Saturday, August 27, 2016

I did it.....

That is I actually achieved the three items that I set as my August OMGs.   Firstly I finished my origami tablemat


Second item on my list was to continue making blocks for my variation of a rail fence and it is growing at good rate


The last item on my list was to try and remove all the papers from my spiderweb tablerunner.   Such a tedious  and time consuming task and at times I felt that the time could have been better spent sewing another item - far more enjoyable.   Once all the papers were removed it then inspired me to go on and sandwich and pin it ready for quilting.    This item has been hanging around my sewing room for such a long time but I can see the end in sight.


Thanks again Heidi for keeping us on top of all those painful tasks that are sometimes put on the backburner and conveniently forgotten about.    

Friday, August 19, 2016

FNSI

It was a lovely sunny morning here today so I took the opportunity to make an early start on FNSI by pre-washing all those pretty fabrics that have been sitting in my stash in order to make summer clothes for Miss M.     A must for summer is a pair of shorts in each colour of the rainbow as well as cool cotton nighties for hot  nights, twirly skirts and a couple of dresses for a "soon to be 3 year old's social engagements".


While they were all drying on the clothesline it was time to sew up my rainbow 9 patch blocks for August.  

After pressing and trimming the  rainbow blocks  it was onto to making a few more blocks of my variation of a rail fence. Below are some of the blocks in various stages of construction.



I am finding that  it is easier to make 4 blocks at a time then join them up.  Then make another 4 and join them.  By doing it that way I can keep a bit of control even though it is a scrappy quilt.  

Thanks again Wendy for hosting another FNSI.    I am off now to organise a birthday dinner for hubs to celebrate his special day so I was glad to be able to make an early start today on my sewing.

Back soon and in the meantime

Happy sewing all

Monday, August 8, 2016

Rainbow Scrap Challenge for August

Really had me thinking when I read the requirements for this month - Misty mountains are the color inspiration for this time around.  Think of the hazy purple of a dawn sky with hints of evergreens and feel free to dip into the grey bin if you are low on the purples.

I had to go through my scraps and stash with a very open mind and  not be so discounting of as many fabrics as I have in the past when selecting my challenge colours.   As you can see  below I really based my selection on a very misty morning hence a lot of light colours with greys, lilacs and a smidge of very early morning pale gold thrown in.



Now onto sewing them up and adding them to my pile of pretties that have been gathering over the last 7 months.  

Last month my quilting group had an "in-house" workshop and one of the members showed us how to make a stained glass wall-hanging.  Our "homework" was to complete it and bring it back this month for "show and tell".  I enjoyed the process and result but can see that a large quilt is not in the foreseeable future.   



Back soon with a photo my newly sewn misty mountain 9 patch squares and in the meantime

Happy sewing all

 Linking with Quilting is more fun then Housework and So Scrappy

Saturday, August 6, 2016

FNwF

Yesterday was the first Friday of the month and that means Friday Night with Friends over at Gone Stitchin'.   Earlier in the week  a list was made  of three items that I would like to complete during the month of August and last night I took the opportunity to finish off my origami table mat.   I saw this sometime ago on the "net" and knew that one day I would have to make one which was started a couple of weeks ago on my quilting retreat.    I put in an extra "petal" in mine as  I wanted to have a more "closed" look in the middle and not put a candle in it.  


I can see a few more of these being made using different festive fabrics.     It is quite a "labour intensive" project but well worth it.

Now that feels good having crossed one item off my list and that only leaves two to go.   Some of you who have read  my previous post know that hubs has been slowed down by a very nasty bug and he will be needing lots of R & R over the next few weeks or even months so that will give me plenty of sewing time so I maybe able to cross the other two items off the list also.

Back soon with my progress and in the meantime

 Happy sewing all

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Seven down and........

Five months left to go before I have completed 12 months of  Quilty 365 circles.   The circles below are for July however I have two left to do to complete the month.      The fabrics have been chosen but not cut out as yet.  


Things have been a little hectic around here at present.  Hubs had a very nasty bug going on and ended up in hospital for 3 days on a drip.   Once he was stablised and the correct antibiotic prescribed he was discharged home in the care of the acute nursing team who visit the house on a daily basis to complete the intravenous  medication.    This is how our lounge room looks while they are in action.


I will never look at the light fitting and a wire coat hanger in the same light again.

Back soon and in the meantime

Happy sewing all

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

OMG - August Goal/s

Is that being ambitious and thinking that I can achieve more than 1 goal this month?    Time will tell I guess.     So for this month I have decided to keep on working on my "rail fence" blocks that I started at the quilting retreat.


Next on the list is sewing  the buttons on my origami table mat that was also started at the retreat


Then comes the tedious task of finishing pulling the paper off my spiderweb blocks that have been sitting around for longer than I care to admit.

Thanks Heidi for keeping all those participating in OMG on track each month.

Hopefully I can report back at the end of the month with at least two of the three finished!!!!! and in the meantime

Happy sewing all






Sunday, July 24, 2016

FNSI

This month  I was sewing alongside all the other FNSI sewists as well as being in a room with 40 other quilters.   I was able to join in again with Eastwood Patchwork Quilters for their annual quilting retreat at Kurri Kurri and had a fabulous time as always with the group.     It is lovely to be able to just sit and sew then get up from whatever I was working on to wander to the dining room and enjoy all the lovely meals that had been prepared for us.   After each meal it was then back to the sewing room and pick up where I left off.     No table to clear or  kitchen to clean up afterwards - bliss.

The workroom all set up with our machines


My "space" for 3 days

  

So what did I do?     Firstly I sewed around some more of my "daily circles" which can be seen in front of my machine.     Then onto making an origami table mat which I had been wanting to make for sometime.     Almost ready to join up the last seam and sew on the buttons.      This is my project to finish off this week.


I then made a start on a quilt using a variation of the rail fence pattern.   Firstly joining up the squares


Then adding  the rails


And last photo shows the blocks that I managed  to construct all sewn together.

I am very pleased with the effect of the white "rails" and will continue using up my coloured squares and white rectangles until I have a decent size "snuggle quilt".

Thank you Wendy for giving us the opportunity to sit and create then be able to share our work with others.  

Back soon and in the meantime
Happy sewing all