Normal service resumed.

The brown cushion is finished and in 18ish days I am pretty sure I will be named best SIL in the world, but more importantly it means I can get back to obsessing over my latest rainbow quilt.  My parcel of loveliness arrived from Annie yesterday  and I managed to get the top finished.

Rainbow scraps, Kona Coal and Architextures Crosshatch in grey

I made a quick trip to Ikea this morning (sometimes living only 5 minutes away from one is a good thing) and have stocked back up on the fabulous number print to make a pieced backing.  I am going to try custom quilting this with swirls, pebbles and wavy lines.  That should take up most of my week off from work!


Brace yourselves...

You might want to sit down for this, because today I have been using mostly BROWN fabric to make a cushion *shudder* ;-).  I probably don't need to point out that it is not for me, but for my favourite SIL who loves all things dull natural.

I decided on a simple plus layout and picked 10 brown FQ's from the December's Pink Castle stash stack and mixed in some neutral greys and creams. 

Quilting was kept simple with a crosshatch and now I just need to make the zippered back and sew it up.

It is not often my sewing matches the weather, but I have to admit I kinda like this cushion, shhhh don't tell anyone ;-)


Scrappy dappy doo...

When work asked me if I could do another night shift tonight I jumped at the chance. I think they were slightly bemused by my eagerness as I am vocal in my hatred for the night shift, but I have been obsessing over my rainbow blocks all week whilst stuck at work and really wanted to get on with them.  Sleep is for the weak right?!

 So this is how far I have got.

The original Missing 'U' quilt from the Sunday Morning quilts book is made up entirely of these scrappy blocks, but I like my rainbow mixed in with some neutrals.  After all the great suggestions I got in my last post (thanks!!), I think I am going for this layout using Kona Coal and the Architextures crosshatch in Grey.

EQ7 - Scrappy quilt layout

Just need to wait for my supplies from Annie and I can finish this off.  My sewing table in due to arrive next week so I can also get on with quilting Space dust, exciting but scary!


Busting out the scraps

My scrap boxes are busting at the seams and it is starting to annoy/make me feel guilty for not using them, so I thought it was time I made myself a new rainbow quilt.   I did a little sorting into colour order of the bigger scraps, leaving the tiny ones for another project/the bin.

I wanted a fun, easy, very little rotary cutting/no paper piecing kind of project and found the perfect inspiration in the Sunday Morning Quilts book with The Missing 'U' quilt.

I made my first three blocks this afternoon after a 'forced' visit to the kidlets nursery so he could meet fireman ;-)
First three improvy blocks
 I am not sure I am a natural at improv , but I love the blocks so far.  Now I am pondering whether to put a matching solid border round each block or just let the scrappy flow.  Your thoughts appreciated!


Unexpected sew day

Last night I had to cover a night shift which meant that I had an unexpected Friday off work.  Now what I should have been doing was sleeping, that would have been sensible.  Those that know me well can tell you that I am almost never sensible, so instead of sleeping I spent all day sewing instead.

My lovely SIL asked me to make her friend a cushion for her new baby girl.  She wanted it to be personalised and not very girly but left the rest up to me.  I pulled some Walk in the Woods and Sew Stitchy charm squares from my stash and some 'just dropped through the letter box from Annie' Architextures crosshatch fabric and set to work.

I used Kristy's typeface pattern for the name, reserving the pink charms for the letters and then made a simple patchwork.  I love how the crosshatch fabric gives a little more interest for the background on the letters.

Simple quilting and a hidden zipper Pearl bracelet back finished the cushion off and I am happy to report my SIL loves it.

Despite feeling like a zombie today, it was worth skipping the sleep! 


Zip zip zipping

I have been wanting to to make a triple zip pouch ever since Debbie first posted the tute, but never quite got round to it.  Well with just a few days until the end of the Triple zip-along I finally got organised enough to get on with it.

 I had a little rummage in the fabric cupboard and finally (after about an hour!) settled on Echino bucks mixed with a little text print, Metro circles and Summersville weave for the lining. 

Apart from the embarrassing amount of time it took me to attach the zipper tabs, the pouch making went fairly smoothly.  I followed the alternative way of finishing the pouch, which went well until I turned the pouch and saw that my top zipper was slightly twisted.  I don't think I got the zipper quite in the middle before I stitched round!?  Something I will pay more attention too on my next go.

The other tip I will be following next time is to ditch the zipper foot and just use the walking foot (tip courtesy of Leanne).  It really is a brilliant design and tute and despite it's imperfections, I love my new pouch.


A little bit of this and that

We have just come back from a family break to celebrate both hubbies and kidlets birthdays.  We went to Longleat Centre Parcs again and had a great time, spending hours in the pool and outside in the less polluted country air.

There was a lot of this...
 and this...
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 and plenty of this..

I have to admit though, after 7 days away from the sewing machine I was starting to get a bit twitchy!  I spent the better half of yesterday re-acquainting myself with my beloved and knocking out a few foundation pieced blocks.

Firstly my very late Kinky Bee Jan block for Trash, who wanted dish/plate inspired blocks.
Pattern from http://www.reginagrewe.de/04muster/0406hochstapelei_e.html
I also finished the pattern testing blocks for Kristy using her brilliant new typeface pattern.  Each pattern tester got allocated a word to make, which will then be put into a quilt and donated to someone who lost everything in the Tasmanian bush fires. My word was harmony using the lowercase alphabet.
I absolutely love this pattern and will be buying the Upper case version as soon as it is for sale!

After all that paper piecing I need a little break, so today I am attempting to make the triple zip pouch pattern, joining in with the Triple-zipalong hosted by the lovely Debbie.  The fabrics are cut and I am already to start swearing sewing those zippers ;-)

You may want to wish me luck!


Sneaky peeks and a winner!

This week has been a little bit manic, but in a mostly good way.  I have bouncing between working, presenting my audit to my peers at a big BMS education day (slightly scary when they know what you are talking about and can tell if you are BSing!) and sewing like crazy to get a project finished for Annie.  As it is a secret squirrel project destined for The Daily Stitch in a couple of weeks, all I have got to show is a tiny bit of binding....

I do however have something very cool to show that I didn't make.  Charlotte made me a Kindle case for my birthday using her fabulous tute...
Isn't it gorgeous!!!!!  Thank you Charlotte xxx

Now for the winner of my birthday giveaway.  Mr Random picked out the number this morning from the 78 entries and the lucky winner is.

Congratulations Helen, I will be emailing you shortly!  Thanks to everyone who entered and for the lovely birthday wishes.