Saturday, September 21, 2013

Friday Night Sew In

Last night I joined FNSI I had a bit more time than usual as I have been on holidays this week.

 I did a bit of stitching on Block 2 of Cornelian designed by Helen Stubbings.

Then I worked on my Summer Quilt designed by Camille Roskelley.  I am using Scrumptious by Bonnie & Camille.
I had already sewn the corner squares on.  So I trimmed blocks enough for 4 blocks there are 12 blocks in all.  Then it was time to press.  I do love it when the pattern tells you which way to press the seam.

Then it was time to sew.
And press some more.
And sew and press and sew and press.

One block nearly altogether.

Three blocks finished and the fourth nearly together it just got a little late for me.

Hope you all enjoyed sewing last night.

Friday, September 20, 2013

A Trip

This week I spent a few days in lovely sunny Brisbane.  Well when I arrived it wasn't so sunny but the next two days that I was there the weather was just perfect in the high 20s it was lovely to have some sun.  Now back in cold wet Melbourne.  Enough of the weather the purpose of this trip was to see the Quilts 1700 - 1945 exhibition held at the Queensland Art Gallery.

 These are the flags outside the entrance.

This is my entrance ticket.

Unfortunately you are not able to take photos of the quilts as they are old and very fragile.  It was absolutely amazing to see quilts 200 years plus old in such good condition and made so beautifully considering the types of conditions they would have been made in.  No rotary cutters, electric lights or sewing machines.  The absolute highlight for me was the Rajah Quilts made by female convicts aboard the Rajah in 1841.  The quilt is very fragile and only comes out once a year for a month but since in has been on loan to the Queensland Art Gallery for the last three months it will not be on display again for another three years.  The work on this quilt is just amazing and the condition that the fabric is in was remarkable. The red fabrics have not faded.   If you are in Brisbane this weekend I highly recommend a trip to the Art Gallery.  The exhibition finishes on Sunday so you need to be quick.  I would have liked to buy the book that they had with the quilts but unfortunately they had sold out. :(

Off to do some sewing for FNSI.

Thursday, September 12, 2013


I have spent a bit of time recently sewing on binding.  I am pleased to say I only have two smaller quilts to go and one of those is nearly completed.  So all this means I have a few finished quilts ready to snuggle under and the weather has turned a bit cold so I will be staying warm.

 First up is Gail Pan's table runner from QFD CIJ I am so pleased with how this one has turned out using left over Bonnie & Camille fabrics.

Hopscotch by Thimble Blossoms using Vintage Modern.  

A close up of my not so straight quilting.  This was fun to do but a lot of work but it gives it a real modern feel.

 Dilly Dally also by Thimble Blossoms this time using Marmalade.

A close up of my stipple quilting.  I haven't learnt any other quilting patterns yet am a bit nervous about marking a pattern on my quilt tops.  I am starting to feel a bit more confident with my quilting.

This is my version of Dapper quilt from Camille Roskelley's 2nd book Simply Retro.

Again I just did stipple quilting.

Just had to show you the gorgeous fabric I choose for the backing so cute.

I got myself some more Scrumptious pre-cuts.  This has to be my favourite range ever.

I have been busily cutting into it to make a few more quilts by Thimble Blossoms.  This time I have put the cut pieces into zip lock bags and marked which quilt pattern they relate to.  I tend to get myself in a bit of a mess as I jump from project to project so hopefully this will work.  Just have to cut up the white to go with these patterns.

Until next time happy stitching

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Friday Night With Friends

I managed to make some progress last night.

First I finished my yo-yos

I stitched these ones last night.

All of them now stitched and set up ready to be stitched together.  15 on each end of the table runner.  Getting close to having a finished project.

And speaking of finished projects.   I also managed to stitch on the binding on one of my quilts in the binding pile.  So nice to have something finished.

What a great night one project finished and one getting close success!

Until next time happy stitching.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

New Things

I know one of my New Year Resolutions was not to buy new things with a few exemptions.  Well I have completely failed on this resolution sometimes you just see something and you simply just cannot resist even when the cupboard is bursting with UFOs and unstarted projects and the wallet is screaming NOOOOOO!!  The need has just been too great to resist a couple of new projects.

This first one is Woodland Christmas by Liz Stanway of Teddlywinks and uses Lynette Anderson's new fabric range Candy Cane Angels which is just adorable and so are the little stitcheries.  The best thing was the stitcheries are preprinted so no tracing just jump right in and start stitching yeah!!.

 This one is a block of the month.  I wasn't going to do a block of the month this year since I did so many last year and I think they are all UFOs oh well one day.  It is designed by Helen Stubbings of Hugs n Kisses and called Cornelian.  I have finished the stitching for month 1 just have to wait on the red fabric to do the red hexies which comes with the later blocks so I am up to date on this one.  I saw Helen's original when I was in Hobart in March and knew I would not be able to resist this one.

 This is the stitching on a Christmas Bauble from one of the QFD CIJ patterns.  I have used Cottage Garden Thread in Running Postman.

Lastly this is my pile of quilts ready for trimming back and putting on the binding.  I have a few at the moment.  I have spent some time quilting in the last few days.  A few are small quilts but there are a couple of bigger quilts.  I will have to finish a couple to so that I can justify my new projects.

Happy stitching.