Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas Stocking for Fergus

Another tick on my to-do list for 2012 - the stocking for my brother's third son, Fergus Turnbull - this is his first Christmas...
Fergus and family are coming for a pre-xmas bbq on Sunday evening
so he will be able to take the stocking home with him!

Initial stages - I put most of it together last Sunday night.
Felt, completely hand-stitched, used a blanket stitch for most of it,
attached buttons and ricrac.

Decided on a gingerbread man to complement the
stockings made for Fergus' big brothers (see below).



Saturday, December 15, 2012

A bag for Rose

This week I finished up this little bag as a farewell gift for my work colleague, Rose Dickison; am very happy to say that she was delighted with it!

Made up the pattern by myself - the finished bag is 12.5" wide by 13.5" long,w ith 24"handles.

The fabric squares were from a charm pack of Moda Modern Workshop by Liesl Gibson for Oliver + S for Moda. The turquoise fabric is by Timeless Treasures Fabrics and I used it to line the bag too.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Quilter's Blog Hop Party Dec 2012

This competition is now closed - congratulations to entry #90 Lesley  who wrote:
I don't know much about New Zealand, but I love black and white fabrics, so I will learn a bit more geography if the giveaway gets mailed to my house! Thanks for the chance!
- five fat quarters to come your way soon! Merry Christmas everyone!

Hi all, welcome to my post for the Quilter's Blog Hop party, thanks for dropping by!

This is my first time as a member of a blog hop and I have a giveaway - as a proud New Zealander I thought it would be appropriate to have a black and white set of fat quarters (our national colour is black, and b&w also happen to be the school colours of the school where I work!)

To enter the draw please just leave me a comment telling what you love about NZ (if you live here) or what you know about NZ (if you are overseas).

The draw will be done when the blog hop ends on December 15th and I will contact the winner (if you have left your email address or can be contacted via your profile).

Just HAD to throw in this photo of my coral sunset peony roses!
This bush is coming to the end of its season, my red peonies are still in full bloom.
Please feel free to check out some of my posts...I have tonight begun making another bag (that I will hopefully finish tomorrow night), and gave my latest lap quilt finish a quick go-over with the iron (this photo is pre-iron!):
A farewell gift for my colleague of the last five years, Anne Johansen.
as well as folding up my daisy quillow:

A farewell gift for my colleague of the past two years, Abby de Groot
(who is heading to New York to live my dream life for me! Lucky girl!)
  Thanks again for viewing my blog! Have a good week!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Lime delight tote bags

Another 'matching' pair - used fabric packs bought online from Thumper Cat Fabrics and bought the plain green batik from Kits'n'Things in Invercargill.

'Small delight'- birthday gift for my awesome cousin Kaylee McNally! She tells me she LOVES it too!
                            size 12" x 13.5" - side a ...                                    and side b!

'Large lime delight' - birthday gift for Jodie Whitson-Morris!  
Bag size 13" x 15"                                  - side a...                         and side b.

 Some close-ups - used my own design,  both bags are lined with the green fabric, and I just patched and stitched in ditch for the larger bag, which has old curtain lining as the 'batting'/stiffening:

 For the smaller bag I used a proper batting as lining - this side has quilting on/around the circles and I echo stitched around the daisies...
 For this side I just stitched in the ditch...

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Daisies quillow for Abby

My lovely young colleague, Abby de Groot, is leaving us to head to New York to be an au pair and follow her dream of living in the Big Apple; I have loved working with Abby as she began her teaching career and we have had a lot of laughs together and she will be missed by all of us!

Abby with her quillow, signed by staff members of Edendale Primary School.
So when looking to make a farewell gift for her I just HAD to make something out of this very cool raspberry pink daisy fabric when I saw it at Kits'n'things in Invercargill!  Decided to make a quillow (a quilt that can fold into a pillow/pillow that opens into a quilt!)  Used a tutorial from A cuppa and a catch-up and it was quite a lot of fun.

Is a very busy mix of fabrics but that is okay...
A glorious Southland spring day!
The pocket at the bottom can be used as a foot-warmer.
(Everyone has written a message for Abby on the panel.)
Quilt is approx 48" by 64".
Pillow is 16'sq.
The 'front' of the pillow - daisy was fused
and then machine-appliqued. 
'Back' (can of course be used as the front).

Close up showing the backing - a mini daisy b + w print.

I stitched in the ditch for the main quilt panel, but the pillow front
is done separately so I used a free-motion daisy pattern
that I have learnt in the FM quilting challenge.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Am trying to finish something!!

Working in snatched moments to get some of these projects completed...or started!! So much for not starting new projects until I got rid of some of the WIPs!

Have batted and backed this and am having a go at quilting it on my trusty little machine.
Am going with straight lines to keep it simple. Looks great so far!

Have fallen in love with this daisy fabric so plan to try making a quillow.
Will do some cutting tonight while we all watch a movie.

At some stage I need to put together these giraffes!
And last weekend I picked this back up from my long-arm quilter - (this is the before photo)
so I am keen to get the binding on!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

New bag

Another bag creation - this time a gift for the awesome Glenys Macbeth (my ex-neighbour) who has a heart of gold and is also quite an absolute inspiration! 
Front - was based on a pattern called 'Cappucino Tote' by Marilyn Bell,
as printed in Australian Patchwork and Stitching magazine Vol 11 No 5.

Back - fabrics were from Spotlight

Craftsy BOM project

Finally had a chance to catch up with the July blocks and the August blocks for this Craftsy class; need to print out the instructions for the Sept blocks and Oct blocks and will try to get them done before the end of the school holidays.

Traditional dresden plate

Modern dresden wheel

Ohio Star

Double Star