Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

In about 5 hours time it will be 2013 which is a bit unbelievable.  So it is resolution time again.  I don't think I did so well on my resolutions particularly the one about blogging a bit more.  Will try again next year on that one.

My major resolution is try to complete some long and not so long outstanding projects.  To that end I am going to try to not buy anything new.  I have a few little exemptions that is if I need something to finish off a project I am allowed to get, I am also allowed to do any online events hosted by Quilt Fabric Delights and get anything new from Bonnie and Camille particularly their new fabric range called Happy Go Lucky for a peak visit here or here.  Okay I think I already need to confess to having purchased all of Camille's new patterns and having pre-ordered her book due in the middle of the year but it doesn't count because resolutions don't start until the New Year do they?

These are my last two finished projects for the year.  Both are presents for a friend from work and her new baby due to arrive in February.

 This quilt is called Elephant Parade and is by Mellie & Me.

 Some close ups of the quilting done by Lucy.  She always does a great job.

This is a Quilt Fabric Delights Christmas in July project it was designed by Rachael Merrick and is an IPad cover.  The original design had a pieced front but I decided just to use the one fabric which came from the stash.  It was easy to put together and didn't take long.  I also managed to do a button hole for the first time on this machine.  It was so easy I don't know what I was so nervous about.

Another thing I am going to do is have some sewing days or nights where I just totally forget about the housework and anything else and sew to my hearts content.  I am starting that tonight.

So I am off to do my sewing.

Happy New Year may it be full of stitching goodness and lots of finished projects!!




Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

Can you believe that it is Christmas already every year seems to go faster and faster and the quilting pile seems to get bigger and bigger with all the lovely new things that come out and the old things that I never seem to have time to do.

In the last couple of weeks I have been working on a couple of projects.  It was very hot yesterday so I put the cooler on and my Hawaii 50 DVD and did a bit of stitching very relaxing.

 I have been sewing together my On A Whim blocks.  A design by Camille Roskelley with her Vintage Modern fabrics.
 This is a new project by Gail Pan Summer Bouquet I have cut out the blocks and have done some tracing for the embroidery but still more to do.  I am using totally different fabrics to what Gail uses so it will be interesting to see how it turns out.

 These are some of my Marmalade blocks another design by Camille and am using her Marmalade range of fabric I thought it was fitting to have double Marmalade.  I am up to blanket stitching the petals on.



This is a design by Lynette Anderson Reindeer Express which was featured in Homespun and features Lynette's range of Christmas Fun fabric.  It is amazing how creased the fabric gets as you work.  I need to add the applique hearts which feature in the corners I was just waiting on the fabric which I got during the week.

I hope everyone has  a very Merry Christmas and enjoys their day tomorrow and gets some lovely presents.

Until next time happy stitching.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Well that is how the saying goes so you all must be really fond of me!  I have been a bit unwell with a sore throat and a virus that made be very tired so I have been taking it a bit easy and haven't done as much sewing as I would have liked.  I have managed to do a few things even in all the heat yesterday and the fact that I am renovating in my sewing room so have my machine in the hallway a bit of the obstacle course but waiting on the helper (aka Dad) to come and do the sanding.

This pin cushion I am using as a gift.  Designed by Gail Pan.  I am going to make one for myself as well as it is so cute.

 Blocks 5 and 6 of my Mystery Quilt BOM.  The October block a whole month to arrive in the mail and the November block took a week so I made them both together.  The amazing workings of Australia Post.  Block 7 should be on its way so lets see how long it takes to arrive probably longer due to all the parcels people were posting the other day when I was in the Post Office.

 Little Pipsqueaks designed by Bonnie of Cotton Way using Flannel Marmalade.  It was quick and easy to put together only four big blocks and will be lovely to snuggle under in the colder months.

 This is a mystery quilt from Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazine.  I just need to audition borders.  Every bit of fabric is from the stash which didn't make a dent in it I think even if I made 100 of these quilts it still wouldn't make a dent.


This pattern is called Wild Thing designed by Camille Roskelley of Thimbleblossoms.  The fabric range is Mama said Sew by Sweetwater.  I am up to sewing the stripes together.  I found the perfect ric rac to use it was a bit expensive but I had a voucher so that justified buying it.

I have to make some place mats for my sister.  She wants them as a gift for her sister-in-law.  I am working myself up to doing it.  I better do it since she made me the most delicious ginger bread sleigh.

Until next time happy stitching.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Finished Projects

In the last few weeks I have managed to complete a few projects.  This has worked out very well as some are Christmas presents for my nephews and niece who live in Katherine and fortunately my sister will be coming to Melbourne next weekend so she can take them back with her.  I was a little nervous about sending them in the post so luckily she has a work function to attend and very lucky they are ready.

 This is Thomas' quilt.

 The Big Red Car has a personalised number plate.
I thought you may like to see some of the lovely long arm quilting done by Lucy and it showed up in the photo really well on the part of the backing that was white.

This is Mikayla's quilt and my absolute favourite of the quilts I have made for my nieces and nephews am having a bit of trouble parting with this one.  Lucky her name is on it.




 Lucy did the quilting on this one as well and has done a great job.

 This is my final stocking (I think not sure if I have forgotten some one).

This is Lynette Anderson's block for 2011 Quilt Aid.  I am slowly getting there.  I think if I remember correctly I have four to go.

Until next time happy stitching.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Christmas Stitching & More

I have been working on a few Christmas projects and have even managed to complete one of the QFD Christmas in July projects.

 Gail Pan's QFD Christmas in July project.  I had it sitting there waiting to sew on the binding for ages so I finally got around to doing it.

 One of the projects from Lynette Anderson's Stitch for Christmas book using her Christmas Fun range of fabrics.
 Block 4 of the Fat Quarter Shop's Mystery BOM.

 Two more blocks from my Quilt Aid Quilt.  Five more to go but some are half done.



Four more blocks from my Merry Merry Snowmen Quilt.  Just waiting for the last block to arrive then I can put it all together.

Hope to catch up with everyone during QFD's Let's Stitch.

Until new time happy stitching.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Stitching

The weekend before last I went to Katoomba in the Blue Mountains to a Quilting Retreat run by Karen at the Stitching Post.  There were three designers Gail Pan, Lisa of Fig n Berry Designs and Carol of Cherry Pie Designs.  Each designer had two lovely patterns to make.  I also purchased a bit more than a few patterns to make at some stage.

This is the project I started with.

 A Christmas Table Runner.  These are the two ends I have the centre still to do.
 These are some of the patterns I purchased.
 Karen made all the attendees a bird out of Vintage Modern fabric mine will have pride of place on my Christmas Tree.  We also received a journal cover.
I had some time to do a few other things since I wasn't working.

 One of my cousin's is expecting a baby very soon so I finished off my blue scrappy top - she is having a boy.

 This is a Rosalie Quinlan stitchery which after it gets ironed will be put on a canvas.

This is the centre of my Quilt Aid quilt.  I am working on a couple of the blocks and am getting there slowing.

Until next time happy stitching.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

What I have been up to

I have been busy stitching/sewing away on a few different projects.  I found some white/cream wide back fabric for only $12.00 a metre at GJ Discount Fabrics so I purchased a few different ones to use as my neural fabric which makes it much more cost effective especially as some of the patterns required 5 or 6 yards.  I have been busily cutting into it all.  I confess to going back to get more and they had sold quite a bit.

 My third block of the Fat Quarter Shop's Mystery Quilt.  Block 4 has arrived in the post and is on the to do list.
Blocks for my Wild Thing Quilt designed by Thimble Blossoms the fabric range is Sew Mama by Sweetwater.

 Two blocks from QuiltAid 2011 have set up a couple of others and am getting there slowly.
Dilly Dally blocks.  Pattern by Thimble Blossoms and fabric Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille.

Until next time happy stitching.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Finishing Off

I am so pleased to announce that I have actually finished some projects and other projects are now completed quilt tops.  I need to get some wadding so I can do some quilting.

So this is what has been happening

 Ziggy Petals designed by Bonnie Olverson of Cotton Way and using her range of Vintage Modern.  I am going quilt this one myself.  It is going go on my kitchen table once all the stuff is cleared off it.



This is Swoon designed by Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms.  It is a big quilt so it will be going off to the long arm  quilter then I will take some better photos.  Super excited about finishing this one off.

 This is Jack and Jill also by Bonnie.  I have put the borders on and this will be my Christmas quilt for the kitchen table.  I am also going quilt this myself.

 Of course not everything is finished.  Not sure that I will ever have everything finished.  This is one of Sue Daley's One Block Wonders.  I really enjoy the English Paper Piecing and have a couple of projects in the pipeline.

 The first border is on Christmas in the Cabin.  I so love these fabrics and pattern.  On my one day list to make this design as a big quilt.

You will now be impressed as I have completed not one,
 Not two, nor three,
 Not four,
 But five.  Yes that is right five Christmas stockings the pattern is Merry by Camille Roskelley.  I still have a couple more to make but now I feel that progress has been made.
Until next time happy stitching.