Monday, February 19, 2018

A visit, some handstitching, prep work and a flashback.....


A couple of weeks ago Janice visited Toowoomba..... we have been bloggy friends for a long time but never met.  It was lovely to go out for a meal with them and Kris, our other halves and also Chookyblue's Fairy girl ....

I got this snap of the 3 of us bloggers...


It was a lovely evening with wonderful food (thank you so much Janice .... and Mick)  Janice and Mick do lots of interesting trips... I love reading what they get up to....

(This is old news but somehow my photo got tangled up in the recesses of technology and I had to hunt for it!!!)

My weekend started with Friday night stitchers  where I continued with my Flowerville stitching .... I'm not so neat at my chain stitching but I expect it will improve as there is quite a bit in it...



As I have finished all the blocks for my 4" x 5" Anthology quilt on Saturday I chopped up the left over fabrics and some backing.... I will do a bit of pieced rows for the back... as always there was more than expected left over.  All ready now for the next Tuesday sewing day.....


This next weekend is a Friday Night stitchers retreat weekend..... again I have lots of Japanese fabrics left over from when I was doing Japanese themed blocks 

This is the top I made (still not quilted!!)


Anyway I found some lovely soft grey and I chopped up lots of the scraps up and got all the pieces ready to sew..... Shimacho Quilt coming up!


Handsewing in the evenings was some more circles..... I am gathering these around cardboard then a quick starch and press and this makes it so easy to needleturn down (I guess that it's not strictly needleturn if it's already turned?????)


My special treadle machine project had drawn to a halt since I needed to do a whole lot of cutting of diamonds... so on Sunday I did that .....

I am going to need to spread it all out to get colours right.... so one day I will take over the design boards for that....



The little tags are another lovely gentle hand stitching project.... these two got finished since we still had hot weather and it was nice to sit quietly in the afternoon with the TV on....


So I am progressing on a number of projects .... these little 6" canvasses were done some years ago.... I was learning applique and quilting at the time and had been over to walk in some of the lovely forests in NZ (almost 10 years ago)





They were fun to do and one day I want to do more similar work ....  I do need to learn to attach them to the canvases a bit better... these are very lumpy!

Righto, Gotto Go... Monday is here and there is work to do.....

I do hope you have lovely weeks


Friday, February 16, 2018

Keeping up with the blocks......


This month for Holly Cottage (Michelle Ridgway design)  stitch-a-long is the cottage block....

there is quite a bit more work in this one than the others but I do love doing this kind of detail and mix of applique and embroidery....


This is the last of the blocks and I have joined up the row....


Next all the rows go together and borders to add.....

At shows I try and avoid demonstrators showing the latest gadgets and things..... in my time I have bought some junk, and things I didn't find useful at all..... but I got sucked in again!!!

This time it is a little plate that helps clean silver and jewellery...... 

This is my very favourite little piece of silver I inherited.... I use it all the time as my sugar bowl...

I put it upside down as you can see the pretty work easier....


There it is with the plate...only after a short time the difference can be seen...


the plate causes hydrogen bubbles apparently and these knock the dirt... can you see how grubby the water has gone...


... after only a few minutes and no rubbing or scrubbing...  just a rinse and a wipe...


... my beautiful bowl is back in action....


Anybody used these?   Please warn me if there are problems....

The demonstrator cleaned quite a few of us onlookers jewellery - I have a silver chain which is lovely and clean now, including others had diamonds and gold which came up beautifully too ....

I'm impressed...... now I have a drawer of random silver cutlery to clean.... this makes it fun!!! haha

This week the last of the Anthology blocks were sewn!!!!!  We did 11 (but I added another which we had done last week to make a tidy picture!)

Very exciting ..... now I need to clear some time and my design wall to place them all out and start joining.....


This week's Dutch Treat block is a cottage .....


The little windows are supposed to be all individual little appliqued squares but I couldn't cope with that so I did a larger square with a line of back stitch.... (I'm not totally insane yet)

Righto, Gotta Go, that random cutlery is calling me!!!



Monday, February 12, 2018

Another week bites the dust.....


.... literally... the week has gone and there is nothing but dust around!

This week another 9 blocks were added to Anthology .....


... I do like how every now and then a little picture fits in ..... here is a teeny little dog...


I added another 4 circles to my collection....


Craft Alive was in Toowoomba over the weekend and I went on Saturday.... thankfully the heat wave had not hit too hard and though warm it was not too bad...

I was really pleased to find a new fabric type business called Blockopedia....

they are focussing on handmade blocks so you can print your own fabric but they also have fabric and finished items on sale....


This pack of 6" blocks took my fancy.... they had a good size quilt made from similar and I thought they were a bit different from usual...


When I went back later (friends wanted blocks) I noticed they had some Kantha stiTch coverlets on sale ($50 for king size)

I have always had one of these on my wish list... never found the fabric I wanted and never developed the skill....


First time I have purchased a quilt.... (couldn't make it for that price either)  

I'm just delighted with it... there is no stuffing inside (so not really a quilt) but light, pretty and just gorgeous.... perfect for heat wave time...


It was going to be a gift .... but now I'm not too sure!

Last week I used my 10 minutes a day on the machine to finish up these UFO mug rugz which have been hanging about for a couple of years....


I pimped them up with lace and tape measure tape....

... these will be good ones to use on our sewing days at my house....


I had scraps of these batik fabrics so I made some 'masculine' mats too....

.. they got pimped up with some ric-rac.......


Now Hubz can have his friends around too!!!


I think you can tell I'm in the "I love mug rugz" team... I use them all the time.... coasters that get stuck on the bottom of cups annoy me to death... and I always prefer handmade even if a bit scrappy....  these are UFO's too so double pleased to have them done....

Righto, Gotto Go.... have a lovely week..... keep warm, keep cool - depending on whichever hemisphere you are in.....

Monday, February 5, 2018

The Weekend disappeared......


... but I did all sorts of little bits and pieces done...

 Towards the end of last week we had a couple of days with this kind of view..... I have to say I just loved it....  the temperature dropped from mid 30's on Wednesday to mid 20's on thursday and to 16 on Friday.... had to go and dig out the tracksuit pants and thick socks!!!  Just wonderful....

Not heaps of rain but it will certainly help get the grass green again....


... and always lovely when there is a pretty rainbow at the end of it.  I can never get a good picture of the colours but they were there.....


Friday night was sewing with the girls at Quilters Angel... we had a big group this week and lots of chatting... and a bit of stitching.....  I carried on with Flowerville....


I finished another Dutch Treat on Saturday.... it was almost done anyway and just needed one of the straight edges finished off.....


Hubz wanted some plants to fill in where some of his hedge had died and I spied some little succulents and remembered I had some glass hanging terrarium thingiemabobs....


... a bit of mess and now they are hanging in my bathroom..... we have these rather odd towel hanger thingamiebobs which don't hold towels well but they work for my terrarium thingamiebobs....  they look good against the mirror ....

I hope they survive... I don't have a good track record with indoor plants but hopefully Hubz will keep an eye on them....


My next UFO project is some mug rugs which have been lying around for ages.... but I wanted to pimp them up a bit... so I got some bits of lace to handstitch down....


... and bits of rickrack to fiddle with.....


Righto, Gotto Go - we are back to Monday and I need to get to doing some work....

Have a lovely week......xx

Thursday, February 1, 2018

January ......


Oh My Goodness... where did January go?  It's so hard to believe it's already February..... eeek

I've had a fairly good month working on my pile of UFO's that I had discovered!!!  I am linking up with Joy and her challenge Finishing Stitches.... we are not only showing what is finished but any progress on UFO's that we had at the beginning of the year with the goal to cut the number by half....

This cushion just had the binding to sew down by hand...... always good to start with a fairly quick one...


One of our Tuesday girls week progress was these 6 blocks towards the Anthology quilt....


I sewed my pile of beach huts and made this beach scene picture.... it is yet to be quilted but progress made....


I had a lot of beach huts so a bath mat and two tray mats were made .....


Dutch Treat continues though slowly... I am happy to have achieved at least one a week ...


Lately my machine sewing time has been spent putting this TeaTime table topper together.... I do love the embroideries on it.... yet to be quilted....


I've done another set of tags for No Fuss SAL....  these are so fun and relaxing to do....



A second cushion was finished - also just needed the binding sewing down ....


 .. and this week 9 more blocks towards Anthology....

every now and then I put in something 'meaningful'... that block top middle has letters in the corners - the first initial of my 4 children.....


I am happy with the progress towards the UFO's.....thank you Joy for helping me to keep on track....

Righto, Gotto Go... off to dig out another project to work on .....  mug rugs I think.....

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