Thursday, April 25, 2013

Welcome Home

A stark, white page on Blogger. It's a little imposing but more exciting, as I can turn this blank canvas into anything I like. Or, like life, I can just see where it goes and what it turns into.

It seemed like the right time to start this blog, as 11 days ago my family and I moved into our own tangible blank canvas - our home! We have been living with my in-laws for about 6 months while we renovated this place, and it is finally ours. It's the best feeling. 

The only thing is, it is still quite bare. Beautiful, but plain. Being a keen quilter and crafter, I can't wait to dive into my stash of fabrics and give this place some personality. If you like craft, quilts, recipes, paper and fabric, please stick with me and share this journey!

Originally I wanted to make my blog pretty before I published my first entry. I wanted a banner, coordinating fonts, backgrounds, and perfect photos from my DSLR. But life was happening, prettiness was getting made, and I wanted to share it.

Project One: Teddy Bear's Birthday.

I have a baby girl, let's call her Teddy Bear for now. She is going to be ONE on Sunday! I'm in the process of attempting a Pinterest-worthy teddy bear's picnic party (and having the best time doing it). I've been making a simple square style patchwork quilt for the teddy bears to sit on. Overkill? Maybe. But it's a quilt she can use as she gets older, and it's making me a happy Mummy in the meantime. Let's see it.
I've never been a huge fan of florals, but these have converted me. I've cut 7 inch squares out of Delilah by Tanya Whelan - Bijou in pink, Red Rose Farm by Elizabeth Scott - Pink buds, Rose Parade by Moda - Roses on red, and a green FQ I've had in my stash forever but had no selvedge. The white is actually bleached calico. Remind me not to use it again, my machine really disliked it.

Here is the ironing going on for the backing, I think I like it even better than the front! When I walked into my local quilt store, I had no idea what I wanted to buy. But I walked out with what was left on the bolt of the absolutely divine Lecien Flower Sugar, plus a little creamy pink dot fabric called Hot Chocolate. Couldn't be happier. By the way, how cute would my lounge room look in all that floral? ;-)

So at the moment I am piecing the back, planning to baste, and wondering how to quilt!

Pop back soon if you have been reading, and feel free to say hi!

Mel xo

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