Saturday, 14 April 2018

April sewing


When I'm at home, Saturday's are the day I catch up on YouTube sewing - Midnight Quilter, Bonnie Hunter - QuiltCam, Missouri Quilts and Fibrecast - and cruising vlogs, currently my favourite is Sea Cruisers. After I'm YouTubed out I watch Netflix. I do this while I am sewing and catching up on my blogs. It is a ME day!! It was a habit I got into when working, as one needs at least one day a week to de-stress. Now that I'm not working it is still good to have a day to myself doing what I want (not what I should be doing). Today on Bonnie's it was really interesting, she was talking about the leader / enders quilt - REMINDER, I must sew all those blocks together - and so many other interesting and basic things. I really enjoyed it - even though Bonnie was having a bad day. It made me think about how Bonnie is 'sew' accurate (and I try to be) and Midnight Quilter is 'sew' stress free. So I aim for perfection, but certainly don't stress if the blocks aren't perfect. It is all about being happy.
I'm now in the fourth month of the fussy cutting hexie challenge, and I am learning a lot about fussy cutting. The theme for March was 'animals' - see above, and this month it is Spring. I guess the challenge is coming from the northern hemisphere 😇. While posting on Instagram I came across another hexie sewalong using 'new' hexies - so of course another challenge especially while traveling. The New Hexagon Book is an English paper piecing book with 52 different or new hexies. So here we go:
 
I'm not sure how I will put them together, or if I will make place mats, maybe? Any ideas will be gratefully accepted 💟.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Life is Good

I do sew most days, either machine sewing at home, or hand sewing at home and travelling in the caravan. At home awaiting the birth of our fourth granddaughter I was able to finish Bonnie Hunter's Ringo Lake Mystery top. I used Bonnie's colours and I am so pleased with it. Now it sits at home waiting for us to get back from this latest adventure so I can quilt it. I think this one will be for sale - we have so many quilts.
So while we have been away I have been working on hexies. I was very fortunate to have my Auntie and her friend destash, and give to me all the fabrics they no longer required - WOO HOO for me 👏💖😊. So we are now travelling with two very large trays of fabric!
With the #fussycuttinghexiesewalong I was able to complete my missing week 1 hexie flower at home. 
Week 5,  was also completed.
The last block for January was framing, and I switched from the 1 1/2" hexie to the 1/2" hexie.
The theme for February was LOVE. I think I am getting better at this fussy cutting - not good, but better. I didn't think I would enjoy it, especially with the wasted fabric, but I am - and I am also keeping all the left over to make a crazy block. Here are February blocks.
 The theme for March is animals!! One would think that with all the fabric I have been gifted I would have lots with animals ..... NUP!! Only one tiny bird print, already cut into 2 and 1/2" squares. So, I made Week 10 -motif - using 1/2" hexies and the search began for animal fabric ... and continues.
 I'm getting a collection of 1/2" hexie flowers so I do need to work out what I am going to do with them. I have been wanting to make a kaleidoscope type quilt, so thought I would turn Week 10's hexie flower into something else. What do you think? I'm not sure where I will go from here!
Week 11 of the March animal theme was section. My SIL found a pyjama top with these lovely Scottie dogs, what a find!
 Sew, the rest of the March blocks may include this fabric if I can't find any different fabric.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

No more projects ......

That is what I keep telling myself - no more projects LOL. But it is so hard not to start new and very pretty projects. That is why I started the 'roll the dice' for when I have finished a section of what ever I'm working on, I have something to go on with. Make sense?
Anyway, I was able to get a few blocks of Ringo Lake Mystery complete before we went away in the van, so I'm keen to continue with them today after this post. 
While I was away I started a new challenge 😊 - Fussy Hexie Challenge on Instagram #fussycuttingsewalong with Naomi Clarke. Each month there is a theme, January is Purple. 
Week 1 - Jan 1st - central purple motif.
I still have to do this one. As we were in the van, I didn't have a lot of fabric with me. I had taken the box of Farmers Wife Blocks, but not much purple in there, and my small container of hexies to make flowers for a small lap quilt, and not much 'fussycutting' purple in there either. I must REMEMBER to take a stash of scraps next time in the van. 
Week 2 - Jan 8 - purple lines. 
While in a small country town we came across a Big W, and as they sometimes have fabric we had a look. This town, once had two quilt shops and now has zero. I was lucky to find a FQ of purple with green leaves, and a FQ of green with some 'almost' purple. As we were in Parkes, where the Radio Telescope is I decided to embroider a scene of the telescope. I loved the idea of this for our travels, and think I will need to make a lot of calico hexies to embroider places we have been. I used the lines of green leaves to depict the stars moving through the skies.
 I haven't done any hand embroidery since high school so I'm pleased with this result. Improvement will come with more practice.
Week 3 - Jan 15 - purple flowers.
I had found some more fabric in Spotlight in Tamworth, so made a flower. I really need to get fabric that is suitable for fussy cutting. Here are the bargains I found at Spotlight.
... and here is my week 3 flower.
Week 4 - Jan 22 - purple section.
This one does need different fabric, so it had to wait until I got home and to my stash. February theme is love, and now that I'm home for a few weeks I should be ok.
So while still in the van I decided to use some of the fabric to make a quick 'Ghosts and Mosts' quilt top. 
I love my little Elna machine and my machine cover. 
I didn't get a lot done, as we had to head home. If you follow my travel blog, or FB page, you would know that we came home early from our trip as our daughter was likely to have her baby (our 4th granddaughter) early. This meant that I had only a few days to finish her quilt, which I did two days after little Mackenzie was born. I had previously made the top 'Scrappy Square Dance' so only had to sandwich, quilt and bind. I finished the binding last night, so today I gave the quilt to 3 day old Mackenzie.
A few months ago I started another challenge - 20over20berrybirdy - it is about doing a different technique every week. It started Oct 14, so when I started I wasn't too far behind. Week 1 was an owl, and I really enjoyed using some scraps from my blockheads to paper piece this owl. Berry Birdy made her owl into a bag, but I made, well started to make an owl placemat - work in progress.
I only recall seeing one other 20/20, a water colour block. I'll have to research where they are and catch up. Meanwhile, here some updates.

Roll the Dice Update:
  1. Caravan Quilt top to quilt
  2. Brown Bag Mystery finished - top now to quilt
  3. Maddison's baby quilt FINISHED replaced with En Provence to finish, quilt
  4. Row by Row top to quilt
  5. Halloween Mystery to finish
  6. Mackenzie's baby FINISHED replaced with Christmas Countdown to finish, quilt
Projects I'm working on:
Ringo Lake Mystery 2017
Moda Block-a-thon
Bonnie's Leaders and Enders 2017
#20over20berrybirdy techniques
1930 Farmers Wife Blocks
Hexie #fussycuttingsewalong

Projects finished 2018:
1. Elvis coasters
2. Mackenzie's Baby Quilt