Monday, November 18, 2013

Wow Has it been that long !!!!

 
 
 
Apparently it must of been. 
Time seemed to of gone very quickly these past few months.
I have been quite busy in the sewing room
We were blessed with a new member of the family
another Great Niece 
Freya
So of course a new quilt was needed
 
 
 
I used some Michael Miller fabrics & stitcheries from
Nice People Nice Things by Hugs with Helen
 
 The Quilty girls & I had another lovely weekend in Carrickalinga
I took my machine again but this time didn't make anything new
instead finishing off some ufo's.
First off the block were the blocks I made on our last trip
really pleased with how this has turned out, a brown border
waits to be put on to finish it off.
 

 

Next some Bow Tie blocks made with left over fabric from my
Shoo-Fly blocks again waiting for a border.
It will only be a table topper but is so super sweet.
 

 
And finally the Shoo-Fly top.
I really, really love this.
 I have a few plain blocks to cut to finish off one side
then I am thinking of an appliqued border.
I have been trawling through my Kim Diehl
books deciding on which one to do & enjoying
myself greatly doing so.
 
 
 
I treated myself to some new furniture in my sewing room
good old Ikea.
It has made the room look much brighter & I am very happy
working in there.
 

 
This is the newest fabric I am working with at the moment
Michael Miller again
Zoology
This one is for another new family member
cousin this time. 
 


 
Well I think that brings me up to date with the sewing so far
I hope not to be away quite so long.
 
Until next time 
 
Happy Stitching
 
QUILTYGAL

Monday, July 15, 2013

Yes I am still here.

Although you probably wouldn't think so as it's been ages since I posted. No excuse I had some personal reasons for taking a break but have decided to get over it. I have no control over who reads this blog so it's either accept that someone you don't want to read it, can or give it up and as I'm not ready for that I'm back .


So first up some finishes achieved recently

A Snowball Quilt made with Kansas Troubles Fabric and all hand quilted.


 
 
 
This Quilt was made for a recent arrival the gorgeous Sienna Grace
The cream fabric has the Three Little Pigs on it, so cute.
This was machine pieced and quilted.
 
 
A wall hanging pattern by Kim Diehl
Pattern in her book Simple Traditions
 
 
These blocks are my Sugar Block Club blocks so far for this year
I have July's cut out and waiting to go
Some have been quite challenging as I am not a fan of paper piecing
I am always very happy when the block of the month doesn't contain any.
 
 
I am, very slowly, making some small granny squares
and crocheting them together in nine patches
always a Quilter even when crocheting.
 
 
The Quilty girls & I had a smashing weekend away in June
a couple of us took our machines with us and I took
the chance to make a Log Cabin top.
This is a pattern I have always wanted to do since
I started patchwork but never seemed to get around to it
I have more material and will make more blocks
.
 
 
I have joined in with Hanne
( and lots of crafters around the World)
for the Annual Tour de Fabric
Hoping to finish off a few items including the latest
Baby Quilt
Well it's nice to be back
Hope to get some Blog reading done myself

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Busy weekend


Well I can't believe that another month has disappeared in a blink of an eye (or so it seems!!)......but at least I have something to blog about ...


The Friday Fabricholic decided to have a small roadtrip this friday as Val had found another fabric supply for us to support :).
Lyn runs her business from her home,she does shows and is quite happy for you to go and see her selection by appointment ....I guess I was expecting just a small amount of choice boy was I wrong!! she has all of Lynette Andersons new line and much much more.
Her pool table was covered in boxes of fat quarters,eighths,50cm width of fabric,books etc etc then there is a room set out like a Quilt shop with bolts. well worth a visit.
For Adelaide quilters she is just off Henley Beach rd the business is called Quilter Quarters so if you would like to visit call Lynette Buttfield on 0427618739...we even got morning tea..
This is the small selection I was tempted to buy, a few Civil war fats in pink and brown and yes before you ask I have got a project for them :) and a jelly roll
" Independence Trail" by Minick and Simpson and no I don't have a project for that..but the rule is that when you open a jelly roll you have to replace it on the shelf..or is that just in my house !!






Next is my TA DAH moment....... Yes Flowerdale is finally finished and up on the wall...I am so pleased with this,it looks lovely in the dining room really finishes the room off... so thanks once again to Gail Pan for a great pattern, now I have to tackle quilting Beries and Bluebirds !!





I am still toodling along with the Sugar Club blocks number 3 was a pleasure to do went together like a dream



unlike number 2 which was paper pieced and drove me nuts!! took me nearly all day and 2 centres to get it together, it's still a bit wonky but will have to do I'm sure it's nothing I can't work out when it comes to sewing it all together
Look forward to April 1st when we get number 4 and of course the yummy recipes that come with it





We had the Saturday girls get together here, so I baked a cake !! wasn't bad ...we had a great day lots of chatter,laughs and a little bit of sewing ...Love these days you feel so invigorated after all the problems of the World have been solved ...well mainly those in our little world but thats enough ... I think the company of other Quilters in so important you get friendship and support which I think is enough to keep you sane.





Now those of you who read this blog will know that I have been educating Seth in the art of Fabric selection by taking him to many Quilt shops.
We decided yesterday that it was time to move on to the next sstage so I now have an assistant cutter




 Disclaimer

No small child was injured in the taking of this photo..
Don't you love the concetration on his face he has played with this cutter ( without the blade!!) all week he loves it Little Quilter in the making :)

Hope your weekend was as fun-filled as mine I'm off for a cuppa and tidy up the sewing room make room for my new purchases.
Happy Quilting

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Busy Busy Busy

Was a really busy weekend we had a get together on Saturday at Shays
there was lots of laughter,chatter & of course chocolate.
Lorraine brought show & tell, her Antique Quilts that were a recent purchase on her trip to the USA.
They were brought at Huston
First up was a 1920's Pickle Dish
 
 



 
Beautiful hand quilting




 


Her second quilt was a Feathered Star
Denise & I decided to try it out
Very snuggley..






 
Again stunning hand quilting
Lorraine was also lucky enough to get some history with it including pictures of the maker & the recipient.
Go to her blog for the full story

 
Tara showed her Mrs Billings she only has 2 borders left to go

 
Friday saw me at our Friday quilting, there has been a bit of a change in the group so we decided on a new name for a new start so let me introduce
" The Friday Fabaholics"
We were at Lorraines lovely company, good food, plenty of chatter & laughs ummm seems as if Quilt get togethers follow a similar pattern ....


 
I am now on the borders of my Flowerdale
Hope to have that done in the next couple of weeks

 
 

 
Lastly today was a Baby shower for my daughters best friend from primary school
I am making her a Quilt for when the baby arrives so just ran up a blanket
( no wadding) with a cream minky on the back.
It was a hot steamy weekend here hope you are keeping cool in Australia and warm elsewhere else








Friday, January 11, 2013

Favourite Thing Friday



So finally managed to get Blogger to co-operate so I can make this actually on Friday ....

Linking up with the lovely & I may say extremely humerous Shay over at Quilting in my pajamas

My Favourite thing this week is a new POM....Pattern of the month






I had decided that this year,as every year really,I was going to finish all the half done things languishing in my sewing room so of course when I saw The Sugar Block Club on Amys Blog I leapt in & signed up !! Who could resist a block pattern/ instruction email plus recipe every month for under $8 Bargain so I emailed on Sunday got my first block email on Weds & sewed the block on Thursday






I recieved a lovely parcel from Santa ( AKA my hubby & Somerset Patchwork ) which included some 2inch Clamshell papers & template so I have been having a play with them as well ....Yes I know thats another new project but it was Christmas






Lastly a pic of my Niece with her Mr MaGoo made from a Melly & Me pattern & kit my girls gave her for Christmas she had a bit of help from her Nanny but did a lot herself


So Hope to manage to post more often this year & wishing everyone a Happy New Year & plenty of stitching time

Friday, December 28, 2012

Belated Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year...

Was hoping to get on here before Christmas to send out Seasons Greetings but it didn't happen.


There has been a lot of time wasting caused by this little guy but I'm not complaining at all.


 
 


There has been some serious sitting in the sun especially by the Welsh contingent, soaking it up, making up for the last couple of years.





There has been a LOT of sisterly chatting and laughing going on





Some Grandpa and Grandson bonding, just chilling out watching the TV on hot days.





Beginning the Quilting education with Nanna  watching Quiltcam with Bonnie Hunter





And best of all a beautiful Christmas time spent with Family friends and of course this sweet little guy.





Wishing you all a Happy Healthy Peaceful and fantastic 2013
 
Happy Stitching

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Just popping in .....


Not much sewing happening here as I get to meet my Grandson
& catch up on all the chat with my daughter & son-in-law........
We have managed to get out & about a bit
& of course where else should we go for our first Nanna & Seth outing but
 
Spotlight.......



 
It might not look like it in the picture but he did have a good time !!
 
 
 

I did get a bit of time to do some handquilting on my "Flowerdale"
while we watched Bonnie on Quiltcam.......
Seth thought she was very entertaining & obviously talking just to him....
No harm in starting them young is there



 
Happy Quilting
 






Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Quite a bit of news.......

So after another absence,sorry for that, big news here at the moment is my youngest daughter had the privilage of being birth partner when her Best friend gave birth to her gorgeous son last week ...A life changing experiance for all involved
So a picture of Kayla with the new bub...




Welcome to the world Hunter ...much wanted and very loved.....




This is the Quilt I made for Hunter....His Mum is a Retro loving Cat owner so I found a Retro looking cat fabric




I used Minky for the backing It turned out really well I was so happy with it and Mum loved it




I was very excited to get Kim Diehls new book in the post....Lots of beautiful Quilts and plenty of inspiration...








I am currently hand quilting my Flowerdale by Gail Pan so hope to have some pics of that soon but meanwhile I am hand sewing the binding down on this little beauty

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

YES I'm still here

Life has been very busy around here add to that they fact that I'm still not back to normal sewing after my op and news has been a bit thin on the ground ....I have also been busy supporting my
(second) Mum and Dad while they nursed their daughter ( my friend) Sallie at home till sadly her death 10 days ago. She had been diagnosed 12 weeks before with secondary Liver cancer so it was very swift at the end. She hung on to make her 50th birthday. So as you can imagine things have been a bit sad .... Her parents are blessed to have a great support, as her Mum is part of our Quilting Group, it"s true what they say about Quilters :)


Anyway some pics of what has been happening here....Some Sisters Choice blocks I am making from the Lilly and Will line by Bunny Hill





A more modern quilt that I made for my newest aquisition my lovely husband brought me a new car and I love it !!!













As you can see I decided to go for a very subtle restained colour !! Not going to be easy to miss me coming LOL


On my design wall at the moment are the Shoo-Fly blocks that I am making from the Battle Hymn line have made about 30 of them & have decided that they will be put On-Pointe may be adding some applique but will see how it looks when they are pieced together




We only have 4 weeks before the new Grandson arrives from The UK with my daughter and son-in-law we have been busy getting things ready here I have actually got some painting done in the house ...we are getting very excited can't wait to see them all.

So I think thats all for now hope it's not this long before the next post.

Till then happy stitching