Showing posts from January, 2012

Happy Australia Day!

Happy Australia Day everyone!  Well the sky is blue, the sun is shining...rather then beating down and the boys are playing cricket in our backyard, we really do live in the lucky country. 

We got back from a trip to Victoria a few days ago, a good friend got married.  The bride looked beautiful, the groom deliriously happy,  the best man made a funny short speech, the food was excellent and we caught up with lots of friends.  The best thing of all was the love, it was definitely in the air and both families were so happy for the bride and groom....and partied like I haven't seen for a long time!  All I can say is thank God for sensible shoes (wearing orthodics now prevents me from wearing high heels) and Grandparents who are happy to babysit...a good time was had by all!

Now my extended absence from blog land has been explained, I have some show and tell for you.....

The finished flimsy - Liam's motorbike quilt.  I made this quilt large enough that it tucks in under the matt…
Yikes! I think worry that my wish list is a bit long ... so I decided to count what I made last year;
6 bags5 flannel baby blankets5 cot quilts4 needle books3 wall hangings3 lap sized quilts2 table runners2 single bed sized quilts1 queen sized bed quiltand baby cubes, bunting, baskets, cushions, humbug bags, ironing board cover, mug rugs, pencil cases, pot holders, pincushions, softies, sewing machine cover and mat, thread catcher, wallet and wheat bags! Phew! Now that my "achieved" list is as long as my  "to do" list I feel its a bit more realistic!  And I forgot to mention that my idea is to make many of this years projects small, e.g. cushions, table runners and wall hangings.  We don't really need any more bed sized quilts in our house, although DS1 did ask for a new quilt the other a manner that assumed I could whip one up on the spot! 

And to be honest he probably got that idea from me, as I did make this nearly completed SB top in a is…

Happy New Years ... two weeks late!

I have been considering what my New Years Resolutions for 2012 are for sometime now, but it has still taken me all this time to get them committed to paper AND have free time to blog about them. 

So my NYR is .... start lots of new projects!  And hopefully finish them in the same year!

2012 - Wish list(these are in not in order of priority)
1. Miniature quilt/wall hanging (proper to scale miniature)
2. Basket quilt (little pieced baskets with appliqued handles - like the one from A Brandie Creation )
3. House quilt (houses built from scrap OR a red and white school house block)
4. Lil Twister (in blue and cream)
5. Liam's motorbike quilt (single bed - using dirt bike panel I brought last year)
6. Red and white wall hanging for our bedroom 
7. Ohio star quilt (preferably red and white or blue and white)
8. Log cabin (from scraps)
9. Zig zag quilt (or Snake quilt)
10. Kids quilt (use theme fabric up...either pirates or cowboys)
11. Dolls quilt - churn dash from reproduction fabri…

Going potty for pot holders and mad for oven mitts!

I love the chook pot holders, but I am ready for something new and in particular larger (for the men in my life who like to cook) so I have been checking out what everyone else has been making in blog land. 
Published in a book (Lark) called Pretty Little Potholders, these gorgeous Butterfly oven mitts are by Laurraine Yuyama and she also has the pattern for sale, see her blog Patchwork Pottery.

The duel green Scrappy Leaf Potholders - I LOVE for their simplicity, crazy piecing and practicality. One for each hand, and you can have them stay together with a button when hanging up, but your hands are not "tied" when using them. I am not sure if Laurraine is going to do a pattern for these, or the Lemon, but I sure do hope so! The
The Lemon Potholder is also simple, but sweet. I have only shown the back so you get an idea of how your hands work in them.

Please note I have permission to use these images, which I took from Flicker, apologies the quality is not so good, that&…

Give Away Winner

Congratulations, Mr Random Generator picked .... # 3

Lisa said...
Love the prize! I've just finished a zig zag quilt top - so I guess my first goal is to quilt it! Also I'm make my mum an improv. quilt, so that is high on the list too.

Congrats on 100 posts!
I will send your prize in the post this week.  Sorry its too early in the morning to work out how to make "fireworks" that appear on my blog, hope the charm squares are sufficiently colourful. 
Thanks everyone for joining in my give away, happy quilting Sue SA.

100 Posts Celebration

Yippee, over the last two years I have written 100 posts, acquired 18 followers/friends and thoroughly enjoyed being part of blog land.  The desire to "show and tell" my work is as strong as ever and over Christmas we lived life as it was one big social whirlwind, during which I subjected my friends and family to show and tell in person. 

I enjoyed catching up with lots of people, some of whom told me they are lurkers on my blog, so WELCOME!  I am happy for you to lurk,  I am only unhappy that I cannot see YOUR show and tell!  Sure blogging takes up a bit of my time, but so does cleaning, cooking and ironing!  So if you decide to make 2012 the year to take up blogging, please leave me a comment with your blog address, I would love to come visit.

OK now the important stuff...New Year Resolutions?....No? Oh OK I will do that later, how about a give away? 

            One Moda Northcote charm pack and a Chook pot holder made by me! 

All you have to do is leave me a comment on…

A dog, pot holders and baskets

Before Christmas I made a couple of the fabric baskets.  The one on the left was made using the free tutorial from The Sometimes Crafter which worked really well.  The purple "basket" on the left was made from a free pattern for a origami bag that I picked up at was a tad confusing and didn't work well enough to put the cord in to make it a draw string bag, but it works as a basket :-).  I am using these to sort my off cuts.  The idea is to encourage myself to cut left over fabric up into set sizes; 1.5", 2.5" and 3.5" strips and squares. 

I also succumbed to another "new" pattern that was begging to be made.  This dog is an unstuffed wheat bag from the pattern "Hot Buddies" by Millamac. I am a big fan of her work (although I skip the button hole stitch for satin stitch) and there is also a rabbit, bear and cat in the pattern, which I hope to make this summer.  The dogs ears required some patience when turning through, …

Pre Christmas post...well that was the idea!

 Remember this flimsy, did you think I had lost the plot?  Sorry, but I had intended to squeeze in a follow up, but life got busy and suddenly my priorities were not patchwork.
However here we all are, and I am back on track, but please excuse me while I ignore the festive season that was, so I can explain....
Use the Lil Twister template to cut up your flimsy made up of  5" squares....
                                               And sew it back together again...
Try adding a plain border...OK so its not big enough?  Go and buy some purple fabric and try a pieced border....
and your top is done! 
Think I will save the quilting until the weather is cooler and one of the babies our friends are expecting in 2012, actually arrives....I have a boys quilt ready to go so I bet the first baby is a girl!
Happy quilting Sue.