Sunday, February 24, 2013

Bedrunners and a Mystery Block

It has been quite hot here over the past couple of weeks so the quilting has come to a stand still.  I am hopeful of a couple of cool days so I can get the quilt finished as my deadline is looming.

Since it has been hot I have managed to see two more movies from my wish list Silver Linings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty both were really good movies but if I was voting in the Oscars my vote would go to Argo which is one of the best edge of your seat movies I have ever seen.  I still have a couple more movies on list to go.

I have managed to do some stitching.  I have been sitting in the lounge room with the air conditioner on and doing some English Paper Piecing (EPP).  It is very relaxing and addictive.  I have a few EPP projects I want to do.

 This is Rings of Friendship from Sue Daley's New English Paper Piecing Book.  I am up to appliquing the rings onto the background fabric.

 This is Bonnie & Camille's block from the Fat Quarter Shop's Mystery BOM.  I still have two blocks to go before I am up to date.  They are on the to do list.

This bed runner has been finished for a while but I don't think I have shown it.  It is designed by Bonnie of Cotton Way.

The marble bags were a hit with the kids.

Until next time happy stitching

Sunday, February 10, 2013

I've been meaning to ...

I have so been meaning to blog for a while now but just hadn't found the time here are my excuses:

1.   I think I had some sort of virus last weekend which has made be really tired.  I hope that it is all it is.

2.  Work has been so busy that by the time I get home I am so tired and don't want to look at a computer.

3.  There are so many good movies at this time of year that I have been going to the movies on the weekend.  In the past few weeks I have seen The Impossible and Hitchcock and more than a few weekends ago I saw Quartet.  I still have a few on my list to see Lincoln, Silver Linings and Zero Dark Thirty.
4.  Yesterday I went to a Dear Jane Exhibition.  Inspiring is all I can say.  All quilts were just beautiful and it was lovely reading the story behind the quilts.

5.  I had quite a few sewing deadlines.  Thankfully all the gifts were made in time and were just loved.  I did forget to take a photo of the finished quilt I did for my Aunty who turned 60 on the 7th of February.  I had to get it to my Mum for her to post to Queensland.  I am good at forgetting to take photos before I wrap up presents I normally remember once I have wrapped and think oh can't be bothered unwrapping I need to be more diligent.

6.  We were painting the sewing room.  The walls are done apart from one where the window is as I need to get a new window.  The doors on the wardrobe need to be done and are next on the list.  The design wall has been hung without too much difficulty.

The following are gifts for a dear friend I mine who I worked with for the last 7.5 years and just between us she is the best person I have ever worked with so I went slightly overboard with the gift giving but MO is a real treasure and I will miss her terribly.

 I didn't make these earrings but purchased them from a lovely shop called Aero which is across the road from where I work.  They are covered buttons and so cute.  I did buy myself some because you would not believe it but there were some in Ruby fabric.

This is the camera pouch by Cheryl Goss from QFD Lets Stitch.  I suggested that it could be used for the wireless modem.  I tested mine and it fits nicely.  The pouch goes with the travel wallet below which was in the last post.

 The IPad cover was also in the last post.  I haven't made more.

 The January issue of Homespun came out just in time with this photo album cover.  I personalised the tag by changing the AUS to MO, Martine's nickname.  It went together very easily.

I was very pleased with all the presents I made and I know they will by treasured.

After all that gift making I found some time to do a "me" project and I finished my Merry Merry Snowman quilt top.  I am going to get this one professionally quilted.

Back to the present making.  I have been quilting this quilt all went and I am nearly finished.  It is a Thimble Blossoms Design (surprise!) Piece of Cake 2 and it was a piece of cake to put together.  Vintage Modern is the fabric and I am giving this too a friend for her birthday which is a month away so I think I will have it done in plenty of time.
 I thought you might like to see my new design wall.  I just love it.
 The following marble bags were made by special request of my nephews Thomas and Joshua and of course Mikayla couldn't be left out.  I have used a different fabric on either side so there are only three not six.  I just need to send them to them.

And finally I am going to Hobart to stitch with Lynette and Helen in March am so looking forward to it.  I really love both Lynette and Helen's designs and have made many of their projects and have many in the "works".

Until next time happy stitching.