Saturday, December 29, 2012

2012 Wrap Up


Since there are only a couple more days left for 2012 I thought I might have a look at what I have made this year.

2012 small finishes

If I remember correctly my goal for 2012 was to make less small stuff and more quilts, and actually I think I may have succeeded!

For the small stuff I made things like bibs, bookmarks, bags, an apron, journal covers and coasters. Some things not in the picture are PJ pants, key fobs and scarfs.

Finished quilts – mini’s through to twin size.

Piecing Light Name quilt

Name Game Swap mini quilt.

Text challenge quilt

Modern Mini Challange quilt.

Kates quilt

Kate’s quilt.

Ivy's quilt

Ivy’s quilt.

My finished quilt front

My How Far Will You Go? QAL quilt.

And Flimsy’s…

Sunkissed Flimsy

This is Amy Butlers Lark quilt, made with Sunkissed.

Star flimsy

The Star quilt from the book Quilting from Little Things.

Owl quilt flimsy

The Owl quilt top that I made on retreat.

Obviously these need to be quilted to be classified as finished but I am surprised that I made so many quilts this year!

Dress your roll challenge

And last but not least…my toilet roll cover from the Dress Up Your Roll Challenge!

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Last Finish for 2012

Hi all,

I actually finished putting the binding on a few days ago but didn’t get to take some photos until yesterday…

My finished quilt front

This is my How For Will You Go? QAL quilt!

Quilt stats
Size – 65” x 80”
Pattern – HFWYG?QAL
Fabrics – Ruby, Flea Market Fancy and Bella Feather
Quilted by – Me! In an all over stipple

My finished quilt back

Improv stacked coin backing…I used all my left over fabric and only have small pieces left now!

My finished quilt back 2

One strip in the backing was a bit short so I slashed it and added in a block I had made from the leftover triangles. And on a couple of the other strips I made a feature of the selvages.

My finished quilt rollup

The ever popular roll up shot LOL

Page break

Just a little reminder - This is what is left to do for the QAL - 4th January: Binding your quilt
11th January: Link up your finished quilt.
18th January: Prize winners announced.

For links to all the tutorials go here.

And for a run through of the categories and prizes go here.

It is not too late to make something…be it a pincushion, coasters, pot holder or even a mini quilt (use your imagination) to go in the 3rd category of Small Quilted Item. You could try for a throw quilt if you have made some of the blocks and don’t think you can finish the twin size.

Enjoy the ride!

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Quilting your QAL quilt

Hi all,

Jess has done a great post about quilting, I am a bit behind so you may have already seen it but I thought I should post a link…so here it is!

Quilt label

For my quilting I just did a large stipple.

I also made a label for my quilt, I named the quilt Ruby’s Flea Market after the fabrics I used. Ruby and Flea Market Fancy!

I am still stitching my binding down, I love to do it by hand because if you spend so much time making a beautiful quilt why rush the last step! But I am soooo slow!

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Friday, December 14, 2012

End of the school year!

Hi all,

Wow! Can you believe it? Where did this year go?

My biggest little guy finished year 1 today, it has gone so quickly but he had a great teacher and there was a teachers aide again this year so I think he has had lots of learning, encouragement and guidance…which I thought couldn’t go unappreciated! So I made them something each that I hope they love.


Lunch bags! The pattern is free over at the Pink Penguin blog! I love this bag, I have one myself which I use to carry around hand sewing.


These are lined with a food safe waterproof fabric which was lovely to sew with and looks really neat. And for the wadding I have used a layer of Insul-bright to insulate them.


Now we have to start getting ready for next year which will be very exciting and scary too. The biggest little guy will be in grade 2 and the littlest guy will be starting kindy. I have a feeling kindy might be a bit of a shock to his system – with the sharing, separation from mum & dad and new rules to follow. Hopefully it won’t take too long to for them both to settle in.

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Putting the QAL quilt top together

Hi everyone,

Today I am going to show you how I put the quilt top together for the How far will you go? QAL.

Remember though that you don’t have to make the whole quilt for a chance to win something, even if you only managed a block or two you can make that into something like a potholder, cushion or tote bag. Don’t feel pressured just have fun!


This is my quilt top all put together. I did it exactly to the layout that we started with at the beginning (except my outside border is bigger)….but if you are concerned about colour balance feel free to switch blocks around so that you are happy!

Layout sections

When I put the blocks together I broke the quilt up into sections. In the picture above you can see there is a section 1, 2, 3 and 4.

My biggest tip for joining the blocks together is to line up any seams that match and use pins. Sew with 1/4” seam allowance and it is a good idea do do a little back stitch at the beginning and end of each seam to hold it all together.

Section 1

Section 1 - block names

Section 1 is actually broken up into smaller sections to sew it together.

Sew the smaller blocks together first. Another Star, St. Louis Star and the 2 Susannah blocks all get sewn together. Then join these onto the Dutch Rose block.

Sew the Tippencanoe blocks together in a row, and sew the 2 Clay’s Choice blocks together. Join these together before sewing them onto the Wandering Foot block.

Then finish section 1 by joining the two part sections together.

Section 2

Section 2 - blocks named

Sew the Farmers Daughter and the Jack in the box blocks together first.

When you join together the Pieced Star blocks be aware that a 3rd pieced star block is in section 3, check that you have these 3 where you want them for colour balance.

Join the Pieced Star blocks to the right-hand side of the Arrowhead block. Then join the 3 top blocks to the top of the section.

Section 3

Section 3 - blocks named

Join the 4 Seesaw blocks together in a row.

Join the 2 Pinwheel Skew blocks together and then sew these to the bottom of the 3rd Pieced Star block.

Sew the 2 Crazy Ann blocks together. Join the row of Seesaw blocks to the top of the Crazy Ann blocks. Then join the Pieced Star/Pinwheel Skew section onto the right-hand side.

Section 4

Section 4 - blocks named

Sew the 3 Windblown Square blocks into a row.

Join the Grandmothers Choice block to the Weathervane block. Then sew these to the left-hand side of the Tassel Flower block.

Sew the row of Windblown Square blocks to the top of the Tassel Flower section.

Joining the sections

Joining sec 2,3,4

Sew section 2 to section 3 first.

Then add section 4 onto the bottom.

Blocks all together

Then sew section 1 onto the left-hand side of the larger section 2, 3 and 4.

Your blocks are now all together.

You can leave it like this and finish the quilt without borders if you like…or you can continue on with the next steps!


The inner border is 1” wide finished.

Cut 7 strips 1.5” x width of fabric. Trim off the selvedge's.

To make the side strips join 2 sets of 2 together (LOL a bit of double dutch there).

You want 2 strips that are 1.5” wide x 75.5” long. This is the EQ measurement, which worked perfectly for my quilt, but you may want to double check by measuring your quilt through the middle.

Sew these to the long sides of the quilt top. Start by pinning each end and pin in the middle and then ease it all in.

Press the seam to the border.

You should have 3 of the 1.5” strips left. Cut one in half and join each half to a full length strip. And then trim to the right length.

You want 2 strips 1.5” wide x 52.5” long.

Sew these strips to the short sides of the quilt in the same manner as the long strips.

The outer border in the original pattern is 5” wide.

I have made mine 6” wide. Mainly because that is the width of my long ruler. I also cut my borders from the length of the fabric - so I had a 2 metre piece of fabric, leaving it folded I cut off the selvedge's and then cut 2 strips 6.5” wide down the length of the fabric. Giving me 4 strips 2 metres long.

Anyway that is a bit of a side note…

For 5” finished borders you will need -
2 strips 5.5” wide x 77.5” long
2 strips 5.5” wide x 62.5” long

Using the same method as for the narrow border - sew the longer strips to the long side of the quilt first. Press seams out to the border.

And then sew the shorter strips to the short sides of the quilt in the same way.


You have completed your quilt top! You can give yourself a big pat on the back!

Now we are going to have a 2 week break to let everyone catch up and put their quilt tops together. On the 21st of December Jess will be over on her blog giving you all ideas for quilting your quilt.

Don’t forget to put any photos you have taken on the flickr group.

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Don’t let my quiet blog fool you!

Hi all,

We have had such a busy week!

Doing this -


And of course I forgot to take before photos…we are putting new carpet in our bedrooms, we have had a concrete floor in the main bedroom for about 4 years and the carpet in the boys rooms is about 30 years old so it is long overdue!


So these are the boys rooms. We think the house was an owner build because it is pretty dodgy…so we are redoing all the skirting and architrave boards. And then we need to paint before the carpet goes in.

This morning I meet mum at Spotlight and we used our $40 vouchers to get curtain fabric for the new rooms too.

It is all happening!

Quilt backing 

I have managed to squeeze in some sewing time though. This is the backing for my How far will you go? QAL quilt. Kind of an improve stacked coin look. It is a lot bigger than the actual quilt size and I still need to trim the edges.

I had to order some more fabric for my border so I thought I would make the backing while I waited. I ordered the fabric from Perri at Stitches from the Bush, she has a great little online shop. And I snuck in a Noteworthy charm pack, I am so in love with this range!

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Block 18 – Grandmothers Choice

Hi all,

Well this is the last block for the How far will you go? QAL….It is been an exciting and interesting 18 weeks. I can’t believe we have been doing this quilt for 3 months, it has gone really fast!

So originally the last block was Hayes Corner but it really was not going to work for a 10” block….so I chose a much simpler block for us to finish on!

Grandmothers Choice title pic

This block is basically the Crazy Ann block (week 13) but without the crazy, which can only be good! And I am so sorry I took the photos on my design board, the white background is not the best decision.

You only need to make one of these blocks.

Cutting Instructions

Cutting instructions

 Background fabric
4 x 2 7/8” squares cut diagonally to yield 8 triangles
4 rectangles 2.5” x 4.5”

Fabric 1
1 x 4 7/8” square cut diagonally to yield 2 triangles
2 x 2.5” squares

Fabric 2
1 x 4 7/8” square cut diagonally to yield 2 triangles

Fabric 3
2 x 2.5” squares

Making the block

Corner Units

Step 1

Using your fabric 1 and 3 2.5” squares and the background triangles. 

Step 2  
Piece the first triangle to one side of the square and lining up the straight edges, as pictured above.

Step 3

Piece the 2nd triangle to the square, lining up the straight edges, as pictured above.

Step 4 
It is a good idea to trim off the little dog ears, I was so excited to be on the last block that I forgot LOL

You should have 4 of these pieced triangle units, 2 of each colour.

Step 5

Join the pieced triangle to your Fabric 1 and 2 triangles. Press the seam over to the print fabric.

You should have two units with fabric 1 and two units with fabric 2 and 3. Four units all together.

The block

Step 6

This goes together like a nine patch block.

lay all your pieces out and sew it into rows first. I pressed the all of the rows seams to the background fabric.

Step 7

Next sew the rows together. Pin at the intersecting seams.

Press seams to the background fabric.

Completed block

You have now completed a Grandmothers Choice block! And the last block of the QAL!

It should measure 10.5” unfinished.

We are going to give you a couple of weeks now to catch up on your blocks and then we will post about putting the quilt together in two weeks, so the 7th December.

Don’t forget to upload your photos of your blocks to the flickr group, we are loving seeing your progress!

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Blocks Galore!

Hi all,

I have been busy making lots of blocks….it is a pity a block is not classed as a finish for OPAM!


Block 17 of the HFWYG? QAL is called Arrowheads…The tute is here.


Block 11 of the QAL is Tippencanoe which is 4 foundation pieced 5” blocks….so cute! The tute for these is here.

Sept bee blocks

These are the blocks for the QCA Bee hive 2…September. I loved using some of my Spring Street stash for these!

October bee blocks

October. The blocks from this month will make one loud quilt I think!

Nov bee blocks

And November. These are big Polaroid blocks. Great for fussy cutting!

That is the Bee up to date now! And I only have two more blocks for the QAL to do – Crazy Ann and Pinwheel Skew. I have made the last block, just have to write the tutorial. It is really the Crazy Ann block without the Crazy….I hope that is okay, I didn’t realise they were so similar until I started working on the Crazy Ann blocks this morning.

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