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

FNwF

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

OMG

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

FNSI

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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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 myself....no 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

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Safe arrival

My last post was all about packed up boxes and I am pleased to report that hubs and I had a very smooth move and have now been in our new abode for a week.     We have been beaving away every day and I can safely say that the kitchen, laundry and bathrooms are now all in order.      The main bedroom has a couple of "unimportant" boxes left to unpack and there is still some work to be done in the sewing/computer room as well as the second bedroom.  

Most computer problems have been sorted....we have changed service providers and need to advise of a new email address as well as change of address.   Hubs did write a  list of who we need to advise before we moved and it is slowly being ticked off.

Each day we give ourselves of goal of which area we are to get into order and  we hope  to have all boxes unpacked by the end of the weekend.   We are waiting on some new furniture to arrive for the lounge room but all in all that room is pretty much finished as well.  

I have a question for all you "tech savvy bloggers".....I will be cancelling my Optus account within the next week and I noticed in my blogger settings under Edit User Profile and down to Identity the user name is in the old email address but it does not appear that I can change it?????     


The area displaying "username" cannot be accessed.      Does anyone have any ideas how to change it?

Time to move on and start the next lot of boxes.     Today I am working in the sewing area - most important.

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 Happy sewing all

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Boxes, boxes and .......

More boxes.    Five more sleeps until moving day for hubs and I so it has been a packing marathon around here.    I can finally report that my sewing room is now all packed up and ready for the removalists on Thursday morning.   


If you would like to see what should have been happening on FNSI - sewing that is - then pop on over to Wendy's blog.

I am not sure when I will be back here as the internet has yet to be connected in our new home - hopefully that is going to happen on Wednesday but we all know about the best made plans of men and mice - so in the meantime

Happy sewing all


Saturday, April 10, 2021

FNwF

My Friday night was spent not sewing but doing more packing up in my sewing room in preparation for our move in just under two weeks time.  

I am now having withdrawal symptoms from my sewing machine and so looking forward to getting my new sewing space organised.   

Time to head on over here to see some actual sewing that others did last night.  

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Happy sewing all

Monday, March 22, 2021

Salt & Sand Blog Hop

Since signing up for this blog hop "circumstances of life" have changed around here at the moment and sewing time has been severely limited so instead of pulling out of the hop I decided to revisit a previous item made that I think will fit in perfectly with the theme.      I made a series of Sunbonnet Sue wallhangings to represent each month of the year for my granddaughter's bedroom a few years ago and the one for November  was called "Seaside Sue".    November is the month that we in Australia start to think about heading back to the beach as summer in only a month away.     


Time to head on over to the following blogs to see more Salt and Sand.

 March 22
 
March 23
 
March 24
 
March 25
 
March 26

Thank you Carol  for organising such a fun blog hop.

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Happy sewing all

Friday, March 19, 2021

7,8,9

Not much has been happening in the sewing room  over the past few weeks as hubs and I have made the decision to "downsize"  from our family home of 45 years to an apartment in an  over 55's village.    We have been thinking on and off of moving over the past 2 years and we finally took the plunge and put our house on the market after we saw what we hope will be easy independent living for us both.   

So the past couple weeks has been us both culling, sorting and packing.     One seems to accumulate a "lot of stuff"  and when going through it you do have to ask yourself "why did I keep this?"    Many trips later to the tip and the Salvos  - with a few more to go - has seen a lot of it moved and the spare room is lined with packed boxes of things that we will not need - hopefully - before we move which should be in about 6 weeks time.  

I have left my sewing machine unpacked for the moment and did manage in between packing boxes and signing contracts to get blocks 7, 8 and 9 of the HST quilt sewn together.   


This only leaves 3 more blocks to go.   

Thanks Wendy for hosting another fun FNSI.

Linking with Put Your Foot Down
                      Finished or Not Friday

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Down one side.....

Flip and repeat on the opposite side. 

That was the progress made in starting on the next 3 blocks for the HST sampler.    

Next comes the job of separating,  pressing and trimming them up. 

Linking with Put Your Foot Down

                      Finished or Not Friday  

                      Patchwork & Quilts 

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Saturday, March 6, 2021

FNwF

This past week has seen me make some progress on the  HST sampler that I am working on.     When joining Cheryll and the others for FNwF I finished off block no 6.    This is what block numbers 4, 5 and 6 look like.   

I am now officially at the half way point - 6 done and 6 to go.    

Don't forget to check out here what others achieved last night.

Linking with Finished or Not Friday

                      Put Your Foot Down

                     Patchwork and Quilts

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Table Scraps

Yellow is the rainbow colour for February.   My yellow table scrap offering is


To see more yellow table scrap offerings head on over here.

Linking with TGIFF
                      Patchwork & Quilts
                      Finished or Not Friday
                      Scrap Happy Saturday


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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Show Your Stripes

Carla at Creating in the Sticks is always organising a fun blog hop and this one is no exception.   When looking at my stash I did realise that there is a distinct lack of stripes however I have been working with a fun range of toucan fabric which did include stripes so my dilemma was not a dilemma at all.    Unfortunately it did not make it to the finish line but there is a flimsy to share with you all.

Now it is time to do some blog hopping to see more stripes

Wednesday, February 24th

Getting these blocks together was my OMG as well as part of my WOOFA challenge for February.   

Linking with OMG

                     Put Your Foot Down

                    Gone Stitchin'

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

FNSI

Not much time has been spent in the sewing room this week however all of the 192 x 4" squares for the HST sampler quilt are now cut and two of the blocks are together.

Last night when joining Wendy and the other crafters for FNSI a start was made on the third block.


I have to say that making these blocks is quite time consuming so progress is on the slow side - lots of trimming and pressing is needed to get sharp points.   

Don't forget to see what everyone else got up to last night here.  

Linking with Put Your Foot Down
                      Finished or Not Friday
                      TGIFF
                      Patchwork and Quilts

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Happy sewing all

Thursday, February 11, 2021

A finish and the next step

Time has been spent in the sewing room this past week working on a few items - namely getting my first attempt at scappy applique to the finish line.

                                                  

I decided to make my leaf in autumnal tones seeing that we are now in the last month of summer.   It was a relatively easy process and I can see more scrappy applique projects happening in the future.  

Once that was finished I moved onto the next step of my toucan quilt.   The rectangles are now joined to the smaller squares.   


Time was also spent cutting up 4" squares for my challenge quilt.   A total of 96 4" squares is needed for the background fabric and a mixture of  96 4" squares from the remaining 8 fabrics.    There is quite a bit of cutting to be done before construction can begin.   


Linking with Put Your Foot Down
                      Finished or not Friday
                      TGIFF
                      Patchwork & Quilts
                      Meadow Mist Designs

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Saturday, February 6, 2021

Progess on two fronts

Good progress is being made on my fun toucan quilt.    First step was to sew the two small squares together and then getting them pinned to the rectangles.


Putting that aside it was time to have a play with the pieces of my scrappy applique.   


One of the members of my small Tuesday quilt group has given us a challenge.    She has chosen this pattern


And  kindly offered us access to her vast stash to pick our fabrics and on completion of the quilts they are to be donated to the local hospital auxiliary of which two of us are members.   

Fabric choosing took place during the week.   I went the safe option of red, white and shades of grey


The other choice was lilac/mauve and green


And the 3rd choice was completely different with aqua, orange and mustards


We are aiming for one block every week.  It will be interesting to see them grow and if the different colourways affect the final product.   

Don't forget to head on over here to see what the other crafters achieved when joining in with FNwF which is organised by Cheryll on the first Friday night of each month.  

Linking with Put Your Foot Down
                      TGIFF  
                      Friday Finished or Not
                      Patchwork & Quilts

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Happy sewing all

Monday, February 1, 2021

Decision Time

I was given this pretty and vibrant fabric a while ago and it is time that it was broken out of its packet. 

It has been taken out of the cupboard a few times looked at and put back as I was not sure how it was to end up.  The one thing I did know was that it was not going to be cut up into small squares as the toucans needed to be showcased.   


After much thinking out came a piece of paper to draw up a rough diagram.  (Every quilter can relate to the messy scribblings and measurements which would mean nothing to anyone else but themselves.)


Which is loosely based on a quilt that I made quite a few years ago 


The pieces are now cut and ready to go through the machine


Getting the blocks together will be my OMG for February.

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Happy sewing all