Wednesday, April 20, 2016

WIP: the one with a nearly-completed bag!

Bags are not my bag, baby, so this is pretty exciting. Plus, my first bag from this book of patterns!


Fireside Bowl Bag

Saturday night, I had the pieces all cut out:

#sewmystash2016 April challenge at #saturdaynightcraftalong hosted by @barefootcrafter

I spent most of Monday fitting it all together - it's not too difficult, although I probably need to change a few things up.

Nearly done! Just waiting for the swivel hooks to arrive - I had the wrong size and the wrong type.

A little #cottonandsteel for the day off!

I'd like to do this again, but with leather as the 'contrast' fabric. Pattern is by Sew Sweetness, from her book 'Big City Bags'. And it's certainly a pretty damn big bag - very roomy inside!

Plain Jane Passcaglia

Another rosette centre is done:

The morning commute. Much easier when it's a decently long trip. #plainjanepassacaglia

I've kind of decided to go off the pattern; I'm not going to follow her structure, just going to fit my own together and finish it up. I don't think I have the staying power to complete it that way.


1. baby quilts for twins
2. baby quilts for sibling brothers (one was born just this morning - and mum and baby are all good - yay!)
3. Scrappy Log Cabins

Thursday, April 14, 2016

WIP Wednesday: the one on Thursday

So I'm a day late.


I put a post in for the 2016 Q2 Finish-a-long, listing the projects I aim to finish from April to June. Yes, there are a lot of them!

However, I've already completed one!

This fabric has been sitting around in my stash since 2009. At first I didn't know what to make with it; then I realised I wasn't as fond of the fabric as I initially thought. Then my style and ouvre changed and I couldn't think of a pattern I could do that would suit... And then it just got stashed away somewhere to gather dust.

Finish along 2016 Q2

I resurrected it a couple of years ago to make a quilt for an online friend who's gone somewhat AWOL in the last couple of years; I'm just not sure it's in her ouvre either!

Anyway, it's done.


Back it, quilt it, bind it, send it off!


#SewMyStash2016 has a bag challenge for April!

I've had my eye on making something in Sara Lawson's "Big City Bags" for a couple of years now - ever since I won the book in a random draw! I'd like to make one of the bigger bags, but figured I'd start small-ish.

Goals. I has them! #sewmystash2016

So that's going to be my project for the next week! We'll see how it goes.


Also in the meantime, some scrappy log cabins with 2.5" scrap strips (mostly left overs from bindings and other jelly roll projects). Not sure I particularly like the look, but it's simple and easy to do, and makes some really good scrap quilts to give away.

Finish along 2016 Q2

May need to slice a few more coloured strips for the right colour mix...


A friend and I have been thinking about the state of the WIP Wednesday, and were thinking of running a regular WIP Wednesday link-up - most for Australians, but this is the intarwebs, so really for anyone who wants to get involved.

Still in thinking process, although we'll probably talk about it on the train tonight.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Q2 Proposed Finishes (Finish-Along)

So, things I propose to finish this quarter:

1. The Snowflake Quilt (I kind of have to; it's been entered in the Sydney Quilt Show 2016)

2. Never Did The Quiltmath
Not convinced this quilt is going to work quite the way I envisioned... #neverdidquiltmath

3. Elizabeth In Wonderland (so named after several comments on Instagram)
#saturdaynightcraftalong with @barefootcrafter

4. Large Log Cabin - top

Finish along 2016 Q2

5. Friendship Supernova (extended version) - top

6. Drunkard's Path - top
"I'm feeling like a Monday, but someday I'll be Saturday night..." What I would be doing in the #saturdaynightcraftalong with @barefootcrafter, if not for the fact that I'm utterly wiped out...

7. Valley of the Kings - top
Finish along 2016 Q2

I won't get them all done, but I might as well list them so I know what I should be working on in the coming months!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

2016 Finish: La Trivetiata

I've forgotten the name for these things... Oh, wait. Trivets! They're called TRIVETS.

At least they are around here. Don't know what other people call them.

The fabric has been sitting around since 2011, when I first started a quilt for my mother using RK's Imperial Collection 7 (I think). I trimmed down the tiny HSTs, sewed them together and then took forever to finish binding them. I'm awful that way.

Also, my old machine (a Brother NS50, which I originally was using for dressmaking when I turned to quilting) wasn't good for binding. My new machine (a Juki) binds quilts like a damn Trojan! (Or maybe it should be a Spartan? THIS IS BIIIIINDIIIIINGGGG!!!)

But they are FINISHED!

2016 Q1 Finishes

(And yet again, I have to work out what to do with them. They were to be a gift for a friend when I started them, but that boat has kinda sailed...)

Linking up to the 2016 Finish-Along!

Rhonda's [Quilt] Ramblings

2016 Finish: Honey Honey

At some point in the past, I may have given this quilt a cutesy name. However it's been so damn long that I don't actually remember what I called it.

2016 Q1 Finishes

The fabric is Kate Spain's Honey Honey from, oh, 2013? 2014? And the cream is (I think) Bella Solids (but I don't remember the colour). That's how long ago I did it, and how little I remember of it!

It's been sitting around with a backing and a batting for ages, and I simply didn't get to quilting it. I wanted to quilt it myself because of the large amounts of negative space, except...time. And opportunity. And a whole bunch of other things. Not least of which I decided that, having made this, I didn't actually like the fabric and colour choices anymore...

I am, however, quite proud of the quilting:

2016 Q1 Finishes

So, it's done, it's bound, and I have to work out what to do with it. Possibly give away as a gift? I feel kind of bad giving something away that I'm not satisfied with, even if it's a question of style and taste, and not one of quality.

Linking up to the 2016 Finish-Along!

Rhonda's [Quilt] Ramblings

Intulawoven - all done!

Got it bound a couple of weekends ago, photographed, and ready to show!

Literally ready to show, since I entered it in to the Sydney Quilt Show. Now to see if they accept it!

Pic of the front:

2016 Q1 Finishes

Pic of the back:

2016 Q1 Finishes

Pic with house:

2016 Q1 Finishes

I think I'm keeping this one. It's just too pretty to give away. (I could be wrong. I was going to keep 'Swarm', too.)

The post about making this top is here.

Linking up to the 2016 Finish-Along!

Rhonda's [Quilt] Ramblings