Sunday, September 30, 2012

Two more cushions on their way

I am pleased to show off two more cushions that have been completed in the cushion swap

Geri has made this lovely blue one for ?.............Aren't the butterflies pretty?

And her is the one made by Pat which is winging its way to ......................?

We still have 6 un accounted for so please email me a pic if you have completed your cushion,

Hugs, Sue

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Another hat, and sharing Traceys cushion

I have just finished knitting my second hat, this one is for me :)
I love how variegated wool throws lots of colours into the mix.  This will be tucked away for next winter, I think I should make a matching scarf. 
My SIL was leafing through the hat book earlier this week and she admired a beret.  Its her birthday in December so I think I will knit one for her.

I am also pleased to show another cushion in our cushion swap, with more than half of the cushions not yet being completed , If you have not already done so, please email me so I can let your partner know if you are running late.  If you have completed the swap please email me a pic so I can share it, or if you have received a cushion that has not been shown can you please email me a pic to share and let me know so I can keep track of the swaps..

This one is a real beauty,  I love the envelope button closure on the back,  and isn't the fabric pretty.

Well done Tracey.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Two for One

I am sharing in the fun of the Fat Quarter shops Mystery BOM, in the beautiful Vintage modern range of fabric by Bonnie and Camille

Last night I completed block 4, and the FQS is so generous in their fabric for each block I decided to make a second one and turn it into a cushion, no surprises there with my latest fad.

Here is block 4, which is called "'breezy afternoon" kind of like the weather we have in Adelaide at the moment.

And here is the sweet cushion that I have made with the spare fabric.  I backed it in a fresh blue solid which I received in my fat quarter swap.  Which matches perfectly with the blue on the front

Last weekend I made the flying geese and joining rows for the first three blocks, don't they look fabulous put together.  I am getting so excited about this quilt.  It is made from 12 blocks so it wont be finished till well into next winter.

Friday, September 21, 2012


As hubby settled down to watch the football prelim final, I settled into my sewing room.  Its quite ironic that I flicked the switch to turn my sewing machine off as the final siren sounded.

As planned, I made two patio cushions tonight in a lovely spring theme.  The fabric that I ordered was Oh dear, in a fabric bundle from fabric worm.  I love their fabric bundles as they co ordinate beautifully.

Here is what I made...........

One of these is going to be winging its way to Sweden as my final PIF gift for the year, the other, hmm, well I dont know.  I may keep it or pop it in my Etsy shop. 

Friday night SEW IN

I am playing along with Heidi and many other ladies around the globe and joining in with Friday night Sew in.

Some new fabric arrived in the post yesterday so I am going to play with that and rustle up one or two new outdoor patio cushion covers. 

But first to dive into the home made cornish pasties that I have made for tea

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The never ending quilt...........

I have always saved my scraps, and my strip scraps in particular, you know left over bits from sashing and binding, or odd pieces not used in a jelly roll.  Its amazing how fast they accumulate.

Quite some time ago (about a year or so) I started sewing my strips together by colours, blues, reds, yellows and so on.  Some I sewed into simple squares all horizontal.  They I saw a quilt with them sewn on the diagonal and when stitched in fours made a lovely scrappy spider web effect.

After receiving Sue P's selvidge strips this week, I remembered this project tucked away somewhere in my sewing room and dug it out.

Over the last 2 days I have got busy sewing it again and have made a few more blocks and incorporated some selvidges into them.  I try to pick selvidges with something cute on them like Military dots, or Walk in the woods.

Here are all of the completed blocks late out - in no particular order.

I still have quite a few half finished squares or quarter finished squares to match up, as well as a bin still quite full of strips.  So this could be the never ending quilt.
I grouped a few of the blues together as I certainly seem to have more of that colour in my strip bin than anything else.
So the question I ask is ....that I value your opinion on is...
Do I make a scrappy multi coloured quilt or should I make one all in blues as well? 
Should I put sashing between them - I am thinking of a nice fresh white or
Do I join them all together in a kaleidoscope effect

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Cushion swap update

I have received a few more pics of some of the lovely cushions that have been made in our cushion swap, and I have confirmation that some have arrived so I can share with you the maker and recipient on these.

From Jan to ....?

From Teresa to ......?
From Amira to .....?

From Maria to Amira - received

From Cheryll to Sue - received

From Sue to Tracey - received 

They are all so fabulous,  how is everyone else going?  Please try to complete this swap by 30th September, and if you are running behind just drop your member and me a line to let us know.

And...... don't forget to email me the pictures once you have posted your cushion, and also when you have received one so I can keep track of the swaps being completed.  Quilted hugs, Sue x

Monday, September 17, 2012

An unexpected gift

The lovely Sue P of Quilty bits and bobs  sent me an unexpected parcel today of selvidges.

As most of you would know (as you would have received one) I send bookmarks made out of selvidges with all of my block swaps.  I try to make the book mark as close as I can to the colours of the block I have made for you.  Sue was saving selvidges after receiving a book mark from me, but she decided to gift them to me.

They certainly will be put to good use.  I am making a scrappy strip quilt its on the back burner or its in the WIP pile, and I had been toying with the idea of making some of the blocks with selvidges.  As Sue's gift included some lovely wide cut ones, I definitely think I will incorporate these into some of those blocks.

I also managed to complete my first ever knitted hat last night,  I took this photo myself holding the camera at arms length so please be kind lol.  DH and I are having tea with him mum Rina on Wednesday evening so I can give this to her then.  Now to set to work on one for me.  I have some lovely plum variegated wool to make mine with. 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Royal Adelaide Show

This is the week that the country comes to town, and city folk get to see all of the farm animals as well as go on rides, join in fun games, and eat lots of junk food.  There is just so much to do and see. 

It was Jacks second birthday yesterday and we got to join him in an afternoon of fun at the show and bring along his cousin Leo to help him celebrate.

Here are some pictures of the fun we had.....

Leo checking out mummy pig with her piglets

 The birthday boy Jack decided that we were going on this ride

Nanna Sue got very giddy on the tea cup ride

 Both boys won a prize on getting all of the balls in the mouths

 How much fun it is holding a big snake

I don't know who is more tired, Leo or Nonno, lets just say we were all pretty exhausted by the end of it

Saturday, September 15, 2012

An exciting day

Today is one of my Grand son  Jacks second birthday and we are taking him (with mummy and daddy) to the Royal Adelaide show.  I have not been to the show for quite a number of years.  The show is always so much more fun through the eyes of a two year old.

And to make it even more exciting, we get to take his cousin Leo (my 2 and 1/2 year old grandson) with us as well, so stay tuned for some pics on that adventure tomorrow.

The lovely my postie delivered these to me yesterday

They are from Marie in Canada and on the post card she mentioned they paint the boats yellow so they can easily spot them.  Well its just as well my sailboats are all yellow too.

And today this lovely parcel arrived in the mail from Cheryll of Gone stitchn
Cheryll joined up with my cushion swap and was my partner.  I love the Dresden plate cushion she made me.

You can see a snippet of one of my other cushions, its a perfect match for my out door area

And look what else was included, a handy little quilters box to store all of those little odds and end.  inside was a personalised fridge magnet, and a cute luggage label.  I was very spoilt by Cheryll, thank you so much.

I have also worked on my first ever knitted hat again last night, and I am up to the decreasing, so it should be finished this weekend. I was a bit slow as the pattern I originally planned was a little too complex for me, so I had to start over on a simpler one.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

My Mystery BOM quilt progress report

 A few months ago I joined up with the Fat Quarter shops mystery BOM.

Here is block 3, which I completed last night.
And here are the first three blocks in this 12 block quilt

I am loving this range of fabrics - vintage modern by Bonnie and Camille,
 its so fresh and modern and just yummy.  I love all three, but I think block 3 is my favourite so far. 
I will certainly use these patterns in some of my block swaps.  
I decided to make sure it was finished off properly and also ordered the finishing set to go with it,
the pack of fabric is huge!!
  Now I have completed the first three I will make the sashing which is flying geese to go between them until my next delivery of block 4 arrived in a week or two.

And if this is anything to go by I am going to have plenty of fabric left over.  Here is my left over fabric from the first three blocks.  I am being frugal and cutting from the smaller bits left over from the first blocks first (if that makes sense), so I should be able to make quite a few throw cushion's to match the quilt with what it left.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Cusion swap update

Maria's cushion has reached its destination, so I can now reveal that the new owner of this pretty one is Amira.

Teresa has told me she is posting hers today so this beauty is winging its way from Portugal to its new home.  Isnt the stitchery sweet


Mine is being posted to its new owner today.

How is everyone else going with their cushions, remember that you need to make and send this to your partner by the end of September, so still plenty of time.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Cushion swap show and tell.

I spend a lovely morning in the garden tidying up after a wild and windy week of weather.  Swept, sprayed the weeds in the pavers and brushed all the out door cobwebs down.

After I have done my domestic duties, (and relaxed with a cuppa) it was off to the sewing room to make my partners cushion for the cushion swap as (finally) the fabric I had ordered had arrived.

My partners request was in purple and red, and I was really out of my comfort zone working with these two colours as I tend to be more of a blues or soft shabby chic girl.

I wanted to make something quite different so decided on a 3d rose effect.  The fabric is by Jinny Bayer and I think it suits what I have made.

Here is a close up of the scrolled roses, I used a different button for each centre to make it interesting.

 Here you can see the 3d effect and the pretty design of the fabric.
The roses look quite orange in the photo, but they are more of a red in natural light.

Maria has also completed her cushion swap, her partner requested a bedroom cushion in pink and white, and it was posted last week so should have reached its destination by now.  Isn't it gorgeous.

I love the way Maria has fussy cut the roses, and the fabric is so pretty and feminine
We have 16 ladies participating in this swap, I cant wait to see all of the beautiful creations that we are making for each other.