Thursday, 10 April 2014

So much to tell!

Sorry I've been somewhat absent of late, it's been a busy few weeks!

It's been a little man's third birthday…


And a little miss's baptism…


I was crazy enough to have a combined celebration at my house a few weeks ago. It was great to have to many family and friends able to join in our special moments. 

By the end of the party all the balloons had been pulled together into one bunch, and I just loved how they looked…


In the last few weeks I've been busy quilting…


And stitching…



Alex's little 'disappearing 9 patch' is finished, and it was the perfect gift for his third birthday. I've taken better photos of the finished quilt but will have to share with you another time as I'm currently interstate and just realised I forgot to upload the photos onto my computer before I left home!

The stitching above is now finished, and again I'll have to share pics of the completed block when I'm back home. I felt honoured to stitch a block for Rosalie Quinlan to be part of a sample of her latest quilt 'Simply Blessed'. I really enjoyed throwing myself into this stitching, it's a lovely design and the variegated thread I was sent looked beautiful against the cream linen. I sent Rosalie the completed block earlier this week, then quickly got myself and the kids organised for our little holiday… busy days! It's also looking like I'll be going back to work once I get back home, so that will be an interesting juggle of all things life! 

Here's a last pic of my cheeky children, snuggled up under Alex's new lap quilt…


Until next time xx



Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Losing motivation...

I've been stitching away over the last couple of weeks and have made some headway with the stitcheries for Alex's quilt.



But I'm losing motivation… do you have times your 'mojo' just seems to disappear? I go to work on another project as a change, but then I feel like I really should be pushing through with this project… so I end up doing nothing.

Hopefully I'll be back with progress soon :)

Until next time x

Friday, 7 March 2014

Confession...

I've been hiding something from you… I have used my 'new start' credit and started a new project...


Alex loves cuddling up on the couch with my lap quilt, so I was inspired to make him his own. I've gone for a 'disappearing 9-patch' in nice bright colours and featuring a cute car pattern. There's a good tutorial over at Cluck Cluck Sew if you're interested in a tutorial for this pattern. I've completed the quilt top and so just need to get time to tack then machine quilt this one and I'm done. Alex's birthday is at the end of this month so with any luck it will be a special gift for him :)

Talking about my cheeky little monkey…


Can't believe he's nearly three! My babies seem to be growing up so quickly - Sofia is almost 7 months and starting to be able to sit by herself


Back to sewing… I've also offered to make a cushion cover for a friend's little boy. He's just started kinder and needs to take a little cushion to school for nap time. He's asked for something "black and orange with a little bit of green"so I thought the disappearing 9-patch idea would work perfectly for this project also. Here is what I have so far:


I quite like the effect! I just need to add a black strip down one side, add his name and then attach to some backing fabric.

March is shaping up to be a pretty busy month… interstate and overseas visitors, Sofia's baptism and Alex's birthday to organise for, as well as getting the above two projects completed. I'm also really hoping to get a softie made for Alex's birthday but that might be wishful thinking at this stage. Now just to figure out what special gift I can make/buy for Sofia for her baptism - any suggestions?

Until next time xx

Thursday, 20 February 2014

A stocking for Alex

I thought I'd share this beautifully stitched Christmas stocking my Mum made for Alex.


It's a Shepherd's Bush pattern ("Harry's stocking") stitched on aida Mum had in her stash, and therefore smaller than other completed Shepherd's Bush stocking I've seen. The stitching was all done in December, and on Christmas eve I cut it out and roughly sewed it together but it wasn't properly finished with the binding until a couple of weeks ago.



Mum has launched straight into sewing one for Sofia (using Shepherd's Bush "Sophie's stocking" pattern) rather than waiting until the last minute this year! I've also put in a request for one… :D

Until next time x

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Another block done

There's been quite a bit happening since I last posted… it was my birthday in late January, Sofia has started at childcare, I've had a job interview (yet to find out the result - fingers crossed!), I've been sick, the kids have been sick, Alex has been to his first birthday party for the year…

But in amongst all that I've managed a little stitching. I've completed two more stitcheries for Alex's quilt:



Which means -


Another block is done! I'm really excited to see this project starting to come together. I've now completed the top three blocks to the quilt and two blocks from the middle row. Six more stitcheries plus three appliqué left to do. Wish me luck!

Until next time x

Friday, 17 January 2014

First finish for 2014

Well, I don't normally like to work on Christmas projects outside of the festive season (although sometimes I'll pick up a christmas project or two around mid-year for Christmas in July) but I didn't want to put away my 'Merry' bunting (designed by Rosalie Quinlan) without completing it… especially since I just needed to assemble it as I did actually finish the stitching in December. So after cutting out the flags and playing around with ric-rac off to the machine I went…


I used Lynette Anderson's 'Christmas fun' fabric range for both the binding and the backing. I think I might need to purchase more of this range - so cute!



Now my bunting is ready for hanging come Christmas 2014. I'm really happy to have my first finish for this year :)


So, according to the rules of my new years resolution, as I've completed a UFO (unfinished object) I can now start a new project, so I figure I'll keep it as a 'credit' for when I'm itching to start something new ;) I thought I'd keep a little stats box to keep me accountable...

Craft Stats 2014

Finishes (goal of 10)
1
‘New start’ credits
1
UFOs worked on since last new start*
2 – Merry bunting and ‘A Boys Story’
New starts in 2014
0

*in this case since the beginning of the year!

Are you keeping up your new year's resolutions still?
Until next time x

Friday, 10 January 2014

More to 'A Boys Story'...

It's been ages since I've talked about Alex's quilt (A Boy's Story by Anni Downs)… maybe because I've set so many goals, with time lines coming and going and still the project is unfinished. But it has been plodding along (although much slower than I would have liked). In the last couple of months I've finished 3 of the stitcheries:


After trimming them back and a session at the sewing machine, they contributed to two more blocks of the quilt top are finished!



I've also completed the Robot appliqué:


I've got 8 stitcheries and 3 more appliqués to get on with before I can complete the quilt top, but I think with the above progress I'm now just over half way to the finish line, so fingers crossed for a 2014 completion. Alex will most likely move into a 'big boy bed' this year, so it would be perfect if I could get it done to coincide with that.

I do love how this project is (slowly) coming together. I think this is my favourite stitchery - I love how the design allows for individualisation so that got to include Alex's name :)


Hopefully it's not too long before I've got more to share.

Until next time x