Monday, 27 August 2012

Kit quilts

I have been refusing to buy quilt kits. I don't completely know why.  Maybe it's because the best part of a quilt is picking beautiful fabrics and a kit does that for you.  Maybe it's because I feel like I'm cheating if I do it.  Maybe it's because you're immediately limited in the size of the quilt simply because that's all the fabric you have... maybe I should just buy two kits at time so I can double the size if I want to... hmmmmm.

Any way, I have given in and bought a couple of kits.  The impetus for the surrender to "the kit" is that it is a minky set. So it's half a dozen minky fabrics all cut and ready to go. It'll be so yummy and warm and snuggly, I just couldn't resist. And I would never have bought the fabrics individually to make this off my own bat.  So I can justify it to myself that it's not really giving in or giving up. It's just experimenting with a patchwork of minky, which I would be too scared to do if I'd bought big swathes of fabric myself. So it's still part of my learning, etc, etc.

So I bought 2.

I bought a little pink one, which I have cut and laid out and started sewing together.  It is only going to be cot sized.  Offically titled "A cuddle blanket".  It just seemed the thing for a little girl.

And I bought a big black and white one, which is waiting for me to finish the first one, before I get into it.  Too much fabric rolling around my living room already, without me starting another lot of cutting, etc.

With a little bit of luck and a lot of diligent sewing, I will finish these off and give them to my wonderful neighbours as a Christmas present. Big one for A & B and little one for Miss M.  Either that or I'll keep them for myself.  I seem to have this argument with myself everytime I make a quilt.  I want to give them away and be generous and loving and I can picture people, particularly the little people, snuggled up and happy under their new blankets, but I also just want to keep them!  So as loving and generous as I am, it's a real wrench when I have to part with one of my babies.  Maybe I need to visit the one I've given away and see it being loved and then I'll feel better about it...

Friday, 17 August 2012


I have a wonderful little sewing class that I go to on a Saturday.

Which made me wonder... How did you learn to quilt? How do you learn new techniques?

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Slash and stitch owls

I fell in love with these little owls about 9 months ago and bought the fabric and 5 lovely bold complementary colours.

Now remember that 9 months ago I had never made a quilt, so it's not really a surprise that it's taken me this long to work out how to use this material. I've been playing with different patterns and trying to work out how I could make these little owls pop. I realised last night that I needed to do strips of the owls otherwise it looked too match-y match-y. The colours were tricky too. I had too many for some patterns and not enough for others. I could not find a single thing that worked. And then I thought of slash and stitch. I've been surfing the interwebs and reading lots of amazing blogs by extraordinary quilters and had seen this improve technique for blocks. Well why not do a block that runs the length of the quilt? So I very tentatively cut the fabric and started slashing through it with my fingers crossed hoping it would work.

I don't know how other people do it! I have never been so paranoid to cut fabric in my life! I just love these owls and these colours and I desperately didn't want to waste this fabric. Didn't help that hubby was in the background saying he just wasn't sure...

All my fears aside, I think it's coming out really well.

I love the kind of hectic colours and busyness around these coloured owls. I think it draws attention to all the colours in the owls.

I can picture it wrapped around a little girl. I was planning on keeping it for when A and I have bubies, but I'm toying with giving it to one of my little nieces for Christmas. My sister has pointed out that this may not be the most popular present :-( It's a shame, but I think she's right.

I think I'll finish this one and see if I can find inspiration for one for my other niece. If I can get a second one done by Christmas, they'll be gifts, if not it'll be for us! Lol.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Beginning a new quilt

I went to class on Saturday at Sewco Patchwork & Quilting Mount Gravatt with the lovely Miss Donna. I got to buy a tonne of new fabric (OMG how expensive is this hobby! I love it, but I am hiding the receipt from A). And I am now learning how to do log cabins. You see them in all the quiltings magazines but no one explains how to do them. I guess they're so fundamental, noone bothers, because everyone assumes only idiots don't know how to do a log cabin. I think this is a technique that will help me realise some of the inspirations I've been seeing out here on the interwebs.

So my new quilts is a delicious mix of reds and greys, and because I love the process almost, if not as much, as the final product, here are some photos of my gorgeous fabrics and cunning cabins (almost).


An when it'all finished it should hopefully look like this...

Princesses love pink

I have just given away a quilt for the first time. It was a bit of a strange feeling. I have to admit that a big part of me just wanted to keep it!  I originally made it for a friend's new little baby, with the intention that it would be her first birthday present, but got halfway through and realised the colours were too enthusiastic for this family.  Luckily, our next door neighbour has a little baby girl who just turned one and it suits them perfectly!

So here is my pink princess quilt.  It has yummy pink minki fabric on the back which is so more-ish. Everytime you touch it, you just want to wrap yourself up and never move.

It is simply made in straight chains, but by alternating full squares of polka dots and quarter squares of block colours I think you end up with a really nice effect.

It's bound with white satin ribbon, so it should be a feast for little GiGi's senses.

Welcome to my blog

Well hello there! Welcome to my blog. I have to confess this is my first blog, I don't really know what I'm doing, so will be learning as we go. An even more terrible confession, I am only learning to quilt, so is is not the place for lessons, or guidance - I have nothing to teach you! I know nothing! I am simply hoping to document my learning and have a place to put all the pretty pictures of my wonderful quilts... I do love them, even though they leave a lot to be desired technically, I put so much love and effort into them that I think they deserve a speckle of praise and attention.
I hope to be able to link to people's instructional clips and things, once I learn how :-). And I will try to post pics as I go of projects.
I'm really excited to be here and to get started!
E xx

Oops, I forgot to tell you who I am! I am 27 years old, live in Brisbane Australia, have no children or pets (but I'm trying to make my husband give me both!), work as a legal secretary, live in a quiet street surrounded by friendly neighbours. I am married to A. I think he is a pretty wonderful man, explains why I married him, and he is letting me take over our house with fabric and sewing and cutting and patching and generally making a crazy mess, which makes me think he's an even better man than I give him credit for. He also knows better than to ask how much these quilts cost... :-/ definitely a downside to this hobby. Ok, if there's anything you want to know, feel free to ask. Talk soon!
E xx