Popping in to share a new sewing addition to my craft space.
Hubby and my son made me a quilting design wall which also doubles as a white board!
Simple construction a left over piece of pin board fabric hubby came across permanently adhered to the back of a piece of whiteboard purchased for a few dollars at Bunnings. Pin board one side whiteboard the other! Finished size approximately 122 x 148 cm. Perfect for most projects.
It’s not fancy but it is saving me from getting on my knees as much and I can see my quilt blocks as I piece them together.
This is a HST (half square triangle) WIP baby quilt for a friend. My friend now lives the other side of the city to me so we don’t get the opportunity to catch up daily like we use to when we were waiting for our kiddos in the school yard (you know just a few years ago 😉 ) Anyway she did ask me to make her 2 quilts a little while ago. Yes I said no problem first one to be finished in March. Great I said heaps of time! When I recently caught up with her she let me know the bub this quilt is for has arrived! Oh no! You said March. Yes was her response it is March next week! So guess what I am doing for as much of this weekend as I can!
I’ll come back soon (fingers crossed) with a finished quilt to share. Only sashing, maybe a border or two, quilt to backing & batting and bind. Not much to do!
Enjoy your weekend Thanks for stopping Cheers Vicki
Thought I would share the last 4 quilts I made which were taken to a Cambodian Charity.
Two of these quilts have cotton batting and two have no batting. I did this for two reasons. Firstly the batting can be expensive for me and secondly my friend took these in her luggage so didn’t need the extra weight. I was surprised how much warmth was in the quilts with no batting when I was completing the binding.
The quilts sizes (left to right) are 115 x 138 cm, 135 x 104 cm, 110 x 86.5 cm and 108 x 108 cm. I constructed tops with strip piecing 9 square blocks. The blue quilt second from right has several borders as the 9 square blocks were rather small and to make a useable size I added the borders.
The backings are from fabric gifted to me for that purpose. Some of the bindings are also made from shirts whilst others were made from fabric not able to be used for Days for Girls projects.
I have completed 7 quilts and an Oslo bag by Sew Sweetness here. I still have 2 unfinished quilt tops and enough pieces for a very scrappy quilt. Some of the quilts have the buttons some do not. Buttons which I removed have been given to a friend who knits for Caroline Chisolm (a local women and children’s charity here) for use on baby knits. Not bad for 20 shirts which probably would have gone to land fill.
This afternoon I plan to sit and read my current book – All the light we cannot see – its due back at the library tomorrow and I am currently about a third through!
I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and enjoyed the festivities.
We had 2 days of celebrating. Firstly Sunday lunch we had the 3 kiddos partners so they could all spend time with their respective families on Christmas day but so we could celebrate together. Christmas day we had my husband’s parents for a traditional lunch and then a big family BBQ dinner at one of his brothers.
Earlier in the week I received the package below from Jodie from vintage ric rac here.
Jodie’s latest range is rockpool. Such lovely designs and colours in this range. It is not just for quilts either you can see what all the creative people made on Jodie’s blog.
I must admit I was a wee bit excited. I have been the lucky recipient of a number of stamp sets but never fabric. I was like a kid at Christmas opening my parcel. Mind you I did this at swimming the other night so who knows what the people sitting around me thought!
I don’t want to rush in so will ponder for a little while what I am to make.
I have used both Jodie and Emma’s (one of the patterns is Emma’s) fabrics on a number of quilts. Here are some pics.
This little quilt went off to the not so new bub this week.
Bub is 9 weeks old. Boy time flys I would have sworn he was only 3 or 4 weeks old!
This quilt measures 84 x 100 cm.
I had finished the top a few weeks ago however I didn’t have enough fabric to complete the binding. The closest fabric/craft store closed earlier in the year due to an airoplane accident. Devastating for the families/people involved. I did find time recently to make a trip to a store a little further away and luckily they had the same fabric which I used on the backing which I purchased to make the binding. Other fabrics include Circus by Jodie Carleton.
Poppin in to share an update on my long term project – Hexies.
Hexies templates cut from some old cs.
Hexies ready to be joned together
My little pile is growing!
All Laid out.
I have not started sewing these together yet. Not sure I will use all these Grandmother’s garden hexies in the same project. My plan is to balance brights and pastels with prints and plains. This could be a never ending project!
I decided not to paint my find. The paint colour matched my walls!
With some of my other punches.
I also have a little set of drawers with CARL punches which were my late mother’s. I kept them for the children to use in projects. I could say her stash of punches are one of the things which got me started on my paper craft journey along with a demonstation at a neighbours house. I am hoping now they are in easy reach they will get a lot more love. Embarassed to say some of these have had very little love at all although Ms A does use them for her paper crafts and school projects.
On another note Uni goes back for Mr M this week and the last of the after school sports starts. Lets hope I can get into a routine and find some time to enter a few of my favourite challenges.
Today I am sharing a few projects I have that have been keeping me busy.
Just loved the fabric and wanted to play with HST.
You may recall I made this one a little while ago using the same fabric from Emma Jean Jansen’s Ella Blue range.
I have made a few Christmas cards which I will link up to the current challenge at Scrapbook Boutique here
I have just gone with the general Christmas theme! hope that is ok.
Love the font of Mama Elephant Jingle Greetings and the PTI penguin is pretty cute too. I added him to a drift of snow using SU Thoughtful branches in grey ink topped with dazzling details. I know we don’t have snow in Aus at Christmas.