Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Sleigh Time...

On the sleigh for SSCS 2017...
But where to?....

Happy Stitching...

Saturday, 19 November 2016

SQT Mug Rug Swap 2016...

I got the best squishy mail recently but couldn't reveal until now...my swap parcel in Kathleen Tracey's Small Quilt Talk mug quilt (rug) swap...I was paired up with the lovely Lu Ann Leonard from Arizona USA and once again I lucked out with my swap partner...chatting back and forth on the email having a lovely time...today (well today American time yesterday our time) is the day of the big reveal in the group so now the secret is out there...

From Lu Ann...how awesome is this package of goodies...
 Check out the gorgeous 30's fabric flower mug rug...
And not one but two...a selvedge one as well!...
How cute is the backing fabric!...
Lu Ann included a pattern (for a table runner) from a shop near her run by a couple of blokes who not only design their own patterns but have homemade biscuits and a cuppa as part of their customer service, if only it wasn't so far away!...cute safety pin fabric, postcards to pretend I was travelling to the other side of the world on which she wrote tidbits about her area which is fun...Thank you so much Lu Ann I love my mug rugs and my other goodies...love it all...If only Lu Ann wasn't so far away!

So what did I sent to Lu Ann?

Well, she is a Civil War repro girl and I had the Best Time fossicking about in the fabric bits for a tumbler mug rug...
(6 5/8" x 8 3/4")
I handpieced the top and hand quilted in the ditch horizontally and vertically for each row.  I mis-measured my tumber template at 1" and aimed at about 6" with 6 across x 6 rows but it ended up a tad biger because the template was actually around 1 1/4"...I came home from work one night during the making process and thought, I want to make Lu Ann a pincushion as well...so I did... 
(3" x 3" x 1")
Blue on one side and red on the other...
My package to Lu Ann (ignore the hexagon card, while it made the photo shoot it didn't make the actual parcel - oops!)...I included a fat quarter of fabric which had a gumnuts/leaves pattern, some little quilt labels for her small quilts, some postcards and magnet of the area of the work town and a rosella bookmark...I do hope Lu Ann finds all her bits useful...

So that was what my October sewing was all about...now on to finalising my swap present for SSCS 2017 2016 (thanks Jo! - the extra time would have been a bonus though!), the hanging ornament sorted, the main present underway as it needs to be mailed by end of this coming week - eek! where is the time going!!...

Happy Stitching... 

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Brim...

Easter Tuesday (yes I know that was six months ago but I came across the photos and thought why not!) I had to go to Stawell first thing to drop something off...it was a lovely day and I didn't have to go to work so I thought...well, I'm already in Stawell, why not keep on and go to Warracknabeal to the patchwork shop [Quilters Harvest].   On the way to Warracknabeal it occurred to me that only a short (20km) further on are the painted silos at Brim...yes, there was a theme of oh I'm here why not go there to the day...so on to Brim it was...
The information board in the paddock across the road...
View from a distance takes in the whole scale...silos aren't small...
With acres of room and plenty of cars parked on that side without blocking the view/effect and a paddock across the road to park in, the tool in the 4WD with caravan stops dead in front of the silos.


Finally, after about 15 minutes, a clear view of the whole effect...
The detail in each portrait is amazing...Four local farmers...three men and one woman...



Then it was back to the patchwork shop which I don't get to go to very often but it is one that I always enjoy visiting...Not the intention when I left the house that morning but a nice unplanned way to spend a day off...

Happy Stitching...

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Framed...

It sure is hard to restart once out of the blogging habit...here goes...

Back in June Melissa Grant of One Day in May travelled west to spend a day giving a workshop put on by the Stawell Craft Shop and to start off on the Friday night held a trunk show at the shop.  Not sure what to expect, but thinking it might be interesting, my friend M and I went along...and we weren't sorry...Melissa was lovely, we got to see all her lovely projects, hear her story and she freely offered tips and tricks...definitely made the prospect of the workshop the next day even more enticing.

At the workshop we were to be given the choice of two projects. One a pattern Melissa had already released and one a surprise. I looked at the known pattern, Sew Tidy, on Melissa's website, liked it, so on the Friday morning before work thought I'd put some background fabrics and threads in the bag for the next day and before I knew it...whoosh! fabrics and threads came together and all I needed was the pattern to go with them!  The feature stitchery was started on the day...
Finished the words in class...yes, in class!...happiness indeed...

It became my fortnightly Saturday sit and sew project... the stitchery was finished...
 The whole constructed and put in a frame...
And filled with some bits and bobs as a try out...
An actual finish (maybe a month ago which means only a couple of months since the workshop - almost a miracle!)... 

Happy Stitching...

Monday, 11 July 2016

Small Hexie Pincushion...

Jindi found this post languishing as a draft yesterday...who knew I'd actually attempted a blog post!  So moving on...

I enjoyed making the pincushion for Demi so much it spurred me on to finally make my own using the gorgeous fabrics gifted along with the pattern. The fabric strips were sufficient to make a pincushion the same size as I made Demi, which I think was about 7" across (I forgot to measure it), but I really want to also include some of the fabric in a particular quilt.  The size is determined by the size papers so problem solved...made it smaller... 
2 1/2" across, it fits so neatly in my hand it could double as a stress ball (pins removed!!) on a bad day!
I just love the raspberry and duck egg blue fabrics.

Happy Stitching...

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Sunday with Jindi...

A walk in the park...

 No view today...just white air stuff...
Recovery mode...
As you were...


Tuesday, 7 June 2016

SQT Small Quilt Swap - Extra

Demi & I also chatted about extra goodies in the swap parcel and we were both of the same mind with that one as well...you've seen what Demi sent me as extras but what did I add to Demi's parcel?...I tried to include as much "Aussie" as I could...

A pincushion pattern of Karen Cunningham's using EPP hexies and squares immediately jumped to mind...I had just enough of a piece of "Melbourne" fabric to fussy cut the hexies...
the Arts Centre and trams on one side...
the Aussie flag on the other the other...
 
Demi had mentioned favourite colours including navy and brick red...red linen and an Ink & Spindle (a boutique screen printing team in Melbourne) fabric that has been waiting for years for its turn - perfect!

I had so much fun making the pincushion I stopped work on the quilt! Must make my own one...
Cottage Garden Threads, Darrel Lea lolly and a cute little magnet were wrapped in a fat quarter of fabric, there was a magazine too but it didn't make the photo shoot...I bought the magnet and fabric at Quilters Harvest in Warracknabeal and I got one of each for both of us so when I use the magnet and the fabric I will remember the swap, I think the fabric might go with the fabrics Demi sent me which would be great to use it all in the same project.

Anyway, I hope Demi enjoys the little extras...I had fun putting it together...

Happy Stitching...