floating worlds & design ponderings…

by Nova on November 8, 2013

I love a bit of chain piecing, especially when  scrummy prints & colours are  involved.

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The gorgeous gals from Umbrella prints kindly sent me some of their new collection ‘Floating World‘ to play with. The colours are really beautiful  & an interesting mix to inspire a quilt or smaller project.

I’m a girl of simple (if a tad eclectic)  taste & I haven’t met a Plain Spoken quilt (pattern from the Modern Quilt Workshop book) that I didn’t like yet & thought it would lend itself perfectly to the Floating World  prints allowing for a few additions from the stash too of course :) I really love to see what mixes of fabrics other crafters put with a designers range don’t you?

I didn’t want to add too much as I really want that incredible green of the  Bird in Paradise print to glow through but still remain balanced as a whole – the touch of rust colour being the ‘mustard on the plate‘ as my mother always says!

I’ve been popping the blocks  up randomly on the design wall as I iron them & I’m pretty happy so far.

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I’m loving it  a little too much though  & it’s still growing! It started out at the Nap size quilt  but it’s  quickly outgrown that!

It’s been ages since I sat & just sewed sewed sewed & it feels  rather wonderful!  It got me thinking too about fabrics & patterns & all sorts of other design & fabricy thoughts. I do love a bit of pattern & fabric  matchmaking -    Have you coveted a quilt pattern (more than one  I am sure!!!), just waiting for that perfect fabric to come along? Or vice versa?  Are you a purist that likes to sew  ‘neat’ with a designers range or do you like to add a little sprinkle of something else from the stash?

Have a great weekend whatever crafty shenanigans you’re getting up to!



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Bloggers Quilt Festival!

by Nova on October 29, 2013

Each season I mean to enter The Bloggers Quilt Festival  & then whoosh the week has flown by & I missed out  again-  it’s been 2 years since I have managed to sneak an entry in. Jeepers.

If you’re a regular reader you will know all about my love of scraps, if you’re visiting  for the first time – Hello, my name is Nova & I’m addicted to scraps of fabric.

So, it should come as no surprise that I am entering the Scrappy Quilt Category with my Scrappy Zig Zags quilt

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This quilt was inspired by a pin which lead to a neat little tute which resulted in this quilt. It began as an attempt to slash the scrap stash but truly, it hardly made a dent – surprise surprise!

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This one is a real snuggle down memory lane,  it’s full of lovelies & uglies, trash & treasure, oldies & newies, gifted & swapped + some  selvedges – each has a place & a reason to be in it for me. Sometimes that’s all a quilt needs to be. I love it.

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I quilted it with a combination of relaxed zig zags on the machine and some hand quilting with Perle thread.

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It’s backed with an ikea print & a strip of scraps to make up the width ( & to use up more scraps!)

quilt notes:

  • triangle size 6″ finished
  • finished quilt approx 64″ x 80″
  • backed with an IKEA  print & a strip of scraps to make up the size

Thanks for dropping by, now off you hop to visit all sorts of quilty treats at  the Bloggers Quilt Festival


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tiny bunting

by Nova on October 17, 2013

a homemade birthday card that has a bit more mileage after the event…

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I say mileage,  maybe a couple of yards or thereabouts…

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teeny tiny bunting (thanks for the inspiration mum!) – in a friends fav earthy & orange palette, the little flags  are about 2 1/2 ” from top to tip.

Made just like the big stuff  (plenty of tutorials out there in Google land) only tinier.

I used some vintage bias binding from the oppy to sew them all together then wrapped them around a diy cardboard cutout spool.


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zumthor hat

by Nova on October 7, 2013

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I really  love the simple, square design of this  hat.

A quick, fun knit from a clever pattern (Zumthor Hat by Kirsten Johnstone) with a bit of something new to me on the technical knitting side  in the form of making the folded hem.

This one  is reversible too, though I like the stockinette (shown) stitch side best.

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The yarn is scrumptiously soft & was blissful to work with.

Forecast to be  33 degrees here today so will be putting this away for next winter ;)

Pattern notes, yarn & details over on Ravelry.

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the miracle…

by Nova on September 28, 2013

of hand knit socks…

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finished just in time for summer!

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started way back when & then put away for a while so I could recover from  the trauma of attempting to turn heels while remembering to breathe at the same time.

what a journey & huge learning curve this little pair have been! phewy! BUT I bloomin’ well got there in the end & am chuffed to bits. The process of the make  finally clicked thanks to much  assistance,  unknitting  & encouragement from an ever patient friend.

Will I venture into sock knitting again? Sure, I actually really enjoyed the challenge & hand knit socks are a luxury I could get used to. Now I ‘get’ it hopefully the next pair will be a breeze!

Project notes over on Ravelry.Pattern from this book

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ouch pouch

by Nova on September 23, 2013

another niece off on an adventure – this time to uni so a little present was called for to send her on her way – same theme, same pattern, different look – same same but different.

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An ‘ouch pouch’ inspired by all the other ouch pouches out there ready to fill with some hangover general first aid supplies.

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made with some red, white & blue  favs from the stash. So patriotic!

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said niece is studying to be a nurse so she should know what to do with this ;)


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fly the flag quilt along: week 6

by Nova on September 20, 2013

Blimey, that 6 weeks flew by don’t ya think?!

& what  a very relaxed quilt a long it’s been. I’ve loved being a part of it & seeing the array of flag quilts popping up and everyone’s personal spin on the pattern.

Here’s a peek at various stages of some of the quilt-a- longers flags from the flickr group (with links to individual images & makers below)

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1. Fly the flag – quilted and ready for binding!, 2. Quilted, 3. Untitled, 4. bunting-a-go-go!, 5. Fly the flag, 6. week 3, added 3rd panel, 7. Fly the Flag Quilt – Aqua version peek-a-boo, 8. quilt top finished, 9. Untitled, 10. fly the flag quilt along : 5 : top is done., 11. Binding fly the flag quilt!, 12. Getting there slowly…

& here’s my finished flags too!

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thanks for quilting along with us it’s been fun!  Don’t forget to share your quilts with Shannon – she’ll be picking one lucky quilt-a-longer to send a little prize package to! Yay!

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fly the flag quilt along – week 5!

by Nova on September 10, 2013

I love stitching down the binding of a quilt, the final step of the process & very satisfying.

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There are a few ways to bind your quilt and everyone has their favourite way I am sure. There are gazillion tutorials out there on how to bind every which way.

I bind my quilts with one continuous piece of binding, machine stitched to the front with  mitred corners, then flipped around and hand stitched down at the back. Here’s a tutorial by Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts for the method I use.

If you want to give machine binding a go  Shannon shows you how she binds her quilts (love the scrappy binding!) and  has added some links to a couple of other machine quilting tutorials as well.

I love rounded corners on a quilt too & if you fancy adding some curves to your quilt you’ll need to make some bias binding – there’s a   tutorial by Jennifer at That Girl… That Quilt for making bias binding and adding curved corners to your quilt.

Or you might decide not to bind it at all (you’ll need to decide if you’re doing this before you make your quilt sandwich though so if you’re keeping up to date with the quilt along & have already quilted you can save this method for another day!). To learn how to ‘bag’ your quilt, Rita of Red Pepper Quilts has a tutorial.

So get binding people, next week is show & tell of finished flag quilts  for a chance to win some Aunty Cookie goodies!

Keep an eye on the flickr group as completed  flaggy beauties begin to pop up!


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fly the flag quilt along – week 4!

by Nova on September 3, 2013

The quilt as you go technique worked a treat!

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I went for relaxed quilted lines with the machine & had every intention of adding in some hand stitches. As much as I love a bit of hand stitching on most things it was all starting to  look a bit too much what with the colourful scrappy flags, ric rac & all so I took them out again.

How are you quilting yours? By hand or machine, quilt as you go? However you decide to quilt it just pin those flags out the road as you get to them, it makes life a whole lot easier.

If you’re a bit stuck for inspiration in the quilting department, here’s a few quilty ideas that I reckon would look super cute with the flags & might tickle your fancy…

Clouds – by hand or machine

Woodgrain – by hand or machine

Loops a la Denyse

Gorgeous swirly sky

zig zag around the flag shapes

got some more ideas? share below or in the flickr group

Lots of flaggy awesomeness has been appearing in the flickr group from our merry team of stitchers as the quilt along progresses. Can’t wait to see them as they get quilted & if you’re quilting along, don’t forget to keep adding  those special touches – there’s a prize at the end!

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fly the flag quilt a long – week 3

by Nova on August 27, 2013

I’m going to be  taking a bit of a shortcut between weeks 3 & 4

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I’ve got my flags sewn onto the strips but after seeing that Tracey had quilted as she went I decided I wanted a piece of that too! So I’m going to quilt as you go in strips instead of piecing it all together then quilting it.

Luckily, here’s a tutorial I made earlier for that very technique if you fancy doing that too.

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