Wednesday, 4 September 2019

OMG September - En Provence

Sorting through my projects and I've decided I want to get En Provence finished before Bonnies next mystery quilt starts.  The last two rows down each side and the border blocks are all that is left to get the top finished.

So for my One Month Goal I'm going to get En Provence pieced, quilted and bound.

The cream and pink triangle blocks were my first attempt at these type of triangles and I think I'll need to redo some of them. What I've learned is that its easier to cut them slightly bigger and then trim them to size for better accuracy. Some of these are just barely the right size.

Just to add to the challenge I broke the button on my Janome 11000 that stops and starts it sewing- it was sticking a bit so I pressed it a bit harder and the cover went back into the machine. So now I'm sewing on my Elna.

My second OMG goal is to put the binding on this quilt which will be donated.

September Goals: En Provence fully finished
                              Bind Quilt

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Saturday, 31 August 2019

Batik Jelly Roll Quilt

I've made a start on a few projects this week, including a purple batik jellyroll quilt. Last year I bought some batik jelly rolls when they were half price. 

I hadn't sewn batik or used jelly rolls before so I started with a simple pattern I saw on You Tube. Five strips are sewn together and then cut into squares. Then take two squares with stripes in opposite directions and sew right sides together.

Sew around all four sides of the squares.

Cut each square into four, cutting on the diagonal.

Then open each of the four squares and press.

Next step is to join the squares together, but I haven't got that far yet. I found the batik easy to sew, its feels a bit stiffer than cotton. The jelly rolls were so easy and quick to join - I'll definitely be picking up some more in the future. So far this quilt top is piecing together pretty quickly, now I just need to decide on the final block placement.

I also started another crotchet rug. I have a lot of wool to use up and lots of small amounts of different colours so it'll be a 'scrappy' rug when finished. I like to crotchet in evenings when I'm watching TV, keeps me off twitter!

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Sunday, 25 August 2019

Back to the sewing room - at last!

Well its been far too long since I've posted here. I've barely touched the sewing machine in the last 18 months and I really have missed it. Its time to get back to the sewing room.

Today I've spent time going through my stash, checking my unfinished projects - there are quite a few! and of course looking at lots of beautiful quilts that I want to make as I return to some of my fave online quilt groups.

First up I decided that I need to have a leaders and enders project cut up ready to sew. I spent a while looking through Bonnie Hunters books and chose Blue Ridge Beauty from Adventures in Leaders and Enders. Looking through my stash I had some lovely aqua fabrics.

So I took the time to cut the different sized strips while I watched some of Bonnies quilt cams and they are now ready to use.

I have several charity quilts and projects that I need to finish first and then of course there are plenty of tops waiting to be quilted and projects to piece. I had joined several BOMs this year that are still waiting so I am very pleased to be back in the sewing room and back to the blog and certain that I will not be so long away from sewing again.

“I am certain that a Sewing Machine would relieve as much human suffering as a hundred Lunatic Asylums, and possibly a good deal more.” 
― Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace

Monday, 7 August 2017

Winter Solstice - blocks completed!

I've been working away at my Winter Solstice quilt and I now have all the blocks done and the flimsy almost completed. I love how it has turned out.  All the different sized blocks make a much more interesting quilt. Its all done in Christmas fabrics.

This lovely big block is called Weather Vane. I fussy cut the Santas and used the red and white in the same pattern to keep the focus on the Santa fabric.

These blocks are Spring Fever and On The Go. I used the last of the Snowman fabric.

I love this block! Its another very large one called Lucky Girl. The corners remind me of envelopes.

The next block is Summer Rose and I was able to feature the green fabric.

And last but not least is the Tile Time block. It reminds me of the Australian Desert Pea flower and it has me thinking of how to use it again in a future quilt.

I also remade the Churn Dash block as I was not happy with the original fabrics I used.

In joining up the quilt I made a few changes to original design /layout. It looks wonderful laid out on the bed. I've made three panels which I plan to quilt separately and then join up. So for now its in my 'to do' pile. The quilt hangs down the side of the bed so you can't see all of it. When it's quilted I'll post a better picture.

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