Thursday, 26 January 2017

Caswell inspiration.

I have missed working on My Caswell blocks so much, I think it must have been before we went away last year since we have spent quality time together and with finding the perfect backing for it I felt we needed to get reacquainted sewing room or no sewing room. So last night I decided to take stock and start prepping the templates for the next set of blocks.
Six new blocks ready to have the applique pieces selected. I am so looking forward to this.

And just to get me fired up, as if I needed to be, I set out all the blocks so far to see how pretty they were.

Would you like to see?
17 completed not in their final order, 6 prepared and that will leave two to do as I will finish this at 25 blocks instead of 30. Well that is the plan at this stage.
Happy Australia Day Holiday

Marina

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

OMG a computing catastrophe!!

Aaaaaaggghhhhhhh....
I was trying to publish some comments on my blog but instead ended up removing up to 100 comments from my blog....
As far as I can tell from the forums there is no chance to retrieve them. I want my computer to play nice and bring them back...
so please don't be offended if you can't see your comment I didn't deliberately remove the content of the comments it was just an accident..
Image result for computer says no meme

I'm off to cry over my computer a bit more....
By the way if anyone has corrected this error please let me know
cheers
marina

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

back to normal tomorrow

Time has flown and it is already time to get back to work tomorrow...
It's always a little sad but they don't pay me to stay at home so it will be off to work I go.
But firstly I'll fill you in on what I've been working on.
A new crochet project for a friend's birthday in her favourite team colours...
I am using an 8 ply  pure wool (made in Australia from Australian wool!) from Bendigo woollen mills and it is so beautiful to work with and so soft.
Great value price too and they offered free postage on my order.
 Slow and steady on the quilting of Sweet William.... I was about half way there then decided that I needed to go around the blocks on both sides of the seam as well so this will be a longer term project .
 9 basket blocks to go and 6 wreath blocks then all those outline rows and half of the half triangles on the outer edges.
For a last day outing Mum and I went to spotlight. I have been very good adhering to a fabric diet but saw the gorgeous Jo Morton  fabric for the bargain price of $6 per metre and I just could not leave it there... of course I had to come up with a reason that I needed it and so it will be the backing for my Caswell Quilt.. I bought the rest of the bolt and I am set. The green piece is so pretty unfortunately the photo doesn't show its beautiful deep colour- poison green I think it's called. 
Soon I'll get back to Caswell..... I am missing it a lot but need my room back first.

Well that is my catch up for now, not much exciting going on I'm afraid just slow and steady on bigger projects. I am determined to finish some tops off this year. There are some flimsies that are earmarked for hand quilting and some I will send to the lovely Fiona of Bubz rugz to work some magic on
I feel that I have too much unfinished business and it needs to be sorted.
I'll leave you with some cute lego people.. No 2 son is sorting some of his things out before he moves homes and he brought these home, off course we need them here! They are so cute.. I am quite taken with Tarzan and Cheetah. Very cute  I also love the Valkyrie... can hear the ride of the valkyrie playing in my head....



Here is a youtube video... to share my inner orchestra. just don't imagine the helicopter airships from Platoon....

Happy days!
Marina

Saturday, 14 January 2017

boy it's been awhile...

Seems like such a long time between drinks... I have been contemplating blogging lately... like lots of others too I think. To Blog or not to Blog that is the question?
There have been lots of crafting shared and wonderful friendships made through blogging so I thought I did owe my blog some loyalty and at least another go at getting my blogging mojo up and running.
There has been crafting and socialising happening since last post and of course lots of time spent with my two furry boys.
Let's start there.... Billy has grown so much and is 6 months old now and just a fraction smaller than Coffee.
He is such a handsome boy and reasonably well behaved except for the usual puppy misdemeanours.
I have been spending a big part of the holidays trying to quilt Sweet William but once the hot weather kicked in it was way too hot to be quilting by hand so it was time to pick up my clamshells once again. Slow progress till a vist to Sue (kiwikid) and a motivation hit from seeing her completed clamshell quilt. I started mine around September last year and my shells accompanied me to Europe as my on the go project.
Well all that motivation and a bit of dedication has paid off as I only have two rows to go and it will done...I haven't decided whether to do borders or not but that can wait for now... I'm so happy with it's scrappiness.
Thanks Sue for the inspiration....
My next completed item was put together today. A baby quilt for a work colleague...
Some 1930's fabrics from a friend's stash and a lovely vintage fresh feel to a simple quilt is achieved.
This will be winging it's way next week to the wonderful Fiona of Bubz Rugz to work her quilting magic on..
some other bits and bobs before Christmas were a few gifties
some zipper pouches and a pincushion...

Just to share a little extra prettiness....a visit to our local St vinnies shop to get dog bedding led to me having a sticky beak in the doilies box.... found these two lovelies. When I think of the work that went into them I just can't leave them behind..
this design is one I have used often but just never quite get around to making the cup and saucer, so cute...


Well if you're still with me thanks for making it to the end of this post.
Hopefully I can keep it up..and get back into visiting more regularly too.
Happy new year to All!
cheers
Marina