Friday, 31 August 2012

A Friday Finish – LEGO Play mat

It’s finished!  The LEGO play mat is now done – and with a day or two to spare! Woohoo! Impressed? I am! I didn’t think I was going to make my deadline!

Quiet Play LEGO play mat

Here’s the front of the play mat. It’s 60” square with paper pieced mini figures, LEGO blocks and a big smiley LEGO face in the middle.

And the back? I didn’t have enough grey, so I had to get creative.

Quiet Play LEGO mat back

Paper pieced mini figure in the centre, some bright solids around the edge, finished off with some LEGO bricks. Now it’s pretty much a double sided play mat!

Quiet Play Lego block

A big thanks to my –tall- sister who held this up for photos. If only she lived close enough to be my personal quilt-holder: it was SOOO much easier than throwing it over the fence or on the washing line!.

I did have a moment or two with this quilt where I questioned my sanity. No, not all the paper piecing, I actually quite enjoyed that. The quilting! Oh my goodness, it nearly killed me. Okay I may be exaggerating. Just a tiny bit. But the quilting did result in a desperate email to the lovely Erin pleading for help as it was just wrong. Here’s the picture she got:

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Yeah. Doing a fancy back is all well and good. But if you plan to just stitch in the ditch quilt it, probably should make sure it lines up tidily so you don’t end up with this! Thank goodness Erin is much better at quilting ideas than me and suggested making some random squares – so the wonkiness looks a bit more intentional.So with the encouragement of my quilty gals, I tackled it.

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Much better. I have to say, this was a big step out of the comfort zone for me – I”m not good at random. But it does look a LOT better than the original idea! So thanks quilty gals!

I used the back folded over as binding, inspired by Fiona of Finding Fifth’s neighbourhood play mat. It sure was quick and easy! It’s safe to say I’m now a happy quilter with this one done!

A few close ups, so I can enjoy that this quilt is finished!

Lego face

Oh and if you want to try a LEGO mat of your own, the paper pieced patterns for these LEGO blocks are freebies over on my Pattern page.

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I hope my son stays in the LEGO phase for awhile so he makes the most out of this play mat. It represents a LOT of hours of loveWinking smile

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I’ll be giving it to Mr Nearly Five on Saturday at his party. Mainly because I’m impatient and don’t want to wait another week to give it to him. Plus – maybe the LEGO will stay on the mat now, not in every.room.of.the.house. Every room. Wish I was kidding.

Oh and just for interest's sake - here's my original drawing of what I planned for the mat.



Think it worked out rather well. Yep. Happy quilter indeed.
LEGO play mat

Linking up with TGIFF – it’s at Erin’s place this week!
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Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Practically Paper Piecing – Linky Party

 Well! What a fun month it has been – so many great projects, tips, tutorials and great paper piecing ideas shared! A big thank you to all the blog hoppers involved, and a further thank you to those who followed along and commented.

Collage of projects

Missed out on these wonderful projects? You can find the full list of blog hoppers here.
So now it’s your turn! Share a paper pieced project that you have made.

A few little guidelines:

- It can be from anytime this year – but must be a completed project. After all the blog hop is all about inspiration on how to use our blocks! 

- You can enter a maximum of two projects – either link from your blog or from Flickr. Blog hoppers and followers alike are welcome to join in.

- The linky party will be open til the 4th September Aussie time. Then I will use random.org to pick some winners of fab gift certificates! There are 6 prizes to be won! Woohoo!

Here’s a reminder of the prizes:
Stitches N Giggles
$25 gift voucher from Stitches N’ Giggles
 
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$20 gift  voucher from Sew Lux Fabrics and Gifts
 
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$15 gift voucher from Green Fairy Quilts
 
Pink Chalk Fabrics
3 x $20 gift vouchers from Pink Chalk Fabric 
 
And don’t worry blog hoppers – as an extra thank you for joining in my hare-brained idea (some with only rather short notice!), I will be randomly picking two blog hoppers for the 2 remaining $20 gift vouchers from Pink Chalk Fabric.

A big thank you all of these wonderful sponsors (plus Wrapped in Fabric and Carol Doak.) If you get a moment, pop over and check out their stores. You won’t be sorry!
 
So let the linky party commence!


Monday, 27 August 2012

I love my quilty gals!

 And not just because they send me awesome things ;)

Exhibit A:
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F8ths of Far Far Away from the gorgeous Fiona of Finding Fifth. We did a mini swap. I picked up a half yard of the Owl and the Pussycat on a destash page for $3! Serious bargain! Knowing how much Fiona loves Heather Ross, I offered it to her. And she so sweetly offered me a sampling of other fabrics in return! Love!

Exhibit B:
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This surprise little package arrived in my mail today from the lovely Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts! A gorgeous little handmade pouch, filled with Japanese fabric goodies (which are available in her Etsy shop btw!).  So sweet! She sent these to thank me for letting her test my patterns…. oh dear Alyce, it should have been the other way around! I’m so appreciative of you testing my patterns for me!!

Those lovely packages arriving today have spurred me to declare today…
 Quilty Gal Appreciation Day.
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At least on my blog Winking smileBut please, feel free to have your own Quilty Gal Appreciation Day. Nice to tell people that you think they are a bit fab! (You can even use my ridiculously amateur attempt at making a little quilty gal graphic! haha!)

So I was hanging out the washing this morning (boring), amusing myself by thinking about writing this blog post. I started thinking about all the quilty gals that I love and my list just kept getting longer and longer! That is pretty awesome. Okay, ready for some mush? These gals are totally mush-worthy.

I am fortunate enough to be part of a fantastic real life quilting group. I am so glad I plucked up my courage to go to the very first meeting. I don’t think the girls realise what a big deal that was for me to do! But Jane and Marieka made me feel so welcome and I have really enjoyed getting to know them – Jane with her quick wit, and Marieka with her bubbly personality. These gals are so encouraging and supportive and easy to talk to. They have helped me so many times with different projects and suggested ideas – they even volunteered to test paper piecing patterns for me. Seriously awesome.

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Marieka’s version of Diamond Star

Quilt group is one of my favourite things to attend now (and yay for it being fortnightly now!). Through the group, I have started meeting other lovely gals, Lisa (who shares her teaching knowledge so freely and swapped patterns with me!) and Kelly who is always fun to chat to and who I have now roped into joint-buying fabric online.

Jane and Marieka introduced me to an online quilting group on Facebook – Quilt Club Australia. If you’re Aussie, and a quilter, look us up and request an invite! Such a lovely group of ladies! From that group, I have joined my first swaps, Bee groups, discovered fantastic designer fabric and been inspired by some amazingly talented ladies.

Bee Blocks
Bee Blocks

Then there’s my online quilting gals. Of which I have a lot! Some I chat to daily online, some we swap blog comments, and some we email back and forth at a crazy rate.

Alyce and Fiona (senders of the awesome packages above) are part of my favourite online bloggy/quilty gals circle. We chat pretty much daily (along with Jane and Marieka) from complaints about putting washing away, swapping toilet training stories, major fabric enabling and lots of encouragement on sewing and quilting. I love seeing that little “message” icon pop up on FB! We are talking about a little mini paper piecing bee (with some other paper piecing lovers – Lara and Gemma) so watch out for some fun stuff showing up on our blogs soon!

And I can’t not mention Erin from Missy Mac Creations. Mutual admiration society here. It’s thanks to Erin’s encouragement, critiquing (in the kindest way possible) and support that I started considering selling my paper pieced patterns online. She is made out of awesome. Here’s a little sneak peek of something I made for her – more will be revealed in Donktober!

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I haven’t even started on the bloggy gals – the ones who regularly comment on my blog.  Their comments make me smile, laugh, and really enjoy getting to know them through little snippets of conversation! So a big thank you to you gals too – I hope you know who you are Winking smile I’d list you but I’m terrified I might leave someone crucial out and then I’d feel dreadful!

I know this is becoming quite the essay on “Why I Love my Quilty Gals” so I’ll try to sum it up, but let me tell you, it doesn’t do justice to how glad I am to call these girls friends! Thank you to all you lovely quilty gals for your encouragement, support, kind words, helpful advice and just for being seven kinds of awesome.
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Sunday, 26 August 2012

Sunday Round Up

 There are only two more stops on the Practically Paper Piecing Blog Hop! Two! Besides being sad that it’s nearly over, I hope that it also means you have been busily working on a paper pieced project to share in the linky party! You can read a few more details and check out the prizes (plural! Prizes, folks, prizes!) over here. Hope that you’ll join in!

Here’s a little refresher on the awesome projects that were shared by the blog hoppers this week:
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 Playmat by Finding Fifth
Cushion by The Peony Teacup
Snack bag by Plum and June
Messenger bag by The Littlest Thistle
Lavender sachet by Jaffa Quilts
Art folder by TartanKiwi


And here’s the schedule for our last two stops – then pop back here to Quiet Play for the linky party

Mon 27th Fiona from Celtic Thistle Stitches – a little birdie told me Fiona’s having a birthday over the weekend so make sure to leave birthday wishes when you stop by!
Tues 28th Anorina from Samelia’s Mum
 
Right so that’s the paper piecing, now some fabric talk! It’s Sunday which means it’s Sunday Stash time at Finding Fifth!
 
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I ordered a fabulous parcel of goodies from Sew Lux Fabric a few weeks back but haven’t yet had a chance to share what I got. So ready?!

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First – I had to show you. Look how gorgeously wrapped my package was! It was like having a birthday! And everything inside was wrapped in plastic envelopes and labelled. Labelled, my friends. That is super helpful for forgetful people like me who order things and then can’t remember what line of fabric they are from.

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Here’s my bundle of goodies!
Birdie fabrics:
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Rainbow Dots (I LOVE these),
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some varied FQs – chevrons and Half Moon Modern and charm packs. Did I mention I love charm packs? Oh and an awesome little mini kit that came as a freebie! I’ve never had a mini quilt kit before – bit excited, let me tell you!

Christmas kit

Oh and did you know that if you join in the PPP blog hop linky party next week, you’ll have a chance to win a gift voucher to Sew Lux Fabrics? Oh yes – you could have some of these fabulous fabrics yourself.

And in case you haven’t noticed this little image appearing around blogland…

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there are some fab giveaways going on! You can find mine here.

Whew! I think that’s enough excitement for one Sunday. Hope yours is filled with paper piecing, fabric joy and giveaways too! Or at least some sewing. ;)

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Giveaway! Woohoo!

 In case you haven’t heard… there’s a big blog hop giveaway party going on thanks to Quilting Gallery. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to celebrate that my little blog has reached 200 followers. That’s super exciting in my world!

So want to know what’s on offer? Oh I ummed and ahhed over what to offer up as a giveaway prize… can I bear to part with this charm pack? Should I keep it? Really, am I going to use it or just look at it and pet it occasionally? Shouldn’t I share it with someone who will make something fabulous? And so on and so forth. Aren’t you glad you don’t live in my brain? It’s exhausting! But I have decided to part with this bit of lovely fabric goodness, that only recently arrived in my possession (which perhaps makes it easier to part with).

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So on offer for this giveaway – a charm pack of Pure by Sweetwater – which is getting harder to find these days. See my dilemma on giving it up? But no,I’m staying strong. It’s on my blog, that makes it real.

And to sweeten the deal, I’m also offering 4 of my paper pieced patterns in PDF form. That’s all of the transport patterns so far.

Transport patterns
If you’re a bit of a paper piecing fanatic (I refuse to say addict, fanatic has a much nicer ring to it!), pop over to my Patterns page for a bunch of paper piecing – both free and for purchase. You might also like to check out the Practically Paper Piecing Blog Hop which is wrapping up soon – with a linky party for paper pieced projects. More giveaways. Just saying.

So how do you win this little giveaway of mine? You have two chances! And everyone is welcome -  I will post internationally.

1. Leave me a comment. Any comment but if you need a topic, how about some ideas on what you’d like to see for a new paper pieced pattern.

2. Leave me a separate comment if you are a follower of my blog – both old and new are welcome!

I will have random.org pick a winner on the 4th September (Aussie time). Please make sure I have an email address to contact you on if you happen to be the winner! Good luck!!

So feeling lucky? Pop over to Quilting Gallery and check out some of the other blogs that are having giveaways. The full list of participating blogs will be posted on Sunday August 26th, shortly after midnight. Have fun storming the castle! ;)

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Friday, 24 August 2012

Paper piecing, blog stuffs, giveaways… Oh my!


There seems to be a lot happening in blogland at the moment. Thank goodness as it gives me something to write about today, as progress in Quiet Play sewingland is rather slow at the moment.
Think I’m kidding? Here’s what my progress is looking like:

Paper Piecing

Isn’t that tragic! I have pieced all the sections, even trimmed them up. I just need to sew them together and I just haven’t done it. It’s been sitting like this for two days! Seriously. Tragic. I will try to work on it today though.

I do have some sewing things that are still in planning stage occupying my time too. Here’s one of my gunna-do projects. I am working on a quilt for my Nan’s 90th birthday. The original plan started with it being a memory quilt, but my mind has changed for the gazillionth time. I’m still undecided on what I’m going to do, but I do know that I’m going to use scans of some of my grandfather’s letters on fabric, thanks to the magic of Spoonflower.

This is the snippet I'm going to use:


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It’s from a letter my grandfather wrote to my Nan in the war years. He died when my mum was just 16 so I never had the chance to meet him. But I have loved getting an idea of what he was like through reading some of his letters. Some of them are very moving and had Mum and I both a little teary! Anyways this snippet is one of my favourites. It says:

”We are going to get engaged, and then married, and live happily ever after. Now don’t you think that is a swell Romance Story? Well Pat dearest, I will have to close”

So playing around on Spoonflower, I got it to repeat to look like this (and those of you are who are awesome at graphic designing, please don’t cringe too much at my amateur attempts – I’ve never planned to be a fabric designer!):

Script fabric

I’m planning to use the script fabric as a background fabric, and a series of green Kona solids in some pattern as the feature. Still not sure. I’m thinking something woven-looking would be neat – all meaningful about family threads being woven together with family member’s names embroidered on the “threads”. Yeah I know. More thought needed. Not like there’s any pressure to make a super awesome quilt, despite the fact family folks are contributing money and ideas to this quilt. Yeah no pressure whatsoever!

So those are my in progress projects that I’m linking up with the new beginnings linky party hosted by Diane at From Blank Pages.

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Right! Moving on! I have talked about paper piecing (albeit briefly) – now about blog stuffs! We are starting to wind down the Practically Paper Piecing Blog Hop. Can you believe it?! Only a handful of bloggers to go – then it’s your turn! Linky party right here at my place starting on the 29th August (28th for those of you not Aussie/Kiwi!).

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This is your chance for you guys  to share your paper pieced projects (maximum 2 projects per person). Hope you’re paper piecing your hearts out with something to enter! You can include any project that you have made in 2012 – so long as it shows a way to use a paper piecing block and it’s made by you, it’s welcome! Oh and there will be randomly drawn prizes, so everyone has a chance! I’m thinking I might extend the linky party for a few days, and draw the prizes on some momentous day, let’s say… 4th September. Just happens to be my birthday so why not share some giveaways Smile

Here’s the final week schedule of hops before the linky party begins!
Mon 20th Fiona from Finding Fifth
Tues 21st Beth from Plum and June
Wed 22nd Megan from Jaffa quilts
Thurs 23rd Juliet from Tartan Kiwi
Fri 24th Katy from The Littlest Thistle
Sat 25th Tracey from the Peony Teacup
26 Sunday – Day off
Mon 27th Fiona from Celtic Thistle Stitches
Tues 28th Anorina from Samelia’s Mum
Wed 29th Aug – Tues 4th Sept Linky party to share projects - blog hoppers and readers all welcome!

Two more blog things to mention!

The above bit of paper piecing? Let’s consider that my sneak peek for an upcoming blog hop! I’m very excited to have been invited to join in the Friendship Quilts Blog Hop that Diane at From Blank Pages is running! My day is the 14th September. It’s going to be great!  Lots of fun inspiring projects, a chance to reminisce about the 80’s (those clothes! that hair!) and of course giveaways! Pop over and check out the details here.


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My gorgeous friend Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts is hosting a mini quilt along. It’s Christmas themed and all about HSTs! Fun! A Very Merry HST BoF (block of the fortnight) kicks off next week on the 28th August! It looks like it’s going to be great fun!

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Right! Now to sum up my newsletter on happenings in blogland…. hehe a couple of giveaways are happening that you won’t want to miss.

If you’re an Aussie or Kiwi, pop over here for a chance to win a $25 gift voucher to Wrapped in Fabric. But hurry it ends soon!!!
Wrapped in Fabric

Fiona from Finding Fifth not only made an awesome play mat for the PPP blog hop, she has not one, but two Summersville charm packs up for grabs! Pop over and leave a comment to enter. You’ll want to comment when you see her amazing play mat!

I’ve also signed up to join in the Quilter’s Blog Hop Party from Quilting Gallery, so make sure you pop back for a fun little giveaway here, and also check out the oodles of others that will be happening next week! Oh the fun never ends!



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And that my friends sums up what’s going on in my portion of blogland hehehe. Now maybe I’d better get busy and actually sew something so I don’t have to rely on blogland happenings to fill up a blog post Winking smile Wish me luck!