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. 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

A Wonder Woman Finish

I am so excited to have finished my Wonder Woman bag! I have just started teaching again at my practical placement, and I am dying to take this bag to school! Some of the kids went crazy over my Flash superhero earrings, so I have a feeling this will be well received. 

Isn't she gorgeous?! I am so happy with how she turned out!
I used the Paddington Satchel bag pattern by Moonshine designs (Monica Poole). 

Linking up this super finish to ALYOF July end, and crossing off my quarter 3 Finish Along list. 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

FAL Quarter Three and ALYOF July Goal

FAL Quarter Two is over and Quarter Three is about to begin.

1. My July A Lovely Year of Finishes goal, and my first FAL goal is the in progress Wonder Woman bag.

At the Brisbane Craft and Quilt Show last year, I found a bag design I hadn't seen before by a designer whose bags I've made a fair few times. What caught my eye was the fabric the stall owner had made it in - Wonder Woman! As soon as I saw it I knew that I needed this bag in my life. So I bought the pattern and Wonder Woman fabric to make it.

2. Walk in the Woods quilt: still waiting to be quilted and bound.

3. Sew Together Bags (x2): one almost completed, second already cut out.

4. Elizabeth Hexagons: using Tula Pink's Elizabeth range and the HexNMore ruler by Jaybird Designs.

5. Mum's Knitted Socks: At the gusset on Sock #1.

6. Aqua Cable Bag: three cables away from ribbing, before it can be sewn together with a fabric lining and leather handles.

7. Iron Caddies (x2): one needing just handles and binding, and the other completely cut out.

8. ABC Quilt: still waiting on the last few letters and filler blocks.

9. Granny Square Quilt: fabric pulled but nothing cut out yet.

10. Churn Dash Quilt: top finished just needs backing to be pieced, quilting and binding.

That's all for Quarter Three. Linking up to FAL 2015 and ALYOF July.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Saltwater Pinwheels

After approximately two years of being on my finish along lists, I am happy to say that my Tula Pink Saltwater pinwheels quilt is finally complete! I had been dragging my feet about the quilting of it; never being able to make a decision on how I wanted to do it. Then my mother offered to test out a new design on one of my quilts, stars, and I couldn't pass up the opportunity. 

I am really happy with the result. The design reminds me of old wooden ships navigating by the stars. I've never bound a quilt with more than one fabric before, but I loved the way it contrasted with the navy and brought out some of the other colours in the quilt. I might have to consider more pierced binds in the future. 

Crossing this one off my FAL Quarter Two list. Finally.