Friday, April 30, 2010


A day spent hunched over the sewing machine, and the final two borders added to Summerwind (or more correctly, Summer Wind).

Pattern: Summer Wind by Miss Rosies Quilt Co
Fabric: Aster Manor by 3 Sisters for Moda

Not the best photos due to fading light; the unfortunate downside to this time of year!

Off to AQC tomorrow, a good chance to see what new fabrics are around, and get a good idea of what prices are about.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

BOM 11

My sewing machine has finally returned, and BOM block 11 is all stitched up. The points of the brown fabric haven't worked at all; I've never stitched two pieces together where the angle of the seam is different, so that was a bit of a boo-boo, but I figure it'll add character.

My machine has also come home with a new voice; I'm not sure if that is normal post-service, but she has had her belt reset which could explain it. She may have even sounded like this when I got her, but for ages she has been deep "voiced" and rattly, so this new higher hum is change...

Now I'm ready to stitch the next border on Summerwind, and start assembling the BOM finishing kit. See you soon!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Climate Change

It was a lovely 28 degrees up in Queensland yesterday, and I've come home to an overcast 15 degrees in Melbourne today. Makes me wish I could move up there for the winter! I had a good break; spent my mornings eating muffins and drinking hot chocolates, and spent time at the beach, as well as catching up with family. A new baby arrived to one of my mum's cousins while we were there, however we didn't get to meet him.

As I'm still (very impatiently) waiting to get my sewing machine back, there isn't too much going on here. I've spent today cutting all the fabric for the Mystery BOM finishing kit. Lots of pieces but it looks pretty simple to put together. I'll be ready to piece like crazy when I get my machine on Wednesday.

I'm also finding that the finishing kit, along with each of the monthly packages, has a lot of spare fabric. This will be a test of my stash/scrap busting skills! I've seen a few people are working on quilts from "Scrap Basket Suprises" and I think this might be a good book to add to my collection. The fabrics used in the book aren't my cup of tea, but I'm sure they would look great in anything.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Scrap Busting

Most people are into stash busting, but I don't really have much of a stash...I do however tend to have lots of bits leftover from quilts I've made. Sometimes whole fat quarters from a bundle, other times just excess bits and pieces. And usually I put them away and hope that at some point all my scraps will come together, but given my quilts vary from traditional fabrics to the more bright and funky sort, I don't really see this happening any time soon.

When I made Red Velvet recently, I carefully put aside all of the offcut triangles, then later stitched them into HSTs then into little pinwheels. And they've been sitting by my machine ever since. With a little motivation (and perhaps procrastination from my current project?), I did a bit of scribbling and came up with this cute table runner.

It uses left over outer border for the sashing, and inner border for the border. I'll use the same backing and binding as the quilt too. I'm heading to Queensland next week for a holiday, so I thought I'd tuck this into my bag for a bit of handstitching in the evening. It might also keep me busy when I get back as I'm finally sending my machine for a service; I figure if I send it off while I'm away, I minimise my "machine-less" time.

In case you haven't noticed the new addition to my sidebar, there is a link up for a facebook group for Bella's Patchwork, as a means of keeping everyone up to date with news, so if you'd like to be in the loop, become a fan. I'd love to have you!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Wild Thing

Wild Thing is quilted, bound, and already in use as a couch quilt as the weather turns cold. After more than 120 days, Melbourne has finally had a day under 20 degrees, and it seems that winter is on the way.

Friday, April 9, 2010


An end of the week major achievements, just lots of little ones...

Summerwind now has it's fourth border on.

I'm hand stitching the binding onto Wild Thing.

I'm admiring my new quilt kit, Port-de-France from the Fat Quarter Shop. Love the Martinique fabrics, and this kit seemed perfect.

Mini Jelly Filled now has a new name: Sweet Treats.

I'm annoyed that I managed to get a paper cut under my pinky fingernail, and that Bella is trailing me around the house and grooming like a cat possessed.

How has your week been?

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


After a few months TLC, and a few false starts, I finally harvested these beauties over the long weekend. The big gal is almost 4.5kg, while the smaller one is a cute 1.5kg.

In shop news, my first stock arrived today! Just patterns at this point; I'm not getting fabric in until the website is almost ready to go, so I've started with a few smaller items.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Mini Jelly Filled

Finished, just like I promised! Actually, I finished it yesterday while watching the Good Friday Appeal, but I'm not one to post twice in one day.

Here she is:

Now she just needs a proper name...any suggestions?

Friday, April 2, 2010

Pretty in Pink

I'm going a little off-topic today; I don't have a quilt picture yet, so I'm hoping to distract you with something else. As part of setting up my business, I decided that I needed a filing cabinet to keep myself organised. But do you think I could find anything that fitted under my desk, didn't cost a fortune, and wasn't grey!

I compromised, and bought one that was cheap, small and grey...and took to it with a can of pink spray paint! It's been a week in the making, with a couple of coats of white primer, then a couple of cans of spray paint. It's not perfect, but it sure beats having a grey cabinet in my bedroom (which is also my "office")!

It used to look like this:

And now it looks like this:

And I've got cute blue files just for a bit of contrast:

Mini Jelly Filled is coming soon, I promise, I just need to hand-stitch the binding down...