Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Another rosette started but .... oops

The next rosette is started on the millefiore quilt a long. I am so pleased with the fussy cutting on the centre and just love it. Started on the second round and kept thinking that the hexies look a bit small. Well can you spot the obvious mistake???

Here is one on top of the other and yes it's the centre one that is too big not the other way round. Darn it! Should have realised as  when I was cutting the diamonds I knew they were 1.75 " big so that of course makes 3.5" along the edge not 3", so it's back to the drawing board. At least I only have to make one hexie and not six so as the song goes.... always look on the bright side of life.

Going to link with Anthea at Hibiscus stitching for her piece it together.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

July PH

July perpetual hexie together, just need to put it on the background. Love the colours in this one and think it will fit in with the others beautifully.

This is the 4th rosette of the Millefiore quilt a long. Think this is the last really big one. Again I am really not sure about the colours but I am not unpulling anything. Will be interesting to see how it fits in with the others. The more I look at it the more I like it but we will see.

Have got 200 clamshells ready to go into blocks so they are growing and they will be the go to project when I don't have anything else.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

June PH and could this be a new obsession?

Rosette 3 of the Millefiore quilt a long with Katje...

June perpetually hexie with Katje. First lot of triangles I cut at 2" only to read the instructions to find they should have been 2 1/2 " . Love this block. Will link with Anthea at Hibiscus stitching for her EPP party.

Some more of my Dear Jane blocks. Top right I think may need redoing as it's a wee bit dark. Will think about it and see how it looks in the whole quilt.Up to date so 68 blocks down and counting!

My Fancy Forest quilt. Got all 4 borders on, then unpicked them all as the quilt bubbled. I fixed a couple of blocks and then resewed the borders( properly) but it's still got a bit of a crease in the firefly but after quilting I think I can disguise that.

A couple of weeks ago I went to hear Michele Hill talk about her Beatrix Potter journey. Was NOT going to buy the book..... but it snuck into my bag and I have started 4 of the embroideries just to while away the time. Think I need to finish a few projects though. Wonderful day all round and I am so glad I got the book.

Yesterday, being Queen's birthday public holiday I, with 2 others, visited Marina who showed Rosalie, Karin and me the wonders of clamshells without the use of papers. All 3 of use were excited by the ease of this and the speed..... a new obsession I feel, and hopefully a way of getting rid of scraps. Mind you Rosalie has some purples that I may like so ...... Another great day M , company wonderful, sewing amazing( Caswell is amazing) and thanks for the great teach!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

It's been a while

So it's been a while but I have been busy. This is the May Perpetually hexie. Now I love blue but I am so not sure about this one... maybe bad colour choices but I'm not doing it again and will see how it looks with the others.

This is one of the Dear Jane blocks that when I looked at it and the picture didn't look the same. I had to remove the corner triangles and sew them in a different place. I had the square , square not on point! Agh.

Saturday saw me at a sew a long with NOTYQ doing Elizabeth Hartman's Fancy Forest. After two afternoons of cutting out ( and this is only the small quilt) I managed to sew 4 foxes and 2 bunnies. Later that night I did the 2 thistles and Sunday morning and evening I did the 2 hedgehogs. Loving the way they are looking. Now I have 2 owls and 2 fireflies to stitch.... but as yesterday was a write off ( work and DS2 graduating with his Masters degree) tomorrow... Aladdin, Thursday... afternoon tea with DD1 and DGS 1 Looks like Friday afternoon for one of them maybe. I have also indulged myself and bought EH's butterfly quilt pattern. HMMM that may be a long term project.

Close up of bunny 1 and..

hedgehog 1

This is the second rosette for the Millefiore from the New Hexagon book. Very happy with it and am onto the 3rd round of rosette 3. Need to cut papers and fabric for that so there goes this afternoon. Loving this one too.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

EPP

The last round of rosette 1 in the millefiore quilt a long from Katje Marek. I am living the way it looks. Will link with Anthea's EPP.

Anzac day saw me doing the last bits of my candle wicked quilt. Put the outer borders on in the morning and the lace on in the afternoon. All ready for the quilters!

I even mitred both the border and lace corners.... the lace I cheated though and top stitched them down rather than trying a seam. I know what I mean.

Then went on to do some more Dear Jane block... 7 to go and I have done my 5 months worth. Will share later.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April Perpetually hexagon

The next PH block. I am not a fan of green but I am really happy with this block.. maybe because the green is a blue/green. Yes Kris there is some Kaffe Fassett in there.

As I am so enjoying the PH I looked on Katja's web site and she did a millefiore type hexie stitch along. Now I love "La Pass" but I know that with my arthritic fingers I am never going to do it but this one seems a bit more achievable. This is the centre of rosette 1......

.... the next round almost there. The pink rosette on the left in the middle is the one this is going to be. I am using as much of my stash as I can so it may not be as pretty as some but I actually like what I have done so far and think that I will get this done.  Will try and link with Anthea at Hibiscus stitching...

Some secret stitching. Thought this would take a long time but managed it on Saturday afternoon. The idea of what to do was the hardest.

A couple of weeks ago I did a class in Kilmore with Andrea and yesterday I managed to get it all put together. Thank goodness for Easter and a few days to sit and sew. There was a LOT of reverse sewing, 8 new blocks had to be sewn and I was about ready to throw it but as anyone who knows me knows...... I love blue and yellow together and I usually DON'T give up, so this is done, again not as good as it could be but.......finished is better than perfect and I'm sticking to that.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

3200 kms later

DH and I have been on an adventure. We left last Tuesday to visit DD2 in Brisbane, driving so we could give her things ( bike, sewing machine etc) that she couldn't take with her on a plane. We arrived at Coonabarabran Tuesday night, visited DD1's in laws in Ballina on Weds night, Thursday we awoke to " severe weather warnings in the Brisbane area." Decided to stay put as it was advised. Left Ballina on Friday only to be turned around at Tweed Heads" sorry Ma'am, no idea when the highway will re open, it's flood water you know" . So when the ABC announced at 2.55 pm on Saturday "the Pacific Highway will open in five minutes we leapt into the car and arrived in Brisbane at 5,30 pm.
This is the extent of the sewing I did....

...lots of this was done...

... and I was so lucky to catch up with Michelle. DD2 lives near a lovely little cafe and we spent 3 hours there chatting , having coffee and eating cake. I did show her my version of Cherries and chocolate  and Michelle very kindly signed the label so this will be one special quilt. Glad that Michelle liked my version as well.  DD2 had to work all the time we were there so only got to see her in the evenings but so glad to see her. Left a fairly sunny Brisbane on Friday and 3200 or so Kms later we arrived back in wet and cold Melbourne on Saturday. It's so good to be home!

These are some of the Dear Jane blocks for April I think... slowly slowly getting through them.

Not a good photo but the papers are cut for the April Katja Marek Perpetually hexie block. Interesting that this block is 6th April as that is the date that three years ago DD2 was given a great gift so we were also there to support her through that day. We dropped some flowers and feathers into the river at Southbank and thought of her donor.

This is the grey quilt that I made for DH's nephew and fiance as a wedding present.

Monday, March 27, 2017

The goings on...

A couple of Sundays ago I spent a couple of hours at a local quilt show. Just a few that were showing. I voted for this one

This was a Deb Layt quilt... interesting. I am still trying to work out what it says.

This was beautiful

After the quilt show, I had to race over to DD1's house as this darling young man was having his first birthday party. Think Grampa blew out the candle. Cannot believe a whole year has passed us by already

This is a quilt that I was going to make for DH nephew but they wanted a grey quilt. Done that but this one is going to DD2's best friend for her wedding.This one makes me happy!

We were given 5 months worth of Dear Jane blocks to work on as our coordinator will be absent for the next 5 months. These are the March Blocks. Have done some of April but as we are off to sunny(?wet? humid) Queensland tomorrow to see DD2 I won't be doing any more just yet.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

March Perpetually hexie

From this...

... to this. March's Perpetually hexie wreath. Really happy with this one and thanks to my friend Rosalie for providing the missing yellow. I now have all the backgrounds sewn together ( some triangles left over, and I was sure I counted them correctly!) so hopefully that will make it easier.

I have finished the Cherries and Chocolate quilt from Homespun ( designed by Michelle Ridgway) I aim to show it to her in person soon when we head off to Queensland to visit DD2.
Linking with Anthea for her EPP Piece yourself together at www.hibiscus-stitches.blogspot.com.au

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Timeless tulips

Tis done. This is the block I started at Monsalvat. After a week of sewing... by hand... it is complete. I am quite happy with it and this will be made into a block holder when I get a moment. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

What have I been up to???

Here is the centre of my cherries and chocolate quilt. I have since added the border to this and have got some of the  hexies onto the top and bottom border. Cut the outer border( not keen on cutting the length of the fabric but..)and so have two of the four corner hexies put together. It's coming together really well and I am loving it.

Hmmm blogger or my camera or Picasa has turned my Dear Jane blocks on their side. Still you get the idea.Up to date so far.

On Sunday I along with about 40 others attended the local quilt shop's inaugural Sunday school. We were at Monsalvat which is just a beautiful place, blue stone buildings in beautiful grounds. This is the centre of my Timeless Tulips block that I learnt with Meredithe Clark. In class I got the centre star sewn, the pink tulip together and one of the curves attached.Worked on it yesterday afternoon and the newsprint pieces were sewn in and I have 3 more pink tulips ready to put in and 4 green tulips up to having their petals attached. That will be this afternoon's work.Meredithe was so patient and explained things wonderfully. This is also hand pieced. Can't say I am a fan of curves but having learnt how to do them.... pin, pin and more pins.... I am enjoying this block.

Enjoy the heat those of us in Victoria. I am looking for a cool place to stitch!!!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Bitten by the bug again

I have started Michelle Ridgway's " Chocolate and Cherries " quilt and this is the progress so far. I have another 4 small hexies to do plus the corner ones and 8 of the big ones. Not at all like Michelle's colourway but I am loving the way they are all turning out. The bottom one with letters on (next to the stars) is a bit of whimsy as I am giving this to my neighbour's daughter when she gets married in December.. her initials just happen to be CD.

Here are a couple of the fussy cut ones.... don't do too many as I am trying to use scraps and sometimes there is just enough fabric for 6 hexies. These ones are 3/4" and I so love this size.

Finally got the kites sewn on this one and February's Perpetually hexie bites the dust.  This is Katja Marek's pattern using the perpetual calendar.
I am going to link up with Anthea at Hibiscus stitching as once again I have been bitten by the EPP bug. Also been bitten by that awful cold bug as well so gentle stitching and an early night for me .

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Stitchings

On Weds last week the February pattern for the Perpetually hexagon was put up. These are my pieces ready to go, the background sewn together.... still not sure how Sharon at the Quilt shop gets hers so perfect in the centre but....

Two hexies done ready to be sewn together. I actually now have all six sewn and 4 put into the wreath so soon I will have the wreath shape done. Then it's on to sewing it onto the background. Again Sharon gets hers very smooth and mine always looks like it needs a good press!



Not one to just have one project on the go, I have been crocheting some beanies for the prem babies. Thanks Barb for the pattern and these will go to Lyn at the next bloggy meet. I did get 6 out of one ball of wool  so very happy about that.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Bloggy meet

On Saturday I was lucky enough to be invited by Shez to a bloggy meet in Gisborne. It was lovely meeting a new group of stitchers and also meeting up again with Annie who I have known a long time( Nursing Mum's era)

Photos were taken ... all those people that have blogs of course. I am not a very happy snapper so this is what I got. Shez did send me some photos but I don't know how to get them onto my blog.. technologically challenged I'm afraid.


A bag swap was done and here are some of the beautiful bags that were made. Very talented group of ladies.
Thanks for inviting me and hope to see you again in May