Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Two Projects at a Time

This week I have worked on only two projects.  One on the sewing machine and one hand stitching.  I have made some good progress and now the projects have swapped places.

 First up L7 which is now all quilted.  I did loops for the first time.  Not perfect but not too bad for a first go.

 A close up of the quilting.

 And the back.
All that is left is hand stitching done the binding.

 Next up is Summer Bouquet by Gail Pan.  I saw Gail's original when I was at the Blue Mountains last year and really loved it.  I have used totally different fabrics to Gail.
A close up of the blocks ready to be sewn together.

Last weekend I went to the Geelong Quilt Show.  There were some beautiful quilts on display.  A few of the ladies for the Guild were sewing up scraps which my Mum thought was a good idea for my scraps.  They were making quilts for the Royal Children's Hospital which is such a great cause.  I only wish I had more time to be able to do things like that but it is hard when you work full time.

Until next time happy stitching.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Friday Night Sew In

Last night I started a new project.  You know the feeling when you get new fabric and you just can't wait to start so you drop your current project and jump straight in.  Also I have a deadline for this quilt for a birthday next August.  I know at the moment August 2014 seems far away but it is a big quilt 96" x 96" so being so large I will send it out to be quilted.

The fabric is not my usual colours but as it is a gift I choose fabric I think will be liked.  The fabric is Soho Chic by Sandy Gervais and I actually love it so it will make it easier to make.  I find it hard if I have to work with fabrics I don't particularly like.  The pattern is from Simply Retro by Camille Roskelley and is called Fresh.  Camille's quilt is made with Marmalade so my version is totally different.  I have used a purple as my background fabric which is a bit different from the usual white.

 A block all cut out ready for sewing.

 A block all sewn together.

 Four blocks sewn together to make a bigger block.  I need 16 of these big blocks.

And the post didn't feel right without some Bonnie & Camille fabric.  I was lucky enough to get my hands on a fat quarter bundle and jelly roll of April Showers as a pre-release it is due out early next year.  I have been having a little play with it.

I hope everyone had a great Friday night sewing.  Thanks Wendy for hosting.

Until next time happy stitching.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Fruitful Four Days Sewing

I had a fruitful four days sewing.  I achieved everything I wanted to get done plus a little more.  Just a note most things were partly started and I didn't actually do as much as the photos show in case you all think I didn't sleep.

 First up is Baby Love by Bonnie of Cotton Way using the spots and solids from Scrumptious.  I am going to quilt this one myself.

 L7 designed by Me and My Sister.  This is a present for my Mum's friend who she has known since she was 5.  I am going to quilt this one myself as well.  I just have to wait for the postie to bring the backing fabric.
 This is Swell minus the outer border which only arrived in the mail this week so I need to add that.  It is designed by Camille Roskelley and is in her book Simply Retro.  It is a gift for a wedding and again I am going to quilt it.  I have used Scrumptious and think I may have issues parting with this one but I know it is going to a great home.
 A couple of decorations I made from last year's QFD Christmas in July designed by Janet Rowe.  Definitely need to make more of these.
 I finally got around to finishing my Believe table runner.  I really love this and enjoyed making the yo yos using the Clover yo yo maker it made them really easy.

 Since I have all those quilts that need to quilt I practiced some free motion quilting.  I am a bit scared about marking on a quilt top.  Think I need to dive in and just do it.

 My Cornelian blocks all complete.  The next block should arrive in a couple of weeks.  I am so enjoying making this.  I really like Helen's hexies and the fact that you don't need to pull any papers out.

Last thing is my second Round and Round block designed by Camille using Happy Go Lucky.  This has been on the backburner for a while but I saw on Facebook Camille was making another one so I got inspired.  I have everything cut now and two more blocks partly completed and then three more to go after that.

Tomorrow I am off to the Christmas Gathering which I am looking forward to.

Until next time happy stitching.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Friday Night With Friends

Hi everyone,

Just want to start by saying thank you for all the lovely comments.  I think I have now worked out how to reply and have fixed the problem I was having with receiving replies.  It had an old email address which I thought I had changed.  I am not always that good at the tech stuff much prefer when it all runs smoothly.

Anyway last night I went back to my Audrey Blue quilt.  I managed to get the last 13 blocks together.

So now for the hard part of deciding which block to put where.  I always end up swapping blocks back and forth and then ending up putting them back in the same spot.

I have some plans to do quite  bit of sewing this weekend.  In Melbourne it is a long weekend (well sort of Tuesday is Cup Day and I have taken Monday off work) so four days to sew.  I have a few presents in progress for gifts needed for early in the New Year I want to work on and some Christmas decorations to make.  First though I have to go to the quilt shop to get a couple of supplies.

Hope everyone had a great night sewing.  Thanks Cheryll for hosting.

Until next time happy stitching.