Sunday, 2 August 2015

A Miniature Finish...

I managed to get an OPAM tick for July...
Using two orphan half square triangle foundation pieced strips that were left over from the Fairfax Sampler project that was abandoned and ended up as four miniature quilts...I had actually put it together months ago as part of the whole re-purpose of that project and it kept being pushed around the sewing table just needing me to decide the right shade of cream thread to add some hand quilting...but now it is off the table and on its little stand...
And the stand which has stood on the shelf for years (and it could be 10, I've lost track, since it was painted) waiting for a quilt to keep it warm is finally cold no longer...
Not a huge finish - at 5" x 13" - but finally not being pushed around the sewing table any longer...

Happy Stitching...

Sunday, 26 July 2015

SQT 2015 Swap...

Back here I mentioned I joined in a swap...which involved two epic fails and one oh that works...well the group reveal day was 11 July (USA time so really 12 July our time)...oh the loveliness that was revealed on the day...the deal was to post a photo of the quilt you received...but I didn't get to join in...nope, my mail box was resolutely empty...no enticing parcel to open on the day...so all I could do was look from afar...very disappointing as I was excited to play along...

A check of the group database on the morning of the on-line show revealed my partner, P, had filled in that she had received her parcel - whew! Seems the posties could only manage one way!!

This is what I sent to P...
The quilt front
 
The quit back
 
Close up of the fabrics
 
All together now

The photo colours are a bit weird as I had to take the pictures in the flat in various weird lighting options before going to work so I could get the parcel to the Post Office that day to hopefully make its destination in time.  The bottom photo is probably closest to reality.  Entirely machined except for hand stitching down the binding (I know, me, entirely machined!)...I used a variegated green/brown thread to machine quilt in a grid with cream in the bobbin and it worked really well with the fabrics. I forgot to measure it before it left on its journey but I think it was about 16" square.

I found the backing fabric in the haberdashery in the town where I now work and as the colours went well with the fabric I had originally planned to use I thought it was a bit of fun for the quilt to take some Aussie with it to its new home in the USA.  As I would have had to pay for 400g of fresh air I added the little extras to justify having to pay for a 500g parcel when the quilt only weighed 100g...and Australia Post whinges that their service (ha that is a laugh!) isn't being used as it was...ah, people want to use it you are just making it way too expensive and 500g increments is just plain ridiculous!

Yesterday I finally received my parcel...post marked 2 July and carded 23 July...21 days from Maine, USA!!!...seems it took an unauthorised holiday and went via Canada!! The Canadian posties had written "try Australia" in texta under the address label and must have realised just how important it was as there was a Canadian express post sticker on the front - go Candian posties...and it was worth the wait as here was what was inside...
Isn't it lovely...thank you very much P, I love it.

Happy Stitching...

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Nature's Journey - the June Final Report...

While bunkering down on the couch this morning hiding from the white crunchy (frost not snow) brrrrr world outside I finally managed to get the last stitch into the final of June's blocks...then the world went all blue and bright (apparently it's called sky & sunshine) so they went outside for photo time...
Two of the big blocks are somehow off centred but I'm choosing to ignore that...still some make-up blocks to do as I discounted some I didn't like along the way, decisions have been made and they'll be done soon-ish-ish...

Happy Stitching...

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Nature's Journey - the interim June Report

I'm behind with Nature's Journey...here it is two weeks into July and I haven't managed to get June finished...nearly there but not quite...
Drat, the acorn one is upside down...ah well, you get the idea...

Fingers crossed for June to be finished before the calendar says July is over!

Happy Stitching...

Saturday, 27 June 2015

One...Two...Three...Swap!...

So I joined a swap...haven't done a swap outside of the SSCS for ages...this one is part of a yahoo group for Kathy Tracy's Small Quilt Talk...make your partner a small quilt...good-oh...how hard can that be...apparently, very!...first the agonising over fabrics and patterns...couldn't make a decision...then...light bulb!!!...

First epic fail...

Start something else...Second epic fail...

Time was a-ticking...

Third time lucky...went together without a hitch...final stitch in binding last Thursday night...entrusted to Aussie Post this yesterday afternoon for its trip across land and water...
What? where's the quilt...well, I can't show that yet can I...that would be telling if my lovely swap partner happens to stop by...these are the pieces resulting from the epic fails...
Ha ha ha
(definitely not taken today...no blue sky happening lately)

Happy Stitching...

Saturday, 6 June 2015

NJ Progress...and A Finish...

There's been precious little progress to speak of stitchy wise in May...the interludes of Sewjourn and the Geelong Quilt-In aside which were long standing arrangements or they wouldn't have happened...the month taken up with starting a new job and the resultant head spinning having not done the work type for a few years...the rusty brain cells needed going over with a Jex big time!...the job not close enough to commute so splitting time between home and a flat...too tired and brain dead to do much with a needle and thread amongst the remembering and the cleaning and the setting up...but I have managed this week to get the May SAL blocks ticked off...

I didn't feel a whole lot of love for these blocks...but they are done and spread in amongst the others I'm sure they'll be fine...and they are done!!!!...on to preparing the June blocks...

At Sewjourn I started a zippered pouch...today I remembered it was in the sewing bag just waiting for the final bit of machine sewing to finish it off...


Thimblestitch do you recognise the fabric? The green bundle you kindly gave-away on your blog last year...
three of the fabrics for the outside of the body and binding...

and another for the lining...Thanks again, I really like the fabrics in this little pouch...Made using Quiltsalott's tutorial, which K pointed us in the direction of.

After it's something on the board for OPAM for June...finally something to report!!...

Happy Stitching...

Monday, 25 May 2015

And We Sewjourn-ed...

In amongst the recent chaos was the bright spot of a weekend away with stitchy friends...to Sewjourn in Lancefield...organised months ago and so looked forward to...a weekend of frivolity, yummy dinners out and lots of stitching...for me it turned into a Claytons weekend away, it was just too much for my head spinning brain to handle, getting back Thursday night and re-packing clothes/linen and organising Jindi again so I opted to come home Friday & Saturday night to feed Jindi and sleep (it's the next town so only about a 15 minute drive)...good thing too as it meant that when I forgot something I was able to take it back with me the next day...and what did I forget Friday morning??? Well, um, the one machine project I intended to do all weekend...

Yep, took P-faff and left the project in its basket sitting on the cutting table...arggh...so instead I spent Friday hand stitching and finished appliqueing the outer border on Anna...
There are hexies and stars to be appliqued on the border...most of that preparation is already done so definitely on the downhill now...

So Saturday was P-faff day....stitching the blocks for a quilt-as-you-go project, Kalamazoo. I finished quilting each block, it took ages and I really had to keep reminding myself that it would go quickly once I'd got through that...all the quilting lines stitched and the short seams managed ready for trimming but I'd had enough so it came home to be finished...hasn't happened yet...
Got to say I have such clever friends...see this quilt top...this is G's first quilt, yes first, and on top of that...it is entirely hand pieced right down to us teaching her how to do mitred corners! which she did beautifully...
She started cutting out her next...in Kaffe fabrics, it is going to be spectacular...and we introduced her to French General after she saw my Anna and she already had ideas about that! Go G!!!
 
J went on a bag mission...
One down....a great job...had so much fun making that one she moved on to...
bag number two for the weekend...
Check out those zippered pockets...clever girl!

K finished up a quilt top - a Bonnie Hunter so not exactly quick and easy!...but I didn't get a photo, it is so huge the wall wasn't really big enough!! and on Sunday I started making a version of the first bag Jean made, still in progress...

A great weekend was had by all and next year's is already been booked and looked forward to...when there will be five as A wasn't able to make it at the last minute, you were so missed, looking forward to spending time with you soon...I have the best time with these ladies...

Happy Stitching...