Thursday, August 22, 2013

Hot air balloons embroidery pattern

I am super excited to announce that I have my very first embroidery pattern available as a download. I created this pattern as part of the embroidery workshops I am holding at the mega craft day at the end of the month. But, for those of you who can't make it it is available as a download from my craftsy shop.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Geometry for Archer

This year, I have been really trying to finish of my projects. I had so many on the go, but I really needed to get some of them done. One of the problems with doing lots of quilting and creating means that I was inspired to start new ones! Cest la vie, once I have an idea burning in my brain, I really, really want to get it done. Which bring me to one of my latest creations, Geometry. 

HSTs (thats half square triangles to the uninitiated) are such a useful block with indefinite possibilities. To create this quilt, I selected five solid colours - three greys and two aquas - which I then cut into 6 1/2 inch square, cross cut into triangles. Next I sewed all the triangles together to make my squares and then all the squares together to make the quilt top. I tried to keep it random, which meant that once it was all together, the triangles came together to form their own shapes. If you did it again, you would get a completely different quilt and I really love that idea. 

This quilt was made especially for Archer and although I tried my best to complete it before he was born (even ironing blocks while in labour!), I didn't quite make it. It is now on his bed to keep him warm on these cold, cold Canberra nights. 

Quilt Specifications:

Quilt name: Geometry.

Made for: Archer James McGann (born 10 March 2013).

Finished size: 42 x 54 inches.

Fabrics used: Homespun solids in 3 light, medium and dark grey with 2 light and dark aquas.
Pattern: Geometry, designed by me. 6 inch HST blocks placed randomly to create a variety of geometric shapes and patterns.
Quilting details: Quilted by me with a walking foot. I stitched in the ditch around the various shapes, using a variegated grey cotton thread.

One more gratuitous Archie shot because I can...

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Mega Craft Day #2

I am really excited to be part of the second Mega Craft Day, hosted by Canberra Creatives. I will be holding a stall and offering two workshops! They will for friendship bracelets and embroidery. I have been working really hard to design and preprint a new design called hot air balloons, as well as develop the instructions to go with the friendship bracelets. They will both be available in store as soon as they are ready. If you in Canberra on the 31st of August, come along and enjoy the craft day. You won't be disappointed!

Monday, August 5, 2013

A little snow trip with my little bother

For my thirtieth birthday (!) in June, my little brother surprised me by showing up on my door step. I was blown away that he travelled across the country to spend the weekend with me and my family. Although, he is not so little anymore! We had a great time and managed to drive up to the snow for the day. It was a horrible day - snowing, cold and windy. We managed to have some fun and enjoy the snow before we froze. It's crazy that it is so close, yet this is our first trip up in over seven years! I am so grateful to have this family memory which includes my little bro.