Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Baby Mobile - A modern baby quilt and a giveaway

I made this quilt last year and then excitedly sent it off to Australian Homespun magazine where it appeared in their February edition, along with a feature profile of me. Now that a few months have passed I'm pleased to release the pattern to you. The magazine changed the name of  the quilt to "Blowing in the Wind", but I've decided to revert to it's original name of "Baby Mobile" - just because it describes it so well.

The amazing fabrics from Australian designers Saffron Craig and Sprout Design really make this quilt. It was my husband's idea to put all the red owls at the bottom of the drops, and I think it looks great that way.

I hand quilted it while camping, and it came together surprisingly quickly.

The magazine asked for a girly version (which was less fussy cut), and it was great to have a good excuse to squeeze in some more quilt making! I free motion quilted the background and added a little hand quilting to the borders. This isn't the best photo but you get the idea. Pink and grey go so well don't you think.

I have some left over scraps to give away, enough to kick-start your own Baby Mobile quilt - some of them are very hard to find! Just leave a comment telling what fabric you think would look good in a Baby Mobile quilt. The winner will be chosen on the weekend (when I have a moment) and they can decide on the boy or girl scrap pack as well as recieving the pattern ofcourse.

You can get your own Baby Mobile pattern from my downloadable patterns page - 20% off while the giveaway's running. I've also shipped the paper patterns off to a couple of shops, so if you own a shop and are interested in carrying my patterns, I'd love to hear from you.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Eddie the Albino

Despite Eddie turning out a little pale, Dane loves his new 'boy doll'.

Being so soft and cuddly, Eddie is the chosen toy for bed. Another great doll pattern from the Wee Wonderfuls book.

So now Sarah, Dane and Grace they all have a doll made by mum. The dolls are a lot more cooperative for photos than the kidlets!

But not quite as entertaining!

Monday, August 15, 2011

A priceless quilt

It's not because of the design or even the fabric - a blue dress worn on a first date many years ago. It's priceless because of the amazing woman behind that dress and the legacy she left in the lives of so many.

I had some left over fabric from this quilt, and I couldn't bear to throw it out. So I made a smaller version that might be enjoyed by some of Shauna and Mark's grandchildren. I know there's a couple on the way.

You can read about Shauna's quilt here, and the touching response from Mark here.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

"Through the Trees" in Canada!

First up, thanks for your lovely comments on my Scattered Showers quilt, and to everyone who bought the pattern. I can't wait to see some popping up on the internet. I liked the suggestion to make a 'chance of rain' cushion to go with it! I've randomly picked 5 people to receive the pattern using the trusty random.org. So congratulations to Sarah, Tiffany, Erin, Karen and Heather. I'll be sending them out soon.

Remember my "Through the Trees" quilt top that I wrote a Stack and Slash tutorial for? And remember how I wanted to donate a quilt top to Cheryl's Quilts Recover initiative. Well I had so many generous offers to help, but ended up sending my "Through the Tree" quilt top to Katherine in Canada to add batting and backing, quilting and binding. She did an absolutely fantastic job of free motion quilting leaves and wavy lines all over it (much better than I could have done!) It suits the quilt perfectly, and the dark brown binding frames it beautifully. Katherine was the perfect person to team up with because she can hand deliver it to Cheryl (it's quite a big quilt!) and she was so lovely to work with! I'm just so amazed at how the world is so small now - working together on other sides of the globe to help another in need. I'm sure this quilt will bring a little comfort to its recipient. Thanks so much Katherine!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Scattered Showers Quilt

So here's my "Scattered Showers" quilt. You saw the top on this post. The idea for the design started with my Fussy Fairytales quilt. I really loved the border, and wanted to try making a whole quilt from random little floating squares. I used two different sized squares to make it a little more interesting.

I quilted it in a spiral starting from the centre (inspiration here). I just used my walking foot and varied the spacing from 1/4" to 1" apart. I made a silly mistake. I quilted it in an anti-clockwise direction. I wasn't even thinking. But when I'd done about 10 circles I realised that instead of it getting easier to feed the quilt through as I got towards the edges, it was getting harder. I was having to put more and more of the quilt through the throat of the machine. By then it was too late, I just had to keep going, but if you try this type of quilting make sure you go clockwise! (push the quilt through the throat, instead of pulling it through). Even though I made it more difficult than it had to be I really love how the quilting turned out. I was panicking a bit halfway through (as I often do), but it all came together nicely.

I backed it with Umbrella Print's Floating Wild Grasses, and it's beautifully soft. I hear that Amy and Carly are working on a few more designs on quilting weight cotton and I can't wait to see what they come up with next (I might try to stop by there soon to see if they'll give me a sneak peak :))

Their Raindrops fabric is perfect for binding!

Thanks to my fabulous (and very speedy) pattern testers, the pattern is available from my downloadable patterns page (20% off for the next few days). It has instructions for 6 sizes. And good news - Umbrella Prints have put together some fabulous deals on kits in their store.

I might give away some pdf patterns to a few random commenters too. Just make sure there's a way for me to contact you.

The nice thing about this quilt is that you can show off really special fabrics without it costing a fortune. I'm tempted to make a bigger one just for me. Can you believe I haven't made myself a quilt yet?!