Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Nature's Journey

Spurred on by Michelle Ridgway showing her Nature's Journey blocks I pulled mine back out (let's be honest, it was a reminder that taken I'd it down from where it was hanging and tucked it away when the electrician was working here).  Started in 2015 when Chooky choose it for that year's stitch-a-long, the applique parts were long finished and a frame added to the centre square but I couldn't come at putting it together...when I pulled it back out I realised I had already cut enough 2 1/2" squares to fill in the space between the centre frame border and the applique borders...then looking for something else entirely came across a little pile of half square triangle squares in fabrics which worked just nicely and would make pinwheels to add interest, I have no idea where they came from, maybe a pile of scraps someone had given me at some time, but it didn't matter they were just right...rather than take the squares to the outer borders I decided to add another internal frame.

I've also decided that I don't want another border and will just bind it in the same fabric that I've used on the two frame borders. It's about 6" smaller than the original but that's OK, it's ended up being more or less based on Anni Down's Nature's Journey rather than a faithful reproduction of the original as I've mucked about with quite a few elements.  No idea how to quilt it yet, that will be a decision for another time.

Happy Stitching...

Saturday, 22 August 2020

Third...

 Well Chooky, you asked what the third post would be...Ta dah!

Leave me alone I'm comfortable...

Go away, I'm busy sleeping...

She refuses to wake up and write the post herself...guess when you are 14 years and 12 days old you are allowed to do the old dog thing and plan to spend your day sleeping by the heater when it is cold and glum outdoors...

Ha Ha Ha...

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, 20 August 2020

A Flannel Finish...

So I'm at the K house a while back, before Lockdown 2.0, and it was so cold (OK so it was end-ish June and Winter but no excuse) and I thought...need a quilt big enough to go on the bed, not one of the myriad of small ones in the press there.  Came back to the house where the sewing room now resides, rummaged through the quilt top tub (the quilt tops outgrew the quilt top cupboard under the cutting table) and found a flannel top...hey that will do the job, not really bothered about aesthetics it's warmth I'm looking for.  Rummage rummage in the flannel tub pulling out all the biggest pieces I could find, not an easy job as mostly fat quarters in there, to piece together a backing and a piece just big enough for the binding I wanted...go to C's and sandwich it on her big table (much easier than me rolling around on the floor trying to do it). The idea was take it back to K, pull out the big machine and use the kitchen table to quilt the thing because it is big (for me anyway, fits exactly on the top of the queen size bed with no overhang ends or sides) and will be easier than using P-faff. When bam, shut out again, Lockdown and the Shire gets lumped in with Melbourne and who knows when I'll be able to go back, have to stay safe where the day job is.  So used P-faff, which was a little tricky, only just fits through, and just did straight lines on the seams to hold it together and straight lines on the borders...P-faff did much better than I expected but anything more complicated wouldn't have been possible, just not enough room...

I sewed the binding when I was back in K a couple of weeks ago (finally able to get back in and catch up on 7 weeks of work) and slept under it even thought it hadn't been washed...it was too wet to wash it there and get it dry before coming back, so bought it back intending to give it a bath here...it's still waiting...it's been far too wet and cold but in the meantime it has done very nicely keeping me warm in bed here.  Quickly hung it on the line tonight after work for a picture while it wasn't raining.

A simple disappearing nine patch from long ago using canine themed fabrics...

Not at all fancy but it is fulfilling the brief of being a quilt brilliantly, it is keeping me nice and cosy warm.

Happy Stitching...

Monday, 17 August 2020

Zoooommmm!!!!!!!!!

Yesterday I had my second-ever Zoom experience and this was one was much more fun than the previous (which was a meeting) as it was a virtual sit and sew in the Chook Shed, organised by Chookyblue of course.

Thanks Chooky for the virtual bloggy meet...it was great to see her "in person" again as it's been ages and I caught up with my friend Jo who I haven't seen for a very long time since we both moved away from where we used to be...not to mention all the other bloggers new and familiar to "meet in person".  A fun relaxing day and I'm very very glad I joined in.

I used it as an opportunity to get some "must do" stitching done for group projects for local quilt group...blocks for two Big Birthday quilts (secret) for which the blocks were provided and just needed to be stitched...and a block for a friendship quilt the recipient knows about, where she nominated a theme "High Tea" and a block size and left the rest up to the individual stitcher.

I started the first Big Birthday block Saturday night, which was blanket stitching applique...I chose to do it by hand as I'm hopeless at the machined variety...I kept on with that Sunday morning listening to the lovely chatter and before I knew it, it was done!...

I then picked up the stitchery for the friendship quilt...it had been languishing for weeks because what was left was the "fiddly bits" and I couldn't decide on floss colours so I'd been studiously avoiding picking it up other than to move it here and there...now was the time...the company of the Zooming ladies meant it was done without fuss...second "must do" finished!...

The design basis is an old Ella & Skysie Designs pattern "Two for Tea".  I added the tablecloth scallops and moved the words about to suit and played with the designs on the teacups - somehow it became a bit hippy dippy but it was fun and that was how it wanted to be so I let if flow...I hope she likes it.

That took care of the handwork and, after everyone signed off Zoom, I looked at the foundation paper pieced blocks, realised they weren't going to take very long at all and fired up P-faff...

Done! All finished, a run over with the iron and packaged up ready to return from whence they came...thanks to the virtual sit & sew...think it is the most productive stitching I've achieved at any sit & sew day (or a weekend retreat for that matter!)...might have had something to do with not flitting about the room checking out what everyone else was doing as it was all there right in front of me without moving and everyone was in on the one conversation...thank you ladies for your company...

Happy Stitching...

Friday, 15 May 2020

TQWNICR ... A Finish ...

It's taken me a bit of looking to find which year of Summer School this quilt came from but I've found it - Summer School 2012 ... have to admit I have enjoyed reading those old posts.  Also found the post from when it became a finished top...the same year! It was sandwiched and has hung over the hand quilting frame with a couple of lines of quilting done here and there ever since ... I guess I just became so used to it being there I hadn't realised just how long it had been.  In about February this year I picked it up to do a line of quilting and so enjoyed doing the hand quilting I left it on the couch and did a row here and there (between going to work and getting study modules lodged there aren't a lot of stitchy hours) and last weekend the final stitches were put in the binding!  Now those aren't words I type very often...final stitches put in the binding!!!

So to prove that Summer School Quilts can get finished...Tah Dah!... TQWNICR - The Quilt Whose Name I Can't Remember...
Hand quilted with a Valdani pink/green variegated embroidery floss that were just the right shades that I bought from the lovely Michelle from The Raspberry Rabbits all those years ago.

It still needs to have take a dip in the bath, hopefully the weather will co-operate this weekend.

Happy Stitching...


Sunday, 29 December 2019

SQT Secret Santa Swap...

This year I played along in the Secret Santa Swap in the on-line Small Quilt Talk group.  I hadn't joined in on this particular swap before and when I was given the name of who I was sending to I had a moment, just a moment, of intimidation...a long-time member with a fantastic sense of nonsense, I mean humour - in her likes/dislikes she stated no puce or zebra stripes! Only Jane! I decided to do stitcheries in quilt-as-you-go hexies for hanging decorations so the rummage for designs began.  Now she has a band of bears that run to mischief when she isn't looking but the bear line drawings I found weren't "quite right". I have a couple of patterns with lovely bears I could have embroidered but they weren't at all Christmassy and I'd by now decided I wanted Christmassy...then a light bulb moment....rummage, rummage, rummage, found it! Michelle Ridgeway's Christmas pattern with drawings of Aussie birds/animals...I love Michelle's drawings...there wasn't a koala (not a bear) so I chose two of my favourites and a kangaroo because, well, going to America so I figured a kangaroo would be recognised...the wombat and blue wren were a bit maybe, maybe not, in the recognition stakes but I love wombats and blue wrens...
I added a couple of other bits - you'll notice everything was "flat" to make it easier for posting...
and gave the envelope to the care of the Post Office Elves and crossed my fingers and toes they'd deliver it in time for the Christmas Eve group opening event...they did...well done on that one Postie Elves getting it there on time.

Then...I waited for the Postie Elves to deliver into my post office box...and waited...and waited...and then we finished work for the year and it still hadn't arrived and I had to go back to the house where my furniture lives - 220kms due east so hardly a quick trip to check if there was mail...I had to wait until I swapped towns again and came back west after Boxing Day...I was very excited to find a red parcel locker key in my post office box!!!!  I took one look at the return address and knew I was a very lucky swapper indeed...it had come a loooonnngggg way...all the way from...Belgium!

And how sweet is this...Christa waited for me to be able to open before she opened what she received...and boy was I spoilt...
Ooohh...multiple surprises!...
Worth the wait is an understatement...a lovely wee tree runner, bear claw variation mug rug, cute pinwheel hanging cushion, christmas stickers, a lovely L'Occtaine travel sized set and Real Belgian Chocolates! handmade by Christa's chocolatier friends (and they are delicious!).  I sat in wonder at each item for a looonnnnggg time.  I love it all.

Happy Stitching...

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Flourish Block....

In June last year (2018) Sharon Burgess of Lilabelle Lane Creations did a workshop for Stawell Craft Shop. It was a fun day and the project was a block from Sharon's Flourish Quilt that she had made into a cushion.  Paper pieced of course being Sharon but interesting with different shapes.  I have finally finished the paper pieced block - it isn't appliqued onto a background nor does it have any purpose in life - yet - but it is done as such.
Going to live in the box of random blocks and stitcheries for now as I don't want to make the cushion but I'm sure it will come into its own at some point in the future.

Happy Stitching...