Saturday, May 31, 2014

Weekend Sewing

I've been sewing squares again. 

My inspiration for this lot of squares was the arrival of Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom's latest range Beauty Queen. I was poised with my rotary cutter, ready to cut up the pretty stack of fabrics but then I had that thing where you can't cut up new and precious fabric. On the other hand the Beauty Queen fabrics were so pretty so I decided to use bits of them mixed and matched with fabrics from past Sis Boom ranges. The selection I ended up with is from about 10 different ranges from over 5 years. 

I really like the mix of colours and styles I ended up with. I placed the squares on my design wall as I cut them and chose fabrics as I went along. I'd reach for the next fabric based on how it was looking, whether it needed more pink for warmth or yellow to brighten it. The combination ended up being lots of pretty florals and girly pinks and lemons with some punchy navy and even a bit of black and white thrown in for oomph!

I've contrasted the colours with natural linen backing and have quilted the lot with straight line quilting. I love the texture this type of quilting adds to the quilt. 

So now I'm up to the binding which I should get finished today. It looks like another lovely sunny day so I'll sit outside with Ginger Fluff and Maybellene and listen to their chicken stories about how they like to wander around the garden looking for worms to eat. 

I'll be back with photos of a finished quilt soon. Hopefully our sunny days will hold out long enough for some fun photos. I think this quilt is calling out for some flowery garden shots. 

The Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition entries are now on show on Pinterest. 
I don't envy the judges job of picking favourites. There are so many wonderful entries, and a such wide variety of ideas. 
Pop over Here to the Pinterest page to have a look and vote for your favourites.

Of course I'd be very pleased if you voted for either of my entries. :)

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!! 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Magnetic Dynamic Improv Quilt.

Okay, I couldn't stop at one packet of Trimmings, the fabrics are just too enticing. So here is another entry into the Umbrella PrintsTrimmings Competition. 

I knew with this packet I wanted to make a quilt of some sort. I jotted down a few ideas but didn't settle on any in particular so I left it for the ideas to brew...

As part of the competition you are required to take photos of the Trimmings Packet with it's fabric contents.

What a fun excuse to play with shapes and colours. It made me think that these trimmings are fun -  Just the way they are!

Lovely simple shapes to play with.

Eureka!!! It was that thought that sparked the idea.

I don't know about you but at the beginning of each year we receive magnetic calandars from local real estate agents. I can't bear to throw them away but I think they're ugly so I just leave them on the side of my fridge in case I need them. It turns out they were just waiting to be used in this project.

I cut the magnets into shapes following the lines of the trimmings, and sandwiched them between two pieces of fabric, Umbrella Prints on the top, miscellaneous scraps for the backs. I added big perle8 cotton quilting stitches and...

Hey Presto!
I had myself a Dynamic Magnetic Improv Quilt!!

Yeah!! A quilt to play and create with, over and over again!!
Here it is in action on my fridge. 

The stainless steel is a great neutral for showing the fabrics, especially the cream fabrics, but the reflection is awful for photos. 

So here are some photos on white so you get a better idea of some of the fun configurations that can be created.

Low Volume quilt. 

Or something a little brighter!

Each little Trimming unit could just as easily been glued together but I like the way the big stitches really add that quilted look. 

It's easy to add some neutral sashing by spacing the shapes.  

Every time you play you come up with a different layout. 

The possibilities are endless. 
And believe me I know because the Dynamic Magnetic Improv Quilt is utterly irrisistable. Now when I make a cup of tea I create a new quilt in the time it takes for the kettle to boil. 
My dinners are becoming a little overcooked as I get caught up playing. 
Or just when I'm chatting to Gbf I find that I start moving the pretty shapes around...
hmmm...  I think I might just be addicted. 

Thanks to the Umbrella Prints gals, Amy and Carly for inspiring us to make new things with this fun competition.

Here are some links:

My Other Trimmings Competition Entry

Trimmings Competition details

Umbrella Prints Website

Monday, May 26, 2014

Umbrella Prints Trimmings

Some of you may have noticed these brown packets of fabrics floating around blogland, but for those who haven't seen them before Umbrella Prints is an Australian company that produces organic printed fabrics for home decor, clothing and quilting. Amy and Carly do a wonderful job of designing contemporary yet timeless fabrics. 

Each year, well, for the last 4 years, they run a competition to create something from a packet of their fabric trimmings. Somehow I always seem to find out after the competition has finished but this time I bought my Trimmings in time to join the fun. 

 One of the conditions of the competition is to take a photo of the fabrics with the signature packaging, the brown paper with it's round window. Easy - I just took a photo when the postie ducks delivered the fabrics.

I let ideas brew for a while before coming up with The Big Idea. 
It came to me when I noticed the fabrics matched the autumn colours of the garden.

I laid my pieces out in 3 designs and sewed them into patchy rectangles.

I then quilted the panels to add decoration and stiffen them up a bit.
I used a mixture of hand quilting.
and machine quilting.

I added a panel of linen to the back and then lined them in white cotton. 
Soon I had three bags.

But ... 
I didn't design them to be bags.
With the simple addition of some glass jars  (plastic bottles would work wonderfully too)

They became Fabric Wall Vases!!!

The colours are a perfect match for the foliage and flowers from the garden . 

What can I say? 
These Fabric Wall Vases just make me happy!!

If the  Wild Autumn Garden look isn't your thing.
The Knotted Column of Tropical Birds style looks quite good too. 

I'm looking forward to seeing what other flowery configurations these vases will inspire. I might just have to have Fabric Wall Vase updates every now and then. 

Here's the links so you can find out more about Umbrella Prints and their Trimmings Competition: 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

More Prairie Points!!

Firstly I have to say thank you for all your wonderful comments about my Gypsy Carnival quilt in the previous post. I really appreciate each and every comment! 

Well it seems I just can't get enough of a good thing because here's a mini quilt featuring more prairie points. It was my photo model for a tutorial I did on how to make Prairie Points and attach them to your quilts. Check out the tutorial here on the Craftsy blog. 
From tip to tip the quilt measures 20 inches square. I've called it Prairie Point Steps because it reminds me somehow of a flight of stairs. Maybe it'll look more like that if we swivel it 45 degrees. 

I used this cute black and white fabric on the back. From a distance it just looks like a random black and white pattern but when you look closely there's little scenes like this one.  Just the right scale for a little quilt. 

I don't think this will be the last of my prairie point adventures...

In the meantime I'd better announce the winner for Sew Mama Sew Giveaway day, it's a bit overdue but better late than never. 
Using my Button Method of choosing I asked everyone to guess the number of buttons in the Blue Daisy tea cup. 

Two people guessed the correct number of 167 so I allocated a button to each contestant. 
I held them in my hands hidden behind my back and asked Gbf to choose a hand. He picked the hand the held the red button which made Shay of Quilting in my Pyjamas the winner!! Shay didn't believe me when I first told her, she thought I was teasing her... I'm sure it'll seem more real when a little box of goodies lands on her door step. Yay for Shay!!

I'll leave you with a great quote I recently heard
by Mary Lou Cook

Creativity is,
Experimenting, Growing, Taking risks, Breaking Rules, 
Making Mistakes and Having Fun. 

I couldn't agree more!!


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