Monday, December 31, 2012
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Saturday, December 29, 2012
In my main patchwork group (LT for short) each year we either give some fabric or make a block for everyone's birthday. In 2010 we each made "happy blocks" and I chose blue & silver Christmas themes. I was able to make them into this: (with a couple of additional blocks).
At the same time I collected some extra strips and squares to make into coasters. Finally, I have finished a set to match.
May it be happy & healthy and full of Finishes!!!
Monday, December 24, 2012
Sunday, December 23, 2012
I was able to finish this quilt just in time to be delivered to my sons kindergarten teacher for their Christmas party. I LOVE this quilt!!! I originally was making it to keep but when my son said his teacher would really, really like it I knew what had to be done.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
A Leanne Beasley design I started……..a ‘few’ years ago???……..
…….there’s the proof!
Very Christmassy….and just in time!!!! hee hee
Sew many hugs xox
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
[but then I wouldn't any to finish, would I?]
I photographed my lovely Christmas star wall-hanging today, and now the replacement 'universal' USB cord I had to doesn't want to fit my camera - agghhh, technology.... I will add a photo as soon as I can. Meantime, here's a bit of a description.
The project began life 3 or 4 years in a quilting group 'Round Robin'. My husband designed a lovely Christmas star several years earlier for me, so I used that in cream on a dark blue sky fabric as my centre. I did not see the project again until the end of the year when others had added their contributions in different rounds. I didn't like the final wide border, a metallic green, so off to the cupboard it went for several years. I finally decided the only way to finish it was to remove the green, and replace it with a narrow red border and a wider gold on cream outer border, and bind it in blue. These 3 fabrics tied in most of the colours used, and I'm happy to hang it in our lounge now.
Happy Christmas and a wonderful quilting year ahead to everyone at S.I. F.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Sorry for the delay....numerous visits to doctors and specialists all over the state has taken up most of my time this month and last already!!!
Nice to know my son takes after me in 'some' fashion.....even if it is the "constant need for medical attention" side!!!! It started with a fracture in his wrist and now a torn ligament in his wrist, tomorrow is surgery to remove his wisdom teeth (not so wise!!!) and last Friday we flew to Brisbane to see a specialist about an eye issue he's had for a while now, to find he has confirmed keratoconus which means we have to fly down again in February to have a relatively new procedure done called corneal collagen cross-linking, where they scrape back the corneal tissue and place specifically formulated eye drops containing riboflavin (vitamin B2) on the cornea, and then activate them by a special light to strengthen the connective tissue (collagen) within the eye ....apparently the specialist equates the first night after having it done to childbirth....I'm not looking forward to spending this night with my 18 year old son, that's for sure!!!!
Anyhoo.....that's yet to come....I'm sure you'll hear us from wherever you are!!!!!.....
November's block was a no-brainer for me......I thought...what is the most significant Aussie thing that happens in November??? First thing that comes to mind???......Melbourne Cup!
I hope you like it!!....I really enjoyed designing this one for you.
Although there were only 12 finishes this month....it still took us to 367 finishes....I'm figuring everyone was more intent on getting Christmas swaps and gifts sorted than worrying about UFOs! But now we have a little bit of time, I'm still confident we can reach our goal of 500...or maybe come very close! After all...it is only 133 finishes to go...and I have one done that I have to post so that takes it to 132....whaddya think?????
Good luck girls ….. Go forth and Sew Many Hugs
Wendy :O) xox
Monday, December 17, 2012
Happy stitching everyone......... Nicky x
Farm Girl Stitching
Sunday, December 16, 2012
This wall hanging is called Flower Garden and was started in a class with Michelle from Kiel Mountain Colours (Sunshine Coast, Queensland.) We commenced this in early 2010,
The first lesson we used Dala sun reactive paints to prepare our background fabric. I did mine very different from the sample shown to us (some of us are like that aren’t we)
We then had a couple of weeks to trace on our design and quilt the outlines. Each line had to be stitched over 3 or 4 times.
Next lesson was to teach us about using the inktense pencils, and water soluble crayons to colour our flowers and leaves.
On completing that we then had to quilt the background. I added the quilted vine in the top centre part, the pebbles at the bottom, echo quilting around all the flowers, leaves and stems, and some stippling between the vine and the stems.
As often seems to happen, once I started work on this UFO it didn’t take so long to complete – it was done in less than a week.
I have enjoyed all techniques used in this wall hanging. All that is left is to find somewhere to hang it. There’s sure to be a bare space once the Christmas decorations are packed away.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Part of the arrangement is a $5 Secret Santa - there ain't much you can buy for $5 nowadays!!! Mug rug came to mind straight away, and this morning I dove into my scraps and came across a good old friend (and there are still some more leftovers!!!). With two layers of cotton batting and one layer of insulated batting this should hopefully work as mug rug or even as a kind of trivet.
I might just have to get rid of the rest of those scraps - I saw Rhianon, the Nifty Sitcher, do a slashed top recently, maybe that's where these will end?
If I don't get to post again, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and I can't wait to see if Wendy and Dawn are going to run another Sew It's Finished next year because I already have stashed up on new UFOs this year!
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
the blocks are from Lorraine, Fiona and Rosemary, borders and quilting by me :) It does not show well in the photo, but the centre block from Fiona has a cute Santa redwork stitchery, hence my name for this runner.
Doesn't it look lovely ready in time for my Christmas table
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
.... so just in case I don't.......
Best wishes to you all for a wonderful festive season and thanks to everyone for their support and encouragement