Saturday, 26 February 2011

I can't really talk on here about the other projects I am working on.

I have 2 secret projects in progress.

One: I am designing and making a Mystery Quilt from Kaffe Fasset fabrics for my LQS. Oh, drool, and pat. I am becoming drunk on the fabrics!

Here is a little snifter at what I mean. Glorious colour! I am playing and playing. Yes, I am taking some photos of my progress, but I can't really share until the quilt is no longer a mystery!! LOL!!

Two: I am taking part in a challenge with my girlfriends at the blog Mission India-possible. In May, I will be able to show you what I did in February... In June I will be able to show what I am doing this month!!

Bear with me, while I work on these secret works....

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

I've had a few non-quilty projects competing with my time of late.

Have you seen my new blog? "My Bohemian House". It's a journey of my home decorating, and related thingies.

I am covering a lamp shade with Kaffe Fasset fabric.

It's the first time I've really tried to use a hot glue gun. I nearly stuck the gun onto the lampshade!!

I have successfully adhered satin bias around the top and bottom of the lampshade, and a coin trim around the bottom edge. I am going for the gypsy-caravan-boho type look.

The fabric has been hemmed top and bottom, but I think I need to unpick and adjust the bottom hem. Then I will run a ribbon through the sleeves I sewed in, gather the fabric to fit, and hot glue gun into place.

All I need are the arms of Shiva and I will be fine!!

Friday, 18 February 2011

Heaven knows I have UFOs

Penelope. She sure is pretty. VBG. That's why this quilt is named "Pretty Penelope".

Mum quilted it in a floaty-sort-of-feathery design, which is perfect.
Ah, perhaps now this quilt is finished, I will be able to breathe??? Sometimes a project just makes us breathless, and we run around, and sew fast in order to finish it quickly. Why is that?
Maybe we want to enjoy the finished quilt on our bed, or finish it before we lose interest... or perhaps it is because we want to finish it quickly because another project has made us breathless??!!
Whichever way it goes, it is pleasing to enjoy a fast finish every now and then. Heaven knows, I have enough UFOs to keep me going...

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Just one more block

This was such a quick block to applique - hardly any thread changes. I am working on a few blocks at a time when it comes to the machine stitching.

Hopefully this will reduce the number of thread changes (I can stitch with a particular green on two blocks at once, instead of just one block, and so on).

I do enjoy seeing the splash of colour when viewing all the blocks together so far.
Hopefully this will keep me motivated. Of course, I am also involved in other crafty things. Have you seen my blog My Bohemian House? It is all keeping me quite busy at the moment.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Pretty Penelope takes the lead

It's like calling the races at the moment, Pretty Penelope has overtaken Garden Song in the "I am more important!! Pick me!!" stakes.

Mum quilted it in a soft, floaty design that looks fantastic with the border print. It adds a soft French feel.

I have machine stitched the binding, just need to hand stitch it over to finish.

In the meantime, I am sleeping under it before the binding is complete. Is that allowed?

Okay, now Pretty Penelope is in the lead for hand-work, but I am about to machine some more on the Garden Song blocks. Let's see which wins by a nose.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

The Garden Is Growing

I have finished another two Garden Song blocks.

Really enjoying making them... almost half way (Listen to me - isn't that how we motivate ourselves to finish a project, when we've only made 3 blocks???)
The variety of flower petal fabrics (around the outside of the applique centres) are starting to look interesting.

They certainly look more dynamic together as a team. Well, I did choose the fabrics because I thought they looked together.
Time to keep sewing!!

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Bird in the garden

There's a bird in this garden!

This is my first completed block for the "Garden Song" quilt, designed by Nancy Halvorsen of Art To Heart.
I am machine blanket-stitching. This is the project I need to focus on... for now anyway.... LOL!!

Thursday, 3 February 2011

A little bit of froth

There was enough fabric to make a tablerunner in the Java fabric too.
Look at those coffee bean prints!!

I love a quick finish!! (Just every now and then...)

Thanks for quilting it Mum...

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Coffee has perked!!

This is the Java wallhanging.

I just love the freshness of the colours in the fabric print.

It sure makes me want to perk coffee in retro coffee makers, and drink from Spanish coffee cups.

I know just where to hang it too! (Derr, it's already hanging, that's how I took a photo...)

If you squint, you might be able to see the coffee cups Mum quilted on it for me - with steam curling out of the cups. Love it!!