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.

Back soon and in the meantime

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 and Oh Scrap .

Back soon and in the meantime

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.

Back soon and in the meantime


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.

Back soon and in the meantime


   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


Saturday, February 4, 2017

FNwF

My goal last night was to finish off my new tote bag ready to use  for when I go out with the girls this week.   I like to have easily accessible pockets on the outside - both the front and back of the bag as well as the the sides - for slipping such things as mobile phones, travel tickets and other bits and pieces that you are frequently going to use but need secure.    On the inside there is one large pocket secured at the top with velcro and two smaller pockets for holding glasses,  tissues and other essentials that need to come along with me.


Thanks Cheryll for hosting FNwF again.

Back soon with some very slow progress photos of my  365 circles QAYG and in the meantime


Happy sewing all

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

What is happening

Nothing.....it is official that January has been the hottest on record and I have not been able to think sewing especially quilting as I am now up the stage of having to have the iron on in my sewing room and no more heat is needed so everything has come to a stand still.  Very frustrating to have the time to sew and not being able to get stuck into it.   Being the first of February means that it is time to set a goal for the month and me thinks that there is more heat to come so I will not be too ambitious and just try to quilt the first three rows of my 366 circles.    So far it is pinned and ready to go under the walking foot.


This is the first time that I have done QAYG and if it works out as I think then it will not be last -hopefully.

Back soon and in the meantime


Happy sewing all

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Sunbonnet Sue or Sunbonnet Sam

Which one should I make was the question that I asked a friend of mine whose son and daughter in law's second baby is due in about 5 weeks time.      She was unable to answer my question as the parents to be want a surprise at the end.    Not very helpful when trying to make a wallhanging for the new baby so I will just have to wait and see like everyone else but in the meantime I went ahead and made "big sister" one so that she will feel included when the time comes.   It was very easy to pick colours as like every little 3 year old girl purple and pink are her favourites.   I hope I picked the right shades of purple and pink for her wallhanging.


While making the first wallhanging I did pick out some colours suitable for both a "Sue" or  a"Sam" which will be revealed early March.

Linking with Oh Scrap.

Back soon and in the meantime

Happy sewing all

Thursday, January 26, 2017

A cup of Tea

I have spent far too long gazing at the Northern Lights in Canada while the rest of the group on tour has been sipping tea in England and almost getting ready to move onto the next destination.     Today has been much cooler to the point that  I can now think about sewing and adding another mug rug to my collection.   I knew that I had the perfect fabric to represent sipping tea and after going through my fabric boxes of course it was in the last one that I looked in....typical.   You can see what JoJo had in mind for our tour of England here and this is my interpretation


Next month we are moving onto Israel and I am curious  to know what JoJo will come up with to represent our travels.

Back soon and in the meantime


Happy sewing all

Sunday, January 22, 2017

FNSI

Thanks Wendy for organising the first FNSI of 2017 and despite the fact that the weather has not been conducive to much sewing lately due to the constant heat wave that has been hanging over us I did make a start on my new tote bag using the pretty cat fabric that I was gifted during last year.  


As you can see there is still a lot left to go - the lining needs to be cut and sewn as well as the handles and looking at the weather forecast for the next few days there will not be much sewing done again. If you would like to see what all the other crafty people achieved please pop over to Sugarlane Designs and you will not be disappointed.

Back soon and in the meantime

Happy sewing all


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Row by Row

Today has been the coolest day we have had for over a week so it was a good opportunity to head to my sewing room and make a start on sewing up my 374 squares.    I was very surprised to see just how quickly they sewed up into rows......I now have 18 blocks across and 21 rows sewn.


I was so motivated that the iron was turned on, seams pressed open to reduce the bulk as I put the wadding on when appliquing each circle to give extra weight for the stitching  and 3 rows are now sewn together.


Only 18 rows left to go however this is going to be very slow going from now on  as I have decided to do this quilt as "quilt as you" a technique I have not done before.  I have spoken to a few of the ladies at my quilt group who have done QAYG but they used sashing between the blocks and rows and I do not want to use sashing as it will break up the design of the quilt being a "calendar".   With the help of "Mr Google"  I did find a video showing what I thought was possible but I will need to make a couple of adjustments to fit in with what has been sewn so far and in my mind this should work....hopefully or else it is back to putting on my "thinking cap".  

Linking up with Oh Scrap

Back soon with more progress photos of my version of QAYG and in the meantime

Happy sewing all

Monday, January 9, 2017

What have I created!!!!!!

Is what I said to myself when I had a play with my 366 daily circles plus 12 extra blocks  with a letter on each one of them to represent every month of the year making a total of  378 squares to be joined together.   I have been kicking around quite a few ideas for many months - would I make 2 quilts each one representing 6 months of the year and join them back to back - no was the answer.   Would I go with the blocks down in columns  - again another no.    So after doing my maths by dividing, multiplying and adding I decided to go with a "calendar" style quilt - blocks for each day going across the quilt with 18 blocks  across and 21 rows down.    Each block was trimmed to 4 1/2" for a 4" finish.   This is what they look like all laid out and ready to be sewn.


See what I mean - what have I created!   Tomorrow is making a start on the sewing up process.  Wish me luck.     After making these circles for 366 days I am now finding at some point of each day I am thinking what fabric would represent today - this challenge was very addictive.

Linking with Building Blocks and Oh Scrap

Back soon with some progress photos and in the meantime.

Happy sewing all
 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

First finishes for 2017

Last night was FNwF and it was a good opportunity to finish off two items that I had started late last year.   Firstly  I will apologise for the quality of the photos - it is a very bright sunny day and trying to find a spot to photograph with the right light was just about impossible.    The colour of the bag is actually a very dark navy almost black but has come out quite pale.    Hubs is delighted with the result and especially all the pockets that I put both on the inside and outside of the bag so he can access whatever he needs easily - particularly the mobile phone.


A girl cannot have enough nighties in this hot weather and especially when there is such cute fabric around with  rabbits in teapots and cups.       I made the nightie a size bigger for Miss M as there is nothing worse than being restricted in night wear.


It looks like there were lots of  busy people last night creating some lovelies and the place to check it out is here.    Thanks again Cheryll for hosting another fun night.

Linking with OMG for January

Back soon and in the meantime
Happy sewing all

Thursday, January 5, 2017

100 Day Challenge


                                        

Is what caught my eye as I was doing some blog hopping and read with interest what this all about.

How does the 100 Day Challenge work?

1) Pick 3 specific Quilty/Craft goals - finish something old?  try something new?  declutter/destash?  easy/hard?  Doesn't matter, just be SPECIFIC.2) On Friday, January 6th, either leave your 3 goals in a comment in that day's Kick Off post, or write your own blog post with your intentions and link them up to the linky posted that day.3) Get to work4) Check in linky's will be posted at Day 30, Day 60, and Day 85.  (You can also tell us your progress in the comments section of the post that day if you don't want to link up).5) Finale will be April 15th (easy to remember as it is tax day in the US), when you will tell us how you did on your goals.



This sounds a great way to be committed but not overwhelmed as I have 3 items that came straight away to mind which I think will be achievable by  15th April.     

Firstly will be 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.   

If you would like to join in this challenge details about linking up  can be found here at  Quilter in the Closet.

Back soon and in the meantime

Happy sewing all

  

Monday, January 2, 2017

Best of 2016

                                   

It is nice to be able to look back on the year and see what has been achieved - or not.    I discovered that 2016 was the Year of the Small item as far as my sewing is concerned.   I did start a couple of what I hope will be "a quilt one day projects"  but below are a few of my favourite items that were finished and now enjoyed.

Firstly Cheers , good health

Was a set of placemats that were made for use when eating outside.

                                         
Secondly  The  Finish Line 

A UFO that had been sitting around my sewing room for a very long time and now sits proudly on the dining table of my son and daughter in law.

                                              

Next comes Cool Cats

A runner that I made for the piano from some very cute cat fabric that was bought for me from Japan.

                                                    

Then comes my origami candle mat

                                                

And last but not least Done and Dusted

A table runner that was the result of a "mystery train ride".

                                                        

Thanks goes to Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs for giving us the opportunity to share our work with others.

Back soon and in the meantime

Happy sewing all

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Waving goodbye to 2016

Which was not a particularly kind year health wise for a few of my family members and friends.   Nor was it a good year on the natural disaster front both locally and overseas.    Fortunately we were very lucky unlike some in our area and were not flooded during the heavy relentless  rain that continued for several days during June.    Quite a few of the homes and buildings  that were affected by the heavy rain and seas are still under repair today some 6 months later.     There has also been a lot of unrest worldwide so I am hoping for a healthier, safer, happier and better 2017 for all concerned.

On a happier note 4 generations of the family were able to join together and enjoy Christmas lunch. Hubs and I were able to get away for a couple short breaks during the past year and Miss M continues to be a delight -  we enjoy having her each Monday while her parents are working.  We  had a few repairs and replacements done around our home during the year which we are very happy with.   I also met up with my friend  as we celebrated our "40th friendship anniversary".    I purchased an overlocker during the year and wondered why I did not do this years ago.    How quick it is to sew up a garment.

Looking back at my sewing over the past year I achieved quite a few finishes and made quite a few starts which need to be turned into finishes during this year.      One of them was the Rainbow Scrap Challenge which I enjoyed immensely but only got as far as this before coming to a halt in November.  


Lengthwise it is about right but it needs to be a bit wider so that will be one of finishes for OMG being organised by Elm Street Quilts for 2017.     I also joined up with  Quilty Folk for the Quilty 365 challenge and pleased to say that I did complete 366 blocks - this year being a leap year - so that will keep me busy putting all those together.  Another one for OMG.

JoJo over at Through my hands blog came up with an interesting idea where we can travel the world with her and others as she takes us each month to another country.   All that we needed to join  was to apply for a passport for the fun to begin and so far we have sewn our way through Oregon - her home State, Hawaii, Canada and the current destination is England.     If you would like to see what this all about you can here.

I did start a messenger bag for hubs during December but due to all the Christmas/New Year activities I have not been near my sewing room for a few weeks.  I need to get my head around where I am up to as I have bits and pieces at various levels of construction.  This will be first project to finish off for the New Year.



I am looking forward to joining up with some more challenges as well as completing those set by my quilting group and of course sewing for Miss M.  Time allowed this afternoon to cut out such a cute piece of fabric for a nightie.  


I am embarrassed to say that I have not listed a couple of items which have been around for a LONG time but I might surprise myself and add them to OMG as the year progresses.

Linking with OMG at Elm Street Quilts.

Back soon and in the meantime

Happy sewing all