I finally decided to join RSC 2022 in February. I needed a simple - not too much work idea- so my plan is to make 9 blocks with each colour added each month, in varying sizes. The end result will be a charity quilt.
For my regular readers - this is a catchup post so I can link to Angela's blog for the RSC posts, so don't feel obliged to comment.
Wendy's FNSI was declared an EWSI - and as I had hoped to get a bit of sewing done over my very long weekend - I thought it was perfect. I don't work Thursdays so I had a 5-day break!! - No need to read all this - its just for my record & a bit of fun!
Thursday was a sewing day at home with a group of friends - we spent a bit of time talking about some charity quilts we are making and cutting and sorting of fabrics.
I also did some of the hand piecing for my Willowbrook quilt.
Thursday night, I prepared some 2.5" strips for a jelly roll race quilt. At SS - a number of us are making quilts for a Domestic Violence Shelter. My bestie - Maureen was on a "destash" mission and had cut some of her balis into 2.5" strips and gave them to me. The strips were a mixture of lengths - some half some more - somer whole width of fabric - so it was a bit of a gamble to see if they would work into a quilt of a decent size - We created 5 groups of about 55 strips and I added some pink/orange/green/blue stripey bali 2.5" squares to each bunch. The first step was to match a square to a strip, ready to be sewn the next day.
Friday: Another charity project was to use up some oriental squares I had collected over many years from membership of Logan’s Patchwork with some fabric recently collected for free.
These little piles are ready to be sewn into a quilt.
Then I got back to the jelly roll strips.
I added the squares to the end of each strip and made the long piece . . . then started the very long seam - one hour. As you know, each seam after that one is quicker. Considering the randomness of the lengths and fabrics - it has come up OK.
We will probably add some borders - when we have all the tops made.
Friday NIght - a bit of crochet as usual!
Then, I have a box I keep all the fabrics in for my ABC books - that stuff was all "messed up" - so I emptied the box - re-organised the fabrics, removed ones that won't get used in an ABC book, and then matched the pre-traced letters with the appropriate fabrics and ironed (glued) them. Saturday
Chooky organised a Zoom meeting - I trimmed the letters from Friday Night, cut some 1.5" strips into 6.5 and 8.5 pieces . . . and did a bit of cross stitch...
Then the "domestic Duties" took over. 😝
Saturday Night I prepared some sky pieces for the Sue Spargo Homegrown houses I am working on. I'm trying to get a bit ahead - even though we are only doing one a month - sometimes even that is a challenge. I don't think I've posted these before - this is #1, 2, 3 and 4, the back of #5 as it will be revealed at SS in May and the sky for #6. I've prepped a few of the house & flower bits for #5 and 6.
Sunday An early call to grandson Luka to wish him & the family - a Happy Easter. We watched him playing ball, dancing, saw the huge egg he had helped to make and decorate with sprinkles and he opened his Easter present - a book.
Then off to DD2 for a big family breakfast and granddaughter Peyton time.
Sunday Afternoon - a bit of faffing around for the houses - cutting tiny circles from felt.
Sunday Night - a bit more crochet watching the square box. Then into Susan's Sewing Space and worked on a section of My Small World that I started on a recent retreat.
Monday - finished off that part of section 4 - still the sky to go
The rest of the day - more sorting, organising - boring stuff . . .but feels good when it's done.
That will do for a very long post about EWSI for 2022. Fabulous idea Wendy to extend FNSI.
A group of like-minded sewing/craft people gathered at previously untested Twilight 2 Twilight Retreat @ Esk 25th - 28th March. There were 6 of us - one was bestie Maureen, two were friends of hers who I have met a few times before, and two "new to me" girls.
Our organiser got us to volunteer for meal duties and of course, we all took extra . .just in case . . . we took home a LOT of food...nevermind - it will work better next time . . .
I worked on a couple of things - but didn't take a lot of pictures.
Firstly I did a bit of cross stitch - to "ease" into it all!
Then I put this top together for grandbaby #3 - due in August - (a brother/sister to Grandchild #1). They are not finding out what gender.
Fabrics are chosen by DD1. We had a lot of "fun" conversing via Messenger while I was at Spotlight. They are all Jocelyn Proust prints - except the grey of course. The backing is also a Jocelyn Proust print.
Then I added a border to this - I bought the top minus borders from a friend - for the princely sum of $5.00.
Our Sunday Stitchers group is making a number of quilts to give to a Domestic Violence Shelter. I will ponder if I add one more border, then will think about the quilting . . .
Then I moved on to My Small World - when was the last time I touched this one??????? Oh - back here - February 2021...
I enjoyed getting back into it - but it's not really a good "retreat" project. Even though the sewing room is well set up - and very well lit!- it still isn't really big enough to spread it all out, and my small machine isn't as good when it comes to stitching a pinwheel block together. Never mind some progress is good and I can re-stitch the odd seam - selecting the fabrics & cutting is the big bit!
We had some heavy rain while we were there and a blackout - short-lived, fortunately - and we had to carefully time loading the car when it was time to leave. It wasn't too wet when I dropped Maureen home - but was bucketing by the time I got to my place - so all the gear stayed in the car overnight.
Overall a fun weekend - now we know how the place works, I'm sure things will go even better next time.
I've been thinking about a house-themed table runner for the hall stand in the entrance for a little while . . the thought just wandered around in my head - knowing one day a bolt would strike! (so to speak) . . .and it did - chatting to my bestie about something else and bingo! I remembered some blocks I stitched - a little while back...I looked back on my blog but couldn't find any reference to them . . .
But when I pulled out the box they were in - I saw a treasured piece of paper -
So, I stitched these in 2013...then along the way, I collected some fabrics - from bestie!
I put 5 of them into a runner.
I will make a little hanging quilt from the 6th one - but need to wait until I have bought a mini quilt stand before I make it.
I didn't start off with crochet for a change - I spent a bit of time threading in some ends on a runner - then the AFL started! No further temptation was needed - a quick exit and onto the machine
I did some more quilting on the runner - then added the binding.
I am off on a retreat next weekend, so I cut the squares I plan on working on then. Then I sourced some fabrics for cornerstones and packed it all away in a "kit". Then I got out the pencil & paper to work out how big I want the sashings to be . . .I'll keep pondering that over the week.
Lovely to catch up with everyone via facebook - hope you had a productive night! Thanks for organising us Wendy - despite your very busy schedule!
There are a few friends (4) who are having new additions to the family - one happened to "like" the last taggie I made, so I offered to make her one, then there were a few more . . .and it's easier to make several at once rather than individually, So here are the four. Three are very similar as I was trying to use what I have for now . . .