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The Iconic Kiwi + “Little Kiwi” Pillow

New Zealand, where I am from, is very well-know, of course, for the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, the scenery and its nature. New Zealand has one of the largest native bird populations in the world. The most famous of which is the Kiwi (which for those that don’t know we refer to ourselves as kiwis,  it’s after the bird not the fruit 🙂 ). They are a flightless bird and represented through New Zealand culture:

  • Used to be the character that said Goodnight when the tv channels ended (1981-1994 before Tv went 24 hours)
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  • Used in the popular Kids books – The little Kiwi
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  • As the image for “Buying NZ made” products
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  • On our coins
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  • A mascot for the Commonwealth Games
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  • Represented in the symbol for the Royal New Zealand Airforce
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The list goes on, obviously we love the little guys. What do you remember as a iconic symbol of your country and childhood???

Why did I cover the significance of a kiwi you might be asking….Well, Juliet over at Tartan Kiwi has had a paper piecing pattern for a kiwi, which I used before in this cushion/pillow and loved!!!
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Well, she is expanding that pattern to do a complete line of New Zealand Native Birds….I am so excited and delighted. She revamped her Kiwi Paper piecing Pattern, and I decided to give it another go, using colors a friend requested.

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Her other paper piecing patterns for New Zealand Birds are available on Craftsy and include:

  • Kiwi (free pattern)
  • Pukeko (free pattern)
  • Kea (soon to be available)
  • Fantail (soon to be available)

Over the next week, I am going to give a couple more a go and I will post the finished blocks. These are so much fun and definitely helps grow and improv your paper-piecing skills….I have loved them. Hope you give them a go.

Linking up with Fresh Sewing Day hosted over @ Lily’s Quilts and Paper Piecing Party over @ Quiet Play.

Lily's Quilts Paper Piecing Party

Sea Spray: HST Pillow Completed!!!

Sea spray is a spray of seawater that forms when ocean waves crash, or high winds are blowing.” (from wikipedia).

That, I think, perfectly describes this finished HST pillow.  It was a dash to the finish, for sure, but I managed to finish my pillow that I am swapping this weekend.  I based this pillow off “Crystallized” by Angela Mitchell’s pattern in the Pillow Pop book (page 82). Instead of using the warm and cool color combinations, I swapped the warm for low-volume prints and made the cool color rings a single color within a the ring (not mixed). IMG_7424

I quilted irregular lines in the low volume portion of the pillow, which you can see more clearly in this close-up.IMG_7426

The back of the pillow I kept simple with using a single Kona Blue fabric. The opening I used an invisible zipper through the middle of the pillow (as I had done in my other two cushions blogged here). IMG_7428

I am including a picture of the pillow top backing, as you can really see the quilting. The top, I used organic cotton batting with muslin as the backing which is what you see here.IMG_7430

So I love the finish, the hubby wanted to keep it…..I hope my swap partner likes it!!
I blogged previously, showing photos of the making of the pillow – those can be found here and here. I shared the above photos on the “Pillow Pop” flickr group – in case you are interested in joining.

I am linking up with AmandaJean @ CrazyMomQuilts for Finish it up Friday.

WiP Wednesday {29.05.2013} : Hexagons and HST

The long weekend has definitely impacted my schedule this week. While on the beach, watching the kids I was able to use some scraps and made up some hexagons. I now have 37 pieced together.  Any ideas on what I should make with these? I was thinking of a pillow or a baby quilt (if I am over zealous 🙂 )….maybe just a portable blanket for a car seat/pram (push chair). What do you all do?

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The other project, I was working on last week for our quilt guild pillow swap….well, I am not as far as I wanted to be, but I have made steady slow progress. I have sewed 30 of the 50 squares together.

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To make the 1/4 inch line on each side of the diagonal, I used a Quarter Inch Seam Marker Ruler. It worked great, I purchased it at Joann’s – a set of three, however I can not find it online to share at Joann’s so here is one similar I found at Amazon. I am sure you can find them everywhere though. I just used the middle line of the ruler, to line up the opposite corners (ie. the diagonal) and drew a line on either side with a pencil marker…then sewed down the lines. So simple, when I measured my squares – they are 2.5 inches around!!!  🙂

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Linking up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Winner: Pillow Pop + Mini Charm Packs

The giveaway day (well week) is all over, entries closed at 8pm EST.
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It was so much fun as a host….I hope you all enjoyed participating too. The winner of my giveaway is:

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Drum roll…..Congratulations goes to
Alli, I have sent you an email to get your shipping details, you have 48 hours to respond.

 

Thank you to all those that left a comment. I did read all your comments which were very interesting. Amazingly, there were 71 different books or magazines that were listed as people’s favorite books. The top 10 favorite craft/design books were:

  1. Sunday Morning Quilts, Amanda Jean Nyberg + Cheryl Arkison (10)
  2. Patchwork, Please, Ayumi Takahashi (9)
  3. Modern Patchwork, Elizabeth Hartman (8)
  4. Practical Guide for Patchwork, Elizabeth Hartman (6)
  5. Free Motion Quilting, Angela Walters (6)
  6. Quilting Modern, Jacquie Gering + Katie Pedersen (6)
  7. Doodle Stitching, Aimee Ray (6)
  8. Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop, Katy Jones (5)
  9. Tula Pink City Sample, Tula Pink (4)
  10. Heather Ross Prints, Heather Ross (4)

The top design items people wanted were:

  1. Design Wall (19)
  2. Pillows (13)
  3. Craft/Sewing Room (6)
  4. Fabric storage/organization (4)

Weekend finishes: Pillows

I was so thrilled this week when I found that Janice @ Better of Thread highlighted my Market Tote on her website, after I shared it on her Sew Tuesday link up. I hope you go over and check out the link up, its lots of fun.

Over the weekend, I finished the two postage stamp pillows that were blogged here and here (check out these blogs for close up shots and fabric used). I love how they turned out. Here are the final looks:

Wonky Universe Pillow (my son’s):
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Spring Pillow:
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For the first time, I used invisible zippers for the back opening, across the middle, for both pillows. I love how these look instead of my usual envelope backing:
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And now more photos of these pillows all finished:
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I am linking up with Let’s get acquainted Monday @ Plum and June and Sew Tuesday @ Better of Thread.
Plum and June   Better Off Thread

April Finishes

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1. Hexagon Coffee cup sleeve made from left over mini charms
2. Hexagon Coffee cup sleeve made from left over Sew Stitchy by Aneela Hoey for Moda
3. Chair Bag for my Etsy store
4. Pencil-case project made by me from Patchwork, please book
5. Pin Cushion project made by me from Patchwork, please book
6. Market Tote project made by me from Patchwork, please book and used in our tote swap
7. Madrona Road Challenge blocks for a mini quilt
8. Wonky Universe Pillow for my son
9. First postage stamp Pillow and first FMQ project.

Above is my collage of my finished works for April. I am pretty pleased with what was accomplished. I got a little distracted with Pillows and projects from Patchwork Please but I had had so much fun which is what it is all about.  Great news this week, I also got an order for 5 chair bags….so I am off to work on those 🙂

Here were my goals and where they landed up. My extra projects pictured above were the bag (used for a guild swap), pencil-case and the two cushions that have been my focus this week.

  1. Focus on stock for my Etsy Store.
    • Chair Bags (x2 sets)
      1 set is completed – posted on Etsy and blogged here
    • Oven Mitts (x1 set)
      I finished one for a friend posted here 
    • Coffee Cup Sleeves (x2)
      Completed 3!! and posted in my store….A few kind folks also posted them on pinterest. Blogged here and here
    • Pouches/ Cases (x2)
      I did complete two pouches, just not the two I had planned. Both landed up being gifts. The pencil-case one from Patchwork Please was a lot of fun to make and featured above.
    • Set of place mats (x1 Stretch goal)
      Not surprisingly did not start
  2. Make a Pin cushion (from Patchwork Please) and a travel sewing pouch
    Pin cushion complete and blogged here, also posted on the Zakka Along 2.0 Flickr site
  3. Make a travel baby quilt for charity  (~30x20in.)
    Not started
  4. Madrona Road Challenge – Mini Quilt
    I have managed to get 2 1/2 blocks done. I will have to get a move on or rethink my approach since this Challenge ends May 12th. 

My General goals continue:

  1. Try to eat and exercise to plan
    I think as far as food goes – this month was much more on plan 
  2. Blog regularly using my new schedule
    On target

Linking up for April Goals with “A Lovely Year of finishes”.
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Also linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts

Finished first quilted cushion

I finally finished the quilted cushion, a couple weeks late, but I did enjoy the vacation :-). The cushion is a gift to our friend’s little girl, who is turning 3.

This cushion was a first of many things:

  • It was the first “bigger” quilting project I completed
  • The first time I hand quilted (the pattern is of dragonflies)
  • First time installing/sewing in a zip and it was an invisible zip

It’s not perfect, but I am very pleased with how it turned out. Here are some photos of the finished product (the front and the back). Details on the fabrics used can be found in this previous blog.

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Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts: Finish it up Fridays