Sunday, May 29, 2011

Lots of stitching done but heaps more to go.

Crikey its cold here today, we have had a frost nearly every morning this week and today is no exception, right now its still 0 degrees C. Our bird bath is frozen solid, I hope no little birdies come flying down for a splash, they will be in for a shock.

The frost on my pots looks quite pretty but I think the bulbs are too cold to pop their heads up from the dirt yet.

To keep warm I have been doing lots of stitching, Hubby is on night shift so I can't really get the sewing machine out when he is trying to sleep. I'm hanging out for the day I get my own sewing room. I can sew all day if i want to and not bother anyone.

I have put part 2 and 3 of Vignette together and just started to stitch on it.

I love these little flowers. I quite enjoy stitching on a different coloured fabric for change rather than the plain white or tea stain.

Block 1 is almost done, just a few more flowers and stems to go and I must finish my birds tail.

I'm using Fig tree fabrics for this quilt so I have matched my threads to my fabrics, its quite soft and very pretty to work on.

Instead of doing satin stitch I have done french knots, it takes longer but I like the look better.

Now I have to go out in the cold to put my washing on the line then I can come back inside, sit by the fire with my cup of tea and my stitching.

I hope you find some stitching time today.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I've been busy

The weekends always go so fast don't they. I always try to squeeze in as much sewing as I can, as well as baking for the boys lunch boxes and the usual house work and washing. Yesterday and today I was busy making some new projects. Let me introduce you to..... My new lap top bag.

A cute little wallet to hold my needles and sewing goodies.

Another little bag which is supposed to be a book bag (pattern on moda bakeshop) but I will use it for other things as its a bit small.

And finally I have almost finished a big sewing folder that will hold my current project, Ok a few projects that I have on the go will fit in there quite nicely, like my vignette blocks and my gardeners journal blocks that I'm busy stitching.

All these projects started with the book bag, I liked the pattern so much I thought I could make a few changes and make it bigger or smaller. I joined all my strips together and then quilted it at work on the long arm machine then it was just a matter of cutting out the right sizes. Easy peasy.

So what do you think of my new bags? I hope you like them to.

Until next time, happy quilting.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Love Birds

Isn't this the cutest ornament, Its a Marg Lowe design and the button is Theodora Cleave, her buttons are beautiful and Marg does wonders with them when she designs projects to go with the buttons. I loved making this and now I want to make more. Today my sewing machine has been helping me sew up a storm, actually my sewing space looked like it had been hit by a storm. I had several projects on the go all day but I almost have some finishes so I'll be back tomorrow to share.
Enjoy your evening.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Busy Lizzie

Its been such a cold weekend here in Tassie, for me its the perfect weather to stay inside by the fire and sew, sew, sew. I made a couple of little bags which turned out so well, some times I even surprise myself when I make something and it looks as it should, the binding was a little tricky but I got there in the end.

They were fun to make and I think I'll have to make a few more. I just need to sew on a press stud to keep it closed.

I also made these 9 patch blocks today, its a new range by Sweet water called Hometown, we got some jelly rolls in at work on Friday and I just had to have one. I'm sure many of you know that feeling. As I progress with this project I'll share more photos, for now I'll have to say goodbye and start cooking dinner, the boys are starving as always. I hope you found some sewing time today.

Monday, May 9, 2011

A lovely weekend

I had a lovely mothers day yesterday, Paul and the boys spoilt me rotten which was so nice, I cooked dinner but they all washed up. They gave me this yummy cake which we had for afternoon tea. My husband actually surprised me with a new leather lounge suite, its gorgeous. We were thinking about buying one for awhile then last week he said I think I'll get you a new leather lounge for mothers day. It was delivered on Friday while I was at work so when I got home it was all set up and looking lovely. I only wanted a new non stick frying pan which the boys gave me yesterday. So now its a bit of joke in our house. The boys even asked me which I liked best, the pan or the couch.

I did get lots of sewing done, I sewed the borders on this quilt, hooray its nearly finished. I have been working on and off this quilt for over a year. Just one leaf to applique and few more centres for the flowers.

I also got my Gardeners Journal out and sewed 2 blocks together, I'm quite enjoying stitching this project.

This one is all sewn and ready for my stitching.

I hope all the mums out there had a wonderful mothers day and you got some sewing time.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A nice surprise

Last weekend here in Launceston we had our annual craft and quilt fair. Members of the Tasmanian Quilt guild enter their quilts in the exhibition. Lillian entered her dragon fly quilt which she made and I quilted.

It won 2nd prize and because I quilted it, I recieved a certificate. I was thrilled and it was a great confidence booster. Lillian actually designed the pattern which I used to do the quilting, its a lovely design. You can see some of it in the close up shot.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you found some sewing time today.

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