.  I  remembered the beautiful quilts in the window and I put them in my  mental to do list for another day.   Time passed by …….my family were all busy getting on with their lives and I made a decision to make my first quilt in July 2010.  I absolutely loved it .  I was like a duck to water.  I had sewn before but never made a quilt.  I started with a hand pieced sampler and thought it was great fun.  I loved picking the mix of fabrics, cutting and sewing the fabric into squares.  I find hand piecing and hand quilting very relaxing.  After doing all the work I stalled on the binding.  I love all aspects of quilting but hand stitching the binding goes on and on….   I eventually finished it.

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This pic whilst not a great photo shows up the hand quilting.  I stitched in the ditch and quilted love hearts around the border.

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During the class I made multiple blocks and as life would have it my Mum had a stroke.  I was able to make another quilt  from the blocks. I chose soft blue and pink fabrics for the setting triangles, sashing and borders.   Then I hand pieced and hand quilted my second sampler.   I just needed to wrap my Mum up with lots of love, hugs and kisses.  She is paralysed down the right side.  My Mum has amazing determination and is  managing much better now.  So that concludes my first quilt story.

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I am linking this post up with Melissa at My Fabric Relish who is hosting  a First Time linky party.  Stop by and say hi and check out all the wonderful first quilts here!

Have a great day……………Marie x

Lone Stars………….Grandma Stars…..

If you have been following my blog you will know that I am very partial to Stars ….in fact I just love them. I caught  up with some sewing friends this week and just had to share my friend Elizabeth’s finish……..

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Elizabeth’s Lone Star Quilt  (photographed with permission)

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I love the simplicity of the yellow / white sashing and  borders complimented with nine patch corner stones.   Sometimes we deliberate over borders when simple borders are the answer.  I will definitely be considering this type of border in future.   It was hand quilted beautifully using a perle 8 crème cotton.

Elizabeth is renowned for her creativity with” backings” and this one does not disappoint………….

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The left over fabric has been incorporated into a Lone Star Medallion.  I just love it……..  Thank you Elizabeth for sharing your beautiful work with us

Speaking of Stars …..here is a snap shot of my Grandma’s Star hand quilting!  Another block down ………..I just have to remind myself that slowly slowly wins the race.

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That’s it for this week.  Not a lot of sewing on my part but I do hope you enjoyed the Lone Star as much as I did.  My take away tip from the Lone Star quilt is to consider simple borders and nine patch corner stones.

I am linking this post  up with  Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt InfatuationBrit Sew Thursday at Maybush Studios , TGIFF at  Quilt Matters,   Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of A Fabric Addict  and  Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday.

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

Sew Happy……………..Marie x

Double Wedding Ring Day………..

It is such a beautiful day today.  The sun is shining and it gives a whole new perspective to life and sewing in general.  I have been going through my unfinished projects and found my Double Wedding Ring and I have started some more rings.

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My first encounter with quilting happened many years ago when I saw a Double Wedding Ring Quilt in a shop window.  It was a very soft pastel quilt with beautiful tiny flowers on a white background and a very pale blue spot binding.  Isn’t it funny how you can remember some  things so clearly.  I desperately  wanted to buy that quilt but I just simply couldn’t afford it.  The  memory of that quilt  has never left me.  So when my local quilting shop advertised classes for a double wedding ring quilt I couldn’t wait to enrol.  I  chose butterfly fabric  because I love them and thought I had better include something for my hubby and  settled on bikes.  He is a cycling fanatic.   I am hand piecing this quilt and have been working at it on and off for a while.  Now that I have shared it with you I will be giving it more attention.

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As the sun shines it brings back memories of holidays.  Have you heard that Fiona at Celtic Thistle Stiches is hosting a Holiday Memories Mini Quilt Competition.  There are three categories Mini Quilt/ Wall Hanging, Cushion/Pillow, Bag/Accessory.  The linky party opens Thursday September 26 – October 4,2013.    There are lots of  beautiful prizes to be won from sponsors such as Village Haberdashery, Sew Me A Song, Fabric Patch,  Blossom Hearts Quilts, Quiet Play.  Stop by and check it out here!

I am linking this post with Stitch by Stitch Anything Goes Monday, Quilt Story’s  Fabric Tuesday and Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday.

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

Sew Happy ……………………Marie x