Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Jewel Box Finished!

Although I am in uber holiday mode and have stitched the sum total of nothing over the past few days - despite dragging my Pfaff along for the trip - I managed to get my Jewel Box finished before we left.

As usual, Mum quilted it for me but I can't remember the name of the panto she used.  It's pretty though.  (Holiday brain!)

As usual I'm linking up to Freshly Pieced and Quilt Story.  I hope you all have a lovely week.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Fresh Poppy Design

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Port Elliot

At the moment my family and I are on holiday in Port Elliot on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia.  This morning we went for a walk along the coastline and I thought I'd share a few pictures, after all it's not every day you spot a whale going about her business while you stroll along!

Although it's Winter here the days have been lovely and sunny and the temperature today is 19 degrees (according to the temp guage in our car anyway).  We started our walk along the Harbour Master's Walk which extends from Horseshoe Bay through a lovely garden and around to Port Elliot Beach.  

Not a shabby view really.

We sat and watched the waves crash on the rocks for a while and then we noticed something in the distance.

Oh hello!  It's a Southern Right Whale!  We watched her splashing about for about an hour.

And then we waved goodbye.

All in all a pretty amazing morning!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Double Hourglass Quilt Tutorial

Hi Everyone,

Today I finally have a finish to share with you.  After months of adding borders to WIPs and binding, binding, binding, I can now share an actual quilted and bound quilt!

This is a double hourglass quilt that I designed and made using  two Moda Jelly Rolls, one is Hello Luscious and the other is a jelly roll from the Moda Basics range in Porcelain.  This quilt is super quick and easy to piece and you don't need any templates - just a 6 1/2" square ruler with the 45 degree line marked out it.  I have written a pattern/tutorial for it and you can download it here.

I love to go to this local church to photograph my quilts.  I love the colour of the stone work and the rustic old gate is perfect for hanging quilts.  Incidently it is the church my mum got married in.

My mum quilted it for me using a pantograph pattern called 'Cherry Blossom'.  Here is a closeup of the quilting and of my favourite fabric in this line.  Basic Grey, who designed Hello Luscious, have the most gorgeous solids in their collections called 'grunge' and this pink grunge takes the cake, it is GORGEOUS!

I hope you enjoy the tutorial, and if you happen to make one of these quilts I would love to see it, so don't be shy - email me a picture!

I am linking up to Quilt Story and Freshly Pieced so head on over and spread the fabric love.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

 Fresh Poppy Design

Monday, July 9, 2012

Sleigh Bells Ring...Are You Listening?

This week I received a special parcel in the post from the fabulous Australian Homespun.  It contained their latest "Christmas In July" edition of the magazine.  And the thrill for me was that my quilt was on the cover.  Get out of town!!

Of all the quilts I have made, this one is among my most favourites.  It's simple and classic and I love every fabric in it.  This is the quilt that turned me on to red fabric. 

I originally blogged about this quilt here and you can read about it and see it hanging in it's unfinished state from my washing line - a far cry from the lovely styling in Homepun!

The magazine is on sale at newsagents now or you can download a copy through Zinio.  As well as my quilt, there is a lovely embroidery pattern by Aneela Hoey, a gorgeous bag by Monica Poole, a cute softie by Melly and Me and patterns from Natalie Bird and Anni Downs.

Thanks again to Catherine and the team at Homespun for their support. 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Where I Sew, or The Room That Ikea Built

Late last year we moved from our small  house (or snuggy as Scarlett called it) to a larger, less snuggy home.  One of the reasons behind our move, other than the fact that we could no longer move, was for the kids and I to have our own space.  Although it is not quite finished I thought I'd join in with "Where I Sew" month at Pink Chalk Studios and show you where the magic happens.

This post is going to be heavy on the photos and Ikea, if you're reading this, I will accept sponsorship.

This is my sewing area, with me on one side of the table and the kids on the other.  The table is a Vika Curry in birch and the filing cabinet which houses all of the kids' craft stuff is a Hemler.  My chair is an Ingolf and the kids have matching Ingolf junior chairs.

The shelves above the table are also from Ikea but I can't remember which ones they are.  The wee canvas of the Jessie Wheeler Wilcox painting was a present from my friend Robbie and the love-heart wreath from another friend, Kellie.


 I love this alphabet poster - it was Cavallini and Co wrapping paper that I glued to a piece of cardboard and whacked in a frame from - you guessed it - Ikea!

This large Billy Bookshelf with glass doors houses my stash and all of my notions etc.  I recently changed over from large storage tubs to these smaller 5L containers from Kmart.  I find that the larger the tub, the more inclined I am to just shove everything in haphazardly.  My new system is much more organised (this week anyway!)

My Kmart containers seem to hold all I need, and I gussied them up by taping some scrapbooking paper to the inside to create a background for me to label them using a whiteboard marker.


Ikea have also got us sorted when it comes to storing the kids' stuff too.  This Trofast unit stores everything from Barbies to blocks to play dough.  And because everything has its place it's really easy to tidy up.  

Another view of the Trofast with the pin board I blogged about here hanging above it.

This is the view from my sewing table.  I love me a TV show and I am so lucky to have a generous Mum who gave me the old TV from her longarm studio.  It has an inbuilt DVD player so I can crank out the shows I love while I am pushing endless HSTs through the sewing machine.   Underneath the telly is an Expedit unit housing mainly baby toys so that Ethan can get reach what he wants to play with . 

So there you have it.  I am just waiting on a new blind and to replace the light fitting and to paint the walls (at the moment they are a colour I fondly call 1988 grey -it's depressing)  And in the interest of full disclosure, lest anyone think I live a saintly, organised and tidy life.  This is what our play room looks like a good deal of the time....

 Mainly due to these two mess makers.

Although the be fair, on closer inspection I do see a quite a lot of fabric strewn around.

Don't forget to visit Pink Chalk Studios and have a nosy around lots of other creative spaces.


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