Please note – this post is very heavily image-loaded, I just couldn’t stop clicking my camera button! And then I couldn’t bring myself to leave any of these pictures out, so forgive me, I’m just a little besotted with this one!
Moshe’s Curious Nature Quilt
It’s only taken me a whole year to sew on the binding, and I’ve done it in a just couple of evenings, plus a last session today while my darling grandson slept. Can’t quite believe that it’s really done!
I love how the fabrics work so well together
I really REALLY REALLY love it!!!!! And I adore the beautiful quilting Vicki Jenkin did!!! She’s so amazing. Her longarm quilting is beautifully executed, and she was so wonderful to work with.
How good does the quilting look!
She worked with me to get a clear understanding of the look I was going for, and then came back to me with ideas, before we both settled on one design that she’d drawn freehand. Thank you so much Vicki, I think it’s stunning!
love the circles! they’re like big bubbles, make me happy when I look at them
I actually fell hard in love with the design the second it came out. David Butler, husband of the renowned Amy Butler, under the name Parson Gray, released not only his first stunning range of masculine-targeted fabrics, but a free download quilt pattern that yes, I followed to the proverbial T.
OK I’m going to shut up now, and you can just relax and enjoy. I hope you like it as much as I do. Can’t wait to finally be able to present it to Moshe tonight!
Hope you liked that. Now I’m off to finish the next quilting project that’s been “in progress” for almost 2 years now. How time flies!
Och, I’ll be so happy when this wretched flu is done! I’m so over it! Today is Day 16, and I still have a scratchy voice and revolting cough, and I’m still so tired. I’d decided that I really should make the effort yesterday afternoon to go to my brother-in-law’s 60th birthday party, but after the simple enough task of showering, washing and blow-drying my hair, getting dressed (and then again because I didn’t like what I’d first chosen), then skin care, flossing and brushing teeth, makeup, getting myself over there, then saying hello to everyone and pushing them back as they dove in for the kiss and hug, and explaining why with as few words as I could get away with, I was exhausted. I lasted just over 1/2 hour, then Moshe had to drive me home. Probably should have just stayed home, but I thought I’d be OK for a little bit. Anyway, it’s enough already. Go away, nasties!
So last night I’m sitting on the couch with my darling, watching more episodes of White Collar, with my iPad open as I casually scrolled through the latest blog posts on Feedly, and there it was! A post from Tessuti showing off their latest addition to their swimwear fabric range.
how cool is that fabric!
Now, last time I’d seen one of their gorgeous swimwear fabrics that I really, really, wanted to sew myself up a Bombshell Swimsuit, it was the fabric that the gorgeous Sophie from Cirque Du Bebe used for her version. Now of course, in my usual fashion, I deliberated waaaaaaaay too long about whether to buy this fabric or not, and yes, I missed out. I was really bummed, but I told myself it was all for the best. Why do we actually say things like that? No idea. In any case, I’m sure Tessuti will restock, or at the very least, will get something else in. AND THEY DID! Well, not restock the beach fabric, but they did get a whole heap of other very gorgeous alternatives! So, off I went, and here’s what I bought. Yeah, not one, but three pieces of fabric. I figured that although I may not make up three swimsuits, I certainly might use the fabric for a pair of leggings, or a tank top, or a little summer dress. So, woohoo! plenty of options!
Flower Stretch – swimwear fabric
Neon Stretch – swimwear fabric
Botanicus Stretch – swimwear fabric
Now, on another matter, last Saturday, while Moshe was off with his friends at the footy in Adelaide, I spent a little time on the quilt I’m making for him. My eyes nearly jumped out of my head when I read the date on the last post I wrote about this quilt – September 30th 2012!!! Yep, it’s pretty much a year since I touched it! I first posted about this great idea I’d had back in February 2012, when I decided to make the Parson Gray Curious Nature quilt for Moshe’s birthday last year. I bought the fabric, cut out the pieces (although not without a few cutting disasters that led to more fabric purchases!), and sewed up the quilt top, just in time to present it to Moshe on his birthday. Next, I sandwiched it and pinned it and then spent ages trying to figure out how to quilt it in a way that would really do justice to the magnificent fabrics and the stunning quilt design.
is it just me, or do quilting pins look so pretty when the light catches them like this?
As much as I prefer hand-quilting over machine-quilting – I like the softer hand it gives, as well as the fact that I can say I’ve made the entire quilt myself - I decided to send it out to be quilted by the amazingly talented and very lovely Vicki Jenkin of Vicki Jenkin Quilting. She’s a professional long-arm quilter, and her work is seriously outstanding. I’m really thrilled with how it came out. By early November, I had the quilt back, and all there was to do was trim the edges, cut the binding strips, and pin and sew it on. However, this quilt sat in my sewing pile for several long months, hah, actually a whole year, until last Saturday, when I pulled it out and got it to this stage:
Binding pinned, ready to sew on
So now I’ve been tossing up whether to wait till I can get out of the house and down to a shop to pick up a walking foot for my new machine before sewing on the binding, but I just did a test on a scrap bit of quilted fabric, and my machine seems to handle it all beautifully, adjusting the tension perfectly as I sew. So, I’ll sew on the binding sometime in the next day or so, then hand-stitch it down on the other side, and it’ll be done. Finally. Then I’ll show you some decent images of this quilt. My computer is throwing a hissy fit and I’m actually not sure if it’ll recover one more time, or if it will be the end for it.
So, back in March, do you remember I got all pumped about the Parson Gray Curious Nature fabrics?
quilt pattern pieces downloaded & cut out
And that I bought heaps of it for all kinds of sewing projects including skirts, shirts, scarves, etc, including the quilt pattern featured on Parson Gray’s website?
two pieces of the quilt “pie” done
Well, I did finish the quilt top in time to give it to Moshe for his birthday on 25th March, but then it’s sat in an ever-upwardly-growing pile.
finished quilt top
So, yesterday, I checked my calendar, and yep, Sunday was all clear! Apart from cleaning out the fridge (which I’ve been postponing for a bit too long for comfort), and one load of laundry (easy peasy), oh, yes, and watching the last three episodes of the final season of Weeds, my whole day was free! Yippee!
I got Moshe to help me rearrange the lounge room furniture, and drap out the two long trestle tables from the laundry, and I sewed up the back for the quilt, pressed it nicely, laid it out over the two trestle tables, got the batting Moshe had just raced out to buy from yippee-they’re-open-on-Sundays Patchwork on Central Park, and Moshe’s quilt is now - finally! - pinned and ready for me to hand-quilt it.
Let the quilting begin!
is it just me, or do quilting pins look so pretty when the light catches them like this?
Now to decide whether to change thread colour as I’m quilting in concentric circles through the fabric changes. What do you think, yay, or nay?
You Sew Girl! Large Tote 01
The first time I used my YSG! Large Tote 01 was at our regular family lunch at my sister-in-law’s. One of my darling nieces couldn’t stop admiring it, and I just love her so much that I said, “Great, it’s yours! Just let me go home and empty it out, and I’ll give it to you next time I see you.” It was so worth it, just to see her face light up that way. She was just so crazy in love with it, I reckoned it should belong to her. She told me later on how everyone at work admired it, and how proudly she said to them, “My Aunty Helene made it.” Ach! So worth it. I adore her.
Anyway, so now I don’t have a nice-sized bag to haul all my stuff in, and what with my trip to Israel coming up at the end of May, and my new iPad and all, I really do need to make myself another one.
Every few days, I stand in front of my fabric cupboard and ponder. What fabric should I use for this bag? Then I take out some possible contenders, play with them a little. And then put them back in the cupboard. Nup. Not it yet. Hmm. Look online some more for inspiration. You know the routine, right?
Anyway, I finally today settled on my fabrics. I wanted something darkish. Something that wouldn’t show the dirt so much as I lug it around the globe. I’d crossed out the gorgeous Ink & Spindle fabric
ink & spindle – acacia
I’d bought (expressly for this project), mainly because I think it’s too gorgeous and has too many light-coloured areas, and I thought it might come back a bit shabby, and I’d never forgive myself. A two-week period is much to short a bag-life for such gorgeous fabric.
kristen doran – winter nest
Similarly, I dismissed the beautiful panel I’d bought from Kristen Doran. Again, expressly for this purpose. Again, too precious, and too light.
But I do really like this fabric. It fulfils all my criteria. It’s dark, so it won’t show the dirt so much. It’s cost-effective (compared to the organic pieces above). It’ll look really great, and I don’t have to spend more money on getting extra fabric to match for the main part of the bag, and the lining and all.
I do have a couple of decisions to make still. Like, which fabric will I use for the main part of the bag, and which for the panel on the flap? And which of the lighter fabrics will I use for which part of the lining, and pockets? Still, I reckon that’ll sort itself out pretty quickly. It might be as simple as which fabric I have enough of.
beautiful, stylish, and very multi-purpose, David Walker’s Curious Nature fabrics
I also have to decide on what features I want to include. So far, here’s my list:
- front flap in a contrast fabric
- key finder tab
- metal bag feet – I need to find them still, anyone have a source in Melbourne?
- adjustable strap for either across-body or shoulder wearage (is that even a word?)
- magnetic closure for the flap, possible with a mock belt buckle on top
- large zippered pocket on one side of the lining
- open divided pockets on the other side of the lining
- pocket on the front of the bag, under the flap, for easy access for my mobile phone
- zippered pocket on the outside back of the bag, just for extra things like my passport and tickets
OK, that’s about it for now I think. Should be good as a travel bag, don’t you think? Hopefully I can even fit a spare pair of undies and other essentials in there somewhere, just in case my plane gets delayed, or my luggage disappears for a bit.
So, what do you think? Sound good? Have I forgotten anything? Or mis-thought something? Would love to hear your thoughts.