Monday, 31 October 2011
So Green and Pink Pinwheels has joined Swirls and Flower (to the) Power (of) 9 as just needing the binding hand stitching, but these are not needed yet, so they have gone on a top shelf in the sewing room ready for after Christmas
A job that never even made it ONTO the list has also been finished. The Bling Inn at the Army camp near where I teach is due to be officially opened tomorrow, and they asked me last week if I could make the opening plaque - it got finished late last night and collected today.
This is the Red and Stone Woven rail fence (nicknamed Cricket Stumps) for the living room - yes - a quilt I am actually going to keep! These blocks are each 10 inches, so it's huge, and I wasn't able to work out the placements of the blocks at my house as I have too much stuff and not enough floor, so mum helped me sort them at hers yesterday. All pinned, but put away with the other after-Christmas quilts
Sunday, 30 October 2011
(Katy - yet another new project, just 4.5 weeks until I go, hellllllp!)
I started with 1m of assorted creams, the same of assorted dark reds and .5m of black - all cut into 1 inch and 1.5 inch strips.
We then made (or at least started to make) 18 lopsided (cant remember the right word, sorry) log cabins going clockwise, and another 18 going anti-clockwise
These are mine
and this is one of Plums (she was sewing with a scant 1/4 inch seam, while my machine didn't have an adjustable needle position, so mine was a huge seam, so a big difference in block sizes)
But do look at Plum's awesome 'featherweight' sewing machine
The display board doesn't quite show the end plan as we were all doing (at this stage) anti-clockwise blocks, but you can see here the great variety of colours (and block sizes, LOL)
It was a great day, 6 hours just sewing - bliss!!!!!
Saturday, 29 October 2011
Some of my Blogging Buddies (Victoria and Teje to name two) were met over at Amy's, do go and have a look.
To anyone who has come here FROM Amy's
Friday, 28 October 2011
Tomorrow I am off to a workshop with the Richmond and Kew Quilters. We are going to learn how to make Jan Hassard's woven log cabins (http://www.janhassard.co.uk/interwoven.html). I am really looking forward to it.
Thursday, 27 October 2011
And I have repaired a suit for the organist at church, and done some work on Heather's Black and White and Pink, and have quilted and started binding the Green and Pink Pin Wheels
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Today I got interviewed by the Borough's Adult Education team - interviewed for the post of teaching Fun With Fabric at the children's centre in Windsor. Yes, the teaching that I started 4 weeks ago! Hopefully once the red tape has been sorted they will start paying me for what I'm doing :-)
I also went off and taught the Fun With Fabric session. Only two came, but probably because it's half term. Hopefully we'll be back to normal numbers next week. The two that did come are doing well. One has started three Christmas stockings, and another has started a table runner in Christmassy fabrics. I'll try and get photos next week.
I also got approached by Sam, one of the Army Welfare women. They are opening a cafe and need an opening plaque. As I did the one for the Children's Centre would I mind making one for the Cafe too? Oh, and the mayor is coming to cut the ribbon on Tuesday!
She sent me their logo, and was happy that I change the diamond into more of a cartoon diamond as there is no way I can get the sparkle duplicated in stitches.
Monday, 24 October 2011
Anyway we walked miles and miles, and did some shopping - got a few Christmas pressies - and sat in the sunshine having a Starbucks watching the boats go through the lock, bliss!
Yesterday, Sunday, I managed to get quite a lot of sewing done, but didn't get around to posting anything here.
This Disappearing 9 patch got basted, quilted, and the binding got attached to the front, and partially hand stitched to the back
Think I'm done with alliteration for now, except I'm feeling sleepy, so I shall slink off and snooze between the sheets!!!
Thursday, 20 October 2011
and with some left over fabric and some ribbon I made a taggie too (with spiral quilting inspired by Hadley)
I also just wanted to share with you some photos of my perfectly clean house. My niece came over and moved all the furniture, cleaned all the floors, and organised everything back in it's place
Not bad for an 11 year old eh?
Thanks Emms, love you!
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
So I thought I ought to marshal my plans and see what needs to be done:
Before I go
Draft Excluder for office at work (shouldn't take too long)
Heather's black and white and pink quilt (cut and partially pieced)
Log Cabin Christmas tree (mostly assembled)
Girly I Spy for Jane's great niece (got the fabric)
2 x Cream orphan disappearing 9 patch for Debbie (one pieced, one started)
To take when I go
Sister In Law - make a bag (got the fabric)
Mother - make a bag (got the fabric)
BQL Secret Santa Swap - make a bag (started)
Brother - Nah only joking, nothing for him!
Niece - finish felt dolls house (started, maybe take as hand sewing?)
Nephew - quilt and bind play mat / blankie (got the fabric. maybe take as hand sewing, it's a long way!)
Hummm, that's two finishes a week - ooops!
Monday, 17 October 2011
Some of my unfinished objects (UFOs) can be
Anyways, the ideal follow on to this revelation would be for me to tell you that I have now finished half a dozen projects, but sadly (but not surprisingly, I'm sure) this is not the case.
I did start AND FINISH a new project today, so that must be worth a sprinkling of applause!
We have a box at school with children's inhalers (for asthma etc) but there are too many inhalers to fit in the box and there are loads to rummage through to find the right one. My colleague was looking to buy 5 boxes, one for each class, but I thought a draw string bag would be more space efficient, so I made ...
a bag for each class :-)
Not much time for any other sewing though. I have 4 classes this week to prepare for, and I'm still recovering from 'the lurgy' so I'm off to have an early night.
Sunday, 16 October 2011
Flushed with success of the FMQ on Richard's taggie, I decided to have another go. I read a suggestion that a tree was a good thing to try, so I 'drew' a tree!:
So I had another go, and added some hedgehog buttons
Another favourite joke is a cartoon - Mummy Kangaroo is standing near her joey. Joey is talking to a hedgehog. Joey says "I'm sorry Spike, but mum says you cant stay for a sleepover"
And the answer to "what says "oom" - it's an owl flying backwards, up side down!
Saturday, 15 October 2011
I had an embroidery order for a customer/friend. I knew the brain was a bit fuzzy, so to be on the safe side, I did a test stitch. This worked well, so I embroidered the baby blanket. The blanket went well.
I didn't want to waste the test stitch, so I though I'd make a little taggie thingy for the baby too.
So now I have wasted not only the test stitch, but also loads of bits of ribbon, and some precious scraps of Sweetwater Pure fabric, not to mention time I could have been sewing something pretty, not something destined for the bin.
I decided to have another go, so I cut off the seams and made it smaller
And got the chance to use the Aurifil quilting threads, with some FMQ.
FMQing is SO much easier with the right threads!
Friday, 14 October 2011
I managed to clear a path to the computer and the workbench by moving huge amounts of stuff into Lisa's room [Hi sweetie, I will clear it before you next come home, love you x x x], and I've taken photos of various shopping treats as I unearthed them.
I have about a zillion unread emails, so while I look at them, you can feat you eyes on some seriously yummy fabrics!
I have been asked to make another cream baby quilt ...
And these next two collections are both heading for girly I-Spy quilts. These six were from my local quilting shop
and these five were from Knitting & Stitching show at Alexandra Palace
Also at Ally Pally I fell in love with a few (!) buttons
And I also bought the one item actually on my list ... a 12 pack of Aurifil threads (be still my beating heart). The lovely people on the stall were happy for me to find the best-fit pack, and then change the ones I didn't think I would use much for another 4 colours!
Now I need to embroider a baby's blanket for a customer, but after that, I can cut and sew and cut and sew :-)
Thursday, 13 October 2011
I want to start here by saying that I love both of my mug rugs from the recent swap. I loved both of them when I first saw their pictures, but I didnt think either was for me. I did however think (hope) another one WAS for me, and it was only when my two lovely mug rugs arrived that i knew the other one obviously wasnt.
So imagine my surprise when I opened a squishy tonight to find this . . . The mug rug I lusted after
It seems that Susan's original partner didnt respond to the invitation, and the mugrug couldnt go to the replacement, so she sent it to me - Susan, I love you!!!!
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
I really want to do some sewing - I started a bag while Jackie was here, and would love to finish it, and even more significantly I received a great squishy from Gwen at Celtic Fusion Fabric, but there is a slight problem with accessing the sewing room!!!!!
Sunday, 9 October 2011
Wednesday, 5 October 2011
(I am blogging this from my iPad, so I hope this post does justice to the yummy goodies she sent me)
A beautiful postage stamp mug rug with two hearts,
and a notebook cover from the same scrummy fabrics.
Such a sweetie, she also added sachets of coffee, and tea bags, and a FQ of beautiful pink and red fabric.
Thank you so much Stanislava. (and she has a great blog at www.quiltsofmanycolours.blogspot.com, - lots of hexi love and inspiration happening over there, really worth a visit)
Monday, 3 October 2011
At least I managed more sewing today that I did all weekend, so I shouldn't complain!!!
A few photos before I crawl off to bed
A better photo of the cream blocks (Debbie now has asked for a second one, but I used nearly all the cream fabric here, so I'll just have to go to the fabric shop again - sigh!)
This is one blue top from the sweetwater Pure fabrics
And this is the other
And finally, did I ever mention that mum was knitting squares in exchange for the Texture quilt? Well I have a box of about 100 nine inch squares in assorted shades of grey, and half a dozen different knitting patterns. I have started sewing them together tonight - initially just into groups of 4, then I'll get the girls to help me with the patchwork equivalent of speed dating, as we arrange the units to their best advantage and I try and remember what we decided on!