Wednesday, 9 April 2014

I'm back

It's been a while since I posted last. So much has happened! I made a trip to Burma (that's where I'm from), teaching my niece a bit of sewing and patchwork while I was there. She did pretty well considering I only had three weeks there to show everything I could squeeze in.

This is our workstation... 

Electricity is quite poor over there. Some days we can't do any sewing in the afternoon as power isn't strong enough to run the machine :(

I apologise for the quality of the pictures, didn't realize there was a smudge on my camera lense :P

 Fabrics are so beautiful and only cost fraction of what I would pay here in Perth, WA. They are lovely100% cotton and made in Japan so say no more!


And I learned a new thing just before my trip, Foundation Piecing! I have never sewn so much in one day, 9-3pm was a bit grueling but the result is awesome. I so love my blocks. They are far from perfect but I'm happy with the colours. The fabrics are by Kaffe Fassett, nice and bright!




Not sure how I'm gonna use it, I might turn it into a table runner?? 

Now that I'm back and every thing is back in full swing around here. I have started up with a friend of mine, Gill's quilt. This one is for her mum. Gill picked the fabrics and pattern. It's been progressing nicely.










I have used this pattern to make a few quilts in the past. I just love the simplicity of it.
I have it all pined and now on my way to machine quilting :)

I made this one last year!

In the mean  time my girls' music director at school just had his first baby. And it's a boy, I have never made boy's/man's quilt. So here is what I went with...

Fabric line is Wrens & Friends by Gina Martin for Moda. The pattern is out of my new book I just purchased from amazon.com, Modern One-Block Quilts by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting.




This is a 'must have' modern quilt book, highly recommend it. I just love the colours, background fabrics used in this book. I will be making a few quilts out of this book :)

Linking up with Freshly Pieced :)






Friday, 24 January 2014

Happy New Year!!!

My January finishes ....


I FMQ spiral on Swoon stars. I tried small spirals in between the Swoon blocks but space between the blocks are not evenly spaced so I quilted kind of flower shapes with swills in the middle :)










I cut up left over fabrics from star blocks using Dresden template, pieced them head to tail. 



This one is my finished UFO!


I finally have some quilts to show off. I pieced this quilt top four years ago. I think this fabric was called Withering Heights by Moda (not entirely sure??). I just love the prints and the colours. I bought two charm packets and thinking what quilt pattern to make. In the end I couldn't bring myself to chop it all up so I decided to keep it simple and leave the charm squares as they are.


Originally I wanted to do Echoed Paisley FMQ pattern by Melisa from Happy Quilting, but I feel I couldn't master it so I went with swills.







Monday, 23 December 2013

Last minutes Christmas Pressies

Place-mats...

Coasters...


More Place-mats...



Finally, finish up sewing/quilting Christmas presents!! Now I just have to gift-wrap them :)
Have a very Merry Christmas and I wish all the best for the New Year xx

Finished Shawl


My evening shawl is finished, washed and blocked. It measures 17" x 66" without the fringes.
And I have started another shawl. I have a habit of starting new knitting project just before finishing the one I'm working on. So I have done quite a bit on this one. We are in Summer here in Perth, Australia, it is hot but I like to sit quietly and do hand-work night time instead of being noisy on my machine. 

This shawl is call Icarus Shawl by Miriam Felton (on the cover of The Best of Interweave Knits). This is second time I'm knitting this shawl. I stick to the pattern on my first one and feel a bit small so I'm making this one a bit bigger. I'm using 2Ply 100% Merino Yarn with 2.75mm circular needles.


Friday, 13 December 2013

Finished Quilts



My On a Whim quilt is done. Not too happy with my FMQ skill on this one. I think I picked the wrong pattern for the quilt?? It did cross my mind to reverse-sew the stitching after going through 2 bobbins. But my little one looked at it and she said 'it looks good Mum' plus amount of sewing cotton it takes on 750QE Bernina bobbins (if you know what I mean :P) so decided to carry on with the FMQ.


So here it is, close up.




Love this backing fabric.

Scrappy Briar Rose


Now, I LOVVE this one. Love the scrappiness and very pleased with FMQ. It's not perfect, lots of room for improvement but turns out pretty good.



I found this pattern on Englandstreet Blog. The pattern is free, click here.


Flower petals are a bit wonky :P 




Quilting stands out more on the back. 
Linking up with finish it up Friday
Happy stitch/quilt/knit :)