Friday, 20 April 2012

Storm in a teacup

I think that about sums up my week. Filled with lots of happenings and probably a little bit of over-reaction on my part (particularly regarding that unfortunate haircut Little Miss suffered).  But today is Friday. Which means tomorrow is Saturday. And not just any ordinary Saturday. It's my first Quilt Class tomorrow (so important that it needs capital letters) and I'm meeting my lovely bloggy friend Fiona from Finding Fifth! How fun!

After class we're going to have a little meet up with a couple of the other local quilty girls. Doesn't that sound like fun? So a few days ago (nothing like advance notice hehehe!) Jane suggested we do a little swap for our meeting! We are each making something different. Jane has pincushions (I suspect it has something to do with some awesome idea she discovered on Pinterest...), Fiona has pouches (now that she's a pouch maker extraordinaire!) and I took needle books.

I was told I wasn't allowed to paper piece a ridiculously small Circle of Geese. Ok I did pout for a moment at that because really, wouldn't that be awesome for the front of a needle book? So I sort of side stepped and paper pieced something else ridiculously small. (Don't tell Fiona - she thinks she's going to do a paper piecing intervention for me, but really I'm going to teach her how to paper piece and spread the paper piecing joy!).

A teacup! This measures 2 x 3". Fabric is Pear Tree (gorgeous isn't it?) and the pattern is a freebie from Pieced by Number. I also tried another pattern for the other needle book but it did not come together. Apparently some paper pieced patterns are not meant to be made on a small scale. So I winged my own and made a little Spool for the other book but forgot to take a picture of it before I put it all together!

I can't really show you much more as these are still surprises and I don't want to ruin that fun part yet! But I can show you a couple of sneak peeks.

Yep! I FMQ'd these little things! Getting some practice in before I work on the big XOXO quilt. Top photo has loop the loops (I cheated and traced the fabric on the other side), bottom photo is loops and flowers on some Good Fortune fabric.

I also had some fun fabric mail arrive today! That's sure to make for a good day isn't it? I thought so, until two minutes later Little Miss got her fingers jammed in the door, care of big brother. She's having a tough week. He's spending a lot of time in his room. Can I just say thank goodness holidays end and preschool starts again next week and we get back into routine. He does not cope well without routine!

But anyways! Look at these pretties:

I got 20 FQs for $40 in a mystery FQ package from Fabric Love Australia. Such gorgeous designer fabrics - Riley Blake, Michael Miller, Alexander Henry, Robert Kauffman, Moda etc... I'm a happy quilter.

So on that note, I am off to cut my fabric ready for Quilt Class tomorrow. It's a mystery quilt class - another thing I've never done! Ought to be fun! Woohoo - quilty weekend, here I come!


  1. Oh my goodness you have had a week of adventures! I think a mystery quilty swappy day of sewing goodness will be magic!

  2. Ha, you make me laugh (with you, not at you of course!) Love the mini paper piecing mischief and the awesome fabrics.

  3. Hey, its not cheating tracing the backing into your quilt top! That's clever! Your paper piecing is incredible! Have a great day!

  4. What a fabulous teacup!! Hope you have fun at class.

  5. Have a great day out, it sounds like you need it! Love your teacup, Miniature Circle of Geese, now you really are becoming obsessed, you have gone beyond any interventions I think Fiona will be wasting her time!

  6. That teacup is a work of art, it actually looks 3 dimensional, particularly the way you have used the fabric on the handle, awesome job! Nothing wrong with paper piecing, it lets you do things you can't do otherwise!
    A quilter posted on Facebook page Quilting Club recently photos of some really fantastic Harry Potter paper pieced blocks she had been making. They looked amazing and she was a first time paper piecer! So you go girl!

  7. Oh my, few more posts and I have to try the paper piecing too :-) Looking forward your posts about class etc..

  8. The teacup is amazing! I don't know how you manage to scale things down!
    Poor little Miss..was your son taken over by be horrible to your sister aliens?

    Great fabric bundle! I love to order mystery ones too =D

  9. Hello Kristy!
    Paula Alice from has given me the Leibster award and as per the rules I am passing it on to 5 of my favourite are one of them!!!!
    I really enjoy reading your blog, it has such gorgeous pictures and crafts! You are way too talented!!
    If you wish to accept this award (I hope you do!!!!) here is the link to my post. where you can find out all about it and what you need to do.
    Kind Regards,

  10. Thank you, thank you for the heads-up on your pattern source. My grandmother used to collect fancy teacups. I think I will definitely have to do something with this pattern. Have a great time at your quilt class and meeting face-to-face with some of your bloggy friends.


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