Wednesday, April 20, 2016

WIP: the one with a nearly-completed bag!

Bags are not my bag, baby, so this is pretty exciting. Plus, my first bag from this book of patterns!


Fireside Bowl Bag

Saturday night, I had the pieces all cut out:

#sewmystash2016 April challenge at #saturdaynightcraftalong hosted by @barefootcrafter

I spent most of Monday fitting it all together - it's not too difficult, although I probably need to change a few things up.

Nearly done! Just waiting for the swivel hooks to arrive - I had the wrong size and the wrong type.

A little #cottonandsteel for the day off!

I'd like to do this again, but with leather as the 'contrast' fabric. Pattern is by Sew Sweetness, from her book 'Big City Bags'. And it's certainly a pretty damn big bag - very roomy inside!

Plain Jane Passcaglia

Another rosette centre is done:

The morning commute. Much easier when it's a decently long trip. #plainjanepassacaglia

I've kind of decided to go off the pattern; I'm not going to follow her structure, just going to fit my own together and finish it up. I don't think I have the staying power to complete it that way.


1. baby quilts for twins
2. baby quilts for sibling brothers (one was born just this morning - and mum and baby are all good - yay!)
3. Scrappy Log Cabins

Thursday, April 14, 2016

WIP Wednesday: the one on Thursday

So I'm a day late.


I put a post in for the 2016 Q2 Finish-a-long, listing the projects I aim to finish from April to June. Yes, there are a lot of them!

However, I've already completed one!

This fabric has been sitting around in my stash since 2009. At first I didn't know what to make with it; then I realised I wasn't as fond of the fabric as I initially thought. Then my style and ouvre changed and I couldn't think of a pattern I could do that would suit... And then it just got stashed away somewhere to gather dust.

Finish along 2016 Q2

I resurrected it a couple of years ago to make a quilt for an online friend who's gone somewhat AWOL in the last couple of years; I'm just not sure it's in her ouvre either!

Anyway, it's done.


Back it, quilt it, bind it, send it off!


#SewMyStash2016 has a bag challenge for April!

I've had my eye on making something in Sara Lawson's "Big City Bags" for a couple of years now - ever since I won the book in a random draw! I'd like to make one of the bigger bags, but figured I'd start small-ish.

Goals. I has them! #sewmystash2016

So that's going to be my project for the next week! We'll see how it goes.


Also in the meantime, some scrappy log cabins with 2.5" scrap strips (mostly left overs from bindings and other jelly roll projects). Not sure I particularly like the look, but it's simple and easy to do, and makes some really good scrap quilts to give away.

Finish along 2016 Q2

May need to slice a few more coloured strips for the right colour mix...


A friend and I have been thinking about the state of the WIP Wednesday, and were thinking of running a regular WIP Wednesday link-up - most for Australians, but this is the intarwebs, so really for anyone who wants to get involved.

Still in thinking process, although we'll probably talk about it on the train tonight.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Q2 Proposed Finishes (Finish-Along)

So, things I propose to finish this quarter:

1. The Snowflake Quilt (I kind of have to; it's been entered in the Sydney Quilt Show 2016)

2. Never Did The Quiltmath
Not convinced this quilt is going to work quite the way I envisioned... #neverdidquiltmath

3. Elizabeth In Wonderland (so named after several comments on Instagram)
#saturdaynightcraftalong with @barefootcrafter

4. Large Log Cabin - top

Finish along 2016 Q2

5. Friendship Supernova (extended version) - top

6. Drunkard's Path - top
"I'm feeling like a Monday, but someday I'll be Saturday night..." What I would be doing in the #saturdaynightcraftalong with @barefootcrafter, if not for the fact that I'm utterly wiped out...

7. Valley of the Kings - top
Finish along 2016 Q2

I won't get them all done, but I might as well list them so I know what I should be working on in the coming months!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

2016 Finish: La Trivetiata

I've forgotten the name for these things... Oh, wait. Trivets! They're called TRIVETS.

At least they are around here. Don't know what other people call them.

The fabric has been sitting around since 2011, when I first started a quilt for my mother using RK's Imperial Collection 7 (I think). I trimmed down the tiny HSTs, sewed them together and then took forever to finish binding them. I'm awful that way.

Also, my old machine (a Brother NS50, which I originally was using for dressmaking when I turned to quilting) wasn't good for binding. My new machine (a Juki) binds quilts like a damn Trojan! (Or maybe it should be a Spartan? THIS IS BIIIIINDIIIIINGGGG!!!)

But they are FINISHED!

2016 Q1 Finishes

(And yet again, I have to work out what to do with them. They were to be a gift for a friend when I started them, but that boat has kinda sailed...)

Linking up to the 2016 Finish-Along!

Rhonda's [Quilt] Ramblings

2016 Finish: Honey Honey

At some point in the past, I may have given this quilt a cutesy name. However it's been so damn long that I don't actually remember what I called it.

2016 Q1 Finishes

The fabric is Kate Spain's Honey Honey from, oh, 2013? 2014? And the cream is (I think) Bella Solids (but I don't remember the colour). That's how long ago I did it, and how little I remember of it!

It's been sitting around with a backing and a batting for ages, and I simply didn't get to quilting it. I wanted to quilt it myself because of the large amounts of negative space, except...time. And opportunity. And a whole bunch of other things. Not least of which I decided that, having made this, I didn't actually like the fabric and colour choices anymore...

I am, however, quite proud of the quilting:

2016 Q1 Finishes

So, it's done, it's bound, and I have to work out what to do with it. Possibly give away as a gift? I feel kind of bad giving something away that I'm not satisfied with, even if it's a question of style and taste, and not one of quality.

Linking up to the 2016 Finish-Along!

Rhonda's [Quilt] Ramblings

Intulawoven - all done!

Got it bound a couple of weekends ago, photographed, and ready to show!

Literally ready to show, since I entered it in to the Sydney Quilt Show. Now to see if they accept it!

Pic of the front:

2016 Q1 Finishes

Pic of the back:

2016 Q1 Finishes

Pic with house:

2016 Q1 Finishes

I think I'm keeping this one. It's just too pretty to give away. (I could be wrong. I was going to keep 'Swarm', too.)

The post about making this top is here.

Linking up to the 2016 Finish-Along!

Rhonda's [Quilt] Ramblings

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Done Wednesday

1. Four quilts and backings mailed off to my longarm quilter
2. Photographed Intulawoven
3. Not much else.

Thank heavens it's a long weekend coming up - an extra-long weekend, too, with Easter. Good Friday + Easter Monday = four day weekend.

I feel like I really need it right now...

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

WIP Wednesday: the with, uh, a finish...?

Intulawoven is finished!

#saturdaynightcraftalong with @barefootcrafter binding this! #intulawoven I'm starting to think I should have called it "Tula with a twist"

I longarmed it at the Sydney Mod Squad meet-up on Sunday 6th, and bound it on Saturday 12th, during the #saturdaynightcraftalong with @barefootcrafter on Instagram.

And quilted! #intulawoven

Now just to get a pic of it full-size, which is easier said than done since our weather has tended to rain for the last couple of days.

Otherwise, due to health issues, I haven't been terribly motivated to do anything. Currently, I'm piecing together a back for the "Shattered Star":

@pennypoppleton! The Shattered Star #quilt! It looks better with some distance.

And after that... Probably some backings for my HR Mendocino quilts "The Seaweed Is Always Greener":

The Seaweed Is Always Greener (Mendocino Mermaids)

And "3:10 to Mendocino":

And done! Wondering if it needs a border...  #310tomendocino #yumaqal #yumaquilt #mendocinomermaids

And then the quilting for "The Promise Of Spring" (a.k.a. "The Snowflake Quilt")

What are you doing lately?

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

WIP Wednesday: the one with a finished quilt top

It's hard to do WIP Wednesdays when there's no linky party. The inspiration to post something (to scream into the void of the intarwebs) is kind of gone.

But this is what I did in February; it's not much, there were health issues at play. March is looking up, however, and I completed this last night.

My February finish. This had been lying around for a while now, all cut up, but not put together. And now to work on the Sydney Quilt Show entry for this year...

I've had this one cut up in pieces for two years, but didn't start it until the February Super Sew-In with the Sydney Mod Squad.

At the @sydmodsquad sew-in. Chain piecing is the best! #helloluscious #basicgreyfabric #modafabric

It actually came together pretty fast at first. Chain-piecing FTW!

Hello luscious blocks

But then there were health issues, and trimming, and heatwaves, and cats...

Oh Mal.  #advenchuresofsmokeyandmal

It wasn't until Saturday night that I felt like picking it up again.

Even if this is not a quilt I am likely to adore, it's so nice to have my #sewjo back! #saturdaynightcraftalong

But once I got it started, it was easier to keep going, and I sewed and ironed the last rows together last night.

The pattern is from Camille Roskelley's "Simplify", and the fabric is Basic Grey's "Hello Luscious". It's a pretty quilt, but it doesn't speak to me the way quilts like "Swarm" and "Intulawoven" do.


Next up, I have to plan for the Sydney Quilt Show 2016. There's a design plan, but I guess we'll see about whether it's doable...

Monday, February 22, 2016

Swarm at Quiltcon 2016!

So "Swarm" is hanging up at Quiltcon this weekend, and while it didn't win anything, it's being admired by quite a few people, and Instagrammed (tagging me) - including the Cotton & Steel instagram account - which, at this point in time, has a staggering 1,815 likes to it! o.O

Thank you to instasheridan, uppercasemag, lynseyruml, and lorena_in_syd, all of whom took photos and tagged me with them!

Now I have to see if I can get Quiltcon to send the quilt to a destination in the US, rather than back to me in Australia. Because I think this will be a gift quilt for a couple of friends in Texas. :)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

WIP Wednesday: the one with namelessness


Hello Luscious

I don't really have a name for this quilt; I've had the pieces lying around for ages, and the pattern is from Camille Roskelley's "Simply Retro" book of quilts.

At the @sydmodsquad sew-in. Chain piecing is the best! #helloluscious #basicgreyfabric #modafabric

The layer cake of Hello Luscious has been sitting around for ages; it's not really my style anymore and I probably should have sold it, but but but but but...

Hello luscious blocks

Did the work at the Sydney Mod Squad sew-in on Sunday - first Sunday of the month at Hobbysew Top Ryde, if you're in Sydney and would like to come along, it's all-day machine sewing, good friends, happy chats, and all things quilty.

Plain Jane Passacaglia

I'm missing the B-pieces for my latest rosette:

#plainjanepassacaglia takes forever when it's only occasional commuting.

Slightly annoying.


1. Shattered Star
2. The Seaweed Is Always Greener
3. 3:10 to Mendocino
4. Intulawoven

All of which can vaguely be seen in this photo of my workroom:

Quilting workroom

I know there's no longer a WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced, but that was pretty much keeping me honest. Not sure if someone else is running something - if you spot something, do let me know! I don't get much traffic my way - my style is too modern for some, too traditional for others, and I don't have the time to get involved in much by way of QALs and bloghops right now. Life can get incredibly busy.

I'm more frequently on Instagram these days as @seldear if you'd like to follow me there. However I will continue to post the WIP Wednesdays as I go!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Intulawoven - finished top!

I've been posting about this one for a while - mostly in my WIP Wednesday posts, but the top has finally been finished!

Confession time: I'm not actually all that fond of making HSTs. It's not the sewing and cutting I mind so much, it's the ironing and trimming. sometimes it feels endless.

So much Tula! #aussiecharmalong

But I do love the patterns that can come about from HSTs. This one is from the book 'Crazy For Scraps' by Sally Schneider. 10 HSTs + 6 blank squares make for a 16" finished block that is then rotated through 90degrees repeatedly to give the 'Interwoven' look.

Photographed! #intulawoven #tulapink #aussiecharmalong

It's being entered in the Tula Pink Charm-Along Linky Party over at Ms Midge.

I think I'll just quilt this one simply with an all-over fiery curls pattern. The stunning is in the pattern, and I don't think the quilting should detract from that.

If I don't manage a separate, self-designed quilt for the Sydney Quilt Show, I think this one will be one of the entries for 2016.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

WIP Wednesday: the one with Intulawoven


I love the Interwoven pattern - it's basically the same block repeatedly rotated through 90degrees.

O is for organisation. #aussiecharmswap #aussiecharmalong

But the result is really stunning!

Australia Day workroom shot! #aussiecharmalong #intulawoven

Especially when colour-shifted!

Thinking a border might be in order. #aussiecharmswap #aussiecharmalong #intulawoven

I was planning to do 6 x 4 blocks, but discovered I didn't have quite enough pieces, so it'll just be 5 x 4 blocks.

Full pics tomorrow.

I could theoretically get it quilted and bound by Monday - spend Sunday quilting it - just the all-over flaming curls that are my quilting trademark. Part of me wants to get funky with the quilting, but I'm just not sure. This one might benefit from an all-over - and I do need to practise my FMQ...

Not much else to report this week - no movement on anything else.

Linking up to Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

WIP Wednesday: the one with Tula Charms

Trying to keep up with everything in January is a lot of effort!

My garden is growing, my social life is humming, my work is an effort, and my writing is laboured. Plus, I'm having small and niggling health issues that are taking up a lot of time and energy.

Quilting is way down the queue right now.

On the plus side, Swarm made it to the QuiltCon offices and the dodgy points and the machine-sewn binding couldn't defeat the visual power of the design! (At least they haven't said "your points are rubbish and we're not going to hang this", so I'm guessing it's okay?

I'm so positive! :D

My big WIP this week is The Aussie Tula Charm-Along. The original charm swap was organised by Ms Midge, and involved (I think) 112 charms. Ish?

Tula Pink charm swap

And they're being sewn into HSTs:

Of course I wait until the week I'm back at work....

That's a lot of HSTs that need cutting and ruling and sewing and cutting and pressing and trimming...

So much Tula! #aussiecharmalong

Did I mention lot of HSTs?

TRIM ALL THE THINGS! #aussiecharmswap #aussiecharmalong #tulapink

But they're sewn and trimmed and sorted!

For a change, actual sewing things...  #aussiecharmswap #aussiecharmalong

And now it just requires sewing into blocks, and thenceforth into a quilt.

The problem is that it's due - finished - on the 27th, and while I could make it at a sprint, I find I don't have the time/energy to sprint. It's a hard knock life! Especially when my garden is growing so well!

Garden Jan 2016

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced, as I always do.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

WIP Wednesday: The One With Great Plans

Wow, hasn't it been a while? I hope your holiday season was full of good things, and if it wasn't, I hope you got to come home and think "well, at least that's over for another year!"

My Christmas was pretty awesome - food, fun, and family. And apart from the absolutely urgent stuff (frantic gift-making, getting Swarm ready for posting), it was marked by almost a complete lack of quilting!

However, I do have a few things to report!

Cushions for my mother

The frantic gift was my mother's cushions, which I promised to her many months ago.

The initial attempt didn't quite turn out the way I planned.

Parental gift. #ohboy

So it was back to the drawing board:

Dear Mum, how much do I love you? Let me count the stitches... #handmadechristmasgifts

And this time I liked it a lot better.

It wasn't that difficult sewing the curves - the problem was mostly the piping - I'm very bad at doing piping, it's never as tight as I'd like it to be. Do you have tips on how to get really tight piping?

But the end result was pretty spectacular - and matched the quilt and pillows I made her several years back!

All the matching quilty things! #handmadechristmasgifts

And the close-up:

This was my mother's Christmas present: two cushion covers to match the quilt and pillows I made her a few years back. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out! 😊

Blocks for the Sydney ModSQuad group quilt 2016

Done! Easier than expected.

My @sydmodsquad blocks! All done! Now to break open the wine and cheese...

There will probably be a sewing bee in January to put it all together in a top, and then it's time to quilt it!

The Tula Pink Charm-Along

I did a charm swap with a bunch of other Aussies, organised by Ms Midge.

112 different Tula Pink fabrics in 5" charms!

Tula Pink charm swap

Tula Pink charm swap package: arrived! 😍 @msmidge thanks for organising!  😘 (also: #cats) #advenchuresofsmokeyandmal

And the challenge? To make a quilt using them. Any additional fabrics are fine, so long as the charms are in the quilt.

The Charm-Along runs to the 25th January, and of course I waited until I was back at work to start piecing it.

Of course I wait until the week I'm back at work....

HSTs right now. Lots of HSTs...

There's definitely a plan for them, we'll see how it turns out...

The 2016 Plan

I have a UFO Challenge laid out - 12 quilts to complete in 2016

1. Plain Jane Passacaglia
2. Duct Tape, or the Force (have you seen the new Star Wars yet? I have! Multiple times!)
3. Selvage Strings
4. Batik Logcabin
5. Tula Pink Interwoven (Charm-along)
6. Scrappy Disappearing 9-patch
7. Dancing Stars

Not sure about the last 5 - I have plenty of tops and quilts to be quilted, and then I'll have to start making some hard decisions about who gets what, because we can't keep all the quilts that I'm making - there are just too many of them (and we have limited space).

Anyway, how is your New Year going? Have you linked up to any of the WIP master posts that are around?