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A Quilt for Master C

Note before you start: This post details quilt number three of my nine quilts by Christmas series. Click here for an overview of all nine quilts. Click here for details on quilt one or quilt two. For quilts four to nine, stay tuned!

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And at last! We have the first boy’s quilt! This pattern is Hideaway by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew. It was a little fiddly at first to get those center crosses right, but then it came together very quickly because the rest of the block is SO big! I am really happy with how it turned out.

The finished quilt size is 67.5″ x 57.5″.

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I really loved picking out the colours and fabric for this one. It’s quite the variety, mostly picked out from my local quilt shop – Marcelle’s Patchwork Cottage: a little Sunday Supper (Sweetwater for Moda), a little Flow (Zen Chic for Moda), a little Best. Day. Ever. (April Rosenthal for Moda), a little Grand Canal (Kate Spain for Moda), and a little Grunge (Basic Grey for Moda). There’s a few other wild cards in there that I don’t actually know what they are because I picked them up in mystery boxes in my early stash-building days.

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The orange border and binding is from Flow by Zen Chic (Moda) and the navy plus border is from Sunday Supper by Sweetwater (Moda). The quilting is a square dance edge-to-edge design, and it’s backed in grey suede flannel.

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And Master C seems pretty happy with it!

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We’re going to smash out the remaining three boy quilts over the next week, so I hope you’ll be back soon!

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A Quilt for Miss B

This post is about quilt number two in my Nine Quilts by Christmas series. To look at an overview of the lot – click here. To see quilt number one, click here. For quilts 3-9, stay tuned!

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Next up in my quilty-gift parade is my quilt for Miss B. Similar to the quilt for Miss T, I wanted something a bit more mature, but also a bit of fun. The pattern in the centre panel is Butterfly Effect from Amy Smart (aka Diary of a Quilter)’s book Fabulously Fast Quilts.

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I love them all for different reasons, but I think this was my favourite colour-wise. Navys, teals, and purples just sing to me. I’d been hoarding my mini jelly rolls from V and Co.’s Simply Colorful II collection for quite a while, with this exact project in mind.

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The inner border is a teal/aqua grunge from Basic Grey for Moda, and the outer border is a navy chevron (I’m sorry – I don’t remember the range!). It’s bound in the same grunge.
Originally my final border was going to be the navy blue hand-drawn floral from the V and Co. range, but I after adding it to the first side of the quilt, I felt it made the whole thing look very seventies – and while that was a bit fun, it really wasn’t what I was going for. I’m much happier with the chevrons… although, if you know me at all, you’d know that I really find it hard to beat a good chevron 😉

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The backing is a light blue suede flannel, and the quilting is a simple flower. Choosing the quilting for this one was quite tricky, because so much of the quilt was geometric, but a geometric quilt pattern kind of made it more masculine. The flowers made it a bit more feminine again.

 

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Miss B got a bedroom make-over of sorts this year, and little did I realise, but my chosen colours matched her new room pretty well! I was a bit stoked with myself, and she seemed pretty happy with the quilt too!

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Next up in my nine quilts by Christmas is the first of the boy quilts. I can’t wait to share!

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A Quilt for Miss T

As you know, I recently pumped out nine quilts for Christmas in order to give one to each of my nieces and nephews. This is detailing quilt one of nine. For the info about all nine, check out my last blog post by clicking here. For more details on the other eight – stay tuned!

Going into each quilt in a bit more detail, I thought I better start at the top with the biggest of the kidlets, Miss T. Not long in high school, I wanted something that was still a bit fun, but being the eldest of the cousins, I wanted something a little bit more mature.

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The fabric in the centre panel is Retro Orchard produced by Dashwood Studio, and I used the Triangle Pop pattern by Emily Dennis from Quilty Love. You can get the pattern from her website, but I found it in Issue 38 of Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine – it’s a favourite!

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The border fabrics are yellow with white dot from Simply Colorful by V and Co., and (I think) the strawberry solid from Flying Colors by MoMo; both for Moda. I quilted this one with an apples design, to reflect the fruit in the fabric, and keep up the fun, retro theme.

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I bound it with the same yellow dots, and backed it with a burgandy suede flannel. Super fluffy!

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Miss T seemed pretty happy with the results!

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So there you have it!
One down, eight to go 😉

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A Mammoth Effort

I was pretty quiet at the end of 2017, and while I haven’t been super consistent with this blog to date, I have been busting for the last 2 months to share this project with you! Alas, it was under wraps until its Christmas deadline.

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These pretties have been a roller coaster in the making, but boy, were they a satisfying finish!!! And did I get some mega hugs when they were gifted!

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Not long after I first started quilting, I decided that I wanted to make a quilt for each of my nine nieces and nephews. At the rate I was making quilts at that time (about 3 a year), I didn’t think it was fair to gift them one at a time – as it could be years and YEARS between the first and last quilt being gifted. So I planned to give them all at once, with no real deadline as to when that would be.

And then, about 8 weeks ago, I had a brain wave. All nine nieces and nephews would be in one place, this Christmas. That only happens every few years. I had three quilt tops made, and I had just over six weeks to make six more quilt tops, and then quilt, bind, and label the lot. Easy, right? Hah!

Nothing for it but to dig-in and get the job done!

Challenge number one: The early quilt-tops I’d already made were only crib-sized. The eldest of my nieces and nephews was 13. Crib-sized was not going to cut it.
Solution – I made each a crib-sized centre panel, and added 3.5″ and 6.5″ borders. Hooray for borders adding quick width!

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Issue number two: I wanted each quilt to be unique. No two centre-panel patterns were to be repeated, and nor were the quilting patterns.
Solution: I relied on my favourite quilt pattern designers – Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter, Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew, and Emily Dennis of Quilty Love, for relatively quick and easy patterns that packed a visual punch. And then I was so thankful to Marcelle from Marcelle’s Patchwork Cottage, who has been teaching me to use her long-arm quilter. By knowing the edge-to-edge patterns available, and having access to such a beautiful machine, my dream of nine unique quilts in such an absurd timeframe became suddenly achievable.

So here they are, and I am SO excited and thankful to be on the other side of this challenge!

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All of the quilts have flannel backings, as the kids all live in Victoria, so I wanted them to be nice and snuggly. I thought about using wool wadding for extra warmth, but I prefer the feel of cotton quilts, so I stuck with the 100% cotton.DSC_0759 (2)

I used printable fabric to make labels, and vlisofixed them onto the backings. I used a simple blanket stitch with thread that coordinated with the quilt binding to finish them off. Name removed from pic below for privacy 🙂

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It was the ultimate seal of approval when the kids all dragged their new quilts out on the deck as they went about their busy-ness, or snuggled up under them for the Christmas afternoon movie.

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Also, I wish all quilt recipients were as excited as a four-year old!

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Over then next few weeks I’ll show you more detailed shots of each individual quilt here on the blog, as well as information on the fabrics and patterns used, so stay tuned! Or subscribe for updates 🙂
You can also see more picture on my instagram using the hashtag #ninequiltsbychristmas
Can’t wait to share more!

New Skills

More than I thought

I was talking with a friend the other week, and she said it made her the happiest as a quilty-educator when she was in a position to watch people push themselves, and learn new skills. At the time, I grimaced with the thought that I’m not usually the best at getting outside my comfort zone.

But then I was thinking about it, and I realised that I’ve done quite a bit this year – and most of it involved learning new skills.

I’ve made my first ever piece of clothing.

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This skirt was a pretty big deal for me! I hadn’t really tackled anything beyond the standard straight-line before this. It includes a zipper and everything! I am so happy with how it turned out! And it has the perfect amount of fabric to be a great twirly-skirt 😀

I ran my first quilt class.

People actually came! And made quilts! That’s amazing to me!
I also ran some highschooler classes, and had a LOT of fun in the process!

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I have another two quilt classes lined up for October and November, and I’m SO keen.

I conquered curves and made a hoop quilt.

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Originally, I joined Gen X Quilter’s Hoop-quilt-along, which was meant to take about 4 weeks. I took about 2 months, and those drunkards path blocks were a significant factor in my procrastination! I also made bias binding for the first time in this project. I think it all turned out pretty well, though!

All of the fabric used in this hoop quilt is from Dapper by Luke for Moda and Moda Bella White

I made my first ever English Paper Pieced hexies.

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This is definitely an addiction… they are just SO pretty! But what to do with them all???

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I’ve learned how to Foundation Piece.

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I attended one of Marcelle’s skill-builder workshops, and I’m really glad I did. I made the above circle of flying geese during the class, and then got a bit adventurous and attempted a Scottie Dog (pattern from Love Patchowrk and Quilting Mag) the following week. I love it! Those accurate points just make it so worth it!

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So there you have it, apparently I really can push myself outside of my comfort zone! At least, I can where sewing is concerned 😉

What new skills have you learnt this year?

 

 

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Anything is better than nothing!

Have you ever played the game Articulate? It’s my all time favourite, and it’s a bit like Taboo, or Pictionary (using words instead of drawing). Now, I confess, I’m a tad on the competitive side when it comes to board games… but nothing riles me up more in any of the above-mentioned games when it’s my teammate’s turn to describe or draw, and they sit there wasting precious moments just thinking in silence! I can’t work with nothing! Anything, even a scribble, or a few vague words, anything at all can get me started to build some momentum!

So here I am, months since my last blog post, and I’ve spent all that time fretting about just what I’ll fill it with… and all the while, wasting precious opportunities and losing momentum! So I’m sorry if this post seems a little random, but I figure that anything is better than nothing!

I thought I might share a little history.

My first ever quilt was an improv baby quilt for a dear friend, back in 2013. Because I’ve given it away, I only have a few (rather poor quality) photos.

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It was improv on so many levels – right down to the fact that I hadn’t intended to make it! I was doing a 3D artwork for an assessment in my Honours year at uni – which meant I’d brought my ancient Elna sewing machine to college. I had scraps of fabric lying around my dorm room, and I liked the way the colours looked together, so I started sewing. Before I knew it, I had a quilt top, and I was hooked!

With great hesitation and a lot of persuasion from family, I gave that precious first quilt top over to Marcelle from Marcelle’s Patchwork Cottage to have it quilted, and you know what? I was STOKED with the outcome. It totally transformed my simple little quilt into something spectacular 🙂

Now, I’m working with Marcelle, and helping to run her site as well! She’s teaching me how to use the long-arm, and I’m so totally blessed to spend so much time on things I love.

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My goal for the next few weeks is to be a bit more disciplined about sharing here, at Tinker and Stitch. You’ll see a great deal of my adventures over at Marcelle’s Patchwork Cottage as well, but here you get to see some of my more personal projects and adventures.
We’ll see how I go with that 😉

-Nic

 

 

Class

I must be crazy…

So, I did a big thing this week. I have taken a year off my “day job” (which was working as an OT). I did warn you something big was in the works! After weeks of angst-ing over whether my application would be approved, it’s finally done, and I’ve had my last day at work for the next 12 months.
The primary reason for the leave is that even though I really love my day job, being an OT is emotionally draining. So, I’m taking some time out for my own health – to recharge properly before my brain turns into a mushy puddle with exhaustion. Secondly, though, I’m excited to be using my brain in a different way for a little while.

So enter Tinker and Stitch as my little pet project! And things are kind of exploding here!

The Facebook page is finally live and active! We’ll be keeping you up to date on bits and pieces, and sharing pretty photos there. https://www.facebook.com/TinkerandStitchAustralia/

Speaking of pretty photos, my Instagram account is the go-to for regular photos of my current crafts! My beautiful husband is being amazingly patient with me while I get my head around this photography stuff 😉 but I’m having some fun – so go check it out! I’m @nicoleelisew

I’ve also started selling some little bits a pieces over at the Pink Orchid Café and Florist, in Parkes. Mostly little fabric earrings and some notebook with quilty covers, but I’m hoping to add more items in the near future.

You can find the Pink Orchid’s website here and their facebook page here! Alice and Jarryd run the Pink Orchid; Alice makes the most beautiful flower arrangements – they’re just divine! And Jarryd makes such delicious sweet treats. Make sure you check them out.

And finally, I’ve got some classes happening over at Marcelle’s Patchwork Cottage! Two classes for highschoolers: notebook covers (4th July) and tote bags (11th July).

And then there’s a patchwork class/excuse-to-sew for everyone! Remember that sneak preview picture of a quilt with the Labrador? Here’s the finished product! We will be sewing up April Rosenthal’s Positively Perfect Nap Quilt together. It’s a free pattern from the Moda Bakeshop. Mine is made using V & Co.’s Spectrum fabric.

 

This quilt is seriously good for beginners, so if you’ve ever thought about giving patchwork a go – I highly recommend this class! We’ll be running it on 29th July, 2017.

 

The details for all the classes are on the blog at Marcelle’s web page and on her Facebook page. Over the next little while I will keep helping Marcelle out on her blog, focusing on all the shop-related fun, there, and this blog will be more centred on my personal crafty creations.

So as you can see, life is turning slightly upside-down in our little household! But I’m feeling incredibly blessed to have this opportunity to try something different for a while! I hope you’ll all join me on this adventure. See you soon!