Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Pinwheeling Stars...

...pegged to an apple tree...
...as you do...in the Saga of the Purple Disappearing Pinwheels...

This was a whole lot of fun to make...go here to see the Missouri Star Quilt Company video...while the tutorial uses a layer cake I, of course, ignored that bit and cut my own 10" squares from my chosen three main and one background fabrics. I only used 10" as that was the layer cake size and for the first turn that was close to following the instructions for me.

I'm thinking the fabric I have left will make up a nice scrappy binding. The backing is just plain purple homespun, nothing exciting there, and if there isn't enough of the top fabrics left to make the required length of binding I can put some of that in to stretch it out.  There won't be any bordering going on - not enough fabric left to make it 5 x 5 instead of 4 x 5 let alone for borders and, although I only bought the fabric less than a month ago, the shop is 2kms from a work site that I no longer work at and it is 120kms up the highway one way so no, I'm not going for a quick shop - I'm just living with going with what I have and be done with it.

Now to set up the "big" machine on the kitchen table (the machine is too heavy for the sewing table), suck it up and get it quilted...oh the horror!!!

See you on the other side of what will no doubt be some kind of grand quilting fiasco!

Happy Stitching...

Monday, 6 October 2014

Oh There They Are...

Found the pinwheels...
They turned into Stars...

Happy Stitching...

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Lost In...

A pile of triangles and rectangles...
Now where did I put those pinwheels????....
Happy Stitching...

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...