Wednesday, 21 November 2012

What work did I do? The Wednesday WIP

What have I been doing all week??? I feel like I've been sewing away, but have nothing to show for it.

I'm part-way through quilting my pink minkee.

I'm part way through 2 cross stitches.

 I bought some pink fabric to add borders to Mia's quilt.

I appropriated some of that pink fabric to make donkeys, that now have eyes and have been stuffed, but I'm puzzling how to add the ears without them looking odd.

I have also been thinking... This is always dangerous. And expensive.

I'd like to do some Christmas gifts. My two little nieces are hopefully coming to visit at Christmas and I'd really like to make something for them both.  Now obviously I'm thinking quilts, but I was thinking, what do little girls really like? Something fun! Something they don't already have. Something they can do, not just have. I love to buy kids books, but that's not fun (for them, for me it's a joy forever). And then it occurred to me, that one of my favourite things to do as a little person was dress up. So maybe I could make fairy costumes for the girls!! Think bright, sparkly, floaty skirts and wings with lots and lots of glitter. I can do that! And the girls are 5 and 7 - they'll still be into dress ups, right?

What else is WIP-y???

Well I still have my owl quilt sitting on a chair waiting for me to baste.

I also have Lashings of Positivity waiting for basting - I have a backing fabric, but now that it's not for Nadia, I don't know if it's the right choice.

I have a pink monstrosity that has a few lines of quilting and then it was abandoned. Even looking at it makes it feel like a chore and I want this sewing malarky to be fun!  I will finish minky, Mia and then hit this I think. I really don't want to, but it WILL be done!

Ok. So has anyone else got any interesting WIPs?

You should post them and link to Freshly Pieced... 

Talk to you all again soon!!

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Half done donkeys

I don't know if you heard about Donktober which happened over at Missy Mac Creations. It was a ri-donk-ulous month of donkey inspired projects. Very cool to watch. I bookmarked some things and thought, maybe one day. But because I'm less crafty and more quilty, and i'm not a huge fan of gimick fabrics, chances were slim i'd ever get my ass in gear to make any of them. I mean what am I going to do with a giant donkey quilt... Don't answer that. Who wouldn't want a donkey quilt.

The thing I like'd the most was a cute pattern for a donkey toy. Well when Erin put out a challenge to make a toy to donate to Project Mirabel, I thought I might attempt the donkey.

I had bought some lovely hot pink fabric for another project, and so I just stole some of that, because what could be cuter than a hot pink donkey!! And then I noticed some scraps of pink minkee form another project I'm three quarters through, and was inspired. What kid doesn't love the softness of toys? It's that snuggly-ness that we fall in love with. So my donkey got given fluffy ears and soft bottoms. 

I spent last night chopping and sewing, and while they're not finished (I figured, why not just make two!) I think I really like my little donkeys.

I tried really hard to get them all finished before midnight so I could get in on the Donktober links party, but my tummy was so tired after working this week that I had to keep lying down. Oh well. I'm sure Erin knows I tried and will just be happy to see more donkey love in the world.


Thursday, 15 November 2012

My first ever followers!!!!


I have my first ever followers!! I am so very very excited (in case you can't tell)
Miss Chrissie and Miss Sarah you have just made my day.

I have to admit I've been feeling a little lonely over here.  I didn't blog to have followers, but it sure is nice to know that poeple are interested.  And yesterday I worked out how to add the following thingimy on the sidebar and look!! We have people!

If you want to know all about these lovely ladies you should also check out their blogs (bet you two didn't think you were going to get a free plug just for being my friend. lol)

Chrissie blogs over at Made by Chrissie D. Chrissie is an Englishman in New York... Well an English lady in New Jersey But that's practically the same, right?!?! She has a fancy pants degree in Art & Design and you can see this in the colours and textures she is drawn to in her quilts. She posts lots of inspiration photos, which I love!

And Miss Sarah! Sarah has two blogs. The first is where I found her and fell a little in love.  She is studying for a certificate in patchwork and quilting (who knew there was such a thing!) and shows all her class projects and samples and inspirations. You should go there - Sarah Sews is where it's at. And as you go throguh and see all the projects that she makes you'll notice how many are super cute and perfect for little people... That leads us to her new blog Quilt Candy.  this blog is all about the things she makes for little people and is connected to her fabulous shop Quilt Candy. Unfortunately I'm in Australia so it makes it less efficient to order from her, but I wish I could because everything is GORGEOUS! I mean it. Look -

Sarah Sews

So in case you haven't realised, I'm very happy to no longer be all alone in the world. Welcome my lovely ladies and I hope I don't ramble so much you get too bored and leave me! lol


Saturday, 10 November 2012

Mia's quilt - quilt top complete

So I have been on a mission to get this quilt top done. I want this quilt finished!

So I pieced it all together over the last few weeks and finished adding the pink borders today. I have also pieced together the letters to make Mia's name to go on the bottom of the quilt. I don't know if I like it or not. I was going to try to do a no binding quilt. I have been reading the interwebs and finding out how to do it, so I want to give it a go! I just think maybe this quilt needs some bright pink on the edges to make it pop... Any thoughts?

Either way, it should be all done tonight/tomorrow.

Oh, I forgot to say, I'm linking up to Plum & June's Getting Acquainted Monday.  I love this little blog meet, and I admit to popping around to lots of the links listed and staring at all the work everyone is doing.  I'm not sure if this is a good thing to get me inspired, or a bad thing because everyone is doing amazing things while I plod away at my little quilts.  Also it takes time when I should be sewing and instead am readuing through everyone's back catalogue of projects. Oh well! I now know pretty much the life story of all the bloggers I follow!

Enjoy your day!

E xx

Update: here is a photo of the quilt top all laid out so you can see what I mean.  E
Sorry about the wrinkles, the border material creases like a mother... It creases very badly. It has made sewing something of a chore. Remind me not to do this again.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Saturday, Sunday and now Monday

I am a tad bored. I have been lying around for three days now, and while notmally that is how I describe heaven, this time it's just boring. Part of the problem is I am all inspired to work on my projects, but I can't sit at my machine because of the stitches in my belly, so I am just staring at all my fabric and unable to do anything.

I have mia's quilt sitting IN the machine, I am that ready to sew it, but I tried briefly yesterday and lasted about 30 seconds. The angle I have sit and then the pressure to use the peddle... Who would have thought you used your abs so much in everyday life?

So Mia's quilt is just watching me, waiting for me. And Jacob is being born today and I haven't finished his quilt yet either! I didn't finish it because his name hadn't been definately decided, and I don't want to sew a name on that's not actually his name, but I still wish I could have had it ready for today.

I have my Dr Seuss fabric tucked away in the corner, which I am itching to get to, I think it's going to be so lovely I just want it made. And I picked up some more Dr Seuss the other day... It's Grinch fabric!!! How could I resisit?? I can have a Christmas quilt with a kiddy theme. It practically has my name written on it!

And then I have a little Christmas project. I want to make some summer weight lap quilts with my gorgeous Christmas panels.

See I have ideas!! I am inspired. I have time!! I.m just sitting around the house. But alas, no sewing for me. Not even any cutting, becaus a rotary cutter uses your abs too. Grumble grumble grumble.

So it's keeping on with the cross stich. It's kept me mostly occupied, but I can tell I'm about to loose patience with it. I mean, sure I guess it's pretty, but what on earth am I going to do with it???

Wanna see what I did yesterday?

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Cross stitch goodness

So, as expected I spent all day yesterday lying about. I made it all the way from the bed to the couch and then back to bed at 9pm. I feel pretty proud of myself that at 3 o'clock I actually managed to get dressed, walk downstairs and talk to the neighbours for all of 15 minutes. I only lasted 15 before I had to come back to lie down again. My poor little tummy is just so tender and achy. Oh well. Did you want to see what I achieved yesterday??? No quilting because I couldn't sit at my machine and didn't get anything up to hand stitching stages, but I started and finished this this bit of sewing goodness.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Monthly wrap up - 1

Well today is the 1st of November, and that means I want to try to figure out a)what I achieved and b) what I need to get done.

October felt very sew heavy, but I don't feel that I accomplished anything.  I think this is because I started so many things but haven't finished any of them.  I have fabric everywhere and it makes it difficult to work out where to start.

Looking back over my posts from the last month the only thing I had to show was Toby the Turtle
And while I think he's a spunky little critter, he's not actually a quilt.

My quilts, well I've cut fabric for a yellow and blue brick. It's quite a nice light spring feeling little thing, too bad it's now summer, but oh well.

I have Mia's quilt top almost completed, just sewing on the borders.  It's almost finished. I am going to try to applique a patchwork of her name on the bottom, so fingers crossed it works.  I will try to get this finished tonight.

I don't really know what else I've done!! i bought a lot of fabric this month. My stash has tripled in size.  This is both good and bad.  I love all my new fabrics, but I need to do somehting with them and they are taking up way too much communal space.  So I think part of my November challenge will be to organise and finish all my half done projects.  Wish me luck!

I want Mia's quilt top done tonight.

I want the spring bricks done over the weekend.

I want to try no binding for my pink minky.

I want to start my Christmas lap quilts.

Ok. That's my November list.  It's do-able. Starting...... Now.