Thursday, 9 February 2017

Bernina Baby Quilt - Pay It Forward

My third and final Pay It Forward gift arrived safe and sound ... and exhale ... I was sweating on this one as I paid Mr. Postman for tracking but Mr. Postman forgot to track the parcel ... and so it made it to it's new home on a wing and a prayer!

This was a very fun sew ... fun because of the back story as to why I made the item ... and fun because I've never sewn anything like this before.

I was making for Kate from the blog Smiles From Kate and I was a little stumped as to what to make her ... I stalked for almost a year, swapping and changing what I wanted to make then BINGO!  The blog post I had been waiting for ... she was "expecting" ... yes!!!  I set to making a baby quilt immediately.

Then ... this blog post appeared ... erm ... her "Baby to be" was a Bernina!!  Oh my goodness, I laughed and laughed ... and thought "well, I'll make her baby Bernina a quilt instead!"  One machine cover coming right up!

My Janome only rolled his eyes a little at having to sew the word "Bernina" ... *cough* ... but point blank refused to wear the thing.  Fair enough buddy.

Thankfully Kate sent me picture of her Baby wearing it's new quilt.

Unfortunately her Baby turned out to be quite a big baby and so my measurements were a bit off - eep!  But being the lovely lady that she is, she's going to use the quilt as wall hanging to brighten up her new sewing space ... phew!


Here's some construction pics

Basting helpers

Quilting complete

Binding chosen

Machine stitched on

Then hand sewn down to the back

Added a touch of where this was made ... Perth, Western Australia
Every baby needs to know their alphabet ... plus quilting texture yumminess!

Friday, 3 February 2017

A Box Full of Liberty - Pay It Forward

Thank goodness ... I just heard that my 2nd Pay-It-Forward gift has arrived safe and sound ... phew!  It's always a relief when something you've handmade, especially for someone else, arrives just as it should ... praise the postal Gods!

I was making for a lovely lady called Dittany, I admire her handwork greatly.  She takes little snippets of Liberty and magically creates a pot of gold!  She's also quite the nimble knitter ... and I freaked out a little when Nanny London pulled her name out of the hat.  I don't put my sewing in her class, but I hoped that she would appreciate the gesture :)

So what did I make?

A Circle box mostly made from Liberty ... the exception is the large floral print on the top, which is a print from Anna Maria Horna's Mod Corsage range ..

Beautiful, isn't it?

There are many Liberty prints just as deserving to feature here ... but I just couldn't find one that was saying "use me!" "pick me! "I'll be fabulous!" ... so I chose a print close to my heart instead.  Dittany is a Liberty lover ... but I hope that this print speaks to her too ... and well it just plays so nicely with the Liberty friends I paired it with ...

So that was it, gift made ... but who is their right mind sends an empty box (even if they did make it themselves) to the other side of the world?  Not me ...

I decided to fill it with this ...

Mini Liberty bunting ... to decorate her sewing space ...

Gold sparkly bias tape for the win!

For some reason, every time I see this print all I can hear in my head is Olivia Newton-John singing "Let's get Physical ..."

All packed up and ready to go!

Now ... there's just the small issue of waiting for my 3rd and final Pay-It_Forward gift to arrive safely ... let the nail biting and prayers to the mail Gods continue!


The Circle Box pattern can be found here I made the large size in the pattern.
There is no pattern for the mini bunting ... I made it up as I went along

... and if you do go over and buy that Circle Box pattern for yourself ... make sure you get some Wonder clips (if you don't already own some) while you're there ... they come in pretty handy ...

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Back to School - Library Bag

My youngest has just started full time school ... as a "big kid" in the "big school" she is now trusted to borrow books from the school's library.

As I made her older sister a Library Bag at the same age, I offered to make one for my youngest too ...  Without blinking an eye she rattled off her requirements:

Lots of colour
It must have my name on it Mum
and Frogs!  I definitely need frogs.

OK ...

I think I ticked all the boxes!



Today was the first day of school ... I hope they are having a good day ... I may or may not be watching the clock because I can't wait to see how their day was ... and I may or may not be missing them ... like a lot (gulp)

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Finish Along 2017

Every year I sign up for Q1 of this Finish Along fun ... I start well and then seem to drop off the face of planet Finish Along ... so why try again?  Good question!

Here goes nothing ... or rather something ...

1. Ginger Crush Quilt BOM by Treehouse Textiles: 

Let's just get this done already!  I've stumbled on the hand applique blocks but have made a concerted effort to get through the hand sewing in recent times.  I even took it on a romantic holiday with the hubby last weekend ... and ... managed to lose a needle in the bed somewhere ... Hubs has now banned all sewing in the bed ... #spoilsport #humpf!

2. Tula Pink City Sampler:

Yes, yes I was one of those nutters clogging up your Instagram feeds.  Be prepared people, the City-Sampler-Quilt-Top-Finish-Along has just started ... so your IG feed will be full again soon of us all saying "Omigod, I can't believe I actually finished this!  I'd like to thank my family for putting up with my madness, my IG friends for all the help and support, the sponsors for the awesome prizes and the organisers, oh the amazing organisers, without you, I wouldn't have even tried!!"   - ala - Oscars style.  But I won't get ahead of myself.  They are still in a neat pile of 100 on the corner of my cutting table ... no sign of being a top yet.  Hence it's on the list.

3. Frogtatsic Quilt:

For my youngest unmarried ... what can I say?  I did my best to blend her taste in frog fabric with my love of modern design,  We have a Guild challenge on at the moment called "Size Matters" {snickers} ... no really, it's about playing with scale in your quilt design ... I see big squares and little squares in this quilt so it will be my entry ... due end of Feb ... wish me luck?

4.  Butterfly Trails Quilt:

What do you do with old bee blocks left abandoned in a cupboard for a year or two?  Why you simply pull your finger out and actually do something with them!  The top is pieced ... one butterfly quilt coming right up!

5. Mod Corsage Mini Quilt:

I had the pleasure of taking the Anna Maria Horner Mod Corsage workshop in Melbourne in November last year ... I didn't get far in the workshop, but I did come out with a clear plan of what I wanted to achieve.  Good start.

Well that's quite enough of a list for this little quilter ... I see lots of basting, quilting and binding in my future.  Let's hope Father Time is kind to me.

Linking up with our FAL 2017 host Jess of Elven Garden Quilts


Thursday, 6 October 2016

Pay It Forward - Mini Quilt

In December of 2015 I was delighted to find the cutest mini quilt you ever did see in my letterbox.  It was my Pay It Forward gift from Deborah and I'm pleased to say that the mini quilt and I are currently living happily ever after together.

So now it's my turn to start Paying It Forward before the year runs out - eep!

I'm pleased to say that I have my first run on the board ... in the form of this mini ...

The person I made it for is a friend and fellow member of the Perth MQG.  We are both massive Anna Maria Horner fans and recently went on a trip together where we met the very lovely Jen Kingwell.  We both immediately bought her Halo Quilt pattern and templates and I've been scheming this mini quilt ever since!

I just needed some free time to tackle those curves!  Spare time found ... I got cracking with fabric choice ... well, it had to be AMH ... but which ones?

I couldn't decide ... so I used a bit of everything!

Then, how to quilt it?  Jen suggests hand quilting this pattern in her book ... so I went with that!  I mean ... who am I to argue?

I used a variegated 12wt Aurfil thread, colour #3817 for the hand quilting ... and hand quilted the rings in nice big chunky stitches.

I was pretty happy to line up the centre detail of the backing fabric with the centre ring on the front!

Then it was bound ...

Tagged ...

Wrapped ...

and finally gifted ...

I'm pleased to say that this mini is now happily living in it's new home ... until I sneak in one day and steal it back (shh).


Thursday, 11 August 2016

Excuse My Ignorance ...

Fussy cutting ... It's a thing ... from the 1800's

I seriously thought it was a fairly new phenomena spurred on by the fantastic ranges of fabrics out there these days, followed up by some pretty clever people with tricky mirrors ... but nope!

I was in Melbourne recently and lucked upon an exhibition called "Making The Australian Quilt 1800-1950".  Brown quilts are not my thing, but I was curious to see how they were constructed all those years ago.  I mean, how did they manage without on-line quilt shops or thread cutters on their sewing machines?  The answer?  Much better than me with all my mod cons!

Seriously, these people had some skills ... and ... an eye for fussy cutting.

Look!  Fussy cutting!! Roebuck Chintz quilt #1 circa 1860

The snap shot above is from a quilt made around 1860 by the Roebuck sisters who came as free settlers (ie not convicts) to Australia.  This quilt was made en route to Australia ... on a boat ... on the not so flat ocean.

Just goes to show ... what is old is new again.

Speaking of which.  Low volume ... surely that's a new, modern thing right?

The following quilts would like to disagree ...

Elizabeth Lindsay's "Crazy Quilt" made in 1898 from fabric samples

close up ... the red stitching is genius!
Mary Jane Hannaford "Advance Australia Fair" quilt 1920-21

Ok, so I'm not a fan of the appliqued whats-its on the above quilt ... but I love the soft tones (mixed with the odd strong tone) and the movement in the quilt ... I'd even go so far to say that I'd like one of these of my own ... in my home ... sans what-its.

At this stage of my tour around the exhibition, I started to question everything I thought I knew about quilting up to this point.

... and then, to drive home my ignorance further ...

Unknown Maker - "Wagga from Furnishing Fabrics" circa 1935 


Bold and almost solid colour!

Far out ... I needed a lie down ... and a good old think about things.

I came out of the exhibition a little dazed and confused ... I bought the book about the exhibition immediately, so that I might digest this a little further.  You can find your copy here

I'm enjoying flicking through the pages of time ... I feel as though I'm time travelling, or am I in a time warp?

I originally started this blog as a time capsule.  I would log my makes in the hope that my girls might one day decide to follow in my quilting footsteps.  I wonder if in 50 years or so that they will draw inspiration from here ... and ... will it make them question themselves also?


Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Shine Bright Star Quilt

My youngest is in Kindy ... such a special time ... watching their little blinkers widening from home life to the big world outside. She is half-way through the year now and today is her first day back after the school holidays. Uniforms washed and pressed ... new lunchbox, new water bottle and a new quilt made by me for Kindy nap time.

At the beginning of the year she said she didn't want me to make her a quilt for Kindy nap time (Aww, I was heartbroken).  But, I smiled back to her and asked what she would like instead.  "Something from the shops", she said.  Ok, I get it ... something shiny and new to go with all the other shiny new things.

I love this quote ... it's so her and so me whispering in her ear

A happy little accidental fabric placement

So off to K-mart we went.  She scanned the isles and found the perfect little pillow and blanket just for her (and the 3 million other kids that would buy exactly the same stuff churned out by the juggernaut ... I thought to myself ... somewhat sourly).

I included a lot of low volume fabrics like this so she could enjoy and discover the little details while she rested

I bide my time ... hoping that by not making a fuss ... she would come back round.  And you know what?  It only took two terms of school (... only ...) but she finally asked me in these holidays to make her a quilt for nap time.

shimmers of gold metallic prints

A dark backing because they nap on the floor

I tried not to sound too eager (yay! woo whoo, happy dance, fist pump, take that K-mart!) and began working on it the minute she went to bed that night!

I remembered to add one of my labels (I often forget to!)

It's finally finished and she took it to Kindy today ... I can't wait to hear all about nap time when I see her shiny, beaming, little face at school pick up.

The sun pillow is from K-mart, she still loves it and to be honest I do to!  


Quilt Stats
Size is 40" x 60"
Fabrics on front: main players are a mix of Paperie, Backyard Circus and Spotlight
Backing is from Spotlight
Quilting thread is Aurifil variegated 50wt #3660 (shades of pink)
Binding is Liberty

Linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday, Let's Be Social, Finish it Up Friday

This picture makes me happy


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