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


As the New Year Begins…………….

This is my first post for the  New Year and I would like to wish you and yours a very Happy New Year, may it be filled with fun, love, laughter and the good health to enjoy it!  It is holiday time here in Australia and things are relatively quiet.  I have been sewing a little bit of this and that and my love of the needle and thread has not waivered!   I am delighted to share my first finish of 2014 – Winding Ways!  The binding is finally on!!  I can now tick this of the Quarter 4 2013 Finish – A – Long hosted  by Leanne @ She Can Quilt!   I originally posted about my quarter 4 projects here!

Winding Ways 2014 1

This quilt has been a long time in the making!  I have been hand piecing on and off for the better part of 2.5 years.   The quilt was long arm quilted with circles just before the holidays commenced and it has been patiently waiting the binding.   I always find sewing bindings a struggle.  I will certainly be trying to perfect my skill on sewing bindings by machine in 2014.  It is my only finish from my  Work in Progress (WIP) projects for quarter 4 2013.

WW Backing 1

I love the backing fabric on this quilt!  It is  a French text print and I think it works very well with the red gingham check !

WW Binding 1

One final pic of the binding.  It is hard to go past a striped binding.  There is just something wonderful about red and white quilts.  I don’t normally work with two colours.  I usually prefer scrappy quilts, however, in this instance it is very effective!

Leanne I would like to say a huge thank you for all your efforts in co-ordinating this QAL.  It is an enormous amount of work and it has been lovely looking at all the projects and tutorials for 2013!  You have done an amazing job!!!  I will certainly continue to participate in the 2014 Quilt A Long which is being hosted this year by Katy @ The Littlest Thistle!  It is a great way to focus on those projects that need to be finished throughout the year.

I am linking up with Leanne @ She Can Quilt to register my finish.  I am also linking up with WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced,    NTT @ My Quilt Infatuation, Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict TGIFF @ Quilt Matters and Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts!

As always,  thank you for stopping by and may your week be filled with lots of sewing………………………Marie xxx

Winding my Way through stitches…….

I am so very happy that I have a quilted Winding Ways to share with you!!!  I have been hand piecing this quilt on and off for the last two years!  It is for my beautiful daughter who is coming home after a long trip around Europe and South Africa.  Now that it is finished ( almost with the help of a little binding)  I really love it!!!

WW Quilted 1

Initially when my daughter Nicole picked the pattern and chose the fabric I wasn’t too excited but could appreciate her choices.  She chose A Day in the Country Red  Gingham and white quilters cotton.  As I started hand piecing the Winding Ways it wasn’t so easy to get a nice finished with multiple points in the centre.  I persevered slowly while working on other projects.  When she went away I knew that I needed to finish it by the time she came back from her trip.  It was only supposed to be a small quilt but when I asked for your feedback previously the consensus was to do more rows to maximize the effect of the circles.  I was going to hand quilt but just too much going on at the moment; so off it went to be long arm quilted.  I chose varying size of circles.

WW Close Up 1.1

You can see a close up of the quilting in this picture.  I am very pleased with the way that it turned out.  The quilting enhances the quilt and doesn’t take away from the pattern.

WW Backing 1

For the backing my daughter chose Paris Tea by Lakehouse.  I love this fabric and think it works nicely with the front of the quilt.  Once the binding is completed I can tick this quilt off my Quarter 4 Finish A Long list hosted by Leanne @ She Can Quilt.

I also participated in a challenge with my sewing friends.  The challenge was centered around the use lace.  Whilst I am not a big fan of lace, particularly on quilts, I chose to crochet a doily.  I was inspired by Marelize @ Stitch by Stitch who posted a beautiful doily using gorgeous colours.   So I decided to try it out…..

Pansy Lace 1

 I haven’t crocheted for a very long time and it took a while to get into the rhythm!  I used perle 8 cotton threads in white and blue.  I thought the saturated blue gave it a vintage modern look.  The pattern was a free download from Yellow, Pink and Sparkly.  I am very pleased with the way it turned out!  It has certainly reignited my love of crochet!  Neeless to say my daughter has claimed this one to put in a picture frame. Her friend also asked if I could teach her how to crochet.  I was delighted!!  Always nice when young people are interested in learning a craft skill.

On another note, my posts have been a bit irregular over the past weeks.  Please accept my apologies, my life has been challenging of late.    If you wish to keep up with what I am doing you can also find me on Instagram @quiltswithpersonality.

I am supporting the linky parties and linking up with NTT Thursday @ My Quilt InfatuationWhoop 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,  thank you so much for stopping by!!  Wherever you are in this world have a fabulous day!

Sew Happy ……………….Marie xxx

Finishes for Q3 Finish A Long………

It is always great to have a finishes and I am delighted to tick some of the projects on my 2013 Quarter 3 Quilt A Long hosted by Leanne @ She Can Quilt .  I have completed 3/6 projects. I am quite happy given that I have made significant progress with the other projects on the list!   My original  Q3 post can be found here!  Leanne for ease of review  I will link this post for project one and previous  posts for projects two and three. The completed projects are as follows:

1 Dresden Cushion: …..machine pieced and hand quilted.

Imelda Cushion Close Up 1

My fabulous Bag ………machine pieced and hand quilted: Previously posted here!

E Bag 10

3. My Geometric Building Quilt ……..machine pieced and machine quilted. Previously posted here!

Geometric Quilt 1.2

The 2013 Quilt A Long has been a fabulous idea to get those unfinished projects out of the sewing room.  If you haven’t participated yet I encourage you to join for Quarter 4.  There are lots of fabulous tutorials at the end of each quarter and lots of lovely prizes.  You can find all the information @ She Can Quilt hosted by the wonderful Leanne.  Check it out and give it a go for Quarter 4!   A special thank you  Leanne for all your amazing work in hosting the FAL.

As always, thank you for stopping by!  Have a fabulous week.

Sew Happy………………….Marie x