Sunday, 23 November 2014

Tote bag

I do love a good tote bag. Its seems I carry a lot of stuff around, particularly books and papers, so for me, a good tote bag needs to be sturdy and have handles that are a comfortable length. I have been wanting to try Adrianne's tutorial for a while now, and finally got around to it this weekend.


I used some of my very favourite fabric for this bag (Lizzie House Catnap) and the Soft and Stable that Adrianne recommended (from Stitchbird for any curious kiwis). 


I also found some great fabric for the lining which I had tucked away in my stash. I love it when I can shop from my stash - I think it is a Denyse Schmidt fabric that I got from Spotlight.


Sunday, 16 November 2014

Monday modern {block lotto}

Our Monday Modern group has been playing block lotto this year. As I set to work on the last block for for the year, I felt a twinge of guilt that I had not yet sewn the blocks together that I won months ago. So this morning I got to work - job done!


This will make such a fun baby/toddler quilt finishing at 36"x 48". The fussy cut centers are really cute and I love the bright colours.

'Migration' is the last block for block lotto this year - a wee bit fiddly (lots of hsts) but it is a pretty block.


I also wanted to try out a pattern that I have had for ages called Russian Rubix by April Rosenthal. I thought it would make quite a nice Liberty quilt. The pattern calls for a bit of precision and quite a lot of trimming. I don't mind trimming as long as it all works out in the end.




Happily I can report that it is a well-written pattern so everything does work out it the end. Phew.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Pussy cat pussy cat where have you been?

Pussy cat pussy cat where have you been?
I've been to London to visit the Queen!

Well, actually Queenie didn't invite me up to the palace for a cuppa and a catch-up, maybe next time?
Although I went to London for work, I did manage to fit in some sewing-related shopping. Who'd have thought??

First stop, the gorgeous Liberty shop. The old part of the building is made from timber from an old ship so in keeping with its origins a mast and sails occupies the centre space. Beautiful!


Liberty is not a shop where it is easy buy smaller fabric cuts, on the whole you could mostly only buy half metre cuts off the bolt. A little rich for my diet (great self-control Megan) but I did find a WOF that made its way into my shopping bag.


I spent a weekend with a friend I used to flat and craft with. She had bought me a bundle of fabric from the V&A museum to celebrate my arrival. The fabric is a little unusual but I'm thinking it might look good made up using Adrienne's High Tea pattern.


For a book lover like me, the huge Waterstones near Picadilly Circus had me in seventh heaven. Floors and floors of books *sigh*. Resisting the urge to fill my suitcase with books, I settled on a couple of poetry collections and just one quilting book.


The instructions inside are so clear and there are lots of fun looking projects to try - I've not seen this book before, so it was a very happy find.


I had a lovely time away but as always, am very happy to be home and I'm looking forward to dusting off my sewing machine :-)

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Tula Pink Nest hexy cushion

I really like hexies and the whole EPP process. Although I've made a few hexy flowers over the years, I've never used them for anything. Until now. Yippee.


The hexy fabric is Tula Pink Nest. I bought a little hexy kit, then Liz shared some extra fabric she had sourced with me. 


There were a few firsts for me in making this cushion. First time doing applique, first time hand quilting. I enjoyed doing both. I didn't want to waste the extra squares I had, so I stitched them together for the back.


Mum has been visiting and I offered her this cushion, but now that I see the pictures I'm not sure I want to part with it. Oops.



Sunday, 28 September 2014

Welcome Daylight Saving!

I love this time of year when it seems like summer might be just around the corner as evenings get lighter and lighter. In fact, I felt so cheerful this morning, I was ready to get Gypsy Wife out of the cupboard and tackle another section.

Here it is - excitingly named 'section 7'. It is the long panel bottom right which looks deceptively simple but took quite a lot of concentration.


Making the most of my burst of enthusiasm I did the big block needed for another section called 'Crazy Anne'. Yep, caused a little craziness and some of the points are a bit off, but I'm calling it a victory :-)



Sunday, 14 September 2014

Round the World Blog hop

Rachel at Wooden Spoon Quilts tagged me recently for the Round the World Blog hop. Rachel has just started a blog although she has been very active on Flickr for ages. If you don't know her you need to check out her gorgeous work immediately!

Read on if you want to know a couple more things about me...

Where do I live? 
I live in Auckland, New Zealand. I grew up in Wanganui and moved to Wellington when I was 18 to go to university. I arrived in Auckland in my early twenties and never quite managed to leave again. Mystery photo below - a local would recognise it :-)


What am I working on?
This weekend I have been working on my Ginger Crush BOM. I'm really enjoying the lovely fabrics and the sense of satisfaction that comes with getting something finished.


Just that star to applique on.
I've also made a start handquilting (*gasp) my hexy cushion. I may be some time...


How does my creating process work?
Um... I get an idea, jump in boots and all with limited planning...problem solve when I hit a wall, then feel ridiculously pleased with myself...fall out of love with the project and put it in a dark cupboard for a while...have stern words with myself and force myself to finish...finish and decide I quite like it after all. Yep, I think that's about it.

I'm not tagging anyone in particular - but please do feel free to consider yourself tagged if you want to play along!

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Some quilty secrets

There seems to be a rash of sharing quilty secrets going on in blogland. I can't promise you 10 - in fact let's skip the counting all together.

  • My Gypsy Wife and I are officially on a break. I'm not sure how long it will last or whether we're going to need couple's therapy, but there it is.


  • I love stars. I can't get enough of them. Hence the completely random decision to start a new project as WIPs pile up around me. I've called this project "Adrianne's stars" :-)



  • I nearly always start projects without a real plan. A while back I started some sewing some hexies together. I like how this is looking, but I'm not sure what will happen next.



  • Because of my reluctance (inability) to plan ahead, sewing is generally just one big problem solving exercise. Exhibit A - this one is due to the very popular not quite enough fabric:



  • I get deeply and profoundly mad when the print on a fabric doesn't run along the grain. It's like the fabric makers are out to make your sewing look bad. Grrrrrr.



  • I occasionally make lists so I can enjoy ignoring everything on the list. 

  • I have pruned my blog post right back. I just want to see what you are making guys. Not read your advertising or your angsty story about not feeling good enough.
  • I have a thing for cat fabric. I pretty much never sew with it, so I guess we could say I 'curate' cat fabric. 


Happy weekend everyone!