Friday, November 20, 2020

A finish

Over the past week I have been working on my pineapple blossom tablerunner and am pleased to say that it is finished.     The frixon pen and iron were certainly given a workout while trying to decide on how to quilt it.     It is bright and vibrant so hence it has been called "A Study in Colour".


All of the batik fabrics had been given to me.   The black as well as the backing fabric have been in my stash for sometime so a no cost runner.     Got to be happy with that.  

This was my nominated OMG for November.     Thank you Patty for giving us the opportunity to share our finishes.      

Before ending  I would like to share with you what I saw outside the community hall last week where my large quilting group meet once a month.


On closer inspection when mum hopped off the nest there were 13 eggs she was sitting on.  Some of the eggs  have hatched and you can see a few yellow ducklings snuggling in.  


Poor little things.  I hope that they survive but mum has picked a busy, noisy, exposed spot to set up her nest.  

Linking with Put Your Foot Down
                      Midweek Makers
                      TGIFF
                      Finished or Not Friday
                      Brag about your Beauties


Back soon and in the meantime

Happy sewing all

Thursday, November 12, 2020

This Week in the Sewing Room

Saw the pineapple blossom tablerunner moving towards the finish line.   So far the blocks are sewn together, sandwiched and pinned ready for quilting. 

I have changed my mind a couple of times as to how to quilt this one.  It is now spread out on my once tidy couch waiting for a decision to be made.

A couple of months ago a member of the local a hosptial auxiliary that I belong to invited me to join her very small quilting group.    There are only three of them and they have been meeting together once a week for 10 years.  They all fell in love with the pineapple blossom block when I showed them so it was decided that we would each make a tabletopper using Christmas fabrics.   There is a limit of 5 fabrics only to be used.    These are my chosen fabrics.

I did finish off what I call a "no fuss" Christmas tree.   It now resides with my parents and will be their easy "put up pull down" Christmas tree.


Linking with Put Your Foot Down
                      Finished or not Friday   
                      TGIFF

Back soon and in the meantime

 Happy sewing all

Saturday, November 7, 2020

FNwF

Another first Friday of the month turned up again which meant it was time to join Cheryll and many others in a fun night of sewing and crafting.     My purple fabric basket is now completed.


For the green and yellow basket I put bias binding around the top but  changed it for this one.   Looking at the photo I think that some top stitching is needed to be done to give it a finished look.    That will be my first job when next in the sewing room.  

And a start was made on cutting up blue squares for the next fabric basket.  

Slow progress is happening on the pineapple blossom blocks as I keep getting distracted by other things in the sewing room.

As I have joined Carol in her annual Virtual Cookie Exchange and Christmas blog hop I had better put my thinking cap on and put some Christmas fabric under the needle.  Thinking thinking. 

Thanks Cheryll for organising us again with another productive FNwF.  Time to head on over  here and see what was being created in other households last night.  

Linking with Put Your Foot Down 

                      TGIFF

                      Finished or Not Friday

Back soon and in the meantime

Happy sewing all

Sunday, November 1, 2020

OMG for November

Time to have a play around with that pile of  8 1/2" batik squares that I was given last month.   There is not enough to make anything big so a tablerunner it will be.    Having spent ages on Pinterest looking for ideas a decision was made to go with the pineapple blossom block.   


A few different colours were auditioned for the centre block and the radiating corners but black seemed to be the one to stand out from the others.  I have quite a lot of plain black in my stash to use up.  

My goal for this month will be to make a new tablerunner.   

We have hit the storm season again and true to form out goes the power again yesterday.   More storms are forecast for the next few days so I will make a start on some gardening while the ground is soft and the weeds offer no resistance  when pulled out.   Once that has been taken care of time to head off to the sewing room to cut and sew more pineapple blocks - hopefully we will not lose power again.    

Now that a lot of restrictions have been eased off due to COVID it is nice to be able to catch up with friends again to enjoy a meal together at a restaurant.       Hubs and I were very good during the week and opted for the healthy option when ordering.   I went with the Vietnamese chicken salad


And hubs the chicken ceasar salad

  
Linking with OMG 

Back soon and in the meantime

Happy sewing all

Saturday, October 31, 2020

This Week in the sewing room

Has been about using up scraps from those small overflowing plastic containers that are cluttering up my sewing room.    At some stage in the past they were in colour order but over time they have become a jumbled mess.   This does not include the six drawers of my sewing table jammed full of scraps.    Embarrassing.  


So you can see the need for my fabric baskets that are being made from these scraps.   So far I have made green and yellow baskets with good progress being made using purple fabrics.  The squares for the outside are all sewn together and the sides have been sandwiched and pinned ready for some FMQ.


I also finished off my shower cap for a blog hop using pink scraps.    


My WOOFA challenge for this month was to continue organising my scraps and use them in projects which I think was met.   To see more WOOFA challenges pop on over here.

Back soon and in the meantime

Happy sewing all 

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

From the Heart

My first thought when signing up for this blog hop was to make something personal and pretty - preferably in pink.   I spent sometime going through craft magazines looking for ideas but nothing jumped out and said personal and pretty.  I got on and did some other sewing always with thoughts going through my mind of what to make and one day when walking into bathroom I spotted my shower cap that I made last year  hanging up  - it is the best shower cap I have ever owned - and my mind was made up of what to make.    

Now I could have gone into my stash and found many pretty pink fabrics to make the cap from but no why take the easy way when you can "make" the fabric from 2 1/2" squares.   The piece needed to be  22" x 22" so all that was needed was 11 across and 11 down - a total of 121 squares.     Easy peasy.  Making the fabric  


All the squares are sewn together and starting to mark out the circle for cutting.  I use ripstop nylon on the inside to make it waterproof.  


And the final result.     A gift from the heart incorporating the challenge that I gave myself  of  4 "P's" -  personal, pretty, pink and patchwork.    


Thanks Carol for organising another fun blog hop.    To see more pretties head on over to the following blogs.   


                      TGIFF


Back soon and in the meantime

Happy sewing all

Thursday, October 22, 2020

This Week in the Sewing Room

Was spent working on and finishing off my Halloween wallhanging.   While Halloween is not celebrated in Australia like other countries I have always thought that it would be fun to have a small wallhanging so time was spent "googling" colouring in pages to find some ideas.    I came up with a couple of pictures and combined them to come up with this


I also added in a few star buttons  in the sky and of course a frog near the base of the cauldron.  It is hanging in my sewing room and everytime I look at it I have a little chuckle to myself.   This was my OMG project for October and I feel pleased to have it finished well within the timeframe.  

More time was spent on cutting up purple scrap fabric for my next fabric box and making a start on getting the squares sewn together.  Progress so far looks like this.  Believe it or not there is some sort of order and system in this. 


It is still a bit too cool for me to venture into the water to start swimming but I have been walking along the beach or above it.    How blue is blue

Or green is green


During the week I was given a whole lot of 8 1/2" batik squares.    My thinking cap has been put on  and the challenge is to come up with something to make with them.    Not all of them are my colour choices so it will be interesting to see how they end up.


Off to start the day - a day of domestic chores - and hopefully an hour or so in the sewing room if I am lucky.

Linking up with Put Your Foot Down
                           Finished or Not Friday
                           TGIFF
                           OMG
                           Meadow Mist Designs

Back soon and in the meantime

Happy sewing all