Saturday, April 6, 2013

Friday Night With Friends......

My FNWF was a bit higgledy piggledy... but a fair bit has been accomplished.... it kindof went all day Friday and a bit in the evening as we had widget to stay and then a bit more today...

Firstly I finished off this quilt top (not made by me - I just offered to quilt and finish off) 

..... just needed the thread ends tidying up....


I had spent Thursday playing at a friends house who has her machine set up for quilting....


The machine sits on a couple of tables set on wheels so it can move backwards and forwards and you follow the quilting pattern using a stylus....


just going one direction with a line of butterflies...


this quilt top was finished off with a flannel backing... and no wadding....  the border is also the binding....

and this is the tutorial I used for the self binding border .....  perfect for this... more of a throw than a quilt... and I will use that idea again.....

the backing was a pretty flannel sheet....


that done... we had to think about food...

Widget likes to help in the kitchen (can you see he is wearing his new apron) ...... we had some discussion about what could be done...

Widget:   "Nana... can I chop the pumpkin"
Me:  "No love, I am worried about you chopping your little fingers"
Widget:  "Oh, ok Nana, you hold it and I'll chop"

We compromised by him peeling a carrot....


I did do a bit of time on the machine.... I started my charm pack table runner swap item... this is a sneaky peak for you Sharon..... at least now you know what to expect!!!


Once widget was snuggled up in bed I took out some hand sewing....

Another swap item... it's a secret who it's going to....


.. and then I did a bit more of this little 'D' from Michelle's alphabet stitcheries....  they really are lovely


Righto, Gotto Go....I'm off over HERE to visit others who sewed with us last night!!! Thanks Cheryll for hosting us.... I think I joined in a bit late... all the cake was finished.... hmmmmm

44 comments:

  1. Wow you were busy,love the fact that Widget loves to help you cook nothing beats the help you get from them and the joy it brings :) Barb.

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  2. Always lots happening in your part of the world.
    Good to see Widget wearing his apron and helping so enthusiastically.
    Enjoy seeing Michelle's lovely work on the blogs.

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  3. Someone was very busy, but that's nothing new, you always make sure pretty things, everything is coming on so well x

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  4. I love your GS's thinking when he suggests you hold while he cuts!! Can't beat his reasoning!!

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  5. Gosh you did get a lot done. I think I need to get that alphabet pattern.

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  6. It must be such fun to use a quilting machine like that. My last quilt I also brought the backing over to form the binding - it works well that way. Lovely to see Widget wearing his apron and helping with the carrot. I am wary of cutting pumpkin so not keen on having help from little hands either.

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  7. Lots of lovelies on your sewing table. Those letters are gorgeous. The colour is perfect.

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  8. You've got to give him credit for trying to find a work around the chopping his fingers potential...good compromise with the carrot peeling...
    Loving those alphabet letters, must get my act together and get a copy from Michelle...

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  9. Lovely lot of stitching Fiona

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  10. Wow you have been busy.

    Love the look of your quilt

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  11. Oh such the tease! lol I only have three triangles, circles or was it pentagons to go for yours and then its finished! :o)

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  12. I think you did well. I want to try a quilting machine. Finding it too hard going pushing through a quilt in a domestic machine. I'm away on holidays, so last night was spent around a camp fire. I did some work on a knitted scarf today. Enjoyed seeing your progress.

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  13. I'd say you got a lot done! Love the Widget story. Pumpkins are definitely too hard for little fingers to be chopping.

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  14. Sweet lil-lad wanting to peel....glad he was happy to "do" the carrot! Smile (cute)
    Love the quilt & yes, the letters are wonderful!
    You are a busy, busy one that's for sure! Enjoyed my visit as always!
    Blessings~
    Lori

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  15. How much fun did you have... Quilting on your friends machine,having the widget and then more stitching .. Just great....

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  16. Widget is adorable! You manage to work on a lot, beautiful stitching!

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  17. You sure did have a busy FNwFs. I love that you encourage your grandson to help with making meals.

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  18. Love the colours of the quilt. Looks like a very productive night was had at your place.

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  19. Looks like you had a great time - both in the kitchen and on the Quilting ;-)

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  20. Wow, you were very busy everything looks lovely. Great to see widget in the his apron and in the kitchen, even better to know you still have all your fingers.:)

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  21. You are powering through all the jobs! Glad your grandie likes to help, a future cook in the kitchen is always a good thing. Love the butterfly pattern and quilting set up, would like one of those, just not sure it would fit in my house!

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  22. Oh I had MiNt SliCe saved just for you...lol. Lovely to read about your day and night at FnwF. :)

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  23. You have been busy! The machine quilting looks good - and the hand stitching is beautiful.

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  24. I love your Widget stories - how convenient to have a friend with a quilting frame - I think I would be visiting often. a D in purple - well it can't be for me, maybe I could change my name??LOL.

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  25. the alphabet stitchery looks just gorgeous, i love all your sneak peaks

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  26. Wow, so much wonderful sewing and how sweet of little widget to want to cook with you.

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  27. You had a busy FNWF. Your quilt is so pretty.

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  28. Love the quilt and very busy at your place....

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  29. boy you packed in a heap on Friday night.
    so much loveliness!

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  30. Oh what fun to play on that quilty machine, those butterflies look fantastic on the flannel backing :) Good on widget for helping out :) Love your sneaky peeks :) Er sorry about the cake, I was a bit peckish, lol

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  31. Don't think I would let widget near the pumpkin either lol. Looks like you had a wonderful time.

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  32. ha ha just love your pumpkin chopping conversation with Widget! I bet you had fun with the quilting machine...lots of lovely stitching to see xx

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  33. So great to have kids in the kitchen - love your conversation with him! Looks like you had a pretty productive time - even if you cant show it all!! It looks fun playing on the quilting machine - cool pattern.

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  34. Mama Mia!!! An up and coming young chef!!! lol. Looks like you guys had a great time quilting. Love your projects.
    Cheers, Anita.

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  35. I can see where widget inherited his look if concentration from...you looked right at home there with that machine. You certainly had a full day. Glad the Alphabet is getting a work out.
    Hugs xx

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  36. You have a great lot of things on the go and you got lots done for FNwF. Love the pumpkin story.

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  37. I love the look of concentration he has peeling that carrot, never was a dinner prepared with so much attention

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  38. I cannot stop laughing at Widget's comment that YOU hold the pumpkin, lol...oh that is hysterical. He is just too adorable for words!!!! Love the quilt and your stitching!!

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  39. You have been very productive. Well done

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  40. You had a busy day/night..that looks like a bit of fun working on the quilt frame...and to have help in the kitchen too, such concentration..the letter stitchery is looking lovely

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  41. How much fun, to be able to quilt on a 'real' quilting machine!!! Beats a domestic machine hands down, I bet! You got lots done....and loving your sneakies!!! I chose my table runner swap pattern and fabric today....tomorrow is starting day!
    xox sugary hugs
    Wendy :O)

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  42. What a big day Fiona. That would be fun quilting on the frame though I think I would need lots of practice to use the stylus. Widget is a character, smart Nana taking control of the pumpkin single handed. xx

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  43. Wow Fiona, quite the industry going on there - i love the way you used the leftover blocks and made those gorgeous cushions! And looks like you were loving using the quilting machine! x

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  44. lol,god bless your little widget,he made me laugh.xx

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