Thursday, October 31, 2013

One Down and Another to Go

One of the things that I really needed to finish up was a Christmas stocking that I started in August of 2012.  Needless to say, the new baby did not have it finished for last Christmas.  After Christmas I didn't want to work on anything "Christmas-y" so it got put in the UFO pile. 

I am happy to say that it is now finished - stitching, assembling of the stocking and stitching the lining into it.  It is ready to hang and be filled this year.  Yeah! 

Stitching has started on the next one for this year's baby.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

22nd Finish

My finish for this month is a leaf mat made from a pattern for a skinny quilt.  This leaf had been moved from stack to stack wanting to be finished for about 2 years.  You may see a different colored leaf in the future but I can't seem to find where I put it but I do remember it all pinned and ready to go.  Maybe it's in the basement???
Happy Halloween!

Christmas wall hanging

Another finish for October is my Nancy Halvorsen Christmas hanging.  This is such a beautiful panel, which I have had for some years.  I had put the borders on so it just needed quilting.  I have hand quilted the panel, and in the border I have machine quilted the words of  "While Shepherds watched their flocks by night".

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Back in September 2011  I  joined 312 other ladies for  "Bloggers BOM Quilt -A- Long"  so I am very happy to say it is my UFO finish for this month….

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and it is on it’s way to a new home for someone in NSW who may need a little comfort….

Hugz  Maria

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Weekend finishes.......

I made these rag quilts a couple of years ago to go in our spare room on our granddaughter's beds.......but as usual the binding wasn't done (the story of my life....make the quilt, but don't do the binding) so I did both quilts on the weekend.

Also, this little cushion......I had made one and half finished the now they are finished as well.

Now to finish painting the beds, which I started on the weekend. Actually it was a fairly productive weekend, even if I say so myself....Lol.

I love this finish

Another of my "older" UFOs came to a finish this week.

I started this either late 1996 or early 1997.  I can remember doing the heart embroideries when I was caring for my Dad.  When he was admitted to hospital in his last weeks, I was taking them with me to stitch while spending a lot of time sitting with him.  I had it assembled, and just needed to add the border pieces to it but once he passed away I had a lot of catching up of life that had been put on hold, to do.  These are the projects that seem to end up at the bottom of the pile and forgotten about until it gets uncovered during clean ups.

 It is 14 inches by 11 inches, so a lovely little wall hanging, in such delicate colouring..
 I cant believe I did all those grub roses and silk ribbon roses so well.  Unfortunately I dont manage to get them so fine and neat these days.  Maybe I need to practice more.

Some Wicked Finishes!

Hi everyone!  I am participating in the Wicked Blog Hop.  you can get the schedule from my BLOG.  Today is my day! 

I think I have already listed this one last month. so I will only add 2 to my numbers. 

this is my wool BOM.  Oh, I forgot, I have Novembers done too! I will post that later.  

This one is from about 4 - 5 years ago.  I can't seem to find the pattern, so I can't give you any info about it.  Sorry.  it's lap size. 

So I am now at 56 UFOs finished so far for this year.  I feel really good about what I have accomplished.  I really want to thank you all for your support and encouragements!  It has helped so much.  I really want to keep up the pace, but I have been slowing down.  I think I am tired!  LOL....  

Anyway, I am in the middle of putting another quilt on the frame, and it's an UFO! 



Sunday, October 27, 2013

October Finish

Thanks to some inspiration from  (and subsequent email chatting with) Marilyn, I took a left over stitchery from my Journey of a Quilter and made a binder cover.

(This is not its final resting place but I didn't want to show all the plain boring folders!)

I have at least 15 folders in my Sewing Space - so you might see a few more odd blocks popping up here as folder covers.....

Thanks Marilyn.

Friday, October 25, 2013


... these are made....

I have had the flannel squares cut and ready for sewing for almost 4 years now....

the cross hatching and sewing the blocks didn't take too long.... 

.. a lot of snipping and a good wash made the ruffles come up nicely.... and some cotton binding around the edge....

great to have these made up... nice and easy... shouldn't have been sitting around so long!!

#42 and #43 (just shows how many unfinished things I have in my cupboard!!!)

Righto, Gotto Go..... 

Fiona from BubzRugz.........

Monday, October 21, 2013

And another !!!

Have to keep going while I can !!!!!

The last few nights I have been working on these 2 stitcheries.
This one is from the quilt pattern "Daisy Street".  I traced it out a few years ago, ironed on the pellon, but hadnt stitched it.
When I decided to make a folder cover with it, I decided to do another stitchery on the spine - for no other reason than that I can.  So I drew this one up to fit.

In real "clear those cupboards" style, I decided to use some of my old old fabrics to make the cover.  So this heart fabric as well as the lining fabric have been hanging around for many years, and ones that I probably wouldnt use for anything else.  The trim is also one that I have had for a long time.

Here it is on the shelf , keeping company with the other covered folders.  Next will be the bag patterns folder.   

Does this scarecrow still have his stuffing?

It is interesting what you find when sorting through fabric boxes.  I came across this appliqued piece.  My younger daughter started this - I dont know how long ago, but she was still at school, so it has to be more than 12 years ago, and probably more like 15, at a guess.  She did most of the blanket stitching before giving up.  I finished it off (by machine I might add), and that was it.  It is a wonder the poor old scarecrow still had any straw in him !!!  When I found him again, I decided to make him into a cushion.  I am not sure now whether the pattern was a wall hanging, cushion or what, but it doesnt matter - he makes a lovely cushion.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Tickled Pink

Ok….one UFO off my list…..AT LAST!!!!

here she is… ‘Tickled Pink’ cushion.  You can read more about it  HERE  

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Very nice to have something ‘girly’ in a house full of males!

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Honestly, I’m tickled pink!  But why does it always take so long to get around to them??? (UFO’s I mean!)

Hope you had a finish over the weekend too!

Sugary hugs xox :o)

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Small finish for October and 15th for 2013

I had this block sitting in my pile of block to make something with when I saw a photo of a heat pad that a friend had made and I then knew what this lone little block needed to be made into. I originally cut the background  shape for a table runner but somehow cut this one the wrong size so I put it aside for another day as I can't throw fabric away -it's an illness, I can't help it. Then I made a quilt with this flower and decided to add one to the left over octagon and then it sat in a plastic bag for 3 years.  I added two layers of insulbrite, quilted it with diagonal lines coming from the flowers and bound it in a coordinating fabric form the Woodlands Bloom range.  I made the mistake of not pinning it enough and it moved hence the flower not being central. Despite that I think it looks great and will use it quite often.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Pretty as a posie

This pretty table runner is made from blocks received in the 6 inch group of quilting block swaps Australia.

I love how they all tie together into this table runner, all I had to add was a few setting triangles. It is simply quilted in the ditch around each block I wish now I had done a bit more on the green as it's slightly rippled.

I have also just completed Acorn lane and it's in the post to its new owner in the USA, I really loved making this quilt again, it's so cute. Even Billy thinks so, he gave it the doggie thumbs up ( a tail wag).

I have a few more quilts to complete, and two finished quilt tops to quilt so it's time to think about start some new projects. Having just signed up for two new BOM's and a few design ideas in my head I think I will be keeping pretty busy.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Finishes for August and September are astounding!!!! Yippeee!!!

Again, you girls never cease to amaze us! 

I’ve spent the last hour or so trying to update the sidebar to alert you to the fact of how close we are to our goal but no matter what I try, it just won’t work… anyone else having issues with Blogger today???  (probably just me because I’m soooo excited!!! LOL)

Well, seeing as it won’t let me tell you in the sidebar….I’ll tell you here…..

Our goal is 500….we all know that!

With August’s tally of 43 finishes

and September’s tally of 36 finishes,

that takes us to a grand total of

413 finishes to date (30/09/13)

which only leaves 87 to reach our goal of 500

and with only 3 months to go,

that equates to 29 finishes per month!

Well done ladies….we’re very proud and honoured to be amongst you….you are sooooo inspiring…..!!!!

I’m off to send out the SIF blocks to all our grand finishers and then off to do some catch up…..Anyone want to come and help attack my UFO pile?????!!

Sew many hugs

Wendy :o) and Dawn xo


A Late One For September

I hope I am not breaking the rules here...
I could not post this any earlier, because it was a birthday pressie... I had cut the fabrics last year but only recently had the inspiration to sew it all up and send it to a blogging buddy for her birthday, which was late last month...

I think I have finished everything I wanted to finish this year, of the SIF definition... but I am sure I will find a couple of little things here & there that I can do for SIF for the remainder of the year... they will be lurking somewhere!

Cece's Chicks

Barn Chicks is a pattern from the Buggy Barn gals. One of my co-workers loves their Crazy Cats quilt that I made and she wants it badly--but she has chickens and I am the beneficiary of many of the eggs they produce. Cece's birthday was today and I actually had this completed on time!
This is my 6th finish for 2013; my goal is 12 and I'm hoping to achieve that goal.

Happy quilting,

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

What do you call a group of Santa's?

I am posting this from my phone, I hope we can read it.

This finish was started in 2006 ( yep that's what my instructions say.)

I am so glad to see these 8 little fellows ready to move out of my sewing room.

# 40 and 41.... quick and easy...

these were so quick and easy... I don't know why I left them in the box for so long...

I had a couple of blocks in my UFO box from a QuiltALong I started and never kept up

... they were scrappy so perfect to use for these little mug rugz....

I found some extra yellow scraps for the sides ... a bit of playful quilting ...

... single fold binding which I finished off last night by hand ....

Righto, Gotto Go... October is here to be enjoyed?


One of my oldest UFO's finished

This is an Eleanor Burns pattern that a couple of friends and I started back in 2000 or 2001! It had three dimensional flowers on it that I absolutely hated. I finished 3 blocks, finished all the baskets for the rest of the blocks and stopped. Tries to muster up enthusiasm for it and never hit the mark! So, I dug it out..took all the appliqu├ęs off and then finished it! I had to mix and match fabric for smashing and borders because I didn't have enough. Who knows what my plan was? Anyway??it's done and off my list!

Quilty hugs,


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