Friday, September 23, 2011

What is this quilt for????

I love Pinterest.  The only problem with it - it is a total time waster and I find too many nice things that I love and want to make for myself.

When I first saw this quilt - I died!! I don't know if it was the colours, the simplicity, or all the white in the background, but I knew I had to make it.

 I bought the fabric for the quilt two months ago. I bought it from Hancocks of Paducah - lets say they are not the fastest with their shipping. Got to love the free shipping, but it took 2 months for the fabric to arrive - and I am still waiting on part of my order. 

My aqua is a bit stronger than the original and I was a little worried when I started putting it together, but now that I have sat on it for a couple of days, I am liking it.   I showed Mat this morning - his comments were 'yeah its OK - who is it for? Where is it going'

It is a really quick quilt to piece - it took only a couple of hours once I had cut the fabric. Plus what I like the most - not too many threads to cut off at the end.

I have already made the backing - my first pieced backing, which I am pretty proud of. Now to baste and quilt it.

Monday, September 19, 2011


I am sick AGAIN. I can't believe it!  This is my third bout of a head cold is as many weeks.  Harry is sick too. His ears are playing up again (whats new) and he has conjuctive eyetis....yuck! 

This was my two weeks to sew. Mat starts two weeks of night shifts tonight and that means that my evenings after the kids go to sleep are dedicated to sewing.  Fingers crossed, this lurgy does not hang around for too long. 

I have been shopping (like I need any more fabric). Maybe I can dream of making things and that will make me feel a little less sorry for myself.

Here are my bargains from yesterday.

The fabric is Denyse Schmidt - Greenfield Hill - Diamond Chevron Viole.

The top colourway I fell in love with it from this photo. I didn't think I would find the fabric. Searching on Etsy for something else I came across it for $US15.95 a yard. Being cheap and not needing to spend any more money, I sat on it for a week.  Yesterday one of my friends 'liked' a fabric store on Facebook - it was Wondrous Woven Fabrics. They were having a sale and also there was an extra 20% off.  So searching through the sale fabric - what did I see looking back at me.  Viole - lovely viole in three different colour ways.  Cost per yard - $7.50 with an extra 20% off - total cost per yard $6.00!!!! That is less than half price - hey it is nearly 1/3 of the price of the Etsy store.

Total yards bought - 7. Total cost with shipping $55.00. BARGAIN!!

Now what do I want to make with this lovely fabric.

Grainline Tiny Tank

oooh and maybe this too


Happy sewing!!!!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Gardening Shorts

I was delighted when I got home from work yesterday. One it was Wednesday - which is my Friday and also that there was a package waiting for me.  It was my Amy Butler fabric. I was stunned, it only took a week to arrive, and it was more beautiful than I expected. I thought being home deco fabric it would be thick and rough, however, it is so lovely and soft, and the colours are better than I thought.  I had to use it straight away.

O+S Puppet show shorts - I have made a few of these, but have not made any for awhile - actually I have not made a pair since Ella has been toilet trained - as she still fits into the same size that I originally made for her when I bought this pattern. 18 - 24 months.

I could have actually gone down a size as they are a little big in the waist. I wanted to have them flat fronted, but with all the extra fabric, it would have been too bunched at the back - so there is elastic all the way around.

I can't tell you how much I love this fabric!!! The shorts are to die for. I need a pair of these.  I am already contemplating ordering more of this fabric, as it is up there as one of my favourites.

I have now written a list of everything I want to make - so I don't forget.  I think I am going to be busy for the next few weeks - actually make that few months.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Summer sewing

I haven't been doing any sewing lately. My sewing machine taunts me from the dining room table. I am really missing it and need to start making something.   What makes every woman feel better???  SHOPPING!!!

I have not been out at the shops, the mountain buggy has a flat tyre and Harry has worked out that it is way more fun to run than walk,so shopping with two kids is a fate worse than death at the moment. I have been shopping from the comfort of my office...... oops don't tell my boss that.

What have I been buying? PATTERNS!

I held off buying the last lot of 'new' Oliver and S patterns. They didn't really blow me away and with them being released as we in Australia are going into winter, summer dresses weren't on the top of my hit list.  With summer approaching (my MIL tells me it is going to be 28 degrees on Saturday) I bit the bullet and bought them.

Don't you just think of long socks and sweat bands when you see these shorts!

Now, here is the bargain part.  These patterns are usually $US15.95 - you generally can't get them cheaper than that. I bought them from - they were already discounted to $12.76 each.      There is a website called that if you put in the store you are buying from, lets you know if there are any coupons. There was one for - spend over $40.00, get another 15% off. I bought another O+S pattern - one that I already have, but in the larger size and the whole lot including shipping cost $US47.33. 

Those in Australia will know that is a killer when it comes to shipping charges - turns out for patterns they are CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP - $3.95 to ship 4 patterns. BARGAIN!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Paint and butterflies

I didn't really intend to do anything today other than lie on the couch. Mat has been sick and graciously passed it onto me. Yesterday was not a good day, today I am feeling slightly more human.  The problem when your a mum, is no matter how sick you are there are still the kids that  need looking after.

I made the mistake of showing Ella the fabric paint that I had bought. She has been a broken record since then wanting to paint a t-shirt. Today was the day, but being a typical 3 year old, it was fun for all of two minutes and then she went off and watched Dora and left me to finish it. 

I used this tutorial which I found really helpful. For the stencilling you need 'freezer paper'. In the States, they have it in the supermarket, it is another thing that we don't get in Australia. There are some stockists that sell a box for about $20.00 - I found it at Spotlight for $1.50/metre - not cheap compared to how much the box would have originally been, but I bought 5 metres and I am sure that will last a long time.

The fabric paints - they were expensive in Spotlight, $11.00 per colour. I ended up finding 8 colours for $25.00 in Riot Art.  The paint went a really long way and I have used hardly any of it, which I am happy about.

I bought 5 t-shirts, so I am sure that there will be quite a few more to come now that the weather is getting warmer.

Friday, September 9, 2011


I have been looking for this fabric since I saw this skirt on Flickr. Then I saw this cushion and knew that I 'needed' the fabric


I had not been able to find it anywhere and so I gave up.  I received the Quilthome newsletter, it mentioned over 1,000 fabrics on sale. I don't need any more fabric, but there can be no harm in looking right????

To my delight look what I found.......

$7.18 a yard. BARGAIN!!! All I could squeeze was 3.5 years into an envelope - so it works out to be less than $40.00 with the shipping!  Got to be happy with that!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Prints Charming

I have finally finished my Red Pepper Quilts knock off. I have blogged about it before here and here   It was actually finished quite a while ago, but I ended up leaving it with just the threads to cut off as Mat was less than positive about it.

I was so excited to show him. His reply was "I don't really like it, not my style, but if you like that sort of thing......"   Thanks for that - "it's nice" would have been fine.

Rather than leaving it forever, I finally cut off all the threads yesterday. I still love it, but just not sure what I am going to do with it.

Do I keep it? Do I give it away?   Every time I make something now, other than kids clothing Mat wants to know the purpose - is it for someone?  I guess you can't keep every quilt you make, can you?

Actually just writing this post has changed my mind - stuff him I like it. Who said men had good taste anyway!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Mr Magoo

I am trying to get through my WIP box this week before I start anything new. There are a few things there that are not worth going back to, but there are a couple of things that shout at me every time that I open it up.   This one didn't shout at me, but there was a three year old that kept reminding me that I still needed to sew her monkey.

I bought the Melly and Me Magoo pattern last year and cut out the fabric straight away. I read the first instruction and put it down. I have looked at it a couple of times since then, but never gotten past the first instruction.

Yesterday I got past the first step and ended up finishing Magoo.

He is actually very cute and quite a lot bigger than I thought he would be. He measures 58cms.  There are two things that I learnt. 

1. I hate sewing softies. The end result is good, but the actual sewing of them is painful

2. Melly and Me patterns - this is the second one that I have sewn and they are painful.  I think the seam allowance is too small and the instructions leave quite a bit to be desired. There needs to be more detailed instructions and more pattern markings.  There was no pattern markings as to where the legs or arms are positioned. The only photo is the main photo on the front of the pattern and that does not help with the legs.

You can't really see it in the photos, but the arms sew onto the body as one of the final steps. To me, it looks a bit messy and Ella has only had the monkey from this morning and already both of the arms fell off.  Not sure if the dodgy seamstress is to blame here, but not really the best way to join the arms to the body when it is a childs toy.  I have now sewed them onto the body with Perle 8 thread. I am sure that they are not going anywhere now, but not as neat as I would like them. 

Despite my complaints - the end product is a good one. Ella loves him and has been dragging him around (with one arm missing) all day.  I don't know if I can see myself making another one that quickly. Harry might have to share this one.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Clever Ella

I made these shorts a couple of weeks ago and have been waiting for the buttons to arrive so that I could finish them off.

They are the Clever Charlotte Finch Shorts pattern.  The pattern is easy to put together. There are a few pieces, but not the 12 that has been floating around on the www.   Each of the pieces are necessary and add to the final product.  The instructions are adequate, but you will not get as many pictures or lessons as you do with the Oliver and S patterns.

Ella will be 4 in December and these are a size 2T. As you can see they are a little big for her around the waist. I would have preferred to go down a size for her (she can still fit into 00 sized shorts) but the smallest size in this pattern is the 2T - so at least I know I will get some wear out of them.

Sorry for the hideous photos - someone was not on their game today - and the kid won't model. Something about needing to go to the shops as she has run out of bubbles.... You work that one out.