Thursday, March 26, 2015

A little Cross Stitching.

Whilst away at Summer School, we were treated to a cross stitch lesson/refresher by Karen  from The Stitching Post  in Katoomba.  Karen also runs an online needlework shop Linen and Threads, and does the most beautiful cross stitch I've ever seen.
A simple request to "show us how to stitch" became a wonderfully informative 2 hour lesson on the finer points of cross stitch.  Karen generously provided all those interested with a small kit that could become a pin cushion or a framed picture. 
Eeek, in taking this picture, I've just realised the bottom 2 pink flowers aren't finished.  Tomorrow's job!
This little kit rekindled my long lost love of cross stitch, so I purchased a pattern whilst at Summer School. 
I guess there is nothing like jumping in with both feet to the deep end!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

January Summer School.

As usual, I made the annual trek up the highway to Karen Cunningham's Summer School in Blackheath, Blue Mountains.  A fantastic destination for a sewing retreat, so picturesque and relaxed.
Project 1 this year was a beautiful applique and pieced block quilt.

I apologise for the poor photography,the quilt was absolutely gorgeous in person.  For 2 fantastic days, we worked on this quilt.  The applique is stunning, but so achievable, the pieced blocks set the quilt off so beautifully.  Do I sound like I love this quilt?  I do!  I'm currently working on the applique blocks using back-basteing for the applique.  This is a new technique to me, but I'm finding that it is very accurate in keeping the pieces exactly where I want them.
The last 2 days of our retreat I started a project with Rhonda Pearce- " The Ann Randoll Coverlet".  Rhonda taught this quilt at last years retreat, but I was unable to attend.  I was so happy when I saw that she was offering it again this year.
This quilt dates from approx. 1802.  Too gorgeous.
My centre block is coming along slowly,
Only 1 border to go.  I'm using a freezer paper template to applique this little strip to the block.
I'm choosing not to think about the gazillion triangles in the next large border. 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

As for most people at this time of the year, it's been quite busy.  The kids have finished school for the year, and Christmas-times days with friends are always wonderful.
I had the great pleasure of meeting up with some very good friends just prior to Christmas.  We've been sewing together for about 10 years, and it's always a pleasure to see them.

Unfortunately, we missed Annette who had to work.  A lovely day of eating, drinking and exchange of gifts.  Oh, and a  little sewing occurred too.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

A great way to spend a day.

During the week, a very good friend, Gerry, visited with a big bag of fabric, needles, threads and much enthusiasm.
I had the best day teaching her how to start her first quilt!
We cut fabric, traced around templates and started stitching.  I'm very impressed as she took to sewing like a pro.

First block down, many more to go.  Well done Gerry.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

It's been a while....

Well, life has sure been interesting around here for the past few months.  I didn't sew a stitch for 12 weeks, not that I was counting or anything, but it felt so bad.
I'm working hard to remedy that, so I've decided to finish a few projects that are almost done.  I guess I got so close to the finish line, that I lost interest.
Today, I started by getting out 3 folders of blocks for the "Just Takes 2" red and white quilt from a few years ago.  The past week has seen me finishing off 8 blocks, so now they're all done. 
Onto constructing the top.
My three bulging folders of blocks.

A good start.

And here is today's section finished.

Monday, June 30, 2014

A Quilt comes home...

I've been sending my large quilts off to be machine quilted for a long time.  Last year I sent several tops to KoolKat quilting in Queensland.  A long way from me you might think, but Koolkat pays the postage both ways, so no problem at all.
I was extremely happy with the quilting, so when I saw a KoolKat  Facebook competition with edge to edge quilting as the prize I was excited to enter.
Imagine my surprise to find I had won the competition!
I sent off my quilt 10 days ago, and received it back this morning!

 The quilt is approx. 80" square. I mad this many years ago with Gingko Fantasy by Lonni Rossi.
An inspired use of a border print and some co-ordinating pieces.

The quilt has already been claimed by DH, just need to bind it.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Gathering In The Barn.

Last Saturday, I spent a lovely day stitching with very Good Friend, Gerry.
We trecked off early in the morning to Wonga Park( Visa and passport at the ready!), for a wonderful day with The Quilted Crow Ladies.
The day started with a delicious morning tea and progressed upwards from there.
Gerry and I both started stitching the lovely felted wool applique design on cotton fabric.
This is such an easy method of applique- blanket stitching around woolen shapes.
Gerry hard at work on her project.  This was the first time that Gerry had attempted applique, I'm trying very hard to get her into quilting.
The shapes are all stapled down onto the background- I wasn't sure about this, but it worked really well.  The staples come out very easily, and didn't "cut" through the fabric threads.
My finished piece.  This class was very relaxing and enjoyable, the project so achievable.  Whilst I took a few days to get finished, Gerry finished hers on the day!!!
And with the frame I purchased on the day.  Now to find a place to hang it.