31 December 2016

And there goes 2016

December has been a crazy month with another school year ending and trying to finish up projects so I can start the new year with some fresh projects to get my creative juices flowing again.  With the end of a school year comes with teacher gifts. The Noodlehead Poolside Tote seemed like a great gift for a busy teacher to tote all her school stuff around.  This is a reduced size to the original but I find it such a useful size.  

A customer asked if I could make some pouches for her work colleagues since it has been awhile I had to whip a couple up to see how much time they took.  I whipped up the small pouch and with the extra cut of fabric I made a tiny tall pouch. I am thinking I might give my Etsy shop another go in the new year to see how it goes.  Maybe 2017 will work out better for me. Pouches and totes might be items that would sell better then quilts. 

Here are the four Noodlehead Wide Mouth Pouches I made for my customer.  I think these fabric worked out really well. Such a great pattern to make. 

All the rage all over the Internet this month has been Folded Fabric Stars. So I had to give it a go. It was easy enough but boy such a waste of fabric.  It took almost a fat quarter to make just one star. I think paper will be a much better option. It is cute.

I finished up quilting my 2014 Round Robin quilt. I did not have a plan for this quilt just tried to repeat different elements found in the quilt.


I found this great outdoor seating at the thrift shop this month for a bargain price of $90. I wanted to do a quick recover since the kids said it was very 'grandmaish".  I also wanted to make it easy to remove to wash since the dogs will want to lounge on it too.  Two twin size sheets from IKEA and safety pins did the trick.   

I finally got my new tree skirt finished. Missed this Christmas but next Christmas I am all set. It looks very modern and bright.  Goes great with my slim white Christmas Tree.  This is raw edge applique, next time I think I will just quilt the background and then do the applique it will help the project move quicker. Not sure why I did not think of it in the first place. 
When I load quilts up I try to do little projects on the sides to be able to have less waste of the backing fabric. Here are a few that I came up with just using scraps that I   did not put away yet. 

This one is 10"  x 8", raw edge applique. 


This table runner is 9" x 27", raw edge applique.

Here is a little scrap project that I made a month ago.  It is 6 1/2" x 14".  I added it to my mini quilt wall. 

This one is 9 1/2" x 8 1/2". Raw edge applique.  

I am so grateful that I get to stay home and take care of my family and create.  It is what makes me happiest. 

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby 



07 December 2016

Where did November go...

it feels like I have lost a whole month. My kids have one week left of school year and I guess I have been fully focused on sewing the last month that I lost track of time. 

I finished two customer quilts this month. This beautiful rainbow quilt and a fun boy quilt. 






Made a couple mini quilts for a few sewing friends birthdays.  This one is a pattern called On the Spot by Diane From Blank Pages.  


This little mini I went to the scrap bin to create. I made some nine patches and then cut them up to make the outer boarder. Love the tiny little squares and you can't go wrong with a wonky star.  I do really love coming up with my own creations. 


I finished my improv chasing geese project. I really love how the quilting turned out. 


My sewing area got a bit of a cheer up this month too. I used an IKEA print from my stash and recovered my iron board and made a new cover for my sewing chair. So much nicer.  The iron board was covered in glue now my area looks so bright and clean. 


I did a clean up of my project bins and pulled a few things out that I was just not loving and make a list of the tops I need to quilt and projects that I have started. This little improv project was at the bottom so I decided to just take a bit of time and finish it off. Did not really have a plan with this one just started sewing and cutting and this was the end result. I had other plans originally for this one but I felt it was time to move on. 

I finally finished piecing this improv piece this month.  This one has been a work in progress for a few months.  All the fabric is off cuts from another quilt that I pattern tested last year (still waiting for it to be released so I can show off). I am so excited that I was able to make the scraps into a fun projects. I really love the little snips of colour reminds me of Christmas lights.
           


I have tested a few patterns for other quilters this month. This one was published last week.  It is called Divergence by Crafty Ma and you can purchase it on Craftsy



No wonder I lost track of November. 

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby 




19 October 2016

Stitches are still flowing.

Wow I am so slack.  I just realised that I have not blogged for a while (over a month).  Instagram is just so easy to share on and I am not good with words.  

In July I participated in the Crosscut Quilt Along by Debbie @A Quilter's Table. Then I went and decided it would make a great gift for my friend Heather. So I was not able to share till it was gifted.  It is so hard for me not to share my projects. Debbie's tutorial is awesome and the results are so striking and unique. 



In August I made this little improv piece for my friend.  I think this might be my first project that is all solid fabric. I used Essex linen for the background and really love it. It is so bright and cherry. 



I love when I can load a small project on the long arm. I like to load a big piece of backing so I can also get a few of my other small projects quilted. Last month I managed to get four of them done. 



Last month we had a school holiday and this always seems like a good time to sort and take care of my scraps. But that usually results in me making a few randoms. The orange and grey one I am not 100% in love with but maybe I will just add more to it and it will become better. Maybe. 


This one was a block that I just did not love so I sliced it back up and came up with this little mini. 

I finished piecing two quilts over the last few months. The first one was my 2014 Lucky Stars Block of the month.  It is my layout and is really big that I could not find a good way to get a full shot of it except for laying it on the dirty driveway.  I even used the extra fabric to make a pieced back.  

The second quilt that I pieced was my modern disappearing 9-patch quilt I started back at the beginning of August when I was on retreat.  It's a Christmas quilt but I love that it is not the traditional green and red. My friends say it reminds them of black opals. 

August I completed my first customer quilt. All custom work. I was so nervous but I think it turned out beautifully when I relaxed a bit. 


I have been working on a quilt for Mister 13 and finally came up with a design.  Pulled the fabric and just need to work how to pull it all together. It is a bit cheeky but we have a weird sense of humour so I love it. 



I will be piecing the letters. I was going to do improv but I think it will take me to long. So I will be using paper piece letters from Diane @From Blank Pages.  I printed off a few letters to practise and they are so easy to put together. 


The word 'HUMAN" has been on my mind a lot lately. It seems to be a word that so many are forgetting especially with an election in the USA.  So many unnecessary labels are being used. We all have the same basic needs and most of all we want to be heard and not pandered too.  Till we think of everyone as human not as a colour, religion or where we are born nothing will change.  I have a bit of a project idea to use this simple word but not sure it will come to fruition. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting. 



Cheers, 
Abby 

31 August 2016

Little Wishes Quilt Complete

I finished quilting another quilt top that I created last year.  Little Wishes was a scrap challenge by Pat Sloan



I went all in and created a whole quilt including a scrappy backing. 


It is 61" square and is double batting.


Thank you for stopping by and visiting.

Cheers,
Abby


29 August 2016

Mini Quilts Galore

August has been a busy month of mini quilt making. I love mini quilts. They are so fun to whip up and I love loading several projects at a time onto the long arm to quilt.  It feels so productive.

I made this mini for a swap that we did for a quilting retreat at the beginning of the month.  I chose to do a face the quilt instead of traditional binding. 

I made this quilt by downsizing the Windmill Quilt by Rashida Coleman-Hale. This was a gift for a friends birthday this month. 


I made a mini mini from some scraps. It is a 6" square that was included in a door prize for our quilt retreat. 

I made this awesome orange and grey mini when I was practicing how to make this fractured log cabins. This is another one for my mini wall. 


One of the ladies that was suppose to come on retreat with us could not make it so I sent her a little door prize package and included a mini of her own.  Seriously I might be addicted to minis. :)

I also pieced this two mini's this month but have not had time to quilt them up. They are just from scraps from other projects. 



I also received two minis at quilt retreat. They are a lovely addition to my mini wall.  The ladies know I love birds. I might of been found outside on occasions talking to the birds but they like a bit of a chat too. 

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby 



26 August 2016

A Quilt for a Friend

A couple months ago a dear sewing friend moved from Brisbane to Sydney with her family. We have been meeting once a month with a group of ladies to chat and sew.  I was talking to one of the other ladies in the group and we decided that it would be lovely to give her a special quilt from all of us.  

Everyone in the group made a block or two and we were able to create a special lap quilt for her.  I choose the classic log cabin block and had the ladies make their blocks half grey and half aqua/blue/navy.  I LOVE how it all came together. 











I also quilted it and created a label from all of us to attach to the back.  I think the quilt ended up being 57" square.  One of the ladies in our little group created the binding and attached. It was truly a group project and it came together so nicely. 

I made a pillowcase to wrap it in to gift it. I never realized how easy they are and such a nice result. 



Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 


Cheers, 

Abby