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

Monday, January 23, 2017

so far this year..

... I have finished stitching all 25 blocks of my candlewicking quilt. All washed, hanging on the clothes horse to dry. I have ironed and cut them to size and placed them in their order for stitching together. That may be Wednesday's job and then I can attach the lace. It is all booked in at the quilters for July.

This is the first block of Katja Marek's BOM sewn onto the background.Just wish I could get the points on the under hexie to lie really flat.

At a friend's place a couple of weeks ago I was shown a pattern for a crocheted blanket done in hexies. Got the pattern and so far I have done 6 red ones. 2 cream and two red and cream combined. Went to Spotlight to buy some yarn ( at 99c a ball you can't go wrong) and I will see how far I get!Can do these watching "Burn Notice" DVD's


Went out the back door the other day and this is what I saw. Our Hoya is just bursting with flowers and looks so good. Shame they don't do too well in the house in vases.... last time I tried that there were too many ants on the blossoms.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Christmas and the new year

My beautiful family all getting into the Christmas spirit. So good to have them all with us this year. So BBQ chicken ,salad for main with Chocolate Ripple cake for dessert! After this was taken we did adjourn to the kitchen as the deck was far too hot.

First of Jan saw me embark on a BOM from Katje Marek. Here are all the pieces glued (yes glued... a new thing for me) and I did try sewing them from the back using a flat stitch, hence the clip. I found this hard on my wrists and I'm not sure I was any good at it, so reverted to whip stitch.

This is the finished wreath, it will have "jewels" in the plain corners.. jewels are 1" hexie with a 1" triangle on the top.Have to get my background fabric before I can put those on. Think this will be fun and I am ready to get back to some EPP

Jo recently made some isolette covers for the NICU in Mildura and asked people to also make some. I managed 3 successfully, two panels the same with different borders to make the size and one other panel that I had. Did some FMQ on 2. I was also "gifted" the flannelette backing from a donation made to the Eltham Quilt shop so thanks to that person for making it possible as well.

This is the bits from the panels that I had to cut off and it has made a perfect Blanket of Love. The clips at the bottom were my KK gift at the Kilmore Quilters lunch. I love them, not just for binding, but for the EPP. Great gift.

This is the panel I left unquilted(bad photo)

Many years ago I was in a 12" and 6" block swap and had these left over from Blankets of Love so with a bit of a fiddle this is also an isolette cover. I stitched down the centre with a fancy stitch which pulled the backing a little so this is a bit wonky on the bottom but I don't think the babies it covers will mind.

Been a busy start to 2017 but it's back to work on Monday so the sewing will slow down. Enjoyed what I have done and am sure much more will be done over the year.

Can anyone help this very non tech person learn how to blog from the ipad??? Not sure how to get the photos on, so any advice would be appreciated. The lap top keeps shutting down on me with an error and it takes forever to reboot!
May 2017 bring you health and happiness.