Thursday, 6 December 2012

Moved into our first house

The reason why I've not updated my blog recently is that we moved into our first little house last month, and most of my sewing things are still in boxes. The picture above is the lovely view of vineyards from the front porch.

The only sewing I've done recently is make some kitchen cotton voile curtains (below). I sewed some crocheted lace to make it look more cottage-y.
 I've also started making some curtains for the living room. It was quite challenging to finally decided on something since one has to look at it daily for a long time.
I finally (after at least 4 hours of perusing) decided on this chintzy pattern. Hopefully we won't get too bored with it anytime soon. 

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Spring has sprung in South Africa

My Mom got her Delft Snowball quilt back from the quilters, it came out so beautiful!

Spring has fully sprung here in South Africa! Some photos of my mom's garden! 

Here is a picture I snapped in the neighbouring town of Franschhoek last week. Glorious spring weather :)

A recent picture I photographed of a vivid rainbow over Stellenbosch during a spring rain shower.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Curio hexagon quilt top finished

I finally finished piecing my Curio hexagon quilt made from a moda jelly roll and some additional yardage. I'm still undecided about adding a border. For detailed instructions on how I made the quilt, please see my Curio Jelly Roll Hexagon Quilt Tutorial.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Christmas Joy Runner Tutorial

I finished assembling the Christmas Joy runner made from a charm pack of Moda Kate Spain's "Joy" fabric (25" x 48"). I decided to make snowball blocks from the pinwheel blocks, because it reminded me of Christmas candy or bauble shapes. Quite fun and festive and easy to make! Here are the ingredients needed to make this runner and basic instructions:

  • 1 charm pack (you need 40 5"x5" squares - 2 squares of each print)
  • 0.5 yard of solid white fabric for the background
  • 0.25 yard of a coordinating print for the border
  • 0.5 yard of fabric for binding
  • 1 yard for the backing (it will have to be pieced) or if you want it whole then use 1.5 yards.

Method (using 1/4" seams):
  • Select 2 coordinating prints to make each snowball block, make sure one is dark and one is light to create enough contrast, and that you have 2 charm squares of each print.
  • Halve each charm square (5"x5") diagonally - thus you will obtain 4 half square triangle blocks from each two same print charm square blocks.
  • Make the pinwheel blocks as follows:
  • Cut 40 3"x3" square blocks from the white background fabric for the snowball corners.
  • Make snowball blocks from each square pinwheel block as follows:

  • Cut 6 x 1.5" strips from your background fabric across the width of the fabric
  • Cut the 1.5" strips into 15 x 9" segments and 6 x 21.5" segments
  • Assemble pairs of snowball blocks by joining them to a 9" x 1.5" strip segment, and then also add a 9" strip segment to the exposed parallel edges. (See finished runner above).
  • Then join the pairs of snowball blocks to each other with the 21.5"x1.5" strip segments, also add a 21.5"x1.5" segment to the top and bottom of the snowballs on the edges.
  • Cut 3 x 2.5" border strips from the coordinating print across the width of the fabric. 
  • Cut one of the 2.5" strips into 2 x 21.5" segments and use the remaining fabric to lengthen the other segments so that you will obtain 2 x 48.5"x2.5"  strips for the borders on the long sides. 
  • Attach the short (21.5"x2.5") border strips to the centre panel first, and then the long (48.5"x2.5") border strips to the length.
  • You will need about half a yard of fabric for the binding and at least 1 yard for the backing.
  • The amount of batting will depend on the batting width.
  • Finished size of the runner should be about 25" x 48".
Here is the finished, quilted runner:

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Christmas pinwheel runner project

I know I shouldn't but I have started another project... I bought a charm pack of Kate Spain's Joy, I just couldn't resist. I want to make a Christmas runner. I finally decided on pinwheels but I'm uncertain of the layout. Should I stitch the pinwheels together or leave white borders in between each block? Or make snowball blocks from each pinwheel?

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Germany visit and cross-stitch quilt labels

I went to visit charming Gรถttingen, Germany, last week, for work (academic research). 
thoroughly enjoyed the visit, especially since it has been 9 years ago since I was last in Germany, having studied there for part of my MSc degree in Stuttgart. I enjoyed all the good things like sauerkraut, bratwurst and brezeln. And was also able to peruse a few wool and craft shops. The quilting fabric is very expensive, much more than even in South Africa so I just looked. I did however find some cross-stitch fabric that is woven in strips with pretty edging which I thought that I could use for making quilt labels, since none of my finished quilts have any labels. I started making one for my "Spring Boston Common" quilt. I will also add my name, place, date and a small decorative motive to the label.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Loulouthi dress

I had 2.5 yards of this lovely Anna Maria Horner Loulouthi fabric (Coreopsis print) lying about and decided that it time to make a dress from it, especially since Spring is finally arriving in this part of the world. I chose this pretty New Look pattern 6910. 
I forgot how long it takes to make a dress... but I stuck with it and about 6 hours later (yes it took that long...) I have a cute dress that still needs to be hemmed. It was an easy pattern to follow and the dress fits perfectly. I will definitely be making it again. Now all we need is some warmer weather :)

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Zig-Zag quilt update

I've made some more progress on my zig-zag quilt. Its so much fun to do, that my hexagon quilt will have to wait...
There is currently a Zig-Zag QAL being hosted by Smazoochie.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Exciting new Kaffe Fassett prints coming soon

My heart actually skipped a beat when I caught a glimpse of these lovely new prints by my favourite designer Kaffe Fassett. It's going to be so hard to choose which prints to buy when they come out in September because they're all so gorgeous! 

You can check out all his latest prints at the Westminster Fabrics Website:

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Curio Quilt update

I've finished piecing the hexagons and did some planning for the layout for the Curio Merry Go Round quilt. I've started to assemble the quilt, its actually quite challenging. One needs to work very accurately to get the blocks to line up. I chose an eggshell moda marble for the background. 

Monday, 6 August 2012

Distracted by zig zags

I couldn't resist playing with the zig zag pattern seen on Nifty Quilts and The Root Connection blogs. I had a lot of yellow triangles left over from the summer star quilt so I thought, why not put them to good use :) What fun! Might turn into a bold wall hanging... 

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Curio quilt progress

I've finished joining all the strips together, into sets of 3. And I've started cutting out the hexagon segments and joining them. Saturdays are definitely the most productive sewing days (especially if hubby lets you sew all day :) Thanks sweetie!) 

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Curio Merry Go Round Quilt project

I've started working on a new quilting project; no Kaffe Fassett fabric this time, but instead inspired by a quilt "My Fair Lady" by Brandon Mably from the book "Quilt Road" by Kaffe Fassett. I'm using a jelly roll and some yardage from a Moda line called Curio. Its my first time using a jelly roll. I love the colours and the pretty French prints. Here is picture of the original "My Fair Lady" quilt, my version is going to be slightly smaller and all the rings will be the same size.