Friday, 1 August 2014

Little Finish

It may be a little finish, but I'm rather proud of this one.  

We had a Secret Santa - Christmas in July swap at Perth Modern Quilt Guild and my partner said they wanted a pin cushion.  

So my teeny, tiny piecing experiment became quite useful!

Now don't faint, but I actually used *cough* SCRAPS *cough* to make this ... those that know me here at SewGiving will know of my chronic allergic reaction caused by keeping scraps ... but this little project could be bringing me around.

All the little geese are made from the trimmings of joining binding strips.  The grey Aneela Hoey is leftover from making bee blocks .... the AH Posy strip fabric is left over from making this diary cover ... the Moda ribbon (??) is off a jelly roll bundle, and the grey linen fabric?  Yup! That's my old maternity pants making another appearance!  So, honourable members of the scraps society, are you proud of me?

Karma repaid immediately when I received my Secret Santa gift from the lovely Gina of @happygolizzie on Instagram.  Just look at this Gorgeous zipper pouch and scissor case to keep my Farmer's Wife Blocks safe in when I'm out and about.

Life's great in 'Little Finish' Town!

Pin Cushion Stats:

Size = 4"x4"
Fabric = See my proud proclamation of scrap useage
Stuffing = Poly fibre from Spotlight
Flying Geese Pattern = "Juisey Goosey" by Jeli Quilts
I found this ladder stitch tutorial really handy too!

Serena x
I'll be linking up with TGIFF and Finish It Up Friday.  See you there!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

WIP - Teeny, Tiny Piecing

I've discovered a whole new world out there!  Teeny, tiny, quilt block piecing!

It has me absolutely mesmerized ... seriously, I've started a Pinterest Board!

It seems this has been going on for some time now.  I may be a little late to the party, but I just had to give it a go.

2.5" square ... it's a 1/4 of the Pattern "Juicy Goosey" by Jeli Quilts

Granted, this is a paper pieced pattern, so it's easier to control the fabric through the machine, but hey, it's my first go at trying something this insane ah-maz-ing!

I did suggest to the Possum Magic girls that we should try a Micro Quilt Round Robin next ... it was kiboshed pretty quickly - ha!  In my defence, I am suffering from sleep deprivation due to myself and the whole clan having a shocker of a head cold ... but through all that snot-haze (sorry)... could it just ... maybe ... be a good idea?

Serena xx
I'll be linking up with:
Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday
Let's Be Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Welcome! 2014 New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop

Welcome Blog Hoppers to the 2014 Plum and June New Blogger's Blog Hop (try saying that 10 times in a row after a glass of vino!).  It's the last week and we (the remaining bloggers) have been waiting patiently to meet you!

I'm Serena of SewGiving - former Tomboy who now embraces pink and sewing thanks to my girls and ever patient husband - I'm also an avid over user of "..."  You'll get used to it ...

This is our little family ... Fine English Fellow meets Mining Town Metal-Head ... two miss pinks later, he's finally scrubbing me up "good and proper-like".  Ha!  I may, or may not, have the odd Metallica t-shirt still lurking in my wardrobe ...

I think my eldest (bottom-right) was still saying "cheese" when this photo was taken!

... this is Master Monty.  He's absolutely no help around the house, but we love him dearly.  Can you believe we got him from the pound?  Who would give up this white ball of fluff??

Every cat sleeps like this right?

We live in the lovely city of Perth, Western Australia, famous for: Black Swans, being the most isolated city in the world and the second sunniest city in the world.  Who's the first you ask?  Honolulu, but they're just showing off.

City skyline, black swans, map of where Perth is, my favourite Perth Beach called Cottesloe

Like a lot of quilters, I started quilting not long after the arrival of our first daughter.  I liked the idea of quilting being a "useful" hobby (justification clause!).  Also, one that I can exercise my grey matter with on both sides - maths - form and order, colour - creativity.

Here's some of my recent finishes ...

"I Heart "

"Rainbow Dolls Quilt"
Echo Beach

"Deer Pillow"

All of my recent finishes can be found by clicking on the Sew Given tab at the top.

As you can see from the Deer Pillow I love a bit of paper piecing.  I recently used a paper pieced block for a Round Robin I've joined through meeting other bloggers on this Hop.  We've formed a small group called Possum Magic and have each made a centre for our quilts-to-be. We will all take turns adding a border to each others quilts.

My Possum Magic centre block

It will take a year to get my quilt back ... but it will be oh. so. worth. it!  There's a tab at the top for Possum Magic too!

Here are the projects I have coming up ...

Drift Quilt ... seems the current favourite WIP

Frog-tastic Quilt for my youngest daughter

Almost ready to put this Houndstooth Quilt together!  promises, promises ...

And of course my Farmer's Wife is a major work in progress.  I'm hand piecing all 111 blocks ...

Some of the finished blocks

Yes, I could be a little crazy.  The Farmer's Wife tab will show you just how crazy!

This could take a while ...

So, if you're happy to take advice from a crazy lady fellow quilter/blogger ... here's mine ...

Blogging Tip - Be a joiner-in-er-er (that's a word).  Put your hand up for some pattern testing.  I have, and I've learned a lot from it AND met some really lovely quilters/bloggers/designers from doing so!

Pattern Testing the Hanami Top for Straighgrain
Pattern Testing for Quiet Play
Pattern Testing for The Elven Garden ... soon to be released Block Flower Quilt

Quilting Tip - Read up on the difference between pressing and ironing, it will make a big difference to your finished block  ... I found this post helpful.

Random facts about me ... well ...

Dislikes - Jelly!  The way it wobbles in my mouth throws me off balance.

Likes - Dad jokes ... you know ... "a dyslexic man walks into a bra" ... ha, ha, keep them coming!  What's your favourite Dad joke?

I hope to see you around here soon or on Instagram, I'm @sewgiving ... but in the meantime, please pop over and visit my fellow New Quilter Bloggers ... go on, you're on the home stretch!

Friday, 11 July 2014

I Heart Aneela Hoey

Here's my latest finish! I made the quilt top before I started blogging (so just over a year ago).  Pixel heart quilts were everywhere and I really liked the effect of the heart combined with a low volume background.  I had a layer cake of Posy and a friend had recently had a baby girl, so this quilt was born (you know how it is).

But when I finished piecing the top, I stood back, took a look at it, and ... well ... didn't like it.

I didn't think that the heart stood out enough.  The pinks and purples, were not deep enough, or the low volume wasn't 'low' enough.  So I scrunched it up and put it in a dark forgotten corner of the wardrobe in the spare room ... banished much?

With the recent announcement of Aneela's ill news, I started feeling guilty about my treatment of this talented lady's fabrics.  It's not the fabric's fault that the quilt top didn't work out ... it was my bad, or inexperienced, placement of the fabric.  

If I had my time again, I would have still used the same rage of fabrics but I would have graduated the colours a little better.  Starting with the darkest pink to clearly outline the heart and then graduate to the lighter colours towards the centre of the heart.

That being said.  I do like this quilt now.  Especially as I've finished it.  There's something magical that happens when you quilt a top, even simply quilted as I have done.

With my more (than then) experienced eye looking at this quilt.  I decided to keep the binding quite neutral to help the heart stand out more.  

I had originally picked a pink and white stripy fabric (which is now a piece on the back) to bind this quilt with.  But I think that the pink would have competed for attention with the heart.  So I chose something more low volume and I love the result.

I heart Aneela Hoey's fabrics and now I heart this quilt :)

Quilt Stats

Size - 60" Square
Pattern - None, I just made a pixel heart out of 5" squares
Fabrics Top - Aneela Hoey's Posy Range and Spotlight randoms
Fabrics Back - Bird fabric is Cloud 9 and Spotlight pink/white stripe
Quilting - Diagonal cross-hatch design on my domestic machine

Serena xx

I'll be linking up with: TGIFF and Crazy Mom's Quilts

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

WIP - New Wave, New Quilt

Hello new quilt to be ... 

I've been having a great time watching you grow ...

You're made from this pattern and these fabrics ...

and it seems the kids like you, so I must be doing something right!

Now to finish you ...

Serena xx
Linking up with WIP at Freshly Pieced

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

WIP - Farmer's Wife Blocks

Three more six inch, hand pieced, blocks for your viewing pleasure ...

Farmer's Wife Block 9 - Box

It's been quite nice sitting on the couch ... cat snuggled in ...

Instagram @sewgiving

Pieces all cut ... some random TV series playing on the box.

Farmer's Wife Block 90 - Storm Signal

Yes, this is how winter should be ...

Farmer's Wife Block 94 - Tall Pine Tree

Small works in progress, but progress at least!

Serena x

Linking up with:
Work in Progress at Freshly Pieced
Let's Bee Social with the lovely Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts

Monday, 23 June 2014

Purple Haze

Hello, my name is Serena of "Sew Giving ... Selfishly" and I don't like purple.  

AusBee June Bee Block #1

There, I've said it.  You may forward all hate mail to

The colour and I just don't get on.  

AusBee June Bee Block #2

It has magical powers and makes my machine sew any seam allowance other than 1/4".

On top of that it makes my printer not print to scale ... and in turn makes me produce a paper pieced star at 12" instead of 12.5".

Offending 12" paper pieced block

Of course it's the colours fault!  Who else's could it be? 

{tongue firmly planted in cheek}

I sent the 12" block to our Queen Bee this month, along with the others.  You never know, it may come in handy on the back .. ahem.

Serena xx

I'll be linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts


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