Saturday, March 16, 2019

Friday Night Sew-In


Thanks Wendy for hosting FNSI - I wonder if you managed to stay awake and do some sewing after your trip away?

I started with some lovely gentle stitching on pretty Tilda fabrics.....


… and appliqued down the little dresden plate circle to the background fabric.....



 .. then I finished off the ironing mouse.... she has a little bit of a guilty expression on her face....


maybe because she is ironing fabric when there is all that laundry on the bed to be sorted out!!!!


I use one of our 'guest' rooms for ironing.  There is a nice big bed to store the clean laundry but most of all it makes me move around to go and get my pressing/ironing done when I am sewing.

I have a couple of pictures in there which I love.... these are painted on cloth and from Uganda (where I visited many years ago) This picture depicted peace in spite of differences.


The crane is the national bird.  the mountain at the back represents the Ruwenzori Range which is supposedly one source of the Nile.  Also behind the top crane is a circle (very faded now) but it did have a representation.  The cranes are looking together... the artist I bought it from said they are looking in hope (he was a survivor of the Idi Amin terrible massacres)


This morning I pinned on the Flowerville stitchery to the dresden circle to stitch down tonight.


We had a nice bit or rain last evening …. 37mls and today is overcast so hopefully that wet can spend some time soaking into the ground.  Of course more would be greatly appreciated.

It's so nice to be cooler though... and damp

Righto, Gotto Go.... perhaps I should start by putting laundry away....


Thursday, March 14, 2019

Update on stiching....


I did get my set of 12 One Block Wednesday blocks done....


Silly me forgot to take the pictures I had taken of the set up for my flannel postcards quilt so I couldn't sew that....  

So I carried on with the little blocks ……


I did get all the 36 little dresden plates made and sewn together... now it needs hand applique to the background and the centre stitchery sewn in.... 


Another mouse is finished - she looks annoyed - I think her Hubz tried to use her scissors for gardening work.... 


I am still slowly catching up on Blockheads blocks.... and got this 6" one done 


and this 12 x 6" one done.... 


The quilt top is made in 4 large pieces made up of the different blocks.. there are still quite a few gaps but I did get this quarter together (I changed a little from the given setting just to separates some of my colours)  That is 42 x 36" already.... will be quite a big quilt ….. perhaps borders and 4 lap quilts....



I am trying to set out the others so I can be a little more selective about the colours in the last blocks of them all....

Just need more time for playing with them....

Righto, Gotto Go.... see if I can find some of that time I'm looking for.....

Strongest predictions we have had for a long time for some rain... so here's hoping


Monday, March 11, 2019

Stitching....


I am pleased that I have another bunch of these little blocks done.... there is still heaps more to do....


… and this weekend I spent some time cutting fabric for another lot which I will sew with the ChooseDay girls....


I also cut up pieces of my flannel to make up the first four blocks of the postcards quilt....


 … which reminds me  I need to get out the next group to hand stitch the pictures....

My flowerville block didn't need much more to finish off.... I have now starched it ready to applique onto the dresdens.... which I will sew with the ChooseDay girls...


… and I did get another little mouse done... I am trying to work hard on these and get them finished....


I think you know I like my rather eclectic pictures in the house... this is another little one which I think is sweet.  I struggled to get the colours showing well but it is a bit bolder than this.... 


… it's on a little porcelain table..… just over an inch big...

It's part of a little sitting room set.... which I remember playing with at my Granny's house.... I just love it....

This weekend we finally found a display unit we liked and so some of my pretty things have been taken out of a storage box and placed in there... this little set was amongst them...

Righto, Gotto Go..... time to think about food ….. back in a heatwave here so it will be salads!



Thursday, March 7, 2019

This week....


Some more One Block Wednesday by Temelca Quilt Company have been done ….  the count is at 84 blocks by now.... I have done more than that.... not sure the size mine will be as I am going to keep going while I used up this set of shirtings….


For a relatively small and simple block it surprises me how long they take me to do

Summer Garden is a BOM by Quilt Doodle Designs and I have done the March block


This is the 4 blocks we have done so far - they are 12" square


 Mr Postie came by this week with a lovely gift from Shez....  what a cute cutter case to make...


.. and I just love the fabrics that are in the kit... thanks Shez...x


I worked on another Moda Blockheads block..... this is #40/52 so I still have quite a few more to do.  This one is 6".


I have been steadily working on my latest Flowerville block in the evenings.....


… almost done

At the weekend Hubz and I went and found a frame for my new picture from Michelle

and hung it up in our dining area


I love how the maroon curtains and the dark frame pick up the dark in the wisteria - simple no fuss shows off the art I think.

We used to have these two charcoal drawings  of farm scenes in that spot one above the other but we found a space for them on another wall.


Righto, Gotto Go... real job (quilting which is more like play) to do.....

Maybe coffee first

Hope your week is going well

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Monthlies.....


I do appreciate nowadays that when I say "it's that time of the month" … it means a sewing date!

Last night Cheryll had us over for FNWF, and Marion at The Quilters Angel had us over for stitching at the shop....

The days are already getting shorter, at 6.30 when I arrived for stitching the sky was ablaze..... 


I worked on my latest Flowerville block … didn't get much done... I ended up sitting next to Kris... so that's my excuse for not getting much sewing done! 


I did the chain stitch on the spout.. and the decorative bit on the lid....


I have for months been slowly working on some stitching mice....  

Hubz said this one was looking a bit sad.... so I said it is sad... cos her husband wouldn't let her buy more fabric.... That shut him up!


One of my monthlies is the mystery blocks by Quilt Doodle Designs ... I am enjoying these - sweet blocks and lovely fabrics...

This morning I made up the flying geese section for this months block....


  … and traced out the embroidery section (there is the option for applique too)


This week I want to sew the tulip, work on Flowerville and another mouse.... hmmmm

Righto, Gotto Go..... better get to stitching.... have a lovely weekend.




Friday, March 1, 2019

OPAM count......


Kris is hosting OPAM this year.... where we count up our finishes and add them all together with people all over the world... it's quite fun.  The goal is to try and do One Project A Month.... but of course you can do more.... or less.... you don't get kicked out if you don't finish anything... 

Join in anytime... here is the page to read about joining in 


This is the first count of the year… and includes both January and February..... I seemed to have started the year with a surge of energy. 

My photo's are a mess..... so there is no order ….. scroll through if you like.... 

Queensland shops have gone single use plastic bag free..... so I did a bunch of bags to hold my groceries.  These mesh bags are great... they hold lots, nice and strong and stand up while I pack them


I've even had a few ladies stop and ask if I made to sell
(well I probably would if people were prepared to pay what they cost to make)


my peg bag was retired so I made an apron with a pretty stitchery


more market bags... gave some to local DD


January Christmas mitten

lavender bags


zippy pouches


February mitten


Bondi tops 


I love my recycled vintage tablecloth one...




and another nice tidy one

the Bondi tops are so comfortable and I've had a few compliments wearing them

My big finish was the My Small World quilt
which I love love love....


… and I got a few washcloths done over road tripping times


Righto, Gotto Go..... look out March ….


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