Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tuesdays Treasure

Any guesses to what this could be? Peter, the kids and I were at Goomeri for the Pumpkin Festival a couple of years ago and we stumbled across this item in one of the Antique stores. They were used in the old horse driven coaches, filled with hot coals and placed under the feet of travellers. Fancy Foot warmers for coaches.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Caffeine Carpets

I had to make a little present for John''s kindy teachers so I search the internet and low and behold everyone is making these things called, "Mug Rugs".  Hmm, not so fussed on the name, so I renamed them "Caffeine Carpets" ( or maybe "Cuppa Mates" ).

For my first attempt, I used a border print for the pocket and hexie flower and aged muslin for the background and backing. The hexies have 1/2" sides.

Second attempt.

If you could rename the Mug Rug, what would you call it?

I had to put a picture of my Cool Poodle. He has just been sheared for summer.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

A few more welcome hexies prepared.

I hope I am getting these right? The thing I love about swaps is everyones interpretations and ideas of what colours and designs to use.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

100th Post Giveaway

I love any excuse to have a giveaway.

I have passed the 100th post so I will be giving away a very chic set of flannel fat quarters to one lucky winner.

Just leave a comment telling me your funniest joke. I will have my board of select judges (my children) pick a winner Wednesday 8th December 2010.

It is open to all. One entry per person. Remember to leave a way for me to contact you. No anonymous comedians please.

If you would like to follow my blog please join up. When I reach the 200th Follower I will have another giveaway.

Friday, November 26, 2010

The long term affect of Glue on fabrics

I wrote a brief post on methods I had come across while making hexies. I was made aware of another.
Thank you Sharyn from Kalama Quilts for leaving me a comment on the InkLingo method of piecing for hexagons and other shapes. Sharyn uses the InkLingo method and finds it fast and accurate. Go to Linda Franz's site and explore her InkLingo product. What better place to start than with InkLingo Hexagons

Another interesting comment was left about fabric glues and the long term affects on fabrics. You can find the authors post here 

"As the gentle womenfolk stitched, they pondered whether they would use fabric glue or not"

Being the skeptic that I am about any thing with chemicals, including those found in nature, I had to comment. This is what I said:

"My scientific mind still has reservations about using specially designed glues on fabrics for applique and English paper piecing. I would not be convinced until I witnessed trials conducted on the amount of residues left after washing fabric treated with different varieties of glues. I do agree however, if a quilt was of heirloom quality and it was never going to be washed that any chemical, including the ones embedded in factory loomed cottons should be removed or excluded from your project. I have never used pen based, water soluble glues until now for my hexies. My projects will be short term and will be hand washed when completed. Do you have the reference for statements about the glue? I would be interested in following up on any studies or related information"

Christine has sent me this link http://www.quiltstudy.org/education_research/resources/publications.html which highlights problems with adhesive battings and sprays. 

I would love to hear back from fellow bloggers about views on Glue Sticks, Basting sprays, Starches, fusible webbing, marking pens, washing detergents and storage with insect deterrents.

Until then, happy (chemical free?) quilting.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tuesdays Treasure

Salt and Pepper shakers? No, they are the old insulators from power lines. They make  great paper weights. We found these on one of our country trips in an old barn.

One flower Wednesday (plus a heap more)

I have been dying to use this fabric. Now I have an excuse.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. Toni has made me the most gorgeous hexie. Yes, you did the modern fabrics right.

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap - Only three places left

Wow, we have members from Iceland, India, Denmark, Australia, Canada and the States. Geniene (my hexie angel) and I have been making Welcome flowers for those members who joined after we started the November round. Some are on their way, others will be posted next week.

On November 30th I will post the link for the December list and e-mail all members with the link.

I have noticed that the "simple link" program does not always add new members to the list. If you fill in your details and nothing happens, please e-mail me at hexagonswap@gmail.com

We have three places left so, if you are interested in a fun and simple swap, please add your name before November 30 2010.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The many ways to make a hexy look sexy .... and Harry Potter

Before I talk about hexies I want to give a brief review of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows". Very dark and mature themes in this chapter. I would not recommend it for children under 13. It has a 'M' rating in Australia, indicating parental guidance for children under 15. Regardless, my 12 year old and I loved it. It is more in keeping with the book than number six. The children are now adolescents and past the prepubescent stage and Harry even had a bit of stumble on his face after going bush for a couple of days. Hermione and Ron have an unrequited, smoldering love thing going on while poor Harry has the weight of the universe on his shoulders. Voldemort is as evil as ever and I wish he would grow a nose. I recommend Deathly Hallows to all Potter fans and am counting the days until Part II comes out in July 2011.
"Take that LEGO Voldemort. You big block head!"

..... And now to Hexagons.

Being involved in two hexie swaps, I have been enlightened to some interesting ways of attaching the fabric to the stabiliser (Paper, card, patti, freezer paper or fusible base).

The tacking method - Whether you sew through all layers or just the fabric is up to you. Both give a crisp edge finish and the papers are easy to remove once the hexies are joined. The hexies can be stored for a long period of time ( I had hexies still with the magazine papers from the early 70's).

Bee in my Bonnet has made some great tutorials on making and basting hexies.

Making Hexies Part 1
Making Hexies Part II

Left - Tacked through fabric only / Right - Tacked through paper and fabric.

The gluing method - This is my favourite method at the moment because of the speed of preparation of the hexie flowers. It is important to use the correct fabric glue and card stock of 150 - 190gms to make removal easy. As the glue is water soluble and affected by heat, care must be taken when pressing and storing for long periods of time.
Glue Method using Sewline Glue Pen

Wash-a-way Fusible method. This is the same principle that is used in applique. The hexie template is traced with a pencil onto the floriani wash-a-way stabiliser. The hexie shapes are cut and ironed onto 2 1/2" squares of fabric, trimmed leaving a 1/4" seam allowance and then tacked to form the finished hexie.
Here is a great tutorial from Marina at www.maisieandtheboys.blogspot.com 

Tutorial for hexagons/flowers
  • Using hexagonal graph paper created at incompetech I trace the hexagons onto Floriani stitch and wash Fusible stabiliser.
  • Once you have traced a few rows you will need to cut out the hexagons as accurately as you can. Cut out your hexagon fabric. I prepare them into 2 ½ inch squares (or 2 5/8 inch squares to make it a little easier to stitch down) . Iron the hexies onto the wrong side of the fabric
  • Trim the hexie to allow an amount of turnover.
  • Next step is to turn over the excess material and stitch down. I usually fold over the fabric and finger press it all around the hexie before stitching the fabric down.
  • Assemble your hexie flower.
I have found that the more the hexies are handle they do soften up.
(there are further instructions on the use of this stabiliser on the packet)
 Thank you Marina
I would also like to try using the fusible web as you would in hand turned applique and ironing or gluing the seam back onto the fusible web. The fusible web would washed away when the project is completed.

Freezer paper is also an option. Iron the shiny side to the fabric, cut around the hexie shape leaving a 1/4" seam allowance and then glue or tack as usual.

When using a medium other than paper to stabilise your hexies, always follow the manufacturers instructions.

Kurt's 70th Birthday Quilt

A wavy quilting design
Jasper Poodle modeling in front of the finished quilt. It was blowing a gale so it was hard to get a good photo.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Eight more to stitch

This job will be for another night as I am seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I tonight. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tuesdays Treasure

Ethel Daisy Taylor's brass bunny

This is a little brass rabbit that was in my grandmothers belongings after she passed away at 81, twenty years ago.

Monday, November 15, 2010

They have arrived

New arrivals
Look what arrived in the store today. 
 A pack of charms and some solid white or ivory would make the perfect present for a loved one or friend.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Baking with Fandango Clams

Moda Bake Shop have featured another of my recipes, named Fandango Clams.

I really enjoyed making this quilt using the drunkard path block and Curve Master foot. Kate Spain's Fandango collection is so beautiful and refreshing. I just love turquoise blue.

The quilt has now found a home with a charity and is being raffled next month. I will be making this quilt into a kit with templates and pattern and posting on my shop very soon.

Welcome Flowers for the Inchy Swap

I have prepared some inchy flowers for the newest members for the "Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap" as they missed out on the November list. I wonder if they can guess which one is theirs? I will stitch them as I watch a new episode of Bones.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Remembrance Day - 11th November

Lest we Forget

New at My Shop

I just love Charm Packs.

They are a versatile pre-cut size just right for
baking quilts, clothing, things for the home,
Applique and English Paper Piecing,
Swaps (it's nice to have a small pack of different themes and colours on hand)
great gifts for friends. I know I would be happy for Santa to drop one in my stocking.
Moda Bake Shop have great recipes for Charm Packs and well as a handy cutting guide to get the most out of a pack.

New Arrivals
Coming Soon ...
I am very excited about the new range from Aneela Hoey - Sherbert Pips. This is Aneela's first fabric line for Moda and you can check out her projects on

Also to arrive soon
Lilly & Will II (Bunny Hill), Just Wing it (Momo), PomPom de Paris (French General), Oasis (3 sisters)

Hullabaloo by Urban Chic

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

My new little Shop

I have opened an on-line shop that will sell mainly Moda pre-cuts at a discount price. As a bonus, I will be including
  • 10 piece FQ packs in different colourways and themes from a variety of designers
  • paper piecing starter kits and 
  • original patterns and kits designed by me.

My Shop can be found at www.wantitneeditquilt.com.au

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

One Flower Wednesday on Tuesday

This is the 1" hexie flower I have completed for the new member of our "Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap".

Pastels and more Pastels
Publish Post

Tuesday's Treasure

I found a dark wood bookcase / cupboard in a second hand shop. It was in pretty bad repair so I added some paint, applied some stencils and placed in the nursery. My sons were too young to realise its girlie appeal.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Christmas Time

My four year old gets so excited about Christmas. He wanted to start decorating the house now, so he unboxed the Australian Nativity Scene and placed it on the piano.

Look what arrived on our lawn on Thursday. Hopefully, we will be swimming by next week. I think I will plant two palm trees next to it and pretend I am in Fiji.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Teachers Quilt

In an early post I started designing a pattern to make a quilt for my son's Year 7 teacher as a going away present. I started out with a traditional pattern and ended up designing this quilt in less than 5 minutes.

I am using a very simple log cabin block, QAYG method and solids from various designers.  I always have to use red.

The QAYG method is very simple. Cut a 9 1/2" red backing square and 1 x 7 1/2" wadding square. Add the log pieces, quilting through all three layers.

Sewing the blocks together is easy. Just sew right up to the wadding / block side, press open, double fold the seams at the top and top stitch it down.

Bayside Quilting sell this nifty template and have an on-line video on how to QAYG the easy way.

It should turn out something like this.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

One Flower Wednesday on Thursday

I was quite busy yesterday enjoying outings with my friends for my birthday. I did not have time to sew together my Wednesday flower. That will be my job tonight.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me and Prayer Flag Giveaway

I would like to thank everyone for writing such moving, selfless and on occasion, funny and indulgent wishes.  I would love to be a fairy godmother and grant you all your wishes but alas ......

After much deliberation (from me and my 12 year old son), we have decided the winner of the birthday wish giveaway is


BloggerSewLindaAnn said...
For my son, who has Asperger's, to have a healthy, productive, fun filled life. Also, for him to know in his heart that he is intelligent, capable and a wonderful person to know and love.

Congratulations Linda,you are a beautiful person and mum.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Talk about Fabric

Some of you will have noticed a button on my side bar

For up to date news and information about the fabrics visit  the forum and join the group of enthusiastic fabric lovers at http://www.talkaboutfabric.com.

I love logging in daily to see all the fabric-licious new textiles, learn a few tips, enter giveaways and share my love of fabric with other quilters and crafters.

The Race that stops a Nation

Today was Melbourne Cup day where Australia stops to watch the famous race. Some of us had a little win others just enjoyed the lunch and champagne. I came home to find a hexie all the way from Michigan, US. Thank you Gloria, I love it.