Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Somewhat Positive Quilt Top #2

It’s been a year to the day since I posted my Somewhat Positive mini quilt (no really! I checked). That means this larger version has been on my to-do list since then.

This time I’ve widened the sashing and gone for a 3 x 3 block layout ending up with a quilt top that is 48” x 60”.

And while I’ve been making this quilt I’ve refreshed my memory on how it was done and I’ve FINALLY written a tutorial – that’ll be out next Tuesday. Come back then!


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Inside Addition Quilt Top Finished!

Back in February I was queen for the month in the Bee Inspired group. I chose the Inside Addition block that I upsized to 12 ½” (the tutorial is here). 

It was like Christmas once the blocks started rolling in, and coming home and checking the mail box was full of anticipatory excitement. I made some extra blocks and now we have the big reveal – tada!!!!!

The top finishes up at a fairly decent size of 62 ½” by 75”.

Getting the colour shading layout to my satisfaction was a little difficult for me. I haven’t ever attempted this technique before and I struggled to find any sort of starting point. Hindsight and photos are a great thing and I think I can see where I would swap some block placements if I was doing it again. If I have a tip it would be to allow yourself plenty of time to work on the layout (I didn’t so it was a case of frantically trying to get it laid out and watching the clock at the same time).

Thanks so much to all my Bee mates, all of whom are former participants in the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers group, for contributing to this project. You all did great work!

Till next time


Linking up to Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation and Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

July Block Round-up

This month’s queen in Stash Bee Greta (@snippetycamel) asked for a maple leaf block of our choice in green. She suggested a couple of tutorials but not being one to leave well enough alone I thought I’d have a look on Pinterest first… 3 hours later I surfaced with a decision, ending up with a paper pieced block I made up for myself based on this barn quilt. I’m thrilled with the way it turned out and I’m thinking about maybe making more.

For Bee Inspired Queen Jennifer from TheInquiring Quilter designed a block and wrote us a tutorial based on the Irish chain quilt that she’s had in mind for a while. She requested graduating shades of green (the fabric pull was simple this month!) going lighter from the centre out on a white low volume background.

It’s my turn to be Queen in Stash Bee next month and I’m pretty excited! I have picked my block, written the tutorial and it’s scheduled and ready to go for the 1st!

‘til next time



Wednesday, 5 July 2017

June Block Round-up

At last, almost two months after posting these blocks, my crows for Velda at GrannycanQuilt, who was Bee Inspired queen back in April, have arrived! We’ve had our mystery line-up to guess the maker (a lot of fun!) and I can show them to you. Ta-da! Velda gave us a tutorial which she has since had to remove from her blog to keep the peace (long unpleasant story) and requested that part of the crows be either black with white or white with black with the rest of the crow being bright colours on a low volume background.

Staying on the black and white critter theme, June’s Bee Inspired block for Karen at Tu-na Quilts and Eats is a poodle block. This was a nightmare of tutorial errors and a confusing number of pieces. If you feel you want to take this on the tutorial is here. Karen gave us corrections but wasn’t specific as to what pieces they were in the pattern. (The underbelly should have a flip triangle of 2.75” for the hind leg and the ear piece should be cut at 4.25” long). I was overwhelmed by the written instructions and decided to follow the photographic steps instead where the error was different on the ear piece, but instead of being longer as in the written instructions (I’m told) came up too short. I was ready to throw it in the corner and there were some choice words thrown about at this point but I persevered and the block is done! Would I do another one? Not on your life!

EDIT: I am reliably informed that the tutorial has now been corrected. If you want to make one now it should be a lot easier.

The tutorial suggests that we name our poodles and I was going to name him after the poodle we had when we were growing up, Marcel, but Kate has picked that name for hers. I could always call him Marcel2 but I think I’ll go for Ricky Doodle the poodle (anyone seen Ricky Tims’ Grand Finale video? You’ll understand the reference if you have.).

Finally, for Stash Bee Alanna (@the_handmade_tail) chose nice simple flying geese. She’s making a quilt for her best friend’s upcoming wedding and her friend is very much into nature and the environment, with a husband-to-be who’s a scientist with music as a hobby. Colours chosen were green and grey with prints that reflected the couple’s interests. I’ve had the Laurel Burch leaf print for a long time and now seemed like the perfect time to break it out and use it. The greys are new from my local fabric purveyor. They were 50% off and who can resist a bargain!

Till next time au revoir!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Garden Snails Mini Quilts

Remember all the Garden Snail Quilt blocks I was making at the beginning of the year? This is what became of them.

I turned them into mini quilts and then I turned these two into a cover for the fan in my sewing room. It gets very very dusty here in summer and I’m not that keen on cleaning in hot weather so a cover is a necessity. I took the photos before they were sewn together (and so no binding) because I wasn’t sure how the project would turn out. Just as well. It’s functional but not highly photogenic.

The quilting for these was done in a diagonal cross hatch that I really liked.

Along with those I made these two minis for my international Pay it Forward Craft recipients. I quilted these in an experimental random criss cross way that I regretted pretty much immediately. You win some, you lose some *sigh*.

I enjoyed making these blocks… Or wait, did I? I remember complaining about them at the time but I think, looking back, with some other more time consuming blocks under my belt since, that they weren’t too bad. I had a few deadlines at the time and that didn’t help my attitude. I think I would possibly even make them again.

They certainly give great opportunities to pick a favourite fabric or two to showcase and the block pattern has an option to paper piece the shell using different fabrics. Now that sounds like a great scrap buster but could be a tad time consuming for a working girl.

The pattern is by Pen and Paper patterns and is available here.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

May Block Round-up

Last month’s Bee Inspired block was for Irene at Patchwork and Pastry. She asked for a 9 patch in a 9 patch in a 9 patch in soft grey. You can only see two? The smallest one is part of the centre block, second down on the left. The squares for that one finished up at a very small ½” each!

For Stash Bee, May’s queen Julia (@sparkymonster) chose the X and plus block and gave us the option of using purple, orange, hot pink and blue-green on a low volume background. I enjoyed making this block and it has set in concrete my plans to make a whole quilt using it. I have a dedicated Pinterest board to this design already and the variations are endless.

My last Inside Addition block from my Bee Inspired mate Emily at The Darling Dogwood finally arrived after more than 2 months of travelling. I’d given up on it arriving and Emily had plans to start a replacement for me when it arrived. This gives me hope since the crows I made for Velda for April have still not arrived after about 5 weeks.

I’ve been spending the last week or so making another 18 to go along with the ones I received, or so I thought. When I went to lay it out on the weekend I found I was one short *sigh*. There may have been a short outburst of bad language. It should be exciting when the top starts coming together.

Happy sewing and stay safe!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Pantone Quilt Challenge 2017 Finished!

This is my entry into this year’s Pantone Quilt Challenge. Finishing up at 30 ½ inches square, it squeaks into the Quilt category.

The herringbone design has been on my wish list and all over my Pinterest boards for several years and finally I can tick it off as done.

This is made with most of a Kona Woodland charm pack and some yardage of Kona Limelight (I think) and white from my stash.

I was originally thinking of keeping the quilting to a simple outline of the shapes but decided to go denser and I’m glad I did because it gives it great texture.

Monday, 8 May 2017

2017 New Quilt Bloggers – My turn!

Hello and welcome to my stop on the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. I’m Sue and I live in Perth, Western Australia. This is my second time for participating in the New Quilt Bloggers Hop. I came back for seconds because I enjoyed it so much last time. This second time around has been much less nerve wracking and anxiety inducing than last time.

I started blogging just over two years ago so I could join in with the on-line quilt community. It all looked like so much fun! My first post was an entry into the 2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge. Even though the colour of the year really wasn’t my thing, it grew on me and I think this quilt is a keeper! (If you’re interested the 2017 Pantone Quilt Challenge is coming up at the end of the month.)

When the call went out at the end of last year to join the Modern Quilt Guild mini swap, I quickly signed up. This was the mini I put together for my swap partner based on Amy Sinibaldi’s Half -hearted pattern (free!).

Last year I received a Pay It Forward Craft gift from Abigail at Cut and Alter and have paid my three items forward. This Rainbow Rose mini was the one I made for a recipient who lives nearby.

Last year I joined in my first ever Quilt-Along with another fellow hop mate Amanda of This Mom Quilts to make her Facets Plus Quilt.

In my hop post last year I asked the question of readers if they had joined any swaps, quilt alongs, bees (have you? Any favourites?) and through that I found Stash Bee which I signed up for this year. I also joined a bee made up of 11 others also in last year’s hop – Bee Inspired. These bees have been a great experience and have been great in feeding a no-brainer blog post once a month J.

The other recent project I’m most proud of is the mini I designed myself. I call it Somewhat Positive.

My QUILTING TIP is to hold your work up to a mirror. If you’re not sure you’re particularly liking a finish or a block, for some reason holding it up to a mirror seems to give you a different perspective of it. I read an interior decorating tip once that suggested that standing in a corner with your back to a room and holding a hand mirror will give you insights into what’s working home dec-wise in the same way, so it’s a genuine thing, really!

My BLOGGING TIP is to use your best photo first so that it shows in a blog reader. Instead of just marking as read and moving on your audience will be lured in to read the post, maybe even click through for a comment. (Also, claim your blog on Bloglovin. You’ll get all your stats that way. They’re very detailed.)

Thanks so much to our hosts and organisers, Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl, Beth at Cooking Up Quilts and Leanne at She Can Quilt, for all their time and effort. Please visit my fellow hoppers from Better Bloggers Hive for today

Sue of Sevenoaks Street Quilts (me)
Jen of Dizzy Quilter
Tara of Quiltersstash
Paige of Quilted Blooms

Y’all come back now!

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

April Block Round-up

And here we are in May already! Here’s what I worked on in April.

For Stash Bee, T (@t.schireson) asked us for stars on a deep blue background. This is the St Louis Star I made for her. Frankly I’m very proud of the way it turned out, although this is not the first time I’ve made them. A few years ago in my pre-blog days I made a quilt for my Mum with these stars so that gave me plenty of practice! T begged to see it so you can get a look at it over here on Instagram if you’re curious. The tutorial for the block and the quilt can be found at Lily’s Quilts, with guest blogger Jess from Elven Garden Quilts.

I went to my home town of Adelaide in South Australia over Easter to catch up with family and I decided to take a hand sewing project with me. It’s been a long time since I did needle turn applique and I am seriously rusty. I had actually planned to make circles but they were an absolute disgrace and any shape BUT circular so I decided to simplify things and make them octagons instead. I’m enjoying it and made good progress while I was away, but I’m currently suffering from ‘social media neck’ and that progress has come to a stop while I wait for it to recover. I blame too many hours looking at Pinterest while I was on holidays. Actually I think too many hours on Pinterest can be blamed for many things…

My latest project is for the Pantone Quilt Challenge and involves making a lot of green HSTs. Are any of you entering? This year it’s being hosted by Sarah at {no} hats in the house and Rebecca from Bryan House Quilts. You’ve got until the end of May - plenty of time! More details here or here.

This month’s Bee Inspired queen, Velda from GRANNYcanQUILT has sworn us to secrecy so that we can have a “guess the maker” line-up once she’s received all the blocks. That means there’s nothing to show for now. I do, however, have a couple more blocks to show you from my month as queen. These, from Janice at Color, Creating and Quilting  and Jennifer at the Inquiring Quilter, came in after the last block round up post.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Rainbow Rose Mini – A Finish!

I missed the Rainbow Rose Quilt Along held by the Irish Modern Quilt Guild in the middle of last year but I loved all the versions that I saw. When I had to make gifts as part of Pay It Forward Craft I decided to put a mini version together for my off-line local recipient, Michelle.

This quilt measures 25 inches square and is quilted using a straight stitch. I really like the way it turned out. It was a hard one to give away, but aren’t they all!

I took it out for a lunch time photo shoot in a spot with dappled shade.

The wind blew, the shade shifted

So I took it home for another go. This time it was late afternoon and the colours seem a lot duller.

In the end I stood behind a bush, took a styled shot and gave it up.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

March Block Round-up

This month’s queen in my Stash Bee hive is Ophelie (@quiltoph). She picked the Treasure Hunt block from Blossom Heart Quilts. Ophelie added colour dots to the template (her version here) and that made it extra easy to keep track of what colours went where. I’m a bit of a convert to mustard after making this block. Ophelie’s original request post with her colour choices is here. I was hoping for my prints to offer more variety in the way they matched up but it didn’t come together as I planned and I have a far less scrappy effect than I was hoping for.

Kate at Smiles from Kate is queen over in Bee Inspired for March and she’s chosen the  Gnomes and Trees block from Flying Parrots Quilts for her block. I spent a “too hot for housework” Sunday afternoon putting the trees and gnomes blocks together. It was a fun block to make, and great for a bee pick! The hot weather was followed by thunderstorms and I have learned a lesson in low light photography. This block is nowhere near as yellow as it appears.

I’m currently working on a quilt using some large scale hourglass blocks. It’s working title is “Dave, the Engineering Quilt”, a play on Dave the Quilt Engineer (husband of quilting buddy, Tish) because of the blueprint drawings on the fabric. When the idea came I thought it was hilarious. Still do.

The blocks from being queen in Bee Inspired last month continue to roll in. It’s such fun! These are from Sharon at Yellow Cat Quilt Designs, Jen at A Dream and a Quilt, Paige at Quilted Blooms, Ann at Brown Paws Quilting, Kate at Smiles from Kate,  and Karen at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Jen and Jan’s Mini QAL

Hello and welcome to my stop on Jen and Jan’s Mini hop! There’s a lot of other places to get to (links at the bottom of the post) so I’ll go photo heavy and text light for this post.

I decided to make my version as a charity quilt so went with pastel colours and added a border to make it bigger.

And I added a cute chook print on the back.

This pattern (designed by Jen and available here for FREE!!!!) was simple and easy to use – that of course didn’t stop me from making mistakes and I had an unfortunate skewing event when I quilted my mini block hanging on the line, due, I think, to having my dual feed foot on the wrong setting. Can I pretend it was supposed to be wonky?

The little bear starring in these photos was knitted by my Mum many years ago J

Here’s the links to the rest of the participants. Prizes are available for commenters on Jen and Janice’s blogs- head there to win!

March 10 Reveal Day
Kate Heads at Smiles From Kate
Jennifer Fulton at Inquiring Quilter
Karen Thurn at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats
Melva Nolan at Melva Loves Scraps
Julie Stocker at Pink Doxies
Anja Clyke at Anja Quilts
Jayne at Twiggy & Opal
Susan Arnold at Quilt Fabrication
Leanne Milsom at Lizzie the Quilter
Sandra Walker at Mmm! Quilts!

March 11 Reveal Day
Janice Holton at Color Creating & Quilting
Jennifer Strauser at Dizzy Quilter
Amy Gerlich at Amy Scrap Spot
Sharon Denney Parcel at Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Susan Gordon at Sevenoaks Street Quilts (you are here!)
Anne Boundy at Said With Love
Barbara Wootie at The Flashing Scissors
Jan Welander at Making Scraps