Saturday, January 30, 2010

Inspiration

I love being inspired by the wonderful quilts and quilty things bloggers make. It's so fabulous to have this blogging world at our fingertips and to have our senses assailed with colour, pattern and design on a daily basis! Earlier this week I was at a friends house, and was once again inspired by two of her quilt creations which I will share with you! Deb made these gorgeous quilts for her teenage son and daughter and they have been well loved by them.

Jayne's quilt was made from a pattern called Hopscotch designed by Bit's n Pieces. Deb has used the stunning fabrics from Prints Charming, a range called Follow Your Imagination that was released a few years ago.
It's such a bright, happy quilt and makes me feel good every time I see it! Doesn't it look fabulous hanging on the green gate?
The stripe binding finishes off the quilt beautifully.
Deb pieced the back of the quilt as well, I love a pieced back!
Deb asked me to quilt Jayne's quilt for her, which I was thrilled to do.
I used a loopy flower pattern in the larger squares, a square spiral pattern and a stipple in the smaller squares. So quick and fun to do and the fabric was so soft it was like quilting butter!

Tom's quilt is made from a pattern sold by Amitie called Flea Market Dash.
Deb and I had a fun day wandering around Amitie choosing the wonderful, more 'manly' fabrics for her quilt for her son. I love the rust red colour amongst the blues and tans.
This is such an eye-catching pattern, I would love to make it in Kaffe's one day. Deb quilted this one with straightline stitching in a cross-hatch pattern which suits this quilt so beautifully.
Deb has backed Tom's quilt with flannel, it's so cozy and warm!
Thanks Deb for letting me show off your fabulous quilts, they are beautiful and very inspiring to me.

I have been doing a little stitching here and hope to have something stringy to show soon! xo

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

On Holidays

Tomorrow my family and I are heading off to the East Coast of Australia (Pambula) for a little camping holiday. We will be away for almost 10 days and we are very excited at the thought of setting up our little camper trailer and spending lots of time together at the beach. So I say a little farewell here for a couple of weeks, and I hope to have some handstitching to show on our return. I am packing my Kaffe blue and white hexagon quilt to work on, as well as a few Jacob's Coat blocks. I have been madly trying to prepare these blocks amongst the packing and cleaning and generally getting ready to go away!! They do take some preparation but will be worth the effort in the long run.


Blue & White Hexagons in Kaffe

Jacob's Coat blocks, glued & pinned & ready to applique

Tell me though, does it seem a little obsessive to be taking my lightbox camping with me? I need to place a lot more leaves on my grey background and need the lightbox for that. I always wonder where to draw the line with what to take when going away on holidays. I did ask hubby if I could take my sewing machine but he has put the foot down at that suggestion!!! We do have a powered tent site though, so I think I will have to sneak my lightbox in somewhere!

Well, I will have a lot of catching up to do when I get back so that I don't miss out on what you are all up to. Stay well and see you in a fortnight! xo

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Love, Romance and Tumblers!

Border 2 is now finished. I wish I could take a better picture to show these gorgeous fabrics off to you, trust me when I say it looks really good in real life, I'm very happy with it!!!

The squares on point have made a fun border and they sewed up pretty quickly. I love the distraction the Amy Butler solids bring to the quilt....to give the eye a small place to rest from all that Love-ly busy-ness!

The next border will take some time with a lot more applique to be done.

Check out what arrived in the mail this week - a beautiful parcel from Jackie over at Canton Village Quilt Works. Jackie has a wonderful online shop, which is where I saw this fabulous idea...pre-cut tumblers in Kaffe!!!

What a great idea for a very quick and easy quilt, they look great all laid out together don't you think? There are even some Kaffe's in here that I don't own yet! Jackie even has some gorgeous Aunt Grace 1930 tumblers in her shop at the moment, I'm being tempted! (I love that these come already cut out, sometimes it feels good to have the cutting done for you!).

 Thank you Jackie, and I love the selvedges and pattern you sent me too - beautiful!
 
I'm hoping to get busy with some prep work over the next few days cause on Thursday we are going camping for 9 days, yay!!! I will pop in here before we go. See you soon xo

Friday, January 1, 2010

Nicolette's Gift & Book Win

Happy first day of the New Year!!! Did you manage to stay up til midnight? We got to sleep around 1:30am so I'm dragging the chain a little today!

We have constantly had friends staying with us, or been visiting friends so from the start I apologise for not visiting all my blogland friends (you!) lately. I really miss chatting with everyone, and hope to get back to it soon. Anyway, I'm finally able to show you the beautiful table runner that Nicolette from Dutch Comfort made for me for our SSCS gift.

Isn't it gorgeous? I love the bright colours she has used (she discovered on my blog my love of bright fabrics), and the gorgeous snowflakes she has appliqued onto the table runner.

On the back Nicolette has used a gorgeous linen that really highlights her quilting of stars and snowflakes. It's finished off beautifully with a multicoloured binding, made up of the fabrics used in the quilt top. Great idea.

Thank you so much Nicolette, I appreciate the time and effort and love you have put into this gift for me.

In receiving a gift in Chookyblue's SSCS, you also have to make a gift for someone else. I made this lap quilt for Nancy from Patchwork Penguin blog. It is such a wonderful feeling to make something for someone else, someone you haven't even met!!

And talking of gifts, I received this beautiful book Liesels Funfecke from the gorgeous Sarah of The Last Piece. The book is written in German, but the pictures so beautiful and the patterns so clear you don't need the instructions to make the quilts. They are all paper-pieced which I adore.

It is written by Hilde Klatt and Liesel Niesner and I'm definately going to make the gorgeous quilt on the back cover called Mandala. Thank you so much Sarah for a fabulous book and more inspiration and ideas!

We have spent most of today entertaining different visitors, as one family left, another family arrived, been busy, but so much fun! We now have some of our sons friends around so I'm off in a minute to go and feed them all. How have you spent your first day of 2010? xo