Friday, November 30, 2012

Last of the month

I gave myself a pinch and a punch for the (second to) last of the month when I read Wendy's email about getting to 500 finishes. DH went off to night shift and I did my own night shift in my sewing room: I found the UFO bag with my discarded attempt at Storm at Sea in a 'flaming' colourway. after I had reread the instructions it was quite easy to make it 4 square in a square in a square blocks with the smaller sq in a sq. I found some (almost) matching black left overs (slightly too narrow but I have gotten good at cheating ;D). I turned out to approx. 50cm square after addition of some golden ribbon to one corner so I added some black moda to the back to make it a cushion cover (I have to admit, I don't have a matching pillow inner yet, DH looked for one locally today but no such luck).
The quilting is from Leah Day's FMQA, I think it's the sunflower (how does she get all her lines so straight?).
I like the 'brightness' of the finished result and hopefully it will get an inner soon! I have made a lot of cushion covers this year, I won't need any next year I suppose... Finish No. 18 I think :-)

November Finishe

Last month I finished a table topper that I had started September of 2011.  I actually had made two but couldn't get the other one finished last month.....BUT, I am happy to report that topper number two is now complete (pictured on top)!!!!!  Thanks again Wendy and on to helping our group reach our goal of 500 finishes for the year!!!!

UFO for November

My GD’s friend recently had a little boy and I thought it would be nice to make him a quilt.

Sew I went to my UFO box and found a flimsy that I could sandwich and quilt….


Today I was able to give Tyler his quilt and it is another UFO done and the 15th for the year

Hugz  Maria

Thursday, November 29, 2012

November Finish

I missed the deadline over at the SAL blog, but my "My Favourite Things" quilt from the book Some Kind of Wonderful by Anni Downs is finished - label and all.

The label is one of the block I made and then didn't include.  Along the way a lot of us changed blocks to suit ourselves.  This one should have been "Sunshine on my Face" - not really one of my favourite things so it became the label.

This project was not really ever at risk of becoming a UFO - we had deadlines to meet and a lot of encouragement from the SAL web master (or the Whip cracker as we called her) and all the other bloggers.

Now time to organise the December project  . . 

Come on everyone - we don't need many more to get to 500 for the year!!

October BOM block at last and a Challenge for us all

Ok ladies, here it is.......sorry for being so slack these last couple of months.....what with Dawny being sick and this month it's been me with deadlines to meet......I thought you were supposed to have much more time when you were on sick leave??!!!! It just seems to disappear twice as fast!!!!

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Anyways, this (October's) month's block is a Dawn design......she's very talented, our Dawn, and loves Spring and beautiful flowers.....beautiful flowers for a beautiful lady!!! this month is a beautiful vase of flowers you can enjoy each day!


Now, next month's is just around the corner.....I'm apologising in advance!!!! turn and it's my son's 18th birthday on the weekend so I'm in full swing there....SORRY!!!.....the block will only be a couple of days late though so you have a little more time to squeeze in a finish...or two...or three...or......!!!!

By the way......24 finishes this month! (October) which takes us to the grand total of 355 for 2012 to date.

Now, do you remember the goal of 500 for the year??? We're almost there and I know it's a bit of a stretch!!!!.....buuuut.......that IS only 145 to go.......there are 2 months left (well...sort of......I havent counted November yet, and I have given you a couple of extra days in November!!! tee hee) which means about 73 finishes each month.... and seeing as there are 100 of us, if we have 1 finish each month....we'll pass our goal with flying colours!!!!!

Whaddya say???

Let's go for it!

I've a finish up my sleeve for about you!?

Start your engines and sew many hugs

xox Wendy :O)

18th Finish

I purchased this kit over a year ago when attending a Kansas Troubles Club.  I loved the sunflowers and the little button detail and cut out the fabric and....  Well I signed up for a Pay it Forward and I decided this would be perfect!  I love the pattern and and thought it would be great to send to Portugal...Sunflowers - so 'Midwest'.  The sewing and quilting went well.  The teeny tiny little buttons were hard to sew in a circle but I was happy with the result. 

This week I hope to catch up reading all the 'Sew Its Finished' posts.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

October and November finishes

When I bought my current sewing machine, about 10 years ago, one of the first lessons I did was these little embroidered flowers and pin tucks.  I was supposed to be making a camisole, but I didnt think my effort was good enough.  The flowers were ok but the pintucks were not so good.   (they puckered, as you can see in the photo). I cut out the piece and left it in a drawer in my sewing room.


I needed a little drawstring bag to take on holidays, and on looking for something to use I decided this would work well.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It travelled in my suitcase, and was perfect for what I needed it for.

So that was my very little October finish which I didnt even get to post before we went, and October was over by the time we came back home.

November’s finish is a little more exciting.

Shortly after getting Dawn’s Baseco Bag pattern, I made one which was for a friend, and then I received some pink charm squares for my birthday from a friend.  I immediately thought Baseco bag for myself.  I started, and almost finished the embroidery, then life got in the way.  I kept looking at the pink charm squares, longingly.  Finally I finished the embroidery at the end of last year and cut all the pieces.


Yesterday was the day -  Out came the box of bits and pieces, and by the end of the day I had made up the bag – and I LOVE it. 




Monday, November 19, 2012

A hoot of a finish

This is my first ever quilt made on consignment.  It was made for a dear friend who is gifting it to her grand daughter for Christmas.

I have received a second order for another one of these in candy colors with a candy stripe border, but that one will be started in the New Year.  A new granson is due soon so I need to get cracking on a quilt for him.

Cushion cover # 17

Whenever I have wanted to do a quilt with a new technique I try and do something small first... just to check I can actually do it... and that I will enjoy it enough to finish a quilt....

This top was made to practice blanket stitching in 2009 and it has been sitting in my cupboard since...

I have finally used the lonely forgotten top to make a cushion.....

quilted pillowcase slip style cover for the backing....

I know I used a pattern from a magazine for the vase picture... not sure which one though....

Righto, Gotto Go....  I still have loads of UFO's... I wonder if you will get your list finished before the end of the year??????  I won't........ and I have made new UFO's this year too!

Are you doing Sew It's Finished again next year Dawn and Wendy???????


Sunday, November 18, 2012

My 14th Finish

At the beginning of the year I posted my Red Brolly  “Brutus” blocks on the UFO list.

Brutus Blocks 2011

The plan was to put these stitchery blocks together into a quilt.
well it’s Nov and still they were in my box. Sew I decided to make the Christmas one into this….

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I really love the little wall hanging.. Maybe I can make the others into smaller projects too !!!

Hugz  Maria

Friday, November 16, 2012

Purple Sugar Twist

I had meant to put this up when I finished this quilt a few months ago but I gave it to my daughter and forgot to get a finished picture until now, my daughter took one and sent it to me.
As you can see it's an all purple quilt, my oldest daughter loves purple. I had intended to give it to her last year but you know how good intentions go sometimes. But she said she loves it and really that's all that matter.
I have more info on my blog here if you want the pattern, etc.
I hope to get a couple more quilts posted before the end of the year.
I would like to wish all in U.S. 
a Happy Thanksgiving

Monday, November 12, 2012

Hold on tight!!!

Hi girls,

I can’t believe it’s nearly halfway through November already….and we’re sorry……those of you with finishes haven’t received your last month’s BOM block yet!!!

Poor Dawn has been soooo sick this year and it just has such a hold and won’t let go!!!  She’s just needing some rest for a couple of more days but…….

photo borrowed courtesy of

Hold on tight!!!  It’s coming….real soon….it’s just around the corner, with some exciting news!!!

Sew many hugs

xox Wendy :O)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Progress - but not on UFOs

I haven't made any progress at all on my UFOs this month, but here is another BOM, this time from April:
Wendy and Dawn have done a sterling job at putting these together, I took the liberty of changing my version slightly because I really felt like some fmq and threadpainting. Happy Sewing!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Sunday, November 4, 2012

BOM for June

I have finally started on my BOMs :-) I am using my Sew Stitchy Charm Pack I won here earlier this year for the borders around the applique blocks. I decided to go for QAYG with flip'n'stitch, using cotton for batting and some of my NZ novelty prints for the back. Here is the first block, from June:
Happy Sewing!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Made it before Midnight in W.A. !!!!

This UFO is one I am really pleased to have completed
Last year my blogging friend Sunny invited her followers to make a Stay at Home Round Robin
We started by making a centre block
Next Flying Geese


Log Cabin


Pinwheels and Double Hour Glass


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Braided Row.


and All finished Yeh!!!!!!!!


Did you notice any changes to the centre block???

Hugz   Maria

Really pushing the deadline for October

Its not often that I find the lack of daylight saving in Queensland a good thing - but at least for me it is still the 31st October and I have a very small finish.

Ever since I finished my "Stitchers Keeper" (Leanne Beasley pattern - see here) - I have been meaning to turn the extra bit of fabric with a stitched flower into a scissor holder - finally - a few hours worth of work and I can say its done.  I know it's not much but hopefully next month will be a bigger finish..

Well done to those who have finished projects for this month.  Thanks to Dawn & Wendy for keeping us on our toes.