Tuesday, 13 January 2015

some starts, some finishes, some stuff...

Well the silly season has passed and we managed to survive it by keeping it low stress.
The year started off with a lovely get together with the Gisborne girls and City girls, with Melody thrown in for good measure. And what a super day it was!!
I have had some lovely time to myself in my sewing room, even though I had to share it with no 2 sone while he was in transit and staying here. He was amazed and said 'what happened to my room?'
I just let him know that it's my room now and while he can visit and stay in the room it must be left in a reasonable condition so that I can pop in and out as I wish to sew. That seemed to work ok. He did seem to move out quite quickly though? Hmmm
The best part of having my own space has been that I can leave the machine and mess out and just pop in  even if it's for just a few minutes and just leave it there till I get the chance to do some more.
Be prepared, this slack blogging makes for photo heavy posts when I do decide to post...

I thought this challenge was a great idea, similar to what I have done myself before.
You list your ufo's and each month you pick a number and that's the project that you work on for the month.
If you play along with the blog site they select the item number to work on.
I have one project down.....
can only give you a sneak peak! My shirt challenge is now a top. I need to work on borders but there is plenty of time.
Something new......I started a new Boys story quilt for a friend at work... Thanks to my 'new to me' machine it does beautiful applique stitch so I don't have to do it by hand. The hand stitching needs to be done. Excuse the threads everywhere, the fabric is fraying mercilessly.





Some progress..... I managed to complete the last row of my novelty hexies and then got so excited I did all the hexies needed to even up the sides. Just need to get some backing and decide how to quilt it. Was toying with borders too? It can sit like this for a little till inspiration strikes.
Of course I had to have some hand stitching on the go....
These two designs are by Urban threads. I love their quirkiness.
Such a great price too for a quick download.
Of course some time in the sewing room means some rearranging... I have been reshuffling and repurposing bits and pieces. I can get lost in there for ages.. Some of the hangings got shuffled around, I reorganised my pin cushions after rediscovering this little shelving unit (got to use that stash of little doilies that I have too) and put a crochet blanket on the bed after no 2 son moved on. My grandmother made this and I just love it. Even though it is old fashioned and daggy. The boys throw quilts got a wash yesterday while it was so hot they dried so quickly in the shade. Perfect!
The two that have moved out don't seem to want to take them with them and no 3 son still at home doesn't want a dinosaur quilt on his bed, he much prefers cars? What is with that, just because he's 19?? Whatever... so they will stay folded up on the bed in my room for now.

Hope everyone has kicked off the year well... Some more social outings planned for this week with crafty friends. Perfect!
cheers for now & happy crafting
Marina

24 comments:

shez said...

Hi my lovely friend happy new year to you.I love your boys storey blocks and your pin cushion collection is gorgeous and good luck with your list,cant cant to catch up with you next month.xx

Helen L said...

The little boy's quilt looks like it is going to be so cute, and that is a great way to display your pincushions and show off the little doillies too! Hugs, H in Healdsburg

Jeanette said...

Lovely post Marina. Hugs, xx

Lynda said...

Machine blanket stitch is fantastic, isn't it? I don't use it enough. Your little shelf unit is so pretty with all your lovely goodies. I love Urban Threads - use many of their machine embroidery designs. Love the stack of quilts on the bed and your crochet blanket. So many memories.

kiwikid said...

Love it when the sons come home and their room has changed!!! Your blocks for the boys quilt are beautiful Marina and your room is looking amazing! Your hexie quilt is wonderful...not so much to do now!! Great start to the year!
xx

elliek said...

You have been busy. Can't wait to visit the new sewing room. I will make appropriate noises!.

Ondrea said...

Wow! So many beautiful pics. You have been a busy gal. Love those appliques. Have you tried cutting your blocks wih pinking shears or a rotary cutter pinking blade to prevent the freying? ThoseChristmas stitcheries are lovely with variegated thread. Gee, your sewing room has displays? I have nowhere for anything in mine. Waaaay too messy lol. Ofcourse, being a hexie lover, I absolutely looooove your hexie quilt. Stunning.

Melody said...

wow, you have been so busy. It was great to catch up last week

Maria said...

Sure hope you can keep to your list...

Nice start to the year. Love the blocks you've made for the Boys Story quilt.

Your stitchery's are always beautiful...

barb's creations said...

Love how your new quilt is working up so quickly and what's daggy about your crocheted blanket I think it's just lovely and would have it in my house in a shot! Hope to catch up with you next month :) Barb.

Lin said...

Good luck with the UFO list! Love your stitchery and the applique pieces but especially love your display of pincushions. xx

Susan said...

Good luck working through your ufos. Well done keeping your room too. Love the pincushion display, I might have to borrow that idea.

Raewyn said...

I liked that list for ufos as well...it sounds like an organised way to work at them :-) Your Boy's Story is looking fun - you're making great progress, such a cool quilt. And I love your hexies - especially the fussy cutting - more fun and loveliness! Your sewing room is looking lovely - nice to have those treasures from the past around you.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Lots of lovely projects

Karen S said...

Looks to me like you are really enjoying your own sewing room!!
Good luck with your projects list.
Your hexie quilt is looking stunning. And the blocks for applique are perfect!
Enjoy your stitching!

Cheryl said...

What a lovely post of all the gorgeous things you've been working on Marina. your hexie quilt is amazing and lovely of you to make A Boys Story for a friend - it's going to be very cute. Love your pincushion collection - lovely way to show it off

O'faigh said...

Enjoyed your post marina some lovely projects regards ofaIgh

Jo said...

I like the list idea.
I should try that too

Anthea said...

Hi Marina♥ lovely catch-up post... I can understand your son not wanting dinosaurs any more, ha ha!
Good luck with your ufo's this year

Elyte said...

You have really made that space your own and made sure the boys know it too. Seems they are listening!
Love the fabrics you chose for the Boy's Story Quilt.

Jackyandthecrew said...

Looks good, will have to come and check it out before we return to work and you have been so very busy.
My sewing room at the moment is doubling as a TV room for mum and she ever so kindly packs everything up for me after I have been sewing. Its great when you can leave things as they are ready to go next time isn't it?

Fiona said...

hello hello.. what a lovely happy post to read... love how you are enjoying your sewing room I think I also find the best thing is being able to pop in and out and not put everything away each time. love your hexies and the boys story is looking great too.... always lovely stitching to see at your place...
Hugz

Carrie P. said...

the boy blocks are too cute.
love your collection of pin cushions.

Sisbabestitches said...

Well done on completing the main part of your Shirt quilt :) Wonderful fabrics in your new Boys Story! Hexie garden looks marvelous :) So lovely to be surrounded by your loved things in your own sewing room :)