Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Hello autumn.

My favourite season, I love the chill in the air in the evenings, the blue sunny skies and the cooler nights for sleeping, the falling leaves and Easter.

Cooler nights means more sewing time, well for me any how. I love to be snuggled up sewing or knitting while I can hear the rain on my tin roof.

Sewing update has seen me tick off a huge finish. the girls day out quilt. This was started in January 2013, and the flimsy was finished in October 2013. Since then it's sat in the cupboard as a UFO. I have broken my promise to myself not to start any new quilts this year, taking on the new Farm girl vintage quilt by Lori Holt. I am co hosting a stitch along of this quilt with my dear friend Vicki Tuchek.

So I had to get a big finish done before I could start a new one without guilt. And here it is.

I have also completed another custom order, a pretty pink owl quilt for a friend at work who wanted to gift this to one of her friends who had a baby girl.

My quilting group Quilting block swaps Australia has just turned five, how time flies. So most of this weekend has been arranging give aways for the birthday celebrations.

My other new start this year is snapshots quilt, I have made the first three blocks, this is an online monthly free BOM designed by Bonnie and Camille. It started in January, hand I have finally caught up.

 

My Ballarat Grandies visited for a few days over Easter, here is a cute pic of twins Paige and Conner (4) with big brother Mitchell (5) visiting their cousin Willow. My house was in chaos, it's lovely to see them, but it's nice when you have the house back to yourself.

 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Busy busy a new baby and a Birthday

LETS GET STITCHED 

Wow, more than a month has gone by since I last blogged, and so much has happened.
Lots of fun was on 6th, 7th and 8th March as I traveled to Brisbane to join in with my bloggy friends at Let's get stitched, this is my third time at this event and this year I got to meet a few more friends face to face.

My roomie was the lovely Sheryl Scholte, and we had a lot of laughs and a few D&Ms. Now I forgot to take my camera and my phone was not taking pics properly so I have had to steal a few from the face book page. You may have seen some of these already.

My dear bloggy friends, Cheryll, Fiona and my darling roomie Sheryl
I also got to finally meet for the first time, Cheryll Shannon, Michelle Ridgeway, and Fiona Robinson.

Chez and I at dinner on the first night in Brisbane
Fiona and I finally got to meet on the stitching Sunday 
With De, Marilyn, Michelle and Vicki outside a vintage shop on the shopping bus tour 
All the gals on the Sunday stitching day 
Shopping heaven

Even though the event is called let's get stitched, not a lot of sewing seems to get done, Friday was a bus tour to quilting shops, followed by a pizza and games night in the evening.  Here I am spring in a quilt shop with a few treasures..I have some great ideas for the lavender print fabric

SEWING 

On the sewing front I have finished my map of Australia quilt for my dear friend Leanne. I first met Leanne when I was about 20 years old when I moved to Newcastle (from Adelaide) to join my husband who had joined the army and was posted there, I never knew a soul and was lonely and a long way from home. Leanne turned up at my home not long after we moved in with a chocolate cake.

We have been friends ever since that day. Leanne and her husband have just bought a caravan and plan to tour Australia, and wanted me to design a quilt for her to take that she could sew badges on from her travels. This is what I came up with for her.

Happy travels 

I had never sewn with batiks before so the whole experience was new for me. I popped this in the mail to Leanne today, I am so excited to send it to her.  I still have to make a couple of matching cushions to go with this quilt.

I have also done a few little sewing projects for myself. I have managed to complete block one and two in the snaps shots quilt along

lets eat cake
Lets sew
I have also managed to complete a cute little project from one of the patterns given out at let's get stitched. It's a binder cover with clever little pockets for to keep essentials in with your stitching projects.  It was was designed by Teresa.

outside view
inside
NEW BABY

Now I can't end this post without any baby photos, the most joyous one is my newly arrived grand daughter Athena. this is my sons third little one, baby sister for Leo and Athena. How good does Katherine look for some one that has just had a baby only moments ago,

Just moments old with daddy ( my son Jarrod) and his lovely wife Katherine  
Proud Nana Sue gets to meet Athena

BIRTHDAY

My daughter Sheree also turned 30 last month, here she is on her special day with Willow.
We had a lovely party for her in a private room at a local hotel, it was on a Sunday afternoon and it was just a perfect day,  Sheree had all her friends and family there.  I cant believe my baby girl is 30 already

Willow has her eye on the salted caramel cup cakes
 Well that's me up to date, sorry it was a long post, I really need to blog more often.

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 But I can't stop without sharing this picture of Willow, such concentration.



Saturday, February 7, 2015

A mighty finish. ( or 3)

This quilt was started in 2012, it was a BOM From the fat quarter shop, so with 12 blocks it took 12 months to make + plus the time it took me to add on the borders. I bought the backing fabric, and there is sat in my closet for over a year.

I finally took it to the long arm quilters a few weeks ago, and got it home yesterday. Here it Is being tested on my bed. I also made a cushion to match, so will pop that on the bed when I use it. doesn't it look great with my new shutters and freshly painted blue walls.

Here is a close up of the quilting. Big swirly flowers and leaves that don't detract from the overall design. I finished stitching the binding tonight so it's officially completed.

My other recent finish is Hazel hedgehog, which you saw pinned ready to quilt in my last post. I loved how this one turned out.

I have also recently had a custom order for yet another owl quilt, I think this one has been my favorite. I like the strong primary colours I used in the owls which matched the border fabric perfectly.

Quite some time ago I received a gift of Lori Holts great granny squared book from Ruth Fisher, a lady in Idaho USA who is a member of my swap group.

I had these flower sugar fqs in my stash, and added a few more colours and am pleased that I have finished 16 blocks. Here I am road testing the final lay out. Next to sash them. I love the bright colours and had so much fun making these blocks.

Well that's a lot of quilting, I am happy with my progress so far on getting UFO's done, but have to admit that I have been naughty and signed up for a new BOM. Well New Years resolutions are meant to be broken aren't they?

 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

January finish and promise to self

Most years I sign up for at least one, and often two BOM's and they can be quite costly when you work it all out. This year I have decided not to sign up for any. My only diversion to this is a Tilda club that I joined in November, which is a little package of Tilda goodies every two months which also includes a small project.

Instead I have vowed to myself to get the UFO s under control and also to make some quilts using fabrics already in my stash. I also have quite a number of blocks collects from my swaps I QBSA that need to be made into quilts.

finish #1 for 2015 is one if those quilts, made entirely from blocks collected in QBSA. My request in these swaps was any modern block in aqua, orange grey and white. At the time of saving these blocks my daughter and her partner were building a new home and Sheree wanted to decorate the casual living area in a beachy tropical scheme, and this quilt was for her.


I quilted it simply in random width straight lines in groups of three cross hatch style. I am very pleased with how it looks and Sheree and Sam loved it.

Today I have been sorting through my other QBSA blocks and have a few to put together.
I have also started a couple of quilts using fabrics from my stash, first one is tail feathers in several fig tree ranges. I had a jelly roll and layer cake and am using a mix of both in this quilt. I started it some time late last year, possibly in October. It's my sitting by the tv stitchery project.






The second start from my stash is the great granny squared. I was gifted this book from Ruth, a lady from Idaho who is a member of QBSA, and decided to make this using my flower sugar fat quarters. I on,y starred this quilt last week. I have to confess however that I have ordered a few more if these fat quarters in other colours to make the quilt more scrappy.


Lastly I have almost finish the Hazel Hedgehog quilt for my newest granddaughter who is due in February. This is pinned today ready for quilting.



But for now I have other more important things to keep me busy, as Willow has come for visit as mummy and daddy have gone to watch the Adelaide 36ers basketball.





Thursday, January 1, 2015

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

Gosh, that year has flown by. I have been trying to post one update a month but whoopsie, I missed December.

A few little finishes for December to show first. My lovely Tilda seaside doll, I have called her seaside Sally. I have started a new love affair with Tilda and have a couple of other doll kits to make up in the coming months.


Continuing my new love affair with a Tilda I have joined the a Tilda club and completed project one and two.

project one is a pyramid pin cushion.


Project two and armchair sewing caddy.

I have also mustered up a couple of pretty cushions from layer cake left overs and some matching fat quarters. The fabric is by Fig tree designs, one of my favourites, I love the soft apricots and greens.


Wrapping up 2014 it was a whopper of a year....

In January I took a risk leaving my full time job and taking on a 9 month maternity contract. But this week it has rewarded me with being offered a full time position in my new company commencing today.

Travel was amazing with my Month in Europe in September, a dream holiday that exceeded my expectations, this was to celebrate 20 years of marriage to my darling husband Sergio.

Getting my first quilt pattern published in April, and making a magazine cover in November both very exciting on the quilting front.

And last but not least was the birth of darling Willow, my daughters first baby, and grand baby number 8 for me, even more special to be present at her birth. Here she is enjoying her first Christmas.


So what's in store for 2015?

Another new baby, yep grand daughter #four ( grandchild #9) is coming sometime late February to my son and his wife, a new baby sister to Leo and Ziva. So a quilt is in construction for her with a cute hedgehog design

More on the sewing front I have a pattern being published later in the year, which I am  not allowed to say more about,  only that it's a sweet tote bag, my first bag design.

I have not signed up for any BOM's ( I normally do at least 2 a year) but instead plan to get my UFO's under control. I have two ready to quilt. The one below was pinned this week and is made from blocks collected in my swap group.  I hope to get this quilted in the next few days / week.


I also have three other quilt tops completed ready to quilt so I will be busy getting those ticked off the list. (Fat quarter shop mystery BOM from 2013, girls day out also from 2013 and the row along quilt from 2014).

I have a massive pile of block swap blocks to assemble I to quilts, and a few other partly completed BOM's to finish off and in between all of this I plan to make a few little Tilda projects.

I look forward to seeing what everyone else is creating. 
Happy 2015 everyone ....xx  


Monday, November 17, 2014

More UFO's completed

I started this teddy wall hanging in November 2012 without any real ambition to work on it with only a bit of stitchery done here and there.

On a mission to complete some long term projects this year I took the last few stitchery pieces to Europe with me to do while relaxing. Here it is some where in the middle of the Mediterranean.

I am pleased to say that tonight i stitched the last stitch in the binding, just in time to hang it up for this Christmas ( knocking off another long term UFO).

 

Another little UFO of sorts is this little red work stitchery cushion. I bought the pattern on a quilting trip in 2013, and the heart fabric and heart trim ( also used in the teddy wall hanging) were purchased in a quilting trip to Melbourne in March earlier this year.

I have also been making cushions for my grand daughter Willow to decorate her nursery, here are the three that I have made so far.

last but not least is my new love, Tilda. Last weekend I made my first ever Tilda doll, the ice skating angel. I have ordered another doll pattern as I had so much fun making this, as well as some Tilda books one being a Christmas one. I am looking forward to making some little gifts and Christmas decorations.