Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Some Finishes in April (7)

I join in with Kris who has continued running OPAM, so am claiming these as April finishes.  I had kept some of them under wrap as they were gifts or were waiting for the "right" time to show them.

Firstly two sets of foot pedal mat, scrap bucket & coaster - for Birthday gifts for members of KQ Girls.

Last year at Baradine - I received a bundle of flannel scraps as a mystery gift.  Never one to shy away from a challenge...LOL....I decided they had to become some sort of a quilt.  The sizes of the bits were quite random, so I cut 2.5" and 4.5" squares and made 4.5" blocks from the 2.5" ones and then set about trying to organise them,...It is probably not as symmetrical as I would like - but I ended up with only one 4.5" square left over.  I found the brown check flannel at a cheap price and - again - probably not my first choice - but it went well enough with the other fabrics.
Voila - a quilt!

 and I also bought this flannel for the back - really love this one!
DD2 loves monkeys so I might keep this one day...maybe...(no pressure Bec!)

Also last year at Baradine we received a kit to make a tote bag - a lovely stitchery of the logo was included and a charm well as some EPP shapes.   I started off with gluing the EPP shapes at retreat....but upon consideration,decided a tote bag was not really my thing - so I made a zippy pouch, a scrap bucket, a coaster and a pin cushion.   I used some of the fabrics on the back of the zippy pouch.   I still have a number of covered EPP pieces.....they may be sitting around for a while....maybe a needle book????

At Baradine this year - one of my projects was to make a Jelly Roll race quilt.  This jelly roll was gifted to me by a friend, so I thought it was only fair to "pay it forward" and this top will go off to a group who make quilts for charity groups - so a finish in my eyes!

My swap present for this year was a scrap bucket, pin cushion, coaster and a machine foot pedal mat...I do like to repeat myself....LOL

I have also finished a baby quilt for the daughter of a friend.  This pattern is so quick and easy - I can see a few more in my future.....

So, I will count that as 7 finishes so far...
not too bad I think and there will also be a pile of crochet blocks to add after Sunday
none of these are on my SS UFO list...for that I am woefully behind . . .

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Friday, April 19, 2019


or was it a Fri-DAY and NIGHT Sew In??
Probably a lot of the regular FNSI gang don't go to regular paid work - but for those of us who do - Easter gives a good break from work - and whilst I may not spend all of Easter sewing (though I'd love to) I did spend a lot of today sewing.

I have a baby quilt to finish - this one is for a friend's this point the binding is on - I may add some more quilting - plenty of loose ends to sew in too.

Thanks Wendy for hosting us again...At least this weekend I should have time to visit you all.
Happy Easter to everyone.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

FNWF - April

Doing my post today (Saturday) - oops I didn't even sign up - that is remedied now . . though to be honest I kinda flaked in front of the TV...again....I did do some crocheting though...

and then some senseless mindless games on my ipad...what a waste of time.

I do hope you were all more productive...  
Thanks Cheryll for hosting us - sorry I was so tardy!

Thursday, April 4, 2019

March Finishes - OPAM (13)

I'm running late for an end of March post - but better late then never??

I'm back on track crocheting squares for K4BN - 11 this month

In my SIMS group - we decided - last year that for birthdays we would make each other a postcard - using the initials of the person.  Sounded like a great idea at the time . . .

First off the rank was Inca - IMT (not such an easy set of  initials really - we have told her to change her

Here is mine - see if you can guess the I M & T . . . .

 No??? Icecream Meringue (chocolate) and Topping

The baby quilt is all done (though - it still needs a label)
My DD chose a classic Winnie the Pooh fabric and we teamed it with greens (gender neutral)
and a close up

I have a few more done or almost done but they need to wait til after Scub Stitchin' at Baradine - by now - in one week - I will be there chatting, hugging, setting up and getting ready to power on to a new project ...why finish an old one when there are so many new projects on the horizon??

Thanks Kris for continuing on with OPAM - it's the motivation we need to post our finishes.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Stringalong 2019 (March)

Time to show our progress on our Stringalong blocks - not a lot of progress for me - but I did whip up 7 more . . .

 and the backs:
I am joining in with Lori over here:

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Saturday Sewing

I love all my sewing groups - Loose Threads, KQ Girls, Sunday Stitchers, SIMS...but it does mean I am out at least one day of each weekend - UNLESS there are 5 weekends in the month - like this one!!!!
I am off to Bardine on 10th April...and I have some things I need to / want to finish, so I made a very determined effort today and sewed most of the day (and night).  I am at the "hand sew the binding" stage for 2 things...I will show them as finishes...after Baradine....but for now:

and . . . I still have Sunday!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Heart Blocks

We are all very aware of the the terror attack that happened in Christchurch recently.
And most of you would know that a group have organised themselves to gather blocks from people (from around the world) to make into quilts for the victims' families, the survivors and the first responders.
You can read about it here.

I suggested to my fellow KQ sewers, that we could make some blocks to add to the collection.  It was a very hot day and a few people already had other commitments, so we only had a few people - but we manged to make 27 applique heart blocks and 4 pieced blocks - I still have one to finish off.  I will trim the applique blocks, which I will do over the weekend.

and - luckily enough -
one of the Baradine gang is from NZ and is happy to take them back - no postage!

Friday, March 22, 2019

Friday Night Sewing

YAY - the AFL season has started!!!!

I'm excited - not because I love AFL - or am keen to watch it - BUT it does mean DH doesn't want to go out to eat - wants a quick easy meal...and ...a long story ...although we have two TVs - the "other" one is in a room with no lounge chairs - and really - he does look pretty silly sitting in an empty room on a straight backed I have relinquished watching TV for the comfort of my Sewing Space.
One good thing about football season is that it means the weather should be cooling down - but alas Mother Nature has forgotten to look at the calendar and is about to spring a 34C day on us.

I put my time to good use - added the borders to a baby quilt for a friend's daughter, ready to pin on Sunday,

and made the first block for my "Road Trip" quilt:

I think I need a better photo - maybe in the daytime!
I am dragging the chain a bit on this project - what with the finger op and making baby quilts and "other important stuff"  whatever that was, it has been hard to focus on this one...but hopefully if I can find some time to trace a few blocks (a job I HATE) I can get into gear.

PS:  Thankfully  - the right team won!

and a bonus:  DH is off the the Brisbane Lions game at the Gabba tomorrow night - so more sewing time....yay again!!!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

FNSI - March

Time for another FNSI with cyber friends.

I made progress on the quilt for my new grand baby - we have a grandson - Luka - born 1st March.  Suddenly he is 2 weeks old:

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We visited him (and the parents) just after he was born (they live in Townsville - a long way away) and since I missed that deadline of having this ready- I now have until just before Easter so DD2 can take it with her when she & her partner visit.

The inside bit is quilted.  There will be some simple stitching in the border and then the binding - so not too much left to do.  
Oh - better a dd a label too.

Hope everyone had a fun productive night and are able to get some sewing time in over the weekend.

Thanks to Wendy!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Stringalong 2019

Ooops - its time to show our progress on out Stringalong blocks -  
Confession time - I hadn't actually done any since last month - but when I saw the post for the link up, I thought I better pull my finger out and get sewing....In my defense I do still have a very important baby quilt to finish and I've been away for work for almost a week,,,, and came home sick!!!   So, today I am on "Personal Leave"...and really I am not well enough to work a whole day ...but can sew for a I used the opportunity to play catch up.

I decided 9 was a good target for today...after all they are pretty quick and I have boxes of strips ready to go  . . .

So here is the front of the 9 I have just done.

and the back - I am using up left overs from a quilt I finished in 2013 - called Flower Box - it's here if you are interested . . .- and I I hope to be able to organise these into some sort of a pattern  . . 

Of course you can see my ever present companion curled up and fast asleep.while I "work"!!! LOL

The Month 2 Link up is here: if you'd like to look at what the others are doing...some really interesting patterns happening.

Thanks Lori - for the motivation to keep this project going.