Saturday, December 31, 2011

WIP Challenge

AJ has set a challenge, 12 WIP in 12 months. A WIP is "work in progress" and I have alot of them.  Rules in full here. Plan is that everyone will stay on track and some sewing rooms will be decluttered, yipee. Will link up my WIP with WIP Wednesday to keep on task.
My WIP List is on the side, in no particular order I would like to complete -->

1 & 2 - Castle Peeps, made using Mix Tape pattern, I made all the blocks and there's enough for 2 single bed quilts, I just need to sash them together, backing has been bought and I really want to see them finished and on the kids beds.
3 - Oliver's nautical quilt, (not that we live by the sea anymore), no pattern for this but I have a heap of fabric to play with, I made rows of flying geese to run parallel, not really sure why. No stress with this one, will be fun.
4 - Pink 9 patch, this was a quilt-a-long with Amanda Jean back in 2009, I'm not even sure where this is? Most likely to not complete, just being realistic, and if I do finish it (miracle or miracles) I will use as a teachers gift or donate somewhere.
5 - Huts, I really want to finish this one, the quilting will bring it to life and I fancy a bit of free motion. Looking forward to seeing this on my wall.

6 & 7 - Half Square Triangle quilts, I have 2 here that just need sandwiching and quilting, small size I could finish in a weekend? These would be make cute wall hangings or maybe a Christmas gift?
8 - Green Bento Box / half log cabin quilt, all the strips are cut and I think one block sewn?
9 - Neptune hourglass quilt, this was a jelly roll that I started, not to keen on finishing so will have to push myself.
10 - Black, white and teal quilt, this just needs the binding to be hand sewn down on.
11 - Pink and green squares, single bed top that just needs to be sandwiched and quilted then will be donated for a raffle prize somewhere someday.

12 - Queen Bed floral kit, the florals maybe a tad outdated but nice and bright. I bought the kit maybe 5 years ago?
13 - Oval Table Cloth. I started this on Boxing Day so will count as a WIP, my MIL asked for an oval tablecloth with an elasticated edge, plan to have finished for Christmas 2012.
14 - Another Christmas WIP,  Santa Sacks. I finished Stuart's in time for 2011 but just ran out of time for the other 2. Promised the kids I would have done for Christmas in July.
15 - Placemats Modern Style. I bought the fabric and mapped out the pattern, yet t do anymore.
16 - Sock Monkey birthday party table decorations. Don't ask.
17 - Assortment of Softies, really need to finish the platypus for Cate and work on some smaller bunnies.
18 - Christmas Stars, another started on Boxing Day!
17 - Walk in the Woods. Simple layer cake patch quilt for Cate's bed, I hope this will be my first finish for 2012, started piecing it last night.
19 - Twiggy, Emma has been politely mentioning this quilt for some time
20 - Couch cushions, have a heap of upholstery fabric picked out, just need to cut and sew.
I know there's more, most on here are largish projects, I hope to meet AJ's challenge of 12 WIP in 12 months but don't think I will get 1 a month completed but here's hoping!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Walk in the Woods

When out shopping for Christmas presents for my mum and sister at Ballarat Patchwork, Cate picked out a layer cake "Walk in the Woods" by Moda. I love this Aneela Holey print, I missed out on the Sherbet Pips bandwagon so hopping on now with Walk in the Woods. Fox anyone?
I was trying to find a layer cake pattern that will allow some prints to be used as a feature and others as border or in the background, while browsing flickr Cate unwrapped the layer cake and positioned her squares out. No cutting or piecing required, she wants them left big. And quilted in rows. And I can start right away. And she told me to tidy my messy room. Bossy boots.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all my blog readers, I hope you have a happy day. Xx

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Little Donkey...and some horses

I found the dream spot to build my country mansion. Stunning area, just perfect.

Too bad the only ones who get to appreciate the lovely views are some horses and two precious donkeys. We need about 20 acres, and agreed we would get a pony, some alpacas and a dog. And lots and lots of cats. Now I need to add a donkey to the list. I had 2 bags of carrots with me (like all good country people), we really needed a 10 kilo bulk bag; have added to my shopping list.

Shy at first but happy to say hello, Cate starts pony lessons in a few weeks, she wants to ride but just enough to walk around, she plans on having a shepherd dog to round up her lone sheep?? Funnily enough I found her a riding instructor at the local patchwork shop, I wonder if I could pay her in fabric?

Another visit planned for Christmas morning, I've told her that Santa will NOT be bringing her a horse this year.   

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Quilted Christmas Cushions

I made some simple quilted cushions for my MIL's couch, one is 14" and the other 16". I'm not sure why I made one smaller than the other?

Cate picked the fabric, reminds her of lollies. No linking up for WIP till the 4th of January.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


I love checking out other peoples blog rolls. My blog list on the side is mostly craft but on bloglines I have a mix of home renovations, overseas adoption and guinea pig couture. One thing I don't subscribe to is any of housekeeping blogs, the ones that offer cleaning tips and how to keep your home ultra tidy and uncluttered. Tip #1 is to make your bed as soon as you get out of it, how do you do that when you have a cat who likes to sleep in? Automatic fail.

I came across one blog yesterday and the writer confessed that they used to scrapbook but don't have the time now as they need to keep there house tidy and manage there blog, yikes!

Monday, December 19, 2011

EBDQS5 - Little Apples

I received my EB Doll Quilt! I can't believe there have been 5 swaps, not that I have participated in them all. I find it hard to commit but this one had an extra long time frame which was perfect. Little Apples; love.

Made by Caz, its just the cutest doll quilt. The red, grey and aqua are perfect for my sewing room, I love this print range, its just a wonderful quilt, it makes me so happy.

The machine quilting is fab, I love the circles around the centre piece and the stippling is uniform, you would never believe Caz was not an experienced free motion quilter.

Thanks Caz, it's perfect. And thanks to AJ for organising another terrific swap. xx

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Blog revamp

I have revamped my blog a tad, special thanks to Emma for my new banner. Meet Electric Bunny, she's still being tweaked but ultra cute, made from recycled 100% wool blankets, so soft and cuddly. Still yet to make her offspring.

I've not blogged for 6 months, so much has happened, sadly not much quilting but I in short I made 3 outfits for the school play that Oliver was in, Cate competed in 6 dance competitions and sat her grade 1 ballet exam, the kids all celebrated another birthday and last month we moved interstate to the craft capital of Victoria... sunny Ballarat!