Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Chintzd Up Haze Kilim & a Thank You

Wow, where has this week disappeared to, Wednesday already? I put the finishing stitches into the binding of my Chintzd Up Haze Kilim quilt the other day.
The quilting was very quick...I used my darning foot to free motion quilt some large flowers in the centre of each diamond. These flowers can be done by eye...you don't need to mark out any pattern before hand, just pretend the needle is a pencil and doodle over the fabric.
Again using the darning foot I stitched straight (or fairly straight!) lines along the triangle frames.
 A little bit of loopy loops and loopy flowers for the border.
The binding is a gorgeous Michael Miller Ta Dot in Grape.
The backing. I adore Kaffes large floral fabrics, they never fail to make me smile.
I had a wonderful visit from the postie this week. My Licorice Allsorts quilt won a prize in Stephanies (from Loft Creations) String Quilt Challenge. Stephanie had many sponsors who donated wonderful prizes, and my quilt won this gorgeous pack from Robyn at Daisy Quilts.
3 gorgeous prints called Freebird by Mo Mo. Some gorgeous buttons, and check out the divine fat yellow ric rac. Thank you so much Stephanie for hosting the String Quilt Challenge, and Robyn for this beautiful prize.
 I will leave you with a little teaser...I'm in a doll quilt swap and have finally come up with my design. I'm sure this will not be the last doll quilt I will make, it is a nice change to make up something a lot quicker than a regular sized quilt!
Have a lovely stitchy week. xo

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Humble Square top finished

Ok, so this is the design I went with in the end....
I decided I would go with the squares on point, diamonds are just timeless don't you think? Floral fabrics in downward stripes and solid fabrics in horizontal stripes across the quilt.
Philip Jacobs floral fabrics are just stunning, they have so much colour and detail I could look at them for hours.
Kaffe's shot cottons make this quilt so soft and drapey...I'm thinking I will need to handquilt this one, simple straight lines should do.
I received my last fabric order today(last one for this month anyway!). My Kaffe ombres had arrived from Glorious Colour. Mrs Schmenkman had told me how gorgeous these fabrics were...and she was not kidding! Subtle stripes covered in little dots....you can't get much better than that!
Speaking of the stash, for the past couple of months my stash has been a disaster...a fabric vomit as the gorgeous Cardygirl puts it...fabric everywhere but on the shelves where it is supposed to be. Yesterday I had a cleaning day and now I have taken a photo to remind myself what my stash should look like. I don't know how long this will last but hey, its always fun to play with fabric, even if it is just to clean it up!

Friday, July 16, 2010

The Humble Square

Before I left for holidays last month, I showed the gorgeous Philip Jacobs fabrics I had purchased. When I got home I wanted to dive into making a very quick and easy quilt....I admit, I was having withdrawals after three whole weeks with no stitching whatsoever!
 You cannot go past the humble square for simplicity. I teamed up the Philip Jacobs fabrics (most are from his newest releases, as well as a couple of old favourites like the banded poppy), with some Kaffe shot cottons a couple of Kona cottons, and one Amy Butler solid.

Once cut into 4 inch squares, I then played around with them on my design wall. Having the design wall up permanently in my house has been a wonderful tool. To be able to play around with different designs, and watching different patterns emerge, even simple ones, is a lot of fun.

This first design is interesting, and I might visit this one again another time, I quite like the almost zig zag effect....
 I love the downward stripes of the florals next to the downward stripes of the solids in this pattern....
 Keeping the downward stripes of  florals but mixing up the solids....
Back to stripes, diagonal this time...
 I think I have decided on which design to go with, I will get it sewn up before I show it (it may be a little different again!).

While we were away we mainly visited family and friends, very little sightseeing was done, so I really don't have many other photo's of our trip to show. I did however see this little guy calmly strolling across a park in the midst of suburbia one fine morning (not what you expect to see in suburbia). By the time I jumped out of the car with my camera in hand he had started to climb this tree...isn't he cute?
He was so close I could have reached out and patted him, but hey, I wasn't going near this koala...check out those sharp claws!!!
Have a wonderful weekend. xo

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A Thank you, a Stashing and a Concern

A THANK YOU
Before we left for our holiday I won a giveaway over at Sew Fresh Fabrics.
When we arrived home, there it was waiting for me. 4 fat quarters of the gorgeous Tufted Tweets from Laurie Wisbrun.
Thank you so much Peg and Becca, such a beautiful giveaway.

A STASHING
I had quite fallen in love with this new Tufted Tweets range and purchased the whole range as soon as it hit the stores. Purchased from Fabricworm.
These adorable couches are my favourite.
I am thinking of adding some of these Kona cottons to the Tufted Tweets. I purchased these from Jackie at Canton Village Quilt Works a while ago, they are pretty close in colour don't you think?
Also new to the stash is this little beauty....now I only have to work out how to use it.
As well as a fat quarter set from Kathy at Pink Chalk Fabrics. I adore this Far Far and Away II range from Heather Ross, the sleeping beauty is my particular favourite. This fabric is a linen and therefore heavier than the usual cotton, I haven't decided what I will do with it yet.
Last but by very means not least is the incredible, amazing, awe inspiring pattern from the very talented Kim McLean. Her new Roseville Album, Vases Birds and Other Things Quilt is going to be hard to beat and will provide a great challenge. Is anyone else making this one? I have yet to decide on my background fabric.

A CONCERN
As far as my concern goes, lately I have noticed a growing trend in receiving comments from people that come through as 'noreply-comment@blogger.com' (this means I have no way of replying to you). I do try to reply to most comments (though I do go through periods where that is impossible), however I definately reply to any comment that asks me a question. Lately however I have had a few questions that I cannot reply to because there is no reply email address.

If anyone has a specific question about any of my quilts/pictures/blog, could I please ask you to email me (if you click into 'view my complete profile' on the right side of my blog you will find my email). This way I can reply to you. Alternatively, you can leave your email address at the bottom of your comment or add your email to your profile on your blog. I am sure many people don't even realise their comments come through as no-reply, but it does make it hard to reply to questions. 

Thank you for your patience with my rave, I will leave you with a lovely picture of the Sydney Opera House, taken as we walked across the Sydney Harbour Bridge a week ago.
Have a great stitching week. xo

Friday, July 9, 2010

HOME!

Ahh, it's lovely to be home. We had a fabulous 3 weeks away, so wonderful to visit and catch up with our family and friends in Brisbane and Sydney. Oh but I do love being back in my own bed!

We had many highlights while we were away, visiting Dreamworld with all the cousins, attending the Grandparents combined 70th birthday, attending my niece's 2nd birthday, a day trip to Sydney, etc, etc. But for me, a most exciting highlight was the chance to visit Material Obsession in Sydney and to meet the wonderful Kathy Doughty. Oh Wow, what a shop, I only wish I lived nearby.
 Liesle & Kathy
Kathy is such an exuberant, talented, fun lady who made me feel very welcome the minute I walked in the door (check out the blog post she did in my honour, blush, blush!). The lovely Liesle was on staff that day, she has the most amazing scarfs and I loved her skirt!
Liesle, Me, Kathy
It was my lucky day to visit, the talented Brigitte Giblin was teaching a class and gave me a personal show and tell of her amazing quilts. Each quilt has a story and I could have listened to her for hours.
 Brigitte Giblin and one of her many gorgeous quilts
Brigitte now has a website where you can purchase some of her beauties, she will be adding more quilt patterns to it as she gets them written up. I have already purchased her gorgeous Little Hexagon Purse Pattern and found her website very easy to use.

Ok, so I couldn't visit such a glorious shop without a purchase or two now could I? But how do you choose, it was like being in a candy shop, so much colour and temptation everywhere. After much deliberation, I ended up with these gorgeous fabrics....
Left to Right: 
1. Alexander Henry 'Bauhaus'
2. Rawhide by Moda
3. Liberty Marylebone by Kaffe for Rowan
4. Radiation by Kaffe
5. Verna by Kate Spain for Moda
6. Freebird by MoMo for Moda.  


As well as this divine kit....
Tokyo Rose is a pattern that has been catching my eye for a long time, so I couldn't resist it in kit form. Kathy has many wonderful kits in her shop, most of them you can find on her website. She is selling this pattern in dolly quilt size too and that one is gorgeous all done up in Kaffe fabrics.  

Also purchased this...
Many more half square triangles will be made around here, and this little tool from Creative Grids will make the process much quicker. Kathy gave me some templates for this gorgeous block, can't wait to play around with these, thank you Kathy!
Many of you know I am in the process of making the gorgeous Sue Ross blocks which are a block of the Month program from Material Obsession. While I was in the shop, Kathy showed me the finished quilt top....
 Kathy and the finished Sue Ross BOM quilt top in Contemporary colourway
Oh my, it is stunning, I am very inspired to get these blocks finished to make up this fabulous quilt (I'm making two though, so it might take me a little time yet!). 

I have come away from Kathy's shop having met some lovely friends, and feeling incredibly inspired to get back to creating again, and playing with colour and wonderful fabrics (after 3 weeks of no stitching, aarrgh!). Very soon I will show what I came home to (I had ordered a couple of things before I left, and won a couple of things while away).  But first, I'm off to our local Bargain Box fabric shop to pick up my serviced sewing machine!!! xo