Sunday, July 31, 2016

Three French Hens tote bag


This was a really quick and easy project from my Finish Along 3rd Quarter goals, perfect for a snowy winter late afternoon/evening inside by the fire.


I adapted the free Pocket Tote pattern from Make It Coats - I used five fat quarters and some yardage of a blue gingham and a red solid - it took a little bit of extra maths but still came together quickly.



The feature fabric is a mash-up of lovely illustrations and graphics based on the song 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' and I love the three French hens that are shown (perhaps due to having a little collection of hens out in the backyard!)


The outside of the bag has pockets and it measures about 10" x 12" so is a nice size without being too bulky. I used dark aqua for the inner lining, and an aqua gingham for the pocket linings. The contrast fabric on the exterior is a deep grey colour that looks almost like a dark chocolate from some angles.


Huge "hello" to my quilting friends visiting via Kelly's Needle and Thread Thursday!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Easy As Summer (v2)


Another cot-sized quilt, the 'partner' to Version 1, both made from a charm pack of Kate Spain 'Terrain', using the 'Easy As 10' pattern by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobsen (aka Me and My Sister Designs).  I got the pattern from their book ' Simple Quilts, Easy As 1, 2, 3').

Measures 37" x 45"
The back is made from yardage of a lovely soft lavender paisley.

I used one of the built-in embroidery stitches on my machine, a line of loops, along the edges of the white sashing (just to try something different).


And in the charm squares I FMQ'd whatever motif I felt like - a flower, criss-cross, wonky lines etc - to 'match' the design in the fabric. The purple sashing strips have been quilted with a loopy stipple.


This is another goal completed from my 3rd Quarter list for the 2016 Finish Along!



A happy wintery "Hello!" from Southland to all my quilting friends visiting via Kelly's Needle and Thread Thursday (where I am excited to see she has selected my Mermaids quilt as a highlight from last week's linky party!!) and also to those visiting from Amanda Jean/Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday!




Friday, July 22, 2016

Merry Mermaids #2


I hadn't put away the leftovers from my first Merry Mermaids quilt and got the chance last week to do one of my Finish Along goals, whipping up a cot quilt (and there are still more leftovers to go!) I think the white sashings help enhance the lovely colours of aqua and apricot.


I returned to a Sue Pfau 'Quilts from Sweet Jane' design that I have used before (still a WIP) - called 'Jumping Jacks', with a slight adjustment to make it a shorter, more squared quilt cot.


For quilting, I did some FMQ of a wave motif in the half-square rows, and large wavy lines over the rows in between.


I love these little mermaids!



The backing is made from some strips of yardage, random widths. The quilt finished at 37"x 39".


Close-up of the fishy fabric...and the stars, and the stripes too.

I don't have a recipient in mind for this yet, someone will come along at the right time! It may well end up in a pile of donated cot quilts that I plan to take along to the Southland Hospital neo-natal unit (once I've got about eight or nine made up) if no-one else comes along to 'claim' it first.


Big "hi!" to visitors from Kelly's Needle and Thread Thursday or from Amanda Jean's Finish It Up Friday - I hope you've had a productive week too!

Merry Mermaids #1


The mid-winter sunshine was really bright, so it is a little washed out unfortunately, but as you'll read below, I had waited a long time to get photos of this finish, so wasn't going to wait any longer! (And the waterfront was busy with 'Pokemon' hunters everywhere so we felt a little out of place LOL!)


It is made from a lovely collection of 'Merry Mermaid' fabrics, picked up at the start of the year from a sale at Spotlight...couldn't resist!


Measures approx. 60" square.
I made the block-pattern myself, just using a 20.5" square block with different sized pieces of fabric, and making some similar-yet-slightly-different blocks by rotating blocks and alternating fabric selections (colour/designs etc).


I quilted all-over with a large stipple to help keep it soft. The binding is a solid dark aqua, and the backing is made from the whiter version of the starfish, fish & sea-horses fabric.


I finished this back in April, but didn't get a chance to take some nice photos of it as I wanted to put the quilt next to water of some sort but just haven't been near any nice stretches of water.  I knew the waterfront in Wellington would be easy access during our little holiday there last weekend and so took the quilt and camera with me!



One of my Napier sisters-in-law, Julia, was visiting us when down this way for the Southland Oyster Festival and bought it for her new grand-daughter (in Canada I think?) She didn't mind waiting until I had a chance to get some nice shots and I posted it off to her this week. 


We were so lucky...the weather in Wellington was more like Spring than Winter!

A big southern welcome to my blog visitors from Kelly's Needle and Thread Thursday or from Amanda Jean's Finish It Up Friday - have a great weekend.