Thursday, 11 May 2017

Pantone Quilt Challenge 2017 Finished!

This is my entry into this year’s Pantone Quilt Challenge. Finishing up at 30 ½ inches square, it squeaks into the Quilt category.

The herringbone design has been on my wish list and all over my Pinterest boards for several years and finally I can tick it off as done.

This is made with most of a Kona Woodland charm pack and some yardage of Kona Limelight (I think) and white from my stash.

I was originally thinking of keeping the quilting to a simple outline of the shapes but decided to go denser and I’m glad I did because it gives it great texture.

Monday, 8 May 2017

2017 New Quilt Bloggers – My turn!

Hello and welcome to my stop on the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. I’m Sue and I live in Perth, Western Australia. This is my second time for participating in the New Quilt Bloggers Hop. I came back for seconds because I enjoyed it so much last time. This second time around has been much less nerve wracking and anxiety inducing than last time.

I started blogging just over two years ago so I could join in with the on-line quilt community. It all looked like so much fun! My first post was an entry into the 2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge. Even though the colour of the year really wasn’t my thing, it grew on me and I think this quilt is a keeper! (If you’re interested the 2017 Pantone Quilt Challenge is coming up at the end of the month.)

When the call went out at the end of last year to join the Modern Quilt Guild mini swap, I quickly signed up. This was the mini I put together for my swap partner based on Amy Sinibaldi’s Half -hearted pattern (free!).

Last year I received a Pay It Forward Craft gift from Abigail at Cut and Alter and have paid my three items forward. This Rainbow Rose mini was the one I made for a recipient who lives nearby.

Last year I joined in my first ever Quilt-Along with another fellow hop mate Amanda of This Mom Quilts to make her Facets Plus Quilt.

In my hop post last year I asked the question of readers if they had joined any swaps, quilt alongs, bees (have you? Any favourites?) and through that I found Stash Bee which I signed up for this year. I also joined a bee made up of 11 others also in last year’s hop – Bee Inspired. These bees have been a great experience and have been great in feeding a no-brainer blog post once a month J.

The other recent project I’m most proud of is the mini I designed myself. I call it Somewhat Positive.

My QUILTING TIP is to hold your work up to a mirror. If you’re not sure you’re particularly liking a finish or a block, for some reason holding it up to a mirror seems to give you a different perspective of it. I read an interior decorating tip once that suggested that standing in a corner with your back to a room and holding a hand mirror will give you insights into what’s working home dec-wise in the same way, so it’s a genuine thing, really!

My BLOGGING TIP is to use your best photo first so that it shows in a blog reader. Instead of just marking as read and moving on your audience will be lured in to read the post, maybe even click through for a comment. (Also, claim your blog on Bloglovin. You’ll get all your stats that way. They’re very detailed.)

Thanks so much to our hosts and organisers, Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl, Beth at Cooking Up Quilts and Leanne at She Can Quilt, for all their time and effort. Please visit my fellow hoppers from Better Bloggers Hive for today

Sue of Sevenoaks Street Quilts (me)
Jen of Dizzy Quilter
Tara of Quiltersstash
Paige of Quilted Blooms

Y’all come back now!

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

April Block Round-up

And here we are in May already! Here’s what I worked on in April.

For Stash Bee, T (@t.schireson) asked us for stars on a deep blue background. This is the St Louis Star I made for her. Frankly I’m very proud of the way it turned out, although this is not the first time I’ve made them. A few years ago in my pre-blog days I made a quilt for my Mum with these stars so that gave me plenty of practice! T begged to see it so you can get a look at it over here on Instagram if you’re curious. The tutorial for the block and the quilt can be found at Lily’s Quilts, with guest blogger Jess from Elven Garden Quilts.

I went to my home town of Adelaide in South Australia over Easter to catch up with family and I decided to take a hand sewing project with me. It’s been a long time since I did needle turn applique and I am seriously rusty. I had actually planned to make circles but they were an absolute disgrace and any shape BUT circular so I decided to simplify things and make them octagons instead. I’m enjoying it and made good progress while I was away, but I’m currently suffering from ‘social media neck’ and that progress has come to a stop while I wait for it to recover. I blame too many hours looking at Pinterest while I was on holidays. Actually I think too many hours on Pinterest can be blamed for many things…

My latest project is for the Pantone Quilt Challenge and involves making a lot of green HSTs. Are any of you entering? This year it’s being hosted by Sarah at {no} hats in the house and Rebecca from Bryan House Quilts. You’ve got until the end of May - plenty of time! More details here or here.

This month’s Bee Inspired queen, Velda from GRANNYcanQUILT has sworn us to secrecy so that we can have a “guess the maker” line-up once she’s received all the blocks. That means there’s nothing to show for now. I do, however, have a couple more blocks to show you from my month as queen. These, from Janice at Color, Creating and Quilting  and Jennifer at the Inquiring Quilter, came in after the last block round up post.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Rainbow Rose Mini – A Finish!

I missed the Rainbow Rose Quilt Along held by the Irish Modern Quilt Guild in the middle of last year but I loved all the versions that I saw. When I had to make gifts as part of Pay It Forward Craft I decided to put a mini version together for my off-line local recipient, Michelle.

This quilt measures 25 inches square and is quilted using a straight stitch. I really like the way it turned out. It was a hard one to give away, but aren’t they all!

I took it out for a lunch time photo shoot in a spot with dappled shade.

The wind blew, the shade shifted

So I took it home for another go. This time it was late afternoon and the colours seem a lot duller.

In the end I stood behind a bush, took a styled shot and gave it up.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

March Block Round-up

This month’s queen in my Stash Bee hive is Ophelie (@quiltoph). She picked the Treasure Hunt block from Blossom Heart Quilts. Ophelie added colour dots to the template (her version here) and that made it extra easy to keep track of what colours went where. I’m a bit of a convert to mustard after making this block. Ophelie’s original request post with her colour choices is here. I was hoping for my prints to offer more variety in the way they matched up but it didn’t come together as I planned and I have a far less scrappy effect than I was hoping for.

Kate at Smiles from Kate is queen over in Bee Inspired for March and she’s chosen the  Gnomes and Trees block from Flying Parrots Quilts for her block. I spent a “too hot for housework” Sunday afternoon putting the trees and gnomes blocks together. It was a fun block to make, and great for a bee pick! The hot weather was followed by thunderstorms and I have learned a lesson in low light photography. This block is nowhere near as yellow as it appears.

I’m currently working on a quilt using some large scale hourglass blocks. It’s working title is “Dave, the Engineering Quilt”, a play on Dave the Quilt Engineer (husband of quilting buddy, Tish) because of the blueprint drawings on the fabric. When the idea came I thought it was hilarious. Still do.

The blocks from being queen in Bee Inspired last month continue to roll in. It’s such fun! These are from Sharon at Yellow Cat Quilt Designs, Jen at A Dream and a Quilt, Paige at Quilted Blooms, Ann at Brown Paws Quilting, Kate at Smiles from Kate,  and Karen at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Jen and Jan’s Mini QAL

Hello and welcome to my stop on Jen and Jan’s Mini hop! There’s a lot of other places to get to (links at the bottom of the post) so I’ll go photo heavy and text light for this post.

I decided to make my version as a charity quilt so went with pastel colours and added a border to make it bigger.

And I added a cute chook print on the back.

This pattern (designed by Jen and available here for FREE!!!!) was simple and easy to use – that of course didn’t stop me from making mistakes and I had an unfortunate skewing event when I quilted my mini block hanging on the line, due, I think, to having my dual feed foot on the wrong setting. Can I pretend it was supposed to be wonky?

The little bear starring in these photos was knitted by my Mum many years ago J

Here’s the links to the rest of the participants. Prizes are available for commenters on Jen and Janice’s blogs- head there to win!

March 10 Reveal Day
Kate Heads at Smiles From Kate
Jennifer Fulton at Inquiring Quilter
Karen Thurn at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats
Melva Nolan at Melva Loves Scraps
Julie Stocker at Pink Doxies
Anja Clyke at Anja Quilts
Jayne at Twiggy & Opal
Susan Arnold at Quilt Fabrication
Leanne Milsom at Lizzie the Quilter
Sandra Walker at Mmm! Quilts!

March 11 Reveal Day
Janice Holton at Color Creating & Quilting
Jennifer Strauser at Dizzy Quilter
Amy Gerlich at Amy Scrap Spot
Sharon Denney Parcel at Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Susan Gordon at Sevenoaks Street Quilts (you are here!)
Anne Boundy at Said With Love
Barbara Wootie at The Flashing Scissors
Jan Welander at Making Scraps

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

February Block Round-up

February’s queen in my Stash Bee hive was Jen (@jentexas06; Fat as Butter). She asked for a Crosses and Losses block in blue or green. The original tutorial (at Fresh Lemons Quilts) uses 8" blocks and Jen has written a tutorial for a 16" finished block. This is my version. You can see a finished quilt using this block in a rainbow of colours here.

These are my Garden Snails Quilt blocks (pattern by Pen + Paper Patterns) posted this month on Instagram. I’ve started putting them together into mini quilts now and they are looking super cute.

My current WIP is a mini quilt for Jen and Jan’s Mini Blog Hop and Quilt Along. Details are available here. This looks like it could be bigger than Ben Hur - Janice said she had 28 participants at last count. Jen has designed the pattern and it’s available FREE here. This is my mini quilt which hangs from the washing line in the design – so CUTE!!!

Now for a Not My Work segment.

I’m getting a lot of happy mail at the moment, since I was queen this month at Bee Inspired. There have been a pile of blocks posted over on the blog and I’m so thrilled with the way this is working out! These two blocks have arrived from Velda at GRANNYcanQUILT (left) and (right) Irene from Patchwork and Pastry. I can’t wait to see them all together!

And my MQG swap partner’s quilt arrived from Cathy in Melbourne (@cathtakespoland). She covered everything on my list of likes – negative space, solids and I said my favourite colour was blue (well, that day anyway). I could hardly wait to open the package when I saw it in the letterbox and did a little dance of joy with it once I had!

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Half-Hearted Mini – A Finish!

Finally, I can show you the mini I made for the Modern Quilt Guild mini swap. Gorgeous isn’t it? Did I want to keep it? You bet!

This was my first ever swap and while I was expecting it to be a challenge to pick a project it was made doubly difficult by anxiety and nervousness. My partner, Deb from Brisbane (@sewologist) listed as her likes Liberty, linen and Bonnie & Camille fabrics and her favourite designers as being Sedef Imer and Amy Sinibaldi amongst others. My first thought was for Amy’s half-hearted pattern (it’s free!) but of course, I went looking for other options before finally arriving back at my original pick.

I downsized the original pattern, picked out all my best pink fabrics, and sewed it up.
The finished size of this quilt is around 23 x 25 inches (from memory) and is quilted using a serpentine stitch.

Luckily Deb says she loves it, so I’m relieved and happy to have been part of it.
This is one of my Finish-Along projects so I will be linking this post up for that.

And while I’ve got your attention and you’re thinking about how much you’d like to join in the on-line quilting community here’s a reminder that the sign up for the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers hop is now open.

I was part of this group last year and it was the best thing! I met some great ladies from all over the world who have been generous and supportive and who I now count as friends. There have been opportunities through it, the Bee Inspired group for one, and it was a real confidence builder for me.

If you meet the criteria and are still thinking about it make the move NOW! Sign-ups close on the 28th… read all about it here.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

January Block Round-up

How’s the year going for you? Flying past? For me it seems like ages since it was New Year’s eve. Maybe because in Australia it’s the lazy hazy days of summer and life seems to become super laid back and slower between Christmas and Australia Day, which more or less marks the end of summer school holidays.

Anyway, over January I’ve been making lots of blocks and before February gets too long in the tooth and slips past here’s a quick round up of what’s been happening in my sewing room.

This is my strawberry block made for The Honeypot Bee being run by Molli Sparkles. My plan is to jump into this bee whenever the block grabs my attention. There’s an impressive list of queens coming up over the year – see the list here – so I fully expect to be making quite a few. I wasn’t expecting my attention to be grabbed so early in the piece, but Angie from Gnome Angel picked a great block and I couldn’t resist. Angie’s version is an upsized variation of this tutorial by Skyberries Handmade. I went for the original size of 7 ½" x 10 ½” with the modified stem which I ended up paper piecing.

My first bee blocks were comfortingly simple. Sharon from Yellow Cat Quilt Designs was queen for January in the Bee Inspired group and she chose the 6-inch size paper-pieced Split Hatchet block from 627 Handworks in bright colours with a low volume background. I had fabric spread around trialling different combinations for days, adding and subtracting from piles any time I walked past and in the end settled on these. The block itself was simple and quick.

I’m in Hive 1 of Stash Bee and Diana From Red Delicious Life is Hive Mama, Stash Bee organiser for this year and was our queen for January. She is making a Disappearing 4 Patch quilt in purple and grey for her sister-in-law. She gave good instructions in her tutorial and I didn’t get a wobbly ruler in the crucial cutting phase, which I was really afraid of. I’ll admit here, just between us, that it was my second take on this block. Diana requested that we use a full ¼ inch seam rather than scant and I over-compensated the first time round and I made a block that was too under-sized. I’m using that on the back of a mini I’m quilting at the moment.

And these are my Garden Snails Quilt blocks (pattern by Pen + Paper Patterns). Sunday is #snailday on Instagram and we are up to week 5 in the Snail-paced Slow-Along Sew-Along. I missed the first week because I didn’t read the instructions properly (or maybe at all, now I come to think about it) so I’ve only posted 4, which is okay since I’m not making the full army of 42 anyway.

And lastly, my design challenge for the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club. I was in this club last year and I used the monthly challenges as design prompts without making the monthly quilt. This year they’ve introduced varying levels of time commitment to the challenges and this month’s was purely design based with no finished quilt project required. Do-able! January's instructor was Amy Friend of During Quiet Time and you can get some idea of the challenge here.  I went to the second level, level 1 being find inspiration in nature, architecture, signs and household items, level 2 being turn one into a quilt block. It’s amazing what you see when you start looking at things more closely.

I must have walked past these windows a million times going in and out of the library next door without ever noticing how different and amazing they were, but they grabbed my attention immediately once I started looking. I could see an improv curve slashing through the mid blocks straight away. And this is the block I designed.