Thursday, October 31, 2013

Still sewing hexagons.

I'm over half way with my hexagon lozenge shapes for the border of Netherfield.  Twenty eight down twenty four to go.

I'm using up some of my favourite little bits of fabric that have been in a tub for years.  Son't think it's possible to fit another hexie shape on here!

I'm not so accurate with my 1/4" seam allowances when paper piecing.  As long as I get at least 1/8" around the edges I'm happy.

Cute little star back!

This fussy cutting seemed like a good idea at the start, but I had to re-do so many of these as I'd cut them out wrong.  I'm in awe of those that fussy cut most of their patches, don't know how they do it.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sewing with friends.

A lovely Spring day today.  Even better when spent with sewing friends.
I have been part of a small sewing group for a couple of months and am enjoying the relaxation of sewing with friends.
We have the pleasure of meeting once a month at Millrose Cottage Quilt shop and fantastic cafe.

Good sewing buddies Jean, Andrea and Gerri.  I continued stitching on my hexagons and wool applique, so nothing new to show there.
I've been working on my Quilt-a-long from Pam Buda using her new fabric range Pin Money.  We've been working on 1 block per week over the US Summer and recently got the finishing instructions.

This little quilt finished at around 37" square.
I've also been working on my latest monthly mini quilt from The Quilted Crow in Tasmania.

Nowhere near finished, but it's a start.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Days away.

I've just spent 4 days away with youngest DD at a science excursion.  We were in a very small country town, so lots of time to sit and sew whilst waiting for her.
I'm very pleased with the amount of sewing achieved, I never could have stitched this much at home.

Some more "lozenges" for my Netherfield border.  I think I'm up to about 19 of these finished, only need to make about 30 more.  I need some more excursion days.

I also did some more stitching on this block.  I'm still enjoying sewing wool onto cotton fabric.  It's so textural, and very easy to blanket stitch.

This month's little quilt was languishing until I found it last night.  I had to pick up eldest DD from a birthday party at midnight, so a few hours to fill in at home.  A little cutting started, hope to finish this today.
A very productive few days.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The last Present.

Well, the last package has arrived.  Happy Birthday to me, and not a set of towels in sight!

Look at those colours.  When I saw this quilt in photographs, I love the pattern, but I really loved the colours.  It's much more rich in person.   The batting in this quilt is much thicker than my previous quilt.  The quilting is beautiful.

Such lovely piecing- the points all match.

There are 3 blocks along 1 edge where this yellow has been used.  I wonder if it was just that she ran out of orange.

Gorgeous 30's (  I think) fabrics, maybe 40's?

The binding is simply the backing brought over to the front and stitched by hand.
Some of these fabrics are quite coarse in weave, the prints are really fine. 
I'm very happy with these latest purchases.  I certainly wish there were quilters in my ancestors, but that wasn't to be.  No heirlooms to be handed down, so I'm obtaining my own!  LOL.