Thursday, May 25, 2017

What is happening.......

Not a great deal on the sewing front but I can say that  three hours was spent tidying up my sewing room. The floor can be seen again now that all the threads have been vacuumed and the off cuts picked up.   Pins, cutters and rulers have been put  in their place and the leftover fabric from the fairy quilt put back into storage containers - what a difference all that makes.      Now to keep it that way as things have a habit of just creeping back and taking up sewing space.

Some of  you will remember that there was a link up to show off our finished 365 daily circle quilts at the beginning of the month with a prize or two  being offered and I am delighted to say that my blog was chosen by Mr Random generator and this is what was won.  


Thanks goes to Audrey at Quilty Folk for organising a fun project and posting my prize half way around the world.

It was such a beautiful autumn day and a delight to spend sometime in the garden.      There is a pumpkin vine which has become rather unsightly over the last few weeks so it was time for it to come out  - just as I was about to give it a good yank  I spotted the cutest little pumpkin which had formed in one of the flowers.


Needless to say that my hand quickly drew back and I will be watching "my baby" develop over the coming weeks.     Hopefully homegrown pumpkin soup will be on the menu in the not too distant future.

There are a few ideas running around my head for the next project and now that my sewing room is tidy and ready to go there will be stash sorting happening over the next few days.

Back soon and in the meantime

Happy sewing all

Friday, May 19, 2017

Have a nice time ......

And do not hurry back was what I said to hubs as he headed out the door for boys' day out.   My reason for this was today was the day that the fairy quilt was going to be finished off no matter what. I  do not know how you feel but I always seem to achieve more when sewing alone as there are less coffee/meal breaks and no chatter to distract me from the task at hand.  It has proved to be quite difficult to get a photo of this quilt so I have taken a photo from the front and then from the back so it can be seen in full.

From the front


There was only  a metre of fairy fabric so when designing the quilt the fairy fabric ended up in the middle section alternating with 4 patch blocks that is why it is framed  to make a feature of it - the sides, top and bottom only have 4 patches. I then put the same colour border around the whole quilt to pull it together.


Then from the back

 As you can see it was quilted in sections and then joined using quilt as you go method.     I wish I had discovered this method years ago - so much easier than trying to push and pull the whole quilt through the machine throat.

The light is not good as I had to run outside in between showers and grab some photos.

Thanks Wendy for organising FNSI again.   The timing was perfect for me with an empty house, the whole day to sew and I will take the opportunity tonight to cut out some fabric for Miss M to sew when she visits over the weekend.

There are a couple of small projects that have been waiting patiently in my sewing room so they will be tackled next but before that happens the room needs to be thoroughly cleaned especially the floor as threads and offcuts are spread far and wide.    Fabric, pins, cutting boards, rulers, pens and rotary cutters all need to be returned to their rightful place in order to gain back my sewing space.

My May goal was to finish this quilt and I did.  Linking with OMG over at Elm Street Quilts.

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Happy sewing all





Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A guiding hand

Is what I gave to Miss M on Sunday.    Miss M is fascinated with the sewing machine so we decided that it was time to have a go at making a skirt for her dolly.      Up to the sewing room to find some suitable fabric and after cutting it out it was time to sit at the machine ready to sew.


And this is the end result.


Miss M has plans to make another outfit for dolly next week.

All the quilting is  now finished on the fairy quilt.


After this post I am heading off to cut out the border fabric, hopefully get it sewn on today and maybe even have time to cut out the binding fabric.

Back soon with photos of a finished quilt....yeah and in the meantime

Happy sewing all



Saturday, May 6, 2017

Follow the quilts

Is what I did yesterday when getting off the bus and  going to the quilt exhibition held by Eastwood Patchwork Quilters.



Inside is a feast of quilts.




After spending a couple of hours being inspired I came home and finished off the last of those 4 patch blocks which I am now happy to say have been placed in the "jigsaw" puzzle and all sewn together into sections.  The gap that can be seen between the middle section and the top and bottom will have a sashing of the darker pink between them.


Before setting up the machine with the walking foot to make a start on  quilting  the middle section I finished off the bands on two warm tops for Miss M.



I have put a pocket on the front of each of them so she can slip her hands inside on a cold day.

Thirty others have signed up for FNwF over at Gone Stichin' so head on over to see what the others got up to last night.

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Happy sewing all


Monday, May 1, 2017

Doing that happy dance


That is just what I did when all the last of the 44 4 patch squares were all cut, sewn and ironed during the week.


Now my OMG  for May is to finish off the rest of this quilt as the nights are getting rather chilly and Miss M will definitely be needing it sooner rather than later.

If you would like to see what everyone else is trying to achieve this month then head on over to Elm Street Quilts to have a look.

Back soon and in the meantime

Happy sewing all




Sunday, April 30, 2017

"When I am 64"

Was the title of my school reunion that was held over the weekend.     I left school in 1968 and have not seen any of my fellow classmates since so it was a case of down memory lane and reaching into the recess of my mind and those who attended the reunion to remember who we each were way back then.   The organising committee did a fantastic job on tracking us down.   There was 172 students in Form 4 as it was known then and we had just on 50 attend from far and wide.

A cake was made with the school crest and a sadly a candle with the names of those who are no longer with us was also there.     Cupcakes for each of us in the school colours of blue, white and silver sprinkles represented the grey in our uniforms.    Funnily enough none of us could fit into our old uniforms!!!


A group photo was taken of those attending the reunion as can be seen below.   We all look quite a bit different.



It was decided that we should not leave the next reunion another 49 years and hopefully we can all meet up again in 2 years time.

Back soon and in the meantime
Happy sewing all



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Citrus Slice

Mug Rug or Hotpad which ever one you like to call it I knew that  I had to make one when I saw this link.      Into the box of yellow scraps and this is was produced.



It would just as yummy when done in other colours especially green.   It was a welcome relief to sew something round for a change and a break from making 4 patch squares of which I have just completed the last ones.   As you can see there was a bit of a production line going while making them.


Linking with Oh Scrap.

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Happy sewing all

Friday, April 21, 2017

A jigsaw puzzle

Is what putting this quilt together feels like as I move the blocks around to "fit".     I am designing this quilt in panels and so far  the middle section is sewn,  the side sashings have been added in and working on the blocks as I go in order to get a good balance of colour.


There was a hold up getting the wool wadding but that has now been sorted so I spent the afternoon sandwiching and pinning the middle section ready to quilt.


Next it is back to making another 44 blocks for the top and bottom sections of the quilt.     This quilt is for a single bed however I  always like to make my quilts the next size bed up so that there is plenty of overhang especially for a restless sleeper.

Thanks Wendy for organising FNSI.    To see what everyone else was busy doing pop on over to Sugarlane Designs.

Linking with Elm Street Quilts OMG for April as my goal was to make a start on getting part of the fairy quilt top together.

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Happy sewing all

Monday, April 17, 2017

100 Day Finale

             

                                          

Back in January I nominated 3 items to finish for  the 100 day challenge.    First was my 365 daily circle quilt, second the rainbow scrap quilt and third was a new bag.      Now for the report card - at the 30 day check-in in February I reported that some work had been achieved on the 365 daily circle quilt, nothing on the rainbow quilt and the bag had been completed and used a couple of times.

At the 60 day check-in point  during March I was at the point of "just wanting to finish" off the circle quilt and nothing done on the rainbow quilt.

At the 100 day check-in point my 365 daily circle quilt has been finished and now that the weather is turning cooler of a night it is nice to snuggle up underneath it while watching tv and during the add breaks I can reminisce about what happened on a certain day but sadly nothing has happened with the rainbow quilt.  

Thanks Jen for organising the challenge and to see if others achieved their goals pop over to Jen's blog at Quilter in the Closet.

Back soon with some progress photos on the fairy quilt for Miss M and in the meantime

 Happy sewing all

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Southern Highlands Escape

Hubs and I had a few days away in the southern Highlands of NSW with some members of the "old gang".    We have been friends with them for over 50 years.


This is where we stayed  during our time away



And some of the beautiful lush green countryside and waterfalls



It was a lovely relaxing time away and the hardest decisions were where and what to eat.    That is what I call a holiday - not having to think about what to cook for a meal, preparing and cleaning up afterwards.

I did however suffer "withdrawal symptoms" from my sewing machine and luckily for me it was FNwF last night.   I had time after getting home and sorting out washing etc to make a little Easter bunny treat bag for Miss M which satisfied that need to sew.


I heard that Easter bunny will be filling it with small chocolate eggs and jelly beans.

Thanks Cheryll for organising FNwF again.

Linking with Oh Scrap.

Back soon and in the meantime

Happy sewing all


Sunday, April 2, 2017

4 Patch blocks

I have made a start on sewing up the 4 patch blocks needed to alternate with the focus fabric.    When the fabrics were laid out  I thought that something was missing and after staring at the fabric and walking away it came to me that  yellow was needed in there so back to the stash to find just that right shade of yellow.  Seeing that pink is Miss M's favourite colour each of the blocks will have a shade of  pink  in them.


There is no pattern for this quilt as it is being made up as I go.   Not sure if this is a good idea or not....time will tell.  

So my OMG  for April is to finish off the rest of the 4 patch blocks and maybe even try to get part of the quilt top assembled.

Back soon and in the meantime

Happy sewing all

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Hidden wells

Is the block that was chosen by the events co-ordinator at my quilt group for our charity quilt this year.    Each member is going to make 2 blocks and we were given 4 strips of the focus fabric.



Then we chose  12 different fabric strips and just to shake things up a bit the focus fabric had to be moved into a different position as the strips were sewn together.


And this is the final result of all that sewing, cutting and moving around.


I will be interested to see how this all ends up when everyone's blocks are all sewn together.  Photos to follow once the quilt is finished.

Linking with Building Blocks Tuesday

After completing my two blocks I had sometime to start on my 4  patch blocks for the fairy quilt.
Back soon with some progress photos and in the meantime

   Happy sewing all

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

It is a start........

At the beginning of the month my March OMG  was to make a start on the winter weight quilt for Miss M and yes I did make a start - today.    Hubs is  having a boy's day out which gave me the opportunity to iron all those pre-washed fabrics and cut them up.    I have decided to go "simple" as I want the fabric to be the feature  not the design.     With that in mind I have fussy cut the fairy fabric into 6 1/2" squares for a 6" finish and I will be alternating the fairies with  4 patch blocks - these patches are cut at 3 1/2" each for 6" block finish.


If you would like to see what the other goals achieved during the month were pop on over to Elm Street Quilts.

There are still a couple of days left in March and I am hoping to make a start on sewing  the 4 patch blocks.

Back soon with some progress shots and in the meantime

 Happy sewing all

Friday, March 24, 2017

Bibs and other things

Last month I told you that I was going to make either a Sunbonnet Sue or Sam wall hanging  for a friend's new grandchild which was due early March but the new parents did not want to know what they were having so I had to wait before making that decision.   Well they had another girl and that got me thinking that perhaps  I  should make something else for the new bub so that big sister felt a bit special and had something different as her gift from us.    Big sisters can sometimes feel a" bit left out" when a new baby arrives on the scene so with that in mind I decided to make a couple of patchwork bibs instead.  It was interesting to think back when cutting up the fabric what it was left over from.


I used this pattern for Miss M when making her bibs a few years ago and found that they were a good size and the velcro fastening can be adjusted as necks grow.   I put flannelette on the back which is soft and also absorbent.

Next  item on my list in the sewing room was some in-between long pants for Miss M now that we are in autumn although the temps are far from autumnal but the time will come and it will be a bit too cool for shorts and twirly skirts.   I had already made another pink pair but forgot to photograph them before handing them over.  Miss M requested pockets in these as we all know that 3 year olds have many treasures which need to go with them during the day.



Next on the list is to start cutting out the fabric for Miss M's winter quilt.    I hope to make a start on that tomorrow.

Linking with Oh Scrap.

Back soon and in the meantime


Happy sewing all



Friday, March 17, 2017

The last stitch

Has been put into my daily circle quilt.  Nothing was going to come between me and a finish today and seeing that it is FNSI tonight I headed straight  to my sewing room after breakfast to make an early start just in case the day came "crashing down" around me again.   Yahooo!!!!   Here it is.   The photo shoot was done inside due to the size of the quilt and also it is raining.




Some statistics regarding the quilt -

Each square was cut 4 ½” to finish at 4”.    There are 366 squares with 3" circles on them which represents something that I did or happened each day.       There are  12 squares with letters on them to represent the beginning of each month making a total of 378 squares.   The quilt ended up being 72” x  84”.       I joined 3 rows at a time,  quilted them  then joined the backing and next three rows using the QAYG method without sashing as I wanted to see the whole year complete rather than looking at smaller sections that would have been created if  sashing  had been used and therefore broken that continuity.


I found out about 365 daily circles while doing some blog hopping and  started  the first of my circles back in March 2016 making this a 12 month project.    I did find it very “addictive” and really enjoyed having an excuse to play around with my scraps to find the “right” piece to represent each day.     The process of putting it together  became very boring towards the end and I was  pleased to put in the last stitch.      I knew while making  the  blocks and leaving the construction all to the end would be  major work but I was not sure how I wanted to put the blocks together.    At one stage the thought was to  put 6 months on the front and 6 months on the back and then one day there was a “light bulb” moment  when I saw  a scrap piece of fabric with letters on it which then gave me the idea to use those letters to represent each month to create a "calendar".    It is  named  “This was 2016”.  

Thanks for following my journey over the last 12 months.

Linking with FNSI at Sugarlane Designs, Quilty Folk 365 and Oh Scrap  

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Happy sewing all





Monday, March 13, 2017

On a mission.......

To get this daily circle quilt finished.    I had hoped to have it finished over the  weekend but life happens and  the best made plans do not happen.    I have now finished the quilting and just need to put on the binding and it is done!!!!!!


This will happen by the end of the weekend....hopefully and I can show you the whole of my 366 daily circles completed.

Linking with Oh Scrap.

Back soon and in the meantime

Happy sewing all

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

60 Day check-in

It is around 60 days since I signed up for the 100 day challenge and about 30 days since I last gave a progress report.    During the last 30 days I have managed to get all 21 rows of the 365 daily circle quilt joined with only the last 3 rows left to quilt.    I am now at the point of "just wanting to get it finished" and all my spare time is now spent quilting.      It is quite boring just following that "thin ivory line" of thread but the end is in sight.

Now onto my third item originally listed which was the rainbow quilt....... it is still sitting folded in the same position that it has been for a few months  looking very neglected.


See what I mean.  I still have about 40 days left so something could happen with it........maybe!

On my way up to my sewing room today I just happened to notice a very large green grub munching its way through one of my plants.



After removing this one I found 3 more all enjoying a "late breakfast".  

If you would like to see how the others are going with their 60 day check in pop over here.

Linking with Oh Scrap.

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Happy sewing all









Saturday, March 4, 2017

FNwF

Last night I took the opportunity to work a bit more on joining up the rows and quilting as I go on my 365 daily circles.    I now have 15 rows joined together and quilted which  leaves 6 rows left to work on.


Earlier in the day I had some time to pre-wash the fabric for Miss M's quilt which is now hanging in the garage trying to dry off .     After all the intense heat of the last couple of months we now have a "big wet" which is expected to last until the end of the week.  

Thanks Cheryll for organising another productive night.

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   Happy sewing all

Thursday, March 2, 2017

March OMG

The time has come to sign up for this month's OMG and this month my mission is to make a start on a winter weight quilt for Miss M's bed.    I took her "shopping" in my stash over the weekend and this is what we found


I have a few ideas for a pattern....something that is not going to chop up the fairy fabric too much.

Back soon with some progress photos of what I have decided on and in the meantime

Happy sewing all

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

FNwF

Don't forget that this Friday night is Friday Night with Friends and if you would like to join in with the fun here  is where you can find out all about it and put your name down.

                  Everyone is WelcoMe

See you all there and in the meantime

Happy sewing all

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

It is happening

My goal for this month was to get the first three rows of my QAYG circles completed and I am happy to say that I have managed to get 6 rows done.


And I have even made a start on getting the next three rows joined and partly quilted.


I even surprised myself with such progress.   The quilt has now gotten to the "too big" for my sewing table that I have had to move from my sewing room and onto our large dining table in order to get the support needed for the weight.    This QAYG method is working out and is going to be the method used from now on.     No more trying to push and shove large amounts of fabric through the machine throat.

Thanks Patty for keeping us on track with our monthly goals and if you would like to see what others have achieved in the last month pop on over to Elm Street  Quilts.

Back soon with some photos of more rows together and quilted and in the meantime

Happy sewing all






Saturday, February 18, 2017

Secret sewing

Is now finished and has been delivered.      Nothing like getting an idea in the middle of the night very close to a birthday and having to execute it in a few hours.     Last week when going through my fabrics for something else as one does from time to time I had this brilliant idea to make a mug rug to go with a birthday gift.     And seeing that it is the Year of the Rooster and the birthday girl concerned is a Rooster according to Chinese astrology it seemed appropriate.


During the week I was walking through a fabric store and some fabric jumped right out and said "make a beach bag out of me".    What could I say but add it to the secret sewing list also.  I did not have a pattern for the bag but a quick "google" soon answered size and a few other questions.     I really made two bags - one inside the other - and just poked the belting used for the handles down between the two and stitched around the top and again about 3/4" below the first row to secure the handles well because as you know beach bags tend to get a lot of things stuffed into them.    I also put one large pocket secured at the top with velco and two smaller pockets on the inside to keep car keys safe as well as sunscreen and bottles of water upright.   The bottom of the bag is boxed.    I was very happy with the result and the birthday girl was too.


With all this hot weather that we have been having it was a good opportunity to start FNSI early and get some fabric pre-washing done.   I know that it is hard to think winter clothes but the cool weather will be here one day and I want to be ready.


The flannette is for pj pants and the others will be tops, cardigans and long pants for Miss M.    My overlocker will be working overtime soon.     Maybe the weather will have cooled down enough by next month's FNSI to start making the clothes.

Thanks Wendy for another fun night.  Linking with Oh Scrap

Back soon and in the meantime

Happy sewing all



Friday, February 10, 2017

30 Day Check-in

It is just over 30 days since I signed up to join in the 100 day challenge back in early January and the 3 items that I listed were firstly  my 365 daily circles which I will endeavour to at least get all the blocks sewn together, secondly will be to finish off the rainbow scrap quilt and next on my list is to make a new bag for myself.

Confession time - I have now sewn 6 rows together and they are all quilted - only 15 rows left to join up and quilt as I go.      



Moving on to my next goal of the rainbow quilt.   Sadly it is still sitting in exactly the same position as it was a month ago.   What can I say!  Next on the list is my bag which I can report  is finished and has attracted quite a few admiring comments when used a couple of times this week.

I will be interested to see what progress is made with my goals during the next 30 days when I next report back on this challenge. 



I have a little bit of secret sewing to do over the next week using these fabrics.



You can see how everyone else is progressing with their goals for the 100 day challenge over at Quilter in the Closet.

Back soon with some photos of my secret sewing and in the meantime


Happy sewing all