Saturday, 21 March 2015

march ufos

This month my ufo tasks is to finish off some stitcheries.
finishing off meant making something new from a ufo.
I pulled out this gorgeous Stitchery (it is a design by Kaaren from the Painted quilt)
all the red and white strips were cut just waiting to get sewn up.
I stitched them a few years ago as I just love Raggedys. Kaaren had a free quilt pattern with lots of very sweet Raggedy stitcheries. Only ever got this one done.
Now I will have a new mini!



Mum and I had our first applique class this week at Jemima's, our local patchwork shop.
Mum wanted to learn a modern way of applique using stabiliser and I wanted to learn the traditional applique method. We are making a Baltimore block each month for 9 months. A lot of the time I just have a go at something with snippets of information. I wanted to learn needleturn from someone else to show me the correct way, it is going to make my applique easier and more precise. My sweet william blocks have been appliqued using the stabiliser method but I may be a convert to traditional. Either way it is going to be a bit easier with my new knowledge.
I wanted to make mum a block keeper as the blocks are 14" cut so a bit big for my pastry box. I will make myself one too eventually but made mum's in time for our first lesson. (the pattern is from a tutorial by Teresa -all things vintage, also some tips from Annie)
Also used up a ufo stitchery and left over hexie flower.....bonus!


Now would you like to see my baltimore block progress?
there are a few more leaves to go then it's onto buds and stems. They aren't all perfect but I am happy with their little bits of individuality. I will snap a pic of mum's progress too.
The rate we are going we will keep up and have our block done by next month's class. We are such over achievers!
I am hoping to get some more done over the weekend. Lots of domestic duties today, so need to catch up and tomorrow I am off for a doggy day out with Coffee. The curly club has a training day. I used to love these days out but haven't gone for awhile now so am looking forward to a day out with the curly boy tomorrow. Must remember to give him a bath today so he isn't so smelly in the car lol
Add that to the list!
Hope you have a great weekend
marina
little p.s.
mum popped around this afternoon and she has completed her block! What an over achiever!
Love how it has turned out. It was hard to get a good pic but this one shows the lovely fabrics (and the fuzzy shadow of my hand)
I better get a wriggle on........looks like I am behind lol

Monday, 9 March 2015

how do I love thee?

........Let me count the ways....

dramatic poetry isn't it lol
Here are my latest Sweet William blocks out in the garden...
This was  a bit of a challenging block with all those little points. Scraped by I think.
I picked up a Decor pastry keeper at the supermarket for a great discount and it fits my blocks perfectly with some room to spare.  I have to look after Sweet william...
 another challenge with all those petals.... both blocks had 'marinafication' and I am happy with the result.

 My first finish from my UFO stitcheries. Admittedly it is the most recent addition but I really wanted to get it done.  I am calling it a memory pillow.
 A little angel added. A gift from a friend and it fits perfectly.

Happy Labour day!
off to do some more cooking. Most of the family home for dinner tonight, just minus one.
Marinated lamb roast with vegies and DH is making home made apple pie. Yum....
Happy days
Marina

Sunday, 8 March 2015

a change of pace....

It's been a hectic week and throw a bit of man flu in the mix and you don't get much sewing time.
I needed something else to keep my hands occupied.
Sharon of Lillabelle Lane had posted earlier about an Autumn Crochet-a-long and over the summer I stashed some wool waiting for Autumn to arrive. Well the 1st of March Sharon gave the green light to join in the cal. The original pattern is from Lucy from Attic 24 who does the most gorgeous crochet.
Out came my wools.... I played with the colour sequence and then I was off...
(excuse the pic, it doesn't seem to want to turn around..)
Here is the progress so far...
  A rainbow waterfall...
I'm onto my second sequence of colours but I think I will need some more wool to make it a decent throw.
 I love the rainbow of colours and it's lovely to be working with some warm wool especially with the cool weather we have been having.
Long weekend for Labour day may see me spending some time with Sweet William. It's about time another block got appliqued. I have one ready to go. Will be back to show you once it's done.
Then it might also be time to get a ufo stitchery out and get a finish there too.
Have a great weekend
marina

Saturday, 28 February 2015

february ufo

This month I have been working on trying to finish the tops of my Lisa Bonegan  SAL minis and am happy to have a finish of one and a nearly finished on the applique one.
Just some berries and leaves are all that need to be done to finish it off.
There are bits that are a bit wonky and bits that don't look as perfect as I had hoped but it has been a learning curve making the different rows and especially working with such little pieces at times. Lisa's instructions are wonderful, wish she had written the Sweet william pattern!
Here is the photo evidence....
there were four more of these little buggers....  boy they would try a saint (of course I photographed the best one)



I am very happy with these and a big tick off my ufo list..... next to have them quilted
I have drawn March's ufo out of the bag and it will be No. 6 stitcheries. My task is to attempt to finish off the pile of stitcheries and cross stitcheries that I have stashed. I already have plans for two of them.....
after I sew the berries on my border of course, there's still one day left in february.
Off to craft group this morning so hopefully I can cut out all 36 of the tiny little things!
Have a wonderful weekend.
Marina

ps Melody is hosting a Rosalie Quinlan Stitchalong... I am not taking part in the United Stitches sew along but I have sewn quite a few of Rosalie's designs and this month you can share a favourite Rosalie project.
One of my favourites is the one I sewed for my friends birthday last year.
I still love it so much..


pop on over and see what everyone is sharing. Melody has a lovely prize to share too.
happy sewing!

Sunday, 22 February 2015

a get together and some progress

Yesterday was the day for the first Mill Rosie get together for this year.
It was lovely to see everyone again and in such a beautifully inspiring venue.
I happily sewed in between the socialising, eating and retailing.
Top of my list was some fabric for the border of my pieced Lisa Bonegan sewalong.
It was unanimous that this star and stripe fabric would fit the bill perfectly. It is posiitoned with the fabric that I will use for the thinner border. Big tick here!
 While at Mill rose I appliqued 8 roses in the corner blocks for the appliqued sewalong block. When I got home I prepped and sewed down a vine one border. The other three are stapled ready to go.

 On Friday I popped into Jemima's to show the girls the fabric I wanted to use for my baltimore blocks.
I have had the papillon fabric on the left for years, waiting, waiting..... I picked up the centre fabric from Jemima's and the third one is from my stash too.
The other fabrics shown are all from my stash and these will be used for the applique. Some are newly added and some have been there for a long time. It feels good to use from my stash. There are a few more bits and pieces that I will need to gather before I start in March.
 We have been having quite a burst of heat here in Victoria, perfect excuse to hibernate and craft.
I found this cute heart pattern on the net and had some wool embroidery skeins given to me that I figured would be perfect.
I think these will be gifted to my nieces next time I see them
 Just had to share this cuteness. I adore this little mini jam jar. There were two in a hamper mum got for christmas. I have some ideas milling around my head on how to use this mini and the bigger version too. It's just so pretty.
Thanks to all the girls for a great day yesterday
cheers for now
Marina

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Oops!

Well I have had two big oops moments today so I think I will quit while I am ahead as the third one might be a doosie!!
I thought I would give myself some time in the sewing room today..... but there were a few things that halted the retreat. Mum popped in this morning as we are both doing an applique class at Jemima's in Craigieburn and we had to go and sign up. We will be making a gorgeous baltimore quilt. Mum and I are both very excited!! Roll on March.......
Then......No 1 son popped in to get a button sewn on- are you for real!
I told him that I would show him how to sew it on.  You know the saying.... Sew a button on for a man and he wears his shorts without falling down, teach him how to sew and his trousers will stay up for a lifetime...
He didn't buy it....
Next visitor for the day was a dear friend. We had a great natter over a cup of tea then....... it was time to sew.
Then......One more delay to stop me sewing was one smelly curly beast. We had a massive downpour last night and Coffee got quite soaked which meant he also got smelly. He got a much needed wash, now I won't be so reluctant to bring him in the house if he has a decent aroma.
 He has also been in a little bit of trouble as he has been enjoying the fruits of DH's labours and helping himself to the green tomatoes. Seems we not only have to combat the thieves from the air but have to combat hairy ground forces too. For Heaven's sake.
So then eventually I made it to the sewing room......
I had cut out the blocks for the next sewalong batch of flying geese. During the week I prepared them all, pinning carefully ready to sew. Well here is where oopsie no 1 took shape.
I sewed and sewed, zipping along and when I made the first cut discovered my mistake

Notice that pretty floral fabric? Yes that's right, I sewed the corners on the incorrect side of the red square. Seeing as they were all cut and I didn't have enough fabric (or enthusiasm) to resew them they are staying as they are and I must say I prefer them this way.
some more sewing and cutting and sewing and they have become this
I am going to put a final border on this and then it will be done. Next week is the mill rosie get together so I will be on the hunt for a nice panel fabric that I can use for the last border.
It seemed a good idea to snap the pics outside. Well that's where we come to oopsie no 2
I put this one on the ladder to snap a pic too and thought i should put something on the top corner on the ladder to keep it on...  like so...
Well the item I put on the fabric had moudly stale water that dribbled out of it and landed on my mini.
 
After a few expletives
I ran inside to get this..
It's amazing stuff and has removed all the yukkiness that was going to ruin my mini and reduce me to tears. Once it dries out I am sure it will be perfect again. Phew!
These ufo's were on my February ufo list and I am still hoping to get the tops done and will be happy if the applique and quilting is the only part that needs doing byt the end of the month.
Hope there has been some sewing in your day too
cheers
Marina



Sunday, 8 February 2015

UFO guilts


A few weeks ago I visited my sil who had just been given a mountain of fabrics from an elderly aquaintance who was destashing.
Among the metres of fabric and assorted crafty books and goodies were numerous, and I mean numerous smocking projects waiting to be sewn up. My sil asked me over to have a look and give some advice on the sewing process for the smocked pieces and also to give me some lovely aida and cross stitch linen that were in the stash.
Seeing all those beautiful smocked dress fronts and thinking what would happen to my own stash of wip's smocked bits I have decided that I need to address those ufo's too.
I used to love smocking and made lots of items as gifts for great nieces and nephews who were born at the during my smocking phase. I was also smocking for other sewers and a magazine and that took a little of the enthusiasm away. You know when you have to do something to other's specs it becomes a chore not a hobby. So quite a few unfinished pieces got put away in a large box. I was great with doing the smocking just not so great with the sewing them up into a garment.
Well it's best to get them out into the open and I think I need to try to make some headway with these ufo's too... so they are being added to the list and will wait for their number to come up. Who knows they may just make it to the top of the creating pile too...
 Here are the ones that have just been smocked, some pieces cut out....

 this is an assortment of garments at the finishing stage......quite a few needing buttons....
I feel so guilty having this many unfinished bits.

Now to more pleasant things....
Yesterday Hub and I visited family in Gisborne (sorry girls....) and I also made a visit to Patch and quilt to look for a cream fabric from a previous visit and also some red to finish my sew a long minis. No luck with the cream but found some lovely reds. We then headed off to Daylesford and made a little detour to Castlemaine to Threadbare. Found a gorgeous cream and some more reds and two greens.
 Two amazing shops in the one day. I only had about 15 min at Threadbare as DH must have had an inkling I might go a little crazy lol
Here are my goodies...   (the greens will go towards applique on my sweet william blocks)
Speaking of my sew along blocks...
The first one is done, just needing some wool applique which is prepped ready to go.The outer border will have more applique of a trailing vine with the flowers in the corner. Hit a bit of a hurdle on the geese for the second one but am keen to get that one to this stage too. But I did manage those tiny star blocks..
a little wonky in places but done!

Some cross stitching has been happening while watching tv too now that I have a new stash of linens and aida..
These are both freebies...
This one from the Little Stitcher (Dorothy's red shoes by Laura Rimola) It is stitched with only one thread on tiny aida and it was difficult to get the stitches even as if I pulled too tight it would disappear!
 I really love this one and I will make it into a little cushion like the pattern....
Using some of the linen this time and two threads makes it a little easier.
Pattern from www.thesnowflowerdiaries.blogspot.hu
Off to put that smocking stash in my sewing room so that it is under my nose and I can't forget it as easily.
Have a wonderful sunday!

cheers
marina

Thursday, 5 February 2015

February UFO project...

February is here already and it was time to select the project for this month

My Lisa Bonegan Sew along blocks have been neglected for quite awhile.
I had every intention to keep up but I was a little intimidated by a whole pile of little flying geese that needed to be done for the 3rd instalment.
Well the number was up and out it came.. and surprisingly the piecing was easier than I thought. The instructions by Lisa were so easy to follow and there are pictures to follow as well. My kind of patterns.
this is where the blocks were left at in July last year.
This week the applique one has progressed to this..... some applique pieces all cut out for the corners. They will go on once the next borders are on and that's where I'll finish it. using one of the later patterns to finish it off.

The star pieced one has the next border on and a visit to the fabric shop is in order so that I can get some more red fabric for the geese.
In the corners it has little star blocks. I have these half sewn..
You can officially call me certifiably crazy as those little cream squares are only 1" square!!

Off to the cave to tackle those little stars..... wish me luck

Cheers
Marina

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

where did all the holidays go....

Two days back at work so far and I must say I am sleeping like a baby...
It's quite tiring having to think- remembering passwords, where you put things last year that you need now, where did my pen stash go, who was that again? etc etc.
Definitley a mojo killer!
Lucky I worked so hard on the weekend and Australia day that I got the Boy's story top all pieced together.
Phew! that was a job and a half...
would you like to see it?
the photo doesn't quite show the oomph of the bright fabrics as it was a gloomy grey day when I snapped the pic.
Just need to piece a backing and it's ready to go to the quilter.
 Second sweet william block appliqued too. It has a little lean but that is a minor concession I can live with!

 Maisie checking out the dolls in the girls' room!


hope you are having a lovely week.... Hope  I survive it. Craft group on Saturday, which I haven't made it to for a few months. Looking forward to catching up.
happy stitching.
Marina

Friday, 23 January 2015

last hurrah...

This is the last week of the holidays and I have been trying to cram it with lots of loveliness to ease the transition back to work.
There was a wonderful catch up with the City girls on Tuesday. A day of stitching and chatting and of course eating lovely food . I managed to get all my stitching done on my boys story blocks so that I could make a start on putting them together.
Wednesday it was to the movies with a friend to see 'Into the woods'. Not quite what I expected but not a bad movie.
Thanks to the hot weather we have been having, a lot of time has been spent indoors, which means lots of sewing time...
Two blocks done.....only seven to go....




Sweet William hasn't been neglected during this week.
I have a total of 19 basket blocks pieced ready for applique. (all the blocks are on my sweet william page) Last night I thought I should make a start on some applique too. If I can do at least two per month I think that will be a steady workable pace.
This block was the first one I appliqued when I first started the project but it has turned out smaller than all of the early ones. It has now been remade in the correct size. Loved making this block (twice).

Each basket has an excess of 1 half square triangle unit and also another when I make the basket base. I have been frugal with these and trimmed them up to use later on in a mini. They will be a scrappy reminder of this quilt. Aren't they sweet?

Now there has also been a squatter moved into my room. Someone who seems to have claimed it as their own!!
Maisie has discovered that there is a lovely comfy single bed with a snuggly woollen blanket on it in my sewing room. Of course it must be there just for her! She has been keeping me company while I sew some days and other times she just takes the room for herself as I often find her sleeping in there on the bed.
It's officially the 'girls' room'
Have a wonderful weekend
cheers
Marina