Tuesday, 10 September 2019

GUILTY AS CHARGED: Blog Neglect

After not posting here for months, it's actually a bit hard to know what to write!
Clearly, the intention to 'do a blog post tonight' or 'read blogs tomorrow' just got further down my priority list. There's only so much this gal can pack into a day LOL.

That said, following some recent email exchanges with a couple of blogging buddies, I realised just how removed I have become from blogland & the fabric-y thread-y online community... & perhaps that's been a contributing factor to my not doing so much sewing & stitching... if that makes sense.
While I have been doing a little sewing & stitching, there's been a lot more of everything else going on ahead of it.
We all want to do more than the daylight hours allow for, so I'm not going to get overly philosophical about it😉😉

I have a couple of things I'd like to share...
This is the current situation with the Scrappy Hexy Quilt... it's getting so big now... still a nice thing to plod along with because I have a lot of evenings on my own these days.

I recently joined in Mystery Scrap Buster-style workshop at my patchwork group.
A 'scrap buster'... don't we all need one of those?!
I am not at all someone confident with 'mystery' & my versions of 'random' or 'scrappy' turn out something akin to a fabric vomit... but I really wanted to join in, hoping it would be just the project to get me back into doing more sewing.
Happy to report that it has! Just getting out to my sewing room for a little while each day & doing a bit more, it's been fun to get back to some Pfaff-ing!
It can be a little hard to make out the pattern created by the print fabrics & background fabric... it took me a while. As more rows are done & sewn, it will be easier to see. It's 55inches wide.

I'd also like to share with you a quilt I made & gifted. This went to my cousin... the closest I have to a sister... she had an '0' birthday recently. When looking through my Overload for fabric ideas for it, I found this stunning layer cake from Kate Spain, a range called 'Voyage'; I knew it would be just right.
The pattern is the Moda Love freebie & such a great one for showing off fabulous prints like these.
Very pleased with how it turned out & my quilter Julie did her usual stunning work on it too.
Still find it hard to get good pics of big things!
 This measures about 78inches square.It was very hard to send this one away!

Spring is definitely here in my little part of WA... so nice to open some doors & windows for that lovely fresh breeze & the birds are amazing.

Thanks for dropping in to my blog today... AND thanks to my friends who kindly checked up on me & inspired me to venture out of my cocoon!


Friday, 12 April 2019

April FNwF Report... Late!

Block 11 for my Sweet Sentiments Quilt... I just love this project.
Thank you Cheryll for hosting us again!
One more stitchery to do, then it's going to be put away for a little while until I'm happy with my fabrics for the piecing of the quilt.

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Some Other Things I've Been Doing

While time spent in my sewing room is a bit different these days because of my back issue, I do still find time to get out there & Pfaff about.
Here's a little look at what's been going on here:

Finished three bags that I cut out last year... then made some needle cases & big pincushions from the leftovers. I love these bags, & while it's tempting to keep one for myself, I really don't need another bag... these ones will (hopefully) be sold from the shop at my Patchwork building.

 My patchwork club are currently making & displaying pieces on the theme of HEART...
big heart, broken heart, heart strings, full heart... any ideas the maker may wish.
I chose to make this darling bird from a Rosalie Quinlan book; & I've even stitched a 2nd one in a different thread colour, but it's yet to be finished into its heart shape.
Can you believe I had to teach myself chain stitch?! I'd never done it before.

Some fun coasters have been made... 2 sets of six, also for sale in the shop at my Patchwork Club.
Fun & easy to make.

These are the last 2 of the spare Tis The Season stitcheries. There is now 5 in total, but what to do with them?... perhaps a couple of wall hangings?

 Another donation/charity quilt has been finished. It is simple 5inch squares, in an 8x8 grid, then cross-hatch quilted. The binding is done by machine, as requested by the charity that these quilts go to.
 Here is a 2nd top, sewn yesterday... will wait for Spotlight to have a discount on their homespun, for the purchase of backing & binding.

 Of course, in between activities at home, there is always time for a cuppa.
The cup is a new one purchased recently, super-cute huh?!
Coffee & my favourite bikkie (Arnott's Orange Cream), on a sweet mugrug/coaster sent to me from Fiona a few years ago.
Making things is such fun... it's relaxing & enjoyable & social... And there is never enough hours in the day for it😊😊😊

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

A 'Pick Up & Put Down' Project

Always great to have a project like this, don't you think?!

Being that I rarely take my sewing machine to my Fridays at Patchwork group, I do like to take something that's easy to pick up & take with me.
"A Friday Project", I call it.

This darling project has been on & off my radar for a long time... I had even bought background fabrics & traced out all the stitcheries.
I have loved it - then not loved it - many times over the years it's been in the tub, but in January I forced myself to make a decision about it once & for all.. start it soon, or sell it.
I started it & I'm so pleased I did!

Sweet Sentiments, by Natalie Bird (The Birdhouse designs)
 I love Natalie's books... they feature a selection of stitcheries, then a number of really great patterns for projects to make with them.
 Some of the designs are quite easy & relatively quick to finish... but others, like the topiary flowerpot below, take a bit more time & care.
 The thread colours are so pretty & Natalie creates some darling characters.
I have 3 more stitcheries to make, which will make up all 12 in the book... of course I'll be making the quilt, as seen on the book cover. Fabrics have been set aside for it, but I need to change one of them to be a better suit to the project.

My blogging may have been quiet, but my hands have not😉😉

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Ruth's Quilt top is Finished, Yay!

So pleased to be sharing this with you.
My "Ruth's Quilt" quilt top is finished & I'm very happy with it.
I decided to add a little to the width & length of it, mainly because I still had fabrics to use.
Backing fabric has been purchased, but I'm at a mental block with how I want the quilting.
After all the hours put into stitching the designs, it's not something I want to rush into... neither do I want it languishing unfinished too long either... decisions, decisions!

Thank you to Helen and all the ladies over at the No-Fuss SAL blog who have supported me, complimented me & encouraged me along the way.
Helen you can update me in the sidebar now, LOL!

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Well Press Me Flat & Call Me A Seam... I've Been Sewing!

Yes, my darling Pfaff must be wondering what the heck is going on, that I have actually switched her on & used her... well, that was after I remembered where I store the screw driver that secures the needle in place😃

Back in Aug/Sept of 2017, I joined in with the ladies who were making Ruth's Quilt, a lovely design from Leanne Beasley.
I finished all the embroideries in good time, but came to a problem with my chosen fabrics... some of them were just not right. Having finally had the chance to dig out some different fabrics, cutting & sewing has been able to commence.
'Scrappy' is definitely not my forte, but I think this might turn out ok.

A few years back when I made my 'Tis The Season' Christmas quilt, I traced up some extra stitcheries... they've been enjoyable to work on recently while keeping an eye on the cricket or an evening crime show. Not sure what I'll do with them... but whatever the result, they'll go in the Giftie Box. I'll stitch the remaining two, then make a decision.

In some happy-sad family news, my DD-C has officially left the nest... she's been working in her new job (1st professional position) since late last year... it took her a few months & much consideration to find a place to live and also someone to share it with. We helped her move on the 24th of Feb & they are settling in nicely to their cute little unit, which is about 50mins away.
So now we have just one baby still with us, mr18.
🎵Oh the times, they are a-changin' 🎵
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