Thursday, 19 January 2017

More feathers

Having dipped my toe with my blue feathers, I was ready to make a million trillion feathers.  Seriously, I am prepared for every quilt I ever make forever more to have feathers in it.

It seems like every person I know is currently expecting a little girl, so I thought a baby quilt with pink feathers could be cute.

Because I knew I was making more, and because one of the ladies in the BrisMQG generously lent me her feather templates, I went a bit more of a production line with this one. I made strips for the feathery side of the feathers and did much of my cutting and assembling, well assembly line style. 

The biggest problem I had was that I ran out of grey when I was only halfway through adding sides to my feathers. It’s Kona Medium Grey, so not a rare or valuable fabric, but, as always, it took me time to get around to ordering more (and then because I’m in Australia and ordering from the US, it takes even longer).

And then once they were all finally properly pieced, I forgot what layout I had assigned them to :-/  You see, they had been up on my wall and I had been totally happy with it, but then I had other things to sew, so I took them down and they got mixed up and it was all everywhere… I know #firstworldproblems right here.

And now that they had their sides on them, they seemed bigger than they had before. My original intention was to do 6” strips in between columns with 1 feather free floating up above, but when I laid them all out that way, it took up half my lounge room. And it didn’t feel balanced.

I rearranged and sewed and rearranged and sewed. And rearranged and sewed some more. I finally had something that I felt was almost maybe right. It’s still got the same 2 direction thing going, but the groupings have changed, and that odd duck in the bottom left is more adrift than originally intended (although not as wonky as he was going to be – turns out I should have totally ordered more of that grey if I wanted to use it up with fancy angles).

I think that quilting this will really help it to sing.  The grey feels a little flat when there’s this much of it (although I love the pink against the grey – it makes me happy).

And even though I made these in a batch, each one is unique and different and has different fabrics.

I am calling it a Flock of Pink Seagulls - because feathers everywhere means it’s a flock of birds, and the phrase “flock of seagulls” kept going around in my head (possibly the result of listening to too much bad 80’s music as a child), but seagulls are white and these feathers are pink – it has been suggested that Flock of Flamingos or Flock of Galahs would be more appropriate, but it’s too late. Flock of Pink Seagulls is stuck in my head!)

I don’t think I’m done with feathers yet.  Hopefully Kim doesn’t mind that I am holding her templates hostage for a little while longer.  I have 2 more feather-y quilts in my head that I might try to bring to life if I can.

As far as this baby, it's been tucked into the cupboard of shame, along with all my other completed tops that I am too scared to attempt to quilt. Because it turns out, I'm bad at making baby quilts because they end up growing and growing, and being far, far too big for babies, so this is no longer a gift.  I think there's so much negative space, the quilting on this could be incredible, but I am just not confident I can do it justice myself.  And I know the only way to improv my FMQ is to practice... but maybe not yet.

E xx

Monday, 16 January 2017

Penny Sampler - January 2017

As you can probably already tell from the title, that I signed up for the Penny Sampler class over with Rachel at Stitched in Color. It's a project she made a couple of years ago, and I thought it was really cute then, but wasn't the right time for me to sign up for yet another thing. But when Rachel mentioned late last year that she was planning n re-running the class, I jumped at it. Well, not so much jumped as started strongly encouraging my husband to sign me up as a Christmas present... He didn't bite so I had to sign myself up, but no complaints! ha ha.

Penny Sampler

Rachel is offering the class as a 6 month or 12 month course, and because I know that I am slow I went with 12 months. We're only just starting now, so if this seems like something you'd be into, I'm sure Rachel is accepting late admissions ;-)

The first task of the course is colour.  Both my happy place and my nemesis.

I wanted something that felt very Scandinavian (becasue the piecing really does have the effect for me, but maybe I'm reading into it too much) so did some pinterest-ing on all things Swedish, Norse and Finish. Once I had some pictures that fit the vibe I was after I went to the amazing palette builder and started to throw those images through it (P.S. If you're ever looking for  a way to while away an afternoon, this is the shiz. I spent about 2 hours just putting in every photo I could lay my hands on and then playing with the little buttons to see what colours I could pull. Fun!). I ended up with a lot of similarities in the Kona colours picked from the images..

Ok, you may now have OD'd on my colour palettes, but this was super helpful for me in working out what I needed.

In ordering my fabrics I think I veered more towards the greys and away from the browns/creams. I think the browns look perfect in the inspo photos, because the're coming from woods and pottery, but I'm not sure that I can translate that through fabrics. We'll see. I may need to order more fabric.  Hopefully not though, as I just dropped a bomb at Clairs Fabrics (Aussie based, with an excellent range of Kona and reasonable shipping to Brissy, just fyi) so am now awaiting the delivery of a giant bundle of fabric.

One thing I have done (or am planning to do) is changing out a couple of blocks. The original design includes "Dala horses" which are just not me. I've swapped them (in theory at this point) with some dogwood/orange peel blocks. Hopefully they should still keep that vibe of busy and detailed without the slightly character element of the horses.

I'm also planning on removing a little mitten and swapping it with an extra tea cup.  I live in Australia, we never have snow so mittens don't feel like me either, and I'm a tea addict, so it feels right.  Hopefully I don't ruin it with these changes, but they make sense in my head, and I can always change my mind again later, if it seems silly while I'm putting it together.

The other thing I'm wanting to be mindful of is *not too much pink*.  I don't want this to feel like a baby quilt. I want the pinks and blues to feel like really elegant, sophisticated additions. Hopefully lots of white and grey will help.

I guess we'll see!!

As I said this is supposed to be a 12 month project, so Long way to go before we're done, and lots of time for me to change my mind but fingers crossed it works, and that I can keep chugging away at this.

E xx

Linking up to Main Crush Monday, Let's Bee Social and Midweek Makers.

Saturday, 14 January 2017


So in real life, I am not a fan of snails. Or any kind of slug really.  Things with slime are generally a no go area for me, in fact.  But then I stumbled upon the #gardensnailsquilt - Is this not the cutest thing you've ever seen!!!!

Image source: @penandpaperpatterns
So I am putting aside my loathing for these garden critters and getting on board the snail paced slow-along sew-along being run by Gnome Angel. There's a whole bunch of rules and prizes and stuff, but I'll leave all of that to Ange to explain.  Suffice to say, that I can totally inch my way along with these little guys. And don't they say a #snailday keeps the doctor away!! ;-) (I make my own fun...)

I haven't figured out my colours yet, but I'll be posting them to insta every week to try to keep up with the challenge, so follow me along there and see what's what :-)

E xx

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Making for Me - #1 2017

Here we go!! The first attempt at a link up, in I can't remember how long...

Have you got your selfish sewing ready??  Have you got your selfish sewing steady??  Then let's go!!!!

Let's stop constantly giving away everything we make and make things just because we want to. Ideally things that we'd then keep because it brings us joy. I'm very big on the doing things for joy. In accordance with my patented *no rush philosophy* you can be mid way through your project, or even just beginning, but it has to be something you're sewing just because you want to.

Sewing is fun and you're allowed to indulge in quilting for you and nobody else .

Take your time. Enjoy your sewing!!! And get ready to see some perfectly selfish sewing :-D
E xx

1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features something you made just because you wanted to - preferably something that you intend to keep.
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the “Add Your Link” button below, then click on the Instagram icon at the bottom of the screen that pops up. You should then be able to select any of your recent Instagram photos. Where it says “Link,” use the URL of your Instagram feed (for example, my URL is Please hashtag your IG post #making4me.
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post, because that way we can spread the selfish sewing bug - always a good thing.

**And I think I've worked out how to make a button!! If you grab the code below, let me know if it works ;-)

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Finish Along - 2017 Q1 - Opening List

All righty. 

I don't normally do the Finish A Long, because I'm not a finisher. i'm a part-timer. But I'm on a mission for the new year to get my butt moving and get going so I'm going to try...

Feel free to check out my progress on Insta via - #2017FALQ1quinnyquilts

This quarter I will finish:
1 - Community trees (piecing top - give to long armer)
2 - Secret Squirrel (piecing top - give to recipient) 

3 - Gigi's quilt (quilting & binding)
4 - Trish's Hexies (piecing top then decide on hand quilting or long arm)
5 - Big Pineapple (binding)
6 - Pink Bubbles (quilting & binding) (so not getting done, but might as well include it, right!)
7 - Orange Blossoms (piecing) 
8 - Blue patches (piecing)  

Plus I need to be up to date with:
1 - the Penny Sampler
2 - #SnailDay
3 - Swoon-a-long

Yes, I know you've never heard of some of these projects before, but that's becasue I'm crazy and have signed up for more since writing my WIP list... a week ago. I know. I'm a terrible influence on myself.

So wish me luck.  I'm diving in. And I'll have posts on all of the new stuff coming out over the next few days :-)

Meanwhile, I'm linking in with the FAL list, and adding the button to the side bar (thanks to everyone who gave me linky tips too - there are some great ones out there, that I am going to try to join in with). And don't forget that if you're making something just for you, you can link up right here, tomorrow!!

Ok, talk to you soon!

E xx