My Quilting Adventures

As mentioned in the last post, I made a quilt for my 18yr old stepdaughter, for Christmas this year. This is the third quilt I have made and I think it came pretty awesomely.

Last year, in November 2012, we took a trip to Canberra and saw my Grandparents – my Mama & Papa.
Mama is a super awesome quilting hero, and when I say super awesome, I really mean super awesome. One of my aunties published a book featuring all of the quilts that Mama had made, and its seriously jam-packed.
When we visited, Mama let me choose from a range of her quilts, one that I could keep and take home – and it was so damn hard to decide!
In the end, I chose this one below:

Mamas 'Indians'

I cant remember what she named it – she always names them something tongue in cheek. This one I believe she made back in the early 80’s, I think 1983? I love that it smells of her. And I love that she let me have this one.

She also let me choose a smaller one, these are about the size of a pillowcase, a little bit bigger than that:

Mamas 'Sand Witches'

This one is called Chicken Sand Witch or something hilarious like that LOL
So clever ❤

Anyway, after that visit with them I was inspired to try quilting for myself. My middle name is my Mama’s first name and I am the eldest of all of her grandchildren, so it just seemed right that I take on the task of becoming the next quilter, yeah?

The first quilt I made, I started in December 2012 – a denim quilt. I made this based on the tutorial here. The only modifications I made, was that I didn’t make it a double sided denim quilt and I actually attached the denim layer to batting and a backing.

When it comes to quilting, I’m a huge fan of reusing material ie recycling clothing, bedding, etc – because its the traditional thing to do and really the whole reason that quilting started in the first place!
I collected up a bunch of old denim jeans that myself and my husband had, and then I took a trip down to the Salvos and spent a whole $28 on second hand denim clothing! Then I cut it all up and the quilting began 😀

 

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Remember, this was my first ever quilt. My seams were…in all directions and when it came to cutting I was very ‘oh, she’ll be right mate’ >.>

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Trying to piece things together when you have dogs, always becomes a family affair. I took it as a good sign – Quilt Approved by Staffies!

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Please note: When you wash the denim in order to get the frayed edges, IT WILL MAKE A MESS. I was picking bits of denim out of my general washing for the next couple of weeks.
Once that was done, I basted it to some batting and I used an old doona cover (the back of) for the backing piece. It matched perfectly.

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I didn’t hand stitch the entire quilt like my Mama does, but I did hand stitch all of the little stitchy parts you see here.

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See the backing? Lovely!

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The finished product.
It’s so warm..it’s quite heavy, but its nice. Really nice. And a super simple idea that looks seriously amazing.

My second quilt, I made for my husband – he wanted something snuggly and warm for winter, so I decided to chop up his old clothes and make a great big mess of a quilt.
I didn’t hand stitch any of this (because he didn’t want to wait LOL) so it was done entirely on the machine.
I used t-shirts, chinos, jumpers, pjs and boxer shorts!

Note to self: Triangles are HARD.

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Atlas Approved.

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Yes, I put it on the floor JUST FOR YOU GUYS

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The finished product!

Eric loves it. Which is all that matters. It’s very…manly. And stuff.

And now, to the quilt I made for my stepdaughter…

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I just realised..it looks unfinished on that side over there LOL don’t look at it! Hmmm…not sure what I was (or wasn’t) thinking…
Anyways! Her fave colours are purple, lime and that blue..I personally love it. I am finding it very hard to part with. And I’m hoping like hell that she likes it!

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I used the Disappearing 9-Patch thing and then made it disappear a second time…I don’t know how else to explain how I did it.
None of the material used was recycled..which went against what I wanted to do but that’s okay.

I machine pieced it together and of course hand stitched the stitchy bits.

Fingers crossed she has a smile on her face when she opens it on Christmas Day!

 

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That Thing…

I have this thing where I decide to do stuff at the last minute. Doesn’t matter how I tell myself ahead of time that I will plan well or better in the future, I just can’t seem to actually roll that way.

This year, I decided to make personalised ornaments for my family rather than spending money on gifts usually go unwanted. Of course, I decided this three weeks out from Christmas. On top of that, I was trying to finish the quilt for my step-daughter AND I had decided to send a box full of baked goods home as well. I’ll post up the quilt next time 😀

-dusts palms- All in a days work, right?

I fell in love with this bacon ornament, I found it on Pinterest and had to make a couple – one for my hubby and one for my best friend, Andre. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t follow this blog so I believe I am safe in saying that..
Anyway, the original pattern and post is here http://blog.seremeres.com/?p=149. I printed off the materials list and away I went…

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These were really simple and fun to make. I stitched names in the back and the year.

For my family, I did a mixture of these –

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Santa Ornaments

Of course, I forgot to fave them in order to share the links…go me. Sorry about that!
They were really simple to make, the originals used glue instead of stitching, but the thing about stitching is the fact that things last that little bit longer. The accessories I picked up on eBay, super cheap.
I stitched names and the year in the back of each of them.

I haven’t heard from the family yet…not sure if they got the memo to actually open the baked goods asap >.> I hope they did!

It’s Christmas Again…Already!

I am a bad blogging mother.
I have neglected this here blog for months. And months. In fact, I had pretty much forgotten all about it.
Until in recent days I had a couple of new followers and I was like…  O.o   ooooooh!

I have had a wonderful year, busy, but wonderful. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it.
I got a fish in March, and got my first car ever (yes…ever…I’m a late bloomer >.>) in April. We got married in July and did three trips around the wedding to Brisbane and back (was it three? I’m sure it was) and a trip to Canberra. I started my own business in September (so we now have one each) and it’s just been busy, busy, BUSY for so long.
I finally have some downtime and lo and behold, just in time for Christmas – yaaaaaaay!

Anyways, as a welcome back to me, LOL, I am going to post up my first Christmas craft for this year.

I decided to buy new decorations for our tree, for the first time in years and thought what better way to recycle/upcycle the old ones, by making a wreath out of them. I needed a new wreath (I discovered I had thrown the old one out last year) and all the ones in the shops were bodgy; too shiny and terribly made.

Upcycled Christmas Wreath

You will need:

Some wire – try fencing wire. A coat hanger will work if you can get it mold easily for you (or borrow a man for this job)
Some tape – electrical tape works great but you could get fancy and use a printed tape if you like
Old (or new) Christmas ornaments – baubles, tinsel, anything
An old Christmas tree – the mini ones work great for this
Fishing line or something else with which to tie on your decorations with

Start Here:

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Using your wire, fashion it into some semblance of a circle.
Hint: if you make a passing comment within earshot of your husband about how you need some wire for a wreath, he may do like mine did and run down to his man cave and whip something up for you!
Just make sure you tell him how big you would like it otherwise you will end up with something like I did…

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Next, trim the branches from your old tree/s – I had two mini table trees collecting dust and whatnot.
One was tinsel and the other was tree-ish.

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Using pliers or something to make bending easier on your poor fingers (believe me, I did this without and the tips hurt for two days after!),.
Affix the branch pieces to your ring, curling one end around the ring itself.

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Now you should have something that looks like this ^

I had some green tinsel that was wired (came as a bonus with some of the new decorations I bought).
I snipped it up into pieces and did the same thing with it, attaching it to the ring.
You could use ordinary tinsel and simply tie it on, it will fill in any holes you may have.

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Next, gather up your supplies and put them together so you can take a random shot of them all relaxing on your table.

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Commence the decorations!

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 I used this old piece of tinsel rope thing and at this point I was almost content to leave the wreath just like that.

But no. Less is never more for me.

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Final Result!

I had some wired kind of tinselly stuff with little stars on it, and I cut it up to attached the baubles and the rest to the wreath. It worked perfectly and was much less hassle than I assume fishing wire would be.
I used a plastic tie (you know, the ones they use instead of handcuffs these days (in movies and tv shows) to hang it on the door with, its hidden under all the crap at the top there.

I think it came out okay?

My husband loves it, though his excitement level may have been feigned…I can’t always tell.
Either way, it’s staying for now 😀