Wednesday, November 20, 2013

WIP Wednesday: the one with beautiful blocks!

I finished Tiger by the Tail...but forgot to get a photo of it bound and presented! *facepalms* I got one taken at the SMQG meeting on Saturday, but haven't had a chance to get the photo off the president yet.


Mendocino Mermaids (Under The Sea)

When I first started putting this together, I knew it would look pretty awesome, but I didn't imagine it would look this amazing!

Holy cow!

Mendocino mermaids

It's also going to be be a reasonable sized quilt - I set it up so it would be a 5x5 config, which makes it 75" x 75" without borders.

Not sure about borders at this point. Have to work out if I have enough fabric for it. Also have to start considering binding. Ideally, I'd like a yard of brown seahorses to bind it with, but I don't think I have any brown seahorses left. Lots of orange/copper/yellow ones, though!

Mendocino mermaids

Precuts Project: Sunkissed

I bought this layer cake about three years ago, in 2011, during my first trip to the Sydney quilt show with Penny Poppleton. And it probably wasn't too much after that I realised that the colour scheme was Not Me.

So it has sat around until I decided on the Precuts Project last week. Then I pulled it out and started slicing it up.

pastel boxes

Sewed a couple of blocks together, put it up on Instagram, and promptly had pinkying tell me that she loves this range! Dangit - if I'd realised, I'd have gifted her the layer cake!

I like the pattern, but I don't think it suits this range - too subtle, or not subtle enough.

Pastel boxes

Unfortunately, there's not really an option but to keep going. I'll try the pattern again with a more vividly-coloured layer cake collection. And slightly more precise cutting!

Japanese Trivets

Quilted and trimmed, ready for binding:


I'm notoriously bad at getting binding done. :(

Last Reminder: Quilt Raffle!

Don't you love this quilt?


Don't you want it?

Tickets are $3 each, or 2 for $5, and we take PayPal.

The draw is this Saturday, 23rd November at Kim Bradley Creations in Castle Hill. If you win it, I will send it to you and cover you for half the postage!


So what's your dealie this week? Have you linky-partied up?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

WIP Wednesday: the one with the raffle!

Not a very productive couple of weeks. November is National Novel Writing Month, which means most of my energy is going towards writing (or the attempt to write - I'm not doing very well right now). I should probably quilt more; having 'down time' for my brain means I write better when I'm actually in front of the computer.

Finished! (ish)

Tiger By The Tail

Tiger By The Tail got quilted on Saturday morning!

Tiger by the Tail

It's being given away on Sunday which means I need to bind it in the next couple of days. Photos will be forthcoming once it's bound and given away. I'll get someone to take a photo at the 'presentation ceremony'. :)


Mendocino Mermaids (Under The Sea)

Still sewing the blocks! I'm ridiculously slow at this...

Mendocino mermaids

But don't they look pretty? *admires*

Mendocino mermaids

I think I have enough brown kelp so I can make all the blocks face the right way. Just enough. Not sure if I'll have any left to bind, though! It's going to be a bit of a guessing game, I think!

USA Hurray

Top complete!

USA hurray

Well, the centre top. I think I might put a border on it, but I'm still deciding. The border gives it a good look, but - lazybones that I am - I'm kind of tired of piecing hourglasses and strips...

I still need to do the back, too! ARGH.

To Do

1. Around The World - with Kona strips left over from my Eternity Quilt.

2. Precuts Project - I have way too many precuts still hanging around, and I should really look at using them. Lots of batiks in particular. I'm going to make quilts out of them during my 2 weeks of Christmas/New Year enforced leave.

i) Batik Postage Stamp: need to buy a couple of yards of a white/cream batiks (for contrast) and make another Postage Stamp quilt, or another 'boxes' quilt.
ii) Layer Cake quilts: need to find a good pattern for these - something that's simple but effective.

3. Contact my church about whether they'd like to hang the Eternity Quilt in their offices somewhere.

4. Messenger Bag gifts.

Eesh. When am I going to have the time for all this? Really?

Double Wedding Ring

I'm way too late for the NY Quilt Guild challenge (well, I could maybe do a pillow? but I like the idea of a quilt!) but I've been kind of interested in doing one of these for a while.

So I bought the Marti Mitchell kit.

double wedding ring

We'll see if it gets used more than once! Something scrappy, perhaps - I have plenty of scraps!

Sydney Modern Quilt Guild - Group Quilt Raffle!

A small promotion!

The Sydney Modern Quilt Guild is holding a raffle for our group quilt of 2012-2013: The Rainbow Connection, based off a quilt in Tacha Brueher's Hexa-Go-Go book!


The block centres were provided by members of the Sydney Modern Quilt Guild, the quilt top and back were put together by various members of the Syd MQG, and quilted by me!

Tickets are $3AUD for one, or $5AUD for two, and the proceeds are going to the YWCA for women in need.

If you'd like the chance to win this quilt, contact me in the comments and we'll sort something out, or

Saturday, November 9, 2013

SMQG Rainbow Connection Raffle!

Those of you who've been watching my blog for the last year will have seen the Rainbow Connection quilt come together - the Sydney Modern Quilt Guild's group quilt.


We were always going to sell it and give the proceeds to charity (in this case, the YWCA) towards women in need, but thanks to the opening of Kim Bradley Creations in Castle Hill, Sydney, we're raffling it off!

Tickets are $3 each, or 2 for $5. (All prices are in AUD!) We're happy to accept PayPal, and email you the detail of your tickets!

More details available at the SMQG blog.