Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Le Jardin

I have completed my third custom order Le Jardin, which is a French garden quilt by Bunny Hill. I really enjoyed making this lovely pretty quilt and am very pleased with how it turned out.

The applique was done from a layer cake, Josephine by French General, and I added a some other French General fabrics from my stash. The backgrounds were cream fabrics from my stash and some French General yardage which I purchased with the French General border fabrics.


Now I have completed all of my custom orders I can get back into my own sewing projects. 
 Block one of Bertie's year is done.

Block two just needs the stitchery detail ( birds legs and eyes etc).

I made a big boo boo on this block. See how the points of the triangles are cut off on the top.
silly me stitched this row on upside down and only realised after I had done the fancy machine stitch on the border. It was impossible to unpick so I has to trim and just live with it.  These blocks are meant to be monthly minis, but I have decided that I am going to stitch them all together into one quilt.

I have also been doing some stitchery and have the first six blocks in a year of blooms done. 
 Block 7, sweet peas is also nearing completion.

Next Thursday I hop on a plane to go to Let's get stitched in Melbourne, I attended this fun retreat last year and it was lovely to meet face to face so many online bloggy friends, and I am so looking forward to this year.

Well, better get my skates on, I am off to meet the obstetrician with my daughter this morning, hoping to get a glimpse of he new baby in her tummy.

Monday, February 17, 2014

A new baby, a new job and a birthday

Lots of exciting news to share, firstly my daughter Sheree announced to us on Christmas Eve that her and her partner Sam are expecting their first baby in August. This will be grand baby number 8 for us, but number one for my daughter. ( I was not allowed to tell until now).

Sheree and Sam are building their first home together and they were told today this it should be complete about 2 weeks before the baby is due.

Secondly I left my job last week, after 6 years with lots of success I have decided it's time to move on having met all of my career goals with this company. Below are the awards that I have received which included the top leasing manager in 2011.

I have secured a "maternity" contract with Harris real estate, a major competitor to my last company, but first I have a month off between jobs to enjoy a well earned break. My former manager and a good friend now manages the rental department at Harris and after the maternity contract ends their will be numerous other opportunities for me to consider with them.

Last but not least today is a BIG happy first birthday to my youngest grandson Nate.

On the sewing front, I now have lots of time up my sleeve and lots of catching up to do on my projects.
Today I finished the peicing of LeJardin which is a custom order. I am settling in tonight to do the stitchery detail, then it's borders, pinning and quilting.

I have finished block one of Gail Pans, a Merry Christmas Garden, just in time as block two landed in my letterbox on Friday.

Block one of Bertie's year is also done, and block two has been sitting in my sewing room for a couple of weeks, so must get into that soon.

And I also have two months worth of blocks sitting to be sewn for my First Ladies quilt... Just as well I have time of work to catch up.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Swapping hearts

I love swaps, and one of my favourites is the initial heart swap organised by Cheryll. My heart arrived today, all the way from across the Tasman from Lyn.
It's perfect - I love the colour , the cute needle work heart and buttons decorating the front, very me.

I was also spoilt with some yummy Lindt chocolate balls and a chocolate heart, as well as some pretty quilt labels.

I also know that my heart has reached it's destination, so I can share with you what I sent. my Valetine was the lovely Simone and this is from my heart to hers along with a few extra treats.

This week I have been busy prepping my latest Etsy order. This delightful quilt is a bunny hill design and I am making it primarily in French General fabrics.
 I am thoroughly enjoying this process, I just love appliqué quilts.

Here are the first four blocks prepped ready for the machine appliqué. I still have to do the pieced triangle borders for some of them, but plan to do these all together once the appliqué is completed.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Learning needleturn

Every year I like to set myself a new challenge. Last year it was to learn paper piecing and this year it's to learn needleturn. So what better way to learn this than to sign up for a BOM that is all done by needleturn.

A Merry Christmas garden is designed by Gail Pan, I am just getting the patterns and have bought a lovely range of Christmas fat quarters to use.

Here is block one all prepped ready to go. As you can see I have already done the star and the quarter circle, but watching online tutorials I discovered basting glue, that you stick the fabric on with tiny dots of glue that wash out. So much easier than pins. Let's see how I go with the rest of this block.

I have also (almos) completed my second custom order from etsy. This owl quilt is the fourth one I have made now, just need to stitch the binding down and it's off to far North Queensland, the lucky baby that will receive this quilt is due on Feb 18th. I quilted this in a variegated thread, it's adds a nice dimension to the quilting.

On the injury front, my swelling has not gone down yet, and now all of the bruising has come out so it looks worse than it did before. Throbs like mad by the end of the day, so I am trying to keep it elevated as much as I can, and am also wearing a surgical support on the calf, which is where the torn tendon is. Back to office based duties at work on Monday, it's been nice having the past week at home, lots of sewing time.

Well, I better pick up that owl quilt and get the binding sewn so I can post It on Monday