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