Monday, January 8, 2018

Holiday stitching

I have had almost 3 weeks off work and I hit the sewing machine hard! These are the Dec and Jan Dear Jane blocks. I have done all 12 that were set but the other 5 have been blogged about before.

While my DGS was in utero I saw a quilt made by Karen Martin of Mrs Martin's quilt shop fame and I told her I was stealing the idea. This is a year in the life of said GS. I wrote on it, his Nan and Pop did and his mum put in bits. Finally I got all the blocks together and hope to quilt it ( in the ditch) by the time he turns two in March.

His hand and foot size at 1 year old, takes a block each....

His hand and foot size at 20 days old, which both fitted on one 6.5 x4.5 in block. Thought when he is older and patting me on the head it will be interesting to see how tiny his feet and hands were.

I finally put Perpetually hexie together. So very happy with it but oh my goodness it is HUGE. That is draped over a two seater couch.

Christmas lunch and I tried to get into the spirit by putting a runner on the table, made many years ago, and the candle was lit for my DS1 who was watching over us and the angel was lit for DD2's donor who I am sure was watching over her family as well.

I treated myself after Christmas to a mandala colouring book. Slowly I am filling in this one. It is very relaxing but I will never be an artist.... this is my form of art, just keep it between the lines. Even had to buy a pencil sharpener as I seem to have misplaced the one I had at school ( it is in the house somewhere)and the pencils kept getting blunt.. 

And this is the book, best $5.00 spent in a while.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas spent with family and/or friends and here's to a wonderful year in 2018.

Monday, December 18, 2017

It's ( sort of ) looking like Christmas

I have been very lucky to have made some great friends through blogging. ...so much so that last week and today the postie delivered these gorgeous decorations. Elf is from Michelle and Snowman is from Shez. I also got one of Michelle's mini patterns and I think that will come in very handy for next year. Thanks you both I love them and I truly value you both as friends. My tree isn't up yet but if I can con DH it will go up soon. I wrenched my shoulder at work today so have been told no lifting.

These are my attempts , the Teddy is a Nikki Tervo design and thanks to Shez for her advice on how to go about doing this. DGS will get this one. The star was provided by the Quilt Shop in Eltham where we had a Christmas sewing day. It was wonderful, we sewed, ate and sewed some more. Thanks to Alison and Sharon for the makings for this star. So lucky that the shop is so close to home.

Many thanks to the few of you that read and comment on this little blog and may you have  a wonderful Christmas and may 2018 be a blessed , happy and healthy year.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Check this out

A few weeks ago some friends and I got together to make a start on this quilt. Block 1... 5 required ( did do some reverse sewing on the first block)

block 2... 4 required. As long as you read the instructions all was well and it went together beautifully

I wasn't going to put the borders on but in the end I caved and did so here is the finished quilt. It is HUGE, covers my queen size bed with oodles of room to spare. Very happy with it though, especially as it is actually the size it was meant to be.

Here are my Dear Jane blocks for Nov. Slowly getting through them all.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Ta Da .. drum roll please

Millefiore quilt is finished. As those who know me realise, I am vertically challenged so was having trouble holding this up to show off, so.... Chris ( I think) stepped in. There is Nancy behind holding up the other corner, just hiding!!!

I was then told to get in the photo and you can see why I needed help. Anyway it is done ( thank goodness)and I love it. Still not too sure about the top right hand corner as you look at it but it is a scrappy quilt so .....

Saturday my friend's daughter was banished from her house as her fiance was having his bucks do so as this was probably the only opportunity, I gave her their wedding quilt. Claire loved it and hopefully Chris will too. Told her the stories about it which makes it special.Thanks again to Michelle for the pattern ( and signature).

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Millefiore blocks done

11B...

12A

12 B and now to add them to the rest and it will be complete. Well I think I am going to applique it to a border to make it square but the hard part is done. My perpetually hexie for Nov is almost done and I have started putting that together.... one HUGE quilt. Katja Marek has another couple of quilt a longs on the go and the one starting in Jan looks sooo pretty so I am very tempted. Will see how I feel in January.


A friend showed me these bags and I thought I would give it a go. It's called the sew together bag ... the outside,

... the inside...

and the zips opened. All made with scraps, just had to buy the zips. Hopefully the next one will be easier as I know what I am doing. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

October Dear Jane

All up to date with Dear Jane blocks. Not a one was what I consider easy , but bottom right was the hardest to get my head around. Once I realised that I could cheat and satin stitch the star I was ok, and I did this one first. Really do not know how Jane Sickle managed it by hand , using scissors and in poor light.  My DJ will be " based loosely on the quilt by"


Rosette 10a of the millefiore. Forgot to take a photo before I joined it. This is at the bottom and so I am at the edge of the quilt. 10 b is on the way and is very bright. Can't wait for it to be done and then I can reveal it in all it's scrappy glory!!

Two little octopods ( according to DS2). These are a just in case for a friend who will welcome twin GD any time soon. Mum loved the owl and giraffe but these will only go to her if her babies need them. Huge thanks to Rosalie for sewing the faces.

Monday, October 23, 2017

11 done 4 to go

Once again the camera is playing silly games. Here is rosette 10b for the millefiore but it goes with the right at the top.After 11a and 11 b , there is one that is only 3 hexies big. Cannot wait for that one. Still working on Perpetually Hexie but that is slow as I had my week up in Qld,

Scuse the background but I was racing out to give these two critters away and just needed a photo.A friend's daughter is having twins so these are going to her for her babies. As they may be born a little early I am also crocheting two little octopuses ( octopi???) Story too long so google will explain.