Friday, 26 February 2016

by hand and by machine.....

the title reminds me of a scene from the Blues Bros where they ask about the music performed at Bob's country bunker.... 'oh we have both kinds.... country and western......' the woman replies.
Because I have been doing both kinds of sewing ...........machine and hand sewing.
I managed to complete all the  checker board blocks for my next project from Irene Blancks book...
I knew if I didn't do the machine sewing blocks first they would be a bummer to be enthused about after the fun of the applique blocks.
When the mood strikes I can start this one.


But first I need to work on Lucy Kemper. The third corner is prepped and ready to go. It's difficult to get a good picture that shows all the different blues. I so love this quilt and am really enjoying the applique.


You know sometimes when you just get an idea and you want to have a little fun with it...
well this is the product of that idea... Not sure what these easter eggs will become. I tried to make a hanging decoration out of one but it was a slight failure so these pretties may become something else?
Hmmmmmm thinking.....
Got the email yesterday that Sweet William is ready to be picked up, basted all ready for handquilting.
He'll have to wait a little bit as I have ordered some plastic quilting stencils from America after having had little luck finding them locally or even interstate. In the meantime I am getting my quilting stitches tuned up by working on my little houses.
I have nearly completed two rows of houses. I really love these houses. seeing them in the photo makes me want to drag out the stamp and make more... Some control Marina!!
So many things to work on and so little time...

Tomorrow I will hopefully get to see the country and city girls and the other wonderful girls that used to meet at the Mill rose cottage. I will only get to pop in as I have to be elsewhere but a little bit is better than none.
A big thankyou for those that showed interest in my tops for sale, looks like they both have a new home, the blue top will go after I complete it for a friend who is a non quilter, and I am very excited that the homespun bom one will finally be loved and finished.
and the doilies were gone in a flash.
Would also like to mention that February is my blogaversary month. I am so happy I started my blog in 2009 as it has brought me in touch with some wonderful crafty women some of whom I actually get to spend fun times in person with. Thankyou to all of you who stop by and say Hi and offer encouragement, friendship and support. x
Have a wonderful Weekend!
Marina

21 comments:

cucki said...

Amazing my dear x

Jo said...

Love your work. I'll see you tomorrow

sunny said...

You always choose such pretty fabrics! And they turn into such pretty projects. Good idea to get the machine sewing finished first if that's the part you like the least.

Helen said...

Beautiful work, choice of fabrics and patterns. I agree with the machining it is my least favorite. Love your blues !!!!

Helen L said...

All of your projects are looking beautiful!! I especially love the white big stitch quilting in the black shasing of your houses quilt! What a great idea!! Hugs, H from Healdsburg

Ondrea said...

Oh my! So many beautiful projects. Love you egg project, especially those gorgeous fabrics. I can see why you were inspired. LOve your houses. I , too, have difficulty finding quilting stencils for hand quilting. Your applique is awesome!

Fiona said...

oh my ... i love coming to your page... always so much inspiration and wonderful projects....
Hugz

Narelle said...

Congratulations on your blogaversary ... blogging is amazing!
Lovely projects and I'm thinking Sweet William might be a winter project with all these stinking hot days that won't go away :)

Michelle Ridgway said...

Your new quilt is going to be lovely. Your pretty blue quilt is a stunner...love your fabrics so much. Happy Blogaversary. I am very glad blogging made us friends. Enjoy your time with the girls xx

Shirley said...

Lots of beautiful stitching either way. Congratulations on your blogaversary.x

Susan said...

So many lovely projects happening. Lucy is looking stunning. Great idea to get the checkerboard blocks done first so you can focus on the applique.

Maria said...

Oh sew many beautiful projects you are working on. But my favorite is the blues... Sew pretty..
Congrats on your blogaversary.. I enjoy reading your post and seeing what you create..

kiwikid said...

Congratulations on your blogaversary!!I always enjoy coming to your blog to see what you are working on. You do some exquisite quilting Marina. Wonderful projects on the go at present...I will be interested to see what you do with the eggs.

Elyte said...

Lots of lovely work on show. You have been getting so much done in recent months.
Would the eggs go with the pears?

barb's creations said...

It was lovely to see you Saturday even if it was flying visit, I always enjoy seeing what you're working on and those Easter eggs would look lovely with happy Easter written under them and maybe made into mini wall hangings ?? :) Barb.

Karen S said...

Congratulations on 6 years of blogging. A great achievement.
Beautiful work on the applique blocks. Your stitching is lovely.

Cheryl said...

So many gorgeous things you are working on Marina. Do love house blocks/quilts too.

Melody said...

Everything you sew is SO beautiful. Congratulations on your blogging anniversary too.

Anthea said...

Hi Marina
Wow the Irene Blanck design is going to be a stunner - I know your applique will be gorgeous.
And congrats on your blogging milestone - mine is around this time too - as are some others too - we all had good timing!!

Bev C said...

Hello Marina,

I just want to come and hide in your sewing room, so much to see and touch. Waiting to see what you turn the eggs into. Have you made any more house blocks????

Happy days.
Bev.

Helen L said...

What is the name of the Irene Blancks book? I think I'm going to have to hunt this one up!! :-) Hugs, H