project 365, week 50 …

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Journaling – our graduand / graduate | dessert with julie & lynden | waiting patiently | susie’s dragon | beginning a new christmas collection, white birds | our ‘christmas bird’ isn’t very impressed | my beautiful girl … [wk 50, dec 7 – 13, 2014]

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tutorial – a little sugar, by craftberry bush …

Craftberry Bush

[craftberry bush]

I’m all about the white Christmas decorations this year!!!

Of course we don’t have a cold, white winter Christmas in our part of the world … it is a full-on, hot hot HOT summer for us on Christmas Day.

That said, I’m loving this little christmas tree decoration … you can find more beautiful images and instructions here at Craftberry Bush.

I think I would like one of these hanging on our tree this year.

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two sad donkeys – nester, the long-eared christmas donkey …

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[two sad donkeys]

 Oh my goodness, here’s some Etsy cuteness for you … a shop called Two Sad Donkeys!

Olga, the shop owner says …

I love making felt toys that are enjoyable to look at and fun. They are handmade and therefore unique and made for the child in all of us!
All my toys are made using my own original designs, patterns, techniques and love. [from here]

And just in case you need some more motivation to visit this shop, meet some other characters! Oh yes, they’re not all donkeys!

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two sad donkeys 4[two sad donkeys]

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project 365, week 49 …

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Journaling – mango season | utc scan this week | making exciting plans for 2015 | snowman & charli | waiting to see these in bloom | quilts finished this month | katie’s engaged!!! … [wk 49, nov 30 – dec 6, 2014]

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quilting wips, november 2014 …

Three finished quilts this month … a mini quilt, and two lap-sized quilts.

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I set to and put together my second Sea Breeze quilt this month. It had been cut out and waiting patiently for some weeks now, so a couple of weekends back, I bit the bullet and sewed it up. It went together quickly as I’d already made one up, and within several hours, it had been quilted, bound, and a little label sewn on the back. What I really need to do now is put my little collection of mini quilts up on a wall, so that I can admire them on a regular basis.

Two of my favourite (to date) quilts came back from being professionally quilted … my ‘feather/herringbone’ quilt, and my #simplyretrochallenge quilt 4, Swell …

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I think I might be keeping these two quilts!

Scrappy quilts

This month I also ran up two scrappy quilts. I had a look in my plastic storage box of prepared 5″ squares and found enough to make up the two quilts from bits and pieces in there. The quilts are now ready for professional quilting. And guess what? There are enough grey squares to make up another scrappy quilt, which I’m thinking will work for covering up Charli’s cage at night. At the moment his cage is covered by a very colourful scrappy quilt, which is a little bit of an eye-sore in my calm grey/white/black tv room!

the ‘ideas’ stage

  1. a secret project involving diamond paper piecing
  2. Rainy Day Sewing, by thimble blossoms

the ‘construction’ stage

  1. the girl’s grey and white chevron quilt
  2. a ‘secret squirrel’ project I’m working on with the girl [3 blocks completed out of 24]
  3. a second hexagon sewing kit
  4. 5 in squares to make into scrappy quilts

the ‘quilt top’ stage

  1. Noteworthy hexagon quilt
  2. Limes & Lemons hexagon quilt
  3. a new hexagon quilt called *smiles*

the ‘ready for (professional) quilting’ stage

  1. hexagon quilt 1 made from ‘Good Morning’
  2. hexagon quilt 2 made from ‘Good Morning’
  3. #simplyretrochallenge quilt 7 Dwell
  4. 2 scrappy 50 x 50 in quilt tops

the ‘being quilted’ stage

  1. #simplyretrochallenge quilt 1 Sweet Life
  2. #simplyretrochallenge quilt 2 Playground

the ‘finished’ stage

  1. iPad cover
  2. hexagon sewing kit
  3. Sea Breeze Mini Quilt
  4. Scrappy quilt
  5. #simplyretrochallenge quilt 6 Fresh
  6. Modern Vintage hexagon quilt
  7. #simplyretrochallenge quilt 3 Vintage
  8. #simplyretrochallenge quilt 5 Framed
  9. Judy’s Dilly Bag
  10. a second Sea Breeze Mini Quilt
  11. Feathers ‘herrringbone’ quilt (made from leftovers of Playground quilt)
  12. #simplyretrochallenge quilt 4 Swell
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a little update …

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I’ve been away from the blog for a few days, haven’t I?

It’s that very busy time of the year … work is finishing up, holidays are beckoning, family fun is just around the corner, we are attending a graduation soon, and helping a girl move back to our home city … oh yes, and I’ve had some personal health issues as well.

After visiting an outstanding podiatrist, I’ve been diagnosed with Archilles tendonapathy, peroneal tendinopathy, and plantar fasciitis … my poor feet … and that means no running. Truth be told, I am not really built for running (the physio told me as much yesterday!), and it has never been my ‘happy place’ as it is for the man, so now I am enjoying (ok, not so much enjoying!) some weekly physio and daily exercises, and I have placed my running shoes on a shelf at the back of my wardrobe for now.

If I want to run again, I have to wait till the end of 2015! Yes, I’ve done that much damage! But for now, I am happier that the constant pain is slowly drifting away as I diligently do my exercises every day. I will be happy to be able to walk … running really isn’t a passion for me, and I’m ok with a break from it!

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Summer is well and truly here … the sun is getting up at the unearthly hour of just after 4 am, and often I wake very early, disturbed by the light outside, and head downstairs. Here, it is very quiet before the rest of the family wakes, and I enjoy this solitude, enjoying the small signs of Christmas around me.

We haven’t decorated for the season for five years … four years away from home and we didn’t bother the last year before we left, as I was busy packing for the interstate move. I have almost forgotten what Christmas decorations I had tucked into my collection of storage boxes. We have two Christmas trees tucked carefully into boxes, one large tree, and one medium sized tree.

This year, with a new house to decorate, I dragged out the larger of the trees and set it up last Saturday night, which the man was out, and the boy tucked away upstairs. I decided that I really wanted a simple, white tree this year, so I decorated it with lights and a couple of crystal strings, then invested in a couple of boxes of white/grey/black decorations. It is very simple and elegant, and I love it!!!

I visited Ikea on the weekend, as you do, and picked up some white lacy pots and greenery, twined some strands of LED lights between the pots, and hung some white and silver teeny ornaments on a little silver tree stand. A little metal white house with a tea candle, a small white bird, and I was almost done.

The girl has been asking if I had set up the Willow Tree Nativity set, so on the weekend, I carefully unpacked it and set it out on the sideboard. We add to this set each year (it’s a tradition that the girl and I enjoy!), and I’m looking forward to shopping with the girl when she arrives home soon.

And I think that will probably be it for decorating this year, though I know the Christmas Queen (aka Megan) will want to know why my white staircase is undecorated!!! I’m thinking just some simple greenery?

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On the quilting front, there was a mad scramble to get stuff finished before the end of November. There will be a ‘wip december’ post sometime soon. This morning I unpacked some white Ikea storage boxes. I love these little boxes …  they have zips in the bottom and are sturdily constructed. AND fat quarters fit into them beautifully.

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I am storing the girl’s white bed until she has need of it, and there are three deep drawers under the bed, perfect for storing fabric stashes, and this morning I suddenly realized that they were empty!!!

I constructed the boxes (which just meant opening out the boxes and zippering them up), popped my slim stash of fat quarters into the boxes, and carefully placed them in the deep drawers. Now I can see my pretty fabrics which can be kept out of sunlight which might fade them, and now I have the top of my dresser clear. Win-win!!!

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project 365, week 48 …

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Journaling – quiet saturday night with the lotr’s crew | worst storm in 30 years in the city this week, with hail on the seat at the bus stop | christmas is just around the corner | a new bird in charli’s cage much to the girl’s disgust | apple crumble, the new flavour for the holiday season | #mondayperson #beyondblue … [wk 48, nov 23 – 29, 2014]

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hail and havoc …

Mick Shipley

[yesterday’s storm, photo by Mick Shipley]

I had an adventure yesterday afternoon!

It was almost going home time at work when something made me look up to see that it was almost dark. I could hear an unusual sound outside (I’m on the fifth floor), and making my way to the window, I saw that it was hailing!!!

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[News Corp Australia]

Yes, time for one of our unexpected summer storms. This one was a bad one. The hailstones ranged in size from small to almost the size of golf balls, and this storm has been labelled as the worst to hit my home city in thirty years.

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The storm hit the city at 4.30 pm, just around the time people started to head home.

I watched the storm rage under cover until just before my bus was due, when I managed to make my way across the road where the water was shallowest. hopping, skipping and lots of jumping, carrying an umbrella, a backpack, a tote, and a large paper bag from Nespresso! Incidentally, the large paper bag only just made it home before it disintegrated completely!!!

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At the height of the storm which lasted about half an hour, water was raging down the streets and traffic came to a stop.

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At my bus stop I was amused to see hail covering the bus stop bench (left photo). No one wanted to sit there, but lots of folk stopped to photograph it! Of course, buses rumbled and sloshed their way past our stop continuously once the traffic could move again, but it was an hour and a half before my bus lurched into view. The man had offered to come into the city to pick me up but really, that would just mean that both of us were then stuck in traffic.

As I went to climb up onto the bus, the bus driver cheerfully said, ‘Brisbane Ferry!’ I looked at him blankly, then laughed as I realized he was looking ahead to where he would have to drive through deep water, further down the street. We had a fairly quick, uneventful bus ride home, and I noticed that the way seemed rather dark, then later worked out it was due to 80,000+ homes being without power.

Fortunately we had no damage to our home/ electrical appliances … my only drama was that it took me 2 ½ hours to get home from work.

Other folk weren’t quite so lucky!

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[an apartment just west of the city, sans roof, Courier Mail]

Today in the city there are lots of folks sweeping up the litter from trees and unblocking drains, and shop owners who have the misfortune to be in the lower areas of the city have been mopping up after the deluge.

And that was my adventure!!!

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made by claire louise – felt food …

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[made by claire louise]

This week’s Etsy find is made by claire louise.

If you have a little person living at your house, you might like to check out made by claire louise … here are some details from the shop’s description …

I make a range of things from children’s educational and pretend play toys to home decor, accessories and gifts.

Each product is handmade with care by me. I use various materials and textiles including:
- Fabric; particularly felt and recycled felt made from plastic bottles
- Stone
- Wood
- Acrylic Paints
-Washi Tape
- Wool

I am based in Australia but do ship internationally.

Christmas is just around the corner … and I am very sure you will find something fun in this Etsy shop to pop into Xhristmas gifts and stockings.

Here are some more images of shop goodies …

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[made by claire louise]

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project 365, week 47 …

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Journaling – the cottage garden | blueberry pancakes, breakfast date | mini quilt | basil and parsley | special gift from a special friend | gold coast trail running series | shopping with the girls … [wk 47, nov 16 – 22, 2014]

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tutorial – hexie case pattern, by During Quiet Time …

During Quiet Time

[During Quiet Time]

Just in case you have a bunch of hexagons lying around waiting to be made into something fun, I thought I would share a link to this hexie pattern for a little zippered bag. You can find the pattern for sale at During Quiet Time here

Here is a description of the bag  …

Hexiecase … This six sided, fully lined, zippered bag with hexagonal ends makes for a roomy pencil case though it could be used for so many other purposes too due to its generous size. You could fit your handsewing projects in there … English Paper Pieced hexagons perhaps? I pair of full sized sewing shears can fit in this bag with ease. [from here]

So, during some ‘quiet time’ during the holiday season coming up, I thought I might make one of these … are you tempted?

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holiday weekend …

It’s strange how a weekend of fun is almost as good as a holiday … I’ve blogged before about our semi-annual girls’ weekends away from the usual weekend routines with two of my high-school girlfriends. We’ve been to Melbourne a couple of times, and have an overseas trip planned somewhere in the next couple of years.

This weekend, however, the fun came to me!!!

As I have moved into a new home, the girls flew interstate to stay with us, and they were kind enough to say that it was even better than staying at a hotel for the weekend. I’m not so sure, as they fended for themselves for breakfast, raiding my pantry and fridge, and we ate out for the rest of the time!

It was very relaxing though, as my boy kept his usual low profile, and the man was away competing in a local race, and we basically had the house to ourselves. They flew in Thursday night, we had dinner at The Shingle Inn on the way home from the airport, and spent the rest of the evening enjoying a house tour and generally catching up.

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Then on Friday morning we hit the shops.

Funny how that small phrase can strike fear into my husband’s heart!

The girls have physio and occupational therapy working lives, so they inspected my troublesome feet (I have an appointment with an excellent sports physio tomorrow to sort them out, I suspect I have Achilles tendinopathy] and declared that I needed to stop wearing flat shoes and needed to upgrade to a small heel and better support, so sadly I now am the owner of very expensive well-supported shoes from Ziera Shoes.

That said, the shoes are kind of cute!!!

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So with the shoe thing out of the way we moved on to clothes … oh my! I found several interesting shops where the girl and I can visit later, with an eye to compiling a professional wardrobe for her.

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And, of course, the ‘dining out’ thing as well … so good!

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We indulged where desserts and coffee we concerned, we taste-tested iced teas …

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We enjoyed iced coffees and freeze-dried strawberries covered in chocolate …

We decided that Pandora bracelets were all the go, so the girls bought one each and a charm to remember our holiday. For some unaccountable reason, I didn’t need to buy a bracelet (Megan will understand why!!!), but I did buy a new charm. Any excuse, right?

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Let’s just say that we need to work on our selfies …

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This is the charm I bought, a white/clear charm.I love this white charm …

Screenshot 2014-11-19 21.02.06We gave solicited and unsolicited fashion consultants’ advice to each other as we tried on and paraded possible clothing purchases, and during our coffee breaks, we caught up on our (grown-up) children’s’ lives.

I loudly rejoiced in the fact that I was hanging out with two grandmas (between them, four grandchildren) and that there was no chance of me joining the grannies club in the near future. Mind you, they did drag me into a couple of kids’ clothing shops which I had not visited since my two were young, and goodness, there are some cute things out there for little people!

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We bought chocolate for a ‘left-behind’ hubby, then left it in the car in 40’C+ heat, so I fear he may have to each his chocolate with a spoon.

One highlight for us was a trip to our local patchwork shop where I picked up two quilts and dropped two quilts off for quilting. I will trim and bind the finished quilts during this week, I hope. One quilt that has been on my ‘to do’ quilting list for some time is a Drunkards Path quilt, and there was one up on the wall at the quilting shop. One of my friends loved it, and I think it won’t be too long before I make her one, if we can source the fabric collection.

So I think that’s enough fun and frivolity for one weekend … we have already planned and almost booked the next weekend adventure for April of next year! Can’t wait!!!

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scrappy quilts …

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One of my favourite quilts to make is a scrappy quilt …

  1. you get to use all those lovely little scraps left over from quilting fun which means no piece of loveliness is wasted,
  2. I love the surprise patterns that can suddenly appear when you lay out a quilt design,
  3. they are relatively quick and easy to run up, and
  4. they can be made in stages over a long period of time. Oh yes, and …
  5. everyone loves a scrappy quilt to snuggle under!

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Let me explain this last reason I love scrappy quilts!

Almost two years ago, I cut out some 5 inch squares from leftover bits and pieces. I found some yardage of low volume fabric, and cut this into five inch squares. I popped the squares into a plastic container to keep them ‘safe’.

Six months or so later, I paired and pinned the squares together (a ‘light’ and a ‘dark’ together)  and marked then ready for sewing.

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Eighteenth months later (this week!), I sew up the squares, cut and trimmed them, laid them out in a design and sewed the blocks and rows together. And now I have a scrappy quilt top.

So, the great thing is, HSTs don’t go stale if you leave them for a while, and eventually they make up into lovely scrappy quilts.  Tonight, I will be eying off another other pile of ‘prepared’ HSQs, ready to run up another scrappy quilt.

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project 365, week 46 …

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Journaling – around nana & poppa’s house | to die for yumminess | be still my beating heart, the extended edition with commentary | obviously bored at work | new dress | new exy shoes designed to help sore heels & ankles | a weekend of fun & frivolity with these lovely ladies … [wk 46, nov 9 – 15, 2014]

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clara and macy – make your own kits …

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[clara and macy]

Loving these ‘whimsical goodies’ which you can find at the Etsy shop, Clara and Macy … you can purchase kits to make these little characters.

I really loved reading the background to this little shop, which you can find on a blog called Cupcakes for Clara … 

‘I am the lovely lovely Clara. I am extremely funny AND clever. A girl called Laura Clempson makes all my clothes and toys. She also makes bits and bobs and stuff for cartoons on the television, blah blah blah, boring boring boring. Anyway more about me…

I like pink and dressing up and pretty things and of course cupcakes, and sometimes I like my twin sister Macy but mostly I don’t like her, ESPECIALLY when she tries to steal my cupcakes, which is mostly unfair.’ [from here]

It’s worth a visit, I promise!!!

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tutorial – geometric heart, by my sister’s suitcase …

My Sister's Suitcase

[My Sister’s Suitcase]

Need to add a pop of color to your wall? Check out this tutorial for a colorful Geometric Heart guaranteed to brighten up any room!

Visit My Sister’s Suitcase for instructions and more beautiful photos that illustrate the process of creating this piece of wall art. LOVE it!!!

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tutorial – *smiles*, a hexagon quilt …

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I have mentioned how addictive making a hexagon quilt is, haven’t I?

I get about 4/5’s of the way through a quilt, and the next one pops into my head!!! My latest finished hexagon adventure is called *smiles* … because it makes me smile when I look at it.

Here are the ‘vital statistics’ of this quilt –

This quilt top measures approximately  43 x 48 inches before quilting.

23 ‘flowers’ = 6 coloured hexagons in each, total of 138 coloured hexagons plus 4 ‘half flowers on the two edges of the quilt (8 coloured hexagons), total of 146 coloured hexagons.

2 coloured hexagons between each flower = 46 coloured hexagons

6 rows of 31 coloured hexagons = 186 coloured hexagons

2 rows of ‘fill in’ coloured hexagons between the vertical rows on the side edges of the quilt top  = 32 coloured hexagons

white hexagons around flowers and centres = 319 white hexagons

total number of hexagons = 729 hexagons

Please bear in mind that although I have checked and rechecked my figures, I may have made a mistake, so please proceed with caution!

If you would like to make this small hand-sewn hexagon quilt, this is what you need to do …

Step 1 … choose happy fabric! I’ve used some of my mini charm packs called ‘Chance of Flowers’ by Sandy Gervais for Moda, and leftover scraps from Happiness Happy Mochi Yum Yum and Good Luck Happy Mochi Yum Yum, and some little pieces from a local fabric shop in bright colours; you will need to construct 404 hexagons. And of course, I’ve chosen to use lots of lovely white fabric, to set off these happy colours. You need to construct 319 white hexagons.

Step 2 … construct your hexagons, and sew them into ‘flowers’. To make each flower you will need one white centre, and 6 coloured hexagons. Don’t get too fixated about picking colours that blend, just put them together as they happen. They will all blend beautifully together in the end, I promise.

You will need to construct 23 full ‘flowers’ to make this quilt.

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If you need help with the basics of sewing hexagons, I have a tutorial with images here.

Step 3 … after your ‘flowers’ are constructed, sew a row of white hexagons around each ‘flower’. There are 12 white hexagons around each flower

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Step 4 … lay your ‘flowers’ out in rows in a design that you like. When I am happy with the overall look, I stack my ‘flowers’ one on top of each other in order in each row, and label/number each row.

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Step 5 … Take one pile of ‘flowers’ and sew them together in order with two coloured hexagons, as can be seen below in the row of hexagons to the left in the image. Make sure that you keep your row number, as you will need to know what order the rows are sewn together.

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Step 6 … sew 31 coloured hexagons together in a chain. You will need 6 rows in total.

Step 7 … sew these chains between each row of flowers, and sew one chain to the top and bottom of the quilt top. You can see a row of hexagons with chains sewn to the top and bottom in the image above. If you use 1 ½ inch hexagons, a ‘flower’ piece and chain will measure about 10 ½ inches across at the widest point at this stage.

Step 8 … now you will need to think about how you will finish off the edges of the quilt. I have sewed an extra row of hexagons down each side of the quilt (42 coloured hexagons), as I will lose some part of the hexagons when trim and bind the edge of the quilt top.

Final step … your hexagon quilt top is now finished, and will need to be prepared for quilting. You can find a tutorial on preparing a hexagon quilt for this next step here.

I’ve decided to quilt this little number myself … I plan to use this method to finish the top/bottom edge, and black and white striped binding to finish the two longer vertical sides of the quilt top. Pictures to follow … happy quilting!

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fluffmonger – falafel the plush llama …

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[fluffmonger]

Total cuteness this week, in the form of handmade works of art with real personality.

From the Etsy store description …

Fluffmonger plush are handmade works of art crafted using materials that are organic and ethically produced.

Each piece is designed and hand-made by Fluffmonger owner Jenny Maj.

All materials used are organic and either fair trade or manufactured by reputable companies. The majority of the fabrics used are organic scraps from a local zero-waste company.

All fabrics are hand-dyed using low-impact dyes and washed before and after dyeing with a non-toxic, biodegradable soap.

You can read a great interview with Jenny by Abby Glassenberg here, where Jenny talks about the process of making these lovely works of art. Jenny has a Facebook page too, where you can shares more good stuff with her fans here.

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[phoebe and egg]

This image is from another interview with phoebe and egg, and I love how we see the ‘production line’ happening here. That sewing area looks very neat and tidy, doesn’t it?

I hope you enjoy visiting Jenny’s Etsy store … I’ll finish with another image of her very cute characters.

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[fluffmonger]

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project 365, week 45 …

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Journaling – brilliant colour in the afternoon sunshine | park run | sorting out the bionicle horde | window shopping | brunch with the man | scrappy quilt in the making | dressing up for the melbourne cup … [wk 45, nov 2 – 8, 2014]

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quilting wips, october 2014 …

I’m thinking if I don’t get this posted, November is going to be half over, as today is the 5th!!! There was a mad scramble during the last couple of days of October, quilting/sewing-wise, as I wanted desperately to ‘tick’ some things off my lists below. And I’m glad to say that I have been moving things around … Not much happened in the ‘ideas’ stage, but I did get my *smiles* hexagon quilt top completed ready for quilting, and I completed my #simplyretrochallenge quilt based on the Framed quilt by Camille Roskelley, and finished my Dilly Bag challenge.

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Two quilts were dropped off to be professionally quilted, the Feathers ‘herrringbone’ quilt (made from leftovers of Playground quilt) and the #simplyretrochallenge quilt 4 Swell. I’m not sure how quickly they will be finished, but as you can see below, there are 5 more quilts waiting to be quilted, and a November quilt will be finished this week, which I will have to add to the list. Sigh.

Oh yes, I need to add another little project I completed over the weekend to the ‘finished stage’ list … I made a So Sew Easy – Easy Cosmetics Bag, which you can see below. It was a zippered pouch, and I wanted to ‘test drive’ the pattern before committing myself to making more … I have decided that the zip was a bit doubtful (where can I buy classy, good quality, fun zips?) and I cut out one of the pieces of fabric upside down, but I was pleased with the end result. I love that it has a flat bottom on it.

So Sew Easy Cosmetics bag, from So Sew Easy[So Sew Easy]

Lessons I learned … I need to think about fabric placement when I am cutting out the sides, I should invest in better quality zips, and need to use firm interfacing or quilt the bag, to give it more body. The instructions that came with the pattern (which was free!!!) were supplemented with an excellent Youtube video, the link for which you will find in the instructions. You can find a link to the pattern here. And here is my little bag …

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So here’s a rundown of where I stand, quilting-wise, at the end of October …

the ‘ideas’ stage

  1. a secret project involving diamond paper piecing
  2. Rainy Day Sewing, by thimble blossoms

the ‘construction’ stage

  1. the girl’s grey and white chevron quilt
  2. a ‘secret squirrel’ project I’m working on with the girl
  3. a second Sea Breeze Mini Quilt
  4. a second hexagon sewing kit
  5. 5 in squares to make into scrappy quilts

the ‘quilt top’ stage

  1. Noteworthy hexagon quilt
  2. Limes & Lemons hexagon quilt
  3. a new hexagon quilt called *smiles*

the ‘ready for (professional) quilting’ stage

  1. #simplyretrochallenge quilt 1 Sweet Life
  2. #simplyretrochallenge quilt 2 Playground
  3. hexagon quilt 1 made from ‘Good Morning’
  4. hexagon quilt 2 made from ‘Good Morning’
  5. #simplyretrochallenge quilt 7 Dwell

the ‘being quilted’ stage

  1. Feathers ‘herrringbone’ quilt (made from leftovers of Playground quilt)
  2. #simplyretrochallenge quilt 4 Swell

the ‘finished’ stage

  1. iPad cover
  2. hexagon sewing kit
  3. Sea Breeze Mini Quilt
  4. Scrappy quilt
  5. #simplyretrochallenge quilt 6 Fresh
  6. Modern Vintage hexagon quilt
  7. #simplyretrochallenge quilt 3 Vintage
  8. #simplyretrochallenge quilt 5 Framed
  9. Judy’s Dilly Bag

Roll on November …

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