Thursday, August 30, 2012

Pretty Florals with a Vintage Feel

Well, that's how I would describe this lovely pile of fabric.

This nice stack is currently sitting on my sewing table, patiently waiting to be made into two single bed quilts for a client.

I can't begin to tell you how much I'm looking forward to working with these delightful prints. We have some gorgeous Art Gallery Fabrics in here, amongst some Moda favourites.

These two quilts will be going to two lovely little sisters whom I had the pleasure of meeting this week, along with their mummy.

'Till I can get started, at least the lovely prints will adorn my sewing table!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Black and Yellow Chevron Love

Literally any day now, a little baby boy will be born, who will get to sleep under this Black, Yellow, Grey and White Chevron Quilt. A local Melbourne girl contacted me, wanting to complete her nursery style with a funky and modern quilt in this colour scheme. Particularly in a Chevron design (see, I told you Chevrons were popular!)

So, after numerous conversations and chats about fabric choices, this was our result. A super funky, and super modern quilt for her new little boy. I am particularly pleased with the technical aspects of this little quilt, and how it turned out. 

It required a bit of thinking to achieve the directional fabric prints to run in the correct way, and that was fun. It was great for my pregnant brain to have to think a bit more! 
The backing is, of course, pieced from left over scraps.

Good news? Caseii absolutely loves her quilt! Which makes me one very happy designer and crafter! 
Caseii, I hope you and your family enjoy it for many years to come! Good luck with your new little boy!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Modern Circle Quilt

I actually made and finished this quilt top some time ago, but as often is the way, it sat waiting to be quilted and finished for a whole year. Being a quilt that is designed to ruffle and fray with love and wear, I just couldn't decide how best to quilt it. I had thoughts of quilting multiple circles all over it; of doing shadow quilting in the fabric circles; endless ideas.

In the end I stuck with what I know, and randomly stipple quilted the whole thing.

Sometimes I think it's best to stick with what I know, and what's familiar. My lovely Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.0 is fantabulous at stipple quilting, as it allows me to adjust the pivot height and the tension to make it just perfect. Every day I use my lovely big sewing machine, and every day she's a pleasure to work with!

So, on to the circle quilt! The range of fabric is "Ginger Blossom" by Sandi Henderson for Michael Miller. I simply cut a larger circle from a template, then folded that circle into quarters to cut out a smaller inner circle. Then it was just a matter of laying out the circles on some plain white homespun and sewing them down. Very easy and a lot of fun.

The quilt measures about 50" square, and has been washed already to give it that lovely crinkly, fluffy look. The backing was made up with a lovely plain green, mixed in with some scarps from the front.
So a year later, but worth the wait. 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Just Chevrons

I didn't have long to enjoy the finished result of my little Chevron Quilt. It was bound and photographed and placed on Etsy for sale, and within 4 days it was sold to the United States. 

I am so pleased that it will be going to a lovely home, where it will be hung on the wall as a feature piece of a girls bedroom. I'm sure it will bring some lovely colour and vibrancy to her room, and I hope she enjoys it for many years to come. Who knows? Maybe when this girl is older she will use it for her children. It's a nice thought to think! 

I just love the Kumari Designs range of fabric that was used for this one. It really is a fun range of fabric to work with, and I love the sassy colours. The quilt design and colours have proven to be really popular on Etsy, with already some interest in custom orders. See? I told you Chevrons were popular!

I'm anticipating releasing a pattern for this Chevron Quilt in the near future - getting back into the swing of writing patterns again is going to be interesting!

And for those interested, we are now 19 weeks and 3 days along in our pregnancy. The baby is moving around quite a bit now, which is so incredible to feel. I can't feel it on the outside as yet, so hopefully Simon will get to feel a few big kicks soon. We have our next scan coming up in a few days!