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...

Sunday, 24 May 2015

April SAL Blocks....

It's been a bit of a frantic few weeks due to a change in the day-to-day stuff which includes for some of the time a shift in geography, and I completely forgot I'd put my April Stitch-a-Long blocks on the SAL blog but not here...

So while I'm home with a proper sized IT system and ADSL...here they are... 
The colours are seriously not quite right as I took the photo on a morning while the sun was still asleep before I took off to work away for the week, but it was a photo shoot in dodgy light or not at all...

May has been started...not progressing along very quickly but definitely started, all the prep is done and a few blocks appliqued, it's a start...the only project that travelled with me this week and I didn't manage to get much done but every stitch is a stitch towards the finish line!

Happy Stitching...

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

NJ Marched On...

A couple of blips along the way (halt to any hand sewing for a week or so) but I'm declaring March SAL blocks done...except the two spiky flower shape blocks which have been discontinued...I was having so much trouble even getting started on stitching those blocks...at sewing group on Monday, when they were all that remained, I forced myself to start by stitching the centre circles to the base shape...didn't mind that at all...quite happy about stitching the circles...OK, unit completed put on background...not so happy....a few stitches, put it down....a few more, put it down...not going well at all...back home...pick up, put down...slow and not steady...then yesterday it came to me...I don't like the spiky flower shape....not the stitching of pointy bits, the actual shape...the spikey harshness look and feel to the shape...it has to go...so I'm declaring March done and those two blocks are in the "to be changed to something else" pile with the small embroidered blocks from February...when all the blocks are done and laid out I'll decide which of the other shapes to repeat instead of the spikes...the blocks are quick so it won't be a stretch to make up those blocks later...
So as it stands...here is March...now on to April...so far I'm not disliking any of the shapes in the April blocks so that is a good start!

Happy Stitching...

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Honour Quilt - Top...

Yesterday morning I wandered into the sewing room, looked at the Honour Quilt block that was half done sitting by the machine and came to the conclusion that I wasn't going to enjoy making the remaining sampler blocks...pinning the so far completed sampler blocks on the design wall...taking stock of whether or not I could achieve the colour look I wanted with what was there...it was time to move on...and so after lunch I started...and by the end of the day...
My version of the Kilmore Quilters Honour Quilt Challenge...not what the Challenge Setter designed but she knows me well enough not to be at all surprised by that...it does what I wanted it to do and is still in the spirit of the Challenge...now to actually quilt it...but I don't want to send the shockwaves into the stratosphere and get too much done in one weekend...

Happy Stitching...




Thursday, 26 February 2015

A Set of Kansas Troubles...

Over the past week I've revisited the table runner from this post, stopped procrastinating and sucked up the fact that in order to get the binding strip onto the quilt I had to finish quilting  it...
My machine quilting still sucks but at least it is done and it fits the coffee table nicely which is a bonus...
The three pieces, table runner, placemat, coaster, done and washed, I like it when quilts crinkle up when washed...

Happy Stitching...