Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sunday stash #10

I have had some last minute additions to my stash this week. Kristy from Quietplay and Jane from WhereJaneCreates both live quite close to me, so when any of us do an international fabric order we check if the others would like to help fill the postage bag. Last week Kristy did an order with Fabricshack and put the call out for help to make up the 9 yards. I said "pick me, pick me!!"

So yesterday on her way to Spotlight, Kristy dropped in my purchases! I ordered two charm packs - always good for a small project and variety.

The first pack is Reunion by Sweetwater.

Such happy fabric! I love the bunting. There is also quite a few text prints, which are always fun to pop into a paper piecing block.

My second pack is Spa by Deb Strain

I actually hadn't seen this fabric range before, but was sold on the colours. Lots of blues and whites....kinda like tiles. You can see the full range below

Spa by Deb Strain - courtesy of

I also ventured to Spotlight yesterday. There was 40% off all quilting fabrics, so what's a girl supposed to do??!! I picked up this pretty fabric from the Denyse Schmidt range...I thought it would make a good binding (i like spotty bindings!)

I also bit the bullet and bought close to a full bolt of white homespun - I got 13m (a full bolt at spotty is 15m). I also bought 5m of grey homespun. The total for my 19m of fabric?? $80! Now just to hide the bolt! This won't be too difficult as we are moving house next week and I have bought 2 new 80L storage tubs for all my sure I can pop it in there and hubby won't notice.

Now I did also get some Lotta Jansdotter fabric love from Kristy this week, but I have zealously packed it away so I can't show that to you :(. Maybe next week!

Linking up as always with Fiona from Finding Fifth

Friday, October 26, 2012

Lots of little things

Ok....I have been quiet, but it's been a busy couple of weeks, and I am just trying to get all my eggs into one basket! In the last 3 weeks our plans for the coming year have changed. We are no longer moving to the Barossa at the end of the year - we will be staying in Coffs for another 12mths for my husband's work. And of course once we decided that, our house, which had been on the market for 3 months, has sold. So, we have to move house anyway! We are heading to a very nice townhouse that has a pool that I won't have to clean! So I'm in the process of packing some things, and deciding what I can and can't live without for the next 12mths or so - most of our stuff will be going into storage in SA. And of course all of this comes right in the middle of a time where I am working fulltime for the first time in 8 years!!!

Anyways - I have been managing to sneak in some sewing time and it's all been paper piecing!

One of my son's school friends had a birthday party last weekend. She is 7 and totally into Dr Who. After scanning the shops and not really finding anything Dr Who there, I thought that I would tackle a few of the awesome paper piecing patterns from Fandom In Stitches.

Dr Who Logo and Tardis

The Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver

I then sewed it into a pouch and lined it with some teardrop fabric and finished it off with a velcro closure. I forget to snap a pic, but my son's friend loved it, and has been bringing it to school everyday to carry her favourite things :)

The other project i have been working on is some blocks for Wombat Stew - the paper piecing bee that I am part of. Alyce from BlossomHeartQuilts was Queen Bee for Sept and she asked for sushi inspired blocks.
My first block was inspired by a japanese plate that I found whilst googling.

I showed the pic to the lovely Kristy from Quietplay - she ran it through EQ7 and here is the result - 

My second block was inspired by Japanese tea. I sketched the design and Kristy was able to run it through EQ7 so that I would have a pattern to work from - here is the result.

I used some Rice Bowls fabric from Lecien to make the teapot and to add an accent to the cups.
I believe that the pattern for this block and the Sunrise plate will be available in Kristy's Craftsy shop in the coming weeks :)

You can see the rest of the Wombat Stew blocks here on Alyce's blog. We have such talented stitchers in our bee! You can also find us on Flickr

And in other news - I am a late minute addition to the lineup for the Sew Seasonal Blog Hop! I am very excited to be involved and to have an opportunity to help showcase the great designs from Kristy and Alyce.

Here is a little sneak peak of what I will be working on - 

I hope you can join me here on November 2nd!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sunday Stash #9

Just a small Sunday Stash for me this week after a 3 week hiatus. We have just spent some time away in the Barossa Valley. I did no sewing, nor did I get the chance to venture into any of the local quilting shops (there are two). Instead I spent my time with my hands in work gloves, mixing render by the bucketful and playing around with paint colours. Lots of fun.

But all good things come to an end and we are back in Coffs Harbour and Term 4 starts tomorrow! On our return, a little parcel of fabric goodness was waiting for me! I bought this little 1/2 yard bundle thru the Joshua Rack Medical Appeal charity auction in Sept. A very worthy cause. You can read more about Danielle and Joshua's journey here.

I have plans for this little bundle. A friend of mine who lives near the beach in Sydney has just welcomed a new addition to her family - a little boy called Henry. I think a quilt is in order, and that this bright seaside fabric fits the bill :)

I love the little crabs - too cute.

We have quilt group this afternoon - yay!! I have missed my quilty peeps over the holidays - looking forward to a cuppa, some fabric petting and hopefully a bit of sewing too. My Janome is still at the mechanics, patiently awaiting her service, so I will be digging out my Singer Featherweight and giving her a run this afternoon.

Linking up today with Fiona from Finding Fifth