Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Dad's quilt

Approximately three years ago I started making a quilt for each of my parents to give to them for their fiftieth birthdays that year.
I completed Mums one last year and now I have finished my Dads just under three years late.
I used a Simply Style jelly roll by V and Co. I tried to use the least floral strips and left out all the pinks and purples.

I have backed it with flannel. The animals in their glasses and bow ties remind me of little animal maths teachers. My Dad is a maths teacher so I thought it was very fitting.

I had a few mishaps with this quilt. I ran out of grey fabric and to make it big enough I added two black squares with a very similar grey. Then after washing it I was just checking for loose treads to trim off and I noticed a hole in a seam next to one of these plain grey blocks, so I was ironing it to make it lay flat before I hand sewed the hole shut and the fabric melted. I dont know what it was and where I found it but it had a big melted patch about the size of a fifty cent piece.
I sewed some hexies over it and called it a day.
This is a photo my Dad sent me. You can see the hexies in this photo.
Dad is so pleased with it. I told him about my melting mishap as I cannot lie. His favourite part was that I stitched the year along one edge, it is very tiny. I am not one to put labels on my quilts. That may change and I may regret it later but it is what is right for me at the moment.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Crochet corners

Each week I visit my neighbours for craft night. Usually I bring my own thing but sometimes they teach me something new and we work on a project together.
I was interested in crocheting edges on tea towels, face washers etc so each week Laura would show me a new design.
This was great, I learnt a lot but the problem was with no pattern I had a hard time giving them away because I had to look at them to work out how to do it again.
So in an attempt to declutter I have taken photos of a couple of my favourites and will be storing them here so if I want to make these edges again I will be able to find them.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Vintage Rainbow Competition

Rachel at stitched in color is doing a vintage rainbow mosaic contest, I have always been interested in her mosaic contests and this one is open internationally so I thought why not give it a try.

This is my version of vintage rainbow. Perhaps I should have added a solid but prints feel so vintage to me.

Saturday, 9 January 2016

What do you fancy? Mr Fox

I made this quilt for a friend from high school who is due to have a baby boy any day now. It was pretty easy and I completed it over two days although it could be easily done in one day. I kept the quilting minimal. Next I want to make Hazel Hedgehog for another friend.

Sunday, 27 September 2015


Earlier this year I signed up to three swaps on instagram as well as the hexie flower swap.
That was before everything in my life went wrong at the same time.
I have sent off and received packages for the dog mini swap and the unicorn swap. I will post photos of what I received on a later date. I forgot to take photos of the packages I sent because I was so excited. Unfortunately the dog swap never arrived and I am still waiting for the unicorn one to arrive but I am expecting it to take a while to get to Brazil.

I am finally getting back into the swing of things so I will show you the fabric postcards I sent off last week. The swap was make three fabric postcards and send them to three different partners. You will then receive three postcards from three different people.

Two of them are going to the UK and one is going to Canada. I was a bit worried posting them because you don't put them in an envelope you use them as an ordinary postcard. I sent them last week so they wouldn't have arrived yet.

I have received one so far. Last day for posting is on Wednesday so I still have a bit of waiting time especially because they will probably be from overseas.

This one arrived all the way from Snodland in the UK. It's Monopoly inspired and I love it.
Big thanks to @Pascaleion.

I am going to give up on swaps as I find them stressful but I am going to stick to the hexie flower swap although I am a little behind on that at the moment.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

June Flowers

 Here are the flowers I have sent to my partner.

She asked for flowers with pink or purple petals and neutral centres. I hope she likes them.

I have yet to receive any flowers so I will show you the ones I have made myself.
I have asked for pastel petals with a fussy cut centre.

I haven’t been totally true to this theme as I wouldn’t count all of mine as pastel. Also some of my centres are more memory fabrics rather than fussy cut but its my quilt I can do what I like.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap

May was my first month in the inchy hexagon flower swap
I have asked for pastel petals with a fussy cut centre.
My partner asked for bright solid petals with black solid centres. 

I hope she likes them.

My plan is to make the required two for my partner and two for myself each month. In may month I made myself three so I'm already ahead.