Sunday, June 19, 2016


It was an all out effort to get the big girl quilt finished as Miss M is coming over in a couple of weeks to stay for the  weekend.     On with the walking foot to do some outlining of the sails on the boat, the jetty, the waterline, around the lily pads and along the stems of the leaves.    It was a lot of pushing and shoving in order to get the quilt through the harp and I have to admit that I do need to look very closely in order to see the quilting - not sure if that is a good or bad thing.    I just did stitch in the ditch for each of the borders.    Here is a close up of the panel

And the next photo shows borders

During the week hubs and I had a break away at the mountains and being this time of the year there was lots and lots of fog.    Now you can see the cliffs

Now you cannot

A little cake and coffee to warm up with

Thanks Wendy for hosting another fun night and the tropical theme was a complete contrast to the mountain weather and the rain which is now heading towards Sydney again.

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

First sewing lesson

When Miss M was visiting last time I had to let down  the hems on  a few of her winter pants - she is having another growth spurt that 2 year olds tend to have on a regular basis - so out with the sewing machine and she was fascinated by the needle going up and down and backwards.    Maybe a future sewist in the making.

I had time during the week to cut, sew and trim up my blues tending to aqua with a hint of lime green 9 patch blocks that I am making for the Rainbow Scrap challenge.     A few other "hues" were added to the mix!

I have quite a collection of 9 patch blocks now for the Rainbow Challenge and they are looking rather pretty altogether.    I am looking forward to seeing what next months colours are.    

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

A Sewing Party

Who could resist an invitation to a sewing party?    The weather bureau has issued a weather alert for gale force winds,  local flooding and do not drive on the roads unless absolutely necessary so what a good excuse to sit and sew without having to feel guilty about sewing  all weekend.   The weeds in the garden will still be there when the rain decides to move on - they will be easier to tackle when the ground is soaked.

Taking a break from quilting the big girl bed quilt I decided to have a play with my May circles.  I had fallen behind by about a week so time to catch up.

I have now completed five months worth of blocks which are all piled up ready to be trimmed.

Time to go find scraps for this months colours for the  Rainbow scrap challenge which are blues tending toward aqua  along with a pop of lime green.    I could think of one fabric straightaway that I had and surprisingly I found a few more that fit the bill.  

 Some of these fabrics will need  fussing cutting in order to try and keep as close to possible to the colours.     But that is for another day.

The sewing party is going all weekend and if you would like to join in the fun and help celebrate Chookshed's 4th birthday  it is not too late to sign up over here.

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Big girl bed quilt

Now that Miss M is 2 and a half plus a bit  she now sleeps in a big girl bed when she comes visiting on the weekend so it is essential that she has her own big girl bed quilt.    I bought a panel a couple of years ago knowing that it would be too small as it is for a single bed so lots of borders would need to be added to make it the right size.   I decided to go with adding borders of matching fabric rather than making blocks as I wanted the panel to be the feature.

My dining room table has been commandeered while the quilting process takes place.   I decided to outline some of the shapes in the panel then just do stitch in the ditch around each of the borders.

I am making reasonable progress with the quilting.    I still have quite a bit of outlining to go plus stitching around each border then put on the binding.  

This quilt needs to be finished as a  priority so I am going to make it my OMG for June.

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