Saturday, July 6, 2024

FNWF - July

And another month has rolled on by .  . 

Friday Night saw me working on a little crossstitch.  One of my "enabling" friends showed it to me and I laughingly said, "Oh!  I will whip that up tonight".  It took more than a night - but not too many.  Here is where I stopped Friday Night.


As Saturday was a sewing group day - with Loose Threads - and it wasn't a complicated design...I worked on it some more.

Now, I just need to assemble it.


Thanks, Cheryll for hosting FNWF each month, and thanks everyone for the company!

Monday, July 1, 2024

RSC - June

Oops - it is technically July in Australia - so I am late....but in the US it is still June....

My blue RSC fish



and the next month is aqua...I will have to see what I have - I have already delved into the aqua shades to finish one fish...

Happy New Financial Year to all

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Chookshed Stitchers 2024 Challenge - #10

My #10 Challenge project was to make the top for this Foundation Paper Pieced pattern.

The plan is that it will have an extra block added to each end and it can then "match" the sewing machine top that I made as my Challenge #9 - here


(Excuse the messy design wall...
this pic was taken at my recent retreat...
and I am not attempting to clean off years of threads...)

Most of you would know that my initials are SEW...so this is totally appropriate....and it was hard to resist buying the pattern.

It's from QuietPlay

Sunday, June 23, 2024

FNSI - June

Gosh...sewing time again???
I have been sewing almost non stop since Sunday morning - a day at Sunday Stitchers, then on a retreat from Sunday night til Thursday morning


Today I have re-sorted my sewing box that I take to retreats...ready for the next one in August. Not a lot of fun, but necessary!

Onto the sewing....

I was able to finish this piece for My Small World.  I started it at the retreat knowing I had more of the white & coloured fabric at home....well....I didn't have as much as I thought - but was able to eek out what I had to fit.



and although there are other projects I probably should prioritise - I decided to stick with the My Small World FPP...and did this one

Together:..this is what they might look like when all put together.


Next step is to make the sky section.....quite a few1" finished blocks....

Thanks Wendy for organising us, Hope mostly you had a fun & productive night...or day...or weekend???


Friday, June 21, 2024

Sunday Stitchers Retreat - Glenrose

Does this title sound familiar?

Well, yes - it was only last month when I went to the Sunday Stitchers Retreat at Boonah!!!

I feel as if I accomplished more this time...3 full days and a night of sewing.

We arrived Sunday at about 5PM - after a day of Sunday Stitchers Sewing - and got unpacked just before it got dark.

I am happy to say a lot of the things on my list got done.


I had kitted up most of my projects:

and here is what I did do:
The last block in the Back to Nature project from Quiet Play - Frog


And I made some additional blocks that are not part of the released patterns but will help make a good-sized quilt.




All the FPP blocks I have done so far....still need a few more.


I think I will make 20 all up - add sashing and a border.
It will be a charity quilt when done.

Then, because I am in FPP mindset, I made this one.
 
But I can't show it all - it will be a separate post later.

and these for My Small World:


I also added borders to the central panel for this charity quilt.  I have another blue floral border to add, but it was getting late and I thought it best to wait.


And I finished with a crumb block....trying to use some of the left overs from projects done on retreat.


Everyone happily left their tea bags for me to collect the strings to add to the collection for Jo.


And in case you think all I do is sew, eat, laugh talk and sleep....here is a gorgeous rosebush that I walked past every morning.



We all had a wonderful time, many thanks to everyone for their camaraderie
 and to Alison for the organising.

Sunday, June 9, 2024

FNWF - June

It won't be long and the year will be half over . . .

I had been doing some applique today on my Sunday Stitchers UFO Challenge #2...it wasn't going so well....so Friday night I plonked on the lounge - take away for dinner (the normal Friday night fish & chips) and did some stitching...no brain needed...

It's hard to tell what is stitched and what isn't, but this was a good coloured thread for the fabrics I am using.

Hope everyone stayed warm - even Brisbane is a little chilly at the moment - and my daughter in Townsville is wearing slippers.... It must be cool there too!) - and got some sort of sewing/crafting done.

Thanks Cheryll for cyber hosting us all.



Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Sunday Stitchers - UFO Challenge #6 - Completed

The Challenge number for February was #6 - my combination of a few old UFOs.

I had the top finished (here) by the "due date", but it wasn't quilted.

It's been on a little trip to the Quilting Fairy and it's now a FO.


Happy to tick those old UFOS off the list.

Friday, May 31, 2024

Miscellaneous Charity Blocks

International Womens Day

Queensland Quilters are assisting Bev Parel (Maleny Magic Patchwork) by providing blocks in Purple Green & White so that she can achieve her goal of making 50 quilts by 8 March 2025.

At a Queensland Quilters meeting in the second half of last year, Bev Perel gave a very interesting presentation on International Women's Day, which is held on 8 March every year. In 2025, it will be 50 years since the United Nations gazetted the date in Australia.
Bev's aim is to have 50 quilts to display for 2025. 

I made 2 blocks last year - but didn't take pictures, so I have highlighted my blocks on these photos that Bev has sent through.


They are hard to see....but it's just for me so I have a reminder.

I have now made a third one.

Australian Melanoma Research Foundation

Echidna Sewing has launched "Echidna Flowers In The Sun - a Community Project" for the  Australian Melanoma Research Foundation..  The request was to make the logo in blue & yellow.  The pattern was available for purchase at $5 - the proceeds going to the foundation.
Echidna say:
"Our aim for this community project is to create a symbol of hope and solidarity for all those who have been touched by melanoma, and a reminder of the need for more research and action to fight this disease.

I recently lost a good friend to Melanoma.  :😧




Tuesday, May 28, 2024

RSC - May

I am running a bit behind this month....lots to keep me busy including almost a week away on retreat.

But "Done & Dusted" as they say.

These look a little dull, but really are quite bright.
I have quite a school of fish now....but plenty still to do.

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Sunday Stitchers Retreat - Boonah

I had a lovely 4 days at The Outlook at Boonah with some of the Sunday Stitchers gang.
(May 20 - 23)

We sewed, chatted, laughed, ate and had a bit of additional, unplanned entertainment.

Monday we met at the Boonah Tavern for lunch, before checking in.
No pictures...was a bit ordinary.

Unpacking & setting up is not the most fun - and we have stairs to deal with...ugh.....but it gets done and it's great that we help each other.

I had planned that Monday was a "sew for me" day and had planned a few FPP blocks . . . .well, only one got made!


The rest of the time was spent on charity work - making & planning tops for our DV quilts.

After spending 'some' time laying out the collection of French General fabrics that we had, I was able to put this top together. 

Then I sorted out the fabrics for a Novelty I Spy quilt
Sue kindly put that one together.

Next I moved onto the collection of 2.5" strips that we had accumulated....mostly florally and the softer tones.  (I could say "traditional colours" - to myself I say "dull & dirty"...LOL)
We had a mix of long & short strips and I did a very rough "ballpark"  estimate to determine if it was roughly equivalent to a jelly roll.   It looked like it would be a bit bigger than a jelly roll, and I thought it would end up roughly 64 x 72. which is a good size for an adult quilt.

I didn't get it finished but the worst of it was done.  I finished it Friday morning at home.
It ended up at 64" wide and 81" long.  We may shorten it a bit, but I am happy with the width.


My resident Quilt Holder Uperer wasn't home, so this will have to suffice.

Additional, Unplanned Entertainment.

The dishwasher displayed an error after completing its cycle, so I called the office.
Maintenance arrived - a number of us needed to visit the kitchen while he was dealing with the dishwasher.  (He was kinda cute - the term "eye candy" may have been used a few times.)


Sandi was making our lunches at the time and christened him "Man In the Cupboard"...MIC for short aka Kenny.
He was a lot of fun to have around and we even shouted him a toastie for his hard work.

Sadly, the dishwasher still wasn't working properly when we left.

It was great fun - lots of different projects were worked on, and we found a 2025 project...LOL...cause we all need another project!!!

Thanks to everyone for making it a happy time, and special thanks to those who helped with the DV quilt projects (we have more if you want to help).

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Chookshed Stitchers 2024 Challenge - #5

When we were dicsussing the Challenge idea during a Zoom meeting,it was suggested that #5 could be a FPP project and a Kiwi block had been shared with us from Louise.

When I started the Back to Nature FPP project - knowing there would only be 9 blocks in that, I decided to make the Kiwi block to go with the nature blocks.

So, my #5 was done early in the month.  Just one block.

Maybe I need to stitch an eye, so he can see the other blocks?

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Sunday Stitchers - May - UFO Challenge #11 - My Small world - Section 6

Last Month's Challenge number was #1 - parts of My Small World and "luckily" enough - the challenge for May was #11 - another section.
I have done Section 6 - only Section 5 to go.  So I have amended my Challenge List so that Section 5 is included. Maybe by the end of the year I will have a finished top.
I suppose for a project started in November 2019, it's not too bad....LOL




Monday, May 13, 2024

Two Baby Quilts and Six Taggies

When DD2's partner's cousins have babies, I make a quilt for them, and a taggie.

I use the same pattern each time.  It's easy, its one width of backing fabric and although I buy the two border fabrics, I can usually get the "coins" out of the stash.

This is the one for Josh & Maddie

This is the one for Alana & Liam

I also make taggies - so that was two to make - but recently one of the couples in our playgroup (Children are now 30++,  but we still catch up occasionally) has recently become grandparents to a boy from their second daughter, but the eldest daughter is due with twin boys this month.  So - 5 taggies needed.  And a friend is expecting a new great grand baby, so I made one for her too.




Even though "Frugal" is not my word for the year, I economised and used what I had...so tey are all flannelette (no minkee) and some are smaller (approx 10" square) instead of the usual 12"  square.

Friday, May 3, 2024

FNWF - May

When you have the luxury of being able to sew all day . . when do you officially start FNWF??

I figure that is up to me  . ..so my day's efforts included:

Counting & some extra cutting of Novelty 5" blocks and the necessary number of half blocks.


Cutting and cutting 5" French General and FG-like blocks and the necessary number of half blocks.

Darn - there are only 170 good ones and 10 "sort of OK" ones.  I need 200 . . . hunting....hunting...


These are in preparation for an upcoming retreat...getting some charity work organsied  . . .hopefully a few will do some charity sewing....


Then it was some "me" time....I am sitting & waiting for this week's FPP block, so in the meantime I thought I'd whip up this Kiwi block.  This is actually my Chookshed Challenge #5 project, so I will do a separate post later....but he turned out kinda cute.


Now, I better get myself organised for  . . .yes...another sewing day tomorrow!

Thanks, Cheryll for hosting us again.
I hope everyone had some "me" time and was able to craft a bit.



Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Chookshed Stitchers 2024 Challenge - #9

I chose "Stitch Happens" as my #9 project.

This project came about after some "enabling" friends (and I) planned to make "Sew Big or Go Home".

That quilt works out as 63" x 71".   Where would I put it???

A few of us decided not to proceed...LOL

"Stitch Happens" is smaller - only 37" x 40".
The pattern is here.....cause ...you know.... you might want to make it too....


It is pretty much - "work out what colours you want where"....and as I say - patterns are just a guide.

So I started with this idea

The aqua background, dark aqua, grey and coral fabrics were purchased with "Sew Big" in mind, so I used them as the base for the colour selections.

It ended up like this:

I had thought it might get quilted before month end . . .but  . . . .nope!

Monday, April 29, 2024

Charity Quilt - Chookshed Challenge #4

My Chookshed Challenge for March was a panel and I opted for a simple "bug" one and made the top in time for the Challenge date.

It is now quilted and bound and handed over to the charity group.


The fine black & white stripe was a bit mesmerising....and its strobing in the picture!!!

Thursday, April 25, 2024

RSC - April

The colour for April is Yellow - a lovely cheerful colour and probably reminds most of us of "Spring".

Oh well...we have just moved into Autumn, but it is still quite warm, so I will think Spring.


(perhaps I should have given them a press??)

I am not seeing much reduction in my stash of balis.  
I'm looking forward discovering May's colour.


Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Sunday Stitchers - April - UFO Challenge #1 - My Small world

I loved the pattern for My Small World when I first saw it.  It was in Quiltmania Spring 2015, but I don't recall when I first saw it.

I had/have no shortage of bright coloured fabrics and thought they would go well with a pale batik sky - and I had part of a jelly roll left over from something as well as some other bits of fabrics...fat quarters etc.

I found an Instagram group that were making it as a group thing and joined in.  The plan for the IG group was to make certain number of blocks each month - for example all the small flying geese blocks.  
That worked for a while, but I later decided to go with the "make Section 1, make Section 2...etc" approach.
Part of that group also led me to someone who had created foundation paper piecing patterns - free - as long as you could show her you had purchased the pattern. 
Jen Kingwell patterns are all about "use template AB to make.....".  I find the pattern difficult...so the foundation paper piecing patterns were invaluable to give me the measurements...

My first lot of work on this was at a retreat in November 2019 - here
I see I also made a hot air ballon to be included.  I have since decided to remake that a little differently...it will be part of Section 6.

I started constructing Section 1 in February 2020 - here

I had sections 1 and 2 finished here - interestingly as part of the SS Challenge for 2021.....

I did some more in April 2022 at a retreat - here - but it's not a good retreat project - too many bits & pieces to sort out!

It's been hanging in a wardrobe - attached to a large piece of flanelette - time to get it out again.

My plan for the SS Challenge #12 was to do Section 3 - well I had done the bulk of it - so I have changed my Challenge List to be Parts 3 & 4.  Section 5 is designated as my #11 project.  Now that I have been working on it - I have "fallen in love" with it again...so perhaps it would be good if that is the next number...except I have some catching up to do!.


Sections 3 and 4:



And - the Challenge Number for April was drawn on Sunday - and YES!!!!  It is #11 - so I will start working on that section later.

I have some other things I need to sort out first.

Saturday, April 20, 2024

FNSI - April

It's that time again - where does a month go?????????

But - firstly, I won the "Lucky door" prize for January - Whooo Hooo!!!!

Thanks, Wendy & Dawn

I had been to Craft Alive and wandered around all day - looking - being tempted - buying a bit.   There could be two new projects in there....but I resisted one more....LOL

So, Friday night I was a bit pooped....started off with some crochet....

and then did a bit more quilting on this quilt.  

Saturday I hope to add the binding so it's finished by Sunday for Show & Tell and for handing over to Helen.

Hope you had a fun and productive time!