Saturday, January 9, 2021

New Beginnings.....


I wonder what the year has in store for us... I feel I need to be braced for it!

I have started a new project....


The Schoolgirl Sampler is a book by Kathleen Tracy (A Sentimental Quilter) and she is hosting a Sewalong on a F/B page.  I am sewing along with Sue (Kiwikid)  and a couple of other people and we are sharing our pictures and encouraging one another on Instagram.  

There are so many forums these days to join in with things and get encouragement....

I have large pieces of Tilda fabrics left from a couple of other quilts so I am going to use them in a scrappy style for mine... with a fair bit of white added too.  Aiming for 6 blocks a week... maybe more... maybe less...

I got my book as an e-book and printed it out as there were none in stock when I wanted to start.... (of course they came in stock the day after I got mine!!! haha)  Again, we are lucky to have options...

Naive Melody is the Modern Quilt Sewalong (via Instagram) hosted by Lucy Engels, the designer.

These are the last 20 blocks.... I have done the applique in needleturn and had a lot of fun with this one.... so enjoyed the large bold shapes.....


My quilting machine was cleaned and oiled, new needle etc and we had some play time together.....

The red and cream pineapple quilt was already pinned and I did a fairly close all over design with swirls and sort of flower shapes....


Its hard to show what was done.... I didn't want it to stand out but just give texture...so that worked but it doesn't help trying to show the quilting on it......


This Friday night was the first FNWF, hosted by Cheryll (Gone Stitching) where we get together cyberly once a month .......

... and I sewed the binding down in the afternoon .....



so now it is a finish for OPAM, hosted by Kris (Tag Along Teddies)

It is also a UFO finish - WOOFA is hosted by Cheryll.  This year we are including P for projects we have wanted to do... and I will slowly update my sidebar lists as I sort things.

This quilt measures 50" square and was made using my red and cream scraps (and some extra scraps from friend Maureen as I ran out for the last couple of blocks)


This year I am also joining Narelle in working on a Christmas Item each month.....  I have done this for a few years now with different success rates.....

I bought this kit some years ago and had started it... so it is both a UFO and a Christmas Item....

Blanket stitching around the applique.....


Hubz has still been on holidays this week so we have enjoyed chilling and getting a few things done at the house and garden..... we have had some lovely rain (I can still hear gentle showers on the roof as I type)  The last of the Christmas decorations have been packed away and some clearing and sorting done of stuff that gathers....  We went to see "The Dry" (it is years since we went off on a movie date) .... a movie set in Australia with Eric Bana.  I had not read the book so didn't know what to expect.... it was well done and a great story.....

Righto, Gotto Go..... another cup of tea and some fiddling in the sewing room...

Keep safe


24 comments:

Karen's Korner said...

Congratulations on your first finish of the year....very pretty. I will be watching your progress on the sampler quilt. You are off to a good start with it.

Jennifer said...

A finish so early in the year is a good way to start off. Have been seeing ads for 'The Dry' but I think I would rather read the book.......because the book is always better.

Jeanette said...

Love your pineapple quilt. A beautiful finish to start 2021 with. Your projects are lovely. Hugs, xx

Cheryll said...

Go girl... well done Fiona.
I have Chloe's Tree pattern too...must get it out & add it to my list.
Thanks for joining in FNWF...xox

Julie said...

Hello Fiona - I have seen that School girl Sampler pattern on Sue's blog & loved it. I especially love yours in Tilda - be still my beating heart!!!

Michelle Ridgway said...

You have dived into 2021 with some great projects. Look forward to seeing your progress on them. Your Pineapples is a real stunner and nice to see it out of your quilting pile. So glad you enjoyed The Dry.

kiwikid said...

Your Sampler blocks look great, as does your modern quilt. Love the pineapples the quilting looks wonderful, well done to have a finish! I am sure we will see lots of progress with your UFOs.

chrisknits said...

That pineapple is gorgeous!! What a wonderful finish.

Susan said...

Lots of lovliness - the pineapples look fab

Movies?? - years - last time when the girls were young I suspect . . .

Karen S said...

Your projects are lovely. Great to see the pineapple quilt finished and looking great with the binding on.
Your Christmas project looks delightful.
Glad you enjoyed the film. We saw it this week and loved it too.

Maureenclare02@gmail.com said...

Your pineapple quilt is a winner. Be beautiful

Ondrea said...

Love the Schoolgirl project. Your Pineapple quilt is absolutely stunning!! Lovely Christmas project.

Janice said...

You’re off to a great start for the new year. You can justify a new start now that the pineapple quilt is finished. It turned out beautifully.

Flickenstichlerin said...

Nice pineapple quilt, what a wonderful finish. Congratulations.

Susie H said...

What a beautiful pineapple quilt. I love all the reds & creams! I never heard of The Dry so I looked up the book. It's now on my To Read list. Thanks! Maybe I'll see the movie afterwards.

Lin said...

Your pineapples is a great finish - lovely. I am enjoying seeing your sampler blocks coming along. As always lots of lovely things happening at your house. xx

Chookyblue...... said...

You always have quiet different projects on the go and I like them all...... Love pineapple quilts..... They are a favourite I am yet to make one...... Happy new year

Sharon Kwilter said...

I love that pineapple quilt. The color is striking.

Outback Crafter - Debra said...

Oh Fiona, your Pineapple quilt is divine.

Great work.

Maria said...

Yeh! Great finish...
You have some nice projects to work on this year..
Cute Christmas project..

Alcea Rosea 31 said...

Lots of variety again in your projects. I love the applique. Kathleen's new sew along looks interesting.

Kaisievic said...

So much beautiful sewing, Fiona, you are being very productive!

White Rose said...

Hi Fiona boy you are a work horse my friend you whip out so many beautiful projects and most of them quilts,you are amazing Fiona,well done my friend and hubby and i are going to see the Dry on the 18th,hope your day is a good one my friend xx

Raewyn said...

[Catch up reading day.] I adore your pineapple quilt - you've got me all inspired to make myself one..... AND your African Silhouette is beautiful - just stunning with those colourings. It will make a real statement in hubby's office.

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