Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sunday Stash #3

Good Morning! The sun is shining here in Coffs today and my lovely hubby is out cycling with his buddy through the hinterland. It's a perfect time for me to dig out and share what has made it into my stash this week.

Now really, I only went to Spotlight to get some white homespun so that I could start making the pieced back for one of my WIPs - a QS quilt for our bed. But (and there is always a but isn't there?!) there was 30% off all quilting fabric and I thought I would grab a few things. In my mind, my next quilt is going to use greens....something along the lines of this colour wise.

Gorgeous greens by Elizabeth @OhFransson

So i thought I should make a start with collecting some green!

These are all from Denyse Schmidt's range. 2 of the 3 were down to $8/m then with the 30% came down to $5.60.

I picked out these 2 fabrics as well....they had just arrived at spotlight this week. There are no selvedges so I can't tell you what the range is called :(

Oh and I also got my 6 metres of white homespun!

I also had a look around in Big W on Tuesday when I was sans children and ended up bringing these home. There are fabrics here from Red Rooster, Riley Blake and Robert Kaufman.

So there are goodies to be found at Big W if you have a look!

These last 2 fabrics were also from BigW and they will be journeying up the coast to take up residence in Fiona from Finding Fifth's stash. The one on the left is "Fiona's Fancy" by Riley Blake (how could I resist?!) and the one on the right is part of the "1001 Peeps" range by Lizzy House.

Linking up with Fiona's Sunday Stash today!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Taking it for a test drive

Yesterday I spent a quiet afternoon at home after getting some jobs done in the morning. DS1 was at home with a virus, so he was able to keep his brother occupied with LEGO battles and Ninjago drama.

I thought I'd better get my act together and start preparing my project for the
Practically Paper Piecing Blog Hop - I am hosting on Thursday 9th August.

So I made a little headway with that - see the sneaky peak below....

I was chatting along on FB with Kristy from Quiet Play about our afternoon sewing exploits and she had been busy designing some new paper piecing patterns. I eagerly put up my hand and offered to test drive the Diamond Star!

And here is the result! Purple Terrain love! And the design looks fabulous set on point. I am hoping that I will be able to use this pattern to make my next quilt - hopefully using greens (you can see the green additions to my stash tomorrow).

Here is Kristy's design for a quilt using this pattern -

Doesn't it look fabulous?! All that purple love!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sunday Stash #2

I'm writing this post while my hubby is out on a morning cycle so he doesn't see my stash for this week!

First up is a group of vintage sheet charm squares that I pulled out of Sasha. These are actually the work of the lovely Lara from Luellabella. I have a few other vintage sheets in my stash and I'm looking forward to seeing how I can put them all together. My favourite fabric from this bunch is the green and teal on the top left.

Vintage sheet goodness

Do you know that you can get designer FQs at BigW?? Who would believe it? I certainly didn't until I found some myself!
Below is some Tufted Tweets by Laurie Wisbrun. I found the red at BigW (who would have thought it?!) and was lucky enough to pull the green colourway out of Sasha. This is such a sweet line - you can see more at Laurie Wisbrun

Tufted Tweets

This was also a score from Big W - it's Robert Kaufman "Retro Cafe". I think I will be putting this to good use as part of my post in the Practically Paper Piecing Blog hop!

Retro Cafe utensils.

 The BigW FQs are $4 each, so not particularly cheap, but they certainly break up the monotony of Spotlight!

The biggest addition to my stash this week comes in the form of a layer cake AND a charm pack of Half Moon Modern by Moda. Such lovely colourways here - red, yellow, orange,green, teal and grey. I am really looking forward to playing with this. Not sure what I will do with it yet, but am open to suggestions!!

Half Moon Modern fabric yumminess!

I'm linking up today with Finding Fifth's Sunday Stash!!

                                                                 Finding Fifth

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The arrival of Sasha!

Today heralded the arrival of Sasha, the travelling stash, organised by Cass from Cass the Coolest.
Sasha made her way to me after her visit to Kristy at Quiet Play

Here's Sasha's contents spread across my dining table.
Lots of goodies in here - threads, patterns, fabrics, notions...hmmm what to choose, what to choose? It was a hard decision but I chose -
2 black and white stripey FQs
Green chair fabric (to match the one I got in red at Big W on Monday)
A pack of vintage sheet charm squares
A reel of ribbon
A card of inspiration.

My choice from Sasha.

In return, I needed to add some goodies to Sasha before sending her on her merry way!

From my stash I added -

A quilter's Fabricalculator
A pattern for a loop bag
A pack of novelty charm squares
4 FQs of fabric.

So I have packed Sasha back up neatly and she just sneaks in under the 3kg mark, weighing in at a healthy 2.92kg. She is ready to head off to her next destination!

Thanks to Cass for organising - it's been fun to be a part of :)


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sunday stash

These are the new additions to my stash for this week. Not that I really needed anything but my friend Jane asked me to go to Spotlight with her..and this is what came home with me!

These are from the DS range. I will be using these next month when I am part of Quiet Play's Practically Paper Piecing bloghop!

some red and green - $4/m

And I managed to find these gorgeous nursery rhyme fabrics in the quilting section. The range is called "Classic Nursery"

Humpty Dumpty

The 3 little pigs

Hey Diddle Diddle!

Not sure what I will use this fabric for, but it was so cute that I couldn't resist!

Linking up today with Fiona from Finding Fifth!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Little red apples

My lovely friend Fiona from Finding fifth brought me some little red apples when she visited last week - such red appley goodness!

One of my favourite things to do with apples is to stew them and make apple crumble. So that little bag of apples soon became -

Lovely apple slices sitting pretty in my retro orange Le Creuset saucepan - appropriate seeing it is Bastille Day!

So on the stove they went with a little water until soft. I then mixed in a good teaspoon of cinnamon (we like our spices) and popped them in a baking dish.

Everyone has their own way of making crumble. For me, crumble means rolled oats and the recipe I use is -

1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup plain flour
25g butter

I mixed all the dry ingredients together then rubbed the butter thru the mix until it was like breadcrumbs. It then gets spread over the stewed apple. I used a double batch of the crumble mix to cover this dish.

It all went into a 180C oven for about 40 mins or so.

It is great served  warm with ice cream or custard.

Also quite fab cold in the morning with a big dollop of Greek yoghurt :)