Sep 19, 2012

Lots to do

Last weekend I sat and stared at the large number of plastic boxes filled with pieces of fabric I have collected over the last 3 years, and I started to wonder what I was going to do with it all.  I realised one can only have so many quilts around the house in use and in the cupboard.

In those boxes are the makings of what seems like a hundred quilts.  I realised I'd gone too far with my fabric purchasing, because all that fabric would never be used.  I don't need to be a hoarder.

I'm hoping it's time to recoup some of my spending and have a little fun along the way by using up a large portion of that fabric.

Next year our school is having a 'baby' market day, a day where stall holders get to sell new and used baby items, whilst also making a little money for the school.  I thought I might make a heap of little baby sized quilts (around 28x34 inches) the prefect size for a stroller, bassinet or tummy time.  Lightweight and easy to fit in a nappy bag.  This will get rid of a lot of the fat quarters I have.  If they don't sell, well I can always sell them on Madeit or Etsy I guess.

Baby quilts are the most fun thing to make.  I'm trying to keep the designs simple so they're quick to make and use less fabric.  I'm hoping to sell them for around $35 each (which I think is quite a fair price - please give me your thoughts!).

Here's my very first one - the prototype.

It has already found a new home with my cousin's daughter and her new little baby boy.  Ok, I gave away the first one, so it's not boding well for the others that are ready to put together....

It is unfortunate I only have about 8 types of pink fabric in my collection.  Who needs pink when you have two boys right?  I'm hoping to only use what I have, so I might need to make other girly quilts with red or yellow if people don't like blue.

These pink triangles will become an hourglass quilt.

I love these London Buses.  I don't want to chop into them, but I know they'll be cute!

Oh, in all that fabric I found an Advent Calendar that I bought last year at Spotlight ready to make.  I guess I have 3 months to get that done.

And because I have nothing better to do, I also signed up for the Elsie Marley Kids Clothing Week Challenge again!  I had lots of fun last time making a vest, pants and jacket for the boys.  It will be all shorts and tops this time around.  It's unfortunate quilting cotton isn't really great for clothing.  Wish me luck!

Sep 11, 2012

It's nice to have a hobby

It's been three years since I started sewing.  I bought my first sewing machine just before I became pregnant with my littlest one because I knew I really wanted to make a quilt.  I was clueless so I chose the most simple design and used four expensive charm packs bought online.

Fabric is 1974 by Urban Chicks for Moda
 This is the first quilt I ever made.  I still love it, and it's had lots of use on our sofa, but it has heaps of flaws.

The backing used to be a beautiful golden yellow - sadly now faded from constant washing.
What's wrong with this picture?  Well, when I read about how to quilt on the Internet (as you do), there always were two options:  stitch in the ditch and stippling.  I didn't realise it was one or the other, so I did both - with a teeny-tinny stitch length for good measure.  No unpicking that nicely.

Anyway, after this quilt I put my Janome away for a long while as it made me very nauseous to sew for most of my pregnancy.  I made a few more lap sized quilts for the boys since then (and all the ones since I started this blog) and have really fallen in love with sewing (and the purchase of fabric and machines).  I still haven't made myself anything to wear yet,  but I love sewing for my boys.

Fabric is 10 Little Things by Jenn Ski for Moda
This is the latest bed sized one finally finished.  Stippled (because it's fast), and no additional stitch in the ditch to be seen.  I think I'm getting better at this whole quilting thing - pity it's taking up so much space in our little house.  I believe I need a quilt cupboard.

The quilt it 88 x 63.5 inches after a wash.  I made up the pattern.  It's nice to be able to say that.  Thank you to my darling big sister who gave me the layer cake she bought in Melbourne.  You see, I've got her addicted to quilting as well...

In the second part of this blog post, I would like to say that I don't think I will ever plant corn again.  Umm, it grew about a foot and a half high, even with lots of water and compost.

And this is the result:  Corn failure.  It's tiny and it isn't even yellow.  I picked it when the silk was brown too.

That is a six year old's hand
This on the other hand is not dismal.

Beautiful purple orchids growing on my Bottle Brush tree.

I'm loving the Bottle Brush flowers as well.

I quite partial to this little guy too with his Hoot pajamas.

Little sweetie.