Sunday, September 24, 2017

No Fuss Stitch-a-Long progress

Today was a meeting with Sunday Stitchers.  It's a great hand stitching opportunity so I took my blocks for Ruth's Quilt - doing this in conjunction with the No Fuss Stitch-a-Long.
I finished two blocks today.

Added to these already done...makes a total of 7. 
 Happy with that - as Christmas approaches there will be other things to occupy my hands so it's good that I am a bit ahead of "schedule" - though really it's a very loose arrangement - there are no rules over at No Fuss and certainly NO Quilt Police.  

Friday, September 15, 2017

FNSI - September

Apparently it's footy finals time - yippee...(as in nearly the end of the season)

There are two adult males living here at the moment - two football games on - two TVS - so I was "stuck" in my sewing room...so sad.


Once dinner was over and done with - just in time for the 7:50pm start - I escaped - music on - a few emails and a bit of tidying up done - then into some stitching.

I finished off block 4 for Ruth's Quilt.



I do find sitting on a regular chair means I am not as likely to drift off....so tonight was more productive than most Friday nights.

Thanks to everyone for keeping me company - thanks as always to Wendy for hosting us.  I hope to catch up with some fellow FNSIers over the weekend.

And in case you care -  I believe the right teams won (ie Cats, Broncos) - even though the Ref/Umpire didn't do everything right in the AFL game.  



Sunday, September 3, 2017

Ruth's Quilt - No Fuss Stitch-a-Long

Some things just "happen" . . 

Helen of the Tuesday girls decided she would make Ruth's Quilt - over a period of time...the other Tuesday girls were quick to join ...then it spread to the Sunday Stitchers group...now it's the No Fuss Stitch-a-Long and an IG tag #nofussstitch

I had the book - so I joined in (got sucked in...)   I found fabrics sitting around - planned for another project which is not likely to happen for many a day if at all now....
bought some background fabric and found a Cottage Garden Thread (#408) in my collection.I've traced a row of the stitcheries - Here are 2 that are finished:




and I have cut plenty of rectangles ready for sewing together when the mood strikes - or in between other projects...maybe a leaders & enders project for now.

The "plan" on the blog is just 3 stitcheries a month and a finish in 15 months.  At the rate most of us are going it will be easy enough.

If you would like to join in - the book is available from overseas but - maybe your friends might have a copy??  or just ask around...

Pop over here if you'd like to join and share your progress.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

FNWF - September

I am still on Annual Leave (and recovering from a jam packed sewing retreat) so I was able to do a bit of sewing stuff during the day as well as at night time.

I am booked into a series of classes learning how to use some whizz bang techniques on my new machine - and for homework (!!!) I have to make a disappearing 9 patch quilt.
Part of my FNWF was making the first set of squares:



Whilst sewing I saw this message on my machine:

Love it - and you can even set when the warning message appears - mine is set for half a metre.

Thanks Cheryll again for hosting and organising us all.  Pop over here for the linky of all who joined in.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Retreat Day 5

Sadly, our last day - and only half a day.

Nolene finished off this quilt - Louise named it "Mt Alford Fires".

I worked on my SAL blocks - getting ahead of schedule where I can - shhh - don't tell the whip crackers!!!!  I couldn't fir the 3rd row on the table - but I it will get there.
I also made up a needle case - this is the current Tilda project from Quirky Quilts
(I changed it a bit - of course!!!)

Louise & Maureen were both busy for the remaining time, but no additional finishes.


The final tally board:

I think collectively we all did a great job. 

Watch out girls - remember I have the post it notes and I will be asking about progress next year.

We are all booked in for 2018...I wonder how many sleeps til then . . 

Back to semi-reality now - and back to work on Monday....








Monday, August 28, 2017

Retreat Day 4

The numbers are dropping slowly....by the end of tonight - only 5 left - we started with 12.

Some more finishes:

 My SAL block for August
 Dianne's gorgeous Pierrot doll
 Nolene's jelly roll quilt
 a very dedicated grandma's efforts - all up 8 dresses for 2 grand daughters.
 Louise's baby quilt
 Maureen's embroidered quilt as you go quilt - the embroideries were started in 1986 - who's counting??   They are designed by Margaret Rolfe.


My baby quilt - not finished but at the "planned" stage:


Finally for tonight - the Tally Board


Not too many to go!!!
and still a morning.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Retreat Day 3

To start:  A bit of Show & Tell
One of our "newbies" brought along some dolls to show us:
The heads are from the 1930s - made of paper mache.  The bodies are newer, some of the clothing is from the 1920s.   Boudoir dolls.



Each year we organise a secret "Challenge" - 
This year we each made a non slip mat for the foot pedal of our sewing machines.
No-one has to make it...but everyone seems to play along.


I also offered another project - the teeny weeny pincushion

Here is the collection

As I was the "teacher" - my new one didn't quite make the "collection" shot, so it gets its own picture:


A group shot before some go home.



Those of us staying went to the Mt Alford Pub for dinner.  This time I had bangers & mash.


 Although we were all very busy, I don't seem to have too many pictures, but here is the Tally Board at the end of day 3.


There are still 8 of us staying on , so there will be more tags moved over on Monday & Tuesday.

Retreat Day2

Some finished projects from Day 2
Gail's bag
Donna's Toolys


Maureen's Love Faith & Hope

Rachel's I Spy


and the tally board:

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Retreat Day 1

As usual we started with lunch at the Mt Alford Hotel

I do love the lamb cutlets


Then back to the lodge....We have put up our tags for the projects we are working on...

I have just bought a new machine - I haven't had a lot of time to play with it...but have managed to master the basics...it's a dream....
Quite a few finishes today.....probably a lot more tomorrow.

I made good progress on my first project - hopefully a finished flimsy tomorrow.






Friday, August 18, 2017

FNSI - August

Tonight DH, DD2 and DDBF (DD Boyfriend/Partner) went to the NRL footy - change of pace for DH as he is an AFL fan...but I digress..
So I had the whole night free - home early (so he could get to the match on time) and 
leftovers from last night for dinner.

Retreat is less than one week away (that would be 7 sleeps!!! YAY!!!) - I am still prepping projects - some are ready but I have one that I have been meaning to get off the list for ages - hopefully I will be successful and come home with a flimsy.

It's a a sashiko project - green ferns and plants.
I had to trim the blocks back to 15 1/2" and cut the sashings - isnt it scary cutting those first few blocks???...no spare blocks, no extra fabric - fortunately - after a lot of measuring and counting I got them done.   All packed.




I also had anther project to do some cutting for - its a bit of a secret so you will have to wait. And finally a bit of tracing ready for a new project that I will work on on Sunday.

I hope you all had a fun productive night.  Thanks to Wendy for keeping us motivated.   

Sunday, August 6, 2017

FNWF - August

Friday Night Sewing - I try - but sometimes its more "eyes resting" than productivity.  I did a bit of stitching and started prepping this pincushion.   I manged to finish it off Saturday night and filled it this morning.


I recently joined in the Tilda Tea Party with Quirky Quilts.  
The first project (before I joined) was a Tilda pincushion - so I decided I had to have one of those too - so I "begged" some additional fabrics from my bestie (I'm sure I am the only patchworker not to have a Tilda stash) and "whipped " this one up...

The project for August was a "Kimono Holder" - useful (??maybe) for a rotary cutter and I made thiat one during the week.


What is it about "peer pressure??"

Thanks to Cheryll again for hosting & coordinating us all - even though you are away from home!
Pop over here to see what everyone else got up to.





Sunday, July 16, 2017

Redlands Quilt Extravaganza

To cut a long story short - today should have been a sewing day with Sunday Stitchers...but three of us (De Cheryl & I) ended up at the Redlands Quilt Extravaganza at Cleveland.

There was so much to admire and get inspiration from....

Lots of photos coming...lots...

This is a variation on a one block wonder...always wanted to do one of these:

and a close up


 This one had a very interesting border... 
 Can't resist trees ..
 This was great - could only get a close shot
The quilting was fabulous

 I took this one for Chooky - the chooks are machine embroidery
 This was fairly small - but such a variety of embroidery stitches

This is a Nikki Tervo pattern - stitched circles on a jelly roll race quilt - not such a good shot but a wonderful quilt - would look equally good using another fabric in place of the stitched circles.
 This was an interesting border on a Lucy Boston quilt


Here are a few quilts by Lynne Williams - she had quite a few quilts on display.  I met Lynne many years ago when I went to a creative arty group - it stopped after a while - just as I was getting into it - but I admire this woman's talent immensely.
She has had a serious cancer scare and some of her quilts reflect what she went through in relation to the illness and her treatments.   Very moving.



 And I thought this was also very clever



 some interesting quilting
 Love the Amy Butler adaptation



 Jeanette - I took this one for you!

 De, Cheryl and I examined this one very closely - it is based on Bonnie Hunter's Maverick Star - but comparing this one to the original - I love this one so much more...Although it is "wonky" it is structured wonky - only the points are "off kilter" - what a great scrap quilt and a great group project . . .we thought . . . 


This is a close up of the stars:

You can see what I mean about structured . . .I hope

 It must have been the day for Wonky as we also spied this one - wonky flying geese:


So many new projects to start . . .so man old ones to finish first...??
Thanks for your company De & Cheryl - it was a great day

Sad we didn't get a sewing day - but we did have a ball.