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


23 comments:

Christine M said...

What a gorgeous quilt, Marina. I love the owls. Good luck with your new project. I'm sure that's going to keep you out of mischief for a while!

Susan said...

Lovely work on your friends gift quilt, well worth waiting an extra day. I think I will leave you with Sweet William and live vicariously through your blog.....certainly not for the feint hearted, and I'm sure your version will be stunning.

Maria said...

What a gorgeous quilt you made for your friend. The centre stitchery has beautiful words.
Oh! How cute are those owls...
You do like a challenge but I know you wil make a great quilt. Enjoy!

O'faigh said...

LOved seeing the birthday quilt, Marina. I am not fond of needle turn applique, look forward to seeing Sweet William at the Millrosie gathering. Hugs, O'faigh

Diamant said...

Marina, I don't know how you find the time to do all the craft work that you do. Your stitcheries are so lovely and your piecing so accurate. I spend a lot of my time looking at other people's work and wishing I could get my youthful eyes back.

shez said...

Hi Marina your quilt is gorgeous I can see why your friend loved it,and boy I will be looking forward to your progress on this new quilt you are going to tackle,love the owls from Sue.xx

Karen said...

Your quilt is a gorgeous gift. The stitchery is lovely.
Sometimes it is hard to get motivated. I hope you jump back in quickly.

Cheryl said...

What a beautiful job you did on your friends quilt Marina. I bet she loved it. Sorry I missed you all at Mill Rosie. What an amazing "big" project you've picked. I've done classes with and seen first hand many of Susan's amazing quilts and I know you will do a great job of this quilt

cucki said...

My dear the quilt is so beautiful and those owls are super cute *.*
Big hugs x

Anthea said...

Sweet William is a 'Marina quilt' if ever there was one! And I will be spying on Josie's progress too, can't let her off the hook!
The quilt for your friend is just gorgeous Marina, she will treasure it...
happy piecing! x

Elyte said...

I am sure that your friend was more than happy, she would have been over the moon. Such beautiful colours and your stitchery is gorgeous, in stitching and sentiment. Love your new project, or did I already mention that?

Hilda said...

How lovely! Your stitching and the quilting are perfect. Such a nice central feature in a charming quilt - love the minimal quilting and buttons on the rest of it!

Fiona said...

your friends quilt is just gorgeous... such a lovely stitchery and your quilting and piecing is perfect.... love the colours too... how cute is that owl pincushion and how mad are you with Sweet William... it will be awesome but you may need pills!!!!!

Hugz

Michelle Ridgway said...

Beautiful gift for your friend. Your work is always delicious. Cannot wait to see Sweet William come to life in your hands xx

elliek said...

Love the quilt, love the owls and if you need a tute in needleturn I can show you how. I enjoy it especially for long term projects. You will take on these projects! See you Friday.

Narelle said...

Love your finished quilt and cute owls.
Looking forward to watching your journey with 'Sweet William'
Enthusiasm can be hard to find sometimes ... not long now :)

kiwikid said...

That quilt for your friend is beautiful Marina, well done!! Oh that new project looks seriously long term...I will watch from a distance but in an encouraging manner...Lol!!
xx

Lin said...

What a beautiful gift for your friend! How could anyone worry about such a gorgeous gift being a day late. Good luck with Sweet William. xx

Kim said...

What a beautiful quilt. Good luck with your needle turn appliqué.

Mistea said...

The quilt you made your friend is beautiful. Lucky friend!
Those owls are looking very cute there in their tree.
Enjoy your new challenge.

Bev C said...

Hello Marina,

What a wonderful gift you have given your friend. Those little owls look so cute but I think they may not like the pins! Good luck with your new long term pattern. You have gotten over the heart attack moment with the pattern the rest will be a breeze.

Happy days.
Bev.

Kaisievic said...

Great quilt, Marina, and your new project will be so lovely once finished.

Charlie and Wendy said...

What a beautiful quilt for your friend, I love the way you have finished it with the buttons. Lovely new project, if anyone can make this you can!!