Monday, 23 December 2013

Parcels of Gratitude

This quilt has been such fun to make.  Inspired from the two mini’s I have recently completed.  I added a vertical and horizontal piece to the blocks.  I then also made the block large, finishing at approx 20 inches square. 

The block looks like wrapped and ribboned parcels.  

Parcels of Gratitude.

Fabric was pulled from my stash, and I also added some FQ’s gathered on a trip to GJ’sin Lygon St.

The back ground is all Kona Ash.  My bolt is almost gone … time to order another!

I wanted to really stretch myself with this quilt.  I can happily stitch a stipple all day, but a different design was needed for this.  I watched some videos (Thanks Ebony) and chatted to some online friends, and decided to go with a spiral design in the grey areas. 

I learnt that stitching in the ditch can be done without rulers, albeit roughly.  If you use similar thread this is not really that noticeable.  I also learnt how to move in and out of my spirals and move around the quilt top.   

My quilting is more dense towards the end, however this is something that I can work on.  

 I quilted wiggly lines in the coloured sections of the blocks, and pebbles in the black centers.

Backing is a purple wideback, also gleaned whilst at GJ’s from the discount bin.


The binding is scrappy strips from the leftovers.  It nicely frames the quilt top.


The quilt is a gift for the wonderful lady who takes my daughter to school and back, every day.  I cherish all that she does for me and our family.  I love that I can gift something in return for all she does for us.

Wrapping to deliver and put under their tree for Christmas morning. 

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Holiday Fun

I have played around a bit with large blocks lately.


I just love the look of a newly finished quilt top … from the back.

Looks like stained glass.

Loading up now with a purple backing, for a quick Christmas finish.

Monday, 9 December 2013

A Small Gift

This year we have been blessed to have a wonderful teacher, guiding our daughter and her classmates. 

I wanted to experiment with an idea that I had, and this was the perfect opportunity.

I took to a plain piece of white fabric with a black Sharpie pen.

Then it was loaded onto the frame, with another mini, to save on backing fabrics!

After basting, I quilted all the black lines, birds and letters in a black thread on the top.   

Then changed to white and filled in the rest. 

Don't look to closely at the back, still getting the hang of working this machine!  I do like how the flying bird looks like it is flying from the cage, from the back.  Unintentional, but cute!


I bound the mini in a red and white polka dot fabric from the stash.

Machine bound, I stitched to the front then pressed for a crisp fold at the front.  Flipping it around and stitching in the ditch, on the front.  It has caught nicely all the way around.  

This is my usual way, but I did this without pinning!!!  Nothing like throwing caution to the wind for a finish.  

I just need to hand sew the label down on two sides, and add the hanging bits.

I am really pleased with the end result.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Month of the Mini

I have finished another mini … this one will hang on my wall!

I used some the colours I love the most.

Quilted on my longarm, it is very wonky.

Loving my new wonky wall hanging!  

I could make these everyday of the week, such fun!

If you want to make your own, head on over to Canoe Ridge Creations for inspiration!