Monday, 11 November 2013

Spring inspiration

I haven't been quilting much lately, but I have been gardening. Spring was late this year in the Cape due to all the cold, wet weather we had, but all the rain paid off in beautiful flowers! Over-flowing lobelia, verbena, dianthus, salvia, pansies, and snap dragons.
The climbing roses (Soeur Emmanuelle - DELamo) have also finally put on a show! And they smell divine! I love French roses. It's hard to believe that this rose is not even 1-year old yet. 


Inspired by spring, I made myself another dress with New Look pattern 6776. The fabric is by Free Spirit - Deena Designs London. As it was 31 degree C (87 F) today, I wore it to work :) 

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Finished Bunny Hill Baby Quilt

Here is the finished Moda Bunny Hill Baby Quilt that I made using 2 charm packs of Putting on the Ritz range for a friend who is about to give birth to a baby boy. Finished size is about 40" x 50". Please excuse the poor mobile phone photography...

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Spring dress and other small projects

I made myself a spring dress yesterday using 2 yards of Westminster Martha Negley fabric called "Crabapple Path". I bought the fabric on sale so the dress cost less than $10 to make including the zipper and muslin lining.
I used New Look pattern 6776, it was relatively quick to make and fits really great. I made the dress without the sash belt. It's still too cold here to wear it, but hopefully it will warm up enough next month. 

I'm also making 6 place-mats using Moda Cosmo Cricket fabric. Quite time-consuming, I must say.
I've also started a baby quilt for a friend who is going to have a baby boy in September. I used two charm packs from Moda Bunny Hill - Putting on the ritz. I only used the blue and grey squares, I will sash it with ivory fabric (that is still in the mail somewhere) and add a border with light grey print. I hope that she will like it.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Pinwheel quilt finished at last!

 
I finished quilting and binding my water-lilies pinwheel quilt this week! It took almost 2 years for me to finish this quilt. I hand-quilted the centre of the quilt and the outer border I machine quilted. It is the first one of my quilts that I have quilted myself. The finished quilt is 83" x 83".
I used a Kaffe Fassett print, bekah in blue, for the back of the quilt. I used another Kaffe Fasset print, mirage stripe in blue, for the binding.
Here is another shot of the quilt on our bed. Unfortunately it has been raining so I can't take a photo of the whole quilt outside. Here is the link to the whole finished quilt top. It feels good to get such a big project finished! Yay!

Monday, 1 July 2013

French nine-patch quilt top finished

I finished sewing the French nine-patch quilt top yesterday. I'm not going to quilt this one myself, I'll have to get some quotes from the professionals. In the meantime, I'm going to make another pieced quilt top with all the leftover lighter coloured charm squares, I'm busy deciding on the pattern now.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Little sewing gremlin

Sweety-Bird loves the sewing machine, because its noisy, like him. His left wing is clipped so generally we can control his whereabouts, except now he has learned how to climb up the desk using the sewing machine cord and will do it endlessly until I give up and play with him...




Bad birdy, can't leave mamma's sewing alone, no wonder I've made such slow progress lately...

Sunday, 16 June 2013

French nine-patch quilt progress

I finished making 120 5"x5" nine-patch blocks, and started playing with the French General charm pack squares for the layout for my French nine-patch quilt. I purchased 5 Moda French General charm packs in total: 2 x La Belle Fleur; 1 x Le Petite Odile; 1 x Ch√Ęteau Rouge; 1 x Esprit de Noel. I only used the darker background squares. The nine-patches were made from half-yard pieces from the La Belle Fleur and Chateau Rouge ranges.
I am about half-way with assembling the quilt-top now :)
I also managed to start knitting a cardigan. I chose a simple Kaffe Fassett motive from his Pattern Library book. 

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Playing around

Sweety-Bird likes to get interfere while I'm planning blocks. Here he is caught in the act of stealing one of my HSTs. A few minutes later he flapped sending all the blocks flying around, so he got sent back to the cage for a time-out.

I've been trying out making a LeMoyne Star block using HSTs cut from charm squares. It works well, might a make a quilt like this from the leftovers of my French nine-patch quilt, which is currently under-way. I still have about 60 nine-patches to make.

Since winter has arrived in the Cape, it has put me in the mood for knitting. I bought this 100% wool yarn 6 years ago when I was studying in Canada, and have not had the courage to make something with it yet. I want to make a cardigan with Nordic type patterning. I'm still looking for a suitable pattern, and blending the colours is quite tricky. I must not give up though (as per usual)... I think that I need to spend some time on pinterest for inspiration.

Monday, 6 May 2013

Decisions...

I got a darker cream fabric on the weekend for assembling the nine-patches, which is looking much softer. Now I have to decide on the layout. Either every alternate block is a nine-patch or a grid of nine-patches as below?

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

A new French inspired project

I bought a few charm packs of some Moda French General fabric ranges. I've been eyeing them for a while now, I do love the shades of red and antique greens. I'm still deciding what to do with them, maybe a nine-patch quilt? Or something else traditional? The solid cream fabric is not working very well with the antique prints; I think its too light and crisp. I need to find a darker neutral solid for making the nine-patches.

We have a new pet, Sweety-Bird, a hand-reared baby budgie, who makes quilting more difficult as he wants constant attention and tends to flap his wings impatiently when he doesn't get it, sending carefully laid fabric pieces flying around... naughty!

Monday, 29 April 2013

Mom is on a roll - Charming Star Spa quilt finished

My industrious mom finished another quilt recently, a Charming Star quilt using the Moda Spa fabric range. The Charming Stars pattern is from the Moda Bakeshop website and is made of 3 charms packs, and 2.5 yards of white fabric and 1.5 yards of blue fabric for the borders and binding. My mom also machine-quilted it herself. Here is a shot of the backing, pieced from leftovers.Lovely!

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Mom's second delft snowball quilt finished

My mom finished a second single size Delft Snowball quilt with her leftover fabric from the double size Delft Snowball quilt and she quilted it herself with her machine. I am the privileged owner of this lovely quilt now! Thanks Mom!

Monday, 22 April 2013

Progress on Pinwheel and Hexagon quilts

I've finished hand-quilting the center panels and borders of my Pinwheel quilt (about time!). 
Now I'm going to machine quilt the remaining outer panels. I have started on that, quite a mission with such a huge quilt. It's my first attempt at machine quilting with a running foot; its a bit untidy so far, but I'm getting better at it.

I also finished piecing the back of my Curio hexagon quilt. I tried out the kaleidoscope block using my leftover fabrics. 
I added borders with leftover remnants to get it to the right size for the backing. Now I need to assemble the quilt sandwich and do some more machine quilting. At least I'll be getting more practice at it!

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Hexagon quilt kaleidoscope pieced backing

I added a border to my Curio hexagon quilt top. I think it finishes it off nicely. I decided to make a pieced back with the leftover fabric. I am trying out a kaleidoscope block template (Kaleido-Ruler) that my mom bought for me. It works great!

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Mom's A La Maison jelly roll quilt finished


My mom recently finished her beautiful A La Maison (Kaufman Fabrics) jelly roll quilt. The quilt pattern Sweet Menagerie came from the Moda Bakeshop website



She pieced the back from leftovers and some lovely yardage obtained from Beary Quilts, Cape Town.