Friday, 27 April 2012
The Finishes - well I actually finished two quilts today! I'd been working on the binding just 15 minutes at a time after tea, in front of the TV, but here they are, finished:
This was made from charm squares bought (and hand stitched) in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, bound in a darkish blue, thanks Heather
And this was sitting in the UFO pile for far too long, until both Heather and Jackie suggested a darker orange binding, and I happened to have the perfect colour in my stash. Thanks ladies!
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Catherine put the finishing touches to this fab Humpty Dumpty
And three new ladies all started I Spy quilts, while Katie started the binding on her table runner
Didn't they do well
Monday, 23 April 2012
A fab weekend with Jackie, yummy fabrics brought by her, a visit to a fabric shop, and Hobby Craft, a squishy in the post, then a quilt show and a visit to the Lady Sew and Sew warehouse - bliss! (but what a shame I have to go to work and can't stay home and play!)
Friday, 20 April 2012
As if that's not bad enough - look at the photos from the same kitchen in 1988 (yes, 24 years ago)
To be fair, the 1988 kitchen was eventually finished, and then in about 2002 it moved to the room at the back of the house, and now it's moving back into the middle, but sewing is a far more attractive activity!
Anyway sewing has been in abundance - and not just me. The Fun With Fabric blog has the full info, but here are some mosaics to whet your appetite:
Some Finishes at Broom Farm on Monday
Fun With Fabric blog)
The Windsor A-Z project started on Wednesday
And some Mola Magic at the Museum today (top right is an inspiration, not one of our creations, LOL)
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
These first two are for my SIL's nieces, to go on quilts their mum and grandma made for them when they were little
And this is for my friend Sue - for her first granddaughter who arrived last weekend
(OK, not quite an Extravaganza, but I couldn't think of anything else alliterative!)
This is the Secret . . . this is, finally, one of my Pay It Forward gifts. Both have now been packaged and are waiting for a trip to the post office. No pics until they have been received!!!
Finally - If you are following the arrival of the yellow blocks from the Chertsey Fun With Fabric ladies, two more have arived and are on the Fun With Fabric blog
Monday, 16 April 2012
After a day at work, I managed to fit in a little bit of sewing this evening. Mega thanks to both Jackie and Heather who suggested a darkish binding for the 'warm and cool' log cabin quilt. I found a dark orange in my stash which is perfect, so that has been machine stitched onto the front. There is plenty left over and I think it will be perfect for the British Racing Green (Jelly Roll Race) quilt top too, so that's two solutions, thanks girls.
Instead of sewing binding on tonight in front of the TV, I started tacking fabric to the hexagons that arrived earlier in the week - 62 down just 13 more paper hexies left, so I'll start joining them soon, but I have loads more fabric scraps, so this could be a nice size. I'm going to join them randomly, not as flowers
Sunday, 15 April 2012
I really like Hadley's approach, but didn't want to start in case it was too hard work. I decided to use the technique on the Racing Green quilt, and see how I got on with it. My machine doesn't seem to pull the fabric through at an even rate, so I was pulling it through to help, but it's really made one of my hands ache.
Hadley, I am in awe!
Saturday, 14 April 2012
I used this post as my basis, but I joined my strips at 45 degrees rather than at 90 degrees. Apparently joining the strips results in one strip 1600 inches long - it certainly look up loads of space on the sewing table. This part took about 35 minutes
I chopped 20 inches from one end, and then picked up the two ends and started sewing them together. That took about 15 minutes, but was wonderfully monotonous as I didn't have to think about anything. When I got to the end I cut the fold to make one piece - long and thin.
And then I picked up the two ends and started sewing them together . . . then cut the fold, then pick up the two ends . . . five times altogether . . . and this, after just over an hour, is the result
Friday, 13 April 2012
I added two borders to each block (well, I did until I ran out of cream fabric!!!!)
This is how I will arrange the blocks - but first I need to get some more cream fabrics - so much for a quick quilt!
I've used this block before, but still have no idea what it's called!
Thursday, 12 April 2012
The reason I needed to learn how to make a mosaic, is a Aurifil competition that Lily is hosting - and I would love to win 12 Aurifil threads of my choice. I thought the hard part would be the mosaic, but it was actually choosing the colours!
(It's one of 178 on Flickr at the moment, so I don't much fancy my chances, but I do love the colours!)
On to ooops - can you please make sure that the door is closed, the phone switched off, and there is no-one hiding under the desk or looking over your shoulder . . .as I have been a bad girl!
It's just SO easy.
I sit at the computer, follow a link or two, press a button or two, and then postie arrives and that's when I realise what I did...
From Prints to Polka Dots . . . these yummy fabrics arrived
And I seem to have ordered these from these too
And from Quilt Direct I ordered a felting tool, and some pre-cut paper hexies for these lovely muted greys and purples left over from this project and this project,
And I also got an iPhone 4 cover that is prepared so it can have cross stitch embroidery done to it - now I just need to think of a design for it, and that will be part of Niki's birthday pressie
Have I got enough hiding places?
Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Inspired by Sarah's Stained Quilt, but without actually following any of the instructions she worked long and hard over, I LOVE IT!!!
No idea how to quilt it though!
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
I quilted a big spiral on each quarter, but have now put it to one side again, as I have NO idea what colour to bind it with
The machine was STILL threaded with white, so this top - an I Spy hand pieced in the Blue Mountains in December, was basted and quilted too
But I don't have enough cream for binding this one either, so back into another pile
Tomorrow will be the Stained Down Under!
Monday, 9 April 2012
Sunday, 8 April 2012
Thank you, Victoria, these are great
Then I got this little squishy from Ayumi's ETSY shop (Ayumi from the Pink Penguin blog)
And these extras too - thank you Ayumi :-)
Excuse me for a while while I go and fondle my fabrics