Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Teeny Weeny Swap with GWSMQG

The last few weeks I have been busy looking up ideas and patterns for my GWSMQG teeny weeny swap. Our group and the Vancouver MQG have paired up to do a swap.

It was heaps of fun. My partner said she liked circles and stars. So I went in search of patterns that had circles and stars in it.

I came across this pattern over at  627handworks.com  Its a paper pieced block, which I haven't done much of in the past.

I really like all the colours she used, but my partner was pretty specific about fabrics she liked and fabric designers. Luckily I liked those fabrics too and had some in my own stash.

So here is my little mug rug I made for someone in Vancouver.

GWSMQG

The whole block measured 6 inches square. I reduced the pattern when I printed it out to 40% so it came out so tiny.


At first I wasn't sure about how I was going to quilt it. I didn't want to go over the the piecing. So I did some straight stitches around the block and In The Ditch around the block and across the centre. I think it came out perfect.

GWSMQG

And here is the back.


It was so much fun at the Monday night meeting to see every one's Teeny Weeny Items. There are so many talented ladies in the group. There were a few items there that I wish I could take home with me.....

So today I am starting another swap for an Instagram mini quilt swap. I better get moving its due to be mailed out in a week. Lucky it's only little.

Happy sewing
Filomena xx

Monday, November 10, 2014

Have yourself a Quilty Little Christmas Sew-a-long

Last week Lori over at Bee in my Bonnet started a sewalong over on Instagram. I just couldn't resist the cuteness. Each day or so she puts up the next block on her Instagram feed and yesterday I finished the first 3 blocks. As soon as I was finished I saw she put up the next one. Some cute little mittens. So hopefully I will make them today.

The blocks are from her book Quilty Fun. So you will need the book to get the patterns for the blocks.

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Isn't this little house just gorgeous. I had so much fun making this one and going through my fabrics looking for the right little bits to fussy cut for the door and windows.

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The cocoa mug is made from some fabrics I purchased years ago. Michael Miller . Every time I see it it reminds me of Christmas. This block came together really fast, and so super cute.

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And you can't have a Christmas quilt without a tree. I really like the tree and the instructions on making the tree are on her Instagram feed as it is not a block from her book.

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And here are the 3 finished blocks together.

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If you're on Instagram check out the #haveyourselfaquiltylittlechristmas and you will see every ones blocks that have joined in with the sewalong.

Happy Christmas Sewing
Filomena xx

Friday, October 31, 2014

My 1930's Flower Garden Quilt Block - Tutorial

You have probably seen this quilt block appear every now and then on my Instagram account. This is my first project using my 1930's collection, which I have been collecting now for a few years, waiting for the right project. Deciding on the fabrics and the shades has been part of the fun.

A few people have commented on the block so here are the instructions on how to make one....



The block is a simple 9 patch block and comes together quite easily.

Here is what you will need to make one block. Each of the blocks are 15 inches finished. (15 1/2 inches raw)

Using 2 yellow shades of fabrics cut (2) 3 x 3 inch squares and then cut diagonally
Arrange as in the photo below and sew together, matching seams and pressing. Being careful not to stretch the fabric as all the edges are on the bias.


The next section is made up of 3 different shades of pink. (or whatever color you are using) a light, medium and dark shade.

From our light shade cut (4) 4 inch squares


From the medium shade cut  (4) 3 inch squares and (2) 3 3/8 inch squares and then cut diagonally. So that you have 4 triangles.


Using  the dark shade cut (4) 3 3/8 inch squares and then cut diagonally, So that you end up the 8 triangles.


Using green fabric cut (4) 3 inch squares.


Using white (background fabric) cut (8) 3 inch squares and (4) 3 3/8 inch squares, cut diagonally.




Once you have all the pieces cut and the yellow fabrics sewn we can continue with making the 9 patches.

Using the yellow square and the 4 medium shade triangles, with right sides together sew along each side matching centres. I do this by eye or you can mark the centre of each of the yellow edges and triangle edges and match them up.



 You will need to follow this next step for all 4 pieces.

Using one of the light shade squares (2) white triangles and (2) dark shade triangles, with right sides together sew each of the triangles one at a time around the square as shown below, matching the centres along the edge.




For speed I chain piece as I sew, so I chain piece triangle 1 then cut and press, then chain piece triangle 2 and so on.





Once you have completed the 4 blocks press and put aside.

You are now up to the corner blocks.

Sew 4 white 3 inch squares to 4 medium shade 3 inch squares. Then sew 4 white 3 inch squares to 4 green 3 inch squares.


and then sew together as in the configuration below. You will have 4 of these blocks.


You now have 9 blocks completed. Cut off any stands of cotton and the little dog ears as they get in the way when sewing the blocks together.

Arrange the blocks as in the photo below. Making sure all the white triangles are facing out.


Divide into 3 rows. Sew the blocks into rows matching the seams and points.


Then sew the rows together matching seams and points.


And there you have it. Your first block is complete.




Hope you enjoy making this block as much as I have. I have made all my blocks now 16 in total and have started on the sashing and sewing together. I will put some photos of the finished quilt when it's completed.

Happy sewing

Filomena xx

Please let me know if I have missed anything in this tutorial so I can fix it. Thanks...

Friday, October 17, 2014

Handmade Christmas......

Every year I think about making some Christmas gifts, but then life gets busy and I just head out to the shops and find something. This year I am starting much earlier. Well last night really. So I hope I have left myself plenty of time to make some. Some is better than none, right.....

I went into our little town yesterday and as I walked past the local book store I saw this book in the window.It made me smile and I thought about my handmade Christmas and this was going to be perfect. In no time at all I was heading home with it under my arm.




Well it was straight home kettle on and sipped my cup of tea while I looked at all the beautiful photos in the book. I have three little nieces so I hope I can get three finished by Christmas. The first one I am going to make, the one that first caught my eye, is Little Red Riding Hood.


So last night when everyone went to bed I had to make a start and give it a go. I have never done any amigurumi before so was itching to have a go. I have crochet for years but have never tried this.


The yarn that she has used in the book is not available is Australia so I am having a go with some cotton I already had. She recommends a yarn made from Acrylic and polyamide. I will see how this goes, but I may have to make my way to The Wool Inn. This is where I like to go and pick my yarn and the ladies in there are just gorgeous always happy to help and answer any questions.


And Look at these gorgeous little undies.


The book also come with a huge number of different outfits to make for your doll. Pyjamas, overalls, raincoat, superman outfit, shoes, socks, hats, the list goes on. There is so many accessories. It is just a gorgeous book.

Well I'm off to put the kettle on and continue on my little doll.

Filomena xx

Friday, October 10, 2014

Spending Friday with the Farmer's Wife


At this pace it feels like I am never going to finish this farmer's Wife Quilt. But there are so many things to make and do.....

But I did manage to get 2 more done when I was at the GWSMQG Sunday sewalong.

And this one is my favourite so far. Its called the Country Path and it looks nothing like the one in the book, but it is exactly the same, just different fabrics. Different fabrics and different styles can just change the whole look of each block.


Block No. 24 - Country Path


Block No. 25 - Cups and Saucers


So hopefully now the the kids are back at school and being term 4 you usually don't get called in for casual work as much maybe just maybe I will get more sewing done.

Thanks for stopping by
Filomena xx

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Sew Together Bag....


Have you seen this bag popping up on instagram feeds or facebook pages. 


Well I have been seeing them everywhere and I just had to have one of my own. My mind was made up when I went to my first Sunday Sewalongs with the GWSMQG. (Greater Western Sydney Modern Quilt Guild) everyone there had on sitting proudly in front of them filled with sewing goodies. That was it I was making one......

You can find the pattern here by Sew Demented

As soon as I downloaded the pattern I knew what fabric I wanted to use.  Little Red Riding Hood - Riley Blake. This has been sitting on my fabric shelf looking pretty for too long. It was time to cut into some of it.


I was a little worried about the zippers, and getting the rights sides all matching and on the right side of the zipper, and it all worked out so easy, just follow the instructions, and maybe read them a few times, I did.....





And in no time it was looking like the bag. All the pieces fall into place quite easily and I even learnt a few new techniques.


Just some straight line quilting for the outer layer. The rest went together really quickly, that I forgot to take some photos of the  binding going on, I was just on such a role to get it finished.


And just like that it was done and I just love it.


I think I zipped it and unzipped it a number of times to admire all the beautiful fabrics on the inside and all the compartments and thought  about all the things I was going to store in it.

Well one week on and I still haven't filled it. I just look at it and unzip it and zip it back up and have a little giggle to myself. I don't know why I just do. I think it is just so cute, or maybe it reminds me of the day I found this fabric at the Quilt show in Sydney at Darling Harbour and I did a little happy dance. I was looking for it everywhere and I didn't want to pay the huge postage costs and there it was, So I bought everything they had in the range..... yes people where looking at me as I jumped up and down like crazy..... OK stop laughing....


So if you thought it looks complicated and too hard, it's not. Give it a go, I'm about to start another one with a pieced outside.


Let me know if you have attempted the sew together bag and how you found it.

Happy Sewing
Filomena xx

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sweet Mini Quilt Swap....

I just love joining these little swaps. Part of the thrill is waiting by the letter box waiting for your happy mail to come. I think I have joined three swaps just this month. Need to slow down or I'll lose track.

This week this one went in the post headed overseas somewhere in the USA. It was a swap run by Heather at The Sewing Loft.

Mini Quilt Swap

My partner liked lots of colour and in her mosaic of pictures she had + and x block. I have been wanting to try this block, so I thought perfect. I went through some fabrics left over from other projects and then chose some grey and light coloured fabrics for the in between bits. I wanted the + and the x to stand out.

Mini Quilt Swap

I made four blocks all up and it came together so fast. 

Mini Quilt Swap

Mini Quilt Swap

Mini Quilt Swap

In a few hours I had my fabrics cut and the blocks sewn up.

Mini Quilt Swap

Mini Quilt Swap

I was thinking of doing something fancy in each of the diamond shapes, but I was pushed for time and sometimes simple is best.So some straight stitching it was and I loved it.



I even had some leftover binding and it matched perfectly. So I quickly stitched it on as I watched another episode of Downton Abbey. 


Finished.



Mini Quilt Swap

Now there where a couple of times when I thought about keeping it. I liked it so much. But I was so excited to be posting this that I just couldn't.

So partner hope you like it.

So do you like signing up to swaps? 

Filomena xx