Ideas, so many ideas

This week has been hectic again. Tilly is now at Kinder two days a week, I’m trying to say yes to as many CRT days as possible without being a burden on my babysitter (Mum). All while trying to get many ideas realised.
There is a big agricultural show on in March and I would really love to enter a few things in the craft section. Every year I say I’m going to, this year I actually want to do it!
I have a vision in my head of a quilt, pillowcase, cushions and a throw that all use Tasha Noel’s Simple Life fabric. The quilt will incorporate embroideries which will hopefully look beautiful but is time consuming. I struggle with being patient with this first step as I want to see my vision in real life.
Below is a pic of the first embroidery, it’s nearly done, then there will be another 3 or 4 (depending on my patience!). Then I can put the quilt together….

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I’m also wanting to get started on Hamish’s birthday presents, and a few other ideas…. Sometimes I wish there was more hours in the day

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Twice finished

Last week I finished a quilt to give to my cousin at her baby shower. Then I decided I wasn’t happy with the binding so my seam ripper and I got busy and ripped it all off. So, I finished it again with new binding. I’m so much happier with the results.

This quilt is made from The Sweetest Thing fabric by Zoe Pearn for Riley Blake. I left out the pinker prints as my cousin knows she is having a baby girl, but doesn’t want to be swamped by pink. Charm squares set on point with ivory sashing, what do you think?

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My favourite little man got hold of my roll of double sided fashion tape (you know that stuff you put between your body and clothes to keep your clothes in place?) and pulled it all off the dispenser. Rather than just throw it out I put it on some of the scraps of fabric and made my own washi tape. Waste not want not….

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Original binding

The original binding I had cut just 1/4 of an inch too thin. It just didn’t look right so had to be replaced.

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Tilly was so excited at the baby shower when Jem opened it, it was so cute and Jem seemed to love it.

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What I really needed…

Today was amazing. 

We all got up at a decent time (around 8am), did the usual morning stuff, told Tilly we were going on a picnic (I packed the picnic) then we headed to the zoo.

Its about an hour or so to get there, both Tilly and Hamish fell asleep in the car, but when we arrived in the carpark, Tilly took one look at the sign and exclaimed ‘We’re at the zoo!” (we hadn’t told her where we were going). 

The whole day was just one of those where everything goes right. We saw all the animals we wanted to, the kids were so excited but so well behaved (they usually are, but you know how kids can be when you’re out for a big day) everything was relaxed and fun! Both managed to stay awake on the drive home, Tilly chatted the whole way (yep, the entire hour-plus journey) and we topped it all off with McDonalds for dinner. 

Truly a day the memories are made of.

Now I’m off to bed, I am knackered!ImageImageImage

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Beating my addiction

I have an addiction to fabric. Don’t laugh, I really do. It needs to stop and its going to.

I have so many ideas and the Internet allows me to fuel these ideas with beautiful fabrics that I can buy from across the world.

The problem is that the fabrics then sit in my cupboard and don’t get to be useful or admired. I do have them all neatly organised and I love to open my cupboard and run my fingers over them imagining all the beautiful quilts and bits and pieces I plan to make. Then I shut the door and get caught up with life and they sit there for a bit longer.

Well no more!!
I am making a pledge to actually use the fabrics I have and to avoid adding to my stash. I have a few pieces on their way through work in March (Little Red Riding Hood, by Tash Noel and Calliope by Cyndi Walker) so with the exception of these I am not buying anymore quilting cottons! I can buy plain fabric to use as sashing and backing for quilts, but only from my local Spotlight store and I can buy winter weight fabric to make clothes for the kids this winter (I have the cutest vintage overall pattern for Miss Tilly). Oh and I can buy batting.

My plan is to start ‘stash sewing’, using what I have on hand already and actually making things on a regular basis, not just for presents!

Wish me luck!!

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P.S. I will happily accept any gift of fabric or vouchers for Etsy or The Fat Quarter Shop….. Then its not ‘me’ buying the fabric…..

Finished!!

Very happy with the finished quilt, just wish I had taken some better pics before I gave it to my beautiful niece.

I ended up hand-quilting a few of the picture blocks and inside and outside of the boarder. I love how hand-quilting looks, although I must invest in a good thimble! It is also the first time I have made my own bias binding, I have only ever done straight binding. I used this method to make it using only a bit over a fat quarter!

Let me know what you think!

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Stuck

Last Thursday a parcel finally arrived.

I had ordered some of Sarah Jane‘s beautiful Children at Play fabric from here. It took a while to get here and I was getting nervous as I have had a couple of things from the U.S not make it to my front door. Anyway, my beautiful sister-in-law had mentioned a colour theme of lilac and red for her daughter (who arrived into this world last Tuesday, 2 days before the fabric arrived).

My aim had been to have heaps of cute things made before little Miss Dorothy arrived (yep, Dorothy after my grandmother Dot!! Love it!!). I have pieced and basted a quilt and planned many other items in my head, I’m just a bit stuck. I attempted to free motion quilt for the first time but was not happy with the results and spent 2 nights unpicking it all. The quilt is now re-basted and waiting. Maybe I’ll hand quilt it.

Anyway, here are a few peeks…

 

The quilt pattern is from Camille Roskelley‘s Simplify book.

Hopefully I can show you the finished result soon!

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Crafty Detox

I have a confession.

My craft cupboard (one day I’ll have myself a sewing room!) had become a disorganised mess. It was so bad that I spent more time looking for things than sewing. And given that with 2 toddlers I have very little time to sew, it was very frustrating.

So the last couple of days have been sorting, organising and culling. I have been detoxing my cupboard.

I am so happy with the results, I just had to share. It all looks so pretty now. Not sure if I want to risk messing it up again…

Here is some of my fabric stash. I love being able to see it all easily, but sometimes it makes it hard to choose what to use if I haven’t already decided.

 

I also found my granny squares hiding in a box. Looking forward to getting stuck into these again…

 

I now have a basket full of pretty Atsuko Matsuyama pieces. The only problem is that I can’t bring myself to cut into them! They can be hard to come by and expensive, it really needs to be the right project

 

Another basket I filled with doilies. I have a few left after making 4 table runners for a dear friends wedding.

 

My ribbons, ric-rac and lace trims are neatly wound and stored so I can easily see them all.

 

My large collection of vintage patterns didn’t need too much attention as they are stored apart from everything else but these are two of my favourite. On  my list of things to make for Miss Tilly.

 

I feel like I can really get stuck into my ever-growing to-do list now.

Sorry hubby, you’ll be back to eating your dinner on the couch for a while!!

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Planning

I’m a bit excited as I jumped on Spoonflower on Friday night and have ordered a test swatch of what I hope will be labels I can sew on my handmade creations. It’ll be nice to put a stamp on the gifts I make.

I also hope that my 2 packages of fabric will arrive this week. One contains fabric for quilts for Hamish Bear and my new nephew who will make his arrival in November or December and the other has fabric for a quilt and a few other bits a pieces for my new niece who could arrive any day now!! So very exciting!

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Three!

Last Friday my baby girl turned 3.

I loved this birthday as she was so excited about it. She really had an understanding of it being her special day (and that she would get presents!). I love the pure surprise and excitement that this age brings, its so special.

We celebrated on Saturday with a Lalaloopsy party. I had taken her to see the movie at the cinema back in February and she has loved the dolls since. I do have a tendency to go a bit overboard with parties, but the look on her face when my husband bought her over to my parents home (the party venue) after her swimming lesson was worth all the work.

She had an absolute ball….next year might be a quiet little family trip to the snow….

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Busy, busy, busy!

Wow, I am exhausted!
The last 2 weeks have been busy and hectic with Bear having his 12 month immunisations (only 2 months late!) and suffering almost all the common reactions. Then Button also caught a cold which has now made its way to hubby and I! Both have been little troopers though and smiled through it all.
Today is the first day of school holidays and Tashabel and I gave her bedroom a detox and mini-makeover (new curtains and doona cover). I wish I had taken some before pics, but I’ll try to get some afters once I have made her some new cushion covers.

Planning for Button’s 3rd Birthday is well underway. She is in love with Lalaloopsy and although I’m not a huge fan of mass produced toys that seem to have an endless amount of merchandise that goes along with it all, these dolls are quite sweet. Each is a rag doll that magically came to life when their last stitch was sewn and has his or her own personality based on the fabric they were made from. Plenty of work to be done, I’m busy gathering ideas on Pinterest (you can see my board here Tilly’s 3rd Birthday)

I also need to get my butt into gear as I’m so behind on many sewing projects and bits and pieces for the kids. I have been making these photo’s for Button’s birthdays and still need to do one for Bear. I just have to decide which picture to use!

I also made Tilly a little story about her for her first birthday and have stared Hamish’s but so much to do still!
Guess I better get to work!
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