Creative Oozings #19 – A Crafting Holiday: Star Baby Quilt

I love batik fabrics, and had collected quite a few batik fat quarters with no specific plan for what to do with them.  With my sister’s baby due at the end of August, I decided to use my batik pretties to make a quilt for the new baby.  The advantage of my batik collection is that it isn’t particularly male or female oriented; a bonus because the gender of the baby was going to be a surprise!  To make sure I actually got on and finished it in good time, I also planned to enter it into the Pembrokeshire County Show.  I took a week “off” from editing to concentrate on finishing this quilt and the Birds and Bees quilt.  (I had hopes of making some other things too, but underestimated how much work even two smallish quilts would be for a comparative quilting novice!)

I’d taken a great fancy to the Sparkle Punch quilt on the Oh Fransson blog, and thought it would look very well with a vibrant selection of batiks.  I bought a few more fabrics to round out my colour palette, and decided on the size of my squares to make up the stars.star_layout Continue reading Creative Oozings #19 – A Crafting Holiday: Star Baby Quilt

Creative Oozings #17 – A Busy Couple of Months

Long time, no post.  Not because I haven’t been doing things, more because I’ve not stopped doing things.  August and September have seen several completed quilty bits, several shows of varying sizes, and a new member of the family, among other things.  It’s not been dull!

Below are some sneak peeks of things I’ve made over the last couple of months; I’ll add links to the specific posts as I write them.

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Creative Oozings #5 – Christmas Presents

Shortly before Christmas, Stefani proposed that we do a couple of smaller projects that could become Christmas presents.  One was a pin board, another was a Christmas-themed fabric wreath.  I ended up being a bit after the fact with the pin board and making it at home (because I’d got in a mix-up over which session we were doing it in), but managed to be in sync for the wreath (which was awkward because it was the week that pretty much all of us forgot to bring along cutting mats and rotary cutters!).  Digging through my stash, I realised that I had a surprising amount of Christmassy fat quarters, though I’d bought a few more just in case.  I like Christmas fabric a lot (it’s usually so sparkly!), but I also find it a real challenge in terms of design because it’s SO Christmassy.  Anyway.

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Creative Oozings #3 – Fimo and Beads

If there’s one thing I love more than fabric, it’s probably beads.  I’ve been collecting beads for about as long as I can remember and I have a large plastic storage box full of my eclectic selection.  Unfortunately, as with fabric, I usually buy beads I like without any real plan to make them into something.  I’m also terrible at buying findings, which means that I almost never have the right findings to finish a project.  But I’m trying to be better!

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