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.