Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunday Sundries…..

My op shop treasure of the week:
B and W quilt Collage 2
Blue and white strippy, toile with beautiful quilting. Loving this. The quilting is all hand  guided. Queen sized, in excellent condition.
To go with our happy quilt for Sakurako, SP Andreena has gifted this Teddy.             SP Moira made the sweet heart to go around Teddy’s neck and wrote Sakurako’s name on the back.
My latest project on the frames. SID completed and some ruler work started:
pink and blue no 2PicMonkey Collage
……and just because you didn’t see him last week, here’s tough tough Kaiser:
tough tough Kaiser PicMonkey Collage
Hope you’ve had a nice weekend and a great week ahead planned.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sweet Peas

We had a nice gathering of Sweet Peas on Wednesday.

Margaret has put together this very bright quilt for her Grand Daughter.Laurel Burch fabrics with just a touch of solid colour fabric.

Margarets laurel Burch

Peggy had two quilts to show. Her medallion star quilt….

Peggy's star medallion


……..and the top she made with her Birthday blocks

Peggys birthday quilt

Moira is working on a Fat Cat quilt:

 Moiras fat cats collage

Can you see Mary’s modern baby quilt in the background? All nicely finished with magic binding.

Debbie brought along her Noddy quilt.You may have seen it before but it well worth a second look.

Debbies Noddy quiltIMG_0384_1 

Debbies noddy blocks 2

Not a huge show and tell but lots of happy chatter, laughter and yummy morning tea.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Happy, happy, happy…

…that Sweet Peas Happy Block quilt is completed. It’s so pretty, bright and cherry.

happy blocks on angleIMG_0368

I framed each picture with a simple leaf and loop design, then popped on into the picture to put in a few lines of texture.

Happy blocks

The ladies excelled themselves finding some superb picture fabrics:

Five happy blocks

Did you spot the Magic Binding?

I used Soft and Bright batting with pink Minkie. The quilt has turned out plush and soft.

happy block quilt backPicMonkey Collage

Thanks to Mary for putting up the directions for Happy Blocks on her site. This certainly is the ideal pattern for a group project.

HBlock blowing in breezeIMG_0356

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday sundries

Our cats take their cat scanning duties seriously. No sooner do we pop a quilt on the floor and they appear.

Cat and quilts PicMonkey Collage

Food has been pretty yummy too. Fillet Mignon (thanks Richard) Saturday, Roast wild turkey breast today. Yum oh.

Yummy foodCollage

Peggy has been busy planting out our pots:

Daffodils bulbs planted with Pansies on top. This is going to look brilliant.

Daffs and pansies

Polyanthus and Violas here:

Polys and violasIMG_0352_1

Nice little op shop find, Temuka ware with Pansies.

Pansy plates temuka

I haven’t seen this pattern in TeMuka ware before. Anybody know how old it is?

Friday, March 21, 2014

Journey’s end……

….finally there.

quilt by front door

angel shot of quiltIMG_0313_1

I used a new (to me) border finish:

New border 2

If you want to know how to stitch this border pop over and visit Kathy at Tamarack Shack. She has a very good tutorial.

For the back of this quilt Peggy sewed together strips of fabric from a cotton kimono style robe. It looks so right for this quilt.

Back of quilt collage

I really enjoyed stitching different patterns on this quilt.

different stitching patternsPicMonkey Collage

Thanks Peggy, I had fun.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Still on the slow boat…..

…….we had an uninterrupted day at home today so lots more stitches went into that  quilt.

I am using my favourite Magnifico gold thread on these Japanese style fabric. It looks so good.


A new to me square petal flower on this block:


A stretched star around this block:

Double picture blockIMG_0291

This block called for curved lines:

Curved PicMonkey Collage

Some just pretend SID in this faux patchwork:


Not and far to go now, finished tomorrow I hope.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sweet Peas

I forgot to talk about Sweet Peas this week. Here’s a catch up.

Andreena is thinking Christmas again already! This is a McKenna Ryan pattern:

Andreenas alpine village

Doesn’t the village look bright and crisp against the snow?

…..and look lots of Happy Blocks:

Mass happy blocks

We are making these into a quilt to send to Sakurako Uehara.I’ll have to get a wriggle on with the Oriental quilt to make way for the Happy Block Quilt.

Thanks for popping by.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

…this quilt is not the Orient Express…..

it is more like the slow boat to China! However I am enjoying quilting it. I like that the blocks and spaces between are all different.

Debbies fan block Collage

The ladies are incredibly aristocratic looking:

Aristocratic ladies

….but look at that lady on the left. Is she smoking?

Lady smoking

……..medicinal perhaps?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Bits and Bobs

All the stitch in the ditch completed on Peggy’s Oriental themed quilt. Now I am stitching texture into the picture panels:

Oriental quilt picture blockIMG_0247_1

I am using mono poly thread to do this stitching. Bertha has been coping well with mono poly thread. I am so pleased to be able use this thread on my long arm. Not everybody likes to use it but I think it does some jobs best.

And speaking of Bertha, look at this:

Bertha has bling

Bertha has bling!! This is Bertha’s touch screen. On the left under the pale pink bling is the Pick up switch. On the right under the dark pink is the Tie off switch. A friend suggested popping stick on bling on top of the switches. This means that I don’t have to take my eye of my stitching to activate the switches, I can just reach and touch.

Remember my happy blocks and the one I wasn’t happy with? Well I unpicked it and put a new frame around it.

Happy block fix

Better, yes?

Thanks for popping by

Monday, March 10, 2014

Look at what’s on my clothes line…

Sunday tea towelIsn’t it sweet. I found it today in an Opshop.It reminds me of those tea towel sets young ladies used to stitch for their “Glory Boxes”

The days went like this:

Monday: Wash Day
Tuesday: Ironing Day
Wednesday: Sewing Day
Thursday: Market Day
Friday: Cleaning Day
Saturday: Baking Day
Sunday: Day of Rest

I guess this is Sunday’s towel as the young lady looks like she’s heading to church.

Sunday tea towel 2

The stitching is well executed and look at that drawn thread hem. Hours of work!

I think I’ll be keeping her for Sunday Best.


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