My quilting thoughts and inspirations sprinkled with a glimpse of life down on the farm

Sunday, March 25, 2018

The weekend already!

With a busy week last week, the weekend came around very quickly, but not so fast that I didn't forget Friday Night Sew In, kindly hosted by Wendy of Sugarlane Designs.
I settled down in the evening for some hand stitching and appliqued another of my EPP stars onto background fabric... a little more progress on Evandale.
The next step for this block is to decide what fabric to use for the pentagons which frame the star. This project keeps getting put down as often as it's picked up but I am moving forwards on it, be it ever so slowly :-)
I put that aside and finished the evening with a bit of was close by and I was tired and thinking wasn't necessary! When the ball of wool ran out it was bed time!
I joined in with other FNSI-ers in different time zones on Saturday morning. I decided this was the weekend for getting closer to a finish on two bindings have been decided on and made —
I basted the baby quilt. You can see I've used the board basting method... I've done this a few times and find it quite a handy technique to use.  My boards are a little long - I wanted them long enough to cope with a large quilt but they are a bit awkward to manouvre without hitting the wall or ceiling! They're also a bit long to fit under the spare bed when not in use. I see a date with the saw in their future.
Here's a tutorial on this method...I've also seen this done with pool noodles instead of boards.

This morning I've started the quliting on this quilt - the baby it's for is now a week old so I need to keep focussed here! Just SID (stitching in the ditch) at this stage, then it will be decision time later for the next step.
Our daughter visited for tea last night and brought these beanies to show me. She's recently taken up crochet and is getting the hang of it quite nicely I think :-)
That quilting is calling and the washing machine is beeping....
Happy stitches,

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Travelling again —

This is the sight that welcomed me to Australia last week when I went over to visit my son and his family —
I had a lovely time...these two were delightful —
They kept me very entertained with their antics —
And nice to see the dolls quilts (and dolls' dresses) I made them for Christmas in use —
"Pretend sleeping for Ganma's photo!"
My daughter-in-law is a photographer so we went to the park for some photos —
(I took this one)

You may rmember that I like to crochet when I'm away. I continued on with the blue baby blanket I'd started last month.
This pattern can be found on Ravelry *here*.
It's not a huge blanket - I don't want a big thing to carry around while travelling!
I couldn't spend my evenings and the flight home with idle fingers so I got some more wool and started this one —
This is a cool design - start in a corner and work on the diagonal, each row
gets longer.

And just to keep right up to date, before I went away I finished the quilting on my Houses quilt (yaay!!!), my OMG for March. I just have to organise some binding and it will be done :-)
Love the effect of these circles!
I had such a great time away...since I've been home I've been busy catching up (bookwork and stockwork - punishment for going away!) but I'm hoping to be 'back to normal' soon!

Happy stitches,

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Goals and things —

Many of us work better with goals and deadlines - I know I certainly do - so I was keen to link up with Patty D (Elm St Quilts) for March's OMG (one monthly goal) lineup. Sadly, I didn't meet my goal of meeting the deadline for linking up (hehe say that with a mouthful!) but I'm putting my goal out there anyway in the hope that I wlll be spurred on to meet it!
Last year when I wrote about this quilt, it was as a OMG too - that goal was just to get a bit more quilting done on it - which did happen - this time the goal is for it to be FINISHED!!
I've shared this photo before but this is what I'm working on.
I'm part way through the quilting; I've been doing a bit here and a bit there. The neutral coloured thread I'm using for it is the same thread I've used for several other projects over the last few months so that's made it easy to dive in and out of it.
Here it is poised, ready to go.....wish me luck
(and good planning).

Another goal I had recently was to get a baby quilt made. There is a new baby girl due in our neighbourhood very soon (overdue by 6 days right now) and I decided she would need a quilt.  I had a spare day so set myself the goal of making it THAT day.
Many of you know that it takes me months to make a quilt so, even though this is small sized, it could have been classed as an ambitious plan.
I was organised with my pattern and the fabric, most of which was cut, and got to work. There were a few (or more) interruptions but the day unfolded very nicely and -yaay- I met my goal!
Ready to Sew!
Getting there....!
You can see it was dark outside when I got the top done!
A good day's work :-)
The pattern I used was TicTacWho by Joanne, the Canuck Quilter. I have loved this pattern since she first released it so I am pleased that I've finally had the opportunity to make it!
A day's worth of simple quilting (what more do you need on a baby quilt?!) is in my near future as I'm sure that wee girl won't keep her parents waiting for ever!

Hmm, now what else have I been up to? Can you guess?
Yes, some foundation piecing. I tested another block for Juliet of Tartankiwi this week. This will form part of her 'On the wire' club and is the most adorable wee house wren. 
 The previous blocks  I tested for this series were 12" finished size but this one is just 6". (There are various options on each pattern; as testers we get asked to make a certain variation). I love it and have plans to re-make my others in this size too. Find out more about Juliet's pattern club *here*
The latest is a quarter the size of my first ones!
Very cute.

I had the goal of getting this blogpost written on Wednesday - or even Thursday - to link up with Julie and Linda's fortnightly Sew, Stitch, Snap and Share blogposts. Luckily they've kept the link-up open long enough for me to join in! Feel free to visit and share in some bloggy creativity.

Well, I've got more than enough quilting to keep me busy so maybe I'd better go and do some :-)
I hope you all have a very happy weekend,
Happy stitches,