Another Finish!

Yes! You read that right! I have finished another UFO quilt! πŸ™‚

This one is the baby quilt for my little nephew who is about to turn 2! At last, oops!

Here is the front :The back :The awesome striped binding and it is tagged! :

I did a FMQ meandering stitch all over (yay me!) and it finished about 54″ x 48 “.

Going to see if I can squeeze a new start (and finish) into the next couple of weeks πŸ™‚ Hope life is treating you well, thanks for stopping by! ❀

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My First Finish

Even tho my 2018 word of the year is “Finish”, they are thin on the ground so far this year … But, I did finish this beauty a few weeks ago now. You saw a sneak peek hereΒ and on my Instagram. A granny square quilt and made all from Bonnie & Camille’s “Hello Darling” fabric, I am calling her “Hello Granny”! ❀
She’s already moved on to her forever home, but she took a piece of my heart with her.

At slightly under 80″ x 90″, she’s a good size! Too big for me to quilt so I had her long armed by a local quilter, Cheryl. I LOVE her work and will definitely book her again! If you’re in or near Townsville, Qld and want her contact details, let me know πŸ™‚Β 

Please excuse the inside pics, we had days and days of rain before I took the pics and there was no way I was going to lay her in mud lol

I’m working over Easter and school holidays, but only short shifts so I hope to get a little sewing done … And I need to play catch up on my course in which I have fallen badly behind. Hope you have a happy and safe Easter ❀

2018 – Friend or Foe?

Well, most people I know think the last couple of years have been, to quote the Queen …Β  “Annus horribilus”. And I tend to agree. It’s been a rough couple for our family too.

I wish for us all that 2018 is a better one. A “Friend” if you will …

If you’ve been round here for a while you’ll know I don’t make NY resolutions. But I do choose a word for the year. For 2018 I have chosen :

Finish is something I aspire to do more of in 2018. And I started off the year by living my new word. Wrapped around my 2018 word above, is a pic of my very first Quilt top finish for the year. Granted, it’s not a totally finished quilt yet, but it will be quilted soon and I will bind it and prepare for it’s new home … How pretty is that Bonnie & Camille “Hello Darling”? πŸ™‚

Besides being horrible, the last couple of years I have found it challenging to actually make a plan and finish things. I make lists that don’t get completed, start projects that turn into UFO’s, extended my Interior Design course (again!!), and basically, constantly feel disorganised and chaotic.
I did not finish one single quilt last year.
NOT.ONE. ==> This one has been sitting for a year!!
I made blocks. I did a little sewing. I didn’t finish anything. Sad.

Anyhow. Here’s cheers to a fantastic, safe, creative and productive 2018.

A Finish and a Vow

The finish.
I have a cute little finish to share tonight πŸ™‚
This lovely has sat on my couch patiently waiting for me to finish it for the last 3 weeks … All I had to do was 1 1/2 sides of binding! Slack hey?IMG_6933 (2)The front. Held up by my best helper, Master 9 {That’s the top of his tennis cap peaking over the top. We took these waiting for their lessons lol}
I used Riley Blake’s Country Girls fabric. It’s such a pretty range!
IMG_6932 (2)The back πŸ™‚
It’s a nice size for baby – 45″ x 48″ {114cm x 122cm}

The vow.
This little beauty sat half done for aaages. I am vowing to myself to not let that happen any more. I am so gung-ho when doing my tops. I can often whip one up in a day. or a weekend. But when it comes time for the back I struggle!!
I prefer to make pieced backs creatively use up scraps from making the quilt and I have been struggling to come up with ideas. By that stage I want something that’s going to be quick but I want it to still be pretty.

So. My vow is this – Make the back right away! While I have momentum!
And, if I’m struggling for inspiration – Remember KISS!
Keep It Simple Stupid!

In that vein I am going to whip up a couple of backs for the tops languishing in my “To-Be-Finished” pile. Lets see howΒ  go. If successful, I should be able to share another couple of finishes in September! Wish me luck!

KATE Sig for Manic Mumdays

Latest Finish and Something that changed me this week.

Hi Everyone!

I’ve been pottering around but haven’t really had much to talk about lately.

I need a new computer 😦
My lappy is on the blink and since Mr Manic left his job a couple of months ago we can’t afford it right now …
And when I have someone hanging round the house I feel lazy and lethargic myself.
Cross your fingers for me that he gets a positive answer to the latest job he is shortlisted for!

Anyhow, here is the gorgeous quilt I just finished!! The front :

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The back :

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I used the pattern “Playground” from Camille Roskelley’s book Simply Retro and pieced a few more for the back πŸ™‚
I used a scrappy binding and finished last night! πŸ™‚
It was professionally quilted by Fiona from Quilting By Fiona who has a facebook page HERE!
Fiona quilted the most amazing animal design with lions, giraffes and elephants – perfect for this project!
And she also made me a gorgeous Owl softie with some left over fabric. This gorgeous bundle went to an even more gorgeous little man today.
Which means my design wall is almost empty and I get to start a new project in the morning! Squeee!!

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In the title I promised something that changed me this week … You may have seen it, even!
There is the most amazing clip doing the rounds on the internet.

It’s a 62 second snippit of pure beauty and genius from Jim Carrey. Extracted from a 26 minute graduation speech he recently made, it seriously changed me. Here it is!! :

Absolutely INSPIRING!

Here is the best bit {I made this myself and it’s now my facebook pic! πŸ˜€ }

BEST QUOTE EVER

I hope you all take a chance today and do something you LOVE!