Thursday, July 24, 2014
I'm joining up with the linky party at Pretty Bobbins again today =)
Sunday, July 20, 2014
This quilt is one of my entries for the Canberra Quilters Exhibition so it needed a name (actually, I'm starting to think all quilts should have names). I'm calling it Finding Formation: Synchronised Swimming, since all those blues and greens make me think my geese might be swimming rather than flying.
It might sound weird, but because of this I feel like I had more creative input into this quilt than I have into other quilts I have worked on. One of the things about test sewing an unreleased pattern was that I hadn't seen versions of the pattern sewed up already, so was completely uninfluenced by others' interpretations. It was so much fun to attack a clean line drawing of the quilt with my coloured pencils and plan out just how I wanted it to look - I coloured up several versions before I decided. The finished pattern includes line drawings for each of the three sizes, which you can print out and colour yourself - I love this and wish every pattern had the same!
This was also the first time that I've made a quilt using a fabric 'pull' from my stash - other quilts have either been scrap vomit-y, so completely random, or sewed from precuts of a single range. The palette for this quilt was actually inspired by the block I sewed for my June #moderninstabee partner @poppinspatch - I loved her block so much I just had to make my own quilt from those colours!
This is a quilt that has really made me feel like 'a quilter'. Not only because I felt like I was exercising more 'creativity', but this is the first time I have basted and quilted a quilt (bigger than baby pram-sized) myself (are you noticing a pattern? - this is such a quilt of firsts!). Like I showed in my I Quilt post on Thursday, I went super simple with the quilting - lines approximately a quarter inch either side of some of the seams (my first time doing quilting that wasn't 'in the ditch'), zig-zagging out with the bow-tie shape of the geese.
As an aside, after my post on Thursday I was talking to a friend about how sometimes we just need to be brave and try something, and then it works out. I feel like I should confess here that last weekend when I was a bit nervous about getting started on this, I was totally inspired by another crafty friend I have who seems never to be afraid to try something new or challenging and who makes the most beautiful things (let's just call her @happyspider6 ;-)) - as I basted and quilted every time I thought 'oooh this isn't going to work' I reminded myself that she would have a go, and hers would be awesome. So thanks, lovely =)
I chose to bind in the same print from Kate Spain's Daydream range that I used for those orange geese. You can see the binding is pretty narrow and tight - almost like piping really - I wanted just enough to frame the top and make those orange geese pop a bit. The backing is a simple aqua spot on white - this is one of Spotlight's basics which they sell for about $7 a metre - next time they have a sale I'm stocking up on these because I do love a good spot!
And so that's my quilt. Like I said, I just love it. You can see more Finding Formation quilts on the Nightingale Quilts blog, and there are also versions popping up on Instagram under #findingformationquilt.
The pattern is available in the Nightingale Quilts Craftsy store and Etsy store.
And if the sneak peeks Caroline has been giving us on Instagram are anything to go by, there are more gorgeous patterns on the way soon!
Thanks again so much to Caroline for asking me to be a test sewer, and Michelle for all of the gorgeous photos in this post!
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
This weekend I finally worked up the courage to baste and quilt my Finding Formation quilt top. It was very nerve wracking, being the first time I've ever basted or quilted anything bigger than a baby pram quilt, (this is about 60" by 60"), but with a bit of patience (and lots of long distance support from my award winning quilter friend Michelle) I managed to do an acceptable job of basting, and the quilting was quilt fun!.
It was also the first time I've done anything other than quilting in the ditch, and I'm super happy with how it worked out!
I am a bit in love with this project, and I can't wait to share the finished quilt when the pattern is released (
I'm joining up for the first time with Pretty Bobbins I Quilt Thursdays - pop over to see who else is quilting this week.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
For the other side of the pouch I used the 'spell it with moda' tutorials to make each person's initial. I love the moda letters - the tutorials are free and use 2.5" strips which makes them perfect for scraps.
There are loads of tutorials online for lined zip pouches, I used this one from purl soho.
I think the little bags turned out pretty cute, and they were well received =) I see more undies in my future!
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Last week my friend Angie started a Fussy Cutters Club for people to share their fussy cutting projects and inspiration. It has been lots of fun to see the clever things people are doing in the Facebook group and on Instagram (#thefussycuttersclub)!
Angie has also launched special fussy cutter bundles in her shop - packs of 5 or 10 fat eighths of fabrics perfect for fussy cutting. I think this is such a fabulous idea - I'm always buying a fat quarter of something just for a few fussy cut bits!
If you pop over to Angie's blog you have the chance to win one of these gorgeous bundles just by sharing a link to a fussy cut project you've been working on - you can either link to your blog or to an Instagram pic)
I've been doing a bit of fussy cutting this week - I'm having a lot of fun faffing around with tiny bits and pieces. I can't share the full project yet, but here's a tiny sneak peek - red riding hood in the middle of that wonky star there is just 1inch square.
Pop over to Angie's if you like to share something you've been working on too =)