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19 August 2014

North West QAYG Cushion {Scrap Project 32}

I was pinning the other day and came across a tutorial for a QAYG block called North West by Cori who blogs at Let’s Eat Grandpa. It was one of those moments where I just had to sit down and get to work on creating this project – IMMEDIATELY!



Rather than the usual log cabin style QAYG blocks, Cori teaches us how to create the North West block, with what almost looks like flying geese. It look complex, but it’s remarkably easy to sew together. 

I used my own measurements in making this cushion as it worked better with the scraps I had available. I used 3” pieces for the black triangle shapes and 2” wide strips.

North West QAYG Cushion

This method of QAYG is very thread intensive.  I used Aurifil 2024 (50 wt) which just glided through my machine. It’s sews beautifully and the results speak for themselves.

Scrappy QAYG Cushion - Quilting

And me, being me, I couldn’t just make a block and leave it at that. I turned my block into a cushion… of course.

As I used smaller widths of fabric, my block finished up at 16”. I created a back with a couple of F8’s leftover from another project and included a zipper. After being fearful for so long, I’ve jumped on the zipper bandwagon.

Scrappy QAYG Cushion - Back Zip


If you use up some scraps by making a Scrappy North West Cushion, please share your pictures in theScrap Challenge Facebook Page. We’d all love to see your work.

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Previous Scrap Challenge Projects:
Scrappy Heart Pincushion {Week 1/52}  -  Flutter By Needle Case {Week 2/52}  -  Fabric Covered Jars {Week 3/52}  -Stitch a Dresden Pillow {Week 4/52}  -  Plastic Bag Dispenser {Week 5/52}  -  Life is Better With Friends : Mini Quilt {Week 6/52}  -  Electrical Cord Wrap {Week 7/52}  -  Sunny Mug Rug {Week 8/52}  -  Scrappy Quilted Trivet {Week 9/52}  -  Quilted Fabric Box {Week 10/52}  -  Bloom : Wall Hanging {Week 11/52}  -  Double Tulip Pincushion {Week 12/52}  -My Funny Valentine {Week 13/52}  -  Scrappy Needle Book {Week 14/52}  -  Rice Therapy Eye Pillow {Week 15/52}  -Jolly Table Mat {Week 16/52}  -  Super Scrappy Strip Cushion {Week 17/52}  -  Turnstile Table Topper {Week 18/52}  -  I Heart You : Coaster {Week 19/52}  -  I {Heart} Reading : Bookmark {Week 20/52}  -  Pot Holder Pocket {Week 21/52}  -Flower Garden Cushion {Week 22/52}  -  Scrappy Bunny Mini Quilt {Week 23/52}  -  Best Friend Cushion {Week 24/52}  -Pot Lid Holders {Week 25/52}  -  Scrappy QAYG Quilt {Week 26/52}  -  Another Day, Another Cushion {Week 27/52}Scrappy QAYG Quilt Part 2 {Project 28}Odd Sock Bag {Project 29}Scrappy Star Block {Project 30}Inspired by Kevin Cushion {Project 31}
Scrappy QAYG Cushion




Creamy Chicken Fettuccine {Recipe}

My kids love pasta…so long as it’s not a tomato based sauce. They’ll happily eat ketchup, or pizza with a tomato based sauce, but give my little miss a bowl of spaghetti bolognese and she’ll turn her nose up and feign illness.

I made a creamy chicken fettuccine for dinner this evening, and it was a smash hit. I'm feeling like a bit of champion mum right now. It’s a fast dish to prepare and will be ready to serve within 20 minutes. 



Creamy Chicken Fettuccine
4 chicken thigh fillets – sliced into strips
250g fettuccine or spaghetti (or really any other pasta you prefer)
1 large brown onion – sliced
2 tbsp garlic (minced)
1 tin creamy evaporated milk (385g tin)
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp chopped chives
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
salt/pepper to taste
3 tbps olive oil

Did you know that evaporated milk has 75% less fat than cream? Me neither! 


Method:

1. Cook the pasta according to the directions.

While the pasta is cooking, it’s time to make the chicken and sauce component.

2. In a large pan, warm the olive oil and brown the garlic, onion and chicken strips.

3. Once the chicken is cooked and the onions translucent, add the Dijon mustard and pour in the evaporated milk. Stir through half of the parmesan cheese and the chives. Allow to simmer for 3-5 minutes. The sauce will begin to thicken.

4. Stir through the cooked pasta and add salt / pepper to taste.

5. Top with grated parmesan cheese and serve.

Do you have fussy eaters at your house?



18 August 2014

50 Thrifty DIY Lampshades {Review}

Lampshades can enhance the look and feel of a room. Lampshades are readily available to purchase, but a hand made lampshade provides a completely unique and individual touch to any space.

50 Thrifty DIY Lampshades by Adeline Lobut is full of ideas to create and customize the home environment by creating lamp shades to suit any style.


50 thrifty diy lampshades

The introductory chapter covers the basics... Materials required, tools, styles of frames and finishes.

Once the general information is covered, we move onto the fun part – the lamp shades! Ideas for lampshades are varied and the crafter learns how to create individual shades with wool and fabric, beads, ribbons, nature, paper and upcycled shades. The memories shades are a lot of fun and we’re encouraged to use photographs for a personal touch.



If you’re interested in DIY and home decorating, this book would certainly be a wonderful addition to the home library. It’s filled to the brim with fun, fresh ideas to cater to any decorating style. Create designer lampshades, without the hefty designer price tag!



50 Thrifty DIY Lampshades is available from Booktopia or Can Do Books.
ISBN: 9781446304457
Format: Paperback
Pages: 128
Publisher: DAVID & CHARLES

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own.

17 August 2014

Inspired by Kevin : Quilted Cushion {Scrap Project 31}

Following on from my review of The Quilters Applique Workshop by Kevin Kosbab, I’m sharing my latest finish… and why yes, it’s another cushion. How did you guess?


With the wet dreary weather outside, capturing a good photo is proving to be a little difficult today.
I received the book to review a little while ago and when I saw Kevin’s Counter Balance quilt, I was instantly inspired to use his design principal – just in a smaller scale.

I had just finished a quilt which was made completely with solids. These fabric scraps were still on my cutting table, so I just took my rotary cutter and cut these shapes free-hand. Free-hand cutting can be a little daunting, but I was going with the flow and I think the shapes turned out just fine.

A few little dots of appliqué glue kept the shapes in place. I then needle-turn appliquéd the shapes to the background lime green fabric with matching cotton thread. I have gone a little bit crazy lately in buying Aurifil threads, so I had all of these colours available to play with.

Inspired by Kevin Cushion - Quilting Close Up


Once the needle turn applique was complete, I put it aside for a few weeks as I had a number of other projects due for submission. I cleared my sewing table yesterday, and rediscovered this appliqued piece. With a rainy afternoon and the kids happy entertaining themselves, I put my new Bernina 710 through her paces. She is such a lovely machine and her stitches are just perfectly perfect.





Inspired by Kevin Cushion Quilting


Last night, I was feeling confident with myself and even decided to attach a zip to the back of this cushion. I think it turned out quite nicely… even if the colour is quite ugly and it doesn’t match the front at all.


Inspired by Kevin Cushion - Zipper

Why not grab your rotary cutter and cut into some scraps freehand to re-create this cushion. If you do make an ‘Inspired by Kevin Cushion’, please share your pictures in the Scrap Challenge Facebook Page. We’d all love to see your work.



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Previous Scrap Challenge Projects:
Scrappy Heart Pincushion {Week 1/52}  -  Flutter By Needle Case {Week 2/52}  -  Fabric Covered Jars {Week 3/52}  -Stitch a Dresden Pillow {Week 4/52}  -  Plastic Bag Dispenser {Week 5/52}  -  Life is Better With Friends : Mini Quilt {Week 6/52}  -  Electrical Cord Wrap {Week 7/52}  -  Sunny Mug Rug {Week 8/52}  -  Scrappy Quilted Trivet {Week 9/52}  -  Quilted Fabric Box {Week 10/52}  -  Bloom : Wall Hanging {Week 11/52}  -  Double Tulip Pincushion {Week 12/52}  -My Funny Valentine {Week 13/52}  -  Scrappy Needle Book {Week 14/52}  -  Rice Therapy Eye Pillow {Week 15/52}  -Jolly Table Mat {Week 16/52}  -  Super Scrappy Strip Cushion {Week 17/52}  -  Turnstile Table Topper {Week 18/52}  -  I Heart You : Coaster {Week 19/52}  -  I {Heart} Reading : Bookmark {Week 20/52}  -  Pot Holder Pocket {Week 21/52}  -Flower Garden Cushion {Week 22/52}  -  Scrappy Bunny Mini Quilt {Week 23/52}  -  Best Friend Cushion {Week 24/52}  -Pot Lid Holders {Week 25/52}  -  Scrappy QAYG Quilt {Week 26/52}  -  Another Day, Another Cushion {Week 27/52}Scrappy QAYG Quilt Part 2 {Project 28}Odd Sock Bag {Project 29}Scrappy Star Block {Project 30}
Inspired by Kevin




16 August 2014

The Quilters Applique Workshop

Kevin Kosbab is a creative applique master and you can find him at his blog, Feed Dogs. Kevin is also the author of the fresh new book, The Quilters Applique Workshop. If you’re interested in applique, this is THE book for you!




The Quilters Applique Workshop is a wonderful guide to producing fresh, modern quilts and projects, using common applique techniques. Kevin Kosbab shows quilters that not only is applique fun and easy to do, it can open up a world of design possibilities.

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Counter Balance Quilt – Invisible machine applique with prepared edges



From the moment I received this book and had a quick peek inside, I couldn’t put it down. The applique techniques are not new and are really not too difficult to master – yet I was captivated. The designs in this book and the Kevin’s fresh approach are what inspire the reader to go forth and create.

The Quilters Applique Workshop delves deeply into applique. It is divided up into 3 applique styles; raw-edge applique, prepared-edge applique and needle-turn applique. Each style (or technique) is broken down into easy to follow instructions including tips and illustrations. Once the basics of the skill are covered, the crafter has the opportunity to create a beautiful project, using that technique.

The Quilter’s Appliqué Workshop - Eccentric Concentrics Quilt
Eccentric Concentrics Quilt by Kevin Kosbab / Needle-turn reverse applique

The Quilter's Applique Workshop includes 12 home-decor projects, including bed quilts, wall quilts, table runners/toppers, and pillows. Along with the 3 main applique techniques covered in this book, the crafter also has the opportunity to explore more specialized methods such as broderie perse, felt applique, and bias-tape applique.

The Quilter's Applique Workshop gives you the tools to mix and match applique techniques and create any design you can imagine.

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Cordova Table Runner – Invisible machine applique with bias strips

Kevins shows us that we can create amazing appliqued work without a lot of fuss or frivolity. Applique doesn’t have to be tricky or time consuming – if the crafter chooses for it not to be.

The Quilters Applique Workshop is a worthy addition to any quilt book library. This is definitely a book which I will personally treasure and undoubtedly, refer to regularly.


Garden Allotments Quilt - Needle Turn applique with Broderie Perse


The Quilters Applique Workshop is available to purchase from CanDo Books or Booktopia.

If you’d like to work on your applique, why not download the free All Seasons Pillows pattern from The Quilters Applique Workshop - just click on the image to be redirected to the pattern at Sew Mama Sew.


All Seasons Applique Pillows


 Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own.