So fresh... I love stitchery. I can just pick it up and go!
Friday, 30 April 2010
So fresh... I love stitchery. I can just pick it up and go!
Thursday, 29 April 2010
They started because of this 5 inch charm pack I bought and loved. I didn't even know what sock monkeys were then!
I put them away in their labelled box, and walked around the house with itchy fingers again. Then I found another box labelled "sock monkey quilt". ??? I thought...
Ooh, this requires some thinking. Next project.
This is a much nicer view of the UFO. The stripe fabric is on one side, and the black fabric is on the other side. Reversible see???
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Monday, 26 April 2010
You know, one of these mini quilts has applique in it, maybe I could slip in a little applique over the next few days...
What's happening with my Lizzie Mae medallion you ask? I have to finish choosing colours for the pieced blocks - so my worn out brain fighting off this virus is going for tasks with less thinking involved.... let's finish this little quilt top and start another one!!
Sunday, 25 April 2010
Saturday, 24 April 2010
This is the finished centre for the Lizzie Mae's Medallion quilt.
Friday, 23 April 2010
Ahhh, look at the urn. I did not fussy cut or centre the print onto the urn. The entire fabric was pretty, so I just appliqued the urn and let the fabric do its thing.
I was supposed to do a lot of piecing on my day off... but I spent most of the day in bed, feeling unwell. The upside is, I have lots of hand sewing done (I can rest, sit and sew at the same time)... but the downside is, I need another hand project (preferably applique).
I guess I had better pull out the 12 Days of Christmas quilt blocks again, and do the 6 geese a laying....
Oh! I love applique!
Thursday, 22 April 2010
The colours are starting to look soft and pretty with a vintage slant - all reproduction 1800s fabrics... The different coloured stems are really starting to show up.
So excited! Just want to do more and more!!
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
I am loving everything about this applique block - the background is a treat! I have decided to add the urn last - I picked that fabric first, so it should come together really well.
I am really looking forward to machine piecing on my day off this week... I can do that while the washing machine does it's thing and the soup cooks.. etc.
So much piecing to do! And cutting... I wonder how much I will get through...
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
Monday, 19 April 2010
Finally, I've got my French Braid quilt hanging to take a good photo of it for my blog. Mum quilted it with an allover seaweed pattern for me. Thank you Mumsy. *hugs*
I've said it before, and I'll say it again... it's wonderful to finish so many quilts because Mum can quilt them for me.
You know what else I love? Simply by writing this blog makes me take more photos of my projects in progress.
It's quite satisfying to see my projects unfold rather than say "Oh yes, I am still working on the applique centre"... etc... Not only does my blog give back to the bloggers who inspire me (I hope), but I plan to print these records into books and keep them for future generations in my family.
No, I am not a diary writer, but I can blog.
Sunday, 18 April 2010
Over time these plants will grow!!
Saturday, 17 April 2010
I was reading an old issue of "Australian Country Threads" when I spied the column "Recycled Threads" (it's a really good section where one designer makes items from opp shop finds).
This time Ruth (the columnist) had found a finished tapestry at her local opp shop. Tapestries are rather hard-wearing, so she took it out of the frame and turned it into a bag.
I bought these 4 tapestries for fifty cents each (!!!) today.... I am going to make a couple of bags from them.
The Beatrix Potter ones can go on both sides of one bag (I just need to do a leetle bit of stitching on the mouse one).........And the others... probably on one bag each. There is a lot of time and money ino these completed tapestries. I am sure someone enjoyed doing them... perhaps they couldn't be framed because they are not rectangular, but more rhomboid.
It won't matter in a bag... but let this be a lesson to you - use a frame when making tapestries!!Now... what will I put with these?? Hmm....
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
I haven't really made many items for home decorating. I am thinking about it more often. I only have one bed in my house at the moment (we are planning to extend - we can't fit any more beds in), so all my quilts are stacked on a large couch that I can't sit on anymore. LOL!!
Monday, 12 April 2010
Sunday, 11 April 2010
Saturday, 10 April 2010
Another couple of days' handwork... I've got another one to start next.
Friday, 9 April 2010
The pen is in the photo for scale.
I read an article in Quilter's Newsletter - one of the points that stuck in my mind is this: Imagine the kind of fabric stash you would like to have. Now go and look in your stash, and remove anything that doesn't fit into the type of stash you would like.... I've got some really old fabrics (well 10-12 years old) that really aren't my thing anymore. I think if I can "remove" them (give them away) the rest of my stash could be more organised, tidier and take up a lot less space. I will keep you posted.
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
Every now and then I seem to do machine-sewing in a frenzy (when I have a block of time). The rest of the time it's hand-sewing....
This will form part of my 1800s hexagon sampler. I am making up the designs as I go.
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
Monday, 5 April 2010
Saturday, 3 April 2010
I finished making all the blocks and started to arrange them ready for setting in triangles etc.
I can't find five of them!! Sheesh! I was so ready to make this quilt right now!! I brought my machine, etc. out with me today..maybe I left the other blocks at home. I will check thoroughly.
So, what to do? I fancy making a table runner. So.. here is the first block.
Every now and then I feel like quick, easy piecing. Know what I mean?
And, this is my handwork from last night...
This is the centre block in the 12 Days of Christmas quilt.
Okay, my quilting seems to be all over the place.... but it's an easy pieced project and some hand work.. That's not too much to ask for is it??