Saturday, July 2, 2016

Craft It Forward

Last year Fiona who runs a gorgeous blog over at Bendigo Lioness hosted a craft it forward event. I remember reading the post thinking what a great idea, there is no way I will be chosen, but I was and it was all very exciting. As there is a whole year in which you could receive your specially crafted item, I totally forgot about it in my busy life.



Then a few weeks back now a parcel arrived. The kids picked it up from the door and asking me what did you buy mum? .... more fabric? ...... then one yells out it's a swap......

So I'm like what is going on. I haven't joined any swaps, I did buy some fabric but the night before and there was no way it could be at my door the next day. (Have you used Australia post) so the surprise when they finally passed over the parcel and I opened the parcel and read Fiona's card.

Yes all the panic modes she went through in the card I went through.




Then as I continued to open the individually wrapped items the biggest smile emerged. I hadn't smiled in a few days. Fiona has no idea what a perfect timing this parcel came to remind me of all the beautiful people in my crafty world.


She knows me so well. Bonnie and Camille are my favourite and teal and red my favourite colours. I just adore this little scissor pouch.


I plan to put this to good use as soon as the school holidays are here as I plan to relax with some hand sewing and some movies.

But now it's your turn. Part of the commitment is that I then pick 3 people to send something handmade to within 12 months.

All you need to do is leave a comment on my blog and I will choose the first 3 people who leave a comment with either a blog address or IG name. So that I can then contact you for a postal address. This is open to any crafty person all over the globe.

When you receive your gift you will need to be prepared to host your own Craft It Forward event on your blog, and send out a homemade gift to 3 people within 12 months.

I am so looking forward to getting to know my 3 crafty people better and send you a little something perfect for you.

Talk soon
Filomena xx

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The cutest teeny weeny basket ever...

Look what I made. Isn't it the most adorable basket. And it is teeny tiny. I love little things; little tins, little jars, little bottles and now little fabric baskets.

This one is called the The Pixie Basket and you can find the free tutorial over at The Fabric Mutt blog.

The Pixie Basket
I made this for as a little gift for someone. I can't say who it is yet as it is a surprise. She is one of the first people I started following over on Instagram when I joined a few years ago now. Ans a few weeks back she did something very nice for me and I just wanted to say thanks. I was thinking do I send a box of chocolates and then everyone was making these cute little baskets.... what a great ideas for a gift, and easy to put a couple of rolls of thread or something naughty like a few chocolates.

Have a go at this cute pattern... it took me less that 30 minutes to make it.

Happy Sewing
Filomena xx


Monday, March 21, 2016

Block 2 - Project 48

This is a very quick and easy block to make. A simple disappearing 9 block, but depending on how you arrange the small segments you can get so many different blocks. I was looking for some fabric I could fussy cut into the squares, but then thought about keeping this quilt plain and let all the beautiful patterned fabrics steal the show.

Project 48 - Block No2
This whole quilt will be made with aqua orange and low volume greys. It will still look kind of scrappy as the fabrics will be a range of shades of orange and teal. But overall they are the only two colours I will be using. I totally love the orange and teal fabrics together. I go looking for it at every quilt store I go into lately.

Happy Sewing
Filomena xx


Saturday, March 19, 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Block 2

I've been making sure that I have been making time to sew, cut or plan something everyday. Some times its at 11pm at night, but even if I do at least 10 minutes of something, it makes me feel good and it's amazing with even just 5-10 minutes each day how much progress I actually make.

Today I am sharing with you Block no.2 from The Splendid Sampler Quilt along. This one is called Wings. Can you see the cute little butterflies?

Block 2 - Wings


Head on over to TheSplendidSampler.com for the pattern.


It was quite easy to make and I had super fun going through my stash of fabrics and finding all the right shade of teal/aqua I needed.

Happy Sewing
Filomena xx



Friday, February 19, 2016

Block 1 - Project 48

I think I have my sewing mojo back. 2 blocks in so many days. Well, I did have a couple of days off work too, having been feeling the best and my migraines are coming much more regularly lately. So just a few days ordered by the Dr to get my blood pressure down and help with the migraines.

So during a break in the migraine I sewed this cute little block together. Sometimes the more simple blocks are the most stunning.

Block 1 - Project 48
My colour scheme for this quilt is going to be orange, aqua and grey. I'm really loving orange at the moment, its like my new red.

Block 1 - Project 48

So this is my other selfish sewing project for they year and I'm loving this colour combo. You can sign up to protect 48 here.

Happy Sewing
Filomena xx

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Splendid Sampler

Here is one of my selfish sewing projects for this year. It is called The Splendid Sampler  and it is made up 100 mystery blocks. The blog and sign up for the notifications can be found here.

I couldn't wait to get started on this quilt along and Monday morning the first block release was out. I have seen so many hearts appear in my Facebook and Instagram account every one so different and stunning. Do you know there are over 14 000 people signed up to make the mystery blocks from all over the world. Wow that is a lot of people.

Well I enjoyed making my first block, Block No1 - Hearts Aflutter and I'm now waiting for Friday for the next one. The blocks are released on Sunday and Thursday but because of the time difference it is Monday and Friday for us in Australia, unless you want to stay up really really late you might just get it before it turns midnight....

The Splendid Sampler
Block 1 - Hearts Aflutter


Happy Sewing
Filomena xx




Sunday, February 14, 2016

My Last Swap....

Last week I finished and posted my last swap. And I feel great.

Have you been involved in many swaps? Have you found them fun or a chore, a way to experiment, try new techniques and a way to meet new people from all over the world?

The last two years I have joined a number of swaps, large ones with thousands of people involved from all over the world to some smaller local ones. At first I found them fun and a great way to meet new people and a way to try new techniques or an opportunity to try a new pattern. I loved joining stalking/researching my partner, discovering some amazing blogs and making something especially for them. It was great fun. It was all about the mini or pouch and it was fun to add a little extra something, like a chocolate, lollies or some pins.

#igminiswap
Last year they seemed to be more and more swaps to join and they were getting very popular with hundreds of people joining in a matter of minutes. The more I joined, the more rules there were to follow that they started feeling like a chore, like I had homework and if I didn't do it on time I had the teacher sending me emails and messages telling me how bad I was that I didn't put a mosaic up on Instagram or didn't post at least 3 images of the item I was making with multiple hashtags. I had to make a calendar just for swaps and tick off each of the rules of the swap as I did them. One swap even required that you post the mosaic before you were even accepted into the swap. And then came the treat that if you didn't follow one of the rules exactly you got put on a black list. What!!! I thought this was supposed to be fun. Well, after a while I was no longer having fun.

#downtonswap
As the rules increased so did the information you had to give when joining a swap, and I really started feeling yucky about them when people started requesting what colours, what fabrics you had to use, what pattern and what to add as there extras. The extras were getting bigger and bigger and not only did you have to make the mini but then another one or two other handmade extras. The demands just got to me. I always put a couple of extras anyway, but when I was being told what to put in and whether it had to be handmade and how many, I just lost interest and the fun. And then all images of post office receipts as the post date got near. I felt like I was filling my account of mosaics and receipts.

@thesewingloft
And you know that black list I was telling you about. Yep I landed on it. Because instead of posting it by 5pm on the post due date and uploading a photo of my receipt with tracking number I posted it the next morning at 9am. Not only did she put me on the list she wrote some pretty horrible things about me on Instagram for not following the rules. After that I did join a few more but the passion was gone. So no more swaps for me. It was a great way to meet new people and I have made some great connections through the swaps, but I am sure I will be able to find other ways to connect with quilty people all over the world. Not all my swap experiences have been bad, there have been many great ones, it's just time to move on and try something new.

#thimbleblossomminiquiltswap
thimbleblossomminiquiltswap
The Thimble Blossom mini quilt swap was my last swap and I am so happy that I finished off with my favourite fabric designer and quilter. I loved making this one. Below is the one I received and I just love it.



This year I have joined a bee hive swap which I am enjoying, and some online BOM's and sew-alongs (I'll tell you more about them in my next post) and I am going to finish off some quilts I started and put aside to make time for swaps. I have set myself a little challenge to finish at least one quilt to enter into my local Springwood quilt show. Fingers crossed I finish it on time.

#aussiemqgzipperpouchswap

I'm looking forward to another year of sewing and quilting and meeting new quilty friends.

Feel free to share your swap experiences.

Filomena xx


Sunday, November 1, 2015

1930's Farmer's Wife QAL

Do you believe it we are only one month in and I am already behind. Thats ok. Christmas holidays are not that far away. What did I just say Christmas.......

It was so nice not to have anything on this weekend, no sport, music birthday parties or activities. We just stayed home. Kids watched movies, played games, chased the dog around and just hang around and ate ice cream.

And I got to sew..... So it was time to do some catching up on my 1930's Farmer's Wife Blocks.

I am so glad I saved this fabric for the perfect project. They are coming along so well and are so fun to fussy cut.

This is Block No.14 - Betty. This may be my new favourite.

Block No 14 Betty

And it wasn't until I took the photo and posted it on Instagram that I noticed that one of the points was way out. Its all fixed now after some unpicking and sewing back together again.


Block No. 20 Caroline was next. I didn't do any fussy cutting on this one. This will be an easy one to place either square or on point. I'm not placing all the blocks on point, I am planning on alternating them between square and on point. I'm yet to decide if I'm going to use charcoal/grey or white fabric as the sashing. Well I have some to decide.... What do you think I should use?

Block No 20 Caroline

And another cute one, Block No.13 Belle. I just love those girls on little bikes. This one was a little harder to put together and it's not perfect but I'm leaving it.

Block No 13 Belle

 That is all I have time for this weekend. As I look at the calendar for next week, I pout my lip... I don't think I will have time for any sewing......

Happy sewing
Filomena xx


Sunday, October 4, 2015

1930's Farmer's Wife and a QAL


Are you starting the latest Farmer's Wife Quilt? I know I haven't finished my original Farmer's Wife, but I am hoping that following the QAL will keep me on track to get this one finished. I am following the QAL held by Gnomeangel with links to many other blogger guests who post tips on how they have constructed the block. So there is lots of support and lots pictures and ideas to look at.



So week 1 saw the creation of the first 3 blocks. This week was special with 3 blocks but from next week we will be completing 2 blocks a week. So sounds pretty manageable if my days and weeks remain as planned.

Block #12 Becky

Becky


I was so undecided which fabric I wanted to use. I really wanted to use by 1930's fabric collection, but my Tasha Noel collection kept popping up and all the possibilities for fussy cutting. After I made the first block I knew I was on the right path. I just loved it.

Block #16 Bonnie

QAL Bonnie

Then this one became my favourite block. I just love little mushrooms.

Block #8 Aunt

Aunt

And then I made this block and I found my new favourite block. I have a funny feeling I will have many favourites.

Here is a little close up of this cutie.


And this little girl is just adorable.


There are many ways you can construct the blocks and over at gnomeangel's blog you will see links to guest bloggers that are using different techniques like EPP and hand sewing. Me, I'm using the templates from the CD supplied with the book. I find them easy to use and always get good results. It is what I am using for the original Farmer's Wife too. All my blocks finish 6.5 inches square and I have had no issues using this method. I cut out the paper templates and pin it to my fabric, rotary cut around the paper template using my ruler and sew together on my sewing machine. My advice is to check that your 1/4'' seam is correct or adjust your needle to the left or right.


So this is week 1 done and it feels good that I am not behind. But it's only week 1, lets see how next week goes back to work and all the kids activities back on.

And in case you are wondering about my original Farmer's Wife quilt. I haven't forgotten about it, this has actually made me pull it back out and I even finished another block. My plan is to go back with my Friday dates with the Farmer's Wife.

So if you are joining in with this fun let me know so I can come and have a look at your beautiful blocks.

Filomena xx

 I need to apologise about my photos, my camera battery was flat and had to use my phone.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Loving this Swap ...

Earlier in the year I decided I wasn't going to join anymore swaps and then this one came up. Who can resist a Lori Holt, Bee in my Bonnet swap.

The swap is not due to post for a few more weeks, but I have started on my mini already. You're shocked too. I've started a swap with more than a few days to go.

I've been collecting some Lori Holt fabric for a while, just picking up bits as I find them. Most of these I got at the Mad Quilters Show in Penrith over the last few years. I did by some online, well through Instagram from the gorgeous Clair at @clairsdestash. It was fun to get it out and look at it all.



My swap partner made a little inspiration board full of cuteness, and it included a Dresden Plate block. I have never made one and I love to try new things with each swap so the Dresden Plate it is. Once I cut up all the fabric and chained sewed them all together, it already started to look so pretty. They were like little buntings on a string.


Then I put them all together.



Why hadn't I made one of these before?


And I couldn't believe how easy they were to make. I've attached it to a white background with a simple straight stitch around the edge.



And the scrappy border is coming along beautifully too and I am planning some creative quilting to make this extra special.

I can't show you too much at this point, or I'll give too much away. I'll make sure I take a photo of the finished mini before I send it away. Just need to plan some little handmade gifts to go with it.

Any ideas....

Filomena xx

Friday, August 7, 2015

My Simple Six Inch Sampler Quilt

As most of you all know I just can't help but start new projects. A couple of very talented ladies over on Instagram were showing off some beautiful blocks and I just loved admiring them. The blocks were part of a quilt along. It's called the #simplesixinchsampler, if you are over on Instagram go and have a look. There are so many gorgeous blocks. Well, after a few weeks I just couldn't just look anymore I had to be part of it. 

Weathervane
The blocks are part of an App called Quick & Easy Quilt Block Tool and is available through iTunes. It is so super easy to use and I just love that it will show you the cutting list for multiple sizes of the same block.


So far I have made 8 blocks out of the 40 that are part of the quilt along. What I really love about the app is that I can just take my iPad to the cutting mat to cut out my fabrics. I don't have to run back and fourth from the cutting mat to the computer or print anything out.

Formal Garden
The fabric I am using is Pedal Pushers by Lauren & Jessi Jung for Moda Fabrics. I think fabric is gorgeous. Love the red and the navy blue and lets not forget the gorgeous aqua colour and the bits of yellow fabrics just ties everything together so nicely.

Ribbon Star
The block above is my favourite star so far but there are so many nice ones still to come. At this stage I am going to sash them in a dark grey. I think the blocks will just stand out beautifully against the dark sashing. I so want to start putting them together but I have a long way to go still and I want to make sure I get the balance right before I start sewing them together. 

Shoofly
Anyone else want to share a great App they use in their quilting.

Talk soon 
Filomena xx

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Farmer's Wife Catch up........

Wow, where have I been. It seems so long since I have written a post or even come to check my blog. It's work... It just gets in the way... doesn't it. I'm no longer a full-time stay at home mum...... I've gone back to work 5 days a fortnight, working in the local high school library and I love it. Except that it means less time in front of the sewing machine.

It has taken me a few weeks to find a routine that suits the kids, hubby and me. The first week I couldn't even get dinner on the table before 8pm. But I'm planning my meals better and making things ahead of time and now that the weather has turned cold its perfect for the slow cooker to come out, so dinner is ready when I get home from work and the after school activities.

I did find some time to do some sewing and 2 more Farmer's Wife Blocks.


Block No. 34 Flock


I made this one at the Sunday Sewing Along Day with the GWSMQG last month. I soooo look forward to these days.


Block No. 25 Cups and Saucers


So now that I have got my routine organised, I am back to getting this quilt finished.

Have a great day Filomena xx