Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Guess What ?

I'm the Featured Blogger in the current edition of Down Under Quilts. 

How cool is that? It's a 3 page spread with answers to all sorts of questions about blogging, surrounded by photos of my quilts. 
I'm really pleased about the focus on my blogging because I do make an effort to make my blog a friendly place to visit, with nice photos, and things to make you smile, and a bit of inspiration here and there. 
Watch out for the magazine in newsagents. The edition is all about Christmas and there are a variety of holiday projects. As a bonus it also comes with a handy 6 inch square ruler. 
A big hello and welcome to anyone who has found their way here after reading the article. 

I always say one of the best things about blogging is the friends you make. Kelly from Pinkadot Quilts is one of my oldest blogging friends. We found each other about 4 years ago and we've followed each others sewing adventures since then. She surprised me recently with this package of goodies. 

I know your eyes went straight to the chocolate bar, but check out the contents of the cute pouch. It's a Hexagon Sewing Kit, complete with pretty hexagon papers, cute scissors, and a pink hexie flower to start me off.

I'm not sure if it was intentional but I like the way the center of the hexie flower has the word "celebrate". What better way to celebrate such a fun gift than to make more hexagon flowers. 

I haven't had much time for sewing recently. My main endeavour has been painting my sewing room. The room has had 3 coats of white paint now and is a lot brighter and lighter than the 'Before' photo I showed a few posts ago. It's like a blank canvas waiting for lots of colour to be added. I can hardly wait for the weekend when I can start moving my furniture and fabric in. Hopefully it wont be too long until I'm properly settled in and ready for sewing. 

I always like to end with some colour so here are some yarn-bombed bicycle racks I saw on my way to work. 

Colourful woolly stripes dotted dotted with flowers.

And there's even a bee!

Seeing things like this just makes my day!! 

I hope it's added some colour to yours.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fabric Fun Times

A parcel full of these wonderful blocks arrived in my mail box last week. Aren't they pretty? 

A little while ago I joined in a Nine-Patch swap organised by Barb of Fun with Barb blog. A huge thanks to Barb for organising such a great swap! She has a really clever way of making these blocks quickly and efficiently, which was handy because in the end there were 50 participants so we ended up having to make 100 blocks each!! 

It's really quite a wonderful feeling having a collection of blocks made by 50 different people. Imagine that! If you had all those quilters together in one room it would be quite a party! 

I haven't decided how to use the Nine-Patches yet. I'll save them up for when I'm settled in my new sewing room and I have access to a design wall again.  Not long now...

Here are the blocks I sent. I used my civil war reproduction fabrics. I don't use them often but I have quite a stash of them. At the moment I have the repro fabrics separated in their own area but I've been wondering if I should just throw them in with the rest of my stash that I have organised by colour so that they get mixed with more modern fabrics. 

My hexies are a good example of what I mean. They're a concoction of civil war fabrics mixed in with 30's fabrics, a few modern fabrics, text prints and some classic spots and gingham. What a fun eclectic mix! It's more about playing with colour than being limited by an era or type of pattern. 

I finished sewing the hexies together today. I've decided to make two Dilly Bags. 

Lets hope I don't dilly dally and I get them finished and sewn into bags before too long. 

I also managed to get some quilting done this weekend. 

It's been so hot so I was glad I'd used predominantly cool, refreshing whites with black fabrics in my simple quilt of squares.

*Exciting News Flash!* I was very honoured to receive an email from Amy of Amy's Creative Side to say Happy As A Clam has been nominated for a Viewers Choice Award in the Bloggers Quilt Festival. A huge Thank You to all of you who nominated my quilt!!
If you'd like to vote for Happy As A Clam you can do so at the Viewers Choice page. It's worth popping over to see which quilts made it to the finals. All the quilts are amazing so it'll be tricky to pick your favourites. 
If you feel like voting for Oi Emu in the Art Quilt category you can do that here.
You can also vote for Happy as A Clam here in the Original Design category. 

Here's a vase of tulips to end this post for no reason other than they look bright and springy. 

Have a fun, colourful week!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween!! Rachaeldaisy style

I thought I'd do my "Flowery First of the Month" a day early in honour of Halloween, and to stretch it further I'm not using flowers but just some simple leaves... 

and a pumpkin. 

No, I'm not making a carriage for Cinderella.

I'm making ...

scary, creepy, spooky and very kooky


There's no need for carving tools, and there's no pumpkin guts mess to clean up.. 
Just grab some leaves, trim them with scissors and stick them onto the pumpkin with glue, or do as I did and use BluTak. Its so easy to stick on and peel off to make changes.

I love how simple shapes can create features and bring new characters to life.
Here's Mr Big Mouth with his glowing eyes.

Have you ever noticed there are more Jack O's but never any Jills ? I thought I'd try a lovely lady with pretty eyelashes and big kissy lips. 

She got a fright when she met the next scary character

Old Grumpy Green Eyes! Eeek!!

 Jack-o-Kitty looked so serious so I told him a joke..

Q:When is a pumpkin not a pumpkin?
A: When you drop it, then it's a squash

That made him smile.

And then I made more smiley Jacks. 

I think this guy is my favourite. It's the Green Haired Zombie Jack-O-Leafy,  He's growling at you...

"HAve A HaPpyyy HaLLooOOOwEen oR i'LL eAT youR BrAins" 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Oi Emu! - Bloggers Quilt Festival

Here's is one of my very favourite quilts,  an oldie but a goldie. 

Oi Emu! was created when LeeAnn from Nifty Quilts encouraged us to celebrate Corduroy Day, 11/11 in the auspicious year 2011. I got a bag of corduroy pants from the op-shop and pulled out a Emu panel by Sydney screen printers Cloth that I'd gotten not long before. To add some more Aussie talent I threw in some Prints Charming. As for the design I simply played with shapes and had fun with liberated piecing. The quilt just grew from there. When I felt it needed more colour and pattern I added some pieces of old upholstery samples and some coloured linen I'd bought in a scrap bag. 
The result is a really earthy quilt that for me has Australian bush look to it. 
It measures about 80inches across with a drop of 45inches 

Oi Emu! is my second entry in the Blogger's Quilt Festival. I think it was easier before when we didn't have to classify our quilt into different categories, when we would just show off our quilts. I'm a ditherer at times so I wavered over which category to put this in. At first I thought I'd enter it into the scrap quilt category but in the end I decided to put it into the Art category because of it's modern art leanings.  

To get into the groove of the theme here are some arty close-up photos..

 So what do you think, Is this art? Or just a quilt?

 Either way it looks great on my lounge room wall where it lives. 

Thanks to Amy for doing a wonderful job of organising the Blogger's Quilt Festival!! Usually I show new quilts but this time around I've found it a great excuse to share an old favourite, or two - you can see my other entry in the previous post. Let me know in the comments if you have a quilt in the festival so I don't miss popping over to have a look.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Happy As A Clam - Blogger's Quilt Festival

Woohoo! It's Bloggers Quilt Festival time again !!
Thanks to Amy of Amy's Creative Side for hosting the Festival, it's always such a fun event with lots of quilts to see and new blogs to discover. 

To all those who have seen my Happy as a Clam quilt before I hope you don't mind seeing it again. It's the most adventurous quilt I have made to date so I thought it deserved a showing at the Bloggers Quilt Festival. 

The story of this quilt began when I challenged myself to make a clamshell quilt using recycled denim. At first I thought I would just embellish a couple of the clamshells but once I started I just kept making more...

and more.  

It was a great opportunity to try different applique techniques, raw edge, wool felt, needle turn and I even used some groovy iron-on patches. My aim for this quilt was to have fun, and for it to be fun for its observers!
I ended up making 111 clam shells which is the perfect number for such a whimsical quilt.

It's the sort of quilt that the more you look the more you'll see. Lots of weird and wonderful, fun and frivolous, cute and curious things!

One clamshell even has something you can't see...
some gold stars hidden in a pocket, because as you know it's handy to catch a falling star and put it in your pocket to save for a rainy day. 

Now, I figured this is the sort of quilt that people would be curious about the backing, so for those who do look there's a daisy garden patchwork of fabrics. 

The happy clams are 8 inches across and the final quilt is 56 x 72 inches, a great size for hanging on the wall. 

You can imagine how honoured and pleased I was that this quilt received 3rd place in the Anything Goes- Mixed Media category at the Sydney Quilt Show 2014. 

I was Happy as a Clam in fact!!

I've entered Happy As A Clam in The Original Design Quilts Category. I'll post another quilt in a couple of days so watch out for that one too. 

Happy Bloggers Quilt Festival to everyone. Let me know in the comments if you have a quilt in the show so I can make sure I pop over to see it.


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