Thursday, 19 June 2014

Another WIP

I have plenty of other things to do, but there are also many ideas brewing and all those lovely fabrics calling!

Here is my latest start, a jelly roll quilt using 'Honeysweet' by Fig Tree and Co.  I've adapted a variety of patterns to get this layout and it's looking great!

I have made most of the half hexies and just waiting to get some Kona Cappuccino for the contrast triangles before I start sewing it all into a quilt top.  It's going together very quickly.

I used my Jaybird Quilts' 'Hex N More' to cut out the triangles.

Linking up with 'WIP Wednesday' at 'Freshly Pieced'.  Thanks Lee!!

Friday, 13 June 2014

In the Blue

Today I'm sharing a project I finished nearly two months ago - I've been enjoying it selfishly so it is time to share the love...

It is the 'Garden District' pillow/cushion from 'Pillow Pop' by Heather Bostic.  This pattern is by Casey Yoder ('Little Miss Shabby') and it is a stunner of a design.

I used a variety of blues for the curves and a linen blend as the background.  The design is cleverly pieced and almost appears like a double wedding ring block.  I'm so impressed with it that I think I might make a DWR in similar colours for our bed.  The squares were quilted in the ditch and then hand quilted using variegated perle cotton in curves.

The back using a strip of 'Madrona Road' and the same linen.  The edges have been bound.  I had never done this for a cushion before but it was exactly like binding a quilt.

This is my third project from 'Pillow Pop' and I have plans to work through the book with the sew-along on 'ThreadBias'.  Two of my other projects are here and here.

I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for 'Finish it up Friday' again - see you there!

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

More Buttercups

A while ago I made a simple Buttercup bag from Rae Hoekstra's free pattern (here).  I've used it heaps and love most things about it.  Recently I needed to make two bags as gifts so took out the Buttercup pattern and added about 1 1/2" depth to it.

I added the depth to both the outer (lower) panel and the lining.  It worked out fantastically and was the only change I needed to make.

Both bags are made from Essex linen/cotton.  The grey bag is lined with a DSQuilts print while the tan bag has a Lecien print.

They were quick and easy bags to make and I was excited about giving them away until I was told that another gift had been organised.

Never mind .... I now have two lovely bags in my gift-giving stash... always a handy thing.  I'm sure they won't stay unused for long!

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Diamonds, Triangles and Hexagons

When our family was in Australia recently I was lucky enough to find a gorgeous little patchwork shop called 'The Patchwork Angel' near where we were staying on the Sunshine Coast.  I only say little because of what it looked like from the outside - inside was an amazing array of crafting delight!  I was also delighted that my husband let me find it!

Although the prices weren't that different to what we find in New Zealand (ie A$22/m for fabric - the exception being pre-cuts) the range of fabrics and notions was impressive!  I was delighted to purchase both a 'Sidekick Ruler' and 'Mini Hex N More' by Jaybird Quilts as well as some patterns to go with them.

I have used the mini to make the previously posted 'Sew Together' bag and had great fun making this 'Rock Candy' pattern with my new sidekick!  I have also made a 'Tasty Table Runner' last year using the usual 'Hex N More' ruler.

With this project I used a variety of V and Co fabrics ('Simply Color', 'Simply Style' and 'Color Me Happy') and Kona bleached white.  I love the print from 'Simply Color' that I chose for the binding.

Quilting it was fun - I used my walking foot and made orange peel style curves.  I possibly should have used clear thread rather than the Aurifil natural white?

I'm linking this up with 'Finish It Up Friday' at 'Crazy Mom Quilts'.

Also - I'm entering this in the Jaybird Quilts Sew Along hosted by Sew Sweetness.

I would love to hear about it if you have made something similar...  What Jaybird Quilts pattern should I try next?  I'm looking at the gorgeous work in the above pool and getting lots of inspiration!
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