Sunday, December 4, 2016

FNWF - December 2016

Thanks again Cheryll for continuing to host our Friday Night With Friends.  Sometimes its the extra motivation I need to get something done - instead of collapsing after a weeks worth of work.

There is still a lot of secret sewing happening here, so I will show a picture of a very cutely dressed chocolate...This was one of the gifts from Sandi at our Sunday Stitchers Christmas Party


It was delicious!!

Pop over here to see the other FNWF'ers.

The countdown to Christmas is here and running at full speed - so I hope you are well prepared...all your sewing done?? - presents organised?? food & guest list sorted for the "big" day???

Nup - me either.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Bridesmaids Quilts - November Finishes

I have probably told the tale before . . . .


Quite a while back I found a free pattern with stitcheries of the words from 1 Corinthians 3:4-8 - the one that goes "Love is patient, Love is Kind...." and some flowers.
I knew my eldest daughter (DD1) would love it one day when the time was right . . . so I started it.
Then I saw a pattern from Val Laird and knew it would go well with the other bits.  (They became the corner blocks)

When she got engaged I thought I'd make it as a wedding quilt.


A few years later her Maid of Honour got married and when asked what she would like for a present she said "Oh a quilt like yours!"...so I made #2

One of the DD1's bridesmaids was already married when DD1 got married, but the other 2 are now married...so I have made versions 3, 4 and 5.
I don't think I will need to make this one for DD2...and that is probably a good thing!!!





I did these all in tandem - knowing that if I completed one the next one/two would be that much harder.  I must admit I am pleased they are finished.

Here is a slightly better / closer photo of the pink one


One thing that I didn't think to do on the original quilt was to combine the names like this:






These quilts will be handed over some time over the Christmas / New year period when DD1 is back home.


Saturday, November 19, 2016

FNSI - November

Is this our second last get together for 2016???

I should have been working on all those "secret projects"...but - it didn't happen - I tried a couple of mini stockings instead.


A friend - Maria - works with a Group - Knitting 4 Brisbane's Needy - each year the group make and fill mini stocking to give out to the needy of Brisbane.  I usually support the cause by donating some lollies.  One of the Sunday Stitchers Group (Lynda) made some knitted stockings at the last meeting - so I bought some wool - the same one!!! (imitation is the sincerest form of flattery...) and found the pattern she had pinned.

I tried one to the pattern - it was tiny - not unexpected as Lynda had already mentioned that she had changed the pattern a bit - so I upped the ante.  The second one is considerably bigger...maybe too big...so I might try for a slightly smaller size.   


When I get it right I will make some ready for next year.  This year the group has been asked to supply 6000 filled stockings!!!

I hope everyone else had a productive night - probably a lot of secret sewing happening at the moment.

Thanks to Wendy for hosting and keeping us all going.

See you next month??? - Hopefully all your projects will be finished by then!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

FNWF - November

Not a lot of sewing happening here. . . .but some prep work was needed for next week when I am off on a short retreat with some crazy ladies.   (nice crazy of course!)

Most of what I will be sewing when I am away is "Secret Stuff" - so all I am showing is the packed bags.

It doesn't look much like that - but I am sure I will have more than enough to keep me busy.

Hopefully everyone else was a bit more productive...(I find I am so tired on Friday night that a little nanna nap sometimes creeps in!)
There won't be many posts of my sewing next week but I will try to get some pics of whatever is happening...no matter what sewing is done . . . .it will be a fun few days.

One sleep!

Monday, October 31, 2016

October Finish

A finish for October...I missed a finish in July...but otherwise I am slowly chipping away at older UFOs...still a few to go....I am hopeful I will finish most of them in 2017.

I started this in October 2013.  I was doing a "bargello" project with a group of ladies and wisely chose a smaller project - initially it was to be a runner for our outside table - but since then we have changed the table and what I had already started was then too wide to use on the table, so this will now sit on the servery between the kitchen and outside area.  I plan to make some placemats to match - but just in strips I think.   Enough bargello for now!!


I plan to have at least 3 finishes for November - I have been working on 3 quilts "in tandem" - the thought being that if I worked on just one at a time - the second and third would have been harder to keep focused on...you will see what I mean next month!!

Apart from that - there is a lot of secret stuff happening!
I'm off on a short retreat next week so maybe I can get some of it done then.

Happy Sewing to you all.







Monday, October 10, 2016

Late for FNWF

Where did that weekend go??

Friday Night saw me sewing along with all the FNWF'ers...but Saturday was busy and Sunday I went to the Brisbane Craft Show.

Here is my Friday Night stitching....some progress on my old "go to " project when nothing else is ready...


The Craft Show:
I have never been on a Sunday before...It was so quiet and really the best day you could go...some bargains to be had at the end of the day...
But the number of stall holders was down...again
The price keeps going up - for entrance and the rental of the stalls...so its the old Catch 22 - the less suppliers the less attendees and then less suppliers...etc etc
But there were a few new retailers which was encouraging to see.
Plenty of opportunity to get a good Retail Fix.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

September Finish

Last Sunday was Sunday Stitchers and I took along my latest finish.


I've been working on this for a number of years...
(there is a photo in a post dated August 2012 
where I had joined a lot of squares into strips...
though back then it seems I was planning on a bright blue strip to join them)

It's a Leaders & Enders project.  
I sew 2 21/2" squares together, then 2 sets of 2 and 2 sets of 4...etc...
and total them up to 30 squares.
Then join that to a plain strip - mostly 21/2" but that bit is flexible...
depending in what I have lying around.   
I used 21/2" binding strips too so that the left over can go into the next project.
It's fun to re-visit some of the fabrics.
I am planning one that will have at least one row of fabrics from each quilt that I make in the future - or if I can do it - that I have already made.

This is destined for a nursing home or similar.

Bluebird Lane

Three of us at Sunday Stitchers have been working on Natalie Bird's Bluebird Lane.
This month's deadline was to have all the blocks finished, 
and we all managed that (nothing like a bit of peer pressure!!!)

Here is mine

I used a fat quarter bundle I bought a while back - a Helen Stubbings range and added some beiges and the teal green.
As usual (for me) I changed the layout and used birds in a block that was originally rabbits.

Here is Inca's

(had to use her instagram photo as she wasn't there on Sunday)

Inca and I are still pondering the borders - the original has stars all around.

and here is Sandi's
Sandi is thinking of making a table runner 
and some mini quilts, so she hasn't put her blocks together 

It's been great to have a team project...wonder if we will do one next year???