Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WIP Wednesday: the one with THE NEW HOUSE!!


Rainbow Gingham!

See You In September

Full post about how this quilt came about is here, in my See You In September post.

Heirloom Quilt

And this is finally finished! I sewed the border together on Monday night, and it was all ready on Tuesday for photos at the NEW HOUSE!

See You In September

That's the front yard, and this is on the verandah out the back:



It's going to be a quiet September - at least on the WIPs front - due to the house renovations, packing, and projects that have to remain secret (birthday exchange, Make Modern Magazine project).

In the spirit of winding down (ahahahahaha!) I have only 4 Things To Do for September!

4 quilt borders
3 supernova blocks
2 birthday exchange gifts
1 Make Modern Magazine mystery project

In between packing and moving, of course.

Because we settled on Monday and got the keys just yesterday and we have a NEW HOUSE!

Two days!


See You In September

You're going to get tired of seeing this jacaranda in my photos: I promise!

See You In September

That's the kitchen. So many excellent spaces for photography! So much space and room for gardening things to happen!

This is the backyard - the hills hoist (clothesline) isn't going to be staying very long if I have my way. Either that or it's going to be turned into a growing structure for the grapes and the passionfruit...


But I really need to rig something that will let me put the quilt on the line on the porch and then lift the quilt up, suitable for taking pictures. A rope and pulley system, perhaps, that can be hoisted out of the way when the photoshoot is done...

Aussie Handmade Birthday Club

It's been a wonderful month of gifts from my Birthday Club - the ladies I'm with are all very talented and most of the presents have been beautifully made! I asked for practical presents and I'm so delighted to have received them. Baskets for putting bits and pieces in, a sewing carrybag that perfectly fits the bits and pieces for my Millefiori quilt, trivets/heat pads, a mug rug, and exquisitely made zippered pouches.

And the tote bag/zippered pouch below, complete with delicious fudge (chocolate, and irish creme)!

Beautiful (and tasty) happymail from @sewsforshoes, a pinch-hit for one of the #ahbcparty3 ladies who couldn't make it. Thank you so much!

Truly, I've been blessed in this swap! And now, it's my turn to gift others. I have a few ideas, one of which might actually be patternable, although that will have to wait until at least October.

Anyway, for people in the US and UK, the summer is gone and fall is here; for my fellow Australians, we're heading out of winter and into the warm and sunny again! So many things to do in the coming months!

BLOGHOP TIME: See You In September!

It's SPRING! *runs around like a little chickadee in season-warming glee*

Down here in Australia, it's the 1st September, and therefore also the first day of Spring. (Equinoxes, schmeequinoxes. We count the seasons by date, none of your planetary motions and solar proximities biz, thank youp!) And the weather here in Sydney has kindly taken on a lovely spring tinge. It will doubtless rethink this as September progresses, but for the moment, it's all happy and delightful and glowy.

And particularly because I HAS A HOUSE! SO HOUSE! MUCH EXCITE!

My sister and I bought a property together in suburbia. It's a lot smaller than our current residence (which we share with our youngest sister), so it's going to be a bit of a squeeze to get everything in there. And yes, I have a quilting workroom - although I'll be sharing it with my sister, half-half, so it will get rather squeezy in there at times.

Still, it's OUR HOUSE!

With a yard! A flat yard! That I can grow things in! (Since it's spring.) FRUIT TREES.

But you're not reading this blog for that. *coughs*

Madam Samm of SEW We Quilt runs regular bloghops, full of quilters, their links, and their creative outputs, and this one was run over the Northern Hemisphere summer with a fairly simple fiat: create three things, one of them with Riley Blake Designs Gingham. Be as creative as you want!

So, this winter (Southern Hemisphere) I made...uh...quilts. More quilts!

I know, it's not very creative in the 'expanding out of my comfort zone' way, but I haven't really had time to experiment very much in the last few months. I hope I will in the coming months, though!

Batik Bitsa Cushion Covers

I've had the fabric for these for a long time, but never actually got around to putting it all together.

See You In September

The first two cushions are made from off-cuts from the batik quilt which has been sitting on my bed for several years now. Their framing is (unfortunately) some polycotton that I thought would be good enough for making things out of. Note to self: polycotton cannot take the heat (of the iron) and should stay out of the sewing room!

They're small cushions - only 14"-15" - and will probably just lay around on my bed, being co-opted by the cats.

Snowflake Blossom Cushion Covers

The second two are from a pattern that I worked out a couple of years ago, and which I never managed to incorporate into a full-sized quilt - the Snowflake Block.

#snowflakeblock cushion cover #1 done! I like the "winter wind" quilting I did.

Looks pretty spectacular, doesn't it?

Looks even more spectacular with some colourful backdrop:


My sister's comment when she saw them was: "Are they for us?" Namely, were we going to get to keep them (rather than them being farmed out as gifts). Yes, they're for us. :)

Sea Breeze Mini

The Sea Breeze Mini Quilt pattern was developed by Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations, and when fellow Australian GnomeAngel asked for volunteers to participate in a bloghop, I figured 'oh, why not' in spite of the fact that work is crazy, house is crazy, and winter is always an exhausting time for me.

Yes, I have a problem with overcommitting.

Many wonderful artists joined in with the bloghop and quilt-along, and if you haven't seen them, I recommend a quick hop over to GnomeAngel's blog and the Sea Breeze MIni QAL to see how it all went!

My day to blog about the #seabreezemqal! It's all choppy seas and storm clouds, but there's clear skies coming, I'm sure!

I'm pretty happy with my resultant mini...even if I have no idea what I'm going to do with it now...

The Gingham Quilt

I know, dreadfully unoriginal name for it!

See You In September

I admit, I didn't read the requirements for this bloghop very well. I completely missed the whole bit about one project having to include RBD Gingham. And than I was horrified: GINGHAM?!?!?

After a few moments and a bit of searching on the intarwebs, I found a little roll of RBD gingham in rainbow colours. And a little imp suggested: "Why not make a gingham quilt out of gingham?"

I can't believe, it's not-gingham!

Part of the due inspiration for this goes to La Madame Samm herself, who painted her room gingham and showed us the process. The idea that gingham could be more than just a fabric weave was something I'd never considered before. (I'm afraid I don't usually spend my days contemplating gingham in all it's monochrome glory.)

I can't believe, it's not-gingham!

I worked out that the gingham pattern was nothing more than an endlessly repeating four-patch with one solid square, one white square, and two half-half squares, where the two half-half squares are always set diagonally from each other in the four-patch. The colours themselves are less important than the value difference between the fabrics.

I can't believe, it's not-gingham!

So rainbow gingham, rainbow prints (rather than solids), and white prints gets you a gingham quilt!

Sunny inside, rainy outside...

I rather like it in the pretty rainbow colours. And in the setting of my new house!

See You In September

So that's my post for the See You In September Bloghop! I hope you go check out some of the other posts from today and all the rest of the blog hop!

Wednesday, September 3

Sew Incredibly Crazy
Bumbleberry Cottage
Thimblemouse and Spouse
In The Boon Docks

Go wander, check out, leave comments, and generally admire the lovely projects (gingham and other) that us fabulous quilting ladies have done!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WIP Wednesday: the one before the one with the house

Not too much getting done this week. Mostly packing my fabric away:

So much fabric, so little time!

A project for See You In September:

See you in September

And sewing together a bunch of Cotton+Steel scraps for...something. I don't yet know what.

Thrift? Or obsession? #cottonandsteel

The birthday swaps are still coming in - I think I have one, maybe two left to arrive. But they've all been very useful and lovely, and most have been beautifully and carefully made! Such a talented lot of sewists!

#ahbcparty3 from @chambsvacc: shoulder bag, unfinished block (for use in one of my own projects), and adorable dog card! Thank you so much!

From @peaches1003 (getting it right this time - I hope!): pouch, sewing (make up?) roll, lanyard, and cutest card ever! #ahbcparty3 #aussiehandmadebirthdayclub

Trivets and ribbons and charm squares, oh my! (Thank you @peaches1003!) #ahbcparty3

Birthday swap from liannedgong

With every present is coming a handful of fabric scraps. I'm thinking that I'll patch them all together into a single piece, and use them in a bag - probably nothing more than a basic tote - but it can be the "birthday scrap bag" - made from the scraps that my birthday swap girls gifted to me!


We take possession of our house next Monday, and pretty much the first thing I plan to do is to go over and take photos. Possibly with quilts. So excited! Or terrified. Possibly both?

So what have you been working on this week? I'm linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Monday, August 25, 2014

To Do list for September

With house things just about to start, I need to work out what really needs to be done and what's just make-work.

My sewing space needs to be packed up first, largely because we'll have to dismantle it to get everything else in the rest of the living space out. So this week is packing, packing, packing. Helpfully, my mother has let me know that I can store some destash fabric over at her house for a while, until I work out how to get rid of it. There's quite a lot of destash fabric, still - largely because I'm realising there's all this stuff that I will never use in my regular projects.

I'm presently looking into whether there's an organisation in Australia like Siblings Together, for which I can make quilt tops (since I don't want to do the entire quilt). Anyone know of one?

So my aim in September is to pack up my sewing room, finish the projects that are due during September, and any WIPs where there is time/space to get them done.

To Be Completed
1. See You In September bloghop project.
2. Make Modern Magazine mystery quilt
3. Build Me Up Buttercup (borders)
4. USA Hurray (borders)
5. All Around The World (borders)
6. King Of Bling (#redletteraustralia borders)

To Be Left Out For Doing Slowly
1. Millefiori Madness

Everything else can be packed up and go into storage for doing later. It has to; I don't have the time to manage it all. As it is, I should probably decide which sections of Millefiori Madness I'll be doing and just cut and bag those sections (along with a diagram of what's needed for that section) so it's all a whole lot neater.

Having to organise all the things I have is going to be a big headache: I have everything from 'bag notions' to 'dressmaking notions' to 'planned projects' to general stash. And it needs to be sorted before the move because I won't have space to do it afterwards!

*sigh* So tired.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WIP Wednesday: the one with happymail!

So after a couple of weeks where I couldn't seem to do anything BUT quilt, now I can't bring myself to do any actual quiltingy things. Which is a problem, because I have the September Aussie Handmade Birthday gift to make, two Supernova Swap Blocks, the Secret MakeModernMagazine project, and heaven knows what else!

Work is busy, I have writing things due, and my brain is all HOUSE GARDEN HOUSE GARDEN HOUSE GARDEN right now, which isn't exactly condusive to quilting brain.

Incidentally, if you keep chickens in suburbia (or urbia, really) I'd love to hear your experiences. My 'house and garden' blog is over here: The Suburban Permaculture Garden.



Public transport projects...

Another rosette done! Sewing it onto the main section this weekend with the Sydney MQG gang...

Supernova Swap

I've cut out the pieces, and will be putting them together over the weekend. Maybe. Probably. If I can brain. Ugh.

No Movement

Everything else. Seriously, everything else.


The winner of the Birthday Giveaway was Heather of Swing Station!

Congratulations, @swingstation! You've won my birthday giveaway! DM me your address so I can send you your winnings!

Her parcel will be winging its way out to her as of tomorrow when I get out to the post office.

Aussie Handmade Birthday Club!

I joined one of the Aussie Handmade Birthday Clubs - 12 people, and each one is assigned a birthday month. During your birthday month you're sent handmade gifts from other people in the swap club.

And my birthday month was August!

Several have already arrived!

@iamacraftykat! Thanks so much for your lovely gift! Such useful baskets - my basting pins are going in the middle and the clover clips in the smallest! #aussiehandmade3 @msmidge you made the #seabreezemqal for me!?!   and the onion relish looks so many kinds of delicious! Thank you! #ahbcparty3 I love me some quilty office practical in action. Thanks @megfishc! (Not shown: the spool of #aurifil and the cute heart -shaped paperclips!) #ahbcparty3

Now I have to think of what to make for the September Birthday Girl!


So what have you been doing this week? Have you linked up to Freshly Pieced?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

WIP Wednesday: The One With BIRTHDAYS!

Done Like A Dinner


Not the Heirloom quilt, mind you. That still needs the binding sewn down. It's been sewn down for at least three months! *blushes*

But the SeaBreeze mini, the Snowflake Cushions, and the Batik Cushions were all completed - fully completed - these last three weeks!

I was going to make a post about the Snowflake Cushions and the Snowflake Quilt, but I haven't had the chance. The Batik Cushions are old WIPs. As in, WIPs for six or seven years, quilted, but never completed, and never shown anywhere. They'll stay at home on a couch or lounge, or under a cat. One of those things. :)

Anyway, one of the Snowflake cushions and the SeaBreeze mini are both hanging in the NSW Quilt Guild offices in the city, hopefully being admired for their bright, bold, not-brown modernness!



Sewing the rosettes together!

#epicmillefioriquilt joining pieces together at SCQuilters...

And sewing some of the star-and-diamond sets together wrong on the morning commute: what happens when your brain and fingers go on automatic:


King of Bling (a.k.a. "Red Letter Day" #redletteraustralia)

Top is all sewn together!

"Nearly finished Friday": #redletteraustralia top finally sewn together! I think it will go to the adopted daughter of some friends in the US.

I think I'll get it all-over machine quilted, and it'll go to the adopted daughter of some friends in the US.

It's called 'King Of Bling' because my youngest sister saw it, and those were the first words out of her mouth. When I finally stopped laughing, I asked why she said that. "It really has its disco on," was her answer.

So, 'King of Bling' it is!

Mystery MakeModernMagazine

Make Modern Magazine is a new online crafter's magazine in Australia, and they've asked for quilt pattern submissions for their first issue.

I think it's a bit late to submit anything for the first issue, and I'm pretty sure that they've had dozens of submissions from the various quilters all over Australia.

I haven't sent mine in yet. Mostly because I haven't done the math properly - this is, admittedly, where I fall over like a great falling thing. Because I'm good at math, but I hate working things out. much easier to just keep making them until one falls over! (Or something.)

But I got my Cotton+Steel order a couple of weeks ago. My original plan was pretty much just to get the basics, because the colours were pretty good, but all the mint and peach colours weren't my thing. And then I saw the fabric in person, on the bolt.

Peoples! Still so much @cottonandsteel beauty at @kimbradleycreations! I think I'm going to buy some more!

And I bought just a little more fabric...

Then I got it all home and started cutting into the C+S basics. And the longer I stared at the colours, the more I liked them.

And now I want to buy the linen for bag projects when I haven't finished the linen I already have. And I want to buy the prints that I didn't think that much of when I first saw the collection because I'm starting to think that they'll good nicely with [insert project here]. And I'm starting to like those crazy lions and the ibex thingummies and this is WEIRD.

I have decided that there's a spell on this fabric. Seriously. Because mint and peach are NOT MY THING. They have never BEEN my thing. They are STILL not my thing.

But I am finding that I really LOVE them in the C+S collection.


I swear @cottonandsteel have something in their dyes. I'm starting to like colours I wouldn't usually touch with a ten foot pole..

But I will say this: well played, C+S. Well played!

Piecing, piecing, piecing. #secretproject #ofDOOM and in the background my hard-driven Brother NS50 which I bought before I realised there were machines specially designed for quilting. And which is in for its first service long as I've had i

And all of the rambling about C+S is really just to say that I has a Sekrit Projekt in the works. Made of C+S. Because it really is a ridiculously nice fabric line!


The destash has been going pretty well - lots of fabric bundles going out the door!


Still more to go, though!


The Wall Of Crazy Projects


That's the Millefiori Madness (Passacaglia), the Supernova Friendship swap, and a little handsewing I stopped doing over a year ago because I didn't imagine how I was going to finish it all. I think I'm just going to make a cushion out of it. (Convenient things, cushions!)

No Movement

Snowflake Quilt

Haven't touched it since July. (Yes, it's only the 6th day of August, but still!)

No 'to do' list today. Just the observation that I think I have to cease piecing any new quilts, no matter how many cool ideas I get. Because in less than a month, I will have MY OWN HOUSE and it needs priority. Before I make all the floor quilts ever. (...I could make them out of Cotton+Steel!!! o.O SOMEONE STOP ME!)


In case you haven't noticed, I'm a bit excitable today. That's because it's my birthday. (And because I'm at work typing this up because I finished three major issues that have been wanting resolution for a couple of days. SO RELIEVED!) Anyway, If the title didn't tell you it's my birthday, this paragraph probably did.

And this giveaway certainly will.

So, this birthday's blog giveaway is A Heap Of Heather!

Birthday giveaway!

To celebrate My Birthday, 2014, I am giving at least two yards of Heather Ross' Mendocino Mermaids fabric. Mermaids! Swimming sisters! Octopi! Seahorses! Chances are, there will be at least one FQ of Mermaids in Gold, and one FQ of Swimming Sisters in Fuchsia. The rest of it will be whatever I can pull together from my stash of Mendocino. (Yes, I have a stash.) And yes, they're re-releasing the collection next year, but sometimes it's nice to have a little of the original, too! :)

To enter, just leave a comment on this post telling me which of my WIPs you like best. (Or which of my finishes.)

eta: I have decided to offer a second entry for my instagram followers, after all. So one entry for commenting here on the blog, another for being one of my Instapeeps!

Draw will close this Saturday midday, Australian EST. What time is that where I am?

Have a good week!


Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced. I didn't quite write five pages of WIP. I think. Maybe I did!