Saturday, November 28, 2015

5-0 Bag for Wendy

One of my lovely workmates has just celebrated a significant birthday, so I have whipped this up this morning to gift to her when I head over to her house for a small celebration tonight...
Side A
It is made with squares from a charm pack set of Weeds by Me and My Sister Designs for Moda (has been in my stash for a year or so) plus some black and grey fabrics also from my stash...
Side B
It is approx 11" x 14" and has a small pocket sewn to the lining. I loosely based it on a pattern I have used before, called Bird Aviary, by Judith Tetley, printed in Handmade magazine Vol 27 No8 2010.
We've had lots of rain and hail this morning, but the sun came out just as I finished the bag...
Rumbles got off the sofa to come and schmooze outside...

And then of course Bess had to get in on the photos too...

Big "hello" to followers and visitors from Crazy Mom's Finish It Up Friday linky party! Have a nice weekend everyone!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

2015 Online Quilt Trunk Show

I am in the middle of three different quilt projects (as well as a class full of reports and achievement books) so this Online Quilt Trunk Show is a nice way to add a new post while I don't have any new finishes to share (and it makes a nice distraction)...

Whims and Fancies is hosting this fun event - a chance to show-off our favourite projects from the past year or so - here are my favourite ten:
2015: Birdcage - a tote bag for my trainee teacher.
Black and white is such a classic combo, can't go wrong!
2015: 50c Mixture baby quilt - I love the bright
colours with the white, and the use
of the black and white binding. 
2015: A+ Quilt for Lachie - this large lap quilt was
made for my friend's son's 13th birthday.
I have been wanting to do a plus quilt for a while so this
was a good chance to try one.
I loved the mix of blues and greens.
2015: Christmas Joy lap quilt - I loved creating this
from a charm square pack that I had in the stash.
Around the border I free-quilted the song words of
'We wish you a Merry Christmas".
2015: Little Leap Frog - this is a cot quilt or
small lap quilt and I just love the blues, greens and whites 
It was a fun pattern to work with.
2015: Spiderman twin quilt for my nephew -
 this was a lot of fun, especially when it came time
to quilt it, as I had fun quilting web and spider motifs in the different blocks.
2015: Slice of Summer lap quilt - I could not pass by the
blues and whites of this fat quarter stack.
I created a pattern for this quilt and whipped it up
during my summer holidays.
2014: Birds on High wallhanging for my cousin -
this was a lovely, quick project and I loved using the pinks
and greens, as well as the bird silhouettes (which were
overstitched by machine to give them outlines and wings).
2014: Sunny Southland Day lap quilt for my workmate - this was another
charm pack that I was really keen to use and it made
a perfect birthday gift for Jo. These fabrics were fun to
work with, so colourful!
2014: String of Pearls Remixed - this is a very large lap
quilt that I gave to my cousin for her birthday.
I loved using the Remix Ovals for Christa's String of Pearls pattern.

Have you also entered the Online Trunk Show? Put the link to your post in the comments below so I can visit you!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Charity Quilt

This small single/large lap quilt has been donated to the Southland Charity Bowls tournament for the auction night...

I quilted it all over with large straight lines to create a squares effect, and machine bound it.

I made it back in January/February - originally as a large quilt but I didn't like it that big and split it into two smaller quilts (I gave the other one to Tracey for her 40th) and this one has been waiting for the right reason to complete it.

Of course, nosy parker Rumbles had to get in on the action and try to give the 
quilt a cat-comfort test!

The charity auction was held last night and Brian says this sold for $160. Bargain! 

Also joining the usual crowd at Amanda Jean's Finish It Up Friday
Hi everyone!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Frozen pillows

No, not the weather - the movie! I created these four pillows a couple of weeks ago using Frozen fabrics and a lilac spot minky from Spotlight...

Two are 18" pillows and two are 20" pillows...

I fussy cut the fabrics so there are plenty of princess pictures to delight any young Frozen fan...

...and quilted each panel with a swirly, loopy snowflake-style design...

Sharing my projects with the quilting world through Kelly's Needle and Thread Thursday linky party...and Sarah's Whoop Whoop well as Amanda Jean's Finish It Up Friday linky..."kia ora" everyone!

I was making one for my Frozen-fanatic little cousin Claudia, turning 5, and figured if I was gonna make one, I might as well make four! Here is Claudia having just received her present...

...two sold at market and I have just one more left to sell/gift...