Sunday, 24 May 2015

pincushion swap

Is seems a while since I took part in a swap but I jumped at taking part in a little swap organised by Susan of Thimblestiich and today is reveal day!!
I love it when you have to try to work out your partners likes and dislikes.
So after some not too obvious stalking of Dawnies blog I came up with a few options but narrowed it down to this...
I enjoyed working with the subtle colours and hope to make myself one with the leftovers.
 this is the gorgeous pin cushion I received from Deb of frogcottage designs.  Who would have guessed I would love a hexie design? I absolutely love it and Deb has used so many beautiful fabrics. She also included some pretty little theodora cleave buttons (oops didn't get a pic of them) There are also hexies on the bottom, and those prairie points are perfect. Love it thankyou so much Deb and big thanks to Susan for organising the swap.
 There has been slow progress here on my blueberry ripple blanket and last week I was missing Sweet William a little bit so pulled out a few blocks to work on....

those little pink flowers were quite a test and luckily I got some practice for my new Baltimore block as  it has lots of similar flowers on the current block.
Have made a flying start... lots more applique to go on this one, I'm loving it.

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend.
Off to a dog club day today so Coffee will be having a great day at a pet resort with other curly four leggers.
happy days
Marina

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

some finishes

It feels good to have some finishes...
I finished the raspberry ripple and am on to a blueberry ripple for my other niece. I am enjoying working on these on the cold nights we are having recently.

I couldn't wait to bind my mini that fiona quilted and it was bound and hanging in no time.
Another finish was this item from my ufo list. I can't remember what month I chose to work on this but it only got to the top stage. With my new walking foot I was able to run some simple quilting lines and get this finished. I am loving having it on the table. I am so glad it didn't become the dilly bag it was intended to be.
The carnation in the pic is from our garden. I am not a fan of carnations but this one is quite pretty.
Not much other crafting happening at the moment. I have two more Sweet William blocks prepped ready to go and I am looking forward to working on them.
Hope you are having a great week
cheers
Marina

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

more applique and a quilted mini

Seems like time is flying by...... especially the weekend!
There has been more applique happening here and mostly crochet. I finished my raspberry ripple blanket and worked on my second block for the Baltimore class.
there were some challenges with the curvy flowers but am reasonably happy with the result. The little buds took some doing and undoing but I got there in the end
 Here is my block....
 these are the little blighters that gave me so much trouble.

 Mum completed two of these blocks for her quilts and also completed another Once upon a time block...
A carriage fit for a princess. This week she completed two frog princes. I will get a pic of them this week.
I also had a wonderful item in the mail.... I had asked Fiona of bubz rugz if she would like to quilt my Lisa Bonegan sewalong mini. She kindly said she would and WOW!
It's very hard to see the quilting in the photo of the right sidebut take my word for it it is amazing, all those fabrics detract from the quilting lol
 But on the back you can see how amazing the quilting is...
The photos don't quite do it justice but the flash does show how much work is in it.
 I love these little 'cathedral' arches.
Now to bind it and hang it.. I have just the spot. I might even swap it around to the reverse side every now and then.
Thankyou so much Fiona for completing my mini.
Is it the weekend yet? I so wish it was.
Have a great week
Cheers
Marina