Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Finished in a day...Not!

I finished this quilt a couple of weeks ago....only a few years after starting it!

Ironically I made this quilt because I wanted to see if I could make a quilt in a day. I made the top in a day! I used the free Lark Quilt pattern by Amy Butler, I changed it slightly so I could use a layer cake and not have any wastage.

I also wanted to use what was in my stash, in hindsight I should have spent a few dollars to get a navy solid rather than using the print but I'm not changing that now.

It stayed in my container of finished tops for a long until I dug it out and got it professionally quilted by Fiona aka the quilting fairy. She did such a wonderful job, I totally love the feathers and the block pattern she quilted on the navy.

I am going to try to not let quilts take so long to finish from now on....ok even I know that is probably not really going to work out!

Bye for now, Jess


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Oz mini quilt swap

This year I decided to join in on a few swaps. This week the #igminioz swap is wrapping up. The swap was basically a mini quilt swap for Aussies on Instagram.

I am so thrilled with the things I received from Luelle (@strange_stitches) . She made me the most beautiful mini quilt based on an image from a Tula Pink print. The quilting is stunning! I just love looking at it!

I am a huge Star Trek fan so she made this mug rug size mini which reflects that perfectly! I am going to hang it up with some of my other mini's.

The other little extras are all favourites of mine too - mini charms of Sweetwater ranges, a spool of purple Aurifil thread and a special little pack of mini charms.

For my partner Kate (@jemimaquilts) I made a mini using a Thimble Blossom pattern called Mini Puddle Jumping. I used Bonnie and Camille fabric. I can't believe I forgot to take a photo of the mini quilt before I sent it! So I am using a screen shot of the picture Kate took.

I also made a Mini Sew Together bag using the same fabrics. The full size Sew Together bag is a pattern by Sew Demented and the mini conversion is done by Elizabeth at

And I made Kate's little guy a book cushion. The space fabric has parts that glow in the dark. The embroidery design is from Urban Threads and is such a fun design.

This has been such a fun swap!

Bye for now, Jess


Friday, April 10, 2015

Why so long? And Millefiore fun.

I was looking at my blog, this blog, a few days ago in search of a quilt to see when I had started it and I realised that I might come to regret not blogging for so long. So, it is time to start again.

So much has happened in the however long it has been since I last blogged seriously. I think I will just fill in the blanks as I go rather than try and cover it all in one huge post.

One of the biggest projects I have started in the last year is the La Passacaglia quilt from the Millefiore book.

I ordered the book from Quiltmania when they had a 60% off sale, bargain! And got my paper pieces from Paper Pieces in the US.

I started making the quilt on our big trip to Melbourne in October 2014.

I have made the first rosette, which is the only completed round cog.

The first big rosette took me 3 months to complete.

And I am half way through my second big rosette. There are three of these.

I decided to mainly use Tula Pink and Cotton & Steel fabric with a few solids and other fav prints thrown in.

I have to admit and am really dawn to complicated patterns!

Bye for now,