Tuesday, April 27, 2010
On another note the quilt is finished, albeit for the binding. I was so pleased to quilt it finally and used for the first time I used clear mono filament thread to do it. I was nervous about using it, but after being assured it is used with good results I was of and quilting. It can only be used as the top thread with normal quilting cotton in the bobbin. I love the way the thread takes on the colour of the fabric it is sewing. Does anyone else use this, how do you find it? I was intending to hand quilt this quilt, I was in no hurry, but after a few lame attempts at it, I decided to machine quilt it as I can not for the life of me hand quilt. I will keep trying though...
I need to find the perfect fabric for the binding now. I wanted to use some polka dots, but it did not work at all. So, I need to order some in to match the inner borders, then it will be complete.
I have made a start on the quilt for my eldest Amy. I used a bit of what I liked and it will be a real hotchpotch of colours-ços I can.
So all in all the past week was eventful and I am hoping this week will be more...calm and pleasant.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
This is what early morning looks like at our place, the sun arising from its cold night time bed. I do like the look of early mornings. Do you?
Yes so two blog posts in two days, things are picking up. But I really don't intend to keep this up. I have days when I can not even string two sentences together, let alone write. I have days when it is all I can do to sit up and breath- really!
But today after my princess goes back to school I will be returning to my bed, my eyes are drooping and I will go with it and get some extra beauty sleep-believe me I need it :)
Monday, April 19, 2010
Still after today I hope to have more stuff to show you and some sage words and all.:)
Still working on the Annie's garden quilt, but I don't want to talk about it :/
Oh alright then. I was piecing it together today hooray for me, and using a cute little stitch just to make sure it all held together. I lifted it from the machine and much to my dismay I had managed to sew the panels in the wrong order! No there was no way I could pass it of as It's meant to be like that". This needed unpicking! Oh why hadn't I just used the normal size stitch, why oh why? So, this is gonna take me a while folks so in the mean time I will throw some pics up, nothing to do with anything here but pretty.
Look I tried to Post some pics but it's just not working. I will get back to you as soon as I can. Meantime cue the test pattern music....
Okay until I can get blogger to cooperate with me here are some random pics-enjoy :0
This is a king size quilt I made for our bed last year. It was a huge project and thanks to the bloke and my daughter P who helped me with it. The young lady in question reclines upon the said quilt.
This is a piece of fabric I have had in my stash for some time. I want to use it but hate the thought of slicing into it. What would others use it for?
This is a picture of the Mundaring Weir and for all you non W.A people it is where we country folk in the Goldfields get out water supply from. The pipeline that brings it up is very, very long. We were in Perth in March and went sightseeing and the bloke wanted to try the new camera out so there you go. I just got scared at the volume of water and the fact that it was about 40 degrees in the shade!
Friday, April 9, 2010
In the last post you may remember I was wondering; lost amidst a pinwheel failure. (We won't mention the blog bloopers at this time).
Anyway, after the last post I went back to the drawing board and decided that the success of the pinwheels would not allude me. So I called in my brain's trust-The Bloke! And he came through for me yet again. I had the idea to try the new and larger blocks out on paper first. He duly cut them out and was sooner pinwheeling the papers together to make a perfect pinwheel block. So determined to make amends for my earlier indiscretion with the said rather small triangle pieces I set to cutting the correct amount of fabrics and then slicing and dicing and splicing until I had some blocks that were worthy of a photo shoot.
So intent was I on achieving this challenge the other day that I did not even open my new parcel of fabric that had arrived from Hawthorne Threads. I tell ya, this is a rarity, as usually the minute a parcel arrives its all paper and plastic in 30 seconds. Still I also like to delay a special moment. It's like when your eating a bag of lollies and you save the best ones till last...or is that just me???
So in the next post I hope to be able to show you more progress and then you will see how clever I really am :) Have a great weekend and do something you love, I am.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Just some of the fabrics used in the applique
The above fabrics are in my new applique-Annies Garden. This quilt pattern is single bed size and somehow I will be extending it to be at least a double bed size. I am unsure how I will do that yet, but it won't be by using extra applique blocks. These ones are time consuming for me.
I tire easy. I am hoping to finish this before winter sets in so the reciever is able to cuddle under it and enjoy a bright day. The picture below has no relevance at all to the above pictures or indeed to the subject of this post, but I love that it is bright and pretty, so placed it here to cheer me and hopefully you up. A big ask really isn't it? Oh well let's see how we go.
Looks like a nice day here, the weather has a crisp coolness to it that really refreshes me, not to mention that I have a lovely cup of coffee, bought for me by my special bloke. He's a legend that man. Well today I am intending to work on my applique project. I got a fair bit of it done last night, and will take a pic soon and show you the progress. But my dafodils are not yellow! Oh no, they are very, very colourful and are sure to make an impact. I confess that I am not a methodic sewer, I am all over the place, and this is reflected in my work. I often think I would like to be able to be more neat, more consistant, but I'm not. I am learning to accept my style and love it. See you tomorrow.