Thursday, 11 February 2016

A New Finish - The Mother

I've been slowly stitching for a change, and have managed a finish!

This is an old design we used to sell in the shop.  Sold many kits, we did.  I think the sentiment resonates with many of us.

I was going to offer it as a freebie but I can't find my original sketches.  If it does turn up, I'll post it on here.

If not, sorry about that - and I hope you enjoy the look.

See you next time!

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Green and white nine patch - Sunday leftovers

It's no secret that I really didn't like Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion Quilt.  Not my style at all.  I stitched my own vague design up, which is okay and I'll show you over here:

I had all of these green/white segments left over.  I couldn't think of anything to do with them, and they sat there mocking me, a big fat waste of lovely, lovely greens.  

So I did a very boring thing and stitched them into a basic nine patch.

I know, I know.  It's boring.  But I can see the plain white squares heavily quilted in a wreath or circle design, and I think the simplicity will help in that.

At least it's done, off my table and not bugging me.

Hope your weekend is going well!  I'm feeling better, just a stupid dumb headcold that lingers and lingers.  Nothing too awful, just messy and annoying and it's making me Very Grumpy.  Which isn't pleasant for anyone around.

Anyhow.  Hopefully it'll pass soon!

See you next time!

Friday, 5 February 2016

Scrap Jewel Box - Show and Tell

Hi lovely readers,

It's been a big week.  School's back, and with it all the chaos/organisation that it requires.  I don't mind - the girls have been very bored over the last few weeks and it's so tempting just to let them play their screens as much as they want (which in the case of the eldest is All. The. Time.  It's nice to have them back into a routine, as much as it's nice for me to ease my way back into a routine.

I managed to both acquire a head cold for the best part of this week, and also kill my email on my laptop.  It's very possible that one caused the other.  I don't work well with a head full of cotton wool.  The days are numbered for my little laptop, I fear.  It's a shame, I wish I was more techy and could fix things myself but I was never very good at technology and the older I get the worse it becomes!  

I do have my other trusty laptop, which to this day my girls have never used.  It's nice to have one unblemished thing!

I've been sewing a little bit, mostly the log cabin blocks.  Of course I miscalculated the blocks, as I said I would and so I have to make a few more, but with any luck by the end of the weekend I should have it together.  It's so enormous, I hope I haven't made a mistake making it so big.  We'll see, I guess.

So in the absence of nothing new to show you, here is another one of my flimsies:  It's a totally scrappy Jewel Box.  Lovely, simple block that works with whatever fabric you use.  I have so many scraps, I shall never run out of needing new designs to use them up.

This is a nice one.  I'd obviously aimed for darker fabrics more than lighter.  I can't remember if that was a choice of mine or happy coincidence, but it looks lovely in the end!

Hope your weekend is a quilty one!  See you soon!


Monday, 1 February 2016

Log cabin coming along

I'm blogging via phone again while I wait for the first ballet class of the year to finish.  So forgive my editing (or lack of).

The log cabin is coming along fine.  I think I've made enough blocks but I've probably done my usual Suzie trick and made a pile too many.  

I hope your day is going well.  School goes back tomorrow!  Yay 

Friday, 29 January 2016

Back to the show and tells

It's four more sleeps 'till school returns.  

I've had no time to sew, though it's probably not a bad thing because I've a head full of ideas and I know I'll just start something new if I can get into my sewing room.  These forced separations from my sewing space seem to force me to focus on what needs finishing.  In this case, I'm a bee's whisker from finishing the Thirties Print log cabin I have on the go.  I have no excuses, just lack of time and perhaps, if I'm honest, lack of focus.

It's been a big school holidays.  I am sure it will be a big school year too.  Is it just me or is it getting busier?  Or is it just because my kids are older?  Or am I officially turning into an old fart who says constantly 'Back in my day......'

So for now, I have a finish for you - I don't know if this is something I have shown you before.  I'm much more focussed on my documentation of these flimsies, and so I generally show you as I finish them.  But the earlier ones I missed, for some reason.

I really love this one as a scrap quilt.  It's purely five inch squares sewn into a disappearing nine patch, and then sashed.  I think it's a really good quilt design for a donated quilts - I don't like to give quilts away that look like they took me five minutes.  And I don't like to spend years on donated quilts either.  So to find one that a/ uses up scrap fabrics and b/ doesn't look rushed and c/ actually WAS a very quick quilt to make - winner winner!

So that's it for tonight.  I am currently in a quiet house listening to lovely, soft rain  - a very nice thing to hear in the height of summer.  I want to make the most of it!  Goodnight!

Monday, 25 January 2016

Allietare Flimsy For Now

I've managed to put the top of Allietare together over the last few days.  I still need to buy some borders and finish it completely, but for now, it's as done as it could be.




Funny how light can change the colour of a picture.  Makes ordering fabric online very tricky, when you think about it.  All of these photos were taken at the same time, just some of them had a different light setting on the camera.

Anyway.  For now it's done.  It's the same as most of the Allietare's out there, but I don't mind.  Apart from the borders I will need to buy, it is all stash fabrics, and all reproductions.  And I think I made it pretty well!

I hope you Northern Hemisphere people are coping okay.  From a girl who has only ever seen snow in Switzerland, I'm amazed at all the pictures I'm seeing of the snow storm.  It sounds so exciting, but I suspect it might wear thin very quickly.  I hope you used the snowed in time in the best way - quilting!

Sunday, 24 January 2016

A Finish To Show Off

We are hosting an International Quilting Day in March 2016.  Part of that involves months and months of work involved for the committee, of which I am a member.  We wanted something to identify the Committee members on the day and when I saw a great post on Crazy Mom Quilts, featuring a quilted apron, I thought it would be perfect.

I did a quick one today, which worked really well.  Now I have to show it to the Committee and see if they approve.  And if they do, which I am hopeful of, we have to make ten more!  

It's an excellent scrap buster, and so much fun, and I'm really rather tickled with it!

Saturday, 23 January 2016

It's a secret

I stole a few a few minutes to myself today and did some secret squirrel sewing.

I'll hopefully finish it tomorrow and show you.  It is good fun!

Friday, 22 January 2016

Slow stitching

I'm volunteering today at a small shop which is always very quiet, so I'm taking the opportunity to get a UFO knocked on the head.

This is a very, very oldie but goodie and it will be so nice to cross it off the list!

See you soon!

Thursday, 21 January 2016

My Day

Fresh peaches from our own tree

Lovely roses picked for me by Miss Seven nearly Eight

And a corner of Allietare done

Today has been a good day.