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.