Friday, January 6, 2017

UFO Challenge with Patchwork Times

This year I want to set aside time to work on projects I've let sit in my stash for many years. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a UFO that has been haunting your to-do list finally make its way into the realm of finished quilts! The hardest part of this process can sometimes be picking a quilt to start with.

Fortunately, Judy of Patchwork Times is hosting a UFO 2017 challenge. All you need to do is post a list of 12 UFO's in no particular order at the start of the year. Then, each month, Judy will randomly choose a number - and that is the quilt on your list that you will work on!

~ Here is my list for 2017 ~

1. Galaxy Quilt (one block of 9 completed) Started 2016

2. Gift Boxes Quilt (two blocks of 12 completed) Started 2016
3. Granny Squared (quilt top completed) Started 2014
4. ABC Quilt (needs borders) Started 2014
5. Elizabeth Hexagons (quilt top completed) Started 2014
6. Hushabye Rows (quilt top completed) Started 2013
7. Niner Quilt (cutting completed, started piecing) Started 2014

8. Flowering Snowball (need to join rows together) Started 2014 ~ Featuring an older photo of my gorgeous baby boy kitty who sadly passed away this year. 

9. Road 15 Checkerboard (blocks completed, sashing required) Started 2014

10. Neptune Log Cabin (half way through cutting out) Started 2014
11. Aboriginal Diamonds (cutting completed) Started 2013
12. Fox Field Bear Paw (needs borders - 3 of them. Yikes!) Started 2014

Because I know that January's number is 3, this means that this month I will be finishing off my Granny Squared quilt! I can't wait to get started. 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

2017 Quilty Resolution - and a Free Printable!

I like to get started on my New Year's Resolutions a little early. As with many people, I sometimes find that those good intentions early on in the year tend to fall behind part way through. So I choose to turn my resolutions into goals. Resolutions want to be achieved straight away, and maintained through the year. Goals are something that can be worked on all year round to reach their conclusion.

My quilty goal for next year is to re-organise, re-structure, and re-inspire my sewing. Lately, the sorry condition of my workspace has left me disheartened and less likely to find my creative spirit. This has become especially important recently, with the decision to launch BB Creations - our mother/ daughter pattern making company. As such, we need a space that is motivating and easy to work in.

With the promise of a new year, I have created a three stage plan to achieve this goal.

Stage One: Re-organise            Stage Two: Re-structure             Stage Three: Re-inspire

The plan is for me to document this process here, with hopefully more than a few handy tips for those of you with as unruly a stash as me!

Part one of reorganising is working out what I already have. To kick off this process, I have created a very basic PDF printable where I can list my quilt projects for 2017.

I had a lot of fun going through my project boxes and writing down the names of all of my WIPs and UFOs. And I mean all. The grand total came to a rather embarrassing amount. I didn't realise I had so many projects on the go! Nevertheless, I feel much more prepared to tackle the new year, knowing exactly what I have come into it with. 

Apologies for the terrible lighting. That's what happens when you get SO EXCITED and just have to do the thing... and its become night without warning. Whoops! 

If you would like a free copy of this printable, just click here to download it. I am currently practicing my Adobe PDF creating skills to improve our upcoming patterns, so you may see more than a few free printables pop-up in the next few weeks :)

Until next time!

Rebecca xx

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Fresh Beginnings

With the start of a new year on its way, it's time to make fresh choices and new beginnings. With that in mind, my mother and I have decided to launch our patchwork and quilting pattern business. We have been designing and teaching our original quilt patterns for a few years now, but have yet to branch out to selling them online.

If you are interested in hearing more about this exciting new adventure as it happens, please like our Facebook page and subscribe to our newsletter by following this link to keep up to date with the latest news.

Thank you for your support as we follow our hearts down this exciting new path.

Rebecca xx

Monday, October 5, 2015

FAL Quarter 4 and ALYOF October

October is one of my favorite months of the year. Not only is it just getting warm enough to not want to wear a wolly-mammoth jumper and bed socks every second of every day, but it also has a holiday which I kind of love. HALLOWEEN!!!

Halloween is not that big in Australia, but it is slowly creeping up there. I blame it on the inevitable increase of brightly colored cheap plastic decorations, and promo-themed candy packaging designed by marketing teams everywhere that giggle with glee knowing women like me will buy them with the intent of saving them for Halloween - but then end up eating them all singlehandedly and need to buy more. You can see why I try not to go grocery shopping that often.

For me, though, it is the fabric that I love the most. The striking greens, oranges and purples that feature the cutest little Halloween creatures and scenes. As a lover of fantasy and paranormal fiction, these types of fabrics call to me, but are not often popular in the world of fabric designers. Hence my slight *cough* obsession with Halloween themed fabric has lead to an obscene modest collection of fabrics which I hope to turn into a quilt sometime soon. I'm not picky. I've had some of it for five or more years now, so I'm certainly in no rush.

But what I am in a rush to complete is my newest quilt project creatively named "The Galaxy Quilt". I am using a pattern called The Rhonda Star by QuiltJane recently taught by the designer herself at my place of work - Patches Indooroopilly.

My love for this quilt was reignited by its almost Halloween color scheme and whimsical nature... it was also brought back to my attention when QuiltJane's son attended my children's Make a Quilt class at Patches a week ago. So out it came - and made itself my October A Lovely Year of Finishes goal and #1 on my FAL Quarter 4.

I have only made the one block so far, but QuiltJane's instructions were so easy to follow that I know I will be able to polish this one off in no time. Though for anyone wanting to make this quilt yourself, her tip of using the Tri-Recs Ruler is an excellent one. I tried cutting out my triangles without it, and had great difficulty getting them exactly right, so I bought the ruler and finished cutting out 108 triangles in no time.

#2 is a carryover from last quarter - my Elizabeth Hexagon quilt. I managed to finish piecing the blocks together, but decided that it was too small. So now I have to add a large border to float the hexagons before I can quilt it.

#3 is another carryover, and a long overdue one. Mum's knitted socks have made some progress, with one sock almost complete.

#4 The ABC quilt - pattern from Moda - is no closer to being completed (I only had about 5 blocks to go). Still, this quilt is a manageable size, so I'm hoping this is one that I will have the pleasure of quilting myself if the top makes it to completion. One small insignificant problem... I can't find the box the project is sitting in! So here's a photo of the pattern front, and hopefully I'll find this one in time for it to make it off my list. 

#5 Iron Caddy's. Still waiting to be finished.

#6 Granny Square quilt. Still waiting, but also a self-quilt able size. 

#7 Cutlery Christmas Stockings Sets (x3). Christmas present for my mum and nanna, as well as a third set for me. 

#8 Halloween Socks. My token actual Halloween project for the month of October. Instead of tasking myself with the job of starting my Halloween quilt, I decided to work on something a little smaller.

#9 Hitchhiker Scarf 2 in progress, with one and a half balls of yarn left to go. 

#10 Diamonds in the Sky quilt. This kit is amazing. I bought it at the annual Craft and Quilt show about two years ago (coincidentally that same show is on again this week). Out of a total of 13 rows, I have just finished attaching the 10th row. So naturally this is project number 10 on my FAL Q4 list. I already have the backing and binding patiently waiting for the top to be completed. I am certain that this will be the year that I can finally add this quilt to my completed list.

Well that is it for me this quarter. Linking up to ALYOF and FAL Q4 start posts.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Sew Together Bags Come Together

After months of waiting to be pieced together, both Sew Together Bags are complete.

I made my mum's froggie bag first.

And then my Kaffe houses bag second.

They both turned out amazingly. I am very happy to cross this duo off my FAL Quarter Three list.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Walk in the Woods

Little Red Riding Hood quilt done :) Doesn't she look gorgeous. I can't get over those cute little wolf prints!

A Walk in the Woods fabric range. Backing, borders and binding are from Bonnie and Camilles Daysail range (except the black and white dots). 

Linking up to Sew Bittersweet for my ALYOF end post. Also crossing this one off my FAL Q3 post.

Friday, August 7, 2015

If at first you don't succeed...

Try and try again. This month's ALYOF project is a repeat of June's project - the walk in the woods jelly roll race quilt. 

shall try and try again to baste, quilt, and bind this pretty quilt which has *almost* satisfied my sudden love/obsession for all things red riding hood. Although I never seem to have the quilt top readily available when the time comes to take a photograph. Perhaps it's current hard-to-access location is adding to my trouble finding time to take a the next step...

Linking up to Sew Bittersweet for the August ALYOF.