Friday, February 19, 2010

Fabric Shopping

A bit of fabric shopping I did recently... from fabricworm.

Anna Maria Horner Voiles for little girls dresses, super soft, I wish I'd bought a bigger piece for me. I would love to make a supersoft quilt from these as well.

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Kei dots in red, aqua and yellow, plus some more Anna Maria Horner for a secret project.

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Alexander Henry Owls, this is a decorating weight fabric that I'm going to use to recover the laundry basket in Beth's room.

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This will be the last lot of fabric I buy for a while. Need to do some saving and stash busting so any purchases will be for specific, in progress projects.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Picnic Time

OK we need to find an excuse to go for a picnic, I've finally finished the picnic blanket.

Made from a combination of old and new fabrics and layered with a piece of heavyweight fleece which I hope will keep out the damp should we picnic on damp grass. Quilted simply in the ditch and on the diagonal across each block.

I pillowcase turned the blanket rather than binding, that's not something I will be doing again as it was impossible to quilt without it bunching up and creasing but hey, it's onlt going to be laid on damp ground and have food rubbed into it so I'm going to relax about that. Anyway with the combination of fabrics it's bound to wash up wonky anyway.

Here it is. I'll try and get back with some pictures of it in use soon.

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and all tied up for storing and travel

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Twenty-Ten, 2010, New Year, New List

I actually started writing this post on December 31st, oops. These are the projects I would like to finish this year - eek. A couple are hangovers from last year, but many are new, and for a change this year, many are for ME.

1. 4 Pieced and Sandwiched Quilts ready for Quilting.
- Picnic Quilt (Vintage FQ swap fabrics) DONE
- Aunt Bec's Nine Patch for Beth's Bed (Pinks and Greens)
- Hungry Caterpillar for Beth ON THE MACHINE NOW
- Purple Quilt (Possible Hand Quilting Project)
2. New Quilts Planned
- Rainbow Quilts x 2
- Baby Dear Jane
- Flannel Quilts for winter snuggling on the sofa x 2 (Anna Maria Horner Fabrics)
- 3 Quilts for Gifts (one pattern purchased, nothing else so far)
- EB Newbie Quilters Round Robin to piece and complete (Fabrics all ready to go)
- Quilt for Hannah - couple of fabric options - thinking yellows, blues and pinks.
3. Other Sewing
- MIP Uptown Girl jacket for Beth
- New walls for the cubby house
- Trousers for me

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Our little Hannah

Hannah Olive arrived in a hurry on the 16th of January, the last 4 weeks have passed so quickly with family visits and spending time with both of my beautiful girls that I haven't posted for far too long!

Here she is with her big sister:

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She's fitting into the family beautifully, sleeping lots and much loved by all, included her big sister who keeps asking for more cuddles and has been very gentle. Luckily she's been well entertained by grandparents for the last few weeks! But life without Hannah is becoming a distant memory for all of us already.

p.s. Hannah arrived just 7 minutes after the new baby elephant at Melbourne Zoo who we went to see yesterday.

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Snuggly Quilt

I made this snuggly quilt which incorporates bits of minky and chenille fabric for extra softness. It was supposed to be for snuggling on the sofa when it gets cooler but B has decided that she will sleep with it now!

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I think she likes it :)

I cut the pieces so that they would fit together to make 6 inch squares, then sewed together strips of 6 inch squares and then sewed the strips together, no pattern, just laid everything out on the floor and I think it worked pretty well.

The quilting isn't great, I used boy and girl templates bought from Amitie, most of the print fabric came from Amber at Fresh Fabrics, the minky and chenille from Gail B's and the backing and binding from Amitie.