Thursday, 30 September 2010

Fabric Love

~Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt~

I've been stalking  Ray Stitch heading over to the site at odd hours just so I could stare at this lovely bundle and sigh.
Wanting it so badly that all sorts of crazy ideas popped into my head. A 100 ways to break the bank for fabric! 

 To end this madness I very subtly pointed at this stack of goodness so Mr. M would know what to get me for christmas.

Well christmas came early this year!!

Nothing says 'I love you' better than a fat quarter bundle in your mail box :-D

Have a good day!

x Leila

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Work in progress Wednesday #3

Thanks again to all of you who gave me advice in my previous post !

I corrected the strips I had cut already and sewed them all together. Starched and starched some more, it's not perfect and my flimsy will not do as it's told and lie flat. But I do think that once it's quilted these imperfections will not show {as much at least...I hope!}

I've appliqued all the black 'ravens' now {I'm not much of a birdwatcher so I can't be certain these qualify to be called ravens, but it is what I'm calling them!} I chose to go for  raw edge applique this time, instead of the needleturn applique I did with the pillows. Much easier and quicker!

Something I've been wanting to do for a while now is draw on fabric.  Bit scary at first but I finally did it! Using my fabric marker anything I can manage to draw I can put on any fabric I want, it's super cool!!

I even love that my drawing's aren't perfect, it's turning out pretty close to what I had in mind.

I'll be basting and quilting this one soon. Not exactly sure how I will quilt it and I still need to go get some wadding, but soon!

X Leila

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Rainbow Quilt

The finished quilt measures 54" x 54 " and consists of mostly nine patch blocks mixed with some smaller square blocks. The largest squares are 2" and the smallest 1".
I kept the quilting simple just straight lines on the diagonal wich leaves this quilt nice and soft and cuddly.

Spot the posh pinkie finger!

I love this quilt!

Hope you're having a great weekend!

x Leila

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Work in progress Wednesday ~ Binding~

I get all excited when I'm about to finish a new quilt!

Don't you just love these brighly coloured flowers!

I'll be back soon with pictures of the finished quilt!

x Leila

Monday, 20 September 2010

Please help me out here!!

Thank you all for the great advice! 
I'm going to fix the strips I've cut and I feel confident now I can make this work. 
I'll keep you posted!

Remember these?

So I finally got my design in order and I happily started squaring up and cutting strips from my fabrics. Usually I cut strips from the lenghtwise grain/ warp, but since the pattern here runs over the crosswise grain/weft, and I wanted all the sofa's visible I cut from the cross wise grain. 
I made a huge dent in my cutting only then to realise all the strips looked like they were off! Disaster! Had I cut them all wrong? So I checked, I ripped, I frayed and in the end I decided I needed the ultimate test, pulling threads out of my strips. 

Please have a look at this.

Cutting these fabrics has sent me into a mini crisis, doubting all my sewing skills! Lucky mum came over, she is a professional seamstress , and her opinion was that the fabrics were printed slightly off and to cut along the pattern rather than the grain. What do you think?

Thanks for your help!

x Leila

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Fresh Modern Bee 2

September was my first month joining in on the fun at Fresh Modern Bee 2

It was Jesica's/QuiltHappie month and she sent us a wonderful collection of solids with some fun black on white dots. These are the blocks I made for her.

Wonky stars {sorry this shot is horrible!}

And some strippy wonky randomness!
Once I got over my initial insecurities about cutting into sombody elses fabrics, {what if I mess it all up!} I had lots of fun making these blocks! 

It has a cool 80's feel to it don't you think? 

Hope you're having a great weekend!
x Leila

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Work in progress Wednesday

This is what I've been working on while my little monster's at school.

There's something about raibow colours that just makes me so happy!

These squares range from 1'' to 2'', mostly nine patch blocks mixed with some different sized squares blocks.

Now baste...

and quilt!

x Leila

Sunday, 12 September 2010

I've got a secret

I joined the Scrappy Pincushion Swap on Flickr.
It's really fun and low pressure, wich is exactly what I wanted for my first swap!
So with my freshly assigned secret partner information I started stalking, browsing through photostreams and blogposts, trying to get a feel for what she'd like.
And this is what I've come up with {after two other failed attempts!}...

I really hope she'll like it!

x Leila

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Liberty of London

Be still my heart...

In my imagination I went on this insane shopping spree wiping my bank account clean, buying bolt after bolt of the most amazing cotton lawn. But all I bought was the bobbin of bias binding the rest was already in my stash.

It was so worth dragging two unwilling hostages along on that crazy busy tube to have stepped inside here once!

x Leila