Sunday, October 17, 2021

FNSI


Thanks Wendy for hosting FNSI... 

I added eggs to my nest.....


This is part of the next block for Civil War Bride..... lots of stems and leaves....

Righto, Gotto Go... Sunday to enjoy

Friday, October 15, 2021

Gone week......


Yup... gone week..... just gone....

Been a happy social week really but far too fast...

We've had some lovely rain, missed the crazy storms, I can no longer boast that Covid has not got my family with two grandigirls testing positive and now isolating... grrr.  They are absolutely fine, minor symptoms but of course there is concern always about infecting others ... the isolation blah blah blah...

Today I am home alone..... deep breaths and some yummy quilting work to do....  Kris came to play on Wednesday afternoon and dropped THIS cutie off...


Peacelily was my (not) blackwork project stitching this week.... I am now out of this thread and will have to wait till a new order comes in ....


But Field Journal is well behind so I was able to take it so some of my sewing sessions....


Two were done this week....


I joined up a few more half hexagons at Quilt group... and then spent a couple of evenings here joining those ones onto the others....


This has now given me an idea on where I will go next... I want to do about 4 of this size ... and add a border for my quilt.... so I will need to do some sums, some cutting, more gluing and lots more stitching and contorting of my arms to get this together... (and trying not to regret starting it!)

I pulled out some long past Tilda fabrics..... and found some metreage in my box of 'incase' fabrics


 and put them together to make up a sew day kit....


This is the pattern I will use for these........


Free pattern from Fat Quarter Shop found HERE ... thank you so much FQS.

Anybody else want to do one.... we could sew-a-long - maybe a block a week...... or two blocks a week? I'm always better sewing with others for encouragement and a goal?

Otherwise I'm not sure when I will get to it (no hurry) ... but sew day with friends this week I worked on a number of blocks for two quilts...

I started these blocks at retreat in August.... and they have been neglected since.... All the blocks are made now.  It is a jelly roll quilt....


This quilt is 12 fat quarters... I had all the blocks cut and ready for stitching... I am going to add a peeper and sashing as my cutting was out and the blocks are a bit smaller than they should have been


This is the pattern which is from HERE...... (my favourite quilts shop in case you don't know!)


Righto, Gotto Go..... emails to answer, coffee to drink, quilting to do ....

I hope you all have a lovely weekend....xx




Friday, October 8, 2021

Crazy Days


Our Spring weather has been up and down - hot and cold, windy and calm, cloudy and sunny, wet and dry...

I found this little cutlery table being sold locally on Marketplace ....


I like that it has a lid and I can put my sewing in there..... and a shelf underneath for those important things I like to have next to me....

it was fixed up with a rather thick piece of timber so Hubz has taken that off and is replacing it..... then will polish up the table and it will become my new chairside table ... (the plan is that it then won't be such a messy space?????????)



I have done a fair bit of quilting and this is one of my own...

As there is a lot of Maori themed stamps in the blocks I went with a hook and swirl quilting... quite large...


It is backed with some loose weave sheeting fabric.....  makes a nice light throw...


Tuesday this week I sewed a few more half hexagons together and when I got home added them to the ones I have......  the plan is to fill that hole next week....  still lots more to add on


I had got behind in my blackwork 'lollies' sewing with the Inchie girls so these are the ones for last month


.. and where I have got so so far....

... now to do the next 4 for this month...


Last weeks blackwork for the garden is these Chilli's.......


... and a sweet stitchery for Field Journal.....


today I am making a mess and preparing another block for Civil War Bride, a favourite technique of mine (needleturn) but neglected of late....


Righto, Gotto Go... coffee is finished and that mess awaits....

Have a lovely weekend....xx


Saturday, October 2, 2021

Month end.... month beginning


And goodbye to September, hello October....

Cheryll hosts WOOFA..... where we work on something hanging around and Kris hosts OPAM where we count up the things we have made over the month.

I finished off this pinwheel quilt at long last.... a few years ago I was given some HST scraps and I added some colours to it.... it is a happy quilt....


During September retreat with the Brisbane girls I made a couple of things.... this little bag - very clever little pattern... sew sew, turn through and it's done....  

Then another of the ladies there helped me with this pedal non slip mat... works a treat!


... and I made up this little vinyl bag... fabric I had purchased when we visited shops at our last retreat!


... so now my next WOOFA project is out... I want to finish this quilt .... I bought these printed squares from a New Zealand business (which has since stopped) at a show several years ago and sewed them together a few years ago.... it will be a lovely lightweight quilt...


Righto, Gotto Go.... storms didn't eventuate here... we got a silly bit of rain and some gusty winds .... a bit of a let down really.... but the air is clean and the sun is shining and it looks beautiful outside...

Have a lovely weekend....


Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Caught up....

Very pleased to say I am caught up on my Blackwork Garden....

Wheat

Echinops

Teasel
(I've noticed a couple of missing stitches so I need to fix that up)  This one was a bit of a nightmare and lots of unpicking and I know I am still out.... but it's staying like that

Gardenia

This is the garden to date.... the beds get given out weekly on Fridays.... so I will do my best to keep up


The Quilt Club has a challenge each year.... I didn't enter but they were given a black and white outline picture of this Rainbow Lorikeet and the challenge was to make it any way they liked...


I thought there were some lovely ones...


the one in the middle top (above picture) had been chosen as the winner by the club viewers)


This one block wonder quilt was on display at the show..... 


Sue had asked me to quilt it for her in an all over design....


lovely texture with not too obvious quilting as the fabric pattern was key to the quilt...


I left the red border plain and did leaves down the fabric border to give it a slight difference



This week at quilt group I took along my big half hexagons and am starting to put them together rather randomly....


As they are big pieces it's actually quite hard to handle and a bit clumsy.... but it will happen slowly

Righto, Gotto Go,  storms are predicted and whilst I could do without damaging winds I am hoping for a good dollop of rain....

Have a lovely rest of the week.....







Saturday, September 25, 2021

Spring time


There is always so much going on in our small city at this time of the year....

We just had our annual quilt show (last year it was covid cancelled)

I took a few pictures...











these are not all of them but the best I could do.... a lovely assortment.  I never do viewers choice as I love them all in different ways....

My favourite shop (now on-line) The Quilters Angel were there with a lovely assortment of goodies


A busy week, a lot of fun, old faces to see, new faces to meet.

One of my Tuesday sewing day ladies also does cake icing..... this is her cake for the opening..... 


Isn't it just magnificent.... all hand crafted

I have made some progress on my blackwork but to be honest I am in a muddle as to what I have shown...

I think these are the 3 latest ones....

Wild Garlic

Nigella

Crocus

Righto, Gotto Go.....  the weekend is here... bits and bobs to do.....

Hope you find some time for something fun....


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