Monday, 1 February 2016

Pay It Forward

Today I'm here to "Pay It Forward"  ... it's something that's been happening in the quilting world ... well, really, the whole world ... for quite some time now.
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I did a little Google to see if I could find the original post ... the post that started it all ... but there were so many "Pay It Forward" posts alongside "Random Acts of Kindness" posts that I couldn't see the wood from the trees.  I'm not complaining, its great that there are so many of these posts out there ... it means that there is still kindness in the world that I raise my children in ... but my inquisitive mind, being what it is, likes to know where it all started from.  If you know, please leave it in a comment!

Was it just THAT movie?  Or was that movie created in response to the movement?

So what's this "Pay it Forward" all about you ask?  Well, for me, it all started with a post from Deborah ... you can see it here.  She was the recipient of a gift ... made especially for her ... and in return all she had to do was "Pay it forward" within a year.  She offered on her blog to make a little something for three people that commented on her post.

I was lucky enough to be one of those people!

Love this mini Deborah made fror me ... and that little star charm hangs on my rotary cutter.
Guess who I think of every time I chop into some fabric?

So now it's my turn to pay it forward.

I'd like to pick three people:

One from a comment in this blog post
One from my followers on Instagram @sewgiving
and one from my local Perth Modern Quilt Guild

So ... what are you waiting for?  Leave a comment ... let me know what would you like me to make you ... A mini quilt ... a pouch ... or ... maybe a pillow?  Make sure you are willing to Pay It Forward within a year!

Hopefully I will randomly choose you!

But, if you miss out here ...

I didn't get a present Mum aka duck face

... hop on over to Ruth's blog at Charly and Ben's Crafty Corner ... she was lucky enough to receive a gift from Deborah too and is also Paying It Forward today!

Be kind to each other,

PS Pay-It Forward winners announced next Monday

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

The Circle Box

So these were fun to make!  I do like projects that I can sew by hand whilst watching our girls bounce happily on the trampoline outside, especially when they are so cute and useful ... the boxes I mean (cheeky!).

Made with Cotton + Steel Fabrics

Made with Tiger Lily fabrics

I ended up making three in total.  All in the smaller size ... the pattern (go get it, it's a good one) has two sizes to choose from.

Here's the last one ...

Fabric is Chic Neutrals by Amy Ellis for Moda

My daughter had a say in the fabrics, as they were her teacher's gifts.  We filled them with choccies and picked some roses from our garden to decorate the wrapping.

Master Monty "helped" as well ... he recommended filling them with cans of tuna ... we had to remind him that these gifts weren't for him, hence his slightly put-out expression.

We are not amused

We are currently enjoying summer school holidays here ... so far we've filled our time with a lovely beach holiday to our South West, plastic jewellery kits, sun baking with Master Monty, trips to see baby farm animals and jumping around on bouncy castles ... and we still have 4 weeks to go!

Now, if only my immune system wasn't on holiday too ... I've had three illnesses in six weeks!

Come on body ... this Mumma wants to have some FUN with her kids!

"Fun" is my word for the year ... I'm going to own it like a Boss.

Hope you are healthy and happy in your part of the world!?

Happy 2016!


Joining in at Fabric Tursday

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

La Passacaglia Quilt ala Forest Gump

Sooooo ... I jumped on the La Passacaglia band wagon ... eyes closed and maybe screaming for my Mum.

The main things that tipped me over the edge was the need for a TV hand sewing project and the fact that I'd just done a lot of sewing on my machine for my daughter's School Fete (which went awesome by the way).

I love my machine (like a lot) but we needed some time apart ... so, yer, here I am, sewing a LP!

Now lets not kid ourselves, this "quilt" could just end up the size of a perfectly formed cushion, however, I'm pleased to say that I have at least surpassed the "this is sooo going to be a pin cushion" stage.  Yay me!

I do still have to attached the stars to my first cog though, so let's hope this project is not left languishing between the pin cushion and cushion stage ... that could happen.

I've decided to use my AMH fabrics for this project, hoping that these beauties will spur me on when times get tough.  I won't want to waste them ... that's the theory ... and so I will keep chugging along.

The only diversion I've made from her fabrics is that I'm using black and white solids for all the stars ... which is not helping my arachnophobia by the way ... they look a little like hairy spiders to me!

You never really see much (if any) black and white in AMH fabrics, mostly just gorgeous saturated colours, so I'm hoping that this works.

But, choosing black for the smallest pieces of the pattern ... to work on at night ... may not have been my brightest moment (stupid is as stupid does).

I think I'll have to invest in one of those lights that you wear on your head for cave exploring ...

...except I'm just sewing and ... no doubt ... I'm going to get looks of "You're a complete dork, who have I married?" from my husband.  Ha!

Attractiveness comes in all forms people!


Linking up with WIP Wednesday

Friday, 16 October 2015

Feelin' Fruity

Spring is here!  The garden in our new house is showing it's hand and we've just tasted our first, ripe mangos for the season.

Mangos are not cheap this time of the year in Perth.  I measure most expenses in FQ's these days ... and the mangos I bought were about two FQ's worth ... but seeing the glee on the girl's faces when eating them was so worth it.

For now though (and until the mangos come down in price) we'll stick to strawberries and pineapples.

The new house calls for new soft furnishings in the girl's bedrooms ... and as they can't quite make up their minds on what quilts they would like, I started by making them some new cushions.

Miss 5 (note she's a whole hand old now!) wanted a strawberry cushion ...

and Miss 4 (who thinks she's five) requested a pineapple cushion ...

I used some low volume scraps to bulk out to the required size and straight line quilting approximately 1/2" apart.

They are fully lined with a zipper on the bottom for robustness ... I'm sure they'll be engaged in some pillow fighting at some point of their existence!

The cushions also have a pocket on the back, the perfect spot for a bedtime story book.

Our girls have a story every night at bedtime and they put the book they would like read to them in the pockets ... Although these days my Pre-Primary girl is starting to read to me ... how exciting is that?!

Miss 4 aka Happy Customer

We'll be onto War and Peace in no time ...


The cushions finish at approx 18" square
Strawberry paper pieced pattern found here
Pineapple pattern found here

Linking up to TGIFF and Crazy Mom Quilts

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

The Farmer's Mistress

Ever heard of the Farmer's Mistress?

He was going to make an honest women out her and make her his Wife.

She was all things shiny and new ... and the Farmer could not take his hands off her.

But then, as with all new and shiny things ... she started to lose her appeal.  Got annoying in fact.  I have to cut how many pieces just to satisfy a 6" block?

ALL the pieces

Pffft ... time to flick this broad to the curb (rude!)

and fuss-pot cutting

She's still young and attractive ... if he got rid of her now then they would both have a chance of finding true love again ... (gosh this Farmer is so selfish!)

They made 24 six inch blocks together, all with their bare hands.  That's something they should be proud of, something to hold onto and remember, something to learn from ...

It wasn't all the hard graft of the hand sewing that soured the relationship.  Once prepared, each 6" block came together so quickly and the joy ... oh the joy .... of finishing each 6" block was real, but marred by the fact that all that wooing and preparation had to start all over again for 6 measly inches.

No, not this Farmer ... he just didn't have the stamina *cough*


WIP Wednesday

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Possum Magic - Final Border on Riddle and Whimsy's Quilt

I recently had the pleasure of working on Jo's (Riddle and Whimsy) quilt for the second time.  One of our Possums has had to bow out due to bad health (sending soooo much love her way) so a few of us decided to step in and help with her rounds.

When I received Jo's quilt from Wendy (Wendy's Quilts and More) it looked like this:

More pictures of Wendy's border and process found here

Now, I'm not a huge fan of Improv ... there I said it ... but it does have my attention.  There are some Improv quilters out there that I really admire ... just don't ask me to do it, OK? I'll get all in a flap.

So imagine my OCD alarm bells ringing when I received this quilt.  It was all lop-sided in my head.  It's not you ... it's definitely me.  I had to make things "right" and finish this quilt off with a structured border.

A quick chat with Jo and it was decided ... let's continue the HST's all the way around the quilt.

Fabrics Selected
Happy Accident ... Fussy Cutting
Equilibrium is just one border of HST's away ... and ... little people's feet

There ... that's better!  I can sleep now ...

I forgot to measure the quilt before handing it to Jo, but it must be pushing 80" (almost) square.

... with only a slight twitch in my eye because I purposely made all the HST borders go in different directions - you can call that my nod to Improv.


Monday, 5 October 2015

Highlight - Lizzy House Down Under

"Dear Future Grandchildren,

Your Mothers, Great Grandma and I have had the most wonderful few days ever with Lizzy House!!  Who's Lizzy House you say?  Go and take a closer look at your quilts (that I'm yet to make you) ... her fabrics WILL have been sewn into them, I guarantee it!

Kings Park Happy Snap :)

We were very fortunate to have the truly lovely Lizzy House come ALL the way to Perth (seriously, no one comes here from the States ... you want me to travel how much further?  No way!  It took me about 20 hours on a plane just to reach the East Coast of your country ... you Aussies are crazy!).  I can't wait until that nanoo-nanoo transporter is invented.

I think that everyone that met Lizzy must have thanked her a bazillion times for making the extra journey to the West.

Hoping to inspire her next line of fabric (we like to aim high) we took Lizzy to explore Kings Park.  The botanical gardens contain some plant life that only exists in Western Australia and being Spring,  all of the wildflowers were in bloom.

Click here to go to Lizzy's IG account

Lizzy must have stopped after every two steps to take a picture of the flora on display.  We were so fortunate to see our park through her fresh eyes.

Of course she was here to share her Meadow quilt with us lucky ducks.

Your Great Grandma and I jumped at the chance to take the workshop.  I knew it was going to be a good day ... but, oh man, it was awesome.

The Meadow quilt has quite a few curved and circle pieces in it ... I was quietly packing my dacks about the curved piecing part (curved piecing and I are not besties) and your Great Grandma is only new to quilting.  Could we ever make this quilt?  Lizzy assured us we could, and you know what?

 After spending just one day with this inspiring lady ... we most certainly will.

Your Great Grandma and I have framed our Meadow Quilt test blocks ... and we'll pass them onto you one day.


Please treasure them.  Don't let them gather dust in the attic.  They contain an abundance of positive energy.  It was a very special experience to learn this quilt from such an inspiring, sharing, giving lady ... with a sense of humour that's right up my alley ...

Taking my Quilt holding duties very seriously ...

Lizzy House and my Mum (your Great Grandma also called Lizzy) laughing at the quilt holders (ahem ...) antics :)

I hope you get to experience a day like this is your lifetime!

All my love,

Nan xxx"


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