Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Oh so long...

I can't believe that it's been nearly a month since the last post.
My goodness.  Must mean that either I've been sewing a storm or very busy.  I wish I'd been sewing, but it's just that family life is very busy at the moment. 
Here in Australia, it's the countdown to the end of the school year.  There are concerts, recitals, art shows; and youngest DD is starting at a new school next year so much preparation for that.

Thankfully, a little sewing has been taking place amidst the rush.

There are presents to be made for school friends left behind.  These little stuffed toys are so cute, I sew the pieces together and DD2 stuffs them and will stitch on some eyes.  A very easy pattern from
 Rachel  at "Clearkid". 

A little of my kind of stitching has occurred.

I've been saving this free download pattern from Andover Fabrics for ages.  I have a piece of the gorgeous stripe and border fabrics just waiting for this strippy quilt.
Little bags of cut pieces for each block.  The instructions for this quilt are very easy to follow.
The first two of many blocks to come.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Just look at this GORGEOUS border.  Good sewing friend (now VERY good sewing friend!) Andrea has recently been travelling to Europe and brought back some pieces for our regular sewing group.  How lucky are we?

It's a chintz border print from Den Haan and Wagenmakers in The Netherlands.  This shop is famous for their chintz fabrics, so to receive a piece is wonderful..This border has that lovely chintz coating feel.  I'm not sure how I'll use it yet, but it will need to be something special.

Further sewing of sashing strips for DD's special quilt.  These pinwheels will finish at 2".
Several much longer pieces that need a good press to lay flat, but for now, I'm storing them this way.  I have lots to make, it's a very big quilt.