Tuesday, September 12, 2017

and September rolls around

September Perpetually hexie... It's a lot brighter in real life but this is a happy Spring block and I am very happy with it.

Rosette 8 of the millefiore. Hmmmm, as I am just using scraps it's a case of whatever comes to mind. Some of the fabrics in this come from DS2's quilt so that has  memories which is what I am loving about this quilt. DS2 was very involved in the making of his quilt, even asking what colour I was going to use for the cornerstones! Top marks for listening to me.

I have one more rosette like this and then 6 more much smaller ones( maybe 5 or 3 hexies) which fill in the gaps so it's getting there.Have to get it done as Katja is launching a new one in Houston for next year and you just never know.

Hopefully will link with Anthea at Hibiscus Stitching

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

a little bit of progress.

Rosette no 7 of millefiore... forgot to take a photo before attaching it to it's neighbour. Like this one.

I decided to start putting all the rosettes together as I had lots of adjoining ones. I was a bit worried about the one on the right with the bright pink flowers so I left it out and sewed all the others. Once I got the one on the left in ,with it's brown tones, I decided the other one was ok.Bit disappointed that the star doesn't show up very well but I love that block so all good.

Dear Jane blocks for August. Official ones from Kilmore. The group is continuing on with them so I am now 4 ahead of myself. This is G11, K2, L2 and M1.

Can you guess what this is???? I decided I needed more clamshells cut out so unusually for me I did the correct thing and ironed the fabric first. Got to one piece and the iron was sticking. Strange..... yes I had put the iron on the plastic template. OOPS


This is the iron after I had scraped the melted plastic off the sole plate. It has come a bit cleaner but maybe next time I'll leave the fabric wrinkled.

Monday, August 14, 2017

August Perpetually hexie

Here is the next wreath in the perpetually hexie quilt. I got a bit behind and made a bad choice with a couple of the colours but I ain't doing it again. Looking at the photo it looks a bit like it's not quite centred but again it's staying as is. 

I found out a couple of days ago that the person organising our Dear Jane challenge isn't going to continue running it but as we are all fairly experienced sewers I think we can get the quilt done. Thanks to Maree for all the hard work she put in up to this stage. 
I decided that I would try doing my blocks, as per the challenge, 4 at a time( I can just go as fast as I want) Here are the next 4 that I decided to do. I am using one particular beige in alternate blocks so I am going to do all the ones that need that fabric so I can hopefully use it in the border triangles as well. I have about 3 metres and want to make sure it goes the distance.

This is my finished Hunter's Star. I am soooo happy with this, love the way it is looking and I think it has a bit of movement to it. Still not sure if it needs a border  but I am leaning towards not.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Another rosette

Rosette no 6 of the millefiore quilt. I have started the Aug perpetually hexie rosette but wanted to get this done first.

Have you had a look at Katje's website??? She has another quiltalong, hexplosion, .. I have downloaded the pattern but will wait until I have the other two finished before I think about this one.

Had a  great morning at Jeff's shed, spent too much money on not a lot of things but what the heck, this is my addiction.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Hunter's Star

A work in progress

 The 8 times 15 triangles sewn for the next part of this quilt.

Sunday 16th July saw me at a class learning this block.. Hunter's Star. Using lots of scraps and I love it. As that day should have been DS1's 32 birthday this quilt will be "Christopher's Star" I just need now to lay all those triangles out and see which should go where. It's scrappy so I think it will look good no matter where I put them.


Rosette no 5 in Millefiore ( Katje Marek). It almost has a 3D effect when looked at like this. Very happy with this one , despite my earlier oops!

This is the centre for no 6. I just need a couple of other fabrics and I can get this all together.
Think yesterday should have been an EPP day at Hibiscus stitching so when I have a chance (and when the link is up) I will link.
Off to Jeff's shed on Sat for the quilt show. 

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.