Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sunday Stash

This weeks purchasing is brought to you by the lovely angels at Quilthome
I always check the stock at Quilthome if I'm looking for something that is generally starting to run low everywhere online as chances are they usually still have yardage when other are out.
However this time it was the word SALE and Amy Butler combined that caught my attention

We have a weird relationship Amy and I, I love a lot of her fabrics but not usually a whole line, that's normal on a lot of fronts, but outside of her dots ,spots and stripes I find her fabrics difficult to mix with other designers colours and styles.....I don't know why?

I still like to buy these prints and stash them....maybe I'm not listening to their voice properly and trying to make them play with other fabrics they simply don't like?

The colours are just so vibrant that I find it quite hard to resist........I am a weak fabric shopper, sometimes I think it's just that I like to think I'm staunch and go no no I don't need that new line and then when it's almost run out I have to have some....ridiculous!!
Linking up with the Divine Molli Sparkles
Molli Sparkles

Friday, March 28, 2014

Finish It Up Friday

I have been doing some stuff...although you probably can't tell from the big gaps on my blog datewise....sometimes I just forget to blog about them, or mostly I just simply don't have enough hours in the day....familiar reason anyone?? Especially when I have a bajillion children...OK only 4 and 3 of them are sort of self sufficient...I use that term loosely...teenage boys.
Anywhooo...waffle waffle one of the really fun things I do get to do is pattern test for Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts

This is her latest pattern Bright Sky, go and read all about it....I'll wait.....

It's an awesome pattern with really easy to follow instructions, now tweaked a smidge to allow for extra wiggle room and bias edges, but what appeals to me is that it is a great one for a feature print and/or a select few prints of a favourite line.

Perfect as a go to gift......go buy it I guarantee you'll use it more than once
I also finished and posted off February's Stash Bee blocks for Hive#1...yes I said February that's why I've done more than the regulatory single block, hope Gwendellyn likes them
Scrappy heart tutorial here

 St Louis 16 Patch block tutorial here
  Cross Stitch block tutorial here
Fabric bribery for being soooo I think it may be handy to have more scraps from the blocks people send you just so your quilt can be easy to mix together using other peoples fabric,taste and style
March blocks are one and a half done....sooo much fun once you get into it and funnily enough I really enjoyed the drafting aspect with graph paper....who woulda thought??
And these pictures are just for fun because although it's Autumn the weather has been amazing and I know Winter is Coming....mwahaha only funny if you are a Game of Thrones nut ;)

Have a lovely weekend!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

WIP Wednesday

Am I the only one who likes taking photos or looking at little piles of shnizzles...that's what I call the little shavings you get when squaring up half square triangles?

They look so pretty...even if the job is mind numbingly boring, but you are oh so happy with yourself when you sew them together and everything know you smirk to yourself...No?...,just me?
If you haven't already, invest in a small spinning mat it makes the job sooo much easier when you can spin the block in front of you while catching up on all the TV you've missed and recorded but never sat down to watch and now the MySKY is filling up.....come on I know I'm not the only one here

The one I have is a Fiskars 8" mat and seems to be the best size for most of my trimming needs, anything larger I would do on my cutting mat.FYI schnizzles are from a WIP flying geese quilt, that hopefully I can show you some progress on soon.
Excuse the shiny weird night time photos...what's that about? This is a baby quilt WIP and it's to a colour scheme chosen by the new Mummy to be

Doesn't chain piecing and lining everything up in a row make you feel productive and organised?

She's a significantly younger mum than me ,cough cough and very arty and talented in her own right so I was surprised and delighted when she chose quite retro, vintage, granny chic colours.
Brown,Cream, Deep Salmon and a lovely green which on the colour card is called "Hippie Green"

It was fun going through my stash to see what fitted the bill, Bluebird Park lemon...perfect

Some FMF, Denyse Schmidt and a gorgeous voile that I forgot I had even stashed, with Kona Snow ( I think) as the complimenting solid.....I'm doing a kisses block with 5" squares and 2 1/2"solid squares, to get a not too skinny or chunky Kiss.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

In Between Stuff - Otherwise Known as Getting Sidetracked

So while on holiday pre - Christmas I bought this magazine 
 With the intention of doing this quilt, or if I'm totally honest at least starting it....have I started it?...No
Then I saw this!! Jen Kingwell is amazeaballs!! I am a huge fan and definitely have two of her patterns on my quilty bucket list ...her colour choices are just spot on, but it's her hand piecing that is superb.
So instead of starting a big quilt to add to the teetering pile of WIP's I did this, I haven't decided what it will be yet when it grows up but it soothed my sad heart and wandering ditsy brain, that seems to have the attention span of a gnat...side effect of grief apparently 

Lets keep it real I am not likely to hand sew the curved hearts or even machine sew them, but I love the idea of these words surrounded maybe by scrappy hearts or even just repeating this word over and over off centred on a plain white background?...Watch this space