Thursday, 28 August 2014

.: doGoodStitches block for Merran :.

It was Merran's month in our Care Circle of doGoodStitches, and she chose a rainbow star.

Oh my GOSH, I had to concentrate for this one!  - we're talking TWO partial seams! And I've mucked up the rainbow-order, though I figure ROYGVAP is kind of close to ROYGBIV, even when it's going anti-clockwise ... surely ... 

I'm looking forward to seeing Merran's quilt, it'll be gorgeous.  In fact, I really should create and post a mosaic of all the finished Care Circle quilts - the awesome ladies in our circle have created some wonderful quilts. 

Hope your week has been a good one.  xoxo cat

Thursday, 14 August 2014

.: Make Modern! :.

We are very excited indeed to be guest bloggers on the Make Modern blog today.

Have you heard of the awesomeness that is Make Modern?  It's Australia's first online modern quilting magazine, and the first issue comes out on the 1st of September.

The fabulous creative talents behind Make Modern are Kristy, Lara and Jane.  Kristy and Cat are in the Care Circle of doGoodStitches and also The Wee Bee together and Cat has a growing obsession with Kristy's paper piecing patterns

And oh - did we mention yet - we have a project in the first issue of Make Modern!!  Our first-ever magazine project, wahoooo!  Here's a sneaky peek ... we have TWO new screen printed designs and FOUR new (i.e. our first EVER) sewing patterns in the magazine, oh can you imagine our excitement, let's assume yes.

Ooooh-hooo-hoooo, what can they be?!

Click through and read more on the Make Modern blog - and if you haven't already, please also think about signing up for the first issue (or for the whole first year of issues!) so that you are ready to roll for the 1st of September!  'til next time, xoxo cat and vee

Saturday, 9 August 2014

.: spell it with fabric :.

I've seen lots of #spellitwithfabric and #spellitwithmoda projects on instagram - enough fun, gorgeous stuff that I clicked and bought the little pattern book recently from The Quilters' Store.  

The patterns are great - very straightforward and easy to follow.  And just last night, I had the chance to sew up one of the letters for the first time, to make a super-easy and quick zip pouch for a pressie.

The 'J' fabric is from Rashida Coleman-Hale's Cotton + Steel collection, and the cats are by Lizzy House. 

Of course, my favourite-ever Spell It with Fabric/Moda project is Camille's quilt, that we saw at her trunk show a couple of months ago!  There are vastly better pics of it on Camille's blog here

Happy weekend to you all, whatever you are doing.  We are having our first weekend WITHOUT NETBALL since term 1, wahooo!  xoxo cat

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

.: the Octagonal Orb :.

Vee and I have a secret squirrel project that we can't share with you just yet - but until very recently it was the major focus of our sewing and computer time - so we haven't had much to share with you here!

But now behold - the Octagonal Orb - Rachel's block for July in our Care Circle of doGoodStitches.

Rachel asked us to use a low volume centre/corner fabric, and then any order of pink, aqua and navy/purple for the three rings.  It was a fab block for someone with a fussy-cutting obsession ... 

The pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman, and the Orb finishes at 17 1/2 inches ... well, mine did anyway ... possibly it was supposed to finish at 17 1/4 inches ... and I'm just right now hoping it wasn't supposed to be 17 3/4 inches, as it's now on the way to Rachel's house! 

The 'owl' triangle is a favourite, as is the 'clothing' triangle with the Kei kerchief girl.   And this is the very first sewing-project where I've used Cotton + Steel, wahoo! - the little pink tiger down there.  

You'll have seen that the centre points don't come anywhere near matching up, but I figured it was more important for the rings to meet up as much as they could ... so I'm choosing to look away from the centre.  

Hope your last couple of weeks have been good ones.  'til next time, xoxo cat
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