Friday, 18 April 2014

Paper Piecing Party – London Calling!

 I’ve been on a bit of a design kick lately – and it’s all thanks to Midge. She is Queen Wombat this month and chose the great theme of “London”. So I got busy coming up with some patterns! It so inspired me, I even jumped right in and made my block already!

Here it is! A London Guard.

London Guard

I think the textured prints really make him – Sketch for his hat, Raindrops for his jacket and a great braid-looking print for the strap and shoulders. I”m pretty pleased with how he turned out!
And for the curious – here are the other London patterns that go with him! They will be released later down the track.

London Calling Patterns

So that’s what’s been going on in my paper piecing world lately. How about yours?

PPPQP
Quick refresher on what the deal is with the Paper Piecing Party (full details here):
* It’s on every weekend here at Quiet Play, starting Friday.
* Link up something you’re working on that’s foundation paper pieced
* Link a blog post or flickr photo
* Visit at least two other links and leave a comment because that’s half the fun!


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Wee Wander Blog Hop – Bright Star Cushion


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I think I can safely say that if you’re going to purchase any fabric collection this year, Wee Wander by Sarah Jane should be it. It’s totally worth breaking self-imposed fabric fasts for! Such a beautiful line, beautiful feel to the fabric, and the colours! Divine.

So! Now onto my project to share for the Wee Wander Blog Hop! Some might have seen sneak peeks as I am planning to make a quilt of these stars… but of course it needs a cushion to go with it. And here it is!

Wee Wander Cushion outside
I fussy cut one of my favourite prints for the centre of the star (Summer Ride in Sea Foam), and then surrounded it with the beautiful Nature Walk blenders in pink, and the border in green. I should mention Sarah Jane has just released art prints that pair beautifully with Wee Wander including one that matches Summer Ride. So tempting!

Fussy cut horse

The star pattern is a variation on the Ohio Star – and naturally it’s paper pieced. I have listed the pattern for it in my Craftsy shop as a freebie for those who might like to try it. The pattern makes a 12” block. While there might be a few pieces involved, it’s quite easy to put together and totally worth it!

Bright Star Pattern

Needless to say, my Miss 3 has already claimed this for her “big number 4 birthday” next month – which is fortunate seeing as I did make it for her after all. (She also helped with the photos, a quilter in the making!). Now to get busy and get the matching quilt finished! Can’t wait!

Wee Wander Cushion in situ

Pop over and have a look at some of the other projects from the Wee Wander Blog Hop. And if you haven’t fallen in love with Wee Wander by the end of that, well I’m not sure we can be friends anymore. ;)

Quick link so you don’t have to scroll back through the text: Bright Star Pattern can be found here.
Happy paper piecing, quilty types!

Monday, 14 April 2014

Sometimes…


Sometimes… life doesn’t go according to plan. In fact, sometimes, life downright sucks.

So. Sometimes, you need to do something that’s just for you. A bit of a pick-me-up, or a cheerme. Something you’ve been planning for months but just haven’t gotten to yet.

Sometimes, it needs to be in indelible ink. Just to serve as a reminder.

Birds in Flight Silhouette tattoo

Sometimes, no wait... all the time, it’s worth it. Do what makes you happy.


It's so damn worth it.



ETA: I'm all ok! It's just feels like it's been a tough few months but I'm sure everything's on the up now! :) Thanks lovelies for caring! 

Friday, 11 April 2014

Paper Piecing Party– Stationery

 Oh dear. I have been a bit of a slack Bee member lately. I have just finished March’s block – now that it’s April. I’d better get busy and get onto April’s blocks so I feel less guilty. We all have those months right?! (and if you don’t, pretend that you do and nod sagely so I feel less alone in my quilt guilt).

So!! Jane has gorgeous kids – including two daughters who love all things Smiggle. For the non-Aussies, that’s a fabulous stationery shop – where everything is grouped by colour. Jane thought it’d be fun to try to recreate it. All the Wombats have made the same block, but in different colourways. So if you feel like you’ve seen this block before, you probably have. The other Wombats are far more organised than I am!

Smiggle Stationery Block

The other blocks have all been doing in one colour – but as there are only 6 colours in Smiggle-land, and 9 Wombats, some of us did rainbow ones. Clearly I went with rainbow ;)



Pens

Some fun prints to decorate the pens – bit of SunPrint and Good Morning Honeycomb totally fit the bill.

Scissors

And some more SunPrint, and Raindrops for this side of the block. I will happily admit that those scissors are not for the faint hearted. But they are worth the effort!

Now I had planned to list this pattern in my shop today, but I am having dreadful technology problems. It is all conspiring against me – from a laptop that won’t turn on (therefore I can’t access my pattern files!) to a printer that won’t print. Honestly. So um, yes, one day this will be in my Craftsy shop. I’ll keep you posted.

And with that mammoth effort at paper piecing this week, now it’s your turn to share what you’ve been up to!

PPPQP
Quick refresher on what the deal is with the Paper Piecing Party (full details here):
* It’s on every weekend here at Quiet Play, starting Friday.
* Link up something you’re working on that’s foundation paper pieced
* Link a blog post or flickr photo
* Visit at least two other links and leave a comment because that’s half the fun!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Rainbow Stars

So there has been some sewing happening around here – but a lot of it has been secret sewing! But as this quilt has now arrived at the recipient’s house, I can share!

So back story. I’m a part of the lovely Care Circle of do.Good Stitches. It just so happened two of our lovely members were expecting new additions at the same time! Naturally that meant secret squirrel sewing had to commence! For Jodi (of Tickle and Hide) we weren’t sure if she was having a boy or a girl, so a gender neutral quilt was needed. The beautiful Care Circle girls all quickly jumped on board, more than happy to help out with sewing blocks. They sent them my way, and I had the fun part to put them together into a quilt!

Without further ado, let’s look at some pictures!

Rainbow Stars quilt

We used this pattern (which is perfect for charm squares by the way) and obviously had a lot of fun with the rainbow blocks. I must say a massive thank you to the Care Circle girls for contributing to this quilt – and for not hassling me when I was a bit slower getting it put together with the unwellness of late. Didn’t they do such a beautiful job?!

I backed it with a bright cheery yellow print, matched with a yellow stripey binding. It makes me think of sunshine.

Yellow backing and binding

I’m pretty sure we can all agree that a new baby needs a new quilt – so it was a lot of fun to be able to work with some of my fave quilters to put this together for Jodi’s new little one!

Rainbow Stars

And yes – for the observant readers. I did mention two members which obviously means two babies and therefore two quilts… But with so little sewing of late, I figured I might as well split the posts up and I will share the second quilt next week. Suspense huh?!

Thank you gorgeous Care Circle gals – and to Jodi, a big congratulations to you and your family! Hope that you are settling in well with your darling little girl!

Friday, 4 April 2014

Paper Piecing Party - Giveaway!

..::Giveaway now closed! Winners are Jeanie and Lucy! Thanks everyone for entering! ::..

 Hi quilty types! I won’t bore you with the same old story of not much sewing happening here – instead this week we’re going to have a giveaway! Yay! Who doesn’t love a giveaway?!

So with my recent flare up of fatigue and joint pain, basting became pretty much impossible. I normally baste quilts with curved safety pins and even on a good day, that wreaks havoc on my joints. During a bad flare up – it’s completely out of the question! So I decided to try Pinmoors  - seeing as I did have quilts to baste and the basting fairy was nowhere in sight. I had heard good things about them and that they were ideal for people with joint problems. So I ordered a pack. Which arrived super speedily!

Pinmoors

I have to say – these are super easy to use. All you need is a packet of straight pins (and don’t we all have plenty of those laying around?) and these little pinmoors. I just went with a pack of 100 and found there were plenty to baste a cot size quilt. All you have to do is put the pin through the layers of your quilt and secure it with a pinmoor. Could not be easier!

Pinmoor in quilt

I rolled this quilt up, dragged it around, tossed it over my shoulder, left it rumpled on the table… and not a single pinmoor came loose. I’m impressed. The only slight issue I had was user error where I didn’t make sure I centred the pin in the pinmoor – hence this:

Oopsies

But that’s pretty easy to avoid really. It’s more a case of paying attention to when you’re pinning Winking smile Which really, we probably should be doing anyways when dealing with sharp pointy metal objects that can make us bleed.

I have since basted three quilts using these (will share these later!) and I will not be going back to curved safety pin type basting! I’m a convert. And because I was so impressed with how these worked, I emailed Loretta at Pinmoor and asked if she would like to offer a packet of Pinmoors for a giveaway! And she said yes! Yay!

So here’s your chance quilty friends! All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me what you love/hate about basting (seriously, does anyone love it?!).  Unfortunately due to horrid shipping costs, the Pinmoor giveaway is just for US people, but don’t worry. For the rest of us non-US people, I will offer a winner’s choice of 3 patterns/bundles from my Craftsy shop. So two winners! Yay! So leave a comment by Thursday 10th April (Aussie time) for your chance to win either a packet of Pinmoors (US) or your choice of 3 Quiet Play patterns (non-US). Clear as mud? Good. Get to commenting!

Oh and of course – don’t forget to link up any paper piecing madness you’ve been up to this week! It’s always fun to see what other people are working on!

PPPQP
Quick refresher on what the deal is with the Paper Piecing Party (full details here):
* It’s on every weekend here at Quiet Play, starting Friday.
* Link up something you’re working on that’s foundation paper pieced
* Link a blog post or flickr photo
* Visit at least two other links and leave a comment because that’s half the fun!


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Sew Kitschy - April Block

 April. Really? Better sit down and have a cup of tea to digest that bit of information. Which is handy, as our dear Betty (who we all love to hate and hate to love) is sharing her teapot with us today. Despite appearances of being hostess extraordinaire, she seems to have forgotten to set out the tea cups, so I do hope you won't mind bringing your own along. In compensation I'm pretty sure Betty will have whipped up some made-from-scratch cookies and scones in five thousand different flavours. So there's that.

Teapot

But back to the sewing discussion. Being the 1st of the month (in Australia - your turn will come soon rest of the world), it's time for a new Sew Kitschy block. I thought the teapot might make a nice addition to the collection of blocks so far. You can pop over to my Craftsy shop and download your copy for free. For the whole month. After that it'll be going on sale to fund my fabric habit. You understand, right? Or if you're super keen and just can't be bothered waiting on a new pattern each month, well feel free to pick up the entire Sew Kitschy bundle all in one hit.

Sew Kitschy BoM Patterns by Quiet Play

Head on over, download the pattern and get sewing! Then make sure you pop back here to link it up to share with your Kitschy Kin. I’ll pick two winners from the linky party to win their choice of 3 of my patterns from my Craftsy store – just some added incentive for linking up! Oh and do go check out other people’s blocks and leave a comment. We all love comments after all!

Happy paper piecing my friends. I do hope the pattern doesn't send you to drinking something a little stronger than tea ;)


Sew Kitschy