Tuesday, June 26, 2012

In the bag.....

I made some little bags to store the two quilts I'm giving away as part of a fundraiser. Just to add a little bit of special!
The granny square bag sits in a nice little envelope style bag and features similar fabrics to the quilt.

And the 3 1/2" scappy quilt will live in a draw string bag which also features co-ordinating fabrics used in the quilt. The drawstring bag makes this little quilt the perfect travelling picnic quilt.

They're now both bagged up and ready to go to the school for raffles. Farewell lovelies.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Picnicker.....

I present to you, the 'Picnicker' quilt. A lovely collection of 3 1/2" squares of fabric, cut from left overs and stitched together in a random fashion (well maybe not that random...and to be precise the stitching's not random...the placement is!) to create a 60" square, free motion stippled quilt, backed with fabulous fabric gifted from my lovely friend Michelle and bound with some black and white floral fabric found in the back of the stash cupboard. Wouldn't this quilt make the perfect picnic quilt?
Does this sound like a commercial?
Yes indeedee it does! But perhaps I'm rehearsing for the fact that I'm donating another quilt towards R's school's music tour to Ireland. Next week is her 'Soiree' performance and this quilt will be donated as a raffle prize.
This quilt was a delight to make. I'd spent some lovely past holiday time cutting the fabric waiting for the right time to stitch it all back together. Lots of lovely memories in each little snippet of fabric....and much of it ready to leave my cupboard, so that makes it all the more easier to say goodbye to and give away to a new home.
I mentioned before that once cut, the fabric was paired, and then pieced as a block of 4 and then 8 and then 16's. Simple and pretty accurate.
The back was a lovely bright pink/orange/white butterfly combo fabric that Michelle gifted.  I'm not sure of its origin (Ikea?) but it was a spectacular width of 57", which meant that I only had to add a few fancy strips of white and orange to blend it all together to create the right amount of backing.

Here's hoping the audience see fit to buy a ticket in the raffle and that this little scrappy collection of fabric gets a new life in another home! But I have to say, save your scraps, cut them into 3 1/2" squares and zip lock them away because you too could have something very similar one day soon! (There....that's the real commercial for all of you fabric loving, quilt making readers of this blog!)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Left to their own devices....

At the last minute, L advised that he needed to take cupcakes to school today because it was his birthday. I thought (or was secretly hoping) that by Grade 5, the kids would have grown out of that ritual. No such luck!
So in between cooking spaghetti bolognaise sauce last night, I popped on my multi-task hat and whipped up a batch of 3 dozen cup cakes. As I was running out the door to my cherished Sew & Sew's catch up, R asked if I wanted her and L to decorate the cakes.
"Oh, yes please!"
When I arrived home a few hours later the kitchen smelt delicious, filled with the aroma of freshly baked cakes, sweet icing, mini marshmallows and lollies. But my senses went into overload when I caught sight of what they had created!What clever little sausages they are - crazy faced monster cakes! Each one individual and whacky. I'm so proud of them and in particular my little 11 year old charmer. Happy birthday L!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Breathing the same air.....

It's the Queen's Birthday long weekend. Normally we would go to our shack but this year we decided not to go. R has just come home fairly wrecked from a grueling school camp to the Grampians...probably as much her late night activities coupled with the strenuous activities the school inflicted each day! Not to mention the mountain of washing she brought home and the need to dry it in this bitterly cold weather.
I have limited sewing accoutrements at the shack, although these are gradually building, so I pick my take-away projects carefully...generally ones that don't need ironing or robust quilting. This time last year I packed a small cutting mat and a ruler along with larger sized fabric scraps that could be cut down to 3 1/2" squares. I remember that weekend cutting, cutting and cutting to create a rainbow pack of squares. Seeing as they'd sat in my cupboard for a year, I thought it high time they were patchworked into a top.I started off pairing each square, then joining the pairs into 4's, then 8's and then 16's. I'm aiming for a 60" square quilt which will be 20 squares across by 20 down. Here they are placed on the floor before piecing.
What's amazing is the number of patchwork quilts appearing this weekend, it seems like there are a few of us breathing the same air! There's this one here and this one here. Both gorgeous. Let's hope this one turns out equally as nice!