Oh ye fabric gods – I thank you!

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I have just spent 2 days tidying my sewing storage space and table. I may have accidentally started at least 2 more quilts as I was putting away my fabric, did bits’n’pieces on some other projects and had at least 2 more quilts on the cutting board before I had a chat to myself about finishing other projects before starting new ones. Anyway fabric is all put away and as I was doing it I made some progress on Miss E’s car quilt by finishing fussy cutting all the centre pics.
UntitledSo I essentially have cut 100 centre bits, with only a few repeats of some of the extra cute fabric (but only if it contained a different picture) Then I started thinking about it – that is pretty much 100 bits of fabric I own, and that wasn’t even going through some of my boxes and not including solids. Yikes … Lets not tell hubby … He may be right for a change – I may have a ridiculous amount of fabric. I have pretty much been on a fabric ban for the past 2 years as well (with a few splurges!) so I have been entering competitions to try to win fabric! And lo and behold I have been on a bit of a streak! At the end of last year I won a sponsor prize for the Simply Solids Bee – $50 voucher at the Aussie only store Duckcloth (which I heard is now shutting down :( ) So I stocked up on some solids and other cute fabric.
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Then I won a $30 voucher at Sew Mama Sew for my Up from here block. I picked up some awesome e-patterns including the Peekaboo Dress pattern which I am going to make for my little girl when she is a flower girl later this year.
And finally I won a $50 voucher through Red Pepper Quilts for Fashionable Fabrics. Which arrived today!
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Simply Solids : a modern {bee} May instructions for Fallow Group

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Yeh, May is my month in the Simply Solids: a modern {bee} for the Fallow group. I am asking the lovely ladies to construct the Scrap Vomit B Blocks in 2″ squares using their own stashes. For the layout you will need
13 x 2″ squares of Fabric A
8 x 2″ squares of Fabric B
4 x 2″ squares of Fabric C
24″ x 2″ squares of random solid fabrics – the more the merrier! I don’t mind if there are multiples of fabrics in there but please use at least 6 different fabrics for the random section.
Fabric A forms the bigger diamond but I would also like the very centre square to be fabric A as well. The layout is below
Simply solids May example for Fallow Group

Instructions for putting together the Scrap Vomit B Block can be found at I’m a ginger monkey

April Showers Mug Rug Hop

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Hi Everyone – today is my day for the April Showers Mug Rug Hop.

Thank you to Madame Samm for this fun hop and thank you to our cheerleader Erin!

April to me means cups of tea with my best friends and starting to get ready for the warmer months (mmm wine and cheese). We don’t usually get a lot of rain in April in Sydney, but this April has been all over the place! Beautiful sunshine one minute and thunderstorms the next. There may have even been some puddle jumping with my 2.5 year old the other day. I am not sure who had more fun…

Anyway onto the Mug Rugs! I tried some paper piecing for the first time in practice for making a bigger quilt for one of my tea loving friends. I came across this great free pattern at Piece by Number for some teacups and thought some Mug Rugs would be perfect for my practice runs of paper piecing. I decided to make 4 – one for me and each of my 3 best friends.

I am also a fairly forgetful person so I decided to personalise them with some embroidery on how they take their tea. So here they are!

For my Tea obsessed, everything is better in pink, make sure you have an extra litre of milk when I visit friend – a dainty floral number!

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For me, a frilly umbrella rug. This fabric was, let’s say “borrowed” from my mothers sewing room many moons ago.

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For my shoe loving, likes very sweet tea friend I could not look past some gumboots!

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and finally my scrabble loving, would prefer a glass of wine friend but is slowly coming around to more cups of tea friend. She is also know to decant the odd bottle of wine in her awesome frog teapot.

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And all of them together with our favourite mugs.

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have been enjoying the Mug Rug Hop – there is still a day to go! Oh and in roll those storm clouds *as she rushes to get the clothes off the line!  Here is today’s schedule

Wednesday, April 17
Jen @ Quilter in the Closet
Marjorie @ Marjorie’s Busy Corner
Elita @ A Pieceful Perspective
Green @ So Sew Green
Mara @ Greco Mara
Wendy @ Why Knot Kwilt?
Gmama Jane @ GrandMama’s Stories
Debby @ Debby Kratovil Quilts
Britt-Inger @ Hill Valley Quilter
Connie @ Freemotion by the River
Beth @ Words and Stitches
Kathy @ iHeartSquishy

2013 Q2 Finish-a-long

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I have decided that I actually need to start finishing some projects and get them out of my sewing cupboard. I have so many quilts that I want to start but then the momentum starts to fade when I think about the other projects… So what better motivation than blogland! I am linking up for the 2nd Quarter Finish-a-long at She Can Quilt. 
So my goals for Q2 
1. Spinning Stars Quilt. According to my flickr stream I actually finished the quilt top back last October and I think I had the quilting done by the end of November so that just left the hand binding. I hate hand sewing and teamed with the Australian Summer and me being in my last trimester of my pregnancy it wasn’t going to happen. I have done about a quarter of the binding so I just need to find something on TV that I can bear to watch to finish it up!
REQUIRES: Binding 
Spinning Stars UFO
2. A Car Quilt for MissE. When I was going through my scraps a few months ago for my scrap vomit quilt I also started to fussy cut some prints to make a car quilt for my little lass. Kinda a rainbow eye-spy film strip quilt. As we are getting towards winter it might be a good idea to knock this one over!
REQUIRES: Finish blocks, Quilting and Binding

MissE's Car Quilt UFO

3. Washi Bedspread. Oh how I have neglected you beautiful Washi!Shame on me. The size daunted me to quilt. But as I am getting more confident with Free Motion Quilting I am convincing myself I can get this quilted on my good old Janome.Very ambitious for me to add this to my list but I would love to see some progress on it! At least getting it out to photograph is a start.
REQUIRES: I need to add another border for size, Quilting and Binding

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4. Kids Quilt #1
REQUIRES: Just needs two borders and to be quilted and bound

Baby Quilt UFO

5. Kids Quilt #2
REQUIRES: Just needs quilting and to be bound

Baby Quilt UFO

So hopefully this will help with the momentum. Fingers crossed my 3 month old continues his good run of sleeping and my visitors don’t mind a messy house!

Sew Mama Sew BOM2

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Just when I thought I was not going to add anything additional to my “things” list for 2013 look what popped up!
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I am already doing the Skill Builder BOM run by Alyssa and am loving it! So I convinced myself to do this one as well – on two conditions. Again, complete stash busting (no fabric will be bought to complete this quilt) and it has to align with another project. It runs for 6 months, and hey my sister-in-law is getting married at the end of October … lightglobe comes on … Perfect! Their colours are purple and green but I think I might stick with the purple for this one.
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The only problem is that I seem to not have anymore of the dark grey. I have many other greys or maybe I can alternate the purples for the different backgrounds. Will have to wait and see for the next block as it is a bit of a mystery.
I love the jumbo sized blocks so then I started to think how awesome 4 blocks would look as a baby quilt. Again, completely stash busted and I have a friend who is having a baby in May. I played around with the layout a bit and settled on a diamond shape so I have named it “Around from here”. I am thinking that the giant space in the middle needs an extremely cute applique owl (as that is the nursery theme).
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Mostly I used scraps but I also cut into some of my precious Heather Ross, Saffron Craig and Laurie Wisbrun, fabrics!
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