Monday, 31 October 2011

Another row finished

I managed to finish another row yesterday. Unfortunately my living room is not very big so I couldn't display all of the quilt. Only got one more row to finish and then it's hand quilting time. 

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Pinwheel quilt progress

The pinwheel quilt is coming along. I managed to finish another two rows. Only two more rows to go, one made of big pinwheels and the border of small pinwheels. Almost there...

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Sew many ideas, not enough time...

Lots of lovely fabrics arrived in the mail this week. I especially like Kaffe Fassett's new "Frilly" print and the new recolours of Philip Jacob's "Lucious".

I bought a new Amy Butler handbag book "Style Stitches", with 26 lovely bag patterns. Can't wait to try some of them.

Also found a lovely original 1960's dress pattern on Etsy. I'm looking for a retro print to make it, possibly one of Amy Butler's fabrics from her new "Lark" range will work. 

All I need now is some time to make all of these lovely patterns, December holidays are coming thank goodness!

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Bags and Brooches

I've taken a break from quilting and made a few handbags this weekend using some of my Tula Pink, Parisville and Amy Butler, Soul Blossoms and Midwest Modern stash that I had left over from other projects. The bags looked a bit plain so I decided to make some fun rosette brooches. I used my pudding bowls as templates. It worked quite well. 
My first (completed) quilt I ever made was using Amy Butler's Lotus Collection (see below). I made this quilt while still studying in Canada, this is where I discovered all these wonderful American designers, like Amy Butler and Tula Pink.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Planning my next project: a "Chintz" quilt

Planning on making a "Chintz" quilt from Kaffe Fassett's book "Country Garden Quilts". This quilt caught my eye immediately when I got the book more than a year ago. I've been longing to make it, and was pleased to find most of the fabrics (arrived today!).

This is what the finished "chintz" quilt in the book looks like. Its so lovely, reminds me of luscious, leafy summer...

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Pinwheel quilt centre panel finished

I finished the centre panel of the pinwheel quilt. Quite tricky to sew with all those seams.

My mom gave me some lovely king proteas from the church Saturday market. So I had to photograph them on my pinwheel panel. The dark pink king protea, is a new hybrid called "Madiba", named after Nelson Mandela who is fondly called Madiba in South Africa. 
I decided to use the Kaffe Fassett "anemone" print in blue for the plain border strips. The print looks like blue china, so pretty.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Blue pinwheel quilt is underway

My latest quilting project is a square pinwheel quilt that I have designed and am making using Kaffe Fassett fabrics. My colour inspiration for this quilt came from Monet's Water Lilies paintings (see examples). There are actually over 300 water lily paintings by Monet. The purple-blue, green and pink hues create such a tranquil feeling. I have to assemble 252 small pinwheel blocks and 32 large ones. It will keep me busy for a while...

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

First Kaffe Fassett quilt finished

I just finished quilting my very first Kaffe Fassett quilt, based on his Spring Boston Common quilt pattern from his book "Simple Shapes, Spectacular Quilts". It was quite a mission to get hold of the fabric since a lot of the fabrics in the original pattern are out of print. I had to do a lot of substitutions but I think that it came out really well after all. I learnt a lot from sewing this quilt, can hardly wait to finish my next one.
I backed the quilt with a gorgeous Philip Jacobs print called English Rose in the lavender colour-way. 
I tried to photograph it next to the lavish pink bougainvillea in our garden, but it was a little tricky due to the size of the bushes.