Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Getting by with some help

..... from my friends....
Wondering how that Signature quilt is going?
Well it is going fine... with some help from my friends  Jacky and Jo the main part of the top was together last night with just the borders to be done this morning. After a 5 o'clock wake up I started to sew the borders on and they were done in plenty of time.
The top was presented at the farewell function this afternoon and it was very well received by the recipient and other staff that had signed squares. But she won't be able to keep it just yet as I still need to quilt it. That's my job over the next few weeks.
So many thanks to my lovely sewing elves for their help, couldn't have done it without you!
Now would you like to see the top...
I am hoping you do...
The pics were taken quite early this morning.
 Now the big question "do I like Kaffe Fassett now?"
Answer- I love this quilt, don't think there is one for me in the future but I love the effect of this one.

A very exciting arrival this week too... This beautiful Janome Memory craft 3000 machine.
Is'nt she lovely? She sews so beautifully too and there are some gorgeous stitches that I can try too when I am feeling a little adventurous. This was a generous gift from a friend.
 I tried it out when I made this block today.
It's in the hands of Australia Post on it's way to a crafty friend somewhere.....
Well I feel like I have used my holiday Sewing mojo all up-hope there is some left for the holidays?
I am hoping to spend some time with sweet William I  need the comfort of a project without such a drastic deadline, but I'll still have to spend quite a bit more time with Kaffe Fassett.
Hope your week is going well.
Marina

Sunday, 14 September 2014

blocks ahoy!

after a couple of marathon sewing and cutting sessions the fat quarters from the previous post havebecome this lovely pile of signature blocks ready to go tomorrow to be signed. 110 in all.
That little tin next to the blocks has all the off cut  triangles. As the recipient of this quilt is also a quilter I think it only fitting she get these triangles so that she can make something with them. They have come together quite quickly but I did have some support on call in case it got too much for me.
I have cut borders also and Fingers crossed we will be putting the top together tuesday night.

 Last night I delivered a special quilt for one of my great nieces. I had picked it up from the quilter friday and got the binding done yesterday at craft group. I forgot to take a pic of the finished quilt but it was very well received. Her two older sisters have also received a quilt and I got to see how well loved they are first hand.
It is so satisfying seeing a well loved quilt! My niece was concerned as to whether the quilts could wear and what happens if they wear. I replied that they will get a new one!
(this was the top before quilting)
hope you have had a crafty weekend too!
cheers
marina

Friday, 12 September 2014

Never say never....

Aren't they famous last words...
Some may even imagine that hell has frozen over......
why you ask? well because these have arrived at my doorstep today
Those that know me will attest to my shall we say, 'lack of love' for Kaffe fassett fabrics.
This week my boss announced that she would be leaving at the end of term, ie next week.
She is also a patchworker so I thought it would be a great idea to make her a signature quilt with all staff signing it for her. She also loves Kaffe Fassett fabrics! Oh no...
 Now remember that deadline??
Thanks to the wonderful staff at L'uccello who made some fabric selections and sent them express post so that I would get them today making sure I can make an even start. I hope to have the blocks all ready for signing by monday.
I wish there was a patron saint of patchworkers as I would be lighting many candles in her honour!
wish me luck!
 I had a lovely day out today to get me into the patchworking mood with Liz and her friend Kaaren.
We went on an adventure to The Patchwork teahouse where we had a lovely lunch and I picked up the quilters muslin for the signature blocks. On the way home, well sort of on the way home, we stopped into the new Somerset Patchwork shop that is now in Vermont. Lovely new light and roomy shop with lots of civil war temptations. I just picked up a few pieces of cream print fabric to put towards my stash for sweet william baskets.  A project that has been giving me nightmares! I better make a start soon or I may never take the plunge. Josie where are you???
Thanks Liz for taking me on a Cook's tour it was wonderful.
Here's to the weekend, hope you all get some crafty time..
cheers
Marina

Sunday, 7 September 2014

hot off the hoop

Where has time gone....
Have had lots to tell but not much enthusiasm to do it... so what has been happening you say?
I won a gorgeous giveaway from Cheryl, the goodies arrived and they are definitely going to see some attention in the near future.
I have been plodding along on the crafting front working hard to get the gift quilt finished for my friends birthday. The party was yesterday but I delivered the quilt today. She was very happy with the quilt and didn't mind it being a day late.
Would you like to see it?
 I anchored the  plain squares with a shell button
stitchery design-Rosalie quinlan
A few weeks ago we had the Mill Rose get together. It was a wonderful day and there were quite a few that were missed from the regular group but there were some lovely new girls to get to know.
 Unfortunately my photos of the day were pretty poor so I haven't any to share but lots of the other girls have posted fun pics of the day.
this lovely little pincushion came home with me from Mill rose...a sweet gift from Lovely Sue (the gisborne girls) two cute little owls in a woolly tree.
 Since finishing swan lake I have been contemplating a new long term project....
Sweet William has been in the back of my mind for some time and after a little arm twisting from Josie (dilly dimple- yes Josie I am going to blame you totally for this) I ordered the pattern online.
I think this will be a big challenge but hey challenges never killed anyone, right? Hillary climbed Everest and survived....
I thought I had really bitten off more than I could chew when after paying for the pattern a few days later I received an email with photos of each of the blocks, but not finding any written instructions I broke out in a sweat. I was worried that I had to work out the blocks just from the pictures! OMG did I have an anxiety attack.... a quick email to Susan Smith calmed me down ....the paper pattern was on it's way and she just wanted to send photos of each block as a guide to colours and so forth... PHEW!!!
I am going to endeavour to learn needleturn applique and once I work out how I will piece the baskets I will be off and running. Only a few weeks till term holidays so then I will have time to play.
Wish me luck!
cheers for now
Marina


Sunday, 3 August 2014

are you ready.....

for some photos that is.
I have felt like a bit of a crafting tornado this weekend. Wish I could bottle my enthusiasm for those times that I feel a bit lacking. A bit like a craft berocca perhaps?
Maybe it's the fact that I have a short deadline that has spurred me on.
Anyhoo....
Here we go there are quite a few pics so be warned.


The Christmas feast is completed..




love the little blue tongue on the blue tongue lizard 


 we always joke here about being fat arsed wombats, unkind I know but you can see why....
I tried to select some border fabric, I love this one but had to unpick the second border as it just didn't look right. Not sure where to go from here so I will just sit on it for now.
At least all the stitching is done.
(pattern by Smee Designs)
Great progress has been made on the birthday quilt.
All the 9 patch blocks are done waiting for the stitchery to get done so that I can work out final settings and measurements.
I have been working on the stitchery but it is a little taxing trying to get the needle through the print on the linen. I remember having the same issue with previous pre printed designs. A few extra fabrics made it to the stash courtesy of Jemima's. After we had selected a few 4 out of five were fig tree fabrics too.
very happy with that.
 this pic shows the cottage garden thread colour and linen colour correctly, the thread is 1108 Mill rose
The stitchery is block 7 from Rosalie Quinlan's Blessed bom. I have just bought this one.
 progress so far....
lots more to go....
Hope you have had a wonderful weekend
Marina

Friday, 1 August 2014

Kookaburra sits on the Christmas tree....

Merry Merry King of the feast is he...
 
Some more little creatures have joined the feast. the Koala  family with naughty junior poking his tongue out  behind mama's head.

The above pics were meant to make it to a post a little earlier in the week. Better late than never.The stitchery is almost finished just two fat wombats to go...

Poor Priscilla has found a new project.... A good friend is having a big birthday next month. Just before her 40th birthday she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had surgery, chemo, more treatments and reconstructive surgery since then and she has remained clear, thankfully as I don't know what I would do without her. We have know each other since high school and been close friends for ages. I made her a quilt (it was when I was first starting to do patchwork) back then and thought her 50th birthday would be a great opportunity to make her another quilt. This time in a colour scheme of her choosing. She suggested rose florals in apricot and sage green tonings. Straight away I thought of Fig Tree Quilts ranges but the range that fitted the bill was an older range, 100's of Triangles of which I had from Lynda. No way I was joining all those 1\2 square triangles into a large quilt I am crazy but not that crazy so Hub took me to Gail B's in Bayswater where I found exactly what I wanted. We also found the best pies I have ever tasted! The shop is The Pie Shed and it's just down the road from Gail's opposite Anaconda. If you're down that way go for it!
Well here is the lovely stash I picked up.
 this came along too, I am not sure how I will encorporate it but the thought is brewing away...
 squares at the ready..... ready for a simple 9 patch pattern. I think it will look soft and pretty.

Now to get to it as I only have a little over a month to get it done!
Have a wonderful  weekend...
Marina

Friday, 25 July 2014

Christmas in July!

well the day arrived and boy who could wait....
my parcels didn't travel too far as they came from Eltham from Anne. Not sure if ann has a blog or not as she didn't mention on the card.
Big thanks to Ann for such beautiful gifts made with such perfect stitches and put together so neatly. Love the fabrics too.
Now for the pictures you say?

 The little cross stitch ornament is amazing such little stitches and all so perfect.
Thankyou so much Ann I love them all and the little extras will come in very handy.
Thanks also to Cheryll for organising the swap, you are amazing! x
 Just need to wait and see if my partner likes my goodies.

Some progress on the Christmas lunch....I think this little echidna is full to the brim with ants he couldn't fit another one in, that's why they are making a quick get away.
 Mrs Kangaroo has been finished too..
She is stuck cooking the bbq, now that doesn't happen in my place. BBQ is secret men's business and I promote that notion at every opportunity. With four males in the house I should be right for life!
I don't think I fancy witchety grub, gum leaf and gumnut skewers though?
Have a wonderful weekend!
Marina

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

thankyou mr postman...

well there have been comings and goings...

these went in the mail......... along with a couple of surprise packages....
 these arrived
So looking forward to the 25th when all will be revealed! Thanks to mr postal tracker I know my parcel has been delivered too.

Well I must admit that after finishing my swan lake I did feel that the above quote did sum it all up a little bit lol
so I have started a few new things and am waiting to start a few more to fill that empty void in my life......
......this got started....
Aussie Christmas lunch by Smee Designs.
I bought the pattern late last year and had the intention of finishing it for Christmas but it didn't even make it to the starting line.
This year will be it's year.
Love the cocky and roo singing along
 You didn't know that Kangaroos could play the piano did you?
Nearly finished the roo cooking the bbq. I just love the sense of humour that Natisha of Smee designs adds to her designs they make me happy.
Another week is flying by, is it just me or has someone sped up the calendar?
Hope you are all having a great week
cheers
marina


Sunday, 13 July 2014

the last hurrah...

The holidays have once again come to an end.  I think my mojo went away for a break too, but luckily it came back for the home stretch. It must have hitched a ride with Rosalie and Liz when they came for a sewing day on Friday. We had a very productive day and I felt a bit of a spark happening.
I was adamant that the weekend would involve some decent time dedicated to the sewing machine so I could get the blocks up to date for the Lisa Bonegan sew along.
And..... ta da!
thought this would be a good sew along to join in with and then those half square triangles appeared.
(my triangles seem to be following a slightly different arrangement to the pattern for both the centre blocks but I didn't realise till they were all stitched and there was no way I was un picking them all. )
 This is an alternative centre block that Lisa has designed for those that don't want to do the wool applique.
The coloured triangles were positioned towards the centre on this one.
That centre star was very tricky. Don't quite get the 'scant 1/4" seam' allowance thing and I think this is where I may have mucked up a little. It all came together in the end well enough though.

 I have put a ruler in this pic so you can see how small those pieces are. I must be going loopy attempting piecing this small?  Now to wait for the next instalment..
 these cross stitch designs are great fun and quick and easy. some little pin cushions made for the gift box.
Three of these got made for gifting too. This one was my prototype that I showed the city girls last week to get their stamp of approval. Just need to do the hand stitching around the edges and they will be done too.
Boy I wish I had had some of this enthusiasm for the whole two weeks and not just the final burst.
Them's the breaks....
Hope you have all had a productive weekend too...
I'm off to look at the huge moon we apparently have due to the moon orbiting so close to the earth.
Fascinating
cheers
marina

ps. links for the cross stitch designs used for the pin cushions are
thanks to these generous designers for their free charts for these lovely patterns.

rabbit with scissors: http://patrickswoods.com/blog/itemlist/tag/Rabbit
bunny: http://thelittlestitcher.blogspot.it/2014/04/spring-rabbit-free.html



Tuesday, 8 July 2014

binding done and some other bits...

This week i was very enthused about getting the binding done on my swan lake. I bought some red bias binding months ago on a visit to L'uccello and thought I had bought enough but.....Sunday night I ended up here.....missed by that much......
I wasn't looking forward to a trip into town but was desperate to get the binding done so I gave L'uccello a ring and they had the extra binding in the mail last night and it arrived today. How's that for service?
Binding is now complete. I have started sewing yo yo's too and one side is nearly complete.

 Friday night I managed to get this top all pieced together. I have decided to not put the top and bottom stitched border on. I prefer it a little bit plainer. I might try to get some big ric rac to run around the border.

 Here is a pic of my clamshells. I haven't added a row for awhile. I think I need to decide what to make with it first?

 This is a little new project that I couldn't resist....
it is a free project from Lisa Bonegan of Primitive Gatherings. I made a good start on the appliqueing at quilt group on Saturday and finished it off yesterday. . The sweet background fabric made it's way home with me from the Essendon Quilters Show on Friday, along with a few purple fabrics from Threadbear.
Now I just have to share a few photos of Miss Maisie 'cat scanning' the new Swan Lake quilt on the bed.

do you think she approves?
Hope you have a great week!

Marina