Friday, October 30, 2015

UFO challenge

UFO = unfinished object

8 weeks until Mat leave is over 😥 Better get cracking on my UFOs! And these are just the ones I have photos of!!

Log cabin cushion

After final cleaning the master bedroom of the humongous pile of laundry (I forgot how much washing babies create!) our little chair looked lonely by the door to nowhere so I whipped up a little log cabin pillow from my scrap bag.  

I wanted something bright but scrappy enough to match the lovely quilt my mother made us when the boy and I first moved in together all those years ago. 

It's mostly teal batik fabrics but I used some leftover cream fabric (see chevrons post) for the background from the art gallery Winged range (called Frilly Flutter Creme).

Thanks to southern fabric for the Instagram inspiration! Loving concentric circle quilting at the mo.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Let's socialize!!

New customised social media buttons added to the blog! Thanks to Lisa from In The Boondocks for the suggestion ;D

Pumpkins for a puggle patch seemed appropriate.

A big shout out to I Gotta Create for the tutorial on how to do it!


Aren't they cute?

So please, start following and sharing peeps!

Busy as a bee

So I'm gonna say it - I hate yellow. It's probably my least favourite colour. I can't explain it, it just doesn't float my boat.  But with so many friends on the baby train, I'm delighted to find out a few aren't finding out the sex. We didn't either and it was a delicious surprise on the day (plus all those glorious hormones will erase any minor disappointment!!). But I appreciate that it makes baby shower gifting difficult.  There are so few gender neutral options!  Hence, my recent appreciation of yellow.

It's taken me a couple of busy years to finish my first tumbling block quilt but here she is.  I bought an Heirloom Citrine charm pack from the fabulous

and knocked an inch off the left and right side of one end to the corner. It's that simple!!  I bulked it out with fabrics from Spotlight as well as tapping my already overflowing stash.

 I also took a stab at freehand random circle quilting which I fell in love with at the most recent Samford Quilt Show.

  It was pretty simple and looks divine!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Black & white & red all over

My friend just loves black and red... For obvious reasons to those who know her. When she announced she was expecting I put together this little quilt.

I started with a charm pack of Summersville Spring from Southern Fabric but pulled out the pinks and purples to make it more gender neutral.

Then I added monochrome charms from the stash. The red sashing made the overall look more B/W/R.

I loved the fact that the flame trees were fruiting at the time I completed it as it made for some beautiful shots!
Given Mumma to be's love for The King and the fact her hubby is an animator, I got this adorable elvis cartoon fabric from Spoonflower specially! I added the pin wheels for some differentiation on the back (never get sick of the Dr Seuss range). And I found this terrific feelings fabric and the duck feet sashing at East Coast.
And named the quilt accordingly.
And I included some appropriate fabrics for Dadda the musician too (kindly donated from Mum's prolific stash)

And given their London residency I just had to include this too:

And I couldn't go past the city lights in this one - a different take on monochrome.

I had intended to only do black white and red but it was a bit dull for a child.
I quilted concentric circles thanks to some inspiration from southern fabric's Instagram and it lifted the whole quilt beautifully! And I have to say, advice from the quilt show to lower the feed dogs was a revelation!!

I love this photo in front of our "door to nowhere"

You can probably tell they're my favourite colours too ☺️ 

After a nail biting week, confirmation received that airmail is fast and Mrs L had opened her gift! Phew!!! And she delighted me with a photo in situ!

And finally a cute photo of Dashie helping me sandwich and pin the quilt.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Not too girly nursery for a Dash

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I didn't intend to redo the nursery with my second child on the way but then the creative nester in me took over!  Before Dashie was even a month old, if reworked the whole look!

Navy, blush & gold. 
I love the breath of dandelions across the wall. (Etsy)

Mint minky cover

Gifts gifts gifts!

And of course the gorgeous photo from her newborn shoot featuring the book from whence her name was chosen.
Upcycled an old Super Amart lamp with gold paint and lace fringe.

And the lady herself on a rug hand crocheted by my loving & talented aunt to match the cot rails!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Windows onto Bluebird Park

When my bestie bought her first apartment, I felt a quilt was in order as a house warming gift. Sadly, as with most projects, it became a bit of a UFO for awhile. But finally I've gifted the final work to the lovely lady in question. Of course, she's now moved to another city! 

This is a stack n whack random cut (instructions here:  using the Bluebird Park fabric layer cake. I just adore the combination of bicycles, hummingbirds, hedgehogs and lamp posts!

A big thank you again to my fabulous mum for quilting this bad boy. And thank you to Southern Fabric for the Instagram inspired random vertical quilting.

My happy little helper!