Thursday, July 31, 2014

Laundry Bags.

Today I am making laundry bags. This is another tip. Instead of making applique letters for the laundry bags I use these stencils. Very easy and cheap, and available everywhere,

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Making Labels.

I thought I might like to share with you how I make the labels for Aussie Hero Quilts.
I bought this book of transparency film from Savers and I had an idea, I made a template using the font, CutOutsFLF a free font, cut it out using a silhouette SD and a fabric marker and cotton fabric. I just have to run the marker over the letters, easy, quick and so much nicer than my own handwriting! Set the fabric marker using a hot iron for 4 minutes and you are done. I will be making a few of them and putting them into a tin ready to go for quilts in the future. I have 6 quilts ready to post on Monday and will be changing those labels tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Aussie Hero Quilt Finished.

 Another Aussie Hero quilt finished. The theme, one word only, "Beach".
The back, Just need to put a label on it.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Cat Toys.

My daughter is on the way home after visiting us for a few days It was just wonderful. We managed to get some crafting done, this is what she made. Cat toys for her beautiful fur babies. this is the pattern she used.
and the feathers from this pattern.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Next Quilt Started.

 Our daughter has come down to visit us for a few days, Just wonderful! This is Meggie before the bed was made, Cute!
 This is the quilt I have started today. Each of the centre blocks are being tacked down before I take it off the table to quilt it.
The theme of the quilt is "Beach".

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Aussie Hero Quilt Finished.

 Aussie Hero quilt finished.
This is the back, appliqued sporting motives. Green and gold.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Aussie Hero Quilt In Progress.

 This is the quilt I have started today. The theme is, Sports and travel.
 This is the back. I will be adding silhouettes of sporting figures. 
I bought something for myself on ebay, a recliner chair for $5. After sitting on a broken chair for 6 weeks I am excited to be able to sit comfortably.  It works fine, just a little worn, I will be dismantling it and recovering it in pure wool blanket fabric from my stash from Savers. All the parts will be a different colour and will be covered in applique. Plenty of pictures will be taken on how I am going to do it, Fingers crossed I can then put it back together and it works!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Ric-Rac News.

 For a short time only, for Australian Customers ONLY
 Jodie Carleton of Ric raC has these and more,
In her big cartel shop. Be quick as they won't last long.
This is the link.

Aussie Hero Quilt Finished.

 This quilt I started on Friday, and finished this morning. The request was simple, Manly Sea Eagles NRL Team. So I googled it and came up with this. I sewed strips of burgandy and white and made my own applique using the fabric markers and sewed it on. Just to give it another little bit of colour I added blue and white and red and blue binding.
 This is the back, Need to add the label then it is done.  The quilting is a simple brick effect. I drew lines on the quilt using a Frixion erasable pen, then after it was sewn, when I ironed it the pen disappeared.
A close up of the applique.I used red and black fabric markers and for the shading I used a laundry marker pen.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Aussie Hero Stuff.

 My lovely friend Mel, this is her blog.
was wonderful and kindly took me there.
This is the place I was at this afternoon/evening for the wonderful presentation and guest speaker Jan-Maree all the way from Sydney the founder and brilliant organizer of Aussie Heroes Quilts and laundry bags. A wonderful and thoroughly engaging speaker whose passion shone through, I do believe she has now got more people to follow and make for her after this. It was just wonderful to meet her in person. 
This is the link
also on the right hand side of my blog you can get to it too.
Thank you to Libster for the lovely ride home. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Aussie Hero Quilt Finished.

 This is the layout of my quilt blocks prior to sewing together and show the true colours of the quilt.
 The lighting is not good, but here it is finished.
I have added a silhouette of the ship and the label, but this is the back.
All set up for tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A fabulous Link.

Simply stunning. A wonderful link to some fantastic felt flowers. I am looking forward to making these for sure.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

New Quilt Project.

 These are the fabrics I am using for my next quilt project. The colours requested are purples and yellows with a silhouette of the ship.The ship will be going on the back of the quilt with the anchor  fabric.
 Making the blocks, they have a 4 1/2 inch square in the middle, purple or yellow.
 Followed by 2 1/2 inch strips on each side and top and bottom in yellow or purple.
 Cut and trimmed ready for the last row.
 Final cut is trimming them off at an angle to give the blocks movement to 11 inches.
 These are the blocks ready to sew.
Finished block.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Savers Shopping.

 Look what I bought today in Savers Mill Park! Total cost was $16. Cord for the bags, binding for the quilts, I am thinking for the handkerchiefs, quilt block backs.
I could not believe it when I by chance turned around and saw this book! $3 I had this book many years ago and put it into savers 4 years ago and have been looking for a copy for maybe a year now. So happy! Total spent in Savers was $19 a really good day.

Aussie Hero Quilt.

 Aussie Hero Quilt finished. The request was for red, cream, tea, cats and floral.
 This is the back.
Meggie, all stretched out after being in the sun through the window.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Quilt Assembly.

 Tilli and Meggie.
 The quilt blocks are done.
 Now comes the fun in choosing the layout.
 These are just some of the options.
I think I might be playing with the blocks for a little while.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Quilt block.

This is a close up of the first block.7 more to go. then the next decision will be how to place them and if I want to add borders to each block.

Aussie Hero Quilt In Progress.

This is the next quilt I am working on. A request for tea, cats, floral, red and cream. I have prepared 8 blocks that I will quilt in between the patterns and each centre has a different applique on them. They will then be assembled as a quilt as you go method. on the left is the backing and will also be the binding, a cheaters panel. The cats and teapot fabrics were from Spotlight, the red and cheaters panel were donated fabrics.
This is the link to the tutorials.

Cool Coasters.

How delightful is this! Hexie coasters.
You will find the tutorial and template here,
I will be doing these with my crafters for sure.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Charity Knitting.

 Hats and headbands.
Baby blankets, all going to a homeless shelter near where one of my Crafternooners work as part of a boxed package.