Sunday, 4 July 2021

Zooooommm Marathon with Chookyblue...

Had the best day yesterday...Zooming with Chooky and the blog ladies from around the world...I joined at around 6:30AM (06:30) and we logged after 9:00 PM (21:00)...I spent probably all up 12 hours of that time doing prep work (allowing for time spent wandering in and out of the sewing room over the day)...you know the boring but necessary stuff that has to be done or the fun part can't start...three quilts now can be moved on and I again have handwork to take to Patchwork Thursday nights...my feet are killing me, my body is still aching but I had the best day...and cut something like 400 patches - triangles, squares and hexagons...no pictures because not really photo-material...

Thanks Chooky...had The. Best. Day. and thank you to the lovely ladies who dropped in and out and back in again! for your inspiring company ... 

Happy Stitching...

Flannel Chevron...

A few weeks ago when the weather started turning I couldn't find a flannel quilt that I knew should be ... somewhere! ... turned out it is, in the press at the K house so I left it there (it's even colder there most of the time) and decided I could just make another one for here.  The thing is though I don't have large pieces of flannel in the stash...while the flannel tub is not at all verging on the side of being any where near short of fabric it is pretty much all fat quarters and scraps.  I decided to do a chevron pattern but didn't have enough of any one fabric to use a constant background or constant main colour so mix and match it was...working with the one fabric I had enough of to use as a border...so pink and green it is...


Pieced a backing of fabrics in the tub that used up checks and tartans that I honestly probably wouldn't use in a top no matter how small the pieces were cut to hid the "ugly"...bonus of clearing those fabrics out of the tub...
 
Simple echo quilting following the chevrons and it is doing its job on couch.

Happy Stitching...

Kalamazoo...

I found this post languishing in drafts from 2015...yes folks, six years biding its time in drafts...Kalamzaoo...a Quilt As You Go by Michelle Marvig...

It had progressed from this to having its sashing strips sewn on and applique shapes vlisofixed down but that is where it had been left...and forgotten about.
 
A few weeks ago I quite randomly unearthed the quilt in the bottom of a tub on a Saturday night and left it out in the light determined that I should just get it done...the next morning my darling friend A texted me to say she was remembering us talking about this quilt years ago and was returning to hers...and I laughed and replied look what I found last night!!!!!

Nothing else for it, the Universe was telling me it had to be finished.  I sucked up the courage to do the applique on the machine (definitely not my best skill - let's face it I generally suck at machine applique) and after a little consultation with another friend for back-up went for it...and...


It. Is. Done.

Absolutely nothing near perfect or even worthy of being viewed from any closer than two kilometres down the road on a foggy day but done it is and it will do a job as a knock-about quilt.

And...it's out of the tub!

Happy Stitching

Monday, 1 March 2021

Pocket of Happiness...

Because last year was such a non-event we decided as Committee to give everyone at our Guild Christmas lunch a little giftee...the local (well, next town because we don't have anything here) craft shop was visited and bits and bobs purchased and wrapped.  My parcel contained a pattern by Marg Low - Pocket of Happiness - and the makings - fabric, felt, ribbon.  Over this last weekend I made it up...

I thought I'd use it as a hanging scissor keep but the interfacing I used didn't make it sturdy enough and the scissors are too heavy for the pocket but not to worry, it's decorative.  There is no way I'd have chosen black/grey fabrics but I'm actually quite happy with how it has turned out with the supplied fabrics...

Happy Stitching...

Redwork Guild Block...

(Found this languishing from end October 2020)

To keep our members engaged last year, as the Committee of our Branch of The Embroiders Guild, Victoria, we organised some background fabric, thread and a theme and mailed out the doings to those members who wanted to participate. The rules were simple...must use the fabric and thread provided and a design that fits in the theme of "garden" but otherwise...choose the design and stitches you fancy.  I used an old pattern that had been waiting a long time for its turn...the pattern has four designs and the trick then was choosing which one?...

The Busy Gardner by Designs by Dot Craft, a pattern from 2003.

The plan is to put all the blocks together into a red/white raffle quilt for "later on".

I like the four stitchery designs a lot and think it would make a nice small quilt in green or blue...one day...

Happy Stitching...


Sunday, 18 October 2020

Zooooommmmmm!!!!!!!!!

Yesterday Chooky hosted another bloggy gathering via Zoom...while she started at 6:00 am with Northern Hemisphere girls and others, I was a late comer to the party only realising mid-morning that hey, I wasn't at work I could play!!...so I joined in just before 12:00 midday our time...hopped in and out at times but I did manage to get a couple of things done...nothing great and wonderous...while others were working on actual projects I did a little "clearing up"...machining binding to two table mats (they'd been waiting a while)...randomly finding some wee Christmas stitcheries with binding strips so stitched on those bindings as well...while I was standing at the cutting table I marked some more masking tape lines on the big-hexie quilt big stitch hand quilting project.  After all that preparation I thought I'd work on an actual quilt top and in a move that was scary, appliqued a pointy star down on my Anna quilt (it's dodgy but it is staying as is!).  I decided I really need to be totally concentrating when doing those with the little applique iron to hand and just generally a bit more complex that I can handle while zoom meeting...so I retreated to the couch and hand sewing and by the time we signed off at about 9:00 pm had all those bindings completed stitched...

Like I said, nothing great and wonderous but done...the orange peels are dodgy with some points missing because I'd mucked up the measurements of the cabinet tops the are to go one so were too small and had to add borders after I'd backed and quilted but they'll do the intended job well enough and better than the bin...I'm going to put ribbon hangers on the little Christmas stitcheries as tree decorations...have even found the ribbon and beads...

Thanks Chooky for a fun day with friends from far and not so far geographically...the best idea to keep us connected...

Happy Stitching...

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...