Monday, June 18, 2018

A weekend away......


Last week I finished off the pretty Dresden block....



Hubz had some work to do at Primex - a large agricultural show in NSW.  It is held in a town called Casino and I went along for the ride.... about 4 hours drive from home including breakfast stop!


We were staying overnight in Lismore so I stayed there whilst Hubz went and worked on Friday.  I took a lovely walk along the river.  It is an old town and there were lots of lovely big trees and I spent a little time in the local museum. 


The next day we had booked out of the motel so I went along to the show with Hubz.....  not much there to interest me but I did find someone selling boutique beer so I stopped off for a tester... it was really nice....


After beer and lunch we went off to Ballina on the coast...... the town of the Big Prawn.... I thought it looks like an angry prawn
 ,but then I would probably be angry placed on a squewer in the middle of the town....



First stop was a walk on the beach ..... sand so lovely and white and fine that it squeaks when you walk on it....


The next day we went back... and could see whales from the beach.... just magic


I only have my little phone for pictures but you can see it ....


The Banksia are flowering at the moment.... they look like beautiful candles all over the bushes


Of course I took along some hand sewing and finished off the stitching on Libby the Librarian - another Angel for my Angel Story quilt.....


This morning I sewed up the latest of the Moda Blockheads blocks... this one is 6 1/2"


I do love to go to the coast for a walk and a paddle in the sea.

Righto, Gotto Go.... firewood to gather..... the cold is here....




Thursday, June 14, 2018

Variety is the spice of life.....


... it certainly seems that way in my sewing world.....

I had a few mesh bags that hadn't been finished off after our mammoth bag making day.... I just needed to hem these and thread the cord through.

The mesh is quite strong so I have just used a 3/4" cut length of mesh to work as the cord with a simple knot at the end..... 

I love the HiVis ones... no-one will be going off with my vegetables!!!



For ChooseDay girls sewing this week I cut and sewed together the Dresden plates for my next block of Flowerville...  A little perspex template was included in the kit which makes it so much easier.

Those blades are about 4 ."long and 1" wide.... a little bit fiddly but oh so pretty....

Such a sense of satisfaction when the blades all come together nice and smoothly...


The next project is the fault of Janice  - we have been emailing backwards and forwards and I loved what she made last year with Moda Blockheads..... she mentioned there is another one this year......  and that was that.....

I am using up pastels from my 'stash' of different fabrics picked up over the years.... subsidised from my scrap baskets!


This first block is 12 1/2" but there is a variety of different sizes which will make it fun I think.  46 blocks altogether and the quilt design is not revealed until the end.  One block a week which is manageable and would be easy enough to catch up if I missed for some reason


My Friday Night with the girls at The Quilters Angel sewing is Flowerville, however, when I am close to the end I do some at home to get the block finished.... This is to be sewn into the centre of the Dresden plate wreath above....


My friend Marina had a birthday earlier this month..... like the white bunny in Alice in Wonderland I was late for the important date but a parcel was sent off and has been received

I stitched up this Kathy Schmitz design from her book "Stitches from the Garden" - I think the end size was 13" x 10" and framed in a small spot binding.


I added a little 'M' from Michelle's 'Stitching Alphabet'... which Marina has to think up a way to use it!!! haha


A little mouse has sneaked into my sewing basket.... a little Natalie Bird design


Maria has been showing her blocks for My Small World.  I have long been a fan of Jen Kingwell but never tried one of her patterns - but Maria has bent my arm and now I will sew this.  I am using my scraps as the pieces are small ....



so... that's the variety that is the spice of my life today....  I blame it on other bloggers that there is so much going on!!

Righto, Gotto Go.... I want to dive into those scrap baskets .....



Monday, June 11, 2018

Winter woolies......


I miss Autumn!!! haha... but in order to have magnificent Autumn we have to go through summer and winter!

But I love wood fires, hot soups, casseroles, early sunsets,  flannel PJs ....



..... and cuddly flannel quilts....


These 3 lap size quilts stay in hiding most of the year here... this weekend they came out as Widget was here and we needed some warmth to watch movies!  (that was after he spent all day outside helping Pops dig holes for our new fernery!)


This one is lovely quality flannel - I had actually made a couple of scarves but found them a bit too thick and bulky for me so I unpicked, added some bits and made a quilt....  I love the addition of stars...



This one was a free design from Michelle May some years ago... I used a vintage tablecloth for the background and the applique is wool with some stitching detail. 


When I first started doing applique I found this freebie from Toni of Red Boots Quilt Company.  I used a vintage chenille cover for the backgrounds and all the applique is using wool from blankets which had been heat washed to felt them ..... this has been washed so many times and held up well...

Strangely enough this was Widgets choice of quilt to use..... 


I started a new washcloth... going with moss stitch this time ....  my car trip project


... but I have also taken out some of my crochet to do.... when my hand are cold I find it easier to crochet or knit instead of stitcheries....

This ripple blanket is being made from the left overs of my single bed size one which has been rehomed....  it will be a nice baby size....


... and this one is my easy peasy no thinking one that I like to pick up and do... a variegated yarn and it will be whatever size it turns out.....  I am just going round and round now....



I finished off another set of circle blocks last week.... trying to remember to do at least a few a month so the project grows....


... I have been working on this Angel Story block for a while but it finally got done at the end of last week..... this is Harriet the Homebody....


... the project by my chair at the moment is finishing off this block for Flowerville....  


... and something new!!! ....

A couple of years ago I took part in a Free programme The Splendid Sampler.... well  #2 is starting this week!  100 blocks from various designers.

20 blocks will be given out free to get us going and then the latest book will be out and we go from there.....  6" blocks which I love and even though I have several (unquilted) sampler quilts I am joining in again.... well I have been coerced by the ChooseDay girls...

A couple of years ago I found this bundle of Downton Abbey fabrics at the Quilt Show in Brisbane going for a bargain price.... I love the colours so this will be what I will be using....



Anybody else doing this... starts this Thursday

this is the one I made last time... soft colours



Righto, Gotto Go.....fabric to stroke.......



Thursday, June 7, 2018

This week.....


I'm always happy to see progress on my projects......  you may have noticed I have several going at once!  

Short attention span!

I had a couple of quilts which were made simply but with lovely fabrics ..... too much quilting would have taken away from the lovely fabric so all I added was texture and some playfullness with the borders.....


Loose enough to keep the quilt soft and snuggly but tight enough to give it that crinkly texture - two quite different designs 


Four more Dutch Treat blocks have been completed......  now I am coming to the end I must finally be feeling more confident as I found these ones relatively easy to do!!! haha


.... and my feather blocks are all together .....

I love, love, love them......


It's a lap size quilt 50" square - of course one can go on building as many feathers but this is the size I wanted.  I loved making them and I do have more scraps! hmmmmm

I used my colour co-ordinated scraps.  The pattern is a freebie provided by Anna Marie Horner, a generous and inspiring artist.  It can be found on HERE .  She is in Australia at the moment - wouldn't it be fun to go to one of her workshops.

Because I used scraps (as opposed to longer strips) I took tips from this TUTORIAL here but using small pieces from my scrap baskets.

Righto, Gotta Go... more quilts to add texture to ...... what fun



Monday, June 4, 2018

Weekends go so quick......


This weekend we stayed at home... there was lot of those silly little jobs that needed doing and we both just wanted to chill out quietly....

Of course I can't just do NOTHING.....  

I finished off some feather plumes that I had started on ChooseDay with the girls.....  I now have all I need and tomorrow I will put in the spines and background fabrics ... then I can play with the settings....


I also finished adding the borders to my photographic safari prints - and I also trimmed them all so now I need space on my design board to set them out and start sewing them together.....  there are lots of duplicates but that won't matter.....



Handstitching has finished off this Angel Story block.... the flying school...


... and also some chain stitch handles for ridiculously small baskets......


I was sewing while we watched "Goodbye Christopher Robin" -  I had to keep stopping cos I needed lots of tissues.... 

Some of our chores were outside - and the weather is just perfect for it... raking up leaves, composting, old branches to the tip etc etc.... (I only raked!)

My little variegated bouganvillea is looking pretty at the moment and I just loved the contrast of colours in this picture.... if you look carefully you can spot a kookaburra in the old gum tree - I think it was laughing at me raking!


Well, that was my weekend and happy playtime... now it's Monday and I need to get back to doing some real work!  At least that requires sewing too!

Now my quilt top is finished I have this pattern if anyone would like it....  it ends up about 66 x 80 and required quite a lot of fabric as it is cut on the bias - so lots of leftovers too for mini projects!


It's not a thick pattern so I'm happy to post it off to you.... let me know if you would like it and I'll choose a name if there is more than one person ...

Righto, Gotto Go.... coffee is required before work...  have a lovely week....



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