Saturday, June 19, 2021

Take the leftovers

Cut them into 2 1/2" strips, sew them together,  grab a 60 degree ruler and start cutting like so

Turn the ruler upside down and start cutting again

And you will end up with

Keep cutting as above until you have 6 triangles.     Then arrange the pieces alternatively, sew together,  sandwich and pin ready for quilting.  (I kept cutting until I had 12 pieces)

Bind them - which is what I did last night during FNSI - and you will end up with two of these hot mats.  They are being donated to the local hospital auxilary for their fund raising stall next month.     If they sell more will be made in the future.   

Don't forget to hop on over to Wendy's blog to see what the others achieved during FNSI.     

I need to get back to my scrap bag challenge tablerunner and finish it off - it is my nominated OMG for June and also due for "show and tell" in 3 weeks time.

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Happy sewing all

Friday, June 11, 2021

Moving right along

During the week I was working on and off cutting the sashings and borders of the HST challenge quilt.  All 12 blocks were sewn together, the red border is on and this is how it looks now. 

Next week it is being sent off for quilting and on its return I will  put on the binding.   In the past I have always done my own quilting but this one along with the other two quilts which are being made by the other two members of the group are being donated to charity and the member who set the challenge has offered to have them quilted professionally....who am I to argue.    I see many hours being saved on my part.

Linking with Put Your Foot Down

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Saturday, June 5, 2021


Last night was the first Friday night of the month which means getting to sew along with those who signed up over here.    I spent the evening sewing blue strips together for my new table runner  and then trimming them up.  Progress so far.

Next step is to add the borders.    

Thanks Cheryll for organising us each month.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021


I have let all my commitments to deadlines go over the last few months but now it is time to start setting goals again in the sewing department.    

After measuring and re-measuring the fabrics in the scrap bag it was decided to go with a table runner.  So far the strips are cut and some are arranged in what I think will be their order.  I did add in a couple of extra pieces of fabric so that I could have a reasonably long runner on completion.   

My OMG for June will be to get all the strips sewn together, trimmed and sandwiched ready for quilting.

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Saturday, May 22, 2021


Time to get myself out of "move mode",   back into the sewing room and pick up where I left off  with the HST challenge quilt that I was working on with my Tuesday quilt group before our move.    9 squares were completed  which left three to finish before the next step of joining them together.  The various pieces for each block had been cut which enabled me to get them sewn up when I made an early start yesterday morning.  Blocks 10,11,12 are all finished and can be seen below.

Next step is to cut the sashing which goes between each block.   I have chosen this spotty grey and white fabric.

Hubs and I have been in our new home for 1 month.   All the boxes are unpacked, new furniture is  delivered and in place.    We are certainly enjoying our new lifestyle and have met quite a few of our neighbours.   There are some lovely walks around the property and one of my favourites is to head down to the waterfall

Time to go on over to Wendy's blog and catch up with the others who were crafting away last night.

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Happy sewing all 

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Scrap Bag Challenge

The ladies at my Saturday quilting group have been given a challenge - fill a plastic bag 15" x 10" with your unwanted scraps bring it to quilting, place it in a box then we blindly take out another bag.    I was lucky enough to pick out a bag containing out these fabrics.    

Whilst there is not enough fabric to make a quilt they are reasonably good sized pieces - smaller than a fat quarter but bigger than a fat 1/8".   The three pieces at the bottom of the photo are not as big as the other pieces but maybe they could be used somewhere so they will not end up in the scrap basket just yet.  

Now what to make - it can be anything from a pincushion to???????  We have until our July meeting when show and tell will be held.

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Happy sewing all

Saturday, May 8, 2021

All set to go

It has been 4 weeks since my sewing machine has had any exercise even though it has been sitting patiently on its new table for 2 weeks now waiting for me to finish off unpacking boxes - all have now been emptied except for those which contain the contents for a display cabinet that was ordered during the week but will not be here for approx 5 weeks...those boxes are now out of sight in the second bedroom cupboard.

I was so looking forward to last night when joining Cheryll and the other crafters for  FNWF.    At last I could it down and sew which I did until I discovered the everything else was in place except for the power cord for my sewing machine......WHAT I said to myself - all boxes for the craft room have been unpacked and disposed of so where is the cord.    Getting up from my chair and looking in all the obvious places with no luck it was time to head downstairs into our storage area as I knew there was a box down there marked "extension cords etc" .   No luck there either - then I spotted my sewing trolley - it must be in there I said to again.    Now where to look ????

Back into the sewing room again for another look at what I had looked at before with the exception that I did not take out the foot pedal for the overlocker and there it was neatly packed with that.

The missing cord is now where it should be.  

By this time I had lost all motivation to  sew so I sat down,  had a piece of chocolate and watched tv instead.    I hope that everyone else who joined in with FNWF did better than I did last night.

Further to my last post and the question that I asked re whether I could access my blog when it was set up under my previous service provider the answer to the question is that all seems to be OK so far.    I am able to access, comment and post so thank you to all those who offered advice.   

I need to get my head around where I was up to with the challenge quilt that I was working before the move and hopefully now that I am returning to my two quilting groups this week that I can get back into the grove again.   

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Happy sewing all