Friday, December 17, 2010

It’s Nearly Christmas !

Lots of Parties and Lunches…….. Almost finished the Christmas Shopping….. .. . I have finished all the Secret Santa’s,    Have posted packages,  Also managed to fit in a visit to a Fabulous Fibres Exhibition In Brisbane, Very Inspirational….

This is the Lovely Needle Case given to me By Sharron, but made by Jen From Our Tuesday Group The Sewing Sister’s’  I love it … Jen has done a wonderful job on This Sue Spargo style Needle Case, She  has made several of her own designs and they just keep getting better and better. IMG_0105IMG_0106IMG_0108IMG_0110

Lots of pockets and a pincushion in the centre , The texture and colours of the wool fabrics are lovely. !

I also finished the Heart Quilt  For a friend in another group, The hearts were all made by the ladies, a few late ones were made into a bag to put the quilt in.IMG_0111IMG_0114

This is another Secret Santa Present . It’s called the First Day of Christmas   It was suppose to be a cushion It’s by Kelly Wulfjohn. Very Funky !


Hmmm I can’t turn this one around you might have to stand on your head to look at it. !


This one too. ! !!!

I still have lots to write about so will do another post Later !!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Stitch, Stitch Rip It…. Rip It…

The weeks that were ….. This time of the year is insane  so much to do so little time….. Christmas parties, family come home, Christmas shopping….. and of course all that last minute stitching and seam ripping.. What was I thinking I put my name down for a Christmas spool block swap late in November, all I can say is thank goodness there were only 9 of us ! so I only had to make 18  blocks,….Everything that could go wrong did ! I confused the spool block with a bowtie block so cut them wrong…. Then every now and then I kept sewing the wrong colour to the wrong bit …. They looked ok at the end even if I did cut way to many out. !IMG_0017IMG_0018

Nice Christmas Spools All posted off to the USA and Belgium..

I have also been busy putting a heart quilt together for our Local Sewing group The Sew Crazy Quilters for one of the ladies who has cancer and is having treatment. The hearts are all Purple or Pink so I added pinks and purples and have quilted it. It looked good. I have now passed it another member who will do the binding.


This is it before quilting, I’ll get another photo next week when it is all finished


My Little Princess, Check out the accessories !!


Just before our Photo with Santa.


Max Brenner for a Birthday Boy’s  Chocolate Treat.

Its so much fun to do all this with the Grandies They were over in W A for the previous 2 years .!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Catch Up Time !

I know I haven’t been here for a while !

So what have I been up too.?

First Off a couple of weeks back I went To Julies Retreat, it was at Edmund Park out the back of Laidley, about 150 k’s drive but well worth it .


Looking down the driveway, The Jacaranda Trees were beautiful.


The view from the sewing room down into the valley.


The sewing room .


Another Jacaranda tree.

While at the retreat I made a Stable bag for my niece for her 16th Birthday, She wanted green…..


Now that’s green !IMG_0028

I got the lining with the hippo’s from Ikea, they have some lovely cotton fabrics.


This is Jacki’s quilt  for her grandaughter,  Nice and bright. ! On the frame partly quilted.


Finished quilt .!!

I also finished my Big Kaffe Quilt No photos  till now as Our Local group had there quilt show the weekend I was away…. I just got it back and have put it on our bed . I love It D H,s coment Its a bit Red !


I think it does look darker in real life  but I love it  and just when I thought I had used most of my Kaffe a friend bought me back lots from Houston, It was kind of a swap I quilted a quilt for her and she gave me the fabric , Thank Leanne I love it !.


Such yummy colours some of these will go into my candied hexagons for sure .

There are a few other things on the boil but I’ll leave those for next time . !

Friday, October 29, 2010

My Biggest Quilt Ever !!!

Bigger than Ben Hur ? Well not quite but 100"across by 88"long equals a lot of quilting.. My frame is only 10' across so I only just had enough room at the end to change the bobbin . I used 13 bobbins ! Its also only a 9 "throat, That's why I wound it on sideways.


Putting on the Borders.


Rolling the backing onto the frame.


Pinning the top to the rollers.IMG_0096

Quilting Finished !


Close up of quilting..... If you click on the photos you will get a closer look.

I have a bout 2 ft of binding left to sew down, I was lucky at Guild on Wednesday Karen and Sharron each took a side and helped me sew.  Thanks Girls. ! !       I just have to do a label and its ready to go into Our Sew Crazy Quilters Show at Helensvale next weekend, Yay another finish. !!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Another week gone !

I didn't think I had achieved much this week, I had 2 days that were just taken up with taking my daughter to medical appointments, Don't you hate it when those appointments are made late morning, and then you wait and wait.......

I am in a swap On Quilting Bloggers. Its a candlemat swap, They give a tutorial and you make it then someone sends you one back ! I made 2 like this . IMG_0015

It's made from charm squares, I can't remember the name of these ones I've had them for a while, The packet was long gone. Tomorrow I will quilt it.


This is My Bedford Mystery quilt, I made the top earlier in the year, It was a charity fundraiser, you bought the kit  and followed the instructions, I've just put a border on it and am going to use it to practise doing a pantograph on my frame', Then it will be a tablecloth for the caravan.

I have almost finished my leaves from the Sue Spargo class. here are a few of them....

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I love doing these, and it has now led to a new project starting....


This will be a needle case, well 2 actually, I love working with the wool fabrics.


Three Candied hexagon blocks I managed at the Dr's rooms while waiting... amazing how many people wanted to see what I was doing ...... Thats about it for the last week.

Oh one more these are the buttons the girls made at the Squilters get together last Saturday.


They did a great job don't you think .?

Friday, October 8, 2010

Other Goings On

A friend asked me to Quit one of her quilts, I did this for her Just a meander all over it.IMG_0052

It's a very Pretty Shabby Chic Style This is it On the Frame .


After quilting.....


A close up of one of the blocks .

I was quite pleased with it when finished. So was she. ....

Last week I went to Adelaide for The AMQF  The Adelaide Machine Quilting Festival. There was a lovely Quilt Show, and several vendors with all sorts of Gadgets and fabrics and threads. My Machine is only a baby compared to what I saw there . I don't think I would ever get one of the really big ones but the Nolting Fun Quilter was nice and my next pick would be the Innova 18" or was it 22". 'so quiet and smooth and all that extra room to play in. A girl is allowed to dream isn't she ??  I did buy these .......


Yummy Signature and King Tut Quilting threads and some giant pins .  Now to pull out some of those tops and get them quilted.

After doing 4 lessons I have learned you don't need the stitch regulator and a computerised machine on the frame to  do some really nice quilting so watch this space as I am going to try a little more than just a meander.....:-))

So Busy Where Do I Start. !!

The last few weeks have been busy to say the least ... I have to show you some yummy wool fabrics and a gorgeous book I just couldn't resist.

Its Sue Spargo's latest book. This book is so nice with patterns for everything in it, great drawings and colour.

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These are the fabrics Just beautiful colours

IMG_0061 The crushed silk velvets Are beautiful.IMG_0062 IMG_0063

Another book was this one , Robin Run the Hedge.


I have found some buttons to cover so have played with those too.


Button covered with wool fabric embroidered  before putting the back on.

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