Tuesday, April 30, 2013

I Did

Apologies for my absence of late but I promise I have a good excuse...


Last Friday, 26 April, I was lucky enough to marry the man of my dreams.  YAY!  We are blissfully happy and looking forward to spending the rest of our lives together as husband and wife.

Before that though we're off on the honeymoon of all honeymoons, so I'd better go pack my bags and clean up for the housesitter.

See you in June.


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Le Challenge... Accepted!

On Sunday I promised a big reveal of my Le Challenge project and so... without further ado...

QUILT - Three Squared (top)

This baby quilt is destined for a new little miss, born last Tuesday.  As she came early, and I didn't know the sex beforehand, I hadn't really planned for this project and therefore needed a quickie.  This proved to be just that - with cutting started on Wednesday and binding finished early Monday morning.  Gotta love that turn-around!

I'm also pleased to brag share that this entire quilt was made from items I already had on hand.  Yay!  Of course, Mr C took this as another opportunity to point out that I have too much fabric (*gasp*) but I am choosing to ignore that.  Seriously, I know many of you have much, much, much more than me.  ;)

The finished quilt measures about 36" x 36".  Perfect size for bub - and it helped make the whole process even quicker as a pieced back was not necessary.  Now we're talking.

QUILT - Three Squared (back)

I absolutely love this funky print - and actually let it dictate the whole palette for the quilt, minus the yellow.

For the binding I originally imagined dark purple (Kona Mulberry, to be precise) but as I didn't have enough, I made do with a dark pink with just a hint of mulberry. 

QUILT - Three Squared (binding)

I have to admit, I actually love it.  Hopefully the mum (who is a purple lover like myself) agrees.

The quilting was based on this quilt, the obvious inspiration for the whole project.  You know the saying, if it ain't broke...

QUILT - Three Squared (quilting)

Basically, it consists of straight-lines, quilted in a random pattern (or "crazy lines"), just like I did here.  Let me assure you, this method also ticked the "quick" box!  For a bit of added extra I used a variegated thread in pinks, blues and purples.

So there we have it... a geometric-inspired baby quilt in less than a week!

QUILT - Three Squared (hanging)

How's that for challenge accepted?  ;)

Le Challenge

Linking up to Le Challenge.  Be sure to fly over and check out all the fabulous projects - and find out this month's theme.  ;)

Also linking up to this week's TGIFF linky party over at Erin's place.  She has a fabulous finish to showcase so be sure to pop over.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Le Challenge #1 - Geometrics

Le Challenge

When Lucy and Nat first announced Le Challenge I just knew that I had to jump on board.  I mean, these ladies are awesomeness personified and the idea of a monthly project, with various themes, was such a winner I couldn't possibly miss out on the fun.

I eagerly awaited the 15th and the announcement of the first theme - and was thrilled when it turned out to be Geometrics.  YAY!  As a bit of a self-confessed shape-nerd I immediately started thinking of ideas.  The choices were endless.

I considered many, many new projects and loved the inspiration the net offered, such as...

Tetris-style Cross Stitch

DIY Geometric Embroidery wall art

Half Square Triangle Quilt

 Paper Pieced Hexie Pillow

and, believe it or not,

Circle Quilt

And, then, I took a long, hard look at my (many) works in progress to see what fitted the theme AND what I could realistically get done in time.  Those that made this list include...

QUILT TOP - Girl plus quilt
Plus quilt

Tippencanoe quilt blocks, 3x3, March 2013
Tippecanoe cushion cum quilt

WIP - Summer House off centre squares quilt
Summer House of centre squares quilt

... and ...

road trip quilt top - girl
Girly Road Trip quilt

In the end, though, a new baby was born and I couldn't resist starting a whole new project especially for her.  Sorry for the tease but all will be revealed tomorrow.  In the meantime, I'll give you two clues - it is a quilt and it was inspired by a pin on my Pinterest board.  ;)

I know, I know, I've left you hanging.  To quell your anger, and to make the wait a little less long, be sure to head over to see all the fabulous items being linked up to Le Challenge, especially this most amazing, gorgeous, special ring cushion that Lucy made for little old me.  Talk about lucky!  I am beyond chuffed!!!  Thank you Lu.  I love it.  x

Til tomorrow...


Saturday, April 6, 2013

TGIFF - Rainbow Star Quilt

I have finally finished a baby quilt, for a gorgeous little miss born in January.

This project took so long as I was a complete stresshead about it all and unpicked umpteen times.  Duh!  Infact, it started off HUGE but then got trimmed down to result in...

QUILT - Rainbow Star (top)

... 40" x 40" of rainbow star loveliness.  Each colour is from last year's new Kona colour range - teamed with Kona White.

Don't worry, though, I've saved the trimmed sides for another project.  Stay tuned!

QUILT - Rainbow Star (quilting)

Quilting is quite minimalistic with straight lines spaced 1" apart on the white and no actual quilting anywhere on the star (though I did stitch in the ditch between the colours and around the star itself).

QUILT - Rainbow Star (back & binding)

Fun spots on the back, teamed with a gorgeous rainbow / spotty fabric for the binding.  I love this little touch and was super excited to discover it hidden in my stash.  Thankfully, too, I had just enough.  Meant to be, me thinks!


Linking up with TGIFF, this week hosted by the lovely Laura.