Thursday, October 29, 2009

What's wrong with yellow?

(Photo credit - Evindl)

I've seen blue quilts, pink quilts, red quilts and green quilts. I've seen blue and yellow quilts, or purple and yellow quilts. But I've never seen an all yellow quilt. This thought struck me the other day, quite out of the blue, and I've been thinking about it ever since.

(Photo credit - cauchycomplete)

Why don't we use yellow as the predominant colour in our sewing? I'm sure we all love yellow, I mean, it's the colour of happiness! It's a bright and cheerful colour, and you can't help but smile when you're surrounded by yellow. Nature uses yellow in abundance, from the bright sun, through to the sand on the beach, and all the hundreds of yellow flowers.

(Photo Credit - drgnmastr)

Perhaps, a whole quilt in yellow is just too much of a good thing? Maybe yellow is great, but only in small doses? Well, I intend to find out.

So I've issued myself a challenge. To create a quilt entirely using yellow coloured fabric. No pink. No green. No blue. No nothing else but yellow.

And I was quite suprised when I raided my stash and realised I actually had alot of yellow fabric. And not only yellow fabric, but yellow fabric that all went with each other. I only ended up buying 2 small bits of yellow from work, just to add to the pile.

(excuse the dark photo. They really are quite 'sunshiney!')

So, my goal? To turn this pile of sunshine fabric into something pretty. Something that doesn't make one reach for the sunglasses. But a quilt that does justice to the beautiful colour.

Well, that's the plan anyway. I guess we will only find out in time whether a full yellow quilt actually looks good or not!

(Photo Credit - henribonell)

**Giveaway closed and drawn.**

And, horror of horrors! I completely forgot my 1st blog birthday, which was a month or so ago now. So, for a belated celebration, I'll give away one yellow fatquarter. Simply leave a comment to be in the draw, which will be open till Monday the 1st of November (AEDST.)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Passport Holder, and other bits...

A friend of mine turned 30 last Saturday, and as usual, I had left things to the last minute. On Wednesday I suddenly remembered, but rather than rushing down into town to buy something, I really wanted to make her something. She has just come back from 2 months of teaching English in Indonesia, and is planning on going back soon. So I thought a passport holder would suit her perfectly! Thankfully I have my own passport to measure, otherwise I would have been a bit stuck.

But, half an hour later, and voila! One passport holder, ready to go. I 'prettied' it up a bit with the ric rac and light blue fabric on the front.

Don't forget to check out my Sew Blessed blog for an update and some piccies of pretty clothes!

And stay tuned, as I'll be creating myself a challenge with these yummy sunshine fabrics.

(Oh, and before I forget - thanks for your comments about my pony quilt and playmat! Just to answer some questions, I drew the ponies head myself. I'm a horsey girl - so have been drawing ponies for years and years! If you would like me to scan the picture in and send it to you, just ask!)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Latest bits...

Well, this is part of what has been keeping me so busy of late. A very good friend of mine asked if I could make 2 baby quilts for friends of hers. In 2 weeks. So of course, I looked at my immensly busy schedule and said yes. As you do!

So the first one was for a little girls 1st birthday, who likes pink, purple and ponies! So here we have, Lillys Quilt.

I really love the fabrics I picked for the pink and purple in this one, and I think it looks quite cute - if I do say so myself. I designed and drew it up myself, and this one measures about 40" sqaure.

The second one was made from an awesome car playmat panel we sell at work. Simply needed to add the little boys name to the bottom corner and quilt and bind it. I love these playmat panels! Finished size is about 36x43" square.

Another very good friend of mine asked if I could make her a cow themed wallhanging for an aunt for Christmas. So, after a bit of designing and drawing, this is the finished result.

Measures about 22" square from memory, and didn't take long to make at all.

We have been incredibly busy at work of late with the Brisbane Craft show on this week, so I'm looking forward to a day all to myself tomorrow to sit and sew! *sighs*

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Stringybark Farm - Block 5!

Yes, it's here! It's actually here! First of- apologies for a number of things. The block isn't entirely stitched and finished, and it's awfully late. My goodness, I'm not setting myself a good example here am I?

Oh well, slightly incomplete and a bit late, nevertheless - introducing The Piggery! Yes, you all guessed right. Those cute little ears belong to these trio of piggies!

Here we have Claudia, Penelope and Clive! They share a little pen near the barn at Stringybark Farm, and live quite happy lives. Well, you would too if you enjoyed wallowing in mud, eating lots of food, and generally lazing about. Claudia, Penelope and Clive were born from the same litter, and were a present to Farmer Jack from his rather dotty and slightly crazy sister, Imogen. Originally intended for a christmas lunch, Jack and Betty found themselves quite attached to this trio of troublesome piglets, and decided to keep them as pets.
They love chowing down on leftover scraps, and like nothing better than a good belly rub, whilst lying in the sun.
If you would like to create this piggies, please click here for the pattern and instructions. Have fun!

No, you aren't imaging things...

...It is actually a new post! *gasp* I know, I am just as shocked as you are! My dear friends, please accept my sincere apologies for not posting earlier. I can't believe it's been over two weeks since I've updated my blog! *cries*
I don't want to bore you with my excuses, but lets just say it's been one thing after the other.

I feel terrible that I haven't posted the next Stringybark Farm block, and to confess, I haven't even had time to finish stitching it yet. Which is why I haven't posted it. But I realised that that isn't fair on any of you, so I will pop the pattern and info up asap. Well, as soon as I find the drawing for the next block. I swear I left it in my sewing room, but it's trotted off somewhere else. So as soon as I find it - the next block will be up!

I have some exciting things to show you, and photos and ideas to share, but right now I better go hunt through my sewing room and find the missing drawing!!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

To whom it may concern...

Please excuse Missymack from blogging as she is terribly ill with the flu. She is feeling most frustrated that she cannot do any of the things she should and needs to be doing, but is under orders to rest and get better. She sends her apologies for being a slack blogger.

But, in the meantime, check out her "Sew Blessed" blog to see an update.