Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Oh I know HOW long has it Been??

Oh Boy I am sorry I just like dropped away there. Well truth be known I have been having some minor little problems and I had to put sewing to the side and blogging and all of the things that I usually do actually. I am currently at a bit of a cross road and will again be faced with having to make big decisions....not one of my strong points. Anyway for now I am actively sewing again and I will have to see how it all goes.
So..... What have I been doing then? Well not a lot really but I have just started a bit of applique and I am so pleased with how it is coming on, I am really hoping to get this into a quilt but we will just take it one step at a time....that is a good way to start.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Happy Sewing


Sunday, July 10, 2011

A New Swap

Just this evening I came across a new swap group on flickr. The group is for a mini quilt swap, you have until 15th August to make a quilt. Now the fun part you email a picture of your quilt to the leader then it is in a pool. You get a quilt for every one you submit. It is a different idea but I think that is great fun. If you are interested in joining in the fun go to

I have signed up now for two so I had better get sewing

Happy Sewing


Saturday, July 9, 2011

Pick of my favourites for blogpost

A little about me

Ok this post is here to mainly help my partner for the current doll quilt swap. So here we go:
First this swap really appealed to me because it was for a mini bed quilt. I love the idea of having a small version of a larger quilt.
I don't have a particular favourite colour, though I do seem to draw to yellow red orange or green blue yellow green, you get my drift. But that would depend on design.
I prefer more modern fabrics and those that are colourful. I also really like solid fabrics and amish style quilts are lovely.
I am a true love of hexies, single block quilts. I also love seeing tradional blocks in modern fabrics. I love what Kaffe Fasset has done for quilting.
I love a little hand quilting for decoration, but that is not essential.
I think for me what is most important is that my partner enjoys making the quilt, so I would like them to make what they are comfortable with.
Couldn't put mosaic in here but it will be found soon on this blog.

I have a mosaic of some that I have selected from my favourites and here is why:
Mitred crosses, I loved this the moment I saw it, it is from Susan Beales Log Cabin quilts. It is colour and layout I really like about this.
Little amish I love the variety of colours and that they are all solids
Equilateral triangles, gosh I love that pattern, never tried it myself but I think it looks great.
Another equilateral triangle, but this could easily be half square triangles, for me this is about colours, I love the fabrics against the white nice variety of similar coloured prints.
Oh plus plus quilt, ok I love hope valley but that isn't why I selected this one, I love, love this pattern and it has been on my to do for too long!
Tumblers that look like elongated hexies, yep it is a pattern thing here though the colours are lovely as well.
Awww little strawberry hexies, yeah I am a bit of a girly girl and to see this in my favourite hexies how could I resist.
Ahh Red peppers strawberry quilt, this has some serious sentimental value to me. When I first saw this quilt I couldn't get it out of my head. I made a copy quilt of this for my anniversary and I made one out of Amy Butler Daisy chain in blues and greens for my eldest daughter. I love the pattern so much.
Rachaels doll quilt wow it is so stunning. I love the pattern, variety of fabrics and colours are amazing. I wish I could make something like this one. Half square triangles are not my favourite to sew lol.
I hope this has helped a bit, as I don't want to ask for something specific as that would take the fun out.
I hope that my partner has found this helpful

The Blog Absence

I am sorry for what seems a very long absence but I have had some other issues that have needed my attention lately and now all I want is to get back on track. I really had to take a big time out!
I signed up for the doll quilt swap and I am hoping that I get selected to participate in that. I have not been sewing at all latley, hence no pics.
I will make a post that will help my partner this week end I don't know what will be the most helpful but it will be a sort of getting to know me post.
A new post will follow soon, until then


Sunday, June 12, 2011

New Hexagon Quilt

New Hexagon Quilt by sewhappy45
New Hexagon Quilt, a photo by sewhappy45 on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Ok I am starting another quilt, this is going to be hand pieced. I just love to paper piece hexagon quilts and I have got some lovely fabrics that I felt had to be showed off. This will be a slow progress quilt but I will keep you all up to date with how it is coming on. I an hoping to put habd quilting on it too....hmm could we be talking years????

Some more progress

Some more progress by sewhappy45
Some more progress, a photo by sewhappy45 on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
I have been using this little quilt to learn some new stitches. I like some more than others but it has opened up another direction for sewing and quilting that I particularly like!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Something Small

Something Small by sewhappy45
Something Small, a photo by sewhappy45 on Flickr.

I have been wanting to make a quilt like this for sometime, but was never sure how to start. After I saw the doll quilt Nova made for the down under doll quilt I thought I MUST do it. She explained how she just went with it and encouraged me to give it a go.
I recently read a post on sillyboodilly's blog that had a small quilt made using patterned fabric, and I started thinking.....
What if you use a feature fabric then add other components like a design board. This idea grew. I have only used scraps for this project, except the main patterned fabric, it has a lot of feelings in this little quilt, almost like a little trip down memory lane. I plan to do more hand quilting on this, since I was so happy with the way my doll quilt turned out.
Happy sewing


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Puff, Puff, Pant, Pant! I Made It!

Doll Quilt Drying in the Sun

Phew I have just completed my doll quilt for the Down Under Doll Quilt Swap. I decided to add some hand stitching to the border. I found Kate's hand quilting blog here a huge help and I decided to take a leap, it was a really good feeling when I tuned it over and Yippee it worked! I have tried hand quilting before and have not liked how it has turned out but this time it was good. Now don't get me wrong I still need practice but Oh Boy I am happy with it. Big Thank You to Kate.
All I have to do now is wait for it to dry and bundle it off to my partner who I hope loves it and is happy with it...I love it and I am happy. I send this to them very happily and confidently. So that is my first swap. It is a lot of fun and now I will be waiting for the next one.
I have also been knitting lately, I have discoverd the fun of knitting socks but I am a very slow knitter and I enjoy sewing more, I will post a pic if I ever get them completed.

Friday, April 29, 2011

I am SO lucky

Yesterday I was so thrilled when the postie came and brought me my quilt form Sally for the Down Under Quilt Swap. It is so wonderful to get something that someone has made especially for you. It is such a lovely feeling and it was a happiness that I needed. I love the colours and the quilting pattern is great. I love this little quilt to bits and now I need to find a special somewhere for it.
I have been putting my doll quilt together and I am very close to a finish but I want to take some time to think about how exactly I am going to quilt it, to hand quilt or not?, that is the question.
Since it is the middle of our school holidays here in sunny Perth I have had little time for sewing, I have been reorganizing my house and there has been a little painting going on. Our walls have been bare plaster for way too long and painting is well over due.
Sally has a group for finishing UFO's Here I think that I may also do that as when I was cleaning I was pretty disappointed to see my unfinished quilts, could be time to do something about it.
Well enough chitter chatter, I better get tea started, I can feel the look....soon it will be the whine..."When's dinner?"
Happy sewing


Thursday, April 21, 2011

It has been a while

Well what can I say. Making a doll quilt for someone else was harder than it first seemed. It started well, I made a design then I started. All went well for a while but then I realized that I was a little lot out of my depth and so I scrapped it. I was so critical of my work, design, well everything I guess, so much that I made it not enjoyable. So after a brief break I came back with a fresh attitude and it has been wonderful. I haven't stopped sewing since the idea hit. I have always liked the drunkards path pattern and when I came across this alternative version I thought "this is it". I have really enjoyed putting this together and I feel that slowing down really helped a lot. I thought about colour, value and placement. The experience has left me feeling so wonderful and happy with myself. I will be making another for myself because I want one just like this and I want to keep this memory. I hope my partner loves it too, I have wanted to impress her.
Happy sewing


Down Under Doll Quilt Swap

Down Under Doll Quilt Swap by sewhappy45
Down Under Doll Quilt Swap, a photo by sewhappy45 on Flickr.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Oooo Postie brought me some goodies

I was so excited yesterday when Mr. Postie brought these goodies to my door:

Journal Bliss, By Violette is my starting point for my art journal journey. I hope through this I will unleash the creative me and be able to let go of all the doubts that keep holding me back. I can't wait to get started.
The second book is Quilts, Baby! Linda Kopp has put this together, it is a group of different designers (sillyboodilly (Victoria Gertenbach) is one of them, I love her work, as well as Malka Dubrawsky, she has some lovely bright quilts in there.) Any how.. it is full of wonderful, inspiring quilts. The one pictured below is one that I am thinking of making, it is designed by Laurraine Yuyama. You know how I wanted to make a baby quilt and the frustration had me look for a book that would help resolve my problems, well this sure did that and more. I will be making quite a few from this book (not all will be for babies, I think these quilts are really too good to be just for babies. Another I am eager to begin, I feel inspired.

 These books came from another great online bookstore: Booktopia this is an Aussie bookstore, that also provides a brilliant service.
I just love books, I like to just sit and look through them over and over again. These two I particularly like as they encourage creativity of your own. And the baby quit book could easily be used to make quilts for teens and adults, they just need to be made a little larger.

I must end now, dishes are calling, have fun sewing


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Busy with wool

I must say sorry for such a long delay in posting. I have been sewing a little, on the doll quilt only. I received some sheeps wool and I have been totally lost in it.
First there is the cleaning of it, that isn't as bad as I expected and I find it good fun.
I pick through it to remove any weed seeds and such.
I have tried spinning, um that's not as easy as it looks. I need a lot more practice before I show anything I make. I do laugh at it though, one of the worst yarns you will ever see. Practice, practice, practice.
I have tried my hand at felting, oh now that I like and it is really fun too. The result is satisfactory for my first shot at it. I am wanting to incorporate it into a sewing project.
I am so in love with wool, it is so amazing.

I would also like to take the time to mention an online bookstore that I have come across. It is called The Book Depository I love their service and they have a great selection of books. I have also started to collect a few e-books and they also have a pretty good range of them too. I have been so happy with them I thought that I should share these thoughts. I love books and I am always looking around book sites for different craft books. Any how check them out, even if it is to just look over what they have.

Well I am off to play with some wool, happy sewing


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Emery Pincushion

I really must tell you all about a lady who makes lovely emery pincushions. Her name is Dotty and she  has an amazing range and even supplies emery for those who wish to make their own.  Recently I have been thinking a lot about pincushions and what they are filled with. Emery is meant to clean and sharpen pins and needles. Now I have favourite needles that try as I might I can't find a suitable substitute, and yep they are old, so I need to look after these treasures as best I can. This is why it is so important to me. A bad needle that is hard to pull through fabric is a nightmare to sew with. I was so happy to come across this lovely.
It is so beautifully made. I couldn't resist the candy pink with daisy flowers. I love simple shapes so this is so perfect for me. I will be grabbing a few more of these I am that happy. Anyway I had to let you know because I think it is important to let people know when you are really happy with a product.

I have been very busy getting to know my secret swap partner for the down under doll quilt swap. I have drawn out a draft design. I am pretty happy with it. I am not sure if I can post pictures so I won't until I know for sure. I must say I was worried at first, it was like "Oh what have you done?" but now I have a drawing I am feeling really good. Just got to pick colours I think they will like but I am confident that will go good too. All in all I am feeling great about this. So I am very sorry but that is all I will say now or I will give it all away (not a good secret keeper)

Hope you are having lots of sewing fun


Sunday, March 13, 2011

A new beginning?

As I mentioned before I am wanting to make a baby quilt for a little boy. I have had so much difficulty with it but this weekend I have been playing with fabrics and came up with this:

I quite like these colours together. I have this love of teal at the moment so I guess this will get it out of my system, maybe.
After doing the project with selvadges I wanted to try and capture that feeling. I will make a few more blocks and see if I like what I see. It is quite bright but I am hoping it will form a nice pattern. So far it looks quite promising.
So what do you think is better for baby bright colours or more pastel? Do you do different for boys and girls?
It will be interesting to see the Michael Miller competition at Spoonflower results. For that you have to design a fabric for a baby boy. I don't think I would be too good at that as I have had enough trouble making one quilt. I also need to do one for a little girl, I have a massive supply of pink fabric so that shouldn't pose any fabric problems, the design could be a problem. I will deal with that after this.

Have fun sewing


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Pincushion finish and a Question???

Yay I finished my pincushion today, before the weekend. I think I did well. Actually I really have enjoyed making this. I loved doing the hand stitching, I sure need practice at that. The little hexies are 5/8th of an inch, so cute. Hexies are my most favourite shape.I used my favourite fabric hopevalley on the back. Oh and the little label is one I had made by Mommie made it on etsy. http://www.etsy.com/shop/MommieMadeIt?ref=pr_shop
 I had a browse over the net and Flickr, I came across a group that was doing a pincushion swap..(pretty cool) and noticed on the discussions a topic about filling. That got me wondering...What is the perfect filling for a pincushion?
Now I just used cotton on this and some scrap bits around, that makes a pretty hard pincushion, it can also be difficult to get thin needles into it. Once (very long time ago, can't remember the source or if there is any truth in it) I read that polyester attracts moisture and causes rusting?? Could that be true? I find polyester to be a bit on the light side, I like a heavier pincushion.

Please I would love to know what do you stuff your pincushion with. Do you use walnuts, and if you do is it all walnut shell or is it a mixture? Oh and if you know of a good web site for information please I would love to know.

Oh I also joined the down under doll quilt swap so if you are in Australia or New Zealand go here to join up and have some fun. http://www.oneflewover-oneflewover.com/2011/03/down-under-doll-quilt-swap-round-2.html

Have a great day


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

When in Doubt, make a Pincushion!

OK I don't have a baby quilt to show you. I put a few blocks together then froze up. It just isn't working for me and I have too much self doubt to go forward, so the baby quilt is on hold. I am unsure if or when I will make it.
So what have I been working on? Well I had some fun with scraps and put this together:

My daughter and I had fun together making this. It has loose threads because I just had to wash it. So I have more to do but I am sure that you get the idea. My inspiration came from this little fella:
This is my best buddy. We are very rarely apart. He means so much to me. He is wonderful.

I also have a pincushion thing going on at the moment. I decided that I want to make one using hexagons. This is what I have so far:

Now I must admit I have frozen with every thing and I just feel so unsure of myself and I am feeling a bit lost. I am sure that this feeling will pass and all will be back soon. I hope to show you the completed pincushion by the weekend and the picture will become a mini quilt soonish I hope. (there are a lot more details to be sewn)

Hope you are all having sewing fun


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Just an update

Ok I just had to show the changes that I made to my robot friend. I think he looks a little more friendly now and I do feel a lot happier with him.
Baby boys are quite hard to make for, I don't really know where to begin.
I want to do a lot more work on this over the weekend.

See you later


What happened?

I lost time this week. I haven't been doing a lot of sewing but I have been trying to design instead. I have made a little robot, not sure what to think yet...I need to play a bit. This will hopefully be for a baby quilt, I will need to see how it will all come together first, I am not too sure. (he looks shocked, don't you think?)

Did you see that my encouragement pillow made it into the top 20 of the Sew Mama Sew Pillow month, wow that was something special. There were so many lovely pillows. I am so happy to be in the 20.

I still have a lot of quilting to finish but it has continued to be way too hot for quilting, so all of that is on hold for now, I am very over the hot weather, I need a good nights sleep.
I will hopefully be getting time to sew over the weekend (we have a long weekend here) so I will post something on Tuesday all going well.
Oh and if you don't know...Heather Ross has some fabrics for sale on spoonflower...I love the horsey fabric.
Have a great day


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Project with Selvedges

I haven't done a lot of sewing this week but I have done a little. My latest project began with a block from the 100 blocks magazine,  Upcycle by Karen Griska. I am loving teal at the moment, so expect to see a bit more of it in future projects. I did slightly change this block for my purpose but the idea will still be there when I am finished. Unfortunately I ran out of thread so I will have to wait a little while before it will be able to be finished...hmmm.
Something I did discover from making this:
1. I prefer selvages without words, I like the strip of colour and pattern
2. I had a fabric from many years ago designed by Nancy Crow (wow)
I needed a break from my postage stamp quilt because things haven't gone as well as I had hoped with that one..oh well, at least it is my own quilt and I will still love it, flaws and all. I still have trouble quilting, sadly I know that the only way to get better is to keep doing it. I really want a piecing project right now though, we have had a run of hot days, just no fun quilting in this weather. I have a plans to make some quilts from Elizabeth Hartman's designs and I will be making a couple of baby quilts. Just waiting on fabric arrivals, it always feels like a long wait for fabric. I will be sure to let you know when these begin.

Have a great day


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Modalicious Goodies

Look what arrived for me today.
Now which should I cut into first? I must say the cross weave fabrics are so lovely, these came from the Crazy Quilt Girl on ebay, I probably won't cut into them just yet. The roll at the bottom is the lovely Oasis (postage stamp for this one), Dream on( in the middle, could become a favourite of mine) and at the top is modern workshop (I can't show what I make using that, it is a special project)
I do love moda fabrics, they are so much fun to play with, well that is all for today, I am off to play with these goodies. Bye for now


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Valentines Day

Ok it may not be cool to make yourself a Valentines gift but you know I don't really care. This is for me today:
I saw the pattern on a blog post here:
http://wheretheorchidsgrow.blogspot.com/2011/01/sunday-sewing.html  and thought I really want to give that a try. Not my favourite, but I do like it. (wish it was more like the inspiration)
So many things have been going on if you don't already know Lynne of Lily's Quilts has a layer cake of Sherbet Pips up for grabs.( I hope Moda realizes how huge this fabric line is going to be, I wish I could get my hands on some, so for sure I did enter )So go here to enter the draw http://lilysquilts.blogspot.com/2011/02/moda-bake-shop-and-giveaway.html
 I love the quilt that she created using that fabric, it is on the Moda Bakeshop. I will be making one only not in sherbet pips, I am excited about it. Just need to pull fabrics together.
Red Pepper also has a blog list, get your name on that or just go there for a big list of blogs, that is so fun, I have to keep track of time but it is really good and now I follow a few new blogs (I will update my page a little later.
Today I am happy because today I feel stronger in myself. It is a lovely day and life is good.

Have a happy Valentines day


Thursday, February 10, 2011

My Encouragement Pillow

It is so beautiful! Today I finished my pillow to go with my Postage Stamp Quilt. I made the block from the 100 blocks Magazine ( Julie's one) then I saw Julie's ( Jaybird quilts) pillow tutorial here http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=15570 and I thought why not. So I used the block and added the words that I also put on the back of my quilt.  So it is my favourite block, in my favourite fabric and now it has words that for me have the most help in my down times.
I never realized just how significant those words would be. I wanted it to encourage me, to not give up, even when I really want to. Lately my life has got the better of me you could say and it has felt out of my control. The last week has been particularly difficult for me in so many ways, so as this sweet encouraging pillow was being made it was already getting to work. Just seeing the words, it makes me just stop and think about my dreams and hopes, it takes me away from the turmoil that is currently my life. Sorry for being so depressing, this is just something I have to work through, I just wish it didn't drain me. I felt so happy when I saw it finished, it was the hightlight of my day. I so love this pillow, it is where I can always see it, always reminding me and cheering me up.
I have decided enter this in the Sew Mama Sew Pillow Month, I am so proud of it.
What I really liked about making this pillow was that it is not only easy but you have the ability to get a quick practice with mixing fabrics, quilting and even sewing. Quilts always command attention but pillows really should get more attention because they sure deserve it. This is the first of many, that is for sure

Have a great day


Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Story Behind Greenfield

Ok today I am going to tell you how the Greenfield Tablecloth came to be. I made a quilt/ tablecloth some time ago using Swell. I was so unhappy with it I tossed it into a drawer and put it out of my mind. Back in December (2010) I stumbled across it pulled it out and had a look at it, sure I could see what I didn't like but I saw it with different eyes this time. (I have been reading Maria Peaglers, Color Mastery book which I did pick a thing or two up from)
At the time everyone who saw it asked if it was for christmas, red and green, you know. Suddenly I came across it just before christmas and it seemed so perfect. I added the inner border and the outer border, quilted and bound it. Now I am ready for christmas and I will be using my lovely Swell christmas Tablecloth.

The moment I saw greenfield I thought it would look so lovely done in the same pattern. So I have been measuring and making but the pattern needs some tweaks so once that has been done I will post a pattern for anyone else who might also want to make one.

Sometimes it can be good to come back to things that aren't working, the best part was realizing how much my skills had improved. (for starters I don't use 1cm seams any more) I truly love both of these tablecloths and I know that I will also be making many more, they are fun to make and dress up my table.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Just a peek at the back

Today I am just quickly letting you see what I have been doing lately. I had this urge to put writting on the back of my postage stamp quilt, a message to me you could say. I am going through a stage in my life right now that has left me feeling well out of sorts. I felt that the words may help to encourage me not to give up. So here they are:

I now have decided to quilt a plaid like pattern over my quilt, I am getting excited as it is now so close to fully completed.
Bye for now


Thursday, January 27, 2011

100 Blocks

Today I came across this at my local newsagent

Yay I finally got it. I needed to find some small projects so this will be perfect. There are so many lovely blocks, and I plan to make many of them.

Since it has been pretty hot here I decided to just quickly make one up. I picked Boxed In, by Julie at Jaybird Quilts, ever since I saw her block I have wanted to do it.Now I love how beautiful this came together, totally love this pattern, I think I would like to make a quilt using this one. It is really that nice to sew.
I need to get moving with quilting my latest quilts so I will be making a few blocks to give me some time away from quilting, um I don't like quilting as much as I like to piece, I need to baste Greenfield and finish the backing for postage stamp. I think I will be busy enough. Bye for today


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Postage Stamp completed

Today I am just so happy, this is why I quilt. I am so proud of this quilt. I have just finished it and I just couldn't be happier with it. The quilt top came together so easily it was a dream to sew. I am not sure how I should quilt it though, possibly just through the solid squares.

I have completed a tablecloth top too out of Greenfield, I thought the fabric was the perfect choice, I will talk about this more in my next post

So now I have to go and baste these beauties. Have a great day


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Yay, I have done my blocks

I have just completed all my blocks for the postage stamp Quilt Along. I got all stressed at first, after I had sewed about six or so I thought only another 42 to go. Once I stopped looking at it like that and just piled them into groups of five I just flew through it. The picture is only about half of the blocks.
Now I am trying not to think about how many little squares are in this quilt. I also managed to slip a little pink in, which I love. I think this quilt is lovely and I believe it will be a favourite of mine.

I hope your weekend has been lots of fun


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Todays efforts

Today I have done more of my postage stamp quilt. I have lots of cut strips, I really like how they are looking. I have 6 blocks out of 48 done.

I made this little fella today, he is from the Lark stitch along. I thought that it would be fun to use pencils on the areas. (I used Prismacolor pecils, they seemed to work best) In case you are wondering without any sort of fixative they will wash out, definitely. So these will be for a wall quilt. My daughter who helped me with the colour selection has asked if it can go to her when it is finished.(She is so sweet, I am happy that she likes it so much)

Look what I made today..

Today I made this cute little pin cushion. The pattern came from Scandinavian Stitches. (only I didn't free motion stitch my writing) It was so much fun to make, I am a little rusty with embroidery stitches so I think I will do more small projects that include it this year. There is a doodle stitch along at http://www.larkcrafts.com/ I think it would be great to join in.

Monday, January 17, 2011

A Little Inspiration...

Today I did my first mosaic using mosaic maker here: http://bighugelabs.com/mosaic.php
These are some of the amazing doll quilts in the doll quilt swap
1. "Colors Quartered", 2. Special quilt for Tina, 3. snowball fight loot!, 4. dqs9 sunny made this for me, 5. DQS9 received from alobsiger, 6. dsq9 front, 7. dqs9n, 8. DSQ9 quilt received, 9. Fairytale finish, 10. My DQS9 from Cherri House!, 11. DQS9 From Lucinda, 12. DQS9 Mini rcvd, 13. DQS9 received, 14. Vivaldi finished, 15. Thank you Jodie, 16. Where Bluebirds Fly

This was heaps of fun to do, but I think I need more practice at it. I wanted some inspiration and these are just a small number of wonderful quilts. I would love to take part in something like this, but I think I will improve my skills for my secret partners sake : )

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

My Dream On Quilt

Here is my Dream on Quilt, fresh off the washing line. (I don't press because the creases will fall out as it is used) The pattern came from the moda bake shop, it is the awesome quilt designed by Jamie Mueller   http://www.modabakeshop.com/2010/11/awesome-lap-quilt.html

I simply love it, I am so happy with the quilting, it was worth the extra effort. I love the colours of this quilt and it has such a happy feeling to it. I really like this line of fabrics, I am thinking I really should get some more before it is all gone. This is my first quilt finish for 2011, I think that is a pretty good start.

Greenfield arrived today from Pink Chalk, I am so excited, yes I have already started to cut this one. The moment I saw it I knew what I wanted to do with it. I have to get a little more to complete my project but the moment I have something to show it will be here to see.
Bye for now


Some Progress

Today I have finished sewing the strips together for the Postage Stamp Quilt Along. It didn't take too long to sew the strips together. I did my very best cutting with these strips..that made me happy.

I simply love the Hope Valley fabrics, they are my favourite of all time. Since I have always wanted to make a postage stamp quilt it seemed the right choice of fabric. I am loving it.

Now back to quilting, I am nearly finished I will post a pic when it is done.

Bye for now


Saturday, January 8, 2011

A Decision....?

OK today I decided that I might use hope valley withModa Bella solids in natural for the postage stamp quilt along. I really wanted to try pink, like a really pastel one but it just didn't look right with the greens. I always find it hard to pick colours, in my mind I saw something a lot different. Well I may still change my mind yet but maybe I should just go with it. I saw one was going to be made in Neptune ( oh I so love those fabrics) I must remember to post a pic of the Neptune Quilt that I made for my husband, I love it so much. I have been busy quilting this weekend I am hoping to have it finished in a couple of days, I will post a pic when complete.

Have a good weekend


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Keyka Lou Wallet

I have been working on these just lately. I have loved making them, especially the patchwork one, that is so sweet. They take hardly any time to make. I made these to hold my mobile phone, a card or two and maybe a little bit of money, rather than taking my bag out all of the time. (Keyka lou is on etsy and Pink Chalk has downloadable patterns also)

Keyka Lou Wallet

My blog has been set up to document my quiting journey. I will put posts up that will explore colour, a variety of blocks and most likely a few mini quilts along the way. I will post larger quilts that I make also. I like to read quilting books and will post any that I find really good or inspiring. I hope that you will join me on my journey.
Bye for now Sonia

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A Quick Hello

I have taken the leap into the world of blogging.  I must admit I am a bit nervous and I will have to hunt out some pictures to post???? OK I haven't thought this out too well. I decided to do this when I decided to start a quilt along with PS I Quilt. Rachel has an excellent blog, if you haven't already seen it you should check it out. I have got no idea yet what I will make mine out of yet and I just get all flustered when I start to think about it. I really worry too much, but I am so looking forward to making a postage stamp quilt, I have wanted to make one for so long so now is the time.