Monday, May 30, 2011

My Stashbusting 2011..

At the start of the year,  I pledged that I was going to reduce my stash by using or giving away 1.5 metres of fabric for every one that I bought or was given.  I had to keep it realistic. 

Also,  I don't count dress making fabric that I may occasionally buy,  or fabrics sent to me to use for a tutorial,  which in accounting terms,  I call "fabric in,  fabric out".  That fabric isn't going to get out of control and fill my whole laundry!

So the pic above is all the fabric that I have bought or been given this year,  just over 8 metres.  I have plans for all of it.  There is a bit of new Denyse Schmidt from Spotlight this weekend, fabric tied in  bow from Sew Mama Sew in exchange for a tutorial,  a bit of Sherbet Pips and Riley Blake from Ballarat Patchwork I couldn't resist.

I've given away or used over 30 m of fabric so far.  I can nearly close the laundry door...

I have bought a bit of a stash of wool this year though.. and I'm trying to keep my stash on ravelry up to date too.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Around the Block ~ Louise and Sheridan

With the dark and miserable weather,  I still haven't managed to photograph my post-sewjourn projects.  I'll get there!  It was another fantastic weekend with the girls,  full of inspiration,  laughs and even a bit of sewing.

This year has been a real struggle with all the kids at school and work being crazy as usual,  and not so much sewing has been done.  I've fallen a bit behind with Around the Block but hopefully I will be catching up over the next few weeks and back in front again.

The two blocks in sweet red, white and blue fabric are for Louise,  who requested 10.5" blocks with a star or whirligig theme.  I may have missed the mark a bit with my first block which looked like it had more movement in my book,  but I have my fingers crossed that they will both work in a toddlers quilt for Louise's son.

The second block is for Sheridan, who requested a 14.5" block in a Mondrian style.  I enjoyed making this block and doing my best to balance out the strong colours and all the white.  Sheridan asked for a "less is more" approach which is a bit of a struggle for a "love that detail" person like me.  I'm pleased with this bold block though and I think the finished quilt will be striking.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Hello Sewjourn!

It's that time again,  and we are off to Sewjourn.  I'm looking forward to seeing all those crafty girls!

Hopefully lots to show you when we get back.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Crafty Keepers ..

A couple of weeks ago,  I showed a sneak peek of one of the projects I was working on for Quilt Fabric Delights online event, Let's Stitch.

I based my two projects around paper pieced three inch stars. So tiny!  The projects were revealed on Let's Stitch this week,  so I'm pleased I can show you the Crafty Keepers ~ Needle Case.  This needle case has 4 pockets inside,  plus felt for the needles and pins, and the back has pretty strips of fabric to match the strips on the project bag.  

And the Crafty Keepers ~ Project Bag. Both projects were hand quilted with matching dmc thread too.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Miss Maya in Pink ..

Maya had a birthday party to go to today,  and the theme was "dress in your number 1 favourite colour".  Maya loves pink,  being a 5 year old girl in a house full of boys.  I don't dress her in much pink these days and I've cut down on how many outfits I make and buy for her now she is at school and in uniform so much of the time.

Do you recognise Maya's skirt?  It's the Oliver + S Hopscotch Skirt pattern made with pale pink baby cord. 

I've been under a lot of pressure at work for the past couple of months and it hasn't left me much time for sewing or concentrating.  Like all Oliver + S patterns, the skirt comes together step by step, which was lucky as it took me over a week to gradually get the skirt together.  Not hard at all but lots of little details.  As you can see the pockets are a hit too.


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