Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Happy Happenings

I was so surprised and happy after my rainbow quilt came out last month in Love Patchwork & Quilting to be contacted by Lecien Fabrics, who provided all the fabric for the quilt, asking if they could take the quilt to Salt Lake City for their Quilt Market booth.

Seriously! I cannot describe the way I felt when they posted this photo online. Never in my wildest imaginations did I think something like this would happen.


Sunday, 29 May 2016

The Most Pieces Ever

I made a quilt that will come out in Love Patchwork & Quilting that will appear in an issue in the autumn. It had more pieces in it than any quilt I have ever made. But due to the previous quilt turning into a planning and pattern writing nightmare I really thought this one out before I even started cutting fabric. In fact -  miracles of miracles - I even cut all the pieces out before I started sewing and I was the chain piecing champion here in this household for a few days.

There are almost 1,000 pieces in this quilt top. And I absolutely love it. For such a 'busy' quilt it was far more easy to make than I expected it to be.

And even how I wanted to quilt it came to me as I finished it up. I usually hit a road block at that point but not this time.

And I have got to say, I can not wait to show it to you.


Saturday, 28 May 2016

A Mini Mini

Make Modern Magazine in Australia put up a challenge on Instagram that I couldn't resist. Mostly because it was a quick and easy challenge and I could avoid doing what I was supposed to be doing.

Make a mini - really mini- quilt. Six inches or smaller. I dug through my HST off cuts and a quick play produced this.

I had so much fun doing this that if I have a mind to ignoring what I am supposed to be doing again I think I know how to distract myself.


Monday, 23 May 2016

Small Is Good

Lots going on here and I do have the best intentions of telling you about it. I'm just kind of buried under work right now. And as I have a lot of stuff to get done before I disappear 'up north' for a week next week, and then for much longer in the summertime I have been prioritising. Blogging took the brunt again.

I have made my smallest quilt ever though. Mostly because I have been head down and working so much that yesterday I broke and just made something because I could.

I used HSTs that were offcuts from a quilt I made for Love Patchwork & Quilting a while ago. They finished at 1" in this little mini. Then some FMQ matchstick quilting to make all those little triangles of colour pop and my playtime was over. But it makes me smile and it was fun to make. It works with that almost instant satisfaction thing that I do so like.

So today I write patterns, and make dinner, and take Helen to the paediatrician (where she was fully discharged to continue healthily on in the world, thank goodness), and finished a quilt that has almost 1,000 pieces in it. Yeah, that would be the one that has been keeping me busy. Just have to write a pattern for it this week. Fun!

Just to note, I like the making bit, not the pattern writing bit.


Sunday, 8 May 2016

May Was A...

... Good month for me.

I got to appear in not one but two magazines for the first time ever.

If you look closely you will see that a little insert photo of what I made in the issue is on the cover too. Never in my life would I have thought these things would happen to me. I am so not too cool for school. I'm more of the squealing, happy nerd sort.

And there you have it, my Lecien Rainbow Quilt made with all those cuts of Ls Modern Basics, and my Circles cushion made for the PCSwap I participated in.

I'll tell you a little secret too. The quilt has gone on a little visit to Lecien. They liked it and asked to borrow it. (Another stupidly geeky girlie squeal from me then.)