Friday, 28 August 2015

Crocheting

Not too much quilting happening in these parts, as I have now managed to get the children's cold.  I know, I know - I tempted the universe last time by saying I hadn't got it so far.  But having a head cold is the perfect time to sit and finish a crocheted blanket.




I took the photos with my new Iphone and the blogger app - and I must say that the pictures turned out much better than I would have thought.  I'm a perfectionist, of course and I much prefer a 'proper' camera but this sure works when it has to.

I've made 100 of these crochet squares, and now I need to stitch them together.  I managed to get one row done yesterday, and hopefully another will be done today.  Slow and steady!

I'm by no means a good crocheter, but my girls do love a crochet blanket so it's certainly done with love.

Hope your weekend goes well!  Happy crafting!

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Thirties Blend Dresden Plate Table Runner

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Hello lovely readers.  Some show and tell for you today.  I’m still plodding through photographing all my projects, flimsies or not.

I received a pack of these ‘thirties’ prints from somewhere and whilst I love them, they don’t really look thirties to me.  I’d say forties or even fifties.  They don’t go with the (rather large) stash of what I would call ‘proper’ thirties prints.  So I found a dresden plate tutorial somewhere and promptly discovered I only had enough fabric to make a table runner, and that’s what I did.

It’s a gloriously sunny day here – the blossoms are all out, you can hear the bees buzzing and the birds chirping, it’s just lovely.  The whole family has been sick with something awful the past two weeks and being the mother, I’ve been busy keeping them tucked into bed with food and drink.  This was a particularly nasty virus thing that’s been going around our schools and my family managed to catch it all at once.  So far so good for me, but I’m crossing everything that can be crossed that it’ll just fly right past me.

I hope you’ve had a lovely few weeks, I’ll be back another day with some more show and tell.

 

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

My Blue Heaven, finished, kinda…

I mentioned some time ago that I was working on Quiltville’s My Blue Heaven.  I really wasn’t happy with my choice of colours, and I showed various layouts that I was going to try.  None of them really worked, and I decided that I wasn’t going to waste any more time on it, so I stitched them together into two separate quilts.

This is the first one. 

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Dull. Boring. Waste Of My Time.

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I’m not sure why it didn’t work.  All those hours in the making of the half square triangles and it just looks like a big blue blur.

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Anywhoooo, I’ve got the other blocks sitting in my sewing room and they look much nicer all stitched together, so I’ve decided to use this bit as the backing, and the starry blocks as the front, and I shall have made my very first reversable quilt!

Score!

As I said, I’m not sure why it flopped.  I’m pretty sure though that it might be that my creams are not so rich as I would have like, they seem a little cold. 

But it’s done, and soon the front will be done and that’s two quilts for the price of one!

Have a lovely day.

Suzie

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Finally–Grand Illusion is done!

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After so many months, Grand Illusion is now done.

You’ll notice (obviously) that it’s nothing like Bonnie’s original design.  Between you and me, I didn’t love her design.  I’m not alone there.  I’ve seen many lovely interpretations of her quilt, but it wasn’t for me.  Made my head hurt, not having anywhere to lay my eyes on.

So I’ve made my own version.  I doubt she’ll mind.

I don’t mind this version now.  I’m not sure I’ll make it again and in the vast stable of Bonnie’s designs, most of which I adore, this is not one of my favourites.  But that is why we do mystery quilts, isn’t it?  We do them for the mystery.  Mostly they work for us, sometimes they don’t.  This is one that didn’t do it for me.  It’s okay.

So I’ve photographed it now, and all it needs is a label and then to go join its friends in the quilt top bag.

So how have you been?  I’ve been doing well, I think I’m on top of my work commitments and have been motoring along, finishing a few things and I will post all of that soon.  So many of my projects are almost done – in typical Suzie fashion they get a bit hard and so I put them away.  But not this week!  I’m Getting. Stuff. Done!!

Have a lovely day.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Back on the bandwagon

School holidays are almost over and as such, life is beginning to return to normal.  Yesterday was Sunday, and I’ve made a semi formal decision to devote Sunday afternoons to sewing No Matter What.  So Yay!  I have something to show you!

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A while ago, I tried my hand at hand dying some fabric.  I’ve got many pieces of muted colours now but the dying didn’t really work as I would have liked.  I really didn’t get the bright, crisp colours that I wanted.  I didn’t know what to do with all these fabrics and they were sitting there, bothering me.  Bugging me to use them up and get rid of them.

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Did I mention that I’m a horrible flyer?  And the thought of four hours on a plane to Darwin was filling me with dread? I needed something to occupy my mind before we left.

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So I stitched these little stars (or at least, cut them out) before I left.  It’s amazing how craftwork can calm the mind when you need it to.  I cut out the whole quilt before I left and stitched a couple of the stars too.

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Yesterday, being Sunday, I spent my day putting it together.  It’s not big enough, but I still have lots more fabric yet that I can add to it.  I think I might do another round of stars, and then perhaps – well, I don’t know.  But I find my best quilts are ones that grow organically, without any firm plan at the start.  So that’s the plan. There is no plan!

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My youngest daughter has already put her name on it, so this one might actually get finished!  Wouldn’t that be a radical concept!

I hope you’re keeping warm, or cool, or whatever you need where you are.  We had very cold weather here over the weekend, and thought it’s clear and sunny, it’s FREEZING right now.  Big shock from the lovely warmth of the top end.

See you soon!

Thursday, 16 July 2015

I’m back!

How many posts do I start with those words?

I have a good excuse this time.  We took our little family right up to the top of Australia and visited Darwin and the Top End over the school holidays.  I’ve never been to Darwin.  I flew over it once when I was nineteen but that’s all.  When we were invited to go to a wedding there last weekend, we jumped at the chance to take the children on a family holiday.

I have a million photos I could show you but I suspect it might be boring for you, so here’s a select few for now:

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Of course there is the mandatory crocodile photo.  I didn’t see as many crocs in the wild as I would have thought, which is fine with me because even though I didn’t see them, they lurk under the water and that’s where the danger is.  Quite the stealth hunter, the croc.

By far the highlight of our trip was a day or two in Kakadu National Park which I’m sure you’ve heard of.  We didn’t have nearly enough time to do all I wanted to do – it was hot and the kids are still little, so we couldn’t drag them out for too long.  It’s just so big and open and gorgeous, and WARM.  We are struggling trying to reacclimatise to freezing temps here now.

Darwin itself is a very happening place, but I suspect I’m about twenty years too old to fully appreciate it – it’s filled with backpackers having a wow of a time and sadly, those days are over for me!  It’s definitely the outback I want to see more of, and I can highly recommend it.

I was sad to say goodbye to the Northern Territory but I will be back!  I’ll research a little more this time and we’ll definitely be back!

As for quilting (hah!).  Haven’t stitched a stitch in at least two weeks.  Bit of a joke really.  The kids go back to school on Tuesday so hopefully I can show you at least something by then!

Talk soon!

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Picture Free Post

Hi everyone.

Thanks so much for your lovely comments on the barnyard quilt.  I’ve decided to not be lazy and to stitch the extra borders on to the quilt – it was my original plan and I tend to ditch the final borders of my quilts out of sheer laziness.  It’s a habit I recognise in myself and so I’m not doing that this time.

I’ve had a few questions regarding where I got the pattern from – it was a quilt along by this lady here:

http://beeinmybonnetco.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/the-quilty-barn-along-tutorial.html

She did make mention of taking it down at some point so I would suggest saving a copy of the instructions if you do want to make it.  You need to make your own six inch block for the barn wall but that’s not at all difficult, and there are eleventy million out there on the internet to use if you need help.

I’ve got a housework day today planned (oh my gosh, the state of the children’s rooms…….) but hopefully after lunch I shall be able to throw in a little stitching that I may be able to show you.

Till then, happy quilting!

 

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Is it done yet?

I’ve been UFO’ing again, and I’ve been working on this quilt:

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I had made the blocks months ago (conservatively, it was probably closer to years) and had put it away, as I do with so many of my projects, because I didn’t have the right fabric to finish the sashings and borders.  But some time ago I brought the fabric online, and over the weekend I was able to finish.

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But I don’t know if I’ve finished.  The original design had borders.  But the more I look at it the more I think it’ll do.  Apart from the fact that it’s already a big quilt, the borders will make it immense and if I do actually finish this quilt all the way to the quilting, it’ll need to be a certain size to hang on the wall.  It’s definitely a wall quilt for me, I’ve never been a lover of one direction quilts on beds.  The fabric I have for the border is the same one I’ve used for the cornerstones of the sashings.  I planned to put a small cream border next, then a wider red one as the final border. 

But I don’t know.  I’m hemming and hawwing a lot about this top.

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So what do you think?  Am I being lazy by not adding a final border?  I’m thinking if I leave it as is, I’ll bind it with a stronger colour –perhaps even the green I used in the sashings. 

I’ve got it hanging on the design wall right now and each time I pass by I give it more thought.  Maybe a few more days hanging might firm up what I think.

Apart from quilting, it’s been a busy, hectic time here, but that is nothing new.  I have houseworked my butt off today, and I feel very virtuous.  So some soup for lunch will do me, and then I will have a few hours in the sewing room guilt free before I have to do the child from school, child to ballet run.

Busy Busy Busy.  But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, 6 June 2015

A Finish

Hello lovely readers.

It is me, she with the cotton wool head. 

My cold is still there, hanging on for dear life despite the drugs I am throwing at it.  But it’s fine – it’s slowly, gradually leaving the building, as they say.

I managed to sew yesterday while the house was quiet and I have another flimsy to show you.

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The close ups give a much better idea of the colour – I’m still struggling with photography – my aim is to replicate as much as possible the original colour of the quilts I make.  Some days are better than others.

It’s a BIG quilt, and it’s stretchy as all get go.  After deciding I didn’t need to press it, I really did and spent much time unpicking and pressing and trimming back to get it all to go together.  I do like it, but I think if I made another one I would pay more attention the the colour placement, and try and highlight the centre squares.  And perhaps I would limit the amount of fabrics in it. 

But I doubt I’ll do another one.

Still it was a good exercise in quilting, and I must admit that as far as quilts go it was a quickie.  So it’s all good.

Now I’m going to take my cotton wool head and have some hot soup and maybe curl in front of the tellie with a movie and some knitting – it’s about all I feel up to right now.

Hope you have a lovely day!

Suzie

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Update on the sick old me

So my first daughter has had a really nasty cold, which she has given to me.  I’m sick of being sick, you guys.  I know it’s the time of year but seriously – twice in two months is doing me in!

But no whinging from me today (apart from that small one).  I have managed to fit some sewing in and have got motoring along with these blocks:

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I made a whole lot of them, and then realised that despite saying I didn’t need to press them last post, I really did.  And that made them all a little distorted, try as I might, so I had to then trim them all down.  But it was worth the effort (it always is worth the effort) and I am much happier with them.

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I’ve made all my blocks up but just pinned a few onto the board for pinup purposes.  It’s a much darker quilt than I originally thought it would be.  But it’s going to be quilted and popped on my spare bed, so this one will definitely be used and abused.  So dark is probably better than light!

I also had a go at Quiltville’s spools designed for leaders and enders.  I’m no good at that, I think I’ve told you that before.  I end up just sewing the whole quilt in one go rather than using them for their original purpose.  But they have intrigued me and so I had a go.

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Hideously horrible photo that one.  I’ll take a better one on the proper camera.

Do you find your ipad takes horrendous photos or is it just me?

Anyway, we have a long weekend and visitors this week so I may not be back for a while (what’s new??) but I hope all is well in your neck of the woods.

Suzie