Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A different Tuesday .....

My usual Tuesday girls sewing day has been suspended for a couple of weeks so I was thrilled when Brisbane Tuesday girls drove up the mountain and we had a coffee together...

Helen was collecting a quilt she had kindly let me play with.....

Here we are chatting about it.... such gorgeous colours and Helen's stitching is perfection....


... so kind ... Helen brought me up this pincushion... more of her gorgeous stitching and it's filled with walnut shells... lovely weight to sit by the sewing machine and not run away!  Thank you so much...xx


... we all needed some breakfast .... and here we are afterwards.... I pointed them in the direction of a quilt shop and off they went...

So lovely to see you Helen, Noreen and Teresa..... 


When I got home I finished up this project that I had worked on at our weekend retreat....

The embroidered top was done last year.... I just loved doing it


This lime green linen was just perfect for the backing (matching just a bit of that colour used in the front)


As it is an unusual shape I needed to make the inside cushion....


... and here is the new cushion


A lovely day out and a UFO finish......... yay...

Righto, Gotto Go......overcast damp day which is just lovely for sewing....

Monday, March 20, 2017

A productive weekend.....


A few times a year the Friday Night sewers have some time away at a nearby place.  I love going and sew sew sew all day long.....

I had some catch up sewing to do so I worked on my scrappy rainbow challenge little beach houses....


They look pretty cute and have joined the pile of purple and teal houses......

Some time ago I inherited a UFO from Kris ..... I had previously sewn all the blocks together in their layers.....


... and they have been sitting in my drawer waiting for attention....

This weekend I got them all sewn together....

A lovely warm raggy flannel quilt


I just have the clipping, then wash and dry, wash and dry to get the frayed edges and it will be ready for snuggling in winter here....  thank you Kris..... I didn't have one of these for myself - now I do!


I'm very glad to have these self springing clippers for this job, nevertheless I will be doing them a little bit at a time.... 

I'm still calling it a finish though????? is that cheating???

I did work on a couple of other projects.... but have a little bit more stitching to do on them till they are completely finished.... all in all a very productive weekend.... thanks to Marion at The Quilters Angel who hosts it.... and to all the others who go for providing the entertainment!

Righto, Gotto Go.... housework ignores the fact I have been busy sewing!!!


Monday, March 13, 2017

The colour Red.....


Red is our colour for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge....

This weekend I managed to make my fabric basket.....


and there's lots of scraps in there to make my little houses when I get a chance.....


... my bookshelf is beginning to fill up with the baskets.... I like....



I have been lucky this week...... this thread just had a tiny bit left when I was quilting ..... I had no more of this sparkley white so I was holding my breath... silly but I get a bit of a thrill when this happens!!! haha..


.. then my bobbin ran out just the right time..... I feel like I am living on the edge!!!!

haha.... don't you hate it when you sew a seam only to find the bobbin thread was finished????  I remember holding up a quilt to admire the borders I had sewn on and they fell to the floor!


This is what I was using the sparkley thread for... to make some water for this little card.... you can't see the delicate sparkle in the photo but it looks very nice...


Then I edged it with the satin stitch and that's where the bobbin lasted for me .... I just made it in time!


This card is going off to Wales.....

Righto, Gotto Go...... I'm ready for a coffee - then back to play/work .....

Saturday, March 11, 2017

A busy week.....



Last weekend I went to a plant pounding morning at our local library.  Basically we experimented with different plants on paper (and in my case on fabric - of course!!!).  Choose a plant or leaf and place it on the fabric then place a piece of kitchen paper towel over the top and pound with a hammer so the juices come out and stain your fabric.  Some left great impressions and some not so good....  Remove the pounded plant and lay another down.  It's important not to try and do a whole lot at once so that you can layer the stains.....

The three on the right I actually folded the fabric in 3 and you can see there was easily enough plant dye to go through.... the lower one being a bit more faint (and I think nicer)

I have given them a good hot iron but I have no idea how waterresistant these dyes are, nor if the colours will stay a good colour ....


This week I took one of them and started stitching over it.....  I am making a fabric card and wanted to try different techniques for it.... quite arty farty of me isn't it????


I am busy quilting, and whilst I can't show off other peoples work I can show this back... There were some blocks needing custom quilting and then a lot of all over and this flower gives a lovely texture and isn't too tight....


This is one of my own... a small baby quilt.....

When I pin my quilts I like listening to a good story (it's quite a boring part of the quilting process but necessary for a good result)  I'm enjoying this Fiona McIntosh novel....


I did some fun double loops in the central part of the quilt....


... and some playful ribbon loops round the border....  I'll be binding it in the same blue as that peeper/flange .....



This is the first of a series of Christmas stitcheries that I am doing when I need some hand stitching requiring no hard choices of thread colour etc!!  The pattern is from SewHappyMe and this is the second time I have made it ....




Righto, Gotto Go, I have another quilt ready and pinned - time to play!!


Thursday, March 9, 2017

This and That.......


I've been doing a bit of this, and a bit of that lately.....

A couple more blocks towards my Dutch Treat quilt....


... this one is called Funny Face..... ???????



I finished my Christmas wall hanger .... 


... and did some small quilting .......


.... and some plant pounding....

a library activity - it was a bit noisy!!!


... our little dog just loves in when Widget comes for a sleep over....  look at her in doggy bliss!


Righto, Gotto Go.... there are more bits of this and bits of that to get done......

Monday, March 6, 2017

A Splendid TaDa.........


This last week my machine sewing has concentrated on the sashing and corner stones for my Splendid Sampler....


Finally on Sunday I got all the sashing together.... very pink!!!


I added a 3" border which has more blue and a bit of pink - not easy to see here 


the colours also don't show just how pink it is.... much softer in the pictures...


It's quite a big quilt 84" square......

I love pictures with the sunlight filtering through pieced blocks....


The Splendid Sampler was generously hosted by Jane Davidson and Pat Sloan with input from 80 designers to provide 2 free blocks a week over the last year.  A book is now available for pre-order.

So fun sewing cyberly with people all over the world... and I was lucky enough to sew physically once a week with Lyn and Christine as we all made the quilt blocks together.


As it happens I did a few of the bonus blocks... and I have quite a bit of leftover fabrics - I think another pieced backing may be called for????

In the meantime this kit which I have had for many years has been pulled out.... Gardeners Journal


As much as I am loving doing my Dutch Treat blocks I like a break to do my favourite backstitch stitcheries.....

Righto, Gotto Go.... scraps to cut into blocks!!! hmmmmmm the madness resumes

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