My very first applique. First I made a stencil on paper, traced it onto cotton that has interfacing on it, then I coloured it in and cut it out
I then added a stabilizer to the back of the quilt top and blanket stitched it on.
This is the first of the many stylized butterflies that will be on the quilt. The feelers will be a close zig zag stitch. Right now it is just drawn on.
This is the start of another Aussie Hero quilt. The request is for orange, flowers, butterflies and Southern Cross. First I cut the fabric into squares, put them into pairs and sewed them in chains. I then cut them apart and sewed the pairs together to make blocks of 4. They have been squared up to 11 inches. 3 blocks per row and 7 rows.
This is the layout. I will then sew them together row by row and will applique butterflies on the top.
Sometimes it is good to walk away and leave for a day and come back to a project with fresh eyes, the quilt before was far too busy, I like this a lot better. It will have a double border too to frame it. I will finish the sewing of the top this morning and get it sandwiched this afternoon.
This is what I am working on at the moment. An Aussie Hero quilt for a female with the description request red, green, blue, dancing, beach, shopping. The back fabric will have beach all over it. Hand drawn bags and shoes represents fun shopping. The fabric markers I am using for this are the Crayola fabric markers.
This is a close up snippet of what I have been doing today.
Hand drawn fishing lures and fishing reels.
These are the products I have used. Ikea textile markers. However having done a search for them they don't seem to have them in store, I did however find an equivalent product that I would like to buy and try next, Crayola Textile Markers from Officeworks.
Started this quilt yesterday and due the same time as the female dancing quilt (end of June). This one is for a male, request is for blue, fishing, Southern Cross.
In the light blue squares I will either hand drawing or making appliques for bait, reels and other fishing items (not decided how I will do them yet) and in the long blue panels on either side I will be drawing or appliqueing fishing rods. The Southern Cross stars will be appliqued on the back.
This next quilt request is for Red, blue and green, dancing, shopping beach. This one will have a laundry bag too.
I will be starting this tomorrow. This afternoon I will be practicing some blocks on other fabrics to decide how I would like to do it.
I thought I might share how I have my batting stored. I do this for all the fabric rolls I have.
I get 2 kitchen garbage bags, the kind that is on a roll, using two bags one on each side, cut the handles and bow them to each other. This makes them easy to keep dust free, plus these are lemon scented! Larger rolls? Use larger bags.
Quilt top complete. Ready to sandwich together with pins. This is how I have it on my table.
Yesterday I started another Aussie Hero Quilt. This one is for a female, the description request was for a pink, blue, green pastel and floral quilt. every other block will be blue with white sashings and pink corner blocks. The binding will be green and the backing fabric I will show you on another post. I have another 2 requests after this all due by the end of June.
This is how I put the blocks together. I stitched them down in pairs.
Then I added the last row.
Keeping them joined, I stitched the rows together.
Tilli says, "Enough mum!, Give me some attention". so I did!
All the blocks are sewn, now I am adding the sashings, corner stones and guitars row by row. I am so happy with my table that I can keep them set out as I sew, no problems with getting the blocks out of order.
I took the morning off to come up with a design and this is what I decided to do. Keeping the design simple. This is another Aussie Hero Quilt request. The request was "8 year old boy, likes army soldiers and guitars". The guitars are hand drawn using fabric pens after I have made the blocks. The boy's name will be added as well with appliqued letters in red to tie the colours together. The backing I have not on decided yet.
Aussie Hero quilt finished and will be posted on Wednesday.
This is the back, The background is white, but the lighting in my house is not great so it shows up darker than in real life, but you get the idea. The description on the quilt request is Old Cars, so this is perfect.
Look at this lovely fabric, All cotton and all $4 a metre from Spotlight today. I bought this lot to use in the Aussie Hero Quilts and laundry bag charity using the Spotlight Mother's Day voucher and money I got from all the crafting, toy and doll making books I took to A.C.D.A yesterday.
Thank you ladies for helping me with my cause.
Also at the cloth doll club I was given these pastel lovely super soft polar fleece fabric to use in my charity makes too. Just lovely. Thank you so very very much.
Remember when I bought this fabric from Savers in February? I made 2 laundry bags from one piece and kept the larger one for the backing for a quilt. Well the right project has come along. The quilt request is for vintage cars, Absolutely perfect.
I simply could not go past these in Savers yesterday.
This is what I have done so far today, quilt in progress.
This is the front and back of the quilt I finished yesterday. The blocks were made and sent to me to make into a quilt, the orange and blue binding and backing from my stash. The backing was from Savers, enough fabric for 2 quilts.
I am proud to call her my friend, I make no bones about that! My regular followers probably know that already. Hot Off The Press The Full Parade.
How sweet are these? Utterly adorable. Jodie Carleton has done it again, 4 new Creative Card patterns that you can buy from here,
You can buy the Full Parade for $10.50 or individually for $3. each. Whatever you buy you will not be disappointed Well written and her pattern pieces are a joy to work with, suitable for all ages and levels of expertise. I have a set, I will be making them for the Angels for the Forgotten charity so watch this space! Many more designs on this page too, All beautifully written and her pattern pieces are a perfection.