Saturday, October 30, 2010

It's Halloween

In a few hours it will be hallow'een (southern hemisphere and on one side of the international date line!) so get out your scariest costume and stock up on the lollies.

Yesterday I was looking through my favourite blogs and noticed Rebecca Johnson from Chasing Cottons has released her new pattern named 'Curlicue Crush". This quilt is amazing. I had to purchase the pattern right away and start on my version using Kaffe Fasset fabrics. I did cheat a little because I enlarged the blocks to 10" and appliqued the half circles instead of sewing the curves. I am in a rush to finish this quilt for a birthday present.



Hmmm, better clean those floors. Maybe after I do some more quilting!

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Swap is off and running

City Weekend
I finished my first sexie hexie for my swap partner yesterday and posted it to the Flickr group. Hexies are so therapeutic!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fractured Christmas Star

This is a variation of my first pattern "City Stars". Kits and patterns will be available for both in December 2010 so stay tuned.

The pieces are individually cut, arranged on the background and then appliqued.
Kate Spains 12 Days of Christmas dances on the bella solid - Lime.

Another walk through the Garden

Another pineapple head forming

Italian Asparagus

Boysenberry Flowers and fruit

Blueberry flowers

Hydrangea

Raspberries

Ripening Purple Passionfruit

Blossoms on Ornamental Pear

Small Leave Lilly Pilly Flower

I just love this weeping Lilly Pilly blossom

Mini Gardenia - if only you could smell the intoxicating fragrance

White Jacaranda

Purple Jacaranda - It has taken 10 years to flower!

Mums memorial Rose

Wednesday Flowers

I just had to fussy cut the birds.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap - November List

We have decided to start a month early but registrations will still be open until 30th November for the December list.

Meanwhile, the nine eager participants already registered, please send to the person below you on the list.  The last person will send to the first person on the list. Please contact me at hexagonswap@gmail.com if you have not received preference and contact details.

Flowers to be completed and sent by November 27th 2010 (remember overseas mail can take up to 7 days). Please e-mail me when you have sent or received your flower. Include a picture if you like and I will post on my blog.

November
  • Want it, Need it, Quilt
  • Canadian Kristin
  • Stray Stitches
  • Quilt Sampler
  • Renny and Me and Isaac Too
  • Beautiful Chaos
  • Jenni Sews
  • Caribou Crossing Chronicles 
  • LesQuilts

Birthday Giveaway

Competition Closed

Next week is my birthday, so to celebrate I am giving one lucky blogger a charm pack and matching yardage in the Prayer Flag range from April Cornell for Moda.



1 x Charm, 1 x 1/2 Yard + 1 x 1 1/2 yards
Entry into this giveaway is easy - just leave a comment telling me the answer to the following question:
"If you had one birthday wish, what would it be?"

The giveaway closes midnight 2nd November 2010. I will announce the winner on this post 3rd November 2010. Good Luck.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Whiteout

When I design a quilt and need a solid to enhance a fabric collection I usually reach for a cream, black, red or white solid. They are easy and popular choices to buy in bulk and go with virtually 99% of all fabrics ranges, particularly solid white, which has become a popular fabric choice for showcasing the new fresh retro / vintage / modern fabrics and designs that are available today. The paler greys are also a popular choice.


These days I am challenging myself to use the wide variety of beautiful solids offered by the designers such as Moda. I love the range of Bella Solids, Basic Grey grunge solids and solids offered with other designer ranges. Turquoises, chocolates, charcoals and retro brights (lime, orange, pinks) are wonderful to bring alive the gorgeous prints in our quilts.

Moda Origins Grunge Solids by Basic Grey
Bella Solid Lime goes beautifully with Kate Spain's 12 days of Christmas
Bella Solid Robins Egg makes the City Weekend tones dazzle

I always have the Bella Solids card available and match solids to Moda designer ranges, picking out the colours and shades that contrast or complement the collection.


Don't limit yourselves to one solid. Try combining many in similar tones for a subtle look or mix them up with contrasting solids that pop out of the project.

So ladies and gentlemen quilters take the challenge and resist the White. I would love to see what you have created.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap is Live - Register Now. Limited Spaces.

Just click on the Tab, " The Inchy Flower Swap" located at the top of this blog and enter your details to become a member of this new swap.

Spaces are limited to 30 participants only, so hurry.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Get ready for a swap

Soon I will be announcing a limited swap for 1" hexagon flowers.  I have aptly named it

Stay tuned fellow hexa-go-girls and boys.

NCIS and Wednesday Flowers

The new season of NCIS started last night so I made two flowers while I watched. Usually I can multitask but I can see a mistake. Oh well, lucky I taped NCIS so I can watch it again while I unpick and redo my flower.



The tally for this project - Reproduction 2" hexagon flowers is 32.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

... And even more parcels

Tuesday again and my group of friends met to sit, chat and stitch.

My beautiful friend Glennis, has nearly completed her reproduction 9 patch and applique quilt. Isn't it gorgeous.

... and more lovely fabric to play with in the mail. The photo does not do these prints justice.

Modern Meadow by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit

Innocent Crush by Anna Horner for Free Spirit

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Weekend Stars

This is a peek at my new design using Oliver + S fabric - City Weekend.

Copyright Jane Davidson 2010

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Hexie Duet

I joined a hexie flower swap on the Craft Forum and these are my first two 1" hexies for my swap partner. Her order was for white centres and the same fabric for all the petals. No particular colour preference was requested. That makes it so much more fun.

Hexies are so therapeutic

Friday, October 15, 2010

Get Baking with Moda and Sandy Gervais

I am so excited to share with you my debut quilt with Moda Bake Shop called Lollipop.

Sweet Treats without the Cavities
Visit the bake shop and view all the great recipes from many talented quilters using Moda's beautiful range of fabrics.

"Fall into Fall Quilters Blog Giveaway" - and the winner is ..........

Before I announce the winner of the competition I would like to share the story behind the picture.


It was a wet, cold night in Paris and Marlene, Jane D and I decided to hit the town. I had been shopping that day and purchased a bra and undies set from Printemps (French version of Target). Being young and silly, we decided to get a picture of us in front of the Champs Elysees with underwear on our heads.

We waited until the lights turned red and dashed across the pedestrian crossing adorning ourselves with 'hats', bending down low so Jane could capture the architecture in the background and then racing across to the either side before we were mowed down by Citroens. This was all achieved in under one minute.

This picture has remained one of my all time favourites. Such fond memories of Paris in 1989.

A big Thank you to everyone that entered my giveaway. I enjoyed reading through all the comments. The winner of the 2010 'Fall into Fall Giveaway' can be found on the original post.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thursday and New Goodies in the Mail

A picture is worth a thousand words.



A Thursday Walk through the Garden

It is 6am on the only sunny day we have had for over a week. More rain is expected tomorrow, so I am taking advantage of the sunshine and getting all the washing and mowing done today. The garden was so beautiful this morning, I put on my gum boots and went for a stroll.

Jasper Carrot - the fearless chicken hunter

Small Leaf Lilly Pilly Flower

Hydrangea Flower

Native Frangipani

White Jacaranda - just starting to flower

Weeping Lilly Pilly with Powder Puff flowers

Purple Jacaranda in flower

Silky Oak