Happy New Year!

It’s been a year since I started this blog and although I haven’t posted as much as I would have liked, I’m proud of myself for posting as much as I did considering the amount of upheaval we went through! I’m hoping 2016 will be a much more blog happy year, I have lots of ideas and plans to work on. Let me know in the comments if there are any posts or things you would like to see!

The last month has been busy! I decided this year I was going to embark on #operationhandmadechristmas. I made 90% of our gifts this year and all were greatly appreciated. Here are a few of them!

Flying geese keyring.

Flying geese keyring.

Foundation pieced aga covers/pot holders.

Foundation pieced aga covers/pot holders.

First Aid Pouch for Mr M's new workshop.

First Aid Pouch for Mr M’s new workshop.

Needle felted fox and a jersey infinity scarf.

Needle felted fox and a jersey infinity scarf.

Bull Pouch

This is just a few of the gifts I made, others I couldn’t get a half decent photo of or didn’t get a photo at all! Oops! I need to work on that! I can’t wait to live in a space with more photo friendly space and light… I’m working on that too!

Happy New Year, all! Thank you for sticking with me and my sporadic posting. I promise to be better this year! Good things will happen in 2016, I can feel it!

Baby Tide’s Forever Quilt

When one of my favourite people in the world told me she was having a baby, I knew I would be making a quilt for him. She’s a world traveller who has finally settled down in the UK again after 6 years on the move so I knew a travel theme would be perfect. I used the paper boat pattern from Teaginny Designs and then made up the ocean with the pointy fish at the bottom.

Sydney Rose Designs Baby Tide Quilt 1

I wanted the back to be as useable and pretty as the front and this girl loves stripes nearly as much as I do so grey and white wide stripes with Alex’s name in red were perfect. I used my favourite paper piecing alphabet from From Blank Pages on Craftsy

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I quilted it in an all over free motion design with wavy lines for the ocean and clouds for the sky.

I think both mama and baby were pleased with the quilt!

In Flight QAL – Final Reveal

I haven’t been very good at sharing the progress of my In Flight Quilt Along quilt. I finished the top in record time and it has stayed a top ever since! I really must find it in the moving boxes and start to quilt it!

The amazing news is that I won first prize in the quilt along! I still can’t quite believe it! I never win anything! I have already received the Fat Quarter Shop voucher and my Oakshott charm pack arrived in the mail the other day. Even more reason to get on with finishing it!

Here are all the remainder of my finished blocks all made in Kona White and Cotton + Steel basics.

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Sydney Rose Designs In Flight QAL 3

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Unfortunately I can’t find any pictures of my final two blocks, but here’s the final, ‘prizewinning’ 😉 quilt top!

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I can’t say enough how much I loved making this and another hug thank you to Juliet at The Tartan Kiwi for a fab pattern and quilt along!

Wedding Gifts

My favourite evening past time whilst watching TV is cross stitch. Yes, call me an old lady, but y’know what? I don’t care! I love it! I’m not a fan of the old fashioned chintzy stuff, although everything has it’s place! I prefer searching out more modern designs to stitch and sometimes, design my own.

I get most of my patterns from Etsy or in Cross Stitcher magazine, to me, they have the best selection of modern cross stitch patterns of the countless magazines out there.

I have been to four weddings this year and have made all the gifts (although one is still in progress). I prefer to make something personal for the couple rather than buying them a random set of glasses from John Lewis. Sorry, if you hate gifters like me! One of my most recent stitchy finishes was a wedding gift for a lovely couple whose wedding we went to in Devon last month. Now they have received it I can share it with you! Yay!

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I found the pattern on Etsy from Emma Congdon, whose store is called Stitchrovia. She does some great patterns, I’ve already got a few more waiting to be stitched up. It’s far too easy to buy patterns when you get an immediate digital download! If you search out this pattern you’ll notice that I’ve changed it a bit form her original design, changed the colours and left out some of the design, I do this a lot…. always have to be a bit different!

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I couldn’t find a frame of a suitable size so I bought this huge one from ikea and sewed the evenweave into a circle of fabric to give it a little extra oomph in such a large space. I think it worked! I’ll definitely try this way again.

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Where do you buy your patterns? How do you frame them? Are you good and get them done professionally or are you like me and work out a cheaper way to do it (without compromising style, of course!) Please share! I love finding new places and hearing how other people do things!

Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap – Round #4

This year has been filled with craziness, trips, international moves, lots of uncertainty. When I heard that the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap – Round #4 was happening, there was one thing I was certain of…. I was taking part! I had decided early in the year I wasn’t going to sign up for any swaps for a while, but when round 4 of this swap was announced, I knew I couldn’t miss it. Things were just settling back down and I had my sewing machine back so I was in!

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My partner is an amazing quilter so I was more than a little intimidated when I got her info. I had seen the Hexie Tile Pattern by Julie Hirt on Pinterest a while ago and this was the perfect time to use it. Her brief was: rainbow colours and geometric designs (it was like making for myself!).

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I cut into some of my favourite pieces for this, mainly Alison Glass, Lizzy House and Cotton and Steel. I even used a piece of fabric dyed by yours truly! I’m always trying to improve my precision in piecing. Its usually easier with paper pieced patterns like this but I still pulled out the seam ripper a few times to get everything as perfectly lined up as I could!

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I started off with a more or less square design but once the blocks started to take shape, I realised I wanted something a bit different. I am always in awe of people who do something out of the ordinary, so this time, I decided to join them. An I’m SO glad I did! The binding was a little tricky but I did it and I am so pleased with how the whole thing turned out!

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Sydney Rose Designs S&B Final

What do you think? Do you like ‘funny’ shaped quilts? Are you taking part in the swap? My partner hasn’t received it yet, I’ll update here when she has! Fingers crossed she likes it, going by all the amazing love it’s been getting on Instagram I think she might, if not, I’ll have it back 😉