Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Blocks and blocks...


Yesterday us girls sewed another 4 blocks in Sylvia's Bridal Sampler....

Queen Charlotte's Crown (22 pieces)
Rambler (33 pieces)
Rolling Star (28 pieces)
Rolling Stone (29 pieces)

We have now done 130 of the 140 blocks and these are made up of 4209 pieces 

It's hard to believe we are on the last 10 now - all being well we will have them all done by the end of the month

Christine and Lyn both came over with their vintage Featherweight machines, Christine's is the white one and she has been using hers for some time... Lyn has just got hers and it was her first outing to sew these blocks with us.

As you can see we spread out a fair bit - very much a working day with tea/coffee on the go all the time

They really are dear little machines and piece beautifully - it's really fun having them over 



I have started with some sashing - as my blocks have not all turned out perfect 6 1/2 " I am adding sashing around all edges and trimming back to 7 1/2" so they fit well - I think with the neutral sashing any variations in the sizes will be disguised


The Splendid Sampler blocks come in at 2 per week - with the occasional bonus block as an extra

These are some of the latest one's I have done .... they truly are a set of Sampler with different techniques and styles - great fun 


For my handwork I have started appliqueing the stitcheries on In My Garden (Natalie Bird) - they really are very sweet - there are hexagons to add also...... hmmmmm


My traditional Mothers Day dishtowel from my daughterwholivesnearme arrived early for me this year.  She always finds such fun ones...


Righto, Gotto Go and be Badass.......


Monday, May 2, 2016

Busy, busy.....


It's wonderful that I have been doing quite a lot of quilting for others.... I looooovve it but it has meant I don't have as much to show off of my own stuff as before

(I know I am such a show off/attention/compliment seeker - but you all do it so well!!!)

The quilts obviously belong to other people I can't always show them off - these ones I have permission and I have added links to their blogs/shops etc

Toni has brought out a couple of delightful new patterns which you can see more of on here blog HERE .

I was lucky enough to have them come over for a play date with me - for the amazing Wild West quilt I went carefully around the applique in an invisible thread then chose a nice grey to fill in with loops and stars... 


and in the Giant Daisies I again went around the edge of the applique and filled in the blocks and spaces with quite large loops....



Toni has lovely big bold designs and  we usually chat together about what to do - I try and keep the quilting big and bold too but subtle so the fun applique is the highlight in the quilt - these and her other patterns are available through her shop HERE

Another delightful play date was with Kris's crazy combi congo quilt - this is also a pattern available and you can read more about her quilt HERE....

(picture taken from Kris's blog with permission)


There are some gorgeous batik beetles in the making too!!

I echo quilted around the Combi's and their exhaust smoke to give the feeling of movement.... 

in the patchwork squares I repeated wriggly lines to match - I love the informal movement it gives (and Kris does too which is the main thing!)



I have also been lucky enough to do some flannel quilts for Marion at The Quilters Angel....

sometimes you can see the patterns better from the back
- there's no reason the back can't also be interesting


 without taking away the piecing on the front... repititions can be very effective I think...


This is another quilt also in flannel from Marion


big waves but outlining the circles and adding them to the sashing...


... again you can see it better on the back...


I quilted the flannel quite loosely which keeps it very soft and snuggly ...

Righto, Gotto Go - guess what?  I have another quilt to work on!!  happy happy



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Stitching, stitching....


Nothing unusual going on here.... stitching and stitching.... I am an addict I know...

A few more blocks for Sylvia's Sampler.....

New Mexico - 77 pieces

Ocean Waves - 49 pieces

Sarah's Choice - 24 Pieces

This is now up to 122 blocks and 3964 pieces if I have counted properly as I go along...

Over the weekend I took out a long forgotten UFO this week having seen Jeanette take hers out...

My stitcheries have all been done and fabrics chosen....


.. these are all the main stitcheries....


I made up half square and then quarter square triangles..... I always find the trimming rather satisfying and then getting nice squares to work with.....


these little oval stitcheries just need turning in to sew them down...



.. they will be attached to the outer border on this piece - with a bunch of teeny weeny 1/2" hexagon flowers which are yet to be made.... that is this weeks job!


... rather fun seeing a quilt take shape... 

This quilt is called In My Garden and is designed by Natalie Bird at Birdhouse Designs


So that is on my Design Board this week (hosted by dear Cath at Bits 'n Bobs)  

Righto, Gotto Go - those hexagon fabrics need cutting out.....

I hope you have a wonderful stitching week

Monday, April 25, 2016

ANZAC DAY 2016


Australian and New Zealand forces are remembered for their service and sacrifice to this wonderful country.  My family are not Australian - we are the first generation who have made this our home.... however, I do have family that served in several wars in different capacities  ...

My paternal grandfather was a Minister during WW1 and I like to think that his service included supporting and praying for ANZAC's in their service.  I never met the man as he died before I was born.  This is inside the front page of his bible, which I now have.



Image result for anzac quotes


Righto, Gotto Go.... widget is spending the day with us and wants to make some ANZAC biscuits....



Friday, April 22, 2016

Cooling Down...


I have been wanting to make up this heat pad from Anni Downs book "Some Kind of Wonderful' for some time..... this week I finished mine...

A brown linen background and lovely wool for the flowers....


I filled mine with barley since I haven't been able to find wheat - but rice would also work...


Our evenings are definitely cooling down (traditionally we have our first frost at Anzac weekend which is this upcoming weekend ....

At last I put on my huge big scrap happy quilt on the bed... so glad to be using it ....


We tested out our fireplace which we haven't used before - I was surprised at just how quickly it warmed up the room.  I'm really looking forward to having this fired up...



I finished off my practice recessed applique trial - it took me ages but I did enjoy it.  I have actually gone with a different fabric for the top but also in the bluegrey colour...


I decided I wanted a special case to put this long term project (Dutch Treat) in so pulled out this pattern which I have made before by Marilyn....



I did this stitchery ages but ages ago and it is the right size so I will be using that on the front


... and I found some pretty fabrics to use in a bundle of pieces passed on to me by a friend 


Late yesterday afternoon I noticed Superman having a fly-by.... 


did anyone else spot him????

Righto, Gotto Go - that bag needs cutting out....

Monday, April 18, 2016

Food Festival


A couple of weekends ago my daughter-who-lives-near-me and I went off to the country to the Felton Food Festival.....


.. there are heaps of stalls of lovely home made and home grown produce under the shade of some lovely gum trees....


fresh veges amongst the dry dust with friendly stall holders....


... these strawberries were so yummy and sweet.....


.. lovely pate's and pickles which came home with me for our supper....  very very delish....


... a bit of Ausi humour at the hay bale....


.... splashes of white on the way home with the cotton ready for harvesting...


A lovely few hours - country people really know how to put on a spread.... I think this may be a regular annual go-to event for me...

I have picked up a Christmas UFO to work on - it had been traced but no stitching done - naughty little Christmas elves....


... but I also wanted to try out some reverse applique which will be used in Dutch Treat - I found some fine cotton I like for the top and wanted to see how it goes with the very small pieces - its good so I'll be purchasing that...  I also need a better coordinated thread - and more practice on this technique especially for the small bits.  

Any tips are welcomed.......


Christine, Lyn and I are going to sew this together in a few months time - and Michelle and Helen are also going to make it.... Kathy is considering it too.... we will all be encouraging one another which I think is necessary for me to keep going - there are 196 hand sewn 4 1/2" blocks..... 

Today I am going to sew together my heat bag  - the hand sewing is all done...


Wishing you all a wonderful week - I am hoping we get some Autumn rains - the evenings have finally cooled down a bit so it feels like Autumn here .... stunning days and cool nights - just how I love it...


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