Thursday, 2 October 2014

Honey, I've Shrunk...

the Purple Pinwheels...
Oops!

Happy Stitching...

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Pinwheeling...

Of the Giant Purple kind...
Will they stay in this form? Mmmm....what fate awaits them?...


Happy Stitching...

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

One Block...It's A Wonder...

A couple of weeks or so ago local quilt group held a workshop where two members (mother and daughter) showed us the technique to make the blocks featured in the book One Block Wonder.  I don't usually play at the workshops for a variety of reasons but when I saw the quilt that one of the ladies had made from the book my interest was piqued and I put my name down.  On the day I dutifully followed along but wasn't all that thrilled with my blocks...I'd bought two fabrics and it turned out there wasn't enough of the one I thought was more interesting. I figured no loss, I'd learnt what I set out to learn (the technique) and as I'd only cut and stitched the minumum I'd just use them somehow.  At home I pinned them on the design wall...my opinion changed....now I liked them and they were more interesting than first thought...I purchased co-ordinating fabrics (walked in to the shop and there they were, the perfect ones, it was meant to be!)...and there on the wall they still sat (too much work and not enough time)...still felt that the blocks I'd made already would be enough but I knew how I was going to set them...THEN....on the weekend just gone...I went to play at annual stitchy retreat with Monday group ladies....one of my friends put her blocks together into a top the same way I had planned...ooohhhh oooohhhh I wanna do mine....So, came home from retreat yesterday afternoon and got straight to making up the remaining strip of fabric into the extra blocks...
Almost there...the fabric pinned to the side is for the set-in triangles and borders...

Now to cut the triangles and pin them up...that is tonight's fun and games...

Oh stitchy mojo you appear to have returned home! Must be changes to the income producing working situation I made from the end of last week...wahoo!!

Off to cut and pin...

Happy Stitching...

Sunday, 17 August 2014

OPAM Win....for June!....

I was soooo excited when I saw I was one of the OPAM winners for June...yes I said June, not July and yes I know it is now August...but it has been a journey for Peg just to get the mail delivered to me...Thursday when I picked up the work mail from the general store in another location (had it send elsewhere where it wouldn't get returned to sender a month later!) there it was...a red parcel post satchel just for me!...wahooo!!!!!!!!!!

It has been such a week that it lay on the dumping ground kitchen table until Friday night...and what I found when I opened it was worth the wait...
 
 
A lovely Peg journal, so pretty...a Bareroots pincushion stitchery pattern and sweet mini hanger...perfect...sorry the photos are pretty rubbish but it was late so no natural light...

Thank you so much Peg for the lovely goodies and Peg and Kris for OPAM...

Happy Stitching...
 

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Honour Blocks Update...

There has been some work on the Honour Quilt blocks...
The blocks I've managed so far...looking rather raggedy - some still on the paper, some more trimmed up than others...
I've been wanting to look at the blocks I've done so far in their approximate placement to satisfy myself about a design element (working as I imagined so far, yay!) so while the sun was shining briefly first thing Sunday morning pegged a quilt on the fence and pinned them up...

My friends Liz and Jo have done a whole lot more of the blocks that I have...go visit if you'd like to see more...

Happy Stitching...

Monday, 28 July 2014

Kansas Troubles...

The other post I wrote a couple of weeks ago and then didn't get around to finishing...here goes...

An old UFO prepared for hand piecing on the train to/from work in the City (bear in mind here, haven't done that for coming up 8 years so who knows when it was prepared) was lost in the Overgrown Forest of Projects.  It made its way into the light about 12 months ago when, in order to move it from a bag of patches, I changed it to machine pieced. This meant much pinning and stitching line matching but the blocks went together nicely enough at the time and blocks were put together in three out of the four colourways.  With the final six blocks in the fourth colourway to be pieced it was then put aside again. A few weekends ago when it was raining and feral and definitely not the weather to put even a big toe of the door into the great outdoors I set to to finish up those final six blocks...and unlike the other blocks they did not co-operate...at all!

So, in the end, after spending an entire day on those errant six blocks, I abandoned the pattern layout, went one row less, so rectangular rather than square, and put the top together...
Kansas Troubles block table centre from Country Patchwork and Crafts magazine (only identified by the page header on the photocopy of the pattern with the patches, who knows from when or who by, so sorry but can't give credit)...

Those blocks weren't called Kansas Troubles for nothing...trouble they certainly did give!

I'm going to use remainder of the border fabric as the backing but as there isn't quite a big enough piece some piecing in of something else is required...when I get around to it.

I ditched one of the unco-operative blocks altogether but couldn't bring myself to throw them all out, they were wrong but still useable so...

Four into a top to become a placemat...
 And one a mug mat (coaster)...
A top, a basted sandwich and a finish...so not a bad tally for a wet and windy weekend...

Happy Stitching...

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Miniature Family Complete....

Um, two weeks after writing up a couple of posts...here goes at pushing the Publish button (yeah yeah don't rush me)...

The last of the Miniature Family is done and dusted...
Miniature Log Cabin Quilt 10" square
The whole family...

When I decided to make them four mini's instead of the original whole quilt project I also had a plan of how to hang them ... which is proving a tad more difficult to source than first imagined ... so until I get that sorted they sit and wait (and if Plan A eventually fails there is a Plan B which would be kinda cute).

Happy Stitching...