Tuesday, 24 April 2018

'Piece Yourself Together'... The Dainty Edition

( This is a scheduled post... I'm currently on a short holiday)

This past fortnight, I've been playing with my little Christmas hexy's... basting in preparation for making little flowers... they sure are fiddly, but perfect for evening occupation.

How adorable is this one?! Believe it or not, no fussy-cutting was involved.
These babies have half-inch sides & certainly test the agility of my chunky fingers.

I've tucked them away in a little zipper pouch, along with a needle & thread... just in case I get an opportunity to play with them while I'm on my holiday😉

Thank you to everyone who joins in with PYT each fortnight... AND of course anyone is welcome to join in any time they wish to! Remember, PYT believes in equality & inclusion... no EPP is excluded here♥
Linky in the right-hand side bar & open until midnight Thursday, West Australia time.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

'Rainbow Scrap Challenge' Yellow Granny Blocks

My Granny blocks for the RSC month are sewn, yay!
I was very keen to get my RSC work for April finished before today, the reason shall be explained soon.
It's so dull here today, & I just couldn't get a good cheery shot of my blocks.
This is my favourite little piece... how cute are these spools & pincushions?!
I really enjoy making my RSC blocks each month... If you'd like to know more about this fun Challenge, pop over to the information page on Angela's blog HERE.
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 There is a little bit of excitement here right now... tomorrow I'm off on a little holiday!
I'm going with my DDY to Melbourne for a few days... it's school holidays here in WA, & she declared herself in need of a good break; the first few months of her new town & job have been very intensive. I'll be away from blogland from tomorrow for a week.

While I would love (LOVE!) to reach out & meet bloggy friends in person, this is sadly not the time... & to be honest, I'm not even thinking about finding patchwork shops or any such thing. The time with my DD is the priority.

I got my nails done in preparation... DDY adopted a beautiful cat in mid-March, she is mostly white, and has stunning green eyes... so I got a fun cat stamp in honour of my GrandCat!
A blog post will be scheduled for PYT on Tuesday, & the linky will be up.

Thanks for dropping by & I shall return at the end of next week!

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

'Rainbow Scrap Challenge' ... Finally Revealing My Secret Project!

The 'Rainbow Scrap Challenge' is providing me with a good deal of fun, & of course a lot of sewing & pressing!
Now that we have four colours done for the year so far, my projects are starting to take shape in exactly the way I hoped they would... phew.

Most of my readers will have seen the Granny Blocks I've been sewing as my primary project... they're super cute & very easy to sew... I like the Orderly Chaos of them.
The colour for April is yellows... I've got my little squares ready to sew my three blocks:

As for the Secret Project, I was really not sure about whether reality would match up with my hopes for this idea, which is why I kept it secret for these months... however, as I've now sewn the yellows blocks & laid them out with the others already made, I believe that YES indeed-y I do like what's happening here!
Ta-dah...
FINALLY here they all are... my secret RSC project.
The block is called Crosses & Losses... they measure 8½" square (unfinished).
 Of course as the RSC year progresses, more colours will be added.
This project has also provided me with a fun opportunity to cut up the small bits & pieces of background fabrics that have sat in my tubs for varying amounts of time... there certainly was plenty to choose from!
 The Perfect Points Ninja has joined her sister The Pressing Ninja to help me create these blocks... virtually all of the seams are being pressed open, so the Ninja Sisters are working super-hard... oh the satisfaction of a super-flat block!
I'm really loving both of these projects!
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It might seem like I've been sewing a lot lately, but I really haven't.
It seems that no matter how old our Offspring are, they still have times when they need their Mum & Dad... & in my case lately, the needs have been simultaneous... lots of long talks, questions & answers, & guidance given... & OMG so many laughs...  sometimes the needle & thread just gotta take a back seat.
They're still finding their way in the world, & I'm glad they trust us to support them.

Right-o, I should get out to my sewing while I have alone time... get those Granny blocks sewn together!

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

EPP Tuesday... It's Here!

 Just take a look at how productive I've been with my Scrappy Hexy Quilt...
or indeed with any EPP at all.


Between one thing & several others (including the possibility that I might be an avid watcher of 'Bachelor In Paradise Australia' 😉😉 & that I was possessed to give my pantry a major overhaul) EPP just hasn't made it into my hands.

I'm really hoping that this lack of EPP activity hasn't rubbed off on my EPP friends... Please do pop your link in the right-hand sidebar & show us what you've been piecing!

The linky is always open for a few days, & closes midnight Thursday, standard West Aust time.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Making Pretty Progress, Yay For Me

Very happy to report that I've got the centre 16 blocks all made & sewn together!
So very pleased with how good it looks♥
There is now 3 borders to add... white, then blue, then a final white.
Binding will be the same blue.
I'm a little worried about adding the borders, because the fabric is very soft & distorts easily... 'slowly & gently' will hopefully see it turn out well.
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Also very happy to report that I've completed the final stitcheries for my Ruth's Quilt... woo hoo!
Being part of the SewAlong has been really great... very encouraging & motivating.
They've been a pleasure to stitch, that's for sure.
 OMG The date has been stitched, there's no looking back now!

When I was pressured encouraged to join in with this SAL last year, I declared that I'd only do it if I could draw all the needed fabrics from my Overload... meaning no buying of fabrics.
That task turned out much easier than I anticipated, & I even put a couple back, because I had a glut of choice. The only buying required was thread, my now-beloved DMC 4504.
Here's my selection:
The colours are not quite as bright as this pic suggests (it was taken in a bright room) & I'm quite confident that these will work well, after careful laying out & much overthinking about placement.
Backing & binding not yet on my mind.

I may not make much or any progress on either of these this week... I have a few busy days coming up... but a keen stitcher takes any opportunity when it presents itself😊

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Time To Get Moving On A Slow Project

July of 2017, I got started on a very pretty project using an old Melly & Me quilt pattern.

I'm not quite sure why it is that I've only worked on this during two Retreats, months apart... last week when I spied it in my WIPs, (or was it the PFAs? Projects Forgotten About) I decided it was time to just get down to business.
Eight blocks had already been made... sixteen are required... so I've spent a bit of time making more blocks... fun! I quite enjoy making them, despite the fact that they are a bit fiddly.
I love the simplicity of the two colours; they're so pretty.

I also love the various secondary patterns created with the block layout.

A 17th block is required... the very first one I made, all seams were pressed to one side, but then I realised that because of the way the blocks rotate to be sewn for the quilt centre, the seams would be bulky. All blocks were then sewn with seams pressed open... fiddly & time-consuming to do, but so worth it.
The Pressing Ninja in me is very satisfied...

As for that very 1st block, it will get used as part of a future project.

Part of my motivation to get this quilt finished is that I recently bought the most divine backing for it... seriously it's gorgeous... can't wait to use it!

It's lovely to just get in my sewing room, click on a DVD & get sewing♥
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