cotton and steel

In the press!

I loved making this hexietile quilt for the Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap last year and it seemed lots of other people loved it too when I posted in on Instagram and now, it’s been shared in a magazine!

I was super excited to see it in this months edition of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine (even if I wasn’t credited for the photo!). That’s me on the left and Aromrak Luangrath‘s gorgeous mermaid version on the right.

To have a go at your own version of this quilt, check out Julie Hirt’s free hexietile paper piecing pattern. If you share on social media, I’d love to see!

Mini Raspberry Kiss

I’ve been seeing the Raspberry Kiss and Mini Raspberry Kiss blocks all over the internet for a long while and finally got myself together to have a go. I raided my scrap bins and was please with the results!

Mini Raspbery Kiss WIP

I used mainly Cotton and Steel basics, with a few precious bits of Anna Maria Horner and some Alison Glass with Kona Silver (I think – I’ve lost my colour card!) as the background.

Mini Raspberry Kiss Top

I’m happy with the outcome, now need to find the time to turn it into something, another cushion, perhaps, a wall hanging? I’m not sure, what do you think?

Pattern: Mini Raspberry Kiss by Michael Ann Made (Original Raspberry Kiss by Rachel of Wooden Spoon Quilts)
Size: 13.5″x 13.5″
Pieced by: Me
Fabric: Cotton & Steel basics, Anna Maria Horner, Alison Glass, Kona Silver
Lives: On my WIPs pile until I can make it into something!

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!

Sydney Rose Designs Schnitzel and Boo Round 4 4

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!).

Sydney Rose Designs Schnitzel and Boo Round 4 3

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!

Sydney Rose Designs Schnitzel and Boo Round 4 2

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!

Sydney Rose Designs Schnitzel and Boo Round 4 1

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 😉

In Flight QAL – Progress Report

It’s been a bit of a crazy week here but I have had time for some quilty finishes! Yay for me! I haven’t done any housework or laundry but I have made stuff, my priorities are definitely correct!

Here are my next two blocks for the In Flight Quilt along, the seagull and the curlew.

Seagull | In Flight QAL

Curlew | In Flight QAL

I am still totally loving this pattern and urge all quilters out there, whether you have paper foundation piecing experience or not to give this one a go, it’s soo satisfying!

Are you joining the quilt along? How are you finding it? I’d love to hear!

In Flight QAL

I stumbled across the In Flight Quilt Along back in December and am SO glad I did. It’s by Juliet of The Tartan Kiwi , a wizard when it comes to foundation piecing patterns! As soon as I saw the teaser layout, I knew I had to make this one, even though I’m pretty new to foundation piecing.

Check this bad boy out:

Light In Flight

I eagerly awaited the release of the pattern and snapped it up the minute I saw it was on sale. I decided a selection of Cotton and Steel Basics would be a good fit.

In Flight QAL

The patterns are easy to follow and come full of instructions and tips on resizing the blocks. I’ve become slightly obsessed with this pattern and am way ahead of the quilt along but here are my first two blocks Swan and Swift.

In Flight QAL | Swan

In Flight QAL | Swift

What do you think? Are you joining in the QAL too? Want more details? Check out The Tartan Kiwi, her patterns are awesome!