Sunday, April 25, 2010

Christmassy star quilt

I pulled an old quilt top from the embarrassingly large pile of unfinished objects today and finished quilting it and sewing on the binding. This one is quite small - about 120cm square - so it was quick to finish off.

I can't remember when I made this quilt top but I do remember it started as a rough sketch on some graph paper which is how I like to design things.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Two for the price of one

How's that for value? With the left over jelly roll strips I used for my many trips around the world baby quilt, I was able to make another generously sized cot quilt.

I finished piecing this one this morning and will start hand quilting this one later on today, similar to the previous one:

So it has been a productive morning, and it is only just now 10am.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Jewell's Giveaway

If you haven't aleady, go and visit Jewell's as she is having a very lovely giveaway. While you're at it, check out those great spoon markers she made and petition her to start selling them - wouldn't they look cute in the herb garden!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Jelly Roll Quilt Along Block 4

Caught up with the fourth block in the Jelly Roll Quilt Along tonight. This was a nice, quick and easy block to make.

A nice thing about this quilt along is that a different designer designs each month's block and Moose on the Porch gives a very informative introduction to each one. It's a nice way of finding out about some crafty designers I never would have heard of before.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Baby steps around the world?

Gee, my last post was a little blaah, wasn't it? I wanted to pop up a photo of the cot quilt I was making on the weekend but it was cold and dark and couldn't get a good photo and I also was feeling tired and washed out and couldn't think of any words.

Still feeling blaah today, and with daylight savings over, it is still darkish when I get home from work, but decided to try again with a photo now the quilt is finished. Still blurry and dull, but what the heck.

So I finished hand quilting this little cot quilt last night and I just love it. I think the block is called "Many Trips Around the World". It probably isn't the best block for pastels, without sharp contrast. I don't care. I still like it!

I hand quilted it in the direction of the pattern to try to emphasise the movement of the block. I don't know if that really worked, but I do like the look of hand quilting. Even my hand quilting. Which is a little uneven and tends to wander around off it's path.

The other good thing is these lovely fabrics which turned up in the mail. So pretty in pinks and stripes and gingham and polkadots.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A bit of a moan

I've got so many ideas in my head right now, and not enough time to do them! I had a bit of retail therapy last night and ordered a few things from Honeysuckle Cottage to feed my patchwork fervour. If you like Stargazey patterns, they have several designs at the moment for less than $4 - something like 70% off! I was just looking for discounted background fabrics of which I found many .... too many.

Is it just me, or do you think there should be more to life than working 10 or more hours a day, coming home exhausted just in time to ready yourself for the next day to do it all over again? Why aren't there any jobs requiring you to play with puppies and fabrics all day?!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Easter Show Quilts

I went to the Royal Easter Show today, which is Sydney's biggest annual agricultural show held at Homebush Bay Olympic Park.

It was a tiring day traipsing around, but we had a good time. Some of the highlights included a fashion show by design students from Armidale, tasting lots of produce in the fresh food pavillion, patting some lovely goats and being snuffled and licked by beautiful piglets.

And of course, looking at all of the crafts was a big feature too. There were some beautiful knits, crochet items and lovely patchwork and applique. I took a few quick photos below.