Saturday, February 21, 2015

Kalamazoo is ready..

Thursday and Friday saw me practising my free motion quilting. I am not very good but here is one Blanket of Love...

...and here is another. When a friend has quilted her ones these will be winging their way to Cheryll.

At last the Quilt as you go ( or Kalamazoo by Michelle Marvig) is done. I burned my fingers trying to get the flowers pressed over the freezer paper, stuck pins in myself from trying to sew on those long lengths of binding(thanks to KQ for use of the binding machine which made things so much quicker) and generally struggling with a big quilt, it is done and I love it. I hope that the niece it is going to loves it as well. I am not a green person but the mint green in this obviously has blue tones to make me really happy with the fabric choices.Would make this again but would cut the background pieces much bigger, other than that yeah, I did it and that ticks off another niece to get a quilt.

Two weeks ago this was my very unimpressed DD2. "Did you take photos of the others on their first day of work?" Well no I didn't but they didn't have a uniform or been through what she has to get to the job. Very proud of the nurse that she is and will go on to be. Think the face shows how terrified she was feeling. After 6 shifts she is now much more confident and feeling happier in herself. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

so love is in the air??

On Weds this parcel arrived ... I lasted a couple of hours before it became....

...This. I did resist further temptation by putting it out of sight so that this morning Valentine's day I could open what Deb Walters from NZ had sent me in the swap organised by Cheryll.

This is what was in there... a sewing folder for a project being worked on, a tin with some ric rac and needles in there, some tissues(always handy), a heart shaped notepad and a Marg Low pattern with a skein of cotton hiding in the packing. Wow.. spoilt and I love all the goodies, 

But wait there's more! A table runner with Home is where the heart is embroidered on it and lots of hearts. Thanks so much Deb very happy with all my gifts. Thanks to Cheryll for organising the swap.

Friday 13th saw me at a Kilmore Quilters sit and sew day. I wanted to use the bias maker so I could get all the cover strips done for the  Quilt as you go. Done and soooo easy. One strip has it's small covers done. After that I finished off the flowers on this block and did two big flowers on the next block. I am loving the way this little quilt is turning out.

This may say that I posted this yesterday but it really is Valentine's Day here so I hope you all told those near and dear to you how much you love them. DS2 got flowers for his GF ... so romantic at his age! Gotta love him.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Fabric Frolic prize...

... yesterday Rosalie and I picked up out Template prizes from the Fabric Frolic.. I got a 6"x12" ruler, some elongated hexies, a dresden plate,diamonds (from R as she got some of those as well) and a Jelly roll set of 3. Not sure what to do with that but... Not bad for being at the counter first when the bell rang!

and don't you all love satin stitch!! these are the first two stitcheries in "Ribbit" by Liz Stanway. I am using my own colours but have used a CGT for the flowers. I love the way they are turning out. Not so sure about all that satin stitch though, but I think that makes the looks so much better. Am loving this pattern and am halfway through one of the big frogs. Only 3 1/2 to go.