Monday, 28 January 2013

Needle book

I thought I would share an actual sewing project today. I know! OMG! I'd almost forgotten this was a quilting blog, considering the lack of sewing happening.

Now it's not a quilt, but it is part of my quilting class. I know I mentioned (once, twice or a thousand times) that I am taking Rachel's Handstitched class. So the first project is reverse appliqué. I was going to do the t shirt project, but didn't get to the shops in time (disorganised and lazy. I have no other excuses). So I made the needle book.

Check it! Lots of hand sewing. And I even went all out and added some embellishments to the inside.

Hope you're all having a great week!

E xx

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Skill Builder colour choices

Ok. I have attacked palette builder ( you should check it out if you haven't already. It's AMAZING!) and have a selection of colour schemes that might work for the Pile'o'fabric shill builder.

Remember that we're trying to make this:

(yes, I really do just want to replicate those colours, but i feel this would be cheating... But if you give me permission, I so would. I love the way this bursts with energy)

So here are our options so far:
NB I did not take these photos they are all from google or pintrest or somewhere and i just colour palette'd them

1 -

Yes, it's very similar to the original. But I love the vibrancy of the original so this would end up as my version... Kind of.

2 -
Probably using the grey/purple, the pink and the blue with a creamy background. Would hopefully end up feeling soft and feminine.  I really like these colours, but the design is quite linear and sharp, so I don't know that it's the right match.

3 -
Black as the background (or maybe white, or maybe the light brown!). Using the orange, pink and white as the focus colours.

4 -
Again, very similar to the original. Black as the background. Using the orange, pink and purple as the focus colours, maybe also some of the cream.
5 -
Super dark green as the background. Using the burgundy, orange and blues as the focus colours.  I think I like this one the best

But the point is, I can't decide!! And I really, really need to purchase some fabric and get on with this!  I want my quilt!!!

So now it's up to you. Voting is open.  What should I do??? Choose wisely, or you may end up receiving an ugly quilt in the mail as a thank you present :-)

E xx

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

What you doin'?

Good morning lovely ladies, wherever you are!
If you're like me, you are waking up and trawling through your blog list to see who did what, while you were sleeping :-)

I have not done much on the sewing front, being back at work eats into sewing time in a dreadful way. Do you think If I asked really nicely they'd pay me to stay home and potter around my sewing room? And anyone who's says 'yes, it's called annual leave' is off my Christmas card list! Lol.

I signed up for a few things this year, which are a bit exciting for me. I was too scared to do this last year, but I really want to push myself and learn new things this year.
I have joined the Pile o Fabric skill building block of the month. It looks a little bit daunting, but also really stunning when finished. I'm toying with colour schemes. I need to pull my finger out though, because it's officially started and I dont want to be left behind. I'm going to play on the Palette Builder and see if I can come up with something I like. If that doesn't work, I'm just going to take to the shop and attack the piles of fabric with all my might. I want to go vibrant, but that's outside my comfort zone... Who am I kidding - just using this many fabrics in one hit is out of my comfort zone! I usually buy three or four fabrics and use them together - keep it simple. Instead I'm going to pick 4 colours in multiple values... Eeek! That's at least 12 different fabrics. OMG, what have I gotten myself into?

On a calmer note, I'm also doing the Giant Swoon Quilt Along happening over at the Hopeful Homemaker. I was origninally thinking this might be nice in yellows and greys, and then I could give it to a friend for a wedding present in November. But instead I picked these....
Yummy! I have yet to cut into it and get started. The maths is scaring me a bit. I'm think of deviating from the instructions and cutting strips and seeing if I can make it work that way... Maybe. I'll see :-) It's now going to be all mine and I'm keeping it for our Master bedroom.  Tonight is chopping night, so wish me lcuk!

And progress to report!  I've actually started on my Handstitched quilt.  It's not much, but it's getting there :-) I hate my stitching - it's so uneven and the stiches are different widths and different gaps... *grumble, grumble, grumble. To be fair to myself I've never handstitched anything properly like this before, so I shouldn't be too hard on myself.  I'm just grumbly becuase I'm using my nice fabric and I want it to be perfect!!

I had some time off over Christmas, and holidays are the worst as far as my fabric addiction goes. I spent so much time on fabric sites buying up a storm. Everything was on sale, how could I resist?? So far I have recieved 3 squishy packages and I am expecting more to arrive... I'm sure Ashley won't even notice... Maybe... It'll be fine!!

I really need to buy some solids, but I feel a bit lost, like I don't know where to start. So far most of the solids that I've bought have been from Spotlight, and I find they're not as high quality as I'd like. They tend to fray, and I really want these fancy new projects to be un-frayed. I'm kind of hankering for those fancy pants Oakshot shot cotton everyone's raving about.  Picture that in my Skill builder! Yum!

Now I've got to get to real work, so have yourselves a fabulous day! Talk soon.

E xx

Monday, 14 January 2013

Well hello there

I wanted to post something for anyone popping by from Beth's Monday link up (love her by the way! Such a sweetie and so freaking talented!)

I thought I'd let you all know that I signed up to do a quilt a long. This is a first for me, so I'm a bit excited. Not as excited as my Handstitched course, but I won't rave about that as you may start blocking my posts, as I've talked about nothing else for weeks!

So my quilt a long! I'm making a giant swoon. Jennifer at the hopeful homemaker ( is running it. Yes a GIANT swoon. I hope it will be amazing. I've got my colours picked... Or at least bought. I haven't cut them yet, so I could go crazy and change my mind at the last minute. It's happened before.

But for the moment my colours are blue and brown with creamy backgrounds.

Now to decide whether I want the blue or the brown in the middle. Originally it was going to be the blue as the focus with the brown surround, but now I'm leaning the other way... I think it might end up making the blue more striking to have it as the surround. I'm hoping it will be a lovely grown up quilt that I can have on my bed. I'm pretty sure I'll love it either way.

Anyway! I hope everyone is enjoying their week and that the sun is shining wherever you are - if not in the sky, then at last in your heart (ahh, how disgustingly sappy).


Handstitched Ahoy

Handstitched is a go go!! Any minute now (well tomorrow actually) the first class is going up and I can barely contain my excitement. I have a couple more things to get and I'll be set.

But do you want to see my fabric for the medallion quilt??? Well if you'll excuse the bad iPad photos, here goes!

I started with the Sew Mama Sew thinking daisies for the centre. I went out yesterday and bought some coordinating solids (Moda in Black, Ruby and Unbleached). I've also got some memoir there which I think matches nicely but I'm not sure how to add it in without it getting lost. We'll see as the class goes on.

I bought my floss and cotton for this project. I was a bit stressed out because I needed a certain size and I couldn't get me colours in that particular size. So I bought whatever they had. I know I'm an idiot, but I was trying so hard to be prepared!!

I also grabbed some embroidery floss. I grabbed a silvery grey specifically, because I figured that would tone in with the colours in sew mama, but I also grabbed some red, black and cream. I know I'll need it for other projects through this class, so I went ahead and grabbed any colour that struck my fancy. Some are a bit not me, but you never know what will strike as just right when you get into the sewing.

I grabbed some nice perl colours for other projects too.

Yes I had a big shopping day yesterday. And now I want to run out and find 2 things I missed and check in to see if they've had a cotton delivery since yesterday so I can get the right size perl.

Hope you're having a fabulous day!!

E xx

Thursday, 3 January 2013

What to do, what to do

Well so far the New Year is turning out FABULOUS.

I have spent the last two days pottering around in my new sewing space.

I have added the binding to one long outstanding project. I whipped out some pillow cases (no photos, 'cause I think they're ugly, but my SIL will like them for her new house) Then I stared at my pile of WIPs and UFOs and decided that they didn't look like any fun at all, but I REALLY wanted to keep sewing... So I pulled out some more fabric, from my gorgeously organised fabric stash and started chopping! Yay!!!

So I'm including photos of my gorgeous fabric choices. I've cut the big print into 11" squares. 11" I hear you ask. What a random number. Yes, yes it is. But I folded the fabric in four, and that's what I got. I really wanted big squares and I wanted the most out of this fabric - I think it's just so beautiful - So this was the absolute most I could stretch it out to.

And then I cut random width strips from all my other colours and started sewing them together, as improv-y as I could. My first ones are quite linear, it as I go on, I know they'll get scrappier and more organic, and then I'll just have to place them randomly mixed up.

I picture a checkerboard effect with big squares of print alternating with my choppy squares. I know it's not really original, but I think it'll be right for this fabric. I hope so, because it's all cut and ready to go!!

I took a picture before I finished my days sewing to show you the three squares I finished. I do like them. And number 4 is about halfway.

Does anyone else find that the improv style, sometimes takes more time than just working off a set pattern/block? I think it's because theres more thinking and each piece of fabric as you add it gets thought about... Also, this time, for the first time, because I love this fabric a lot... I am ironing after each seam. That is taking forever!! The first block I even ironed the seams opened, but I gave up on that after 1.

Oh, and all this sewing was in addition to stalking the Stitched in Color blog, waiting for Rachel to open registration for her Handstitched class. I was so anxious I was going to miss a spot. I checked every 20 minutes. Of course with the time differences I knew it wouldn't be quite when I would have put it up, but I waited and waited and waited and waited and waited and finally went to bed, and while I was sleeping... It appeared!

And reading Rachel's blog today, there are still spaces! So I needn't have worried, but Murphy's Law says if I hadn't I would have missed out - guaranteed.

But if you think this sounds like you, you should head to :
And sign up. (sorry it's not a proper link, I'm using the Blogger app and I can't do all the fancy pants stuff I normally do. Will fix it next week when I'm at work on a normal computer)

And for anyone who missed my Random Update, I want to say again, that I have been reading all your posts (it's what I do in the morning before I even get up) but the iPad has issues with adding comments. If I need to make a single correction it freezes me out and then makes me run around three times with my hands on my elbows... and that's before I even have to retype my comment. So I'm reading and excited with you all about what's been going on. I've seen lots of sewing, gift making, Christmas baking, baby announcements... Life has been busy for everyone, and please know, that I haven't ignored you, I've just been unable to talk back :-P

Welcome to the New Year, everybody! May it bring with it many blessings, and may your bobbins always be full!

E xx

Edit: the colours in my photos are terrible. The light downstairs is not good, and until I get back to a real computer, I can't load from my real camera, so the dodgy phone photos are all we've got. I promise it's prettier than it looks! E

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Random update

Oh! I wanted to let you all know that I have been keeping up with your blogs, even though I haven't been commenting. When I'm on my iPad it has issues when I try to comment. I am a bit over it, so have almost given up trying to comment.

I'm also linking up to Lily's Quilts. Small blog meet is the place to be peeps!!
(hoping this works from the blogger app)

E xx

A whole new year

Welcome to 2013!!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful festive season. Lots of sewing related presents for everyone :-)

I have had a quiet Christmas this year. We spent Christmas Eve with my family, Christmas Day with Ashley's family and then back to my family for an extended family do on Boxing Day. And then Ash and I spent last night with the neighbours for New Years, just watching the kids run around and drinking champagne til the dot of midnight at which point we gratefully said our goodbyes and staggered up the road back to our house and straight to bed.

I told you guys that I made some Santa sacks, so I'm including some photos, so you can see how cool I am. I also made one for my sister, and have fabric for one for me - ours are a bit more traditional, though. I think I'll wait till November and get into the Christmas mood again, before I get started on those.

Present wise, I got some lovely quilting books from my Mum, and my sister went to a sewing store and has proudly told me she bought every item that had the word "quilting" in it's name.

And Ashley took me to IKEA yesterday and bought me some new furniture to fill my new... Drum roll please... Sewing Room!!! Yay!!!

I have now moved all my stuff out of our dining room and we now have our family space back, which Ashley is very happy about. I've got myself some cupboards for fabric, and a desk for my machine, and a table just for cutting!! It's like heaven! I spent the afternoon sorting all my fabric into colour groups. LOVE. I still have to refold everything nice and neat, but it's close to perfect.

I saw on Pintrest that some people are using comic book boards to make mini fabric bolts, which I really want to do, so I'm on the hunt for boards.

I find it hilarious that this time last year I didn't even own a proper sewing machine! And now I have a whole sewing room! If you'd told me last year that I'd be this addicted to sewing I'd have laughed at you. And now I sew or read blogs or pin projects daily.

I don't know how much I achieved in 2012, but I enjoyed myself! I made a couple of quilts, some bigger and more successful than others. I made a soft toy. I learnt how to bind a quilt which meant that I bound a few pre made panels for all the little people around me. Hey! I learnt how to quilt! I learnt how to patchwork! I had never done either of these thing before, and that's the coolest of thing of all.