Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A May Finish

A while back I promised a "Pay It Forward" Quilt top.

This was a way of saying thank you to someone.  I was given a jelly roll to use and decided on a simple Post & Rail top.

I worked on this at Baradine in April and finished it off early May and handed it back to the lady I had promised it to.  She has a group of ladies who do a lot of quilting charity work, so they will quilt & bind it.

I did enjoy working with these colours.

Monday, May 21, 2018

FNSI - May and Sunday Stitchers


I am a bit late posting this - life has been crazy hectic and the weeknd was full on.

However, despite needing to do groceries on Friday night I as able to get some sewing done - I finished off the binding for this quilt.

The pattern is Vintage Christmas Blessings by Canning Town Patchwork.
And a big thanks to Wendy or gracious hostess.

This is my Project #7 for Sunday Stitchers 2018 Challenge.  I will add some more quilting later but for now it is (almost) finished.

I also had to finish off a decorated coathanger for a swap at Sunday Stitchers.

This is the one I made

Sunday Stitchers

The Tuesday Girls had decided that they would like to put on a special Mothers Day Morning Tea & part of that was the coat hanger swap.

The table looked stunning - hand made decorations, flowers, sandwiches, chocolates, baby pikelets and muffins.  We had been asked to bring along a pretty teacup, saucer & plate to add to the ambience.

 I received a lovely coat hanger from Lynda

A wonderful time was had by all - thanks to you all - especially that one who will remain nameless who is cracking the whip a bit so that we don't get boring . . . .

Thankfully, the next UFO Number for the Challenge is #5 - finally a quick and easy finish.  Whilst I am very motivated to achieve the goal for the month I am finding that some other projects are getting overlooked - hopefully not this month!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Gail Pan I Stich Club

I have been working on the April stitcheries on and off during the month - completed just in time for the next lot!
Here are March & April:

Friday, May 4, 2018

FNWF - May

Best Laid Plans

Friday Night - Geelong Cats are playing at night - it's on TV (probably Foxtel)...goodo I thought - get dinner on the way home - eat it - and escape to my favourite place!!!
NO - a "family" dinner was on - sort of extended family - DD2's partner's off to Carina Leagues Club.   And really you can't just eat and run . . .(tempted though I was)

So my sewing treat was cut a bit short - however DH brought me home a gift:

so, I had to play with that first.  
Sadly it only comes with 3 of the letter I had to improvise.  DD2 tells me I can buy extra sets of letters at K Mart...a bit of shopping will be necessary!

Then I finished putting this one together.

This is Project 7 for the Sunday Stitchers 2018 Challenge - my goal was to create the top - so that is more or less done....
The original pattern (From CanningTown Patchwork @ Warwick - now closed) was a more Christmassy theme.  I think it was called Vintage Christmas Blessings.  
It included embroidered words - Peace. Joy. Blessings etc in the strips between the rows...and stars on the trees.  Although I liked the quilt when I first saw it - I really do not need another Christmas quilt (must remember that when I am looking at patterns) - especially in these colours, so the words went.  There is also some embroidery between the houses and I'm not sure I really like that either - so I need to think about the "space" and decide how to fill that in - any suggestions welcome.

When that was done, ironed and photographed, I sewed a few rows of Ruth's Quilt together - pictures later on.

All in all - not too bad for a late start after a very busy / stressful / tiring week (2 weeks actually) at work (including working half of my "day off").

I hope you all had a fun and productive night - thanks for your cyber company and thanks to Cheryll for managing to still have a "party" whilst buzzing around all over the place,
Happy weekend to all - and if you are in Queensland - Happy Long weekend..... (though really we do not need another public holiday...yet)

Monday, April 30, 2018

Skyline Quilt

In a small group that I belong to....(there are only 4 of us)...we decided to make blocks from Tula Pink's 100 Modern Quilt Blocks.....I had a collection of fabrics in browns & aqua - with numbers and words and thought they would work for this.   (Elementary by Sweetwater).
I loved the idea of the Skyline quilt in the book - but really did not need any more huge I worked out the size I wanted and worked out how many blocks to make.

These blocks are so easy - I could get through about 4 in a night - cutting and sewing (TV must have been pretty bad at the time) and I did minimise how many half square triangle blocks I did.

I wanted the quilt to look like a city skyline so I selected blocks for the top of each column to look like the top of office buildings - lightning conductors, air conditioning units etc.  Other than planning that I just made blocks.   I was able to organise them by colour groupings without any re-makes...that was a fluke.

I found the background (a wideback fabric) and cut the strips for in between and above the buildings and the side borders.  I quilted down each seam, vertically between the seams, across some seams horizontally, then I added machine embroidered stars and the moon - a lucky find to get a bali that looks just like the moon (I think).

This was Project #12 for the Sunday Stitchers' Challenge...and it was partially completed on time... Happy to say it is all done now.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Busy (sewing) weekend

I confess I do often get a lot of sewing done over a weekend - most weekends one day at least is at one of my Sewing Groups.  This weekend - on Saturday (my non-group day)- after some "retail therapy" shopping and the dreaded groceries - I had to hide in my Sewing Space as DH had a cousin to visit - to watch the AFL...apparently Geelong lost - must have been bad refereeing again.....

So I worked on Ruth's quilt - I had joined the long rows (columns if you are thinking of Excel)...but had to remove a few pieces and substitute other fabrics and then I sewed 4 of these columns together...doesn't sound like a lot but there was some extra cutting involved...and it is further progressed than before . . . .

(Not a great shot)

Saturday night I spent some time cutting the brown borders and strips for the 4 patches for the baby quilt, and Sunday - at our group meeting, I made the 4 patches and joined the blocks into the top bottom and two sides.

Tonight - after dinner (and watching MKR) I was able to add the brown border and the 4 rows to the top bottom and sides.   I think I will add another brown border and that will be it.

I best go to work tomorrow to have a rest!

I hope you had a fun weekend doing what you like to do.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Working on a Baby Quilt

I took advantage of a Public Holiday yesterday (Anzac Day) and stitched these alphabet blocks:

to go with this fabric for a baby quilt.

(There will be a strip of brown to separate the two.)

I know it  looks like my colour placement is odd - but I plan to put them randomly around the edge - (more educational???) with 4 patches to make up the right number (probably 10 each side).
Whoever dreamt up the alphabet could have been more considerate of people planning to arrange letters ...26??? it doesn't divide pleasingly at all...

Stay tuned ...need to get moving on this one.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Stitching Seams with Polka Dot Dreams

This cropped up as Project #9 for Sunday Stitchers UFO Challenge.  I can't remember when I stitched this, but it's been lying around for a while - waiting for inspiration....I didn't really want a mini quilt this time....but I was packing for a sewing day and realised for my Best Friends project (a long term WIP)....either I needed a big clunky plastic box, or two containers to hold all the threads I was using as well as the fabric/stitching. 
**Light bulb moment**
I decided I could organise a thread pattern needed and I could "just whip one up"....LOL...working with vinyl does not lend itself to "whipping it up"...Nevertheless I managed to concoct something like I had in mind and now I have a way to transport my threads - as you can see they are still doubled up...but this will work for me.

This is the binding I was doing for FNSI - 
and I didn't want to show this before the "reveal" at Sunday Stitchers.

I actually had another 
**Light bulb moment**  when cutting the vinyl....
naturally it is quite hard to see when on a cutting mat and even more difficult once you put a clear ruler on top - and if you want to lift the ruler and move it - the vinyl sticks to the ruler . . . ah ha I thought - if I put the vinyl down on the lines of the mat and then sticky tape the vinyl to the mat...I will be able to see the edge better and the vinyl won;t move as I move the there!!!! - you may have worked that one out yourself but in tip of the day!!!!

And then, because I'm a matchy matchy sort of girl I decided I needed a zippy pouch to go with it - to hold the stitching of course!

So all I need now is a scissor holder/pincushion sort of thing.... maybe a scrap bucket...and  . . .projects for another day.

Friday, April 20, 2018

FNSI - April

Another month has rolled by and here we are again - gathered at Wendy's cyer house to sew and maybe drink tea, coffee, wine champers...who knows??

I sewed some binding on a small project - to be revealed soon - and then I cut the pieces for a zippy pouch - I was going to start making it , but decided I didn't like the zip I had,  nor the instead I am doing my blog post and organising a pile of bits to take to Sunday Stitchers this Sunday.  
Several of us are going to make striped blocks so we need machines and the bits & bibs that go with it, power leads & power boards, pre cut strips...all this as well as the usual - lunch, Show & Tell and I have a pile of crochet blocks to give to Maria...Hopefully it won't be bucketing rain when I arrive and unload!

At least this month I didn't fall asleep on the recliner watching TV!!

I hope everyone had a productive day/night...weekend...catch you all next time!
Thanks Wendy - always grateful for the motivation.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Chooks for Chookyblue

Most of my readers know (or know of) Chookyblue.   She is probably the main reason I keep blogging and the only reason I went to my first GDITC - Girls Day in the Country - at Nundle.

When Kerry Swain decided to stop Nundle - Chooky stepped in - roped in a partner in crime - Sonia and created "Scrub Stitchin" which has just happened at Baradine in NSW - the town and Camp Cypress will never be the same!!

Sometime late last year I saw this pattern:

An obvious choice for Chooky ...and I thought how nice it would be if those of us who love Chooky and are grateful to her for making GDITC what is was and for creating Scrub Stitchin' which we expected to be a fun time - could each make a block.

So I started the emails and managed to rope in almost enough to provide the full 36 blocks.

At Scrub Stitchin' we gave her the blocks.   I think it is safe to say she was very surprised and happy - she had seen the pattern and had thought about making it.

Here is the photo of all the blocks - just randomly placed on the "Design Wall".

We had another 3 volunteers over the weekend - but there is nothing to say that several more can't be added.

This is my block:

I had also seen recently a crazy patch chook done by machine embroidery - and I made one of them for Chooky as well - she can make a bag or something out of it as she likes...I'm going to make a similar rooster.

I love chooks - and Chooky - but I am a bit over chooks for now so I am glad its all almost  behind me now