Sunday, 25 June 2017

Sampling with Pink & Green...

Local Embroiders Guild Victoria branch is playing with a patchwork sampler as a block of the month (the branch doesn't concentrate only on embroidery and includes other crafts that members do as well)...I figured I had nothing to lose by collecting the block patterns...it's a do it at your own pace type of thing (or even not at all just collect the blocks to add to your library is acceptable as well)...absolutely no pressure or guilt factored into the activity.  In a surprise move I have made all the distributed blocks so far...
the blocks are 12" finished...I think the plan is 12 blocks in all so a third done...
 
Happy Stitching...

Friday, 23 June 2017

SQT Small Quilt Swap 2017...

Small Quilt Swap time rolled around in Kathy Tracey's Small Quilt Talk yahoo group and I signed up again.  My swap partner this year was Cindy and she told me the colours she liked were red, grey, pink and beige...and she didn't have a favourite block or blocks...mmm...what to make, what to make???  Books, patterns, appealing to the Deity of Inspiration but still a niggle of mmmm....consulting the Gallery of Google and came across some drunkards path block quilts...Ah Ha!  I've had those templates for a Very Long Time including a 3" block (remember Small Quilt)...a bit of a mud map drawn up for the layout and off to the stash boxes to find fabric in the four preferred colours.

The end result...
I didn't realise until way too late - like the parcel had made its way to the USA -
that the photo is a bit blurry, darn.

We agreed to add some "extras" and while out and out I picked up a Natalie Bird pattern from Quilters Harvest in Warracknabeal (sadly the shop is retiring on 30 June) for a table runner and some fabrics as a starter kit for the pattern...along with making a pincushion (Leanne's House pattern) and a hexie mug mat/coaster...
The top was hand pieced except for machining the long seams to join the four rows. Quilting took on a challenge in that nothing worked so I ended up "ditching" around the meanders of the design (and didn't take a photo of the back which showed it up nicely - ejit!) and planned hand quilting detail wouldn't work either...sometimes you just have to accept it is going to be what it is going to be and put it in the mail!...

I was very excited when my parcel arrived from Cindy...ooohhhhh what deliciousness lies in that box (after getting over the Customs opened the box heart attack!)...This lovely little quilt...
Cindy added lovely extras...
Lucky me! Another fun Small Quilt Talk Swap...this group is the best...

Happy Stitching...

Friday, 17 February 2017

Little Quilt on the Prairie...Point...

And the winner of Gold in the event of Procrastinating...Prairie Point Doll Quilt from Kathleen Tracy's Remembering Adelia book.  Kathy set it as one of her monthly challenges in her Small Quilt Talk Yahoo Group and on checking - that was April 2014...and all it was waiting on was two straight lines of hand quilting on three borders (yes folks the binding was a done deal and one short end border was quilted) and it wasn't even out of sight out of mind!...

The crowd goes wild as the finish line not only comes into view but is finally crossed....

An extra challenge I added myself was to use only and all the leftovers remaining in the stash of Judi Rothermel's Rocky Mountains range (the original range) including...
using every piece I could for the backing to use it all up (except the stripes which I have metreage of)...the binding is also pieced...if there is any left (except the stripes) it is teeny tiny bits in the scrap bucket...so two challenges met!...
It was my first time making prairie points, always wanted to but never had...measures 23 1/2" x 29 1/2"...feels all soft and cuddly...and I do love it...

Happy Stitching...

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Because...

When the urge to crochet hits (in eleventy hundred degree heat!) but the necessities (yarns and hooks) are not at the house you are currently residing in and you happen to be in Spotlight looking at something totally unrelated and you spy...packets of mini cotton yarn balls...so cute!...there is nothing else to do but add in some new hooks and...
get to...no plan, no apparent reason but...happy :)

Happy Stitching Hooking!...

Saturday, 31 December 2016

It's a Wrap, or Rather - a Roll...

Before 2016 wanders off into the distance a final small finish for the year (from before Christmas, wouldn't want to rush the blog post!)

Twice a month S Patchwork Group goes into the evening giving those of us who are confined to work during the day opportunity to join in...it's a great idea and I really appreciate being able to go to a lovely friendly welcoming group.  Tea is ordered and delivered from a local shop (fish & chips, pizza, that sort of thing, nothing too grand) so along with the usual take a cup/mug it's handy to have cutleryAfter seeing the cutlery rolls a few of the ladies had and after my friend received one as her Christmas present at Patchwork Group and after I made one for Florence as part of her SSCS present...I wanted one for me!
 
 
The seaside themed fabric was bought in Tasmania a long time ago and I still love it...a bit of whimsy and as I usually get fish and chips (or potato cakes) at Patchwork Group it seemed appropriate, the pink and green fabric just happened to be the right shades so yep that''ll do...I'm happy, it will do the intended job and that's all it has to do...

Happy New Stitchy Year!!!...

 

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

SSCS 2016 - Incoming - The Main Present Edition...

The day arrived...the day the box of presents from Dagmar could be retrieved from its hiding place in the press and the paper ripped off to see what is inside...

What goodies were hiding in this pile of pretty presents...
 
A lovely Christmas square table mat, a packet of German Christmas serviettes and the sweetest little glass hanging Christmas Angel.
 Love the stars and trees surrounding the centre wreath...
The blocks are paper pieced...and lovely quilting...beautiful detail...
The vase is just to give an idea of scale but it does fit perfectly in the centre of the wreath...

Than you so much Dagmar, I have been spoilt...and of course thank you to the Chief Elf Chookyblue, love this swap and so happy to have participated for the seventh time in the 10th year of the swap...onwards to the 11th SSCS in 2017 (no pressure there Chook - he he he)...
 
I hope your Christmas was Merry and Happy Stitching!!!...

Monday, 26 December 2016

SSCS 2016 - Outgoing - The Main Present Edition...

December 25 is a long time away when waiting for SSCS (for everything else it zooms up way too quickly!)...but finally it arrived and Florence has opened her main present...a set to take cup/mug and cutlery to stitching (or other) happenings...and she has told me she likes it (whew!)...
 The present - main and some extra bits just because...
The set...
Mug/cup bag  
Mug mat to set her cup and biscuit on...
Fold in half and tie behind the cup...
Cutlery roll - pockets for cutlery and serviette... 
Roll up...
 
Sit in front of the cup... 
Don't forget tea in the pocket...
Ready to go...

Florence has cats and when I saw the cat fabric it meowed (very loudly and insistently) pick me!  I used iron on vinyl for the cup pocket for a bit of protection in case of a damp cup...and the fun floral fabric I picked up in Bendigo when I went on an Embroidery Guild bus trip a few weeks ago just because I liked it...it just happened to have the right shade of turquoise in the design so the cats wanted to play in the garden...gotta love serendipity :)

The bag pattern was from Red Brolly (mostly...I almost followed a pattern...almost), the mug rug I made up using an Anni Downes stitchery design from her "The Story of My Day" book and the cutlery roll I made up after seeing a friend's.

I'm always packing a cup/mug and cutlery to stitchy happenings and I thought maybe Florence was too so I hope she gets use out of the set.

Happy Stitching...