Thursday, 7 January 2016

happy days....

Happy new year everyone!
Happy days with time to craft and relax, that pretty sums up life at the moment.
I have been busy appliqueing away and after a big burst of inspiration I put together the top of my Baltimore quilt. The borders could have been a bit wider, but I only realised once they were all cut and sewn so that will have to be the way they remain. I had my heart set on putting swags in the borders so after googling lots of inspiring baltimore quilts and a bit of drawing I managed to get the look I was after.
The borders aren't quite finished but here are some sneek peeks...

I have also been working on a crochet lap rug for a friend at work. I wanted it finished by her birthday at the end of this month and big tick there it is all done.

There has been some progress on Lucy Kemper too but I will have to share that next post....
Some reverse sewing took place as I had made a litttle boo boo and for the life of me couldn't work out how to correct it but thanks to Super Mum to the rescue it has been fixed. Thanks goodness for mum!
Had some super bargains at the after christmas sales at Spotlight too. I had been wanting to get some backing fabric for my Sweet William and also had my eye on some gorgeous blue fabric that would be perfect for Lucy Kemper's backing too. Well surprise, surprise, with their specials and a spotlight card bonus I managed to get enough fabric for the two backings for just $4.99 per metre! Cha Ching!
 Couldn't believe my luck. So... Sweet william is at Jemima's being machine basted now that he has a backing done. I have my heart set on hand quilting it but I didn't think I would be able to baste it properly by hand. It should be done by march, so hoping we have cooler weather for a start on the hand quilting then.
Well that's me caught up for now.....
Hope you have all had some happy crafting time too
Cheers for now...
Marina


15 comments:

cucki said...

Beautiful crochet blanket ..I love the colors so much...
The quilt is so pretty.
Love xxx

sunny said...

It sounds like your year is off to a great start! I'd love to know the pattern you used for your crocheting. And I really can't wait to see your Baltimore Album. I'm planning to make a tiny little quilt with at least 4 blocks this year to see how I do. And I want the swag borders, too. Happy 2016 stitching.

Lib said...

Your quilt looks spectacular, such a lot of work has gone into it!

Jeanette said...

Love your beautiful quilt. Gorgeous crocheted rug. Hugs,xx

kiwikid said...

Sounds like you have been busy Marina....the Baltimore looks amazing...the crochet blanket is beautiful too, love the colours.

Fiona said...

what an amazing quilt... you do know that I will happily look after it at my house if you need!! And the crochet blanket looks amazing.... I'm interested int he machine basting ... how big do they do the stitches?
Hugz

Sheila said...

Your quilt is looking beautiful and your crochet blanket is so cosy 😊

Helen L said...

Your borders are going to be amazing! I can't wait see it all quilted up: It's going to be lovely! Hugs, H

Cath said...

Ahhh....yet another beautiful quilt from you. The swag looks lovely and really finishes it off. Lovely crochet work too.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Looks good amazing quilt...💖💖

Karen S said...

Lovely work with your quilts and the borders look great.
The crochet rug is delightful, especially the colour selection.
Well done on your bargain fabric purchases, too.

Susan said...

Your Baltimore is looking very special, love the swag border.

Lin said...

Happy New Year Marina. What a beautiful piece of crochet for your friend - lucky lady. Am looking forward to seeing your swags! xx

Melody said...

Wonderful achievements. I'm looking forward to seeing everything you sew this year.

Cheryl said...

Your Baltimore is looking fantastic Marina and love your crocheted blanket