Monday, 16 January 2017

Penny Sampler - January 2017

As you can probably already tell from the title, that I signed up for the Penny Sampler class over with Rachel at Stitched in Color. It's a project she made a couple of years ago, and I thought it was really cute then, but wasn't the right time for me to sign up for yet another thing. But when Rachel mentioned late last year that she was planning n re-running the class, I jumped at it. Well, not so much jumped as started strongly encouraging my husband to sign me up as a Christmas present... He didn't bite so I had to sign myself up, but no complaints! ha ha.

Penny Sampler

Rachel is offering the class as a 6 month or 12 month course, and because I know that I am slow I went with 12 months. We're only just starting now, so if this seems like something you'd be into, I'm sure Rachel is accepting late admissions ;-)

The first task of the course is colour.  Both my happy place and my nemesis.

I wanted something that felt very Scandinavian (becasue the piecing really does have the effect for me, but maybe I'm reading into it too much) so did some pinterest-ing on all things Swedish, Norse and Finish. Once I had some pictures that fit the vibe I was after I went to the amazing palette builder and started to throw those images through it (P.S. If you're ever looking for  a way to while away an afternoon, this is the shiz. I spent about 2 hours just putting in every photo I could lay my hands on and then playing with the little buttons to see what colours I could pull. Fun!). I ended up with a lot of similarities in the Kona colours picked from the images..

Ok, you may now have OD'd on my colour palettes, but this was super helpful for me in working out what I needed.

In ordering my fabrics I think I veered more towards the greys and away from the browns/creams. I think the browns look perfect in the inspo photos, because the're coming from woods and pottery, but I'm not sure that I can translate that through fabrics. We'll see. I may need to order more fabric.  Hopefully not though, as I just dropped a bomb at Clairs Fabrics (Aussie based, with an excellent range of Kona and reasonable shipping to Brissy, just fyi) so am now awaiting the delivery of a giant bundle of fabric.

One thing I have done (or am planning to do) is changing out a couple of blocks. The original design includes "Dala horses" which are just not me. I've swapped them (in theory at this point) with some dogwood/orange peel blocks. Hopefully they should still keep that vibe of busy and detailed without the slightly character element of the horses.

I'm also planning on removing a little mitten and swapping it with an extra tea cup.  I live in Australia, we never have snow so mittens don't feel like me either, and I'm a tea addict, so it feels right.  Hopefully I don't ruin it with these changes, but they make sense in my head, and I can always change my mind again later, if it seems silly while I'm putting it together.

The other thing I'm wanting to be mindful of is *not too much pink*.  I don't want this to feel like a baby quilt. I want the pinks and blues to feel like really elegant, sophisticated additions. Hopefully lots of white and grey will help.

I guess we'll see!!

As I said this is supposed to be a 12 month project, so Long way to go before we're done, and lots of time for me to change my mind but fingers crossed it works, and that I can keep chugging away at this.

E xx

Linking up to Main Crush Monday, Let's Bee Social and Midweek Makers.

Saturday, 14 January 2017


So in real life, I am not a fan of snails. Or any kind of slug really.  Things with slime are generally a no go area for me, in fact.  But then I stumbled upon the #gardensnailsquilt - Is this not the cutest thing you've ever seen!!!!

Image source: @penandpaperpatterns
So I am putting aside my loathing for these garden critters and getting on board the snail paced slow-along sew-along being run by Gnome Angel. There's a whole bunch of rules and prizes and stuff, but I'll leave all of that to Ange to explain.  Suffice to say, that I can totally inch my way along with these little guys. And don't they say a #snailday keeps the doctor away!! ;-) (I make my own fun...)

I haven't figured out my colours yet, but I'll be posting them to insta every week to try to keep up with the challenge, so follow me along there and see what's what :-)

E xx

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Making for Me - #1 2017

Here we go!! The first attempt at a link up, in I can't remember how long...

Have you got your selfish sewing ready??  Have you got your selfish sewing steady??  Then let's go!!!!

Let's stop constantly giving away everything we make and make things just because we want to. Ideally things that we'd then keep because it brings us joy. I'm very big on the doing things for joy. In accordance with my patented *no rush philosophy* you can be mid way through your project, or even just beginning, but it has to be something you're sewing just because you want to.

Sewing is fun and you're allowed to indulge in quilting for you and nobody else .

Take your time. Enjoy your sewing!!! And get ready to see some perfectly selfish sewing :-D
E xx

1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features something you made just because you wanted to - preferably something that you intend to keep.
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the “Add Your Link” button below, then click on the Instagram icon at the bottom of the screen that pops up. You should then be able to select any of your recent Instagram photos. Where it says “Link,” use the URL of your Instagram feed (for example, my URL is Please hashtag your IG post #making4me.
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post, because that way we can spread the selfish sewing bug - always a good thing.

**And I think I've worked out how to make a button!! If you grab the code below, let me know if it works ;-)

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Finish Along - 2017 Q1 - Opening List

All righty. 

I don't normally do the Finish A Long, because I'm not a finisher. i'm a part-timer. But I'm on a mission for the new year to get my butt moving and get going so I'm going to try...

Feel free to check out my progress on Insta via - #2017FALQ1quinnyquilts

This quarter I will finish:
1 - Community trees (piecing top - give to long armer)
2 - Secret Squirrel (piecing top - give to recipient) 

3 - Gigi's quilt (quilting & binding)
4 - Trish's Hexies (piecing top then decide on hand quilting or long arm)
5 - Big Pineapple (binding)
6 - Pink Bubbles (quilting & binding) (so not getting done, but might as well include it, right!)
7 - Orange Blossoms (piecing) 
8 - Blue patches (piecing)  

Plus I need to be up to date with:
1 - the Penny Sampler
2 - #SnailDay
3 - Swoon-a-long

Yes, I know you've never heard of some of these projects before, but that's becasue I'm crazy and have signed up for more since writing my WIP list... a week ago. I know. I'm a terrible influence on myself.

So wish me luck.  I'm diving in. And I'll have posts on all of the new stuff coming out over the next few days :-)

Meanwhile, I'm linking in with the FAL list, and adding the button to the side bar (thanks to everyone who gave me linky tips too - there are some great ones out there, that I am going to try to join in with). And don't forget that if you're making something just for you, you can link up right here, tomorrow!!

Ok, talk to you soon!

E xx

Monday, 9 January 2017

River City Round Robin 6 - Laura's Crosses

The last quilt in our Round Robin to tell you about belongs to the lovely Laura, Laura was one of my first quilty friends.  And I'm not sure how she puts up with me.  Laura is another quiet little worker bee.  I must drive her bonkers.

Laura's request for the robin was very simple.. Blue and green crosses please. And she did the quilt maths for us (always love that).

I kept threatening her that I was going to add big pink circles to it, just to mix it up, but when first one person, then the next made crosses, I realised I was outnumbered and needed to join in.

I did still toy with the idea of  throwing the whole thing off kilter ;-)

But, in the end, I made my crosses too. At one point, it felt like my sewing room was being overwhelmed with little blue crosses, there were so many.  And as much as I love Laura, I hated those little crosses.  Everyone else seemed to love making them, but I found them fiddly and annoying. I actively wanted them to go away.

And oh, Laura, if you didn't know that I love you before, the amount of my low volume stash that is in this quilt should be proof of my love.

Putting it together was both awesome fun and an absolute nightmare, and I'll tell you why.  It was great fun, because it was like having a big jigsaw puzzle, trying to get the right mix of sizes, colours and blank spaces.I spent days if not weeks shuffling it around to make it fit the way I wanted it to.  And everytime I'd think I had it close, I'd realise I needed, maybe another 5 little blocks, so I'd hoick myself back to my cutting table and sewing machine and make another couple, muttering under my breath and cursing at the stupid bloody things, and then I'd spread it all back out and re-place everything and think... hmm I need, maybe another 5 little ones... And repeat until insane.

The other reason it was a nightmare, was that there were so many seams!!!! And while I did my best to nest them, there were so many interlocking at went the same way, that it was an impossible task.  I've already told Laura, that I am not volunteering to quilt this, because it's guaranteed to be lumpy in spots.

You might notice that I went rogue and added some grey.  Not a lot just half a dozen spread across the whole thing. I hope Laura likes it, but for me, I just felt like it needed that to break it up a little bit. Also, because I was putting it together, I put my favourite of the blocks right smack dab in the middle - it's a big green one with bugs in jars.  I know it's not classy like the rest of the quilt, but I love it.

Once it was all together, it's quite a big quilt.  I'd say close to Queen size. And, in my humble opinion, it looks amazing. It looks like a grown up quilt, all cool and crisp and straight lines, but the placement is still random and haphazard and organic. I think it's a really happy quilt.

it's actually Ashley's favourite quilt that I've ever made.  When I was packing it up to deliver it back to Laura, he asked me where I was going with ti, and was all "but I *like* that one". So there may be another one of these in my future for my house... Only maybe not with those little tiny crosses ;-)


E xx