Tuesday, July 22, 2014

So Much to Tell and so Little Time!

This is the two exhausted elves at the end of the day! They kept us very busy and well fed!

 Tonight was a very busy scene with the eye spy blocks being sewn together to make two quilts for Kindergartens at Broadmeadows and Woodend.  They look amazing with the great variety of fabrics used.

I've lost track of many of the project detail that members have been producing so I will just add some photos for your enjoyment!

Christmas in July

The Elves this year were Joy and Ann and they did an absolutely amazing job of organising the challenge and the Christmas in July event at the Sunbury Football club.  We all had a brilliant day and there was lots of gossip and laughter and delicious food.  Thanks ladies!

The challenge this year was to make something (anything you want!) out of an animal print fat quarter.  We were all given random prints and just look at all the entries!  There were quilts, wall-hangings, cushions, bags, cuddly toys and more!  Well done ladies!  I'm really looking forward to the next challenge...who will the elves be I wonder?

The Elf Challenge entries

Friday, July 11, 2014

six: friday favourites

Hej {Swedish for hello}... so here is the six instalment of Friday Favourites. If you're reading this post, I'd like you to do me a BIG favour and please email me one of your favourite things. It can be anything...a recipe, a project, a pattern, an internet freebie, a tutorial you liked or a tip you've heard... this series is about to go fortnightly, but I'd still love to hear from SS&Q members. Remember, there's a link to my email address in this post, if you've got something to share with us all.

I thought I'd take a different tack this week and talk tech... meaning the lovely computers and smart devices you might be reading this blog on, right now. As crafty people, I know you all appreciate beautiful things and like to surround yourself with them {I know some of you have pretty big stashes of fabric for one}. I figured like me, you might like to dress your tech in something pretty too. I've found a scattering of beautiful downloads for you that might appeal to quilters and stitchers. Even if you think you're not savvy enough to put any of these on your own tech, you can still just enjoy the visual feast below...

source: The Desktop Wallpaper Project {Nick Agin}

source: Mr Wallpaper

Sochi Olympics // source: Really Good Wallpapers

each month a new background // source: Quilt Books & Beyond

clouds // source: Stitch This! {Martingale's blog}

source: The Desktop Wallpaper Project {Knoll Textiles}

more from Martingale // source: Stitch This! {Martingale's blog}

gorgeous old singer // source: HQ Desktop

source: To Sew with Love

source: Makezine

source: Fluffyland

Well, I hope you found something that blew your hair back! Happy stitching!

Kylie x

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Tuesday Triumphs

It is so inspirational when our members have finished a project and share it with the rest of us.  Enjoy this feast -

Sheila has created this beautiful blue and white dresden for a lucky person overseas.  She has quilted it using the quilt-as-you-go technique.

As usual Barb B. has created a beautiful quilt with exquisite embroidery.

This scrappy hexagon quilt is also Barb's .  She was obviously was inspired by our show theme.

And Esmae has finished a wonderful version of the Farmer's Wife. A few of us are doing this quilt but  progress is a lot slower than Esmae's efforts.

There has also been activity on other levels including Joy's knitted bears and Gill's giraffe  By now this little fellow is enjoying life in Zambia with the Koala Club at Chibobo!

And finally for this moment in time we celebrate small achievements as well as big.  Remember Ann's FW block a few posts ago.  It is now finished!   In  how many years will this quilt be hanging in a quilt show?????

We look forward to the next Show and Tell!

Glo :-)

Friday, July 4, 2014

five: friday favourites

Howdy Stitchers...so here is the fifth instalment of Friday Favourites for you. Thank you to those members who have been sending things my way. Please keep emailing me your favourites, because I'd like to try and represent every taste {not just mine}.

I know July fourth is a US holiday, but thought it might be fun to see what our American friends have been up to with their red, white and blue quilting...

There is this little pennant quilt by Cori from Let's Eat Grandpa {love that name}. In any colour way, pennant quilts make very sweet baby quilts and for those of you who like to make things in miniature, it would be a lovely mug rug!

source: let's eat grandpa

I'm loving this quilt from Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew. A fairly simple star block, but so effective en masse like this. Not just a good for a patriotic look, these stars look fabulous in any colour and are apparently quite simple to re-size {any tips to this end are most welcome ladies}. 

source: Cluck Cluck Sew

source: Cluck Cluck Sew

Allison also has some amazing tutorials on her site which include some beautiful, bright, modern quilts, pillows, table runners and a few interesting {and unusual} things like camera straps and watch bands.

Lastly...some cute little scrap jar stars from Amber at A Little Bit Biased. In the red, white and blue and some scrappy brights, they're awfully sweet. Made from scraps and some white homespun, they're pretty and cost effective!

source: A Little Bit Biased

source: A Little Bit Biased

And not to forget our lovely Canadian friends who celebrated Canada Day this July first...this gorgeous table runner by Michèle-Renée over at Quilt Matters. It's actually a two-sided runner as you'll see in her post.

source: Quilt Matters

Last, but not least, some more beautiful maple leaves in this quilt by Katherine at Sew Me Something Good. In beautiful autumn tones and with lots of movement, you can almost imagine the leaves swirling around in the wind!

source: Sew Me Something Good

Well, thanks again for reading along with me as I uncover some internet gems! Remember, there's a link to my email address in this post, if you've got something to share with us all. Don't be shy!

Happy stitching!

Kylie x


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