13 May 2016

Luxie Lunch Bag

I went to the Craft and Stitches show in Brisbane back in March to help my friend with her booth.  We happened to be right across from Voodoo Rabbits booth and she had lots of Emmaline Bags patterns and hardware.  Really sitting at a craft show all day is not usually good for your pocket book but I have to say I was very good and did not spend to much; which my pocket book and my husband were thankful for.  

The Luxie -Lunch Bag and hardware came home with me and I did cut out all the pieces out in April. Just did not take the time to piece it together but I love how it turned out.  It is huge.  Mind you I eat lunch at home but if I ever do need to take a lunch some where I will be all set. 


I used a Joel Dewberry deco print and Essex Linen for the outside with some shot cotton for the piping.  The inside is plastic coated fabric.  


This pattern is very well written and very easy to follow. The pattern suggest a walking foot but my little machine does not have a walking foot so I did manage with a normal foot just went slow.  

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby 

09 May 2016

Experimenting

I picked up this duvet cover at Kmart a few months back on clearance. I love the hexagons and colours to much to pass up.  But the thought of wrestling it on a duvet would make me use it as a summer blanket instead of a quilt.  So I had this thought that what if I removed the stitches from the duvet cover and loaded it on the long arm like I would a pieced quilt using the duvet insert as the batting instead of normal batting. The duvet insert is high loft and I did not want to loose any of the fullness but wanted to make the hexes pop. I think I achieved that.
It was a bit tricky using a duvet insert and keeping it flat but that was mostly the edges as the one I used was one we already had in the cupboard and it has been used and washed a few dozen times. A assume a new one might be a bit easier to get the edges all flat and straight.   I did not find any other troubles with doing a quilt in this fashion beside the little issue my machine gives me but only I would even notice the stitch size changes.  

I did loose a bit of size but that is to be expected. This finished in at 73" x 74" but I had not washed it yet.  I did prewash the duvet cover since the duvet insert had been washed.  The binding is small white dots on black background. 

The texture on the back is wonderful. 

This is a low cost quilt the duvet cover cost A$15 and the insert was A$10.  This was a great way to have a play with some quilting to see how I could add to the print without all the work of having to piece the top. 

I will have to go have a look at the clearance bin next time I am in the shops and see if there are any other lovely covers to turn into quilts. 

Thank you for visiting my blog. 

Cheers, 
Abby 









05 May 2016

From snippets to mini

I have a hard time throwing cuttings away when I am making a project so I usually bag them up and set them aside for small improv projects.  Here is my first finished improv project. The finished size is 19" square. 


I decided not to use regular binding on this and found a tutorial on how to do a facing finish.  I altered it a bit as I thought it had to much over hang so I was able to keep the back very tidy. 


My hanging sleeve could use some work but I think it does the job.


Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby 


30 April 2016

Still alive...

I have managed to do some project over the past month and a few commitments I have been able to catch up on.  I joined do good stitches this year and I have been able to just barely get by blocks done in time.  

February do.Good Stitches - 


March do.Good Stitches - 



April do.Good Stitches - 


May do.Good Stitches - which is amazingly done ahead of schedule :) 


I also whipped up a couple flannel sleeping pants for the boys. Even though Brisbane has really not decide to go into autumn or winter yet. 




I managed to finish up the second block in the Zodiac BOM - Pisces



Also redid the first block as I was not happy with the background grid lining up. 




I volunteered to make some coin purses and fabric butterflies for the schools Mothers Day Stall. I am very happy with how the butterflies turned out. So cute. 




I am participating in a Improv Round Robin on IG with some fellow Aussies.  We used the first score in Sherri Lynn Woods book called floating squares.  The round robin was to create 4 - 14" blocks using only aqua, coral and dark grey with a signature fabric of our choice.  Then we send three of the blocks off to new homes and we will get three blocks back.  I LOVE how my blocks turned out and can see a whole quilt done in this fashion. 



I loaded a duvet cover and insert on my long arm in an experiment to see how I could go doing a cheater quilt.  This is probably the cheapest quilt I have made since I got the cover on clearance. Here is a peek at the finished quilting. I will share more once I get the binding on. 



As the month is wrapping up I really just wanted to make something small and finish it in one sitting.  I have a ledge that sits behind my sewing machine between he living room and my sewing area and I thought it would be nice to have something sewing related on display.  So I whipped up a small little bee pin cushion.  The paper piece pattern is by Bad Skirt and I just turned it into a pin cushion. 



I think I might make some more, it is nice to finish something with in the same hour you start it. 

Well as you can see I have managed to get some sewing completed over the past month. Still have a huge back log of works in progress but am working on a plan to get those completed as I feel like they are holding me back from bigger and better projects. 

Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog. 

Cheers,
Abby




29 March 2016

Zodiac BOM - Aquarius

I joined one block of the month this year and I am already behind.  The Zodiac BOM is by Diane with From Blank Pages.  The patterns are paper pieced and Diane's patterns are very detailed and clear.  She provides pages and cutting templates. She also provides for three sizes of block 9", 12" and 18".  I am going with the 18" block for my Zodiac Quilt. 

For my fabric selection I am using Kona Buttercup, Kona White, Kona Ash, Kona Punch, Kona Breakers, Bella Graphite, Kona Charcoal, Cotton Couture Shell, Cotton Couture Clay, and Cotton Couture Creamsicle.


I actually coloured the main colouring page for the whole quilt to make sure my plan in my head was going to work. 

I have never used templates but I gave it a try but they just do not work for me. I find that I need just a bit more wiggle room for placement.  I did cut the fabric out in rectangle and squares to the size that I needed.  That does speed up the process to have pieces cut out and labelled. 

Some of my pieces are not totally lined up. Maybe it was my setting on my printer so I think I will redo this block to see if I could get it lined up a bit more. Could be the cause of the templates not working out.  Almost got February's block pieced but of course I am behind. 

Thank you for stopping by. 

Cheers, 
Abby

27 March 2016

A Internet Swap

This year I have participated in my very first online swap and to top it off I actually was one of the swap host too.  It sure is a undertaking hosting a swap with so much to keep track of but we managed and if I do say so myself I think it went splendidly.  I was paired with a lovely lady in Texas USA.  The swap was for using only Tula Pink fabric paired with solids and only Jaybird Quilts Patterns. This is the mini that I created for my partner, I used one of the blocks from Daybreak. 


I forgot to measure it but I think it is 13" point to point, a great mini size.  Here is a close up view of the quilting. I am very happy with how it turned out. 


And this was the back,  even remembered to put hanging tabs and a label. 


Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby 


08 March 2016

Free Motion Quilting Play Time

I was able to finally get my hands on some Press n Seal (thankfully to Costco).  I saw on Pinterest how this stuff was being used with quilting. So I wanted to give it a try.  I traced my new blog header on the Press n Seal with a ink pen.  This worked better then the quilters tracing paper. It stayed in place and the ink did not get stuck under the stitches. When I used the tracking paper the pencil I used got stuck under the stitches and did not come all they way out in the wash. 

This is the result. 

It is not perfect, one of my 'o' looks a bit more like an 'a' so I will have to try again.   I free motioned around my blog name just to be able to play.  This piece is just 11" x 11".  


Have you seen the cute Pixie Basket tutorial from Heidi from Fabric Mutt? These are seriously cute. I had to make two just for good measure. Just used scraps. 
Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby