Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Moose....

Have you seen Toni's fabulous new quilt - Northern Exposure?


I am so grateful to have been allowed to play with it.....

Firstly I went in the ditch round the main blocks to secure it all... then I went carefully around the applique so that the wonderful pictures would be pronounced....


some loose loops and leaves in the background (I picked up the leaf shape in the purple fabric)


... and some gentle curves around the flying geese


 .... I wanted to do enough quilting to make the design stand out (and hold it all together!)  but not take your eyes away from the lovely colours and shapes....

.... rather fun looking at it from the back too..... can play a guessing game on which moose it is....


There is a very cute Maurice the Moose softie also

Thanks Toni.....  I love your designs ....

At the moment Toni is searching for some pattern testers and sample makers... I have signed up (I do love her patterns and am an sewing addict)  and if you are interested read her blog post HERE

(link to Toni's shop is HERE)

P.S. When I first got the top to start quilting I was thinking Moose = Canada= Maple leaves so I doodled a bit with those ....


... I thought my maple leaves looked more like a special herb!!!!

Righto, Gotto Go.... I am going to be playing with a quilt top I finished ages ago...  this is Anni Downs "Boys Story" and I have some warm robot flannelette for the backing.....


.... what are you up to? ....

Monday, August 18, 2014

More binding.....

A friend asked me to make up a quilt for her to give to a little girl..... she liked bold pink and brown, wanted horse panel and also puppies and flowers.....

It is needed this month so I have worked hard to get it finished in time... this is what I have come up with....


the horse panel pictures were 12" so it was an easy way to work out to do the other blocks 6"

I quilted around the big applique daisies and added squiggles and freeform daisies in the blocks... in the horse blocks I quilted around the horses and then some wavy sky....


... stripes in all the colours made up the perfect binding....


I did struggle a bit with what was asked... I'm not used to making it all up on my own but I rather like the finished result.... 


Righto, Gotto Go... there is some secret sewing to be done.....

Saturday, August 16, 2014

FNSI and another birthday....

Wendy hosted us for FNSI even though she has had a very busy week  - thank you very much 

This time we had young widget over so sewing time was less than usual but I did finish off cutting up my shirts for the shirt challenge once he had gone off to bed...


... I did make a bit of a mess .....


I think that is the hard part of the shirt challenge, cutting seams, pressing, cutting into workable blocks....

..... meanwhile....

Another birthday I was late for (facebook should send reminders 3 weeks before!) is Christine....

we sew together in real life and I know she loves miniature and she loves soft and pretty

This piece is 10" square (total) and made from an old doily and put onto a plain pink background .....


... carefully sewn around every edge of the doily and then filled with little mini feathers

I marked a grid on the pink and did mini orange peel loops all over it...

... and finished off with some beads to add a little bit of bling....


... and added a scented candle ......


A little while ago Anthea was doing a clean up of some books... I put my name down for the Anni Downs book but lost out for being too slow.....

Imagine my surprise when this arrived in the post... the winner of the book, Jeneta, has opted to send it to me saying when she saw it she wanted to win it for me as she thought is was just the sort of thing I would like ....

I'm blown away.. thank you so much Anthea... and Jeneta... I can't wait to make something from it...  (I just love those little fat sheep on the hillside!)


It's the weekend... there are strong predictions of some good rain... I do hope they are right.... so far damp and cold and windy (for me that's like sleet!!!)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Birthdays.....

I am hopeless at remembering birthdays .... I need reminders

luckily these days with facebook I get the reminders

but usually just on the day

when it's too late to make up a gift

(even my grandchildren get their presents late!)

That's what happened with Michelle's birthday


Marilyn made up this pattern recently and I thought it looked like a nifty little project bag


.. it's actually quite big.... and like a small suitcase... with lots of room
(pattern can be found HERE)


and pockets inside....perfect for projects

Well... since Michelle went off on a holiday I was able to make it up and send it off late...

... I am hoping it is nice to get a late gift... for a belated birthday present...

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At our quilt group we have a shared lunch once a month...  to celebrate birthdays of people in the group .... and this month I decided to make chocolate eclairs from my chocolate book from Shez

My mum always made them and said they were very easy so I happily went to the kitchen....

Attempts 1 & 2 look like frizbees for Barbie and Ken


I wondered if it was my piping bag?


1 & 2 next to #3... there is an improvement.... Barbie and Ken now have stepping stones for the garden....

youtube came into play at this stage


#4 next to the others..... not amazing but workable


I wasn't about to try making the special custard

so I whipped up some cream and added a good dollop of my boozy vanilla
(if it's boozy enough the ladies won't notice the flattened eclair!)


.... stuffed with cream...


... and topped with dark chocolate....



Righto, Gotto Go... I am still lamenting the hours wasted trying to conquer eclairs... but next time I expect to whip them up in a flash .... (???????)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Binding....

Well - I did make the chocolate pudding from the book from Shez....

... it was very scrummy ... I had a dollop of home made yoghurt... Hubz had a dollop of store bought icecream!



THIS is the link to the recipe on line... in case you want to try it too....

The other night when I was going all around a quilt hand sewing the binding down Hubz asked why I didn't do that by machine....

I am not a purist by any means but I do like hand sewing a quilt to finish it off... I have done several where I have done it by machine and I love those quilts just as much.... and a lot of smaller items I finish off by machine ....

.... so what is it... just the satisfaction of a final bit of hand sewing at the end I think...  do you have a preference and why?

Here is my latest bit of binding... my little blue baby quilt (in case it is needed in November)


I did very simple quilting.. in the ditch for the borders and just around the edge of the stitching on the elephants.... 


I bought nice quilting fabric for the backing... because I liked it....


... this will wait for November now.... just in case 


(pink is ready and waiting too!)


Righto, Gotto Go... still more binding to be done..... 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

A gift, some binding and a challenge ......

How thrilled was I that Shez sent me one of her beautiful kitchen sets and a recipe book ....


it looks perfect in my kitchen and tonight there is chocolate self saucing pudding on the menu...


Thanks so much Shez (your work is so lovely and I love the colours and the pretty applique) ... it so cheers up my cooking workspace ....

I did the hand sewing of the binding on my quilt made from the Hello World range ...


I love it...

Tracee mentioned this shirt challenge a little while ago.... and I do love an 'upcycle' project so I could resist it...


This one is being hosted by the Gisborne Quilters and is due to start this month ... there is still time to source your fabrics!

Hubz is due for some new work shirts (or so I think he ought to be) so I have used 3 of the old ones as they are all the same and purchased some more from one of the op shops ... (there is allowance to use an additional purchased fabric but I think I will keep that for a border .....)


I'm not that happy about the third from the left... not enough contrast so I may need to do some more hunting... in real life it doesn't look as bland...

There is also another challenge on if you're interested in something a bit more upmarket to recycled clothing?



Righto, Gotto Go..... shirts to chop up.... roses to prune ... and more binding to sew 

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