Sunday, 24 September 2017

Weekending








52 and Others by Anne Bell


Oma's Garden by Willie van Florestein

c1960, made in Birmingham, Alabama, assorted fabrics, edged with broderie anglaise

These will be pieced together and turned into quilts for Women's Refuge and neo natal wards

A Bit of Blue and Green by Gloria Davies

Flower Garden by Jean Groves



  • I attended the Project Hexagon Exhibition at Nathan Homestead, a heritage arts, culture and events centre.  Built in 1925 it has beautiful grounds and gardens too.   Over 30 quilts in varying colours, styles and sizes were exhibited all made from hexagons.  The majority of quilts on display featured hexagons based on the book, The New Hexagon.  Some quilts were hand pieced and others machine pieced.  Over 1000 pre-quilted loose hexagons have been donated, and these will be stitched together to make quilts which will be distributed to Auckland Women's Refuge and the neo natal ward at Middlemore Hospital.
  • Enjoying some vicarious garden visiting through this post and for those who really want to experience colour, craft, food and friendship, check out this beautiful post.
  • A little retail therapy - some for my AMH quilt, some for Ice Cream Soda Blocks, and a tiny rotary cutter for easier fussy cutting.
  • Meeka, was she sheltering from the sun or trying to camouflage herself under the rhubarb leaves?
Hope you have all had a lovely relaxing colour filled weekend too.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Liberty Bloomsbury














It probably doesn't seem that long a go, that I posted about finally completing my Liberty Bloomsbury Quilt, however I'm linking it up for the first time to Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall edition 2017.

Back in 2015, I had been looking for a special project for my Liberty fabrics and when I came across Bijou Lovely's, Bloomsbury pattern, I knew I had found it.  Not wasting any time I downloaded the pattern and started having fun making beautiful Liberty dresdens.  Gosh it was hard to cut into those beautiful fabrics,  Once the dresden plates were completed they were hand appliqued to the background fabrics.  These were no quiet subdued choices, I went for a gorgeous periwinkle shot cotton and a very vibrant magenta.

Because I wanted my quilt to be able to fit my bed I had to add a border.  After a little trialing and sketching of different border options I went for a simple scrappy liberty strip and solid  all the way around.

A Tula Pink fabric was the perfect colourway for the backing.  My machine, I decided was a little too small for quilting this 80" square quilt, so I chose a variety of cottons for simple  hand quilting. I love the texture of the handquilting on the back, not that photos really do it justice. Liberty fabric was used for the binding.

I love how this has turned out and am so pleased that two years after starting it, I completed it just in time to use on my bed,  and to add a beautiful splash of colour to my  bedroom over the colder gray winter months.

Now that warmer temperatures have arrived, I'm carefully putting away till next winter.



Sunday, 17 September 2017

Weekending







Making me happy this weekend
  • Friday morning yoga class (I don't work Fridays but have to work every second Saturday), so I try to get to my Vinyasa class each week,  I have only been doing yoga since February, but I love it.
  • A pile of pretty in the mail - this beautiful Liberty collection from Ava & Neve
  • More completed Ice Cream Soda blocks for month 4
  • Hand stitching with variegated threads and wool felt - testing an idea
  • Reading a long waited for book and working on another Ice Cream Soda Blossom.
  • Another garden has been weeded and mulched, the pile has diminished oh so slightly
  • Pretty new nail polishes for summer toes.
  • Not having to cook dinner, The Scout cooked dinner last night and currently has a roast slow cooking in the oven for tonight's dinner.
What has made you happy this weekend.


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE




I'm still working on my AMH quilt, I worked out that I need about 130 blocks. After my weekend sewing effort, I have accumulated a nice little pile of pretty, but still have about 75 still to make.  I was hoping that I wouldn't duplicate any fabrics, but I think a few favourites will be repeated.  Luckily they are quick and easy to make.  I think cutting the fabric ready for sewing takes longer.

To stop me starting too many new projects, I made a little list of my outstanding WIPs:
  • Seaglass Sampler Quilt - turn blocks into a quilt top
  • Midnight in the Tulip Garden Medallion - finish the last two or three borders
  • No.7 from the Twelve Days of Christmas decoration swap with my sister
  • Bird Dance is currently at my quilters, so that needs to be bound upon it's return.
  • Ice Cream soda Blossoms - ongoing EPP project
Once the AMH quilt top is completed, I'm going to be good and start working on these again.

And to finish off, a photo of an honest sewing room, mid project(s), that pile down the far end of my cutting table is all my WIPs, not shown are the ones on my ironing board!

Now, it's YOUR turn to share, by linking up your sewing and stitching projects, whether they are starts, wips, or finishes, following these guidelines.
  1. Link up from any post from the past week that features something you have been sewing or stitching,
  2. Somewhere in your post, please link to this post.
  3. Please comment on a couple of the other Sew,Stitch, Snap, Share links - it's fun to receive comments from new people, and we are trying to encourage people to read blogs and keep blogging too.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Here & Now








Loving //spring blooms, blossoms and lambs (these lambs are on the farm where Miss B's archery club meets) Though it's back to feeling more like winter this weekend!!

Eating //tamarillos - gosh I really hope my tree fruits next year


Drinking //water, cups of tea and hot chocolate


Feeling //more positive about my new job, maybe the new vitamins are helping too.


Making // blocks for my Anna Maria Horner quilt 


Thinking //that this pile of mulch is going to take a lot longer to move than I thought.


Dreaming //of summer, warm days, long cold G & Ts, open doors, bare feet, light clothing,  summer fruit and vegetables (can you tell I'm over winter)


Hoping you all have had a fabulous weekend.

Linking up to Here & Now at Say Little Hen

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Anna Maria Horner Sewalong





So even though I have a few WIPs on the go at present, I have started a new quilt.

Currently happening on Instagram, is the  #AMH Sewalong, which is being hosted by Isabel and Monique.   This is a no pressure sew a long, basically make a quilt using whatever pattern you like, but using your AMH stash. I have been watching from the sidelines as all these lovely quilts are being started and in some cases finished,  and decided that I need to use this as the impetus to actually make something using my Anna Maria Horner fabrics, rather than hoarding them

 Goodness know I have enough of it, and I have long been talking about making an AMH quilt.   I did start a Magic Stars quilt last year, but am not feeling the love for it, so I think I will recycle this fabric for my Ice cream soda blocks, and I  wasn't really happy about  going back to my  original plan of an AMH Irish Chain quilt which I have been talking about for the last two years.

However while trawling through my Flickr faves, I came across this quilt, which means I can use all sorts of colours,  which really appeals to my inner bohemian, I don't think i am really a white fabric in quilts girl.

So last night, I took myself off to my sewing room and started cutting and sewing,  I was going to only use solids for the accent pieces, but have decided I am also going to use some blender fabrics too, in an effort to 'sew the stash' and hopefully not buy colours I'm lacking in.

These are a fun quick block to sew, fingers crossed it won't take too long to get a finished quilt top.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Slow Stitches






September already, this means it is officially spring in New Zealand.
  • The latest eight Ice Cream Soda Blossoms, this means that I have completed three months, still at least another 40 blossoms to go. 
  • My favourites from this month
  • All 24 together, maybe I need more aqua and perhaps some more black, or other deeper colours for the next eight.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Sew, Stitch, Snap, Share





Lacey at the Circus, one of my Mother in law's award winning dolls
Another project knocked off my to do list.

My MIL (a porcelain doll maker) asked me to make an ironing caddy/portable ironing mat for another doll making friend of hers.  I had made my MIL one a few years ago, that she takes to  doll classes/conventions/competitions with a mini iron in it.  Of course I said yes.  She purchased the fabric and notions required and then posted them to me.  I duly procrastinated on starting it.  It is hard to sew for other people when the fabrics aren't what you would pick yourself

Last week I finally started working on it, a little bit here and there. The part that took the longest was actually marking out all the measurements for stitching.  I used a white colour pencil for this, all my other fabric markers didn't show up on the heat resistant fabric.  Over the weekend just gone, I finished the machine sewing and then was able to work on the binding and buttons in the evenings.

I haven't included a photo of the caddy unfolded,  it was very hard to photograph silvery fabric and get a decent photo.

My "must makes" for other people are done, so now I can get back to my never ending wip list.

Now, it's YOUR turn to share, by linking up your sewing and stitching projects, whether they are starts, wips, or finishes, following these guidelines.
  1. Link up from any post from the past week that features something you have been sewing or stitching,
  2. Somewhere in your post, please link to this post.
  3. Please comment on a couple of the other Sew,Stitch, Snap, Share links - it's fun to receive comments from new people, and we are trying to encourage people to read blogs and keep blogging too.

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