Saturday, July 4, 2015

FNWF and FMQ challenge...

Thanks Cheryll for letting us use your place for FNWF whilst you are away sitting by the seaside!!!  Tough gig for you!  I see you still got lots of sewing done...

This is how I started the evening.... with a quilt on my lap (cos its a bit chilly here) and binding clips into the green binding... and little Miss T needs her Teacup stitched....


Now we go back a few days....

As you know I am doing the Free Motion Quilting Challenge hosted by Darlene at QuiltShopGal...
and THIS MONTH our guest tutor is Diane Gaudynski. (who's quilting adventures I have followed for some time)

I chose to do Option 3 which is from her book Quilt Savvy ... which I duly ordered and had to wait for it's arrival.

In the meantime I knew that I wanted to use one of my recently purchased Hungarian embroidered doilies so I made my quilt sandwich and sewed the doily on carefully around the edges of the embroidery

There are just amazing colours and work in this doily... my background is a pale sage green which just disappears in a picture with those colours in the embroidery


... once the book arrived I sewed the spines for my feathers leaving Diane's little earbud shape at the end... I did draw out a basic shape with the dissolvable blue pen for guidelines


.. this is the picture from the book which I was using as my inspiration... love the feathers and her Diane-shiko stitch at the base.


... after quite a few hours this is the stitching I had.... feathers, echo quilting, diane-shiko and mini-stippling in the centre

doing the feathers this way with a space inbetween and echo around the outside was new to me... they are not all symmetrical by any means but close enough


.. as you saw I did the binding last night and this morning I stuffed the cushion and ta-da....

(the colour is still not right)


... just a simple envelope back with a pale green polka dot ...


... looks good on the recliner...


I love upcycling old doilies ..

Thank you Diane for your tutorial and thank you to Darlene for these challenges... it's lucky you left June open for a bit longer as I really battled with time this month getting the book here... now onto July's challenge...

These challenges can be joined anytime and for people of any level so if anyone else wants to practice, practice, practice this is the way to do it.  I am getting a nice selection of cushions made... I may have Christmas sorted?????

It was still reasonably early in the night when I had finished the binding - so Miss T got her duck egg blue polca dot teacup sewn...


... and I still had time for a bit of red thread....



Righto, Gotto Go... I love weekends... and a cold frosty start means an amazing sunny day and I've got some blog visits to make..... 

“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.” 
― Albert Schweitzer


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Newness......

Gotta love little Miss Q on her Quilt... 

Alphabet bears by Michelle Ridgeway

.. and gotta love a new quilt to make....


... and gotta love friends who want to make the same quilt...


... only Madame C has the book till Madame L and mine arrive but I did make these block holders in preparation....


(tutorial  HERE though I used an all purpose craft glue... I found my hot glue gun was very gluggy and didnt' stick well at all - could be a user fault!!!)  and I also had some corflute (instead of the foam board) from a sign which I repurposed ...

.. so we started with a block that we thought would be easy and no templates needed (since we are waiting for our books to arrive)

Chimneys and Cornerstones

....these are all 6" blocks....

... there was a bit of reverse sewing required from time to time....

Chinese Coin

I love how they look so different in our chosen colourways...

Madame L is using the purples and greys and Madame C is doing the pastels

Children's Delight

.. the board certainly makes it nice and easy to lay out the block ...


I am using up scraps in civil war reproduction fabrics that I have from previous projects for the moment since only smaller pieces are needed - have purchased some backgrounds and I will need sashing

Ribbon Star

this next one was supposed to be foundation paper pieced but was simpler just to cut and sew....

Bright Hopes

here on my first 5 blocks.... there are only 140 of them.....


... not bad for a days work.... 

I am hoping that sewing with the other two will make sure I keep up with the blocks making and don't end up with yet another half finished project in the cupboard ...

Righto, Gotto Go... prep work for next weeks sewing to do... it will be blocks with a bit of English Paper Piecing so we can take handwork to Quilt Club ...


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Forever and ever.....

It all started with my daughter taking widget to Sea World....



... so of course I pulled out my wool felt and some pieces of fabric....


... these two look a little surprised....


.. to find out their forever and ever has got to 36 times around the sun! ....


... this little mini will be our reminder of our forever and ever.....

(Penguins are designed by Wenche Wolff Hatlink and the pattern for a quilt is in Homespun, October 2013)

Righto, Gotto Go..... sewing day with the gals to prepare for .....

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Kisses for you....

Little Miss K is handing out free Kisses....


Over the years I participated in Sue's Block Swap project....  I stopped last year as I just wasn't keeping up with using up the blocks I had collected.  It's a great way to get blocks and also learn new skills by making other people's blocks.

One of the selections I had was for rail fence blocks in pastel colours .. and this month I have made them up into little quilts for Cheryll's Blankets of Love project 


quilted and lined with flannel


... they are 24" square...


...( I might have had a bit of fun with the quilting).. 


.. and I used single ones lined with flannel for smaller ones that might be needed...


... glad that these will go a little way to helping comfort broken hearts....


Righto, Gotto Go.....  this little project is to be played with ....


I hope you all have a wonderful weekend....

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A bear and some ladybugs....

Little Miss J is sitting amongst the Jasmine

(alphabet bears designed by Michelle Ridgeway)


... then feeling a bit overwhelmed with my different projects I decided to start something new....


worked on the wool project at a friends house....
... who provided just the right kind of support ....


.. and she happens to live near a quilt store....
(like 3 minutes walk near!!!!)

... so I got some pieces for another new project ...



This week the blocks for Natures Journey were done to keep up with the June Stitch-a-Long plan

I love these blocks.. those circles are made up of 25 little 1 1/2" squares each... so effective...


I bought some new nail clippers last week and they came packaged with a couple of these toe dividers....


I don't need my toes divided so I am using them to hold my bobbins .....


... here are the little heart and ladybird blocks....


... that's all the little blocks done now... next month is the biggie!!!


Righto, Gotto Go... I better get some things done so I can play ... such fun ... I love our craft....

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