Saturday, August 29, 2015

Loving this Swap ...

Earlier in the year I decided I wasn't going to join anymore swaps and then this one came up. Who can resist a Lori Holt, Bee in my Bonnet swap.

The swap is not due to post for a few more weeks, but I have started on my mini already. You're shocked too. I've started a swap with more than a few days to go.

I've been collecting some Lori Holt fabric for a while, just picking up bits as I find them. Most of these I got at the Mad Quilters Show in Penrith over the last few years. I did by some online, well through Instagram from the gorgeous Clair at @clairsdestash. It was fun to get it out and look at it all.

My swap partner made a little inspiration board full of cuteness, and it included a Dresden Plate block. I have never made one and I love to try new things with each swap so the Dresden Plate it is. Once I cut up all the fabric and chained sewed them all together, it already started to look so pretty. They were like little buntings on a string.

Then I put them all together.

Why hadn't I made one of these before?

And I couldn't believe how easy they were to make. I've attached it to a white background with a simple straight stitch around the edge.

And the scrappy border is coming along beautifully too and I am planning some creative quilting to make this extra special.

I can't show you too much at this point, or I'll give too much away. I'll make sure I take a photo of the finished mini before I send it away. Just need to plan some little handmade gifts to go with it.

Any ideas....

Filomena xx

Friday, August 7, 2015

My Simple Six Inch Sampler Quilt

As most of you all know I just can't help but start new projects. A couple of very talented ladies over on Instagram were showing off some beautiful blocks and I just loved admiring them. The blocks were part of a quilt along. It's called the #simplesixinchsampler, if you are over on Instagram go and have a look. There are so many gorgeous blocks. Well, after a few weeks I just couldn't just look anymore I had to be part of it. 

The blocks are part of an App called Quick & Easy Quilt Block Tool and is available through iTunes. It is so super easy to use and I just love that it will show you the cutting list for multiple sizes of the same block.

So far I have made 8 blocks out of the 40 that are part of the quilt along. What I really love about the app is that I can just take my iPad to the cutting mat to cut out my fabrics. I don't have to run back and fourth from the cutting mat to the computer or print anything out.

Formal Garden
The fabric I am using is Pedal Pushers by Lauren & Jessi Jung for Moda Fabrics. I think fabric is gorgeous. Love the red and the navy blue and lets not forget the gorgeous aqua colour and the bits of yellow fabrics just ties everything together so nicely.

Ribbon Star
The block above is my favourite star so far but there are so many nice ones still to come. At this stage I am going to sash them in a dark grey. I think the blocks will just stand out beautifully against the dark sashing. I so want to start putting them together but I have a long way to go still and I want to make sure I get the balance right before I start sewing them together. 

Anyone else want to share a great App they use in their quilting.

Talk soon 
Filomena xx