Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tuesday Stack - I Forgot the Tuesday Stack!!

Bum!  I forgot the Tuesday stack!  I could blame it on the mindless counting involved with stock taking or that we have changed the shop layout, old age.....my dog ate it (only problem is we don't have a dog).  Long story short this Tuesday, this stack is the most inspiring I can come up with.  I think these castell's are very cool, I just would not want to be the person on top (or the bottom).  Thank you wikipedia for the image.

I hope you are having a great week, if you would like to come in and visit us and see the new shop layout we would love to see you - beware it is a work in progress and we may change it up still.  And to the lovely customer who said she may have to un-like me on Facebook because of the fabric combos we show - we can remain friends.  

Normal Tuesday stacking will resume next week.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tuesday Stack - Fancy Some Foxy Fabric

This week's stack is inspired by our footpath sign and the Fox Playground -Transport fabric.
I kept stacking then suddenly realised I had 9 fabrics - whoopsie!  I find buying fabrics can be a bit like that as well.

Just My Type Retro Clover Grey by Patty Young for Michael Miller
Gracie Girl Dot in Blue from Riley Blake
Chevron Grey from Riley Blake
Retro Crosshatch from Windham

We sometimes get asked to help put fabrics together for a baby quilt, when it is unknown whether the baby is going to be a boy or a girl.  This combo would be perfect for this. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Making Your Own Quilt Label - 4+ A Week Progress

This week has not been the best as far as creating and crafting.  A 7 day work week, a sick girl, husband away and sore back don't make for a lot of crafting.  But I am grateful for what I have accomplished  some cutting, some envelopes, which I will share in a later post and although it is only small, a quilt label...

I am so happy with how this turned out.  I used the freezer paper method for putting fabric through the printer.  I followed this You Tube clip:

And I downloaded the border from Star Sunflower Studio.  Isn't the internet a wonderful thing?

I have down my usual with labels and sewn a backing fabric to it with right sides together and turned it.  All I need to do is hand stitch it onto the quilt.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tuesday Stack - Pink and Green

I remember my Gar (my special name for my Grandma) saying pink and green should never be seen. As in they should never be worn together.  (She had this covered by almost always wearing lilac or a variation on that theme).  I think those old rules have been overturned.  I love the freshness of pink and green (sorry Gar).

Hatbox Stripe from Kanvas
Handpicked White Diamonds By Jacquelin Savage McFee for Camelot
Satchi Grey from Alexander Henry (a new favourite)
Lottie Da Carousel Stripe by Heather Bailey
Heath Pink/Hot Pink by Alexander Henry (check this out it is amazing)
Lottie Da Go Go Rose by Heather Bailey

And the fabrics in a collage:

Thursday, March 6, 2014

4+ A Week Progress

Well I did it for the first week.  It was not always easy crafting for at least 1 hour 4 days a week.  (I am glad I did not say I would do 5!)  On Sunday I got engrossed in what I was sewing and apart from the call for dinner I could have kept going.

I spent a lot of my creative time sewing all the little triangles for the centre frame of my Midnight at the Oasis quilt.  I am using a lot of scraps in this quilt, but it has hardly made a dent in my scrap bag.

I am rehearsing different fabrics for the background.  The triangles are very small (2 inches and fiddly) so I used machine paper piecing.  

I finished putting the binding on a quilt that has been languishing in the pile.

This is destined for a gift for a new baby.

And I cut and cut some more - squaring up ½ square triangles, cutting blocks for my orange peel blocks in the Midnight at the Oasis Quilt.  Did I ever tell you that cutting is my least favourite part of the sewing process.

I found that once I started sewing, I did not want to stop, it was just the getting started!  4+ a week is a promise to myself to craft for at least 1 hour per day 4 hours per week.  

You are welcome to join me, by adding the link to your blog post with your creations for the week here. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tuesday Stack Warm and Cool

This week's stacks feature some of the fabric from last week.  These two stacks show the effects you can get based on colour selection.  Diane put these together.  
The Warm Collection:

Copenhagen Retro Flower Berry
Eyelet Pink
Ditsy Floral Grey
Garden Pindot Red
Copenhagen Harlequin
Doodle Damask
Kona Candy Pink

The Cool Collection:

Very Spotty Duck Egg MiniCopenhagen Cross Grey (this grey is almost a taupe)
Garden Pindot Chartreuse
Copenhagen Retro Flower Cool
Modern Christmas Leaf from Makower
Copenhagen Cross Lime
Essex Linen Aqua

We love playing with fabric and putting different combos together!