Monday, 20 November 2017

a little bit of lovely


 Lovely fabrics from #apieceofcloth arrived this week.


Every 3 months, approx. 1metre bundle of vintage fabrics arrives,
the idea being that over the year
there should be enough to make a lovely vintage style quilt.
Still undecided just what I will do with these fabrics, but they are certainly lovely to look at.
And very different from anything that is available here in NZ.
What's inspiring you today?⠀

a bit more #68
'sew stitch snap SHARE' is happening this week
see you back here on Wednesday

Saturday, 11 November 2017

finishing things






So tempted to start something new but it's getting so close to the end of the year
- time to finish up a few things first.






A few quilt details:
"Floribunda" quilt
Made from a mish-mash of stash fabrics
Simple shapes, random colour surprises
and I had lots of fun playing with the value placements in each block.
See here, here and here for earlier posts about my inspiration & progress photos
I used Amy from diaryofaquilter size chart for cutting these 'sawtooth star' blocks
{you can find it here}
Binding is 'violet static diamond' by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, see here
Finished quilt measures 165cms x 140cms
Lightly machine quilted all over by Leeanne from quiltmekiwi
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Has that 'end of year' feeling hit you yet?
Do you feel the pressure to finish a project or two, or is it just me?
Linking up with Myra for 'finished or not friday' here at busyhandsquilts
and with Cynthia for 'oh scrap' here  

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

sew stitch snap SHARE #16

Happy Wednesday everyone!

My not so pastel #vintagecomfort quilt has come back home from the quilters.
This colour combo with the playful stripe
was inspired by Sheena Chapman's work and what was here in my stash
- see here for my earlier pics & progress.




Finishing touches were beautifully done by Leeanne from quiltmekiwi
It's lightly quilted all over, as I love my quilts all soft & cuddly- perfect for snuggling under.





and, I asked Leeanne to leave the crazy patch section untouched
as I wanted to add some big stitch hand quilting


When life is busy,
I find a little hand quilting in the evening is a great way to unwind.

Time now for another fortnightly 'Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE' linkup
 Let's take a look at my favorite pick from last week.
Gayle from mangofeet has been busy making pickle dishes



It's a fun scrappy block, but I know from experience, they do take a bit of time.
If you are keen to give the pickle dish blocks a go too, see here for lots more inspiration.
Gayle's posts are very lively. . . with pickles, and monkeys, and sheep everywhere
- pop over here to see what I mean

Do you have a project to share this week too?
Whatever you're sewing or stitching, you can link it up here. Just follow these simple guidelines:

1. Link up any post from the past week that features something you have been sewing or stitching, whether they are WiPs or finishes. You can write as much or as little about your project as you like, or simply let your photos do the talking.
2. Somewhere in your post, please link back to this post.
3. Please comment on a couple of the other Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE links.

Thanks for joining us
Julie & Linda



Thursday, 2 November 2017

fabric magic

While scrolling through IG today I learnt a lovely new word from amitietextiles feed  
"Fabracadabra ( Fab-ruh-kuh-dab-ruh) Noun  A mystical word or expression used when a fabric magically appears in your stash and you have no idea how it got there . . . or so he thinks!"

My first little surprise were these two geometric prints
my son & daughterinlaw bought for me while holidaying in Veitnam
- and they will be very useful


Then later this week there was a pretty parcel in the post
A small bundle from Amitietextiles
First up, from the Tilda quilt collection 'botanical red'  and 'sigrid dove white' . . . 


And yes, I admit I'm on a mission to collect a few more plaids
like these Gertrude Made Essentials - large & small Checks in Black & White . . .


This spindriftquilt pattern turned up too, lots of colour, fussy cutting & scrappy dresdens


And then . . . a few new fabrics from fatquartershop turned up as well (???)
Le Vintage Chic from Art Gallery Fabrics, a soft mix of pink, taupe and mint
- a very pretty low volume selection, the perfect alternative to use instead of plain white . . .



along with a small selection of Tokyomilk 'neptune & the mermaid' fabrics,
which will be great for fussy cutting I'm sure?  . . .


- playing with fabric combinations
is a great substitute for when there's no actual sewing time
J

Saturday, 28 October 2017

a little finish

A little finish for a little person
. . . who is due to arrive any day now!







You may remember my little bicycle quilt from this post 
I had it machine quilted in a gentle meander pattern by Annette de Raat
and then I used a Kaffe print for the binding.
Not too sure whether our next grandchild is a boy or girl, but I'm all ready now.

Linking up with Myra for 'finished or not Friday' here
and with Amanda Jean for 'finish it up Friday' over here


Wednesday, 25 October 2017

sew stitch snap SHARE #15 and taming the scrap pile

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Life has gotten pretty busy around here these past few months, not much time for sewing.
After decluttering & passing on lots of fabric,
and after packing up most of my fabrics, most of my WiPs and my quilting books,
I find myself still left with this large basket of leftover scraps, crumbs, and strips
- it feels like a loosing battle!


 I began yesterday by sorting this bundle out by colour, with all the blues first.
Strips & strings in one pile, squares & snippets in another
Hmm-m-m I must say, these blues all look ridiculously tempting
. . . do I stop sorting & start sewing a new scrapbin quilt instead?
I'd love to hear how you tame your scrap pile.

In the meantime,
let's get straight into another fortnightly 'Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE' linkup.


My favourite project from last time was something sweet and simple


Cynthia focuses on making beautiful quilts from scraps and existing stash. She has so many ideas on how to work with scraps - pop over here to see her Scrap-A-Palooza Quilt Gallery for heaps of more inspiration. {I wonder how she sorts all her scraps?}
Her latest WiP is a fun string quilt using lots of different pink shades mixed with a little bit of grey.



Oh, and I popped back a few days later
and Cyndy had finished her pink & grey string quilt top

Sometimes sweet & simple is just about right, yes?

And what are you working on right now? Whatever you're sewing or stitching, you can link it up here. Just follow these simple guidelines:

1. Link up any post from the past week that features something you have been sewing or stitching, whether they are WiPs or finishes. You can write as much or as little about your project as you like, or simply let your photos do the talking.
2. Somewhere in your post, please link back to this post.
3. Please comment on a couple of the other Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE links.

Thanks for joining us
Julie & Linda

Sunday, 22 October 2017

show & tell on the Peninsula

Glenys & I had a lo-o-ong overdue catch up today.
She has recently retired and she showed me all the projects she's been working on. 


First up, her 16 patch blocks all in yummy Anna Maria Horner fabrics.
This is still very much a WiP
and I think she said she was planning on making about 30 blocks in total . . .


If you've got an AMH stash too and need more inspiration,
there's an Anna Maria sewalong happening over on IG at the moment.
Pop on over here to see heaps of other lovely AMH projects.


Her 'mum elephant & baby' quilt just needs the binding stitched down.
Isn't this so sweet in a pink & grey pastel pallette . . .




It would seem elephant quilts are very popular.
I did a search and found this, a whole parade of them!


And then, Glenys is also working on a quilt using all her doilies from her mum 
She isn't sure yet on the setting or if she will add borders and/or sashing,
but is taking her time, enjoying 'the process' and the memories . . .



but wait, there's more . . .


This is a large quilt that Glenys has just finished. 
It was a fabric pack, not her usual colours but she's had fun putting it together.
The pattern she used was 'Rustic Autumn' by Art Gallery Fabrics,
see here for the free pattern.
Loving all the bright mod fabrics!



Hope you enjoyed Glenys' show & tell
- I certainly did!