Sunday, December 17, 2017

Beehives, Bento Bags and Zinnias

A quick run down of some recent little sewing projects:
-Bento Bags for wrapping Christmas presents. I ended up making enough for all the teacher presents. I love the idea of wrapping presents in something that can be used again. 
      
-Bee hive - pattern from love Patchwork and Quilting.  I think this will end up as a teeny mini quilt for the wall. 

-Zinnia - pattern by Lori Holt. I love zinnias so I had to try this pattern. Not sure when I'll get time to make more blocks, but I'd love a quilt of zinnias. 



Friday, December 15, 2017

Sewing for Olive

A couple of new dresses for Olive for summer. 
Madeline Dress in Cotton and Steel fabric.
Mini Southport Dress in Tula Pink fabric.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

And Repeat

It's quite rare that I feel the need to remake a pattern. There are too many things I want to try and not enough hours to try them in, so once something is finished I move on. 
I've made an exception for my Modern Clamshell Quilt
I made this one larger than the first one I made was inspired by the colours in my spring garden. 
This one is a commission, another thing I very rarely do. I used similar colours for the clamshells and a pale grey (Kona silver) for the background. I was afraid the colours would not pop as much, but I think I love it more with this background. It might just become my go to background colour.
Both of these quilts were quilted with straight lines in both directions.
I've now made it three times now and would happily start another one tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Sointu

I think I bought the Sointu pattern as soon as it came out, such a simple but elegant pattern.  I knew I didn't want to make it in knit fabric, but wasn't sure how it would turn out in woven to I used some very, very cheap polyester I bought from Textile Traders that I think was $2 a metre on the bargain table. I can't believe I'm saying this about a polyester top, but I love it. I've already worn it out twice in the last two weeks.
I measured between two sizes and after measuring the pattern I chose the size down. I'm glad I did, it's a perfect fit. The only thing I altered was the neckline, I folded it over twice and hand stitched it down, not the neatest job, but is a lot neater than if I tried to face this fabric.
The perfect top to wear out with jeans - there will be at least one more!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Staircase to the Moon

And now for something completely different - a minimalist quilt.
Inspired by the Staircase to the Moon which happens as the full moon rises over the tidal flats in Broome. It is so beautiful and amazing to watch.
I pieced a full circle into a rectangle of fabric (I used the Creative Grids Circle Savvy Ruler to do this) and then added rectangles for the stairs.
Every time I decide to pebble quilt I have a moment of regret as I start, it is very time consuming, but it is worth it to get the amazing texture. 
The finished quilt is 28" x 38" and will be added to the mini quilt wall in our passage.


Friday, October 20, 2017

Geometric

Grey, grey and yellow, the perfect colour combination. I made half triangle, quarter triangle, half rectangle and drunkards path blocks. A random number of each. Then I mixed them with some plain squares and rearranged them until I was happy with the arrangement.
I divided the quilt into sections and quilted lines 1/4" apart. I have no idea how people have the patience to quilt 1/8" apart, 1/4" is all I can manage. 
 I love it when I find the perfect backing in my stash.
The perfect mix of planning and seeing what happens as I go along. A pleasure to make from the start until the end. The perfect way to sew.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Sails of Silver

 I grew up listening to Steeleye Span, my parents loved them and so did my sisters and I. While listening to music one day I knew the chorus from Sails of Silver would make a great wallhanging.
I started with a vague plan, I knew I wanted to paper piece the letters and it needed a boat. I used the Refridgerator Magnets by Elizabeth Hartman. It is not a paper piecing pattern (it uses a different method), but if you have had some experience you can work out how to use them. 

 I'm no expert, there was much ripping out and swearing, but I eventually made all the letters.
 Next I googled images of sail boats and then drew up a generic one in Electric Quilt. It is not obvious in the photo, but the sails are made from a silver fabric I found in Bunbury at Craft Collections. I think it is this one from Kaufman. 
 For a bit of contrast with all the paper piecing and to add some extra colour I improv pieced some waves using different blues and more of the silver.
 To put it all together I placed it all on the design board and starting with the letters I joined one line and then the next, I just worked on adding one more section at a time and gradually it all came together.
I really enjoyed the process of making this quilt. I don't often go into making a quilt without having the whole thing mapped out, but it was quite enjoyable seeing where it went. Now to think about how to quilt it.